06 July 2015

Sweet Corn Kids Craft

Guest Post by Kim 

It's almost sweet corn time.  We ate a lot of sweet corn about this time each every year growing up.  It is not as plentiful where we live now as it was growing up in Illinois.  We grew sweet corn ourselves and if we ran out, we always knew someone selling it.
C is for Corn; preschool craft; kids craft; corn on the cob

Our kids have inherited the love of sweet corn.  Unfortunately, our small garden limits the amount of vegetables we can grow in our backyard and sweet corn does not make the cut.  That will not stop us from enjoying it though.
In anticipation of sweet corn time, we have made this sweet corn craft that incorporates another one of our favorites...painting.

We are using a new found method of painting using a pencil.  We first used this method in making a chocolate chip cookie craft.

I thought the pencil would be perfect for making the individual corn kernels that make up of an earn of sweet corn.  I love how they turned out.

Sweet Corn Craft for Kids


  • Yellow Paint
  • White Cardstock
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

preschool craft; kids crafts; C is for Corn; corn on the cob


1. Print sweet corn template on white cardstock.  Print sweet corn shuck template on green construction paper.
Print sweet corn template here: sweet corn
Print sweet corn shuck here: sweet corn shuck

2. Cut out the templates.  These are simple shapes that offer good cutting practice for your young ones.

3. Using the end of your pencil with the eraser, dip the the pencil into the yellow paint and make dots on the sweet corn template to resemble corn kernels. Repeat this until the top half of your template is covered.  Let dry.

4. Cut slits in the shuck along the lines.  Use another pencil to curl those pieces by wrapping them around the pencil.

5. Glue your shuck to the bottom of your sweet corn.

Here's An Idea: this craft would also be really fun to do in the fall. Add orange, brown and red paint to the yellow paint and replace the green shuck with a brown shuck to make Indian corn.

About the author:
Kim is the mama behind The Resourceful Mama.  She is a medical social worker turned SAHM mom to 3 wonderful kids.  As a mom she wears many different hats.  You will find that reflected in her blog.  On The Resourceful Mama, you will find a little bit of everything related to being a mom: kids crafts and activities, parenting, traveling, meal planning, and more.  
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Kim, thanks so much for sharing this fun craft! As you know, I am a preschool teacher and I love new craft ideas for my class. This one would be perfect for Letter C is for Corn!  ... Sinea
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05 July 2015

Italian Sub Stuffed Peppers

Guest Post by Jessica Stone

Sometimes, I have an idea that, to me anyway, seems pretty brilliant. The other day, I had one of those ideas in the shower. I was thinking about what to eat later that day, going over what we had in the fridge and what sounded good. As I mentioned in my Paleo Lunch Ideas post

Paleo diet recipes; stuffed peppers; italian sub; recipes

I usually love salads, but I just haven't been in the mood for them lately. I have been eating some of the lunch meat "sandwhiches" that I mentioned, but since I'm preganant again (Oh did, I mention that? Baby # 3 is scheduled to to arrive early November), I can't eat lunch meat unless I cook it. I have been craving Italian Subs like nobody's business, though, so I used what I had in the fridge and came up with these bad-boys. (Note, the lunch meats I had aren't the traditional Italian Sub meats, so feel free to swap them out if that floats you t boat).  

Italian Sub Stuffed Peppers 

2 slices pepperoni (the big sandwhich meat kind, not the pizza topping kind) 
2 slices ham 
2 slices salami *
4 slices provolone cheese 
1 green bell pepper 
*Applegate farms is a pretty good brand to use for lunch meat, in terms of ingredients 

I used lettuce, tomato, pickles, olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar and some salt and pepper, but use what you like. 

Preheat oven to 350° 
Wash and slice your green pepper, lengthwise. 
Remove the stem and seeds. 
Place in an oven safe dish and set aside. 
stuffed peppers

Slice your lunch meats into strips, cook in a cast iron pan on the stove until heated through-- about 5 minutes. 
Place one slice of provolone in the bottom of each half of stuffed pepper. 
Add the lunch meat, half in each side of the green pepper, packing it down if you need to, and top each half with another slice of cheese.  
stuffed peppers

Bake until the cheese is melted, about 15-20 minutes 

stuffed peppers

*Note: this leaves the green peppers pretty crispy. If you want softer green peppers, simply boil them for a few minutes before stuffing them Top with your toppings of choice and enjoy! 
stuffed peppers recipe; Paleo diet

For a Paleo version, simply omit the cheese.

