So Cool and Healthy Muffin Mix

The kids and I were puttering around this morning and I decided to pull out one of my bajillion “cooking with kids” cookbooks because I want to start a program in Kamloops teaching kids how to cook simple things and thus help out in the kitchen with those skills.  My sister, is doing a program like that where she lives and I was totally inspired to do one, here.

I found the coolest thing… a muffin mix that you are supposed to be able to keep in the fridge for up to a month!  Sweet idea, eh?  That way, when you need some muffins you just pop ’em in the oven.  I think it’s a great idea, except that once I went to all the trouble of preparing the mix, I wasn’t about to leave it untasted… so we ended up making a double batch and now I only have one more batch in the fridge. Ah well, such is life.

Here they are, courtesy of “Cooking Wizardry for Kids” and a little bit of modification on my part.

1 15 oz package of Raisin Bran (I worked this out to be about 300g and I used Bran Flakes with a handful or raisins tossed in)
5 cups of flour (I used 2c whole wheat, 1c white, 1/2c wheat germ and 1/2c wheat bran)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
4 c buttermilk (or just milk with some lemon juice or vinegar)
4 eggs
1 c vegetable oil (I used 3/4 c oil and 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce)
3/4 c honey or molasses (I used 1/2 c honey and 1/4 c molasses)

1) Mix dry ingredients
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A new play dough!!

The other day, I was browsing some blogs, as I tend to do, and I came across the coolest new (well new to me, anyhow) recipe for play dough!
It’s cornstarch dough!!

My two big kids and I made it and had a great time playing with it (read: it was all over the kitchen floor)!

Here’s the recipe I made:
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking powder
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water

Boil on the stove on medium heat (will bubble a lot because of the baking powder and water reacting – so fun!) until it starts to thicken.
Then, I kneaded it until it was a little cooler for the kids to play with.
After we shaped it and smashed it and rolled it and played with it for a while (read: after a while the kids lost interest but I didn’t), I put my littlest man’s footprint in the dough, made a “pizza”, made some animals and then baked them all (300 degrees for an hour) to harden them a little.  I think we’ll paint it tomorrow!

Now, we play with cornstarch and water all the time to create that lovely “thixotropic” (not quite liquid but not quite a solid) muck we all love.  We also love making “goop” with white glue, borax and water.  But this?  This is awesome!  It’s whiteness is totally like snow.  It’s so soft and yet has that gritty cornstarch feel.  I’d love to add some sparkles next time and see what I get! I really really like it.  And the real bonus… it’s a great process to watch as the chemical reaction occurs while you boil it.

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Twirly Skirt Tutorial

The other day I was in the fabric store picking out some fabric for a custom apron that I had been asked to sew.  Well, when I was there I saw the perfect fabric to make a twirly skirt for my 2 yo daughter.  I was reading Captivating, at the time, and thought that a perfect little sparkly twirly skirt would be a great gift for my little woman.  So, I made one up and here is my tutorial.  Please excuse the photos.  I’m afraid that I have not yet had my camera fixed and I am really missing it.  While my Sony was top-of-the-line when I got it… that is now eight years ago!

Without further delay my Rooty-Tute-Tuesday Twirly Skirt!  (Please keep in mind that I just invented this in my head, so I don’t have exact measurements or anything.  If you like it, you might need to figure out your measurements… or just guess, like I did.)

1) I figured that for the length I wanted I could just fold the fabric in half and cut my strips from there.  So, I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and then cut along the fold so that I had two pieces the same size.dsc07263
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Alex the "Pig": A Tutorial

This morning I was feeling a little sorry for myself and in a bit of a 39-weeks-pregnant-messy-house-fighting-a-cold funk.  After my daughter went down for her nap, my four-year-old and I pulled out some books to read, together.  One of his choices was this:dsc_1703We’ve read it a number of times and had seen that there were instructions, in the back, on how to make your own pig!  H is in a stage where he wants to “make” everything that he sees, and “build” all kinds of diggers after reading our digger books from the library and so this fit perfectly.  I thought I’d break out of my feeling-sorry-for-myself funk by trying a little crafting with him.Here are the instructions to make your own pig (or whatever it ends up being).

1) Cut a 25 cm length of stocking, or a sleeve from an old knit sweater…whatever you have lying around.dsc_1672dsc_16732) Sew one end off with loosely stitched embroidery thread so that it Continue reading Alex the "Pig": A Tutorial

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