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MeloMomma: 11/7/10 - 11/14/10

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thanksgiving Indian Headband

What you will need:
Paper Bag
Comstruction Paper

Cut out a long strip of out of the paper bag.

Measure the childs head and tape the paper strip to fit the child's head.
Cut out feathers.
Cut small 1/2 inch slits along the edges of the feather.

Decorate feathers with stickers, markers, glitter glue, or crayon if you wish.
Glue the feathers onto the back of the headband.

Put it on an do a little rain dance.


Make Your House Smell Like Cinammon With This Craft

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You will need:1 cup applesauce
1 cup cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves

Mix well until the dough has the consistency of play dough (adding more applesauce or cinnamon as needed). Roll flat dusting the counter top and rolling pin with cinnamon if it sticks. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. Use a toothpick to create a hole for hanging. Dry at room temperature for 5-7 days. At the end of the third day turn over to ensure even drying. They dry even faster in a food dryer and give your house a wonderful smell.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Funky Apple Turkey

What you will need:
Googly eyes
Construction Paper
Apple Jacks (or a similar cereal)

1. Place 6 toothpicks into the top of the apple.

2. Place the cereal over the toothpicks. This is now your turkey's feathers.

3. Cut out the shapes for the head, nose, and snood.

4. Glue the googly eyes, nose and snood onto the face.

5. Attach the face to the apple with a toothpick.

Bam! Your creation is complete!


My Mom's Peanut Butter Cookies

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My Mom's Peanut Butter Cookies

¾ cup creamy peanut butter (I use the cheap kind)
½ cup all vegetable shortening (I use Crisco butter flavor)
1 ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1 large egg
1 ¾ cup flour
¾ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix at a medium speed until well blended. Add egg and beat. Add dry ingredients and mix at a low speed until blended. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper). Space cookies 2 inches apart. Flatten. Bake 7-8 minutes or until set or just beginning to brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove from cookie sheet to cool completely.


This is my mom's recipe. When she makes them, they are gone in a day. These are the best peanut butter cookies you will ever have.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Who Stole The Letter C Off My Computer?

It was a wild day here! I had lots of errands to run and a full day of tasks needing completed. We are all a little down with a cold, so I am not 100% on top of my game. Although, my kids are sick too, they still expect me to be Super Mom.

The morning started with Hayden pulling the letter C off of my keyboard. It was not fixable. IRRITATING! You have got to be kidding me? Is my morning really starting off like this? My husband switched out my keyboard to a new one. Score!

We left the house at 9am and headed to Winco for some groceries. Gabe, my oldest, was so good. He helped grab food off the shelf and he even bagged 50% of all the groceries when done! Hayden normally hates sitting the the cart. I made him sit there until we were almost done. I waited until he was really angry to take him out. I normally take him out at his first fuss, but I was really wanting to eliminate the stress. Mission complete.

Now, off to Rite Aide and Joanne's. The boys were pretty good through all of the shopping. Now, off to home to put all this stuff away.

Hayden was so tired he went to sleep right after we got home. I was able to get all the groceries put away, male Gabe lunch, and, make a dozen chocolate covered bananas all before Hayden woke up!

Now, let's fast forward. I took Gabe to school. I picked him up. Yada yada yada.

Now, I am thankful the roast was already in the crock pot because it is 5pm and I am still cleaning up the house. My 3 boys, yes I said three (husband included), make a mess faster than I can clean it. At 6:30pm the dinner and the cleaning was done. My boys were actually playing really nice too. All the sudden I heard a big bang!

Gabe and Hayden knocked over a big plant stand and my beautiful spider plant. Housecleaning not done!

Ten minutes later Hayden walked over to his brother, who was laying down, and smacked him on the back with a DVD case.

Today was a crazy day!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Free Blooming Onion and Beverage

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Free Blooming Onion and Beverage at Outback Steak House on Nov.11 to all Veterans. No purchase necessary.

Be sure to bring your military ID.

Thank You Veterans!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Birthday Freebie

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Here is a freebie for your child on his/her birthday from Barnes & Noble.On their birthday they receive a free cupcake from the cafe and a free Tikatok create-a-book project! As if that was not enough you get $5 off every $100 you spend (online and in stores). They provide you a monthly email with additional savings and 25% off everyday books created by your child on Tikatok. How cool!

Visit Barnes and Noble Kid's Club to sign up.

Thanks for the tip Freebies4Mom.

Easy Turkey Craft

You will need:

Construction Paper

1. Trace your hand and cut it out.
2. Cut out 5 feathers.

3. Glue 1 feather on each finger and 1 right behind the pinky finger.

4. Draw and eye and a mouth.
5. Cut out a snood and glue it on.

Bam! There is your turkey!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Toilet Paper Roll Turkey

Toilet Paper Roll Turkey

What You Will Need:

2 Toilet Paper Rolls
Construction Paper
Googly Eyes


1. Cut one tp roll in half.
2.  Place a piece of tape on the small tp roll and place it on the center of the large tp roll. This becomes your turkey head and body.
3.  Cut out six turkey feathers.

4.  Glue the turkey feathers to the back of the turkey.

3.  Cut out a triangle for the nose.
4.  Cut out a snood. (this is the red piece of skin that hangs over the turkeys nose)
5.  Glue on the nose and snood.

6.  Glue on the googly eyes.
7.  Cut out 2 feet.
8.  Glue on the feet and Viola! You have a turkey.

My year old made the turkey pictured. To add flair for the older kids try decorating the feathers with markers, glitter glue, or paint. You could also paint the tp rolls brown prior to making.

Have Fun!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dumpster Diving In My Front Yard

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Have you ever had so much frustration with clutter that you just start tossing items? This was the case for me last week. Unfortunately, I tossed the wrong item. I tossed a hat my son got from the Rainforest Cafe. It is a cheap ten cent hat that has seen better days. So, I figured it was trash. He had not asked for it in days but tonight he did. Oh no, what did I do?

I felt awful, so I did the nastiest thing. I actually went and dug in the trash for the hat. I tore into and sifted through six trash bags. There was upwards of fifty dirty diapers in there too. Yum Yum! The smell almost made me puke. It was dark when I was out there, so my husband held a flash light up for me. I was done with this nasty mission when I got poop on my hand. Luckily it was the last bag.

Tonight, after all that, there was no hat found. The trash man must had already picked up that load. I really did try to find it and I felt awful for throwing it away. I can see a trip to the Rainforest Cafe in our immediate future.