Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Photo by Danpape
You can make different rules to make things more or less intense as your family's needs change. We usually say the pillow has to leave your hands before it hits the other person, which keeps it fairly mellow. To make it even more mellow, only allow two handed throws which prevents really hard flinging. Or if you have big kids, just go wild and use full-size pillows.
We all have a blast, although sometimes I have a hard time remembering the rules :).
Posted by Elizabeth Jr
I was so excited to find this recipe. I'm posting this for those of you who may share my love for curry, sweet potatoes and goat cheese :)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Low Sugar cereal such as "Cheerios," corn flakes, "Chex," etc.
High Sugar cereals of your choice
Mix the cereals together in a big bucket. Try 2 parts low sugar to one part high sugar. Serve for breakfast. Your kids will be so excited that mom is actually letting them have sugar cereal!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The idea of "baby leg warmers" seems rather silly, until you think about the ease it will bring to diaper changing!!! (Just think: no peeling off tights, and heck, you could even put them on a little boy with a one-sie to protect him from rug burn!) You can make the socks as crazy or as conservative as you want, so they could even work for church.
Here's a link that shows you how to make them
Picture from the above link
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
(We usually end up at Chuck E. Cheese playing "Guitar Hero" and then getting fruit and cheese at the grocery store, all of which can be done with a grand total of five-ish dollars. )
You'll be surprised how much fun this can actually be. :)
March isn't over yet, and it's the perfect time of year to learn how to make a trash bag kite. From what I can tell, My dad's trash bag kite plans are better than any you can find on the web. Here is a picture of the plans taken by my dad. I hope you get a chance to use them!
Monday, March 21, 2011
photo from galawebdesign :)
A variation would be to choose a really familiar movie, assign parts (or don't), turn off the sound, and try to quote the right words.
Posted by Elizabeth Jr.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
For some people cleaning up relics from the past, such as books, hobby materials, and etc. can be a very hard job. Here is an idea that may help:
- Pray for strength to let go of the past.
- Make mental categories of the things that are taking up too much room such as: a) old school work, b) work items, and c) hobby items.
- Pick one of the categories that you need to clean up.
- Go through that one category only, separate it into three groups: keep, throw away, and store out of sight.
- When you are finished with one category pat yourself on the back. Then take a break or start on another category.
Friday, March 18, 2011
We usually wake up sort of late on Saturday morning. Somewhere along the way the kids decided that it's a tradition to have pancakes that morning, so they usually talk me into making some. I love pancakes, too, so it works out well.
I make little books for the kids to take their notes and draw their pictures in. I just cut a few papers in half, fold all the halves together and staple the side. The kids label or decorate the front with pen, pencil, or crayon if they want.
We all sit down together in the family room. I try to wear a dress and have a notebook and pen for myself. We all watch and take notes and draw pictures. There have been times when Daddy brings out some cold cereal to eat dry, or something like that. It's so nice to just sit and relax together and listen to the words of the prophets.
One of our favorite traditions is having people over for Saturday evening. The men go to the Priesthood session and the women stay here and make donuts, or pretzels, or cookies, etc. Then when the guys get home we all sit around the table and eat while they tell us girls about the Priesthood talks.
We usually have Uncles or Aunts come join us for one or more session during the weekend and that makes things extra special for all of us. All in all it's a really pleasant time.
Posted by Elizabeth Jr. :)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
That weekend, we started and ended each day with a devotional, did service projects, went for drives, had story time, worked in the yard, had craft time, played in the backyard, had cuddle time, went on picnics, made cookies, and watched every session of General Conference. Everything was scheduled including food prep (which I kept at a minimum), clean-up time, bath times, and snack times.
Everyone has fun memories of an organized weekend with plenty of attention from Mom and Dad, plenty of cooperation, plenty of spiritual experiences together, and plenty of fun food!
If we do it again, I will make sure that we kick off the weekend with a temple session with the kids who are old enough to do baptisms while the younger kids visit the temple grounds to have a lesson on temples.
If you decide to have a Family Conference, be aware that you can only fit so much in a weekend. Families get stressed when they are overscheduled. Ours was on a 3-day weekend during Fall break. That's how we were able to do so much. Do what works for YOU. Follow the Spirit, then maybe you will come up with something even better!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Daddy chooses a few rides he's willing to do for the kids like Strawberry Roan, Spinning, Flying Lessons, Climb and Flip, Skin the Cat, Rocket, etc. Then they get a certain number of tickets or turns that they can use for the ride of their choice. The kids love it!
You could have older kids help with giving the rides (or with first aid ; ).
P.S. This is Elizabeth the Younger : ).
Friday, March 11, 2011
Do you and your spouse both love music, but not always the same genre? Well, here’s a fun, free date idea for you to try.
Emerson is really knowledgeable about classical music, and I know nothing about it. So, one day he made up a program for a “concert” of music by a certain composer. In the program he included the composer’s biography and picture, and information about the musical selection. Then, with our programs and treats, we listened to the music he had chosen. He told me about the pieces, why he liked them, and their significance in musical history. It was really fun.
You can try this with any type of music, with either spouse “in charge.” You’ll be surprised how much fun you have and how much you learn about each other’s musical interests.
Picture from http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID26486/images/music-notes.jpg
A birthday classic.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
12 flat-bottomed ice cream cones
1 cake mix prepared according to package directions.
I container of frosting or cool whip
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Fill the cones halfway with cake batter (no further or they will not cook thoroughly). Place each cone in a mini cupcake baking tin for stability. If you don't have mini cupcake tins, use regular muffin tins by folding sheets of foil into strips. Bend each strip into a circle and put the foil circles into regular muffin tin cups. This makes the opening smaller so the cones won't tip. Bake for about the same time as cupcakes.
Spoon or pipe on cool whip to look like ice cream. Add sprinkles and top with maraschino cherries if desired. Don't make these too far ahead-- the cones get a bit soggy. Then again, the kids don't care! Don't use the squirty whipped cream unless you serve it immediately--it melts!
Transporting tip: To transport, "ice cream" cones, tape shut an empty cereal box. Cut 12 small X's in box. Push cone bottoms through X's. This will keep the cones from falling in transit.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I wanted to brighten up my couch pillows, so I made these flowers out of felt, mod podged them to make them stiff, and sewed safety pins to the back in case I ever want to take them off the pillows.
I made this book-page wreath for my living room, and I really liked how it turned out. I learned how to make it at http://livingwithlindsay.com/2009/11/librarians-please-avert-your-eyes.html
These flowers are pretty on cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, too. When I used them, people often ask if I am a cake decorator. They are always surprised when I tell them these flowers are made from marshmallows!
1 package colored mini marshmallows
1 pair kitchen scissors
cut each marshmallow three times to form 4 petals. You will actually use 5 petals per flower. Place the flower petals as close to touching in the center as you can. Green "petals" make leaves.
In a small bowl stir together sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup and milk in equal amounts.
Divide into separate bowls, and add food coloring to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush. Let dry 30 minutes before packaging.