Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Nisswa Turtle Races

You have missed the Nisswa Turtle Races for 2016, but add it to your summer bucket list for 2017. They are a fun thing to do "up north". We went for the first time this year and will probably make it a tradition. They are held on Wednesdays in the summer!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Glow In the Dark Bowling

This was certainly fun to play and I wish you could really see how cool this bowling set looks at night, but it's hard to really capture that in photos but you can kind of tell from the top picture.

All you need are used water bottles that you refill with tap water and place activated glow sticks in the inside of each one. The water will offer refractive properties so the whole bottle glows, not just the stick as it appears in the picture.

This works pretty well as an outdoor bowling game, but you can also play it inside. Just be sure you have the caps screwed on tight.

Have fun!

Other fun ideas to use glow sticks include:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cilantro-Lime Coleslaw

This is a wonderfully flavorful coleslaw without the heaviness of mayo. It is great on it's own or tastes wonderful on shrimp or fish tacos.

Cilantro-Lime Coleslaw
1 small head of cabbage (shredded, about 6 cups)
1 C carrots (shredded or diced)
1/2 C fresh cilantro (chopped)
1/2 C green onions (sliced)
5 T fresh lime juice (from 2-3 limes)
3 T extra virgin olive oil
4 tsp sugar
salt and pepper, to taste

Mix together all vegetables in a large bowl with a cover
Mix together juice, oil, sugar and salt and pepper to make a dressing
Pour dressing over the top of the vegetables
Seal cover on the bowl and shake to mix well
Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 3 hours to allow flavors to blend.
Toss in the bowl again before serving to have dressing coat the slaw again.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Glow-in-the-Dark Basket Ring Toss

Another idea on how you can use those laundry baskets. Idea #2 Make Glow in the Dark Ring Toss. We assigned them points (1, 2, & 3 with the closest being one point). Initially we had taped the glow sticks (3 of them put together) on paper plates because I thought they might need more weight when we used then outside, but that was not the case. The ended up coming loose from the tape and we just used the glow stick rings. We played this both inside and outside. I think this might become a fun game we play at the cabin in the winter.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Aveda Butterfly Garden

You have about 2 1/2 weeks left to enjoy the Aveda Butterfly Garden at the Minnesota Zoo before this attraction closes for the season. We always enjoy seeing so many different kinds of butterflies there.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Loom Knit Scrubbie for Dishes

I made these quite a while ago for my mom. The smaller pink and white one I used the peach flower loom. That was the first one I made and I wasn't thrilled how small it turned out so I made the next one using the blue small round loom in the Knifty Knitter set.

For both of them I used tulle on a spool. Usually you can find these for under $2 a spool. This is also the same kind of tool I used to make these cute little skirts with.

They are pretty quick to make and you use a standard stitch on the loom. For the large one I cashed on 12th Rose and then cast off the same way you would close up a hat X bringing a strand through each of the loops on each page then hang tight. Then cut another strand of the tool and go through each of the loops on the opposite side and pull tight. Then I tied in a couple of knots to keep the front and back side tied together and keep it flat.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Simple Bean and Corn Salsa

Do you remember that cookbook.....A Man A Can and A Plan? Or something like that. I have never actually read it, just remember the ads from on TV. Anyways, this is totally a recipe that could fit in there, as you could just stop with the 3 cans and not add any of the fresh ingredients and have perfectly good salsa, but I like to add some fresh stuff too!

Simple Bean and Corn Salsa
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes with jalepenos (Ro-tel)
1/2 C chopped cilantro
1/2 C chopped green onions

Mix all ingredients together. Best if allowed to sit for a couple hours to allow all the flavors to meld together.