A little about me....Jessica Stone

In 2004, I was diagnosed with a chronic bladder condition called Interstitial Cystitis (my bladder tears instead of stretching when it fills).  In 2008, I was diagnosed with a second condition called Diabetes Insipidus (my body doesn't process water). I spent a few years taking 17 prescribed pills a day, and having surgery to relieve the pain every three months. I was told that I would never have children, and spent most of my days on the couch resting. Then I found Paleo and things changed dramatically for the better. I am off the medication, off the couch, surgery free for nearly 5 years, and a very proud mommy. I started Adventures of a Cavemom because I was pissed. When I saw so many improvements to my health based on dietary changes alone, I searched the web trying to find stories like mine. There were none. Nothing. No hope. No encouragement. No "Woah, Nelly, I traded a life that revolved around pills and surgery for a life that revolves around wicked good food and getting out of bed." So, I started Adventures of a Cavemom to be that story. To be that voice, saying, "Hey look at me! There is another way to manage your chronic health conditions that also lets you live your life. Check it out!" So, I'm here to share my story, my health and my recipes. 

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03 July 2015

Today I Cried Over A Cow!

Guest Post by Darlene

Today, I cried. OK, honestly, I bawled my eyes out over a cow. Yes, she was a favorite cow. Yes, farmers do have favorites. Yes, she will be greatly missed!

dairy farming; cows, farmer

These are the moments I wish every consumer could see. The raw, real, true, emotion of dairy farming. Every time a another "animal rights" video catches someone abusing a dairy cow, every time a consumer assumes that is the norm, every time a company makes a claim in their advertising that they are farming better, I wish they could view these moments. The literal, blood, sweat and tears that truly goes into dairy farming.

And I'm not just claiming this as an "emotional woman."

I would show you my father, who's been a farmer from the day he was born 58 years ago, as he fights back tears and anger after having to put a respected Lady down, a Lady we just spent countless hours/days/weeks over trying to make better, exhausting every resource possible before having to give her a peaceful end. I would show him tired, sweaty, with a bandaged finger that's missing a finger nail and hurts like hell headed back out to the fields in the summer heat and sunshine to make hay to feed the calves through the winter, after just literally working 16 hours straight for the last 10 days in a row. Those same hours that ravage his body year after year.

I would show you my husband, the newbie to this life, who has embraced it to it's fullest, tired and cold, with aching legs from a disability, not stopping for a break as he doctors a calf again, only to lose her that night.  I would show you his frustration and disappointment in not being able to save her. I would let you hear the true cuss words that portray that emotion when he finds her gone that morning. I would let you see his panic and frustration as we try to breathe life back into a calf that we thought for a brief second had a heartbeat. I’d show you his hands with countless cuts, his back with aching sore muscles and his tired body as he gets out of bed again at 4:30 am for morning chores.

I would show you my mother, who chose this life to be with her high school sweetheart, in the milking parlor on the hottest day in the summer, the coldest day in the winter, milking diligently and carefully every Lady. I would show you her disappointment when a Lady hurts a teat, as she tries every trick in the book to get her milked out and keep her from getting sick. As she juggles keeping up with paperwork, worry over bills and literally not enough hours in the day to get it all done, getting it all done.

And I would show you me, the one who grew up in this life, knows its every in and outs and still chose to stay, with tears rolling down my face as Mercedes the cow pictured above gets her lasts scratches from me before she leaves our farm for the auction. I would let you see my memories of Mercedes being born, of growing up friendly and sweet, having her babies and joining the milking herd. I would show you her unique personality that set her apart. I would let you see the connection I had with her, the care and true love I have for all our Ladies.

I would show you the tears on my keyboard as I write this............Yes, today I cried over a cow, because dairy farming is much more then a job to me.......it's my life.

Darlene, I choked back tears when I read this post. My love for animals includes these