Try It Tuesday

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My Pinterest feed has been saturated with today’s Try It for so long that I thought it was time to finally see what all the fuss was with these things:

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I won’t lie, I’m a little skeptical as to how these will work, no matter what some folks may say. But, I’m willing to try it out. I have a few kiddos I work with that I think will benefit from this (if it works) as well as Huff the Tot.

Here’s what I used:

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~ 2 Smart Water water bottles

~ Glitter glue

~Glitter

~Sequins

~Hair gel

 

First, I took the label off of the bottles. Goo Gone really helped get all the sticky gunk off.

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After that, I squirted some glitter glue and gel into one of the bottles. Then, I added different colored sequins:

 

Next, I added some warm water (every site I read was very specific–the water MUST be warm to break up the glitter glue and gel), food coloring, and shook it all up!

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Pretty, huh?

I decided to make a few more and even made a smaller one based on this sensory bottle, complete with glow-in-the-dark stars.

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I didn’t add as much gel to the golden bottle because the pink one seemed too “gel-y”, e.g., the sequins just kind of hovered instead of floating for a second and then falling. You want more of a “snow globe” feel to your bottle.

I still have my doubts as to whether or not these will help some of the kids in my class to calm down, but I’m willing to give it a go! I’ll also be sure to update the blog after I’ve tested them out!

Have you ever made these before? Have you tried them in your classroom or with your own kiddos? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Does anyone else feel like they are just suffocated by all of their junk or is it just me? I feel as though our house is chock full of crap WE DO NOT NEED. Especially the kids. There are days I just want to go through the entire house and bag up everything and just get rid of it all. But I don’t. Because that takes A LOT of effort and I barely have time to go to the bathroom by myself. Plus, I’m not ready for all the emotional meltdowns that would follow.

But seriously. SO. MUCH. STUFF.

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(That’s not my house. It just feels like it.)

I figured one way I could make our home less burdensome is by attacking the areas that have the most accumulation: the kids’ rooms. Some days I got to Huff the Tot’s room and find toys and think, “I don’t even remember the last time I saw her play with that” or “Has she even looked at that book?” Huff the Tot has so many books that they are scattered everywhere. There are toys in the hall, toys in the kitchen, toys in the bathroom. TOYS EVERYWHERE.

I was searching for some help and ideas on Pinterest when I came across the concept of toy rotation. The gist is this: gather all the toys, separate them in to different categories of toys, organize. I’d like to try it, it just seems a tad overwhelming. I’m also wondering if it would be worth it. So I’m looking to you, reader. Have you done toy rotations? What did you think? Is it easy to keep up with? Got any tips? Basically what I’m saying is…

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I love cookies. And cake. Basically anything sweet, I’m all about it! Something I don’t love? Baking.

I don’t like gathering countless ingredients, making a giant mess, and then having to clean it all up. So yeah, I can be a giant bummer when Huff the Tot wants to make cookies. However, all that changed this week when I saw this recipe:

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A chocolate chip cookie recipe that requires minimal ingredients? YES, PLEASE!

Here’s what you need:

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1 box Betty Crocker Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix

1 bag Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Morsels

½ cup Canola or Vegetable Oil (I used EVOO; I don’t know if it makes a difference or not)

2 eggs

 

First, mix up the cake mix, eggs, and oil. The batter will be THICK. So thick that your beaters may get stuck and fall out of your handheld mixer…

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Next, stir in the chocolate chips and refrigerate for one hour:

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After an hour, preheat your oven to 350. Roll the dough into small balls and place the dough on lined cookie sheets:

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Bake for 7-9 minutes, let cool, and enjoy!

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These were really good! They’re not a permanent substitute for homemade chocolate chip cookies, but they are REALLY tasty and the batter made a ton of cookies!

Have you ever made these before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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This Sunday was “Waffle Home” at church (this is basically when you invite a friend to your Lifegroup and also bring food! Because, we Baptists love our potlucks). I wanted something easy and tasty. Then I remembered a dear family friend made a yummy dish at our annual New Year’s Eve  party, and I searched the interwebs for the recipe! I found it super quick–thanks, Pinterest!

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Here’s what you need:

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1 lb. sausage (pork or turkey–whichever you like!)

1 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese

2 pkgs crescent rolls

Salt and pepper (just a dash or so)

 

 

First, brown the sausage and drain. Sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper. Then, add in the cream cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.

 

After that, unroll one package of crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to push the seams of the rolls together to seal them. Next, spread the sausage mixture evenly over the crescent roll dough. Leave about a 1/2-inch border around the sides.

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Finally, unroll the other crescents on top of the sausage mixture, pressing the edges together to seal.

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Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crescent roll dough is golden brown. Then, cut into small squares and enjoy! I used a pizza cutter and it worked wonders!

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OH. EM. GEE. This was soooooo good! I’m pretty sure I ate about six little squares and could’ve eaten more if I didn’t have to share with my Lifegroup-ha! I will absolutely, definitely be making these again!

 

Have you ever made these before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

Mommy Monday

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Anytime I get on Pinterest to find some sort of fitness pin, I see all kinds of workouts that are designed to help people get into shape while watching their favorite shows/movies. Like this one:

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So I started thinking: “What if there was a workout like this but for moms?” I couldn’t find one, so I thought up a few exercises to help you mommas out there add some fitness to your day!

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Sound familiar?

 

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With me trying to eat healthier I just can’t bring myself to do a Try It that involves a yummy dish (at least until I lose some more pounds) so today I’m working on something from my favorite fandom! 

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That’s right! I’m making a Howler (sans Mrs. Weasley’s scolding)! 

Here’s what you need: 

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~Red piece of paper, 16 cm x 8 cm

~White piece of paper, 11 cm x 5.5

~Red piece of paper, 1 cm x 6 cm

And here are the instructions: 

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Y’all. I don’t think I’m cut out for origami. I was getting crazy frustrated. 

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But, I eventually finished it. It turned out…okay, I guess. I’m not 100% pleased. 

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Have you ever made this? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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Happy Tuesday, errybody! This weekend was my birthday and I planned on doing two things: napping and partaking in an ungodly amount of cheesecake. Cheesecake is to me what cookies are to Cookie Monster. Seriously.

A week ago, my sister sent me this video on Facebook of Fruity Pebbles Cheesecake and I immediately asked her to make it for my birthday lunch at my parents! (Fruity Pebbles is my FAVORITE cereal!) Thankfully, she obliged and its today’s Try It Tuesday!

Here’s what you need:

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`4 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal, plus more for garnish

~1/3 cup melted butter

~1/4 teaspoon salt

~No Bake Cheesecake Mix by Jell-O (the original recipe calls for other ingredients, but we have folks in the family whose tummies can’t handle heavy whipping cream)

 

Process cereal in a food processor until it’s very fine. (Not like, “Dang, Benedict Cumberbatch is fine!” but like, “really small”.) Then, measure 2 1/2 cups of the cereal into a large bowl and set the rest to the side. Add the melted butter and salt to the cereal and mix well. Pour your crust into a pie pan and shape it to the pan, making sure to bring the mixture up the sides of the pan. Cover and freeze for about 15 minutes, or until firm.

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Mix the no bake cheesecake according to the directions on the box, adding in the extra cereal. Pour into the pie crust and smooth. Place it back in the fridge for at least an hour.

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When ready to serve, top with more cereal as a garnish. Then, dig in!

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I REALLY liked this! I mean, its cheesecake and Fruity Pebbles—what’s not to like?! Not everyone shared my enthusiasm. Let’s just say I took almost an entire cheesecake home with me. (And I was not complaining!)

 

Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!