Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

These pictures were taken in early spring when we went hiking here, we plan to go mountain biking in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area this summer and fall!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fork Print Firework Art Project


Kids can learn a lot from painting with different objects. Painting doesn't need to be just done with brushes or fingers. Look around you and see what you can find that will make an interesting print. In this case we used plastic forks that we dipped in white, blue, and red paints.

Let kids drag them in a straight line and very the three colors if they want like we did or they could do them all in the same color. The times help make these look like fireworks in the sky.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Patriotic Pie


I didn't go quite the easy route on this desert like I did and some of the others I have shared with you the last 2 months but I did use canned pie filling. I made homemade pie crust because I think there is nothing better in the world than having a homemade pie crust made with butter. It is so buttery and Flaky and just tastes divine.

Typically 1 can of pie filling may fill up a fight in depending upon the size of your by 10. But for this one I wanted to have two colors underneath so I bought a can of both blueberry and Cherry Pie fillings. I filled in three quarters it with cherry pie filling and one quarter with blueberry pie filling.

I did make a double pie crust recipe but you could buy the ready-made pie crust that Pillsbury makes to use for the top stars and stripes and you could you use a frozen pie crust for the bottom.

If you have a small star cookie cutter that would work great to make the stars but I didn't have that so I did them free hand. It gives them a quirky look.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Kids Skate FREE



Kids saying they are bored yet? Check out the list of skating rinks that have Kids Skate Free this summer. There are only 2 in Minnesota and both in the Twin Cities. I am not sure if we will get to either, but it's good to keep in mind in case we have something outdoors planned and the weather is not cooperative.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Simple Patriotic Candle Display


By now you probably have noticed that I have come up with a variety of simple crafts and foods to make for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day that are simple and use a minimal amount of supplies or ingredients. This idea is no exception.

You will need to make this at least a day in advance so the rice has time to dry again. To make the colored rice you need to mix rice and food coloring. I used 1 C of rice for each layer. Put the rice in a ziploc baggie then put in 3 or 4 drops of one color  and squish around until until well blended. Then spread out the rice in a single layer on a cookie sheet. It will need at a day too dry just to be sure it if fully dry.

Obviously, you need white rice you just leave it without dying it. I used a funnel to put the rice into the jar. Just a note that you should not put a lid over the top of this when storing it because the moisture will stay inside and it will mold. Then you can place a tea light on top. I did not have any problem with the rice scorching or anything, but you should always exercise caution when having anything with fire or flames.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches


So I wanted to quick mention before you get too far into reading about this, I did not use ice cream in these sandwiches. They are made with Cool Whip.

With that said, I totally went the easy way when making these and thought sugar cookie log from the grocery store. But if you want to make homemade old fashioned sugar cookie dough check out my sugar cookie dough recipe.

Bake your cookies as directed and put sprinkles on the top of the dough before you bake them and allow to completely cool before using. Put your Cool Whip in the refrigerator to thaw out so that you can scoop it out. While those things are happening, line a baking sheet with wax paper. I actually used a covered cake pan so that I could keep them stored in it. And pour sprinkles in a bowl.

When you cookies are cooled and Cool Whip is thawed, it is time to begin assembly. Place a generous scoop of Cool Whip in between two cookies and lightly press together. Then roll the sides of the exposed Cool Whip in the sprinkles. Place on your waxed baking pan. Place in the freezer and allow a minimum of 3 hours to freeze.