Showing posts from July, 2019

Encouraging Hearts and Home- Home Improvement Edition

It's funny but even though we spend so much time outside this time of year it is also the time of year I think about tackling the interior of the house and changing things up.  I guess truth be told I am often thinking of updating areas around the house but all that added daylight gives me the energy and ambition to do something about it.

My favorites this week are inspired by some home improvement posts that were shared at last week's party.  Do you find inspiration from linky parties too?

Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home!

The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light! ***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encou…

100 Days of Science-- #81 Mushroom Spores

I've been searching high and low for some easy and quick science experiments to try with my boys this summer.  I really want to finish up our 100 Days of Science Challenge with them but I did promise them a summer break this year so I knew I had to find some simple and fun projects they'd be willing to do with me.  Learning about mushroom spores fell so nicely into the easy and quick category!

We bought a Portobello mushroom for this experiment and just removed the stem. We placed the cap of the mushroom and the stem facedown on two separate pieces of white paper and left them there for a few hours.

It didn't make much of an impression or mark like I thought it was supposed to so I trimmed just a tiny bit more off and we put the mushroom face down on another corner of the page and left it overnight.

The next morning we could see lots of mushrooms spores!

Others in this series:
1.  Bernoulli's Principle 2.  Field Trip to the Ecotarium  3.  Learning About Air Molecules 4.…

July Pinterest Challenge-- Weight Watcher Pizza Recipe

My husband and I both began Weight Watchers back at the very end of March and have had a lot of fun trying out various recipes we've found around the web.  So many of the ones we've tried have been a huge hit with the WHOLE family!  
I just love when I can one make recipe and it satisfies everyone.  This 2 ingredient pizza dough that is Weight Watchers Friendly at only 3 or so points a serving (for the crust) it was a huge hit. 
Let's meet this month's Pinterest Challenge hosts!My Pinterventures •  Cookies Coffee and CraftsSew Crafty Crochet Eye Love KnotsMy Sweet ThingsAcross the BoulevardSuzerspace•  Purple Hues and MeDecorate and More with TipMom Home GuideOur Unschooling Journey•  Intelligent DomesticationsCraftify My Love•  Life Beyond the Kitchen•  K's Olympic NestTeadoddles•  Farm Girl Reformed•  Simple Nature D├ęcor•  Stone Cottage AdventuresTo join next month's #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ August Pinterest ChallengeI mostly followe…

Summer Fun Link Party Features

Once again I made it a goal of mine to visit and pin every single post that linked up with us at the Summer Fun link party.  I may not have had time to comment on them all but rest assured I did visit each and every one.

Thank you so much to all you wonderful and talented bloggers that linked up with us.  We had so many great ideas shared with us that it made it quite difficult to pick a few favorites-- but I had to try!  I finally settled on featuring some of my favorites cakes and cupcakes that were shared.

Make sure to check in and see what all the other co-hosts are featuring too!

The Hosts! Across the Blvd | Purple Hues and Me Sew Crafty Crochet | This Autoimmune Life Our Unschooling Journey | Coastal Bohemian Two Chicks & a Mom | Domestic Deadline Cookies, Coffee, & Crafts | My Pinterventures | Stone Cottage Adventures

I just love a good cheesecake and Oh Mrs. Tucker shared her recipe for Manhattan Cheesecake that looks simply fabulous.

Cooking with Ca…

Fiesta Pasta Salad Recipe

I have been re-working so many of our favorite salads now that I'm on Weight Watchers.  I had lots of seasoning, lettuce, tomatoes, and corn left over from a night that we had tacos and I just knew I had to make up a new summer salad for us all to enjoy.

Only 5 WW points per cup this salad was delicious!


1 box pasta, (about 6 cups; cooked and drained)
1 cup chopped romaine
2 medium tomatoes; diced
2 ears of corn; cooked
4 Tablespoons Hellman's light mayonnaise
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 ounce package of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp. taco seasoning
1/2 tsp. cider vinegar

In a medium bowl I combined the pasta, romaine lettuce, tomato and cut the corn kernels off the cob; mixing them together well.

In a small bowl I used a whisk to combine the mayo, vinegars, dressing mix, yogurt and taco seasoning.

Then I poured the dressing over the pasta and gave it all a good stir.

A full measured cup is a serving and I thought it was de…

Touring Fort Trumbull

I have lived in my home state my whole life and I never knew this fort was located just about an hour from my home.  As soon as I heard about it I knew it would make a perfect field trip!   We noticed a lot of similarities between Fort Trumbull and Fort Niagara (that we also toured in the fall) and learned a lot about the roll this particular fort played in our local history.  

First up we found a few dioramas and models of the fort so we could see what it looked like in it's day and from up above. 

Then we explored the museum watching a movie about the fort an learning a lot about the history of the area, land and sea travel and how the fort was built upon year after year.

Then we went outside and explored the fort.

We saw a tugboat escorting a submarine into the harbor so we stopped to watch.

Inside the fort we learned about what life was like for those soldiers stationed here.

We also climbed up to look out over the fort.