Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Best Halloween Ever

Right now the key phrase in our house is "best ever."  That is the Ladybug's favorite expression.  Yesterday she told me I was not the best ever when she was sent to time out.  So today was the BEST HALLOWEEN EVER!

Of course, I tried a new recipe!  As part of our post trick-or-treating Halloween feast, we had chocolate fondue.  I was intimidated.  So I found the easiest recipe on the web here.  We used marshmallows and balls of frozen chocolate cookie dough for dippers.  Crazy good. 

We watched Vampire Dog.  I recommend this movie highly because both my girls were totally into it. 

Katniss from Hunger Games
A princess
And of course, Selkie!
Catch you later!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Homemade Chicken Soup For Slackers

Yup.  Homemade chicken soup for slackers.  Because I needed a quick-n-dirty recipe for soup.  I truly believe that chicken soup can cure the world.  I have threatened to make my kids eat chicken soup weekly to stave off illness.  After recovering from a terrible cold that hit me and the Ladybug, I think I will consider making good on that threat this year.

So here it is:

-  1 can chicken broth
-  2 frozen/fresh chicken breasts
-  noodles, cooked
-  frozen peas or any other randome frozen veggies

What You Do:
-  Put the chicken broth and 2 cans of water in large pot.
-  Put checken breast in broth/water and heat on medium heat until bubbling.
-  Turn down heat to med low, like 3. 
-  Let cook for approximately 20 minutes.  Chicken is done when cooked through and tender. 
-  Add noodles and peas.
-  Cook another 5 minutes.

-  Done.  Return to the couch to watch cartoons.

Monday, October 29, 2012

This Weekend

Our goal numero uno was getting everyone back on their feet.  Ladybug was sick with asthma.  But she mended and we were finally able to go on an outing to the library and the playground on Sunday.

So what did we do, stuck at home as we were?

We tried a pin for slime/flubber.  We started dissolving an egg in vinegar and read some interesting info on that chemical reaction as well as osmosis and such.  We made treats for the birds too.  Finally we finished Sunday with a big bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup, the slacker version.  All full descriptions and pics to come later on this week.

We also made play dough from strawberry jello.  This was totally brillant.  The color is pretty.  The smell is wonderful, not that weird salt or chemical smell.  It was very soft and pliable.  I even mixed in some glitter because what else goes with pink?  You can find it here:

Ok, and here is today's Selkie pic.  She was feeling a bit arty today.  A little film noir, if you will. 


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fire & Ice

I am actually going to start with the ice part.  My sister is actually iced in at Palmer Station, Antartica.  She was supposed to be home at the end of October but the boat that came to get got stuck.  Wow, right?  She will have to be there an extra 30 days!  So, I am not sure if she will be able to read my blog a lot because she has limited internet time but I am going to try to post almost everyday to give her a glimpse of what we are doing back here in Iowa. 

Okay, for the fire part.  I made "Girl on Fire" nails for Loki to go with her Katniss costume.  She is still obsessed with all things Hunger Games.  When Ladybug saw the nails she said, "Oh.  Pretty nails.  Let me see.  Let is shine!" 

I have always looked at those super fancy nails on Pinterest and thought no flippin' way.  But these were super easy! 

-  I painted 3/4ths of the nail black
-  Then I added orange to the top 1/4th
-  I then painted yellow flames over the tops
(I let each color dry between coats).



This is my sister's dog.  We miss you, K! 

Till Next Time - See You On the Flip Side!