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Homemade Bisquick

Here is a great recipe for Homemade Bisquick! “Homemade” is another word for “Better”

Just mix Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, and Shortening together. It should start to get crumbly. Then use however you see fit

HOMEMADE BISQUICK
Description

Homemade… another word for better

Ingredients

5 c. flour (you could use part whole wheat flour- I’ve only tried it subbed with 1 c. whole wheat but it worked fine)
1/4 c. baking powder
2 Tbsp. sugar (optional)
1 tsp. salt
1 c. shortening (I use butter)

makes about 6 cups

Directions

Mix and sift the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, and salt). Use a whisk or a large spoon.

Cut in the shortening or oil into the dry ingredients. If using melted butter, make sure to evenly disperse the butter as much as possible.

Mix well and store. Use the same amount as you would Bisquick. This will keep for up to 4 months if stored in a tight container in a dry space.

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30 Handmade Ornaments for the kids

GREAT post I found on http://handsonaswegrow.com/ and wanted to share with you. 30 Homemade Ornaments for the kids. So super cute!!

http://handsonaswegrow.com/30-homemade-ornaments-for-the-kids/

Thirty homemade ornaments to make with your kids for keepsakes this Christmas, or just for fun!

I especially love the globe ornaments, so I even included a section of just those!

Six keepsake ornaments. Ten globe ornaments. And even fourteen homemade ornaments that the kids can make!

So call the kids over as you scroll through these and decide which ornament you’ll make today! [And then choose another to make tomorrow! I think you’ll have enough to do one each day until Christmas!]

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Homemade Flubber For Kids

Some water, glue, borax, and food coloring is all you need. mix the glue, water, and food coloring in one bowl. in a separate bowl, mix hot water and borax. when you mix the two together, a magical thing happens – it turns into this smooth elastic-y substance that i can’t quite describe. Are you curious to know for yourself what this stuff is like?! Try it yourself – your kids will love it!! Here’s the recipe!

what you need:

3/4 cup cold water

1 cup Elmer’s glue

liquid food coloring

1/2 cup hot water

1 teaspoon borax (you can find this in a box in the laundry aisle)

directions:

step 1: in bowl 1 – mix together the cold water, glue, and food coloring. set aside.

step 2: in bowl 2 – mix together the hot water and borax, until the borax is completely dissolved.

step 3: slowly add glue mixture to borax mixture. mix well. pour off excess water.

Source: http://www.livecrafteat.com/craft/homemade-flubber-for-kids/#ixzz3OL1N1eH9

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How to Start an Indoor Winter Garden

The ground may be frozen, but you can grow produce all winter long, and right in your own home.

If you’re a fruit and vegetables lover, you’ve probably gotten a little too well-acquainted with the Whole Foods produce section. But this year, why not take matters into your own hands? Growing your own produce and herbs indoors is a great way to complement grocery store and winter farmers market trips, and you don’t need a green thumb—or an enormous budget—to do it right. Plant these crops in your house or apartment this winter and reap the benefits through spring.

Herbs

Herbs are by far the easiest things to grow inside, and you’ll put them to good use if you’re a cook. Basil is probably the simplest of all—just plant a packet of seeds and place the pot next to a south-facing window for maximum sunlight. If you buy cuttings of oregano, parsley, thyme, or rosemary and plant them in a small pot, they’ll also grow well near a south-facing window.

Root Vegetables

Round varieties of carrots and radishes, which tend not to root as deeply as other varieties, do well indoors if their seeds are sewn at any point from late winter to mid-autumn. All you need is a box, trough, or pan to get started.

Mushrooms

If you have a dark, draft-free place like a pantry or cupboard, it’s possible to grow mushrooms with ease. You can buy special bags of compost with mushroom spawn already included—just water the soil and leave it in your dark place, preferably with the temperature set between 50 and 60 degrees.

Leafy Greens

Growing plants like lettuce, spinach, and arugula indoors is a slightly more involved process, but by no means impossible. Since leafy greens require a bit more sunlight than the short winter days produce naturally, your best bet is to invest in fluorescent grow lights. Though they can get a little pricey, the lights will ensure optimum growing conditions. Just plant your seeds in moist potting soil, water regularly, and leave the grow lights on for 10 to 12 hours a day.

Tomatoes

No more mealy tomatoes for you! If you’re willing to put in a bit of extra work, you can grow small types of tomatoes inside. You’ll still need to stake the plants so they can bear the fruit’s weight, and most plants will need to be transferred from a small pot filled with starter mix to a larger container of potting soil as they grow, but the end product is well worth the chore.

Source: www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2013/01/15/indoor-winter-garden/

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How to build a Lego Candy Dispenser 

Great article I found on http://frugalfun4boys.com/ and wanted to share with you. Awesome for moms of boys!

Got M&M’s?  Or Skittles? Even if you don’t do trick-or-treating, it seems like there is always plenty of candy floating around during this time of the year… Add a little creativity to your kids’ sugar high with this fun Lego project!

Lego Candy Dispenser

This Lego candy dispenser uses pieces that are pretty easy to find.  We’re hoping that you have everything on hand that you need to build it.  If not, maybe your kids can find another piece to substitute, or come up with an awesome design of their own!

When you pull out the brick on the right side of the photo, M&M’s drop down.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Then open the door in the front, and out comes the candy!

Lego Candy Dispenser

Here’s how to build it:

Step 1:  Start with a 12 x 12 baseplate or something similar.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 2:  Add bricks to the bottom of the base plate to boost it up a little.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 3: Find pieces that look like this.

Update:  If you need to order these pieces, the red and black element is actually two bricks.  You will need a 2 x 2 rocker plate and 2 x 1 rocker bearing.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 4:  Assemble the pieces like this.  This will be a ramp for the candy to slide down.

Lego Candy DispenserStep 5:  Find pieces that look like this.  This will be the door that lets the candy out.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 6:  Attach the ramp to the base plate as shown.  Add two 2 x 2 bricks.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 7:  Add the door pieces like this.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 8:  Add bricks to the base plate as shown.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 9:  Add two 2 x 6 bricks to each side.  Add one 1 x 6 to each gray piece with holes.  Add two 2 x 6 bricks behind the ramp.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 10:  Add two flat 2 x 10 pieces above the ramp as shown.  Add two flat and smooth 2 x 2 bricks.  These bricks will allow the arm that lets the candy out to slide back and forth.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 11:  Add a 1 x 6 brick to the left side as shown.  Build the sliding arm as shown – one 2 x 10 flat brick and one 2 x 4 flat brick.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 12:  Start building up the candy chamber as shown.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 13:  Add height to the candy chamber.  We used some window pieces so that you can see the candy level inside.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 14:  Fill with candy!

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 15:  Add some flat pieces for the top.

Lego Candy Dispenser

(It’s fun to leave this out on the counter so that Moms can share the M&M’s too… Just sayin’… :-) )

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Peppermint Salt Dough Recipe

Scented Sensory Salt Dough Play!

Easy no cook salt dough recipe for sensory play! We livened it up with a wonderful peppermint scent and natural coloring too! I love no cook dough for how easy it is to make. Our apple sauce no cook dough and harvest no cook dough were a real hit. This recipe is one of my favorites and part of our 12 Awesome Sensory Play Recipes. I am pleased to be a part of an awesome group called All Things Kids! Each month we join together to bring you a great resource of the wonderful kids activities. This month is all about Salt Doughs for the 12 Months of Sensory Dough hosted by Lemon Lime Adventures.
Peppermint Salt Dough Recipe {No Cook!}

What is salt dough? It is a very simple mixture that creates a sort of modeling dough and can be air-dried and saved. We simply use it for sensory play He loves when I start pulling out ingredients from the kitchen, especially candy canes, and I tell him we are going to invent a new dough to play with today! I think he loves the novelty of creating something brand new! Read all about Tactile Sensory Play and its great benefits! Today we have a quick salt dough recipe provided by one of my awesome friends that we have used before!
Supplies needed:

1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Table Salt
1/2 Water
Candy Canes or Peppermints
Bowl and Spoon to mix
Cookie Cutters, Spatula, Rolling Pin and other play items!
So quick and EASY! While we were eating breakfast, I measured the water and added a few broken candy canes to it! This is where the lovely smell and color come from, but it needs some time to dissolve! We even made a peppermint water science experiment earlier in the week! We measured the salt and flour and poured them both into the bowl and then added peppermint water. Mix, knead, roll and play! SIMPLE!
Credit: http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/peppermint-salt-dough-recipe/
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