The DIY Faucet Extender

Hello Ladies and Gents!  So we’ve had a break and moved our entire household a few states north!  Surprisingly during this time, our daughter has become completely potty trained! (even though I fully anticipated a regression because of the move)  The only thing at this point that was holding her back from doing the entire process herself was the fact that even with a stool she couldn’t reach the faucet to wash or even rinse her hands.  and honestly I had a difficult time holding her up while also assisting her with the process.  I needed a solution!

So I went scouring the web for a product to buy and then stumbled upon this DIY idea .  It was perfect, because I had also just figured out Continue reading

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Quick and Easy Indoor Hopscotch for Preschoolers!

   So it’s hurricane season in Florida, and that means lots of indoor time for the kiddos.  Before long they are bouncing off the walls, and I have played as much hide and seek and hungry hippos as I can stand! So in order to keep my kids from being TV zombies this weekend, I brought back an old trick that hadn’t been out of the hat since before little Juli was born.  Indoor hopscotch!  This game takes all of three minutes for me to set up from scratch, and only requires construction paper, a marker, scissors, and some painters tape. The beanie babies are optional for children who have the notion to play the tossing beanbags version.  I didn’t have beanbags around, and the kids enjoy having their little buddies play too.  So here’s how I did it… 

  You need;

  • Construction paper
  • A marker
  • Painters tape (comes off easier!)
  • Beanie babies/ beanbags
  • Scissors

Take the construction paper and number 1-10.  The 10 is usually bigger and rectangular, and the rest are squares.  Then arrange them on the floor and tape them down. ( so there are no concussions from slippery paper) 

I had my kiddos both pick out a beanie baby to toss on the squares and they had a blast!  

  

Thanks for stopping by!!! Happy hopscotching!

Glitter Grapes

Hey everybody! It’s been an awful long time since I posted, due to a couple of surgeries cramping my crafting abilities, but now I’m back and healthier than ever!  Today my mini me (Juli) got in on the fun. Since her big bro is away at school now she gets to be my sidekick.  So this means one thing at least; it’s so easy a toddler can do it!  

  I was looking for something Juli could participate in, wouldn’t take long, and that she could eat too.  This is really too easy! All you need is some grapes and Jell-o powder.  I’ve also seen it done with crushed up candy, but I already had plenty of Jell-o powder on hand to use so I guess I can try that later 🙂

  You’ll need:

  • Grapes
  • Jell-o powder (1 packet)
  • A plate

  The process:

Rinse your grapes, put on a plate. (leave them wet) 

Pour the powder on to a shallow rimmed plate or dish. 

Take a grape or two and roll them in the powder. (This is where JuJu had fun)

Repeat until all grapes are done and try not to eat them all in the process. 

That’s it! 

   

 Juli ate one for every one she put in the container for the fridge, and when she was full she helped me finish making the rest so she could play with the Jell-o. Fair warning, the powder turned our fingers red for the afternoon. I wouldn’t wear white for this job. Just in case:)

Thanks for coming by! See you again soon!!

Egg less Cookie Dough

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Hey guys and gals!  Today I’m going to solve for you the problem of eating raw cookie dough.  We aren’t supposed to, but most of us do it anyways because its so damn delicious.  Well I have for you today a recipe for egg less cookie dough!  Now we can indulge our sweet tooth without feeling bad about risking sickness and all.  I know for sure I have a few pregnant friends who will thank me for this one!  I actually meant to try this one when I was preggo with my baby girl but never got around to it!  It is so delicious!  I hope you guys like it as much as I do!

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You’ll need;

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk (or more depending on how firm or runny you like your dough)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup or more chocolate chips (I’m trying peanut butter next time XD but this time I used milk chocolate morsels

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The process;

Mix together the butter and brown sugar until smooth.  Then mix in vanilla and milk.  Then add in remaining ingredients and stir until well blended.  Eat.  Or if you prefer, chill in the fridge for desired stiffness.  (oh yeah, did I mention how simple this was?) As I mentioned above, you can add additional milk if you like your dough runny, but do so slowly.  Like by the tablespoon.   I let it sit in the fridge for maybe an hour and it was perfect for me =)  and then the next day I found aforementioned baby girl eating it right out of the fridge.  Looks like I have to move all the sweets up a shelf.

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So that’s it for today!  Let me know how this goes for you, or what you’d like to see next!

How to Clean Your Glass Top Stove

Hey everybody! So I was going about my usual cleaning of the kitchen, and about to start on my stovetop, when I realized I hadn’t done a post on cleaning messes off of your glass cooktop!  

Glass cooktops are great, they look fantastic in my opinion. Until you let the rice boil over (every time) and burn some sauce onto a burner…. Then they can be ugly and damn hard to clean without scratching the hell out of it.  Unless you know my trick!  Really it’s not my trick, women have probably been using baking soda to clean glass since it was invented.  But I just really started to be introduced to the wonders of baking soda, vinegar and lemon etc not too long ago.  So anyways, this method of cleaning your cooktop will save you tons of scrubbing and make your stove look squeaky clean again! With (as always) little effort at all.  Let’s get to it!



You’ll need;

  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Hot water
  • Hand towels
  • Large bowl

The process;

  Squeeze a small amount of soap into your bowl, and then fill with hot water.  Soak your hand towels in hot water, and while they soak, sprinkle baking soda on the messy spots of your cooktop. 



  For me, I usually end up doing the whole surface.  I’m a bit of a messy cook. Then grab your towels, one at a time and ring some of the water out.  You want them to be wet but not dripping all over.  Then place them on top of the baking soda and let sit for 15 minutes or so.  Depending on how much mess you have on your stove, you may want to leave it for 25. 



After time is up, come back and wipe your towel around on the dirty spots. You should have a paste of baking soda to work with.  The grime comes up with very little effort at all! Then just continue to wipe until you’ve removed the baking soda from the cooktop (I usually break out another washcloth to do this) and you’re done!  Nobody can tell how much of a messy cook you are! 



Thanks for reading! See you later!!!

Do you have any awesome tips for using baking soda? Let me know!  

Sesame Fried Tofu!

IMG_0303       Alright, so it’s been a while since I got my four year old to actually eat his dinner on his own, without prodding. So naturally I expected meatless Monday to go about as well as shaving a cat. I’ve even tried making meals fun by dyeing them cool colors and putting them on sticks. No dice. But I needed to make a healthy dinner so mommy can eat and not feel like she’s sustaining her family on a diet of Cheerios and Valentines candy from Grandma. (Which is of course all the kids want because they know it’s there) So I broke out my Sesame fried tofu recipe, which I at least knew the hubby liked.

     It was a meatless Monday miracle people. I put the food down on the table and a few seconds later all I can hear is my four AND two year old happily chewing their tofu. My husband probably wishes he had a picture of my face. Because my son then said “I wish we can have these brown things every night with dinner.”
Those brown things were tofu.  My son, who will make you barter with him for every bite of sandwich, pasta, casserole etc on a nightly basis, was scarfing down tofu.  And subsequently his edamame and rice.  It was a happy, peaceful (well, peaceful for two kids under 5) meal, and mommy felt awesome about it. I’m pretty sure we will be trying more meatless meals and tofu as I try to recreate this anomaly at my dinner table, but for now, I’m going to share this recipe with you and hope it brings your kitchen (and bellies) as much happiness!

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You’ll need;

  • 14 oz. Extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Coconut oil (any frying oil will do if you don’t have this on hand, but I’ve been trying to clean up our dishes a bit so I went for coconut oil tonight)
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (double if you like spice, but for kids I kept it low)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger

The process;

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First things first, drain your tofu and wrap in paper towels, then set on a plate with another flat, fairly weighty object on top. Like a heavy plate, or in my case a plate with a mortar and pestle on top.

What? It was appropriately heavy and on hand in the kitchen.

This is what the sauce should look like!
This is what the sauce should look like!

     So while that sits for about 30 minutes, mince your garlic, ginger and green onion. Set the onion aside, and put the ginger and garlic into a small sauce pot. Add to the pot your honey, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy, red pepper flakes and let sit over medium heat, stirring occasionally. (Tip: I measured my sesame oil and poured it into my 1/3 cup before pouring it into the pot. This way, when I measured out my honey in that cup, it wasn’t such a pain in my arse to get out.) at this point it would be a good idea to start any side dishes (which in my case were rice and edamame) because you’re really almost done.

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Now go uncover your tofu, and pat it with MORE paper towels. After its patted down, cut it into cubes about 1 in. And transfer them to a bowl. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the tofu cubes and gently toss to coat. Now you’re ready to fry them! At this point I put the sauce on low, where it can just sit until needed. In a large skillet on high, melt your coconut oil (you need enough to fill the pan about 1/2 an inch) and place your cubes in the pan. They cook quickly, so turn after a minute to check for color. You want them nice and golden brown on all sides. I suggest doing it in two batches.

Yummy golden brown!
Yummy golden brown!

Once golden brown, place on a paper towel to drain off some of the oil, and when drained to your satisfaction, place in another bowl! (Yes, I know, more dishes. I was cringing too, but the end result is worth it!) Pour the sauce, sesame seeds and onion over the tofu and toss to cover. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Mommy's Little Tofu Lover!
Mommy’s Little Tofu Lover!

Show of hands; who is singing the “killer tofu” song from that old nickelodeon show “Doug”?

Let me know what you think!

Strawberry Rice Krispies!

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Hey guys! So one of the things I’ve been busy doing this week is being super mommy and home making a bunch of treats for the kiddos and hubby. I went on a cooking/baking spree! At the end of the night I had cashew chicken (delicious and I will post later when I have taken photos!), muffins, Rice Krispie treats, and Apple pie bites! I was on a roll! I never have this much energy, and I’m just so excited that I’m writing up the Strawberry Rice Krispie treats recipe for you here 🙂

I had heard that making them at home was easy to do, so when I saw them on the sign up sheet for my little mans valentines party I jumped straight in. As I usually do, with little to no forethought or pre planning lol. I did, however, manage to coordinate both children’s contributions to their class parties (my little girl was having a class party too) so that they both brought the treats and therefore I only have to double the one dish. Win! Now, I just had to pull it off! Which was really as simple as promised for once!

You’ll need;

  • 10oz bag mini marshmallows
  • Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1.5 oz package of strawberry jello mix
  • 7 cups of Rice Krispies
  • 9×14 (ish) pan

The process;

Ok, first put your butter into a large pot to melt on low-med heat. As soon as it’s melted, add the marshmallows (once you’ve gotten your kids to stop stealing them) and mix them in the butter a bit. Then, leave it to sit while you measure out the vanilla and add that to the mix.

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From this point on, you’ll want to make sure you keep stirring the mix gently until they’re mostly melted and then remove from the heat. Add the jello and keep stirring until fully melted.

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Then, add the Rice Krispies and mix well. Don’t beat it, but you’ll need to make sure they get nice and covered. Then, spread out into your greased pan and let set for a few hours. I put mine in the fridge overnight so I could cut them up into squares and put on a plate for the school. I even ended up having extra (which the hubby was absolutely CRUSHED about. Lol)

Thats all!  Super simple, and everyone loved them!  What did you make for your valentines this year?