Homemade Finger Paint for kids

Making this paint recipe is a fun activity to do with your kids.

And my kids sure love playing with paint and getting messy while making all their masterpieces! And since we go through A LOT of paint I decided to try my hand at making homemade finger paint.

This is not like those washable paints you buy, so make sure your kiddos have aprons on otherwise their clothes might stain.

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Crockpot Corned Beef Brisket


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Yes I know St Patrick’s Day is long over. However, I purchased a large beef brisket slab that I cut into five 3 pound sections. Tossed them into individual ziploc bags and threw them in the freezer to cook up another day.

Whelp, today felt like the day. I took out a bag and tossed it into the crockpot with gluten free beer and boiling water sprinkled with some whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, salt and some brown sugar. The aroma is AWESOME!

Now I wait 6-hours for the meat to cook and become tender! Oh so can’t wait!!

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DIY Homemade Decorative Candle Holders

Many years ago I use to attend the local MOPS with my children. One of the crafts I learned was how to make homemade candle holders.  It is by far the easiest craft I have made – and it is rather affordable to gather your items at the Dollar Tree at that.

And since St Patrick’s is around the corner you can use green spilt peas for decoration inside the candle holders.

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What you need:

  • Different sized glass vases
  • Glass candle stick holders
  • Different sized candles
  • 2-3 bags of split peas
  • E6000 Glue

Place glue around the top edge of the candle stick holder.  Center the base of the vase on the candle stick.  Allow to dry completely before handling. Approximately 24 hours is best.

Once dry, fill the vases with split peas. And place a candle inside. Wallah, you now have a decorative candle holder.

How to make homemade butter

I was making dinner and realized I was all out of butter. Remembering I had some cream in the fridge I reached for my Food Processor.

Many people seem to think there is a lot of work that goes into making homemade butter. And honestly, I have never tried to churn butter the old fashion way, but I have used my Food Processor in place of many times over.

By using a Food Processor the butter breaks in about 4-5 minutes. And wallah, you have butter — most likely better than the store bought butter.

Homemade butter

  • 4 cups of heavy cream (1 quart)
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt

Place a quart of heavy whipping cream into the food processor.

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Turn on your food processor and let it run. If your cream is on the cool side, it may go through a thick, whipped stage like this (see above). If it does, it just means it will take a bit longer for it to churn.

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As you process the cream, it will become more liquid. The sound of the cream in the processor will also change so it sounds like sloshing. It means the butter is separating from the buttermilk. Pour the butter through a fine mesh sieve and lightly fold the butter on itself to press out any liquid trapped in the butter. Pour off the excess liquid.

Return the butter to the food processor and add salt to taste. Turn the processor on and give it a whirl to incorporate the butter. Place in a container and store in fridge for up to two weeks if it lasts that long.

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Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

I love making the kids Valentine’s Cards. Thinking about it, I don’t recall ever actually buying pre-made valentine cards over the years for my kids.

Even though my daughter is in 2nd grade, all my kids were in day care at one time or another before they were ever in school. And well they would exchange cards at their day care center just like kids do at schools. So we have been making our cards for years!

Nevertheless, for the last three valentine’s I have been taking pictures of the kids so I can make 3-D Valentine’s Day Cards. My youngest had to wait until this year to finally get his… and I have to say all three really came out cute!

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