Fun & Games

Just because we don’t have children of our own yet, doesn’t mean we don’t have the opportunity to enjoy all that spring has to offer in the way of kid activities.  As a kid, I loved our hometown easter egg hunt, and loved to find treats hiding in the grass. Now that all of our closest friends have kids, its the perfect opportunity for fun. This was the third annual Easter Egg Hunt at our house.  We stuffed and hid 200 plastic eggs filled with spring surprises for our favorite 5 kids to find.  This year was particularly fun, since they are all kindergarten to 3rd grade, the perfect amount of competition.  We also had a gunny sack race, three-legged race with the dads and a shoe kick competition.  I was so concerned that the kids would be bored at our house without having all the kid things they are used to, but it turns out they just wanted to hop our little back yard fence, color with chalk, and play ball.  What a perfect way to welcome spring. Easter-9 Easter-10 Easter-15 Easter-16 Easter-14 Easter-8

Radio Silence and the Smell of Cinnamon

I have been outrageously busy, crazy, and manic for the last few weeks. This weekend offered the opportunity to unwind, do laundry, and generally appreciate the home we’ve made. I wanted to smell cinnamon since the holiday season is upon us, so I went way back to the archives of my childhood memories, to make cinnamon ornaments.  Back then, we used a little star cookie cutter. This year I went for tiny trees and hearts.  I had a few furry helpers around the house to watch the progress. Holiday

This recipe is super easy and relatively inexpensive.

For supplies, I used my homemade apple sauce, cinnamon and glue from the local dollar outlet. This batch cost me less than $4.00 to make two dozen 3 inch cinnamon ornaments.craft-1-2a

I use these little holiday reminders instead of gift tags and plan to use them to complete the homemade christmas bundles I will be passing out.

Here is what you will need:

1 Cup of Cinnamon

1/3 cup Applesauce

1/2 cup white glue

 

Directions: Add Cinnamon and Applesauce together until dry blended. Add glue using a spatula and mix into a dry ball of dough.  Give it a 15 minutes to settle, then separate into quarters. Using a rolling pin on a hard surface, roll to 1/4 inch and use cookie cutters in any size. Using a toothpick, create a hole through for hanging.  craft-13acraft-2acraft-4acraft-8a

craft-11acraft-3acraft-6aYou can either bake for an hour at 200 (f) degrees or air dry overnight, flipping occasionally to make sure they stay straight thoughout the drying process.  Be sure to have your helpers nearby to keep an eye on things.craft-5a

 

Busy Busy Busy

It has been a busy month- Me and Hubs both have December Birthdays, have lots of friends and family to visit during the holidays, and still have to do our  ‘day’ jobs… Here is what we have been up to…