Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fun Loom Bracelets

We are "hooked".  lol  There are officially tiny elastic bands all over my house but all in good fun.  We have two different looms; one green one from Joann Fabrics and Crafts and one clear one from Ocean State Job Lot.  We have also tried looming with the prongs of a fork and also pencils.  I heard too that chopsticks work well.  We have every color band you can think of and I think Santa might have some for us too. 

This fishtail one below I made myself.  (The pattern reminds me of chevron)  Lil D showed me how to make it without a loom, just with my fingers.  It was a little tricky and hurt a few times when the elastic struck my skin, but I love how it came out.  I think it is a great craft for boys and girls and great use of manual dexterity and fine motor skills. 

Little Joey sporting a necklace his brother made for him

Wanting to be just like his older brother 

Working hard and concentrating.

Lil D making a Dragon Scales one with is fingers.

I am always so proud of both of my boys for trying new things and being creative!

Friday, October 11, 2013


Joey knows how to write his name but for the last few months, he won't do it if I ask him to.

He colored this purple circle thing this afternoon and I said  "You should write your name on it".

 He said "no, it is someone else's picture"

I said, "well you can write my name, come here and I will show you how to spell it" (meaning Jodi)

He came back and said "I already did it".   He hands me the paper that  says MOM.  (insert heart melting!).  Then he wrote it for me again two  more times!

He knows how to spell it and did it all on his own.  So proud of him!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Dark Chocolate Coffee Truffles

Dark Chocolate Coffee Truffles
by Marie Porter (from Whole Latte Love)

Truffle Ganache

12 oz Hershey Special Dark chips ...

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup good quality coffee beans*
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sugar
Stuff to Roll Them In **

Ground coffee
Cocoa (optional)
Chocolate chips (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)
Place chocolate chips into a glass mixing bowl, and set aside.
On stove top, bring heavy whipping cream, coffee beans, and butter to a light simmer. Remove from heat, allow to steep for 10 minutes. Once steeping time is complete, bring to just a simmer again.

Strain hot cream mixture into bowl of chocolate chips, discarding coffee beans. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Starting in the middle of the bowl, slowly start stirring the chocolate and cream until all of the chocolate is melted the cream disappeared into it – it should be smooth.

Cover with plastic wrap, preferably resting right on top of the surface – this prevents a skin from forming while it cools. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour or two, until it’s pretty solid. Once solid, scoop out small balls (a teaspoon or so), and roll them into balls. Try to handle the chocolate as quickly as possible, or it will melt. Then, roll them in your chosen “stuff”, and enjoy!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Spring Garden Plans

My conversation with the kids in the car yesterday discussing our springtime plan for planting seeds.:

Me:  What do you guys want to try and grow this year?
David:  Blueberries, strawberries and definitely bananas.
Joey:  Pickles, I grow pickles.

They just crack me up.  I can just see it, our crazy house with the banana tree outside and a pickle garden!  Little David has always loved planting seeds.  One time he buried bubblegum because he wanted a bubblegum tree.  He planned grass seeds in his sandbox and believe it or not, it really worked.  We couldn't get it to grow on our front lawn but somehow in his blue Crayola sand, grass grew.

I am excited for springtime not only for the warm weather, but for the tulips and daffodils to come up, that boys and I planted this past fall.  We also have gladiolas too.  I would really like to get some flowering trees this year, I am thinking Rose of Sharon Hibiscus trees. 


Monday, January 28, 2013

Raspberry Floral Scrapbook

16 Pre-made Scrapbook Layouts made with quality acid free scrapbooking cardstock and embellishments.

Angry Bird Birthday Party

Little D turned 8! 
Hard to believe 8 years has gone by! He wanted an Angry Birds Party this year since his friend had already had a Ninja party.  It was fun, but I am glad I am done making Angry Birds crafts (thanks to ideas from Pinterest & clearance Halloween Angry Bird Kits).  I am all set with Angry Birds for now - they now have flown away!