Saturday, July 27, 2013

Always in Motion

Look at these little monkeys of mine, always in motion! Shooting hoops, doing donkey kicks, and dancing... there's never a dull moment around here.

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Sewing Projects

Finally, a Mom-Made sewing update! Here's what I've been sewing up lately...

Small Zippered Snack Bags for C.S.

Sandwich Wrap Placemats for C.S.

Small Pleated Tote Bag for L.S.

Small Snack Bag for M.W.

Travel Pillowcase for T.W.

Hobo Bag for L.G.

Large Pleated Tote Bag for L.S.

Crib Bumper Pads & Pillow Cover for A.L.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Trip to Caterpillar Visitor Center

Last week the boys and I took a road trip to the Caterpillar Visitor Center. We met up with my friend Kristal for a tour and lunch at Joe's Crab Shack.

The boys were on cloud nine sitting inside all the machinery! They ran around like chickens with their heads cut off, up and down on all the equipment multiple times.

I was impressed with the Visitor Center - it's really a neat place for all ages, but especially little boys. I'm pretty sure Miles would've moved in there if I let him. :-)

Tyson was in awe of all the big equipment

Showing off their muscles!

Kristal and the boys by the mining truck

Horsing around outside after the tour

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Recipe: White Chocolate Lemon Cookies

I've been playing around with pudding cookie recipes lately, trying to come up with a nice lemony summer cookie. I think I found the perfect version, and I wanted to share it here on the blog. They definitely aren't healthy, but they sure are good for an occasional treat. :-) The kids help me eat them too!

These White Chocolate Lemon Cookies are soft, chewy, and have just the right amount of lemon flavor. They are directly adapted from Lil' Luna's Strawberries & Cream Pudding Cookies, which are totally delicious and addictive as well.



White Chocolate Lemon Cookies by Mom-Made

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon Jello
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (11 ounce) bag white chocolate chips 
  • Powdered sugar (optional) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter, sugar and Jello together. Add eggs and lemon extract and mix well.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to butter mixture. Mix well. Stir in white chocolate chips.

Spoon onto a greased baking sheet. I use a large cookie scoop and a Silpat baking mat. Optionally, dust with powdered sugar before baking.

Do you have a little one that likes to lick the beaters too?! They're farm fresh eggs, so it's ok with me.

Bake for 10-12 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool before serving.

I like mine served with a cold glass of coconut milk. Yum!

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Sensory Fun

We've been having fun outside experimenting with different sensory activities. In the winter we do these types of things inside, but it's so much better when the mess stays outside! Here are some favorites of the boys so far...

1. Homemade Gak

Ok, we did play with this inside the first time because it was rainy. If you take it out, you just have to make sure it isn't dropped on the ground and mixed in with dirt and rocks. :-) The kids love using forks, butter knives, and cookie cutters to manipulate the Gak.

This will generally keep them occupied for at least an hour at a time!

DON'T make your Gak runny like this!

The recipe comes from Lil' Luna and really is cheap and fun to make. Just don't do what I did and use a partial bottle of glue (see purple Gak above that Miles is playing with). The consistency was WAY too runny and made a huge mess. Luckily it all came out of his clothes. I ended up tossing that batch and have made several other colors that have all turned out great. We've found that the red food coloring will stain hands, but the other colors don't. We store these in Ziploc bags and get them out on a regular basis.

I used to love this when I was younger - it's just really cool stuff.

2. Ice Treasure Chest

If you remember, we made ice treasure chests last summer and I even got my post featured on a website for cool summer activities! We've done one so far this year, and the kids had fun destroying it before I got a chance to take pictures. Always a good time!

3. Water Beads

Fun with water beads

We've hydrated and played with water beads so many times, I've lost count. I buy them in dry format (they look like seed beads) in the floral section of department stores - they come in several bright colors as well as clear. About a day or two before you plan on turning the kids loose with them, hydrate in a bucket full of water and then drain the excess water when you're ready to use them.

My kids love scooping, squishing, throwing, and bouncing them everywhere. Trust me, you do not want these slippery things indoors!

4. Ice Chalk

This was our first time using ice chalk. I did the half cornstarch/half water mixture and poured them into silicone ice cube molds. After freezing overnight, we were all expecting these to write like sidewalk chalk. Tyson was pretty disappointed when they didn't. BUT then we realized they're more like paint when they start to melt (I should've read the post more closely!), and then they loved smearing them all over the place and "painting" with them.

I would definitely make this again, only a much bigger batch since they do melt fast in the summer heat.

After the ice chalk melted, we got out washable finger paint, and then the hose (this was after I had already filled dozens of water balloons). I think this was the boys' favorite messy day EVER! I just let them go to town and basically hosed them off when they were done.

Tyson said, "we're having a fun nature day!" Glad to hear it, little buddy.

You've gotta love messy summer activities! Do you have any ideas to add to the list?

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