Tuesday March 11, 2014
When I was a kid I looked forward to March just because I knew McDonalds was going to start selling shamrock shakes in honor of St. Patrick's Day. I don't eat at McDonalds anymore, but I do like to create shamrock shakes at home with my kids. Just thought I'd share with you the recipe that we use.
You will need the following ingredients to make your Shamrock Shake:
2 cups of vanilla ice cream
1 cup of organic whole milk
3 ice cubes
1/4 teaspoon of mint extract
10 drops of green food coloring
Dollop of whipped cream
1 peppermint patty per glass
Follow these instructions to make your homemade Shamrock Shake:
Mix the ice cream, milk, and ice cubes in a blender until smooth.
Add the mint extract and green food coloring. Mix again until the green coloring has spread evenly throughout the milkshake.
Pour into individual glasses.
Place a dollop of whipped cream in each glass.
Garnish the glass by cutting a peppermint patty from the bottom up to the center of the patty and then using the sliced area to set the patty over the rim of the glass.
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Monday March 10, 2014
We had another big snowstorm last week and may possibly get some snow tomorrow. The kids and I decided to make some snowman crackers. It was a lot of fun, but after that snack I decided to turn my attention toward spring. So this is the last winter craft you'll see from me until next winter.
First, the kids lined up three round crackers on their plates to resemble the shape of a snowman.
Next, they spread some cheese from a can on each cracker. I gave them plastic knives to do this.
The kids continued by giving the snowman some thin pretzel arms. They had to break a few so that they didn't look to long.
Chocolate chip eyes and buttons followed. I wanted them to use raisins, but we were all out.
The snowman was completed with a triangle cut from a clementine peel for the nose, and a clementine peel hat.
The kids didn't spend too much time admiring their snowmen. They were hungry so I'm glad they were patient enough to give me time to snap the photo.
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Wednesday March 5, 2014
I just published an article on How to Make Perfume Using Essential Oils, and thought a good blog post that would compliment that article is how to make dog cologne using essential oils.
Let's face it, not all dogs smell great. Since it isn't a good idea to give your dog a bath on a daily basis, you can create your own dog cologne to use in between baths.
The important thing is to select an essential oil that is safe for use around dogs. My preference is to use either eucalyptus essential oil or cedarwood essential oil because they both help to repel fleas. You can certainly use something else like orange or lavender, which emit very pleasant odors.
Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the contents of one vitamin E capsule, and 15 drops of the essential oil of your choice in a small bowl. Rub this mixture into a bandana that you can use as your dog's collar. You can certainly put it on your dog's collar if you wish, but it may be harder to clean than a bandana. You can also drip a few drops right on your pet (stay away from the face area) instead.
Friday February 28, 2014
I just bought my nephew a bean bag chair. It came in a giant box, so immediately he wanted to play with the box (forget about the $50 bean bag chair). I can remember my dad turning large television boxes into playhouses for me and my sister, so I decided to do that for my nephew.
I added a picture of him peaking his head out the window of the box. Windows are easy to make. You simply use a box cutter and cut a straight line down the center. Then cut across the top and bottom going left, and then repeat that on the right side.
Next, I added a door. I just cut across the top from right to left, then down the center, and then across the bottom from left to right.
The picture doesn't show the box decorated, but I did give my nephew the freedom to decorate his box playhouse any way he liked. Kids can paint their playhouses, color on them with crayons or markers, glue pictures to them from magazine cut-outs, or bombard them with stickers.
Here's another giant box playhouse made from a refrigerator box: