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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Toilet Paper Roll Leprechaun Kid's Craft

What you will need:
Toilet paper roll
Construction paper
Pipe cleaner

Cover the toilet paper roll in construction paper.
Use tape to secure it.
Create the hat by cutting a large circle about 3in X 3in.
Create the top of the hat by taping the construction paper together and making a tube shape.
Glue the top of the hat to the base and allow to dry.

Cut out a 1in. strip of black construction paper and glue it to the bottom of the hat.
Cut out a small square and glue it to the center of the black strip.
The hat is complete.
Draw a face for your leprechaun.
Cut out another 1 in. black strip and glue it to on the center of the leprechaun's body.
This is his belt.
With the pipe cleaner twist and shape a 3 leaf clover and glue it to the top of the hat.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Link Up; MeloMomma's Share It Friday

It's Friday again and that means it is time to link your favorite kid friendly post. Almost anything goes as long as it is kid friendly. Link up a craft, recipe, activity, DIY project, story, etc...

Please be sure to link to your post and not your home page and do leave me a comment after you link up! You are welcome to grab my button and ad it to the post you are sharing (but not required).

Happy Friday and thank you for participating!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

CD Shamrock; St. Patrick's Day Kid's Craft

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What you will need:
3 old CD's or DVD's
Glitter or beads (photo shows beads, but glitter is just as awesome)
Pipe cleaner for stem or Construcion paper

Glue the Cd's together. (Elmer's glue works fine, but super glue dries faster)
Glue on the pipe cleaner or the the paper stem.
Apply a small layer of White school glue (Elmer's) to the three Cd's.
Sprinkle with green glitter or decorate with beads and gems.

Thanks for the tip, TipJunkie

We also recently made: Paper Plate Leprechauns, Awesome Sparkly Mardi Gras Masks, and Toilet Paper Roll Dr. Seuss Hat. Thanks to Crayola, you can turn you your child into a cartoon character for FREE!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Recipe Thursday: Sausage Rigatoni; Kid Friendly Dinner on A Budget

3 cups of uncooked rigatoni pasta ( I buy in bluk at winco for under a $1)
1 pachage of suasage (I use John Morelli smoked sausage for under $1.89)
1 jar of pasta sauce (I use bertolli veggi blend ($1.68)
2 peppers (red, yellow, or orange... I grabbed what was on sale 2 for $1)
1/2 yellow onion (under 50 cents)
1 tbsp. minced garlic (optional)
1 tbsp. chopped fresh pasley (optional)

Cut sausage into cubes and place into a non stick skillet.
Cut peppers and onion into small bite size pieces and place into non stick skillet (no oil needed. Add 1 tbsp water to help steam them)

In another pot, bring water to a boil.
Add noodles to boiling water; stir occasionally.
Fully cook sausage (if already cooked, fully heat it up).
Saute the peppers and onion until just barley tender. Add garlic (optional) and reduce heat to low.

When pasta is fully cooked, drain and add to the sausage skillet.
Pour on your favorite sauce, mix well.

*I served my kids at this point. They are not interested in eating peppers.

Mix in pepper and onion mixture.
Sprinkle on fresh parsley if desired (more for presentation than taste).



Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Healthy Shrimp Po Boys; Mardi Gras Lunch Recipe

I am always looking for ways to cut calories. I took a standard recipe and changed it up drastically to serve up Shrimp Po Boys with less fat and calories! It is still fried, but hey... I am no Paula Dean.

Vegi oil
1/2 cup of skim milk
1 egg
1 lb. shrimp, deveined
3/4 cup flour
Seasoning (I like McCormick Seafood Seasoning)
French rolls
Shredded lettuce
Hot sauce
Lemon juice

Heat up oil in a fry skillet.
Pull the tails off the shrimp.
Mix the milk and egg in one bowl.
Mix the flour and Seafood Seasoning in another bowl.
Drip the shrimp into the milk mixture. Remove.
Dip into the four mixture.
Coat shrimp.
Place shrimp into hot oil.
Fry shrimp on each side approx. 3 minutes until golden brown.

Place hot shrimp into paper towels and allow the excess oil to be soaked up by the paper towel.
Spit the french roll in half.
Fill with lettuce and shrimp.
On top of the shrimp give a dash of lemon juice and a dash of hot sauce! (Ass sliced tomatoe if desired)

*I eliminate the hot sauce for the kids or the kids just eat the shrimp only.

We also recently made: Paper Plate Leprechauns, Awesome Sparkly Mardi Gras Masks, and Toilet Paper Roll Dr. Seuss Hat

Oh... and if you wondered what to have for breakfast on Fat Tuesday, you can have some Vanilla Crepes with me!


Mardi Gras Noodle Necklace; Kid's Mardi Gras Craft

We all made noodle necklaces as kids, right? Let's dye the noddles and have some Mardi Gras fun too!

What you will need:
Food coloring
String or pipe cleaners

Put 5 drops of food coloring into a bowl with 1/2 cup of water.
Mix well.
Drop the noodles into the dye.

Stir often for 3 minutes. (If you leave them in too long they get mushy or crack).
Allow noodles to dry on a paper towel.

String noodles on a string or on two pipe cleaners. (twist the pipe cleaners together to secure).

Happy Mardi Gras!


Monday, March 7, 2011

MeloMomma Joined The Twitter Crowd

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Yeah Yeah... I know... It's about time! MeloMomma is on Twitter! Following me is now even easier.

Now you can not only follow me on Facebook, but Twitter too!

Kid Friendly Jester Hat; Mardi Gras Kid Style

What you will need:
Construction paper
Pom Poms

Tape 2 pieces of paper together and cut a 3 inch strip.
Tape the ends together to form a circle. (tape the inside and the outside of the hat)
Cut out 6 long paper strips. (similar to a long triangle)
Wrap the paper strips around your finger to get them to curl.
Glue a pom pom to each one.
Allow to dry.
Tape to the inside of the hat.

Please note that I made the mistake of only making one! My boys fought over it (Don't let the face in the top picture fool you. He was just being a clown), so word to the wise... Make at least one for each child. Happy Mardi Gras Everyone!

We also recently made: Paper Plate Leprechauns, Awesome Sparkly Mardi Gras Masks, and Toilet Paper Roll Dr. Seuss Hat

Oh... and if you wondered what to have for breakfast on Fat Tuesday, you can have some Vanilla Crepes with me!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Big OOPS!; A Newbie Bloggers Big Mistake

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Wow! I made a big mistake. I wonder how many newbie bloggers out there have done this one?

Did anyone notice that when you clicked on my posts, you were always directed back to my home page and not to the post desired?

I had some fellow bloggers contact me. They were not able to share my posts because of this. Never fear... husband Doug to the rescue! He figured out my big OOPS and it is all fixed!