Thursday, July 19, 2018

100 Days of Science-- #32 Edible Silly Putty

We were looking for something fun and different to do for science one day so we tried making edible slime.  I've seen a few recipes floating around Pinterest that use candy,  heat, and food stuff to make slime and I always thought that sounded like fun. However, we found our slime was a bit stiffer and so we dubbed it silly putty! 

We settled on making Starburst slime and got to work sorting our colors.  We put about 15 or so Starburst in each pile.

Then we unwrapped them and put them each in their own small bowl.

We began microwaving them one at a time until they were just melted.  This took only 30 or so seconds in our microwave.  We were real careful to make sure we did not overly melt or burn them.

While one bowl was in the microwave I mixed together equal parts cornstarch and powdered sugar in another small bowl.

We added just a bit of the powder mixture to the bowl and began stirring; making sure to scrape up all the melted candy from the sides and bottom of the bowl as best we could.

Once we had it mixed pretty well and the candy mixture had cooled off we added a bit more powder and mixed/ kneaded by hand until we had a silly putty or slime type of texture.

Then the boys settled down to play!

Ian mixed the orange and yellow together to make a large waterfall

It did stiffen up a bit as it cooled off but the boys found the more they worked with it the more their hands warmed it up and kept it malleable.

They each tried a bite and tole me it tasted just like a regular Starburst candy.

It was fun but the putty did harden up considerably within an hour or two and by the next morning it was hard as a rock so while we consider this a successful science experiment it is not quite like silly putty!

Others in this series:

2.  Field Trip to the Ecotarium 
3.  Learning About Air Molecules

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator- Coloring Pages

Thanks for stopping by and joining us again this week as we host another virtual refrigerator arts and crafts link up.

Alec finished up another coloring book.  He has really taken to coloring lately so much so that it's hard to keep enough coloring books in the house.  He really loves color by number or letter pages especially when they're single sided and he can use his markers.

They do make really nice pictures when they're finished too.

Now without further ado I invite you to grab a "magnet" and link up your arts and crafts posts below and visit some other bloggers to see what they shared on their refrigerators.

Your art project doesn't need to be a stand alone post, nor does it need to be a tutorial.  We love day in the life posts or homeschooling wrap- ups that show art work too! 

So what do you have to share with us?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July Pinterest Challenge-- Cheesy Ranch Chex mix

Welcome to the July Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!

This month the boys and I decided to try out a new Chex mix recipe. I wanted something chocolaty and sweet but Evan really wanted to try something with ranch so I agreed.  We found this recipe for Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix and decided to give it a try.

Of course (as usual!) I did not completely follow the recipe.  We make Chex mix often and like to make ours with bagel chips too so we added some to the pretzels, Cheez-its, and Chex cereal.  We also didn't measure how much of each we used but just layered them in our large glass bowl until it was nice and full.

We melted 3 Tablespoons butter in the microwave.  We added in the 1 ounce packet of Ranch seasoning and the 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese to the bowl and drizzled everything with the melted butter then gave it all a really good stir to try and make sure everything was evenly coated.

We put the mix in the oven to bake according to directions (250 degrees for an hour stirring every 15 minutes).  It smelled AMAZING!  (We've since made this again and tried microwaving it for 6 minutes; stirring every two and it worked just as great).

It was chuck full of great flavor.

I would definitely make it again and I'm pretty sure we found a new family favorite.

In January my boys and I made nail polish marbled mugs.
In February we tried out a new recipe for turkey & cornbread pot pie.
In March my boys worked on making a salt dough map.
In April my boys made some glittery mason jar luminaries. 
In May my oldest on and husband made a hand forged key holder
In June I made zucchini crust pizza for myself.

  To join next month's #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ August Pinterest Challenge.

Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop
Erlene - My Pinterventures • Jenny - Cookies Coffee and Crafts Debbee - Debbee's Buzz • Laurie - My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies Bri - Halfpint Design • Julie - Sum of their Stories • T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet Beverly - Across the Boulevard • Debra - Shoppe No. 5 Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Terri - Our Good Life Chelc - Inside The Fox Den • Cherryl - Farm Girl Reformed Leslie - Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After • Katrin - Kreativ K Kelley - Simply Inspired Meals • Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey Toni - Small Home Soul • Gail - Purple Hues and Me Rebecca - Hello Central AvenueMarie - DIY Adulation  Kristie - Teadoddles • Marie - The Inspiration Vault Lydia - Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen • Maria - Simple Nature Decor Michelle - Our Crafty Mom • Emily - Domestic Deadline Alexandra - Eye Love Knots Sam • Raggedy Bits

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Time Fun Featured Posts

With our Summer Time Fun party at an end it was time to go through all the submissions and pick a few of my favorites.  

That is never an easy thing when there are so many TALENTED bloggers linking up.  I did try my very best to read, comment, and pin them all and those posts that really stuck out in my mind were the ones I chose to feature.  I hope you'll visit each of the co-hosts this Thursday July 19th to see what features they've picked too. 

The Co-hosts!

In no particular order here are my choices: 

4th of July Dessert Recipe For Your Neighborhood BBQ from Play Dates to Parties -- they all look so delicious and we have a huge family party each 4th of July weekend.  

Looking for the BEST 4th of July dessert recipes? Head over to to see 15 amazing options, whether you have only 30 minutes or 3 hours to spare. #july4th #july4thdesserts #desserts #patrioticdesserts #pdpsweets

Tropical Shrinky Dink Charms and Pins by My Pinterventures-- My boys and I just LOVE playing with Shrinky Dinks.

How to make Tropical Shrinky Dinks Charms and Pins

Ladybug Wreath for New, Existing Homes Bridges Seasons by Debbees Buzz -- There's just something about ladybugs that tug at my heart and this is such a cute wreath.


The Best Cake Recipe You will Ever Make for Father's Day by Bluesky at Home-- I just adore cinnamon and this cake sounds amazing.

The Best Cake Recipe You Will Ever Make for Father's Day. Cinnamon Layer Cake is absolutely amazing. #bestcake #cakerecipe #cinnamoncake

Protea Flower DIY by Purple Hues and Me-- I just could not get over the fact that she made this using foam sheets.  

DIY Disney Themed T-Shirts by The Scrap Shoppe Blog-- You all know I just love anything Disney and with all the Cricut/ Vinyl clothes I've been working on lately this was right up my alley!

DIY your own Disney-themed t-shirts for even more fun at the parks!

Hawaiian Ham & Pineapple Kebabs by Delightful E Made-- don't they just look amazing?  I'm always looking for new grilling ideas.  

Get your cookout game on point with these incredible Hawaiian Ham & Pineapple Kebabs! Made with savory, delicious ham, fresh pineapple and veggies, these simple ham skewers will be your new favorite summer grilling recipe!

Dollar Store Flower Coasters by Crafty Lumberjacks-- I just thought these were so beautiful and I loved that the supplies were from the Dollar store! 

Update a Bright Purple Planter with Paint by Shopee No. 5-- The transformation from cheap purple plastic pot is just amazing!
Update A Bright Purple Planter With Paint

Ginger Peach Iced Tea by Delightful E Made--  My favorite drink year round hands down is iced tea and I love the idea of infusing it with fresh peaches and ginger.  YUM!

A refreshing, thirst-quenching iced tea perfect for sipping on a hot summer day! This delicious beverage has amazing peach and ginger flavor, and way better than any powdered mix!

DIY Beach Themed Coasters from Mason Jar Lids by Our Crafty Mom-- I just love beach themed crafts and I'm always looking for ways to use mason jar lids

DIY Beach Themed Coasters From Mason Jar Lids Our Crafty Mom 5

What were some of your favorites?

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Strawberry Coffee Cake

We picked so many fresh strawberries that we just could not eat them all before they started going bad.  Despite making our red fruit salad, some homemade strawberry jam (using this recipe), strawberry shortcake, and slicing strawberries into yogurt and piled on plates as a tasty summer side dish I still was left with several cups of strawberries.  

We decided to take our favorite Blueberry Boy Bait recipe and turn it into a strawberry coffee cake with a nice cinnamon swirl.   

For the cake part of the recipe you will need:

2 cups Flour 
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup skim milk 
1 cup strawberries; ours were small so I only cut them in half. 

For the topping/swirl:
1 cup strawberries (same note as above)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon.

Grease and flour a 13 x 9 pan and preheat oven to 350.  In a small bowl mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside. 

In a large mixing bowl combine butter with the two types of sugar.  Once mixed, gradually add in eggs one at a time.  

Then slowly add in 1/3 of the milk mixture, 1/3 of the flour mixture, and keep alternating until everything is nice and smooth.

Gently fold in the strabwerries

Pour into prepared 13 x 9 pan and then sprinkle the additional strawberries on top.

Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle over the top of the whole cake.   Use a knife to make little swirls.

Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until a knife/ toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean or with a few cake crumbs attached.

Let cool slightly and then slice and serve! 

Since I just love strawberries I often eat mine with extra strawberries sliced up on the side.  A wonderful summer brunch idea.

What's your favorite strawberry recipe?  

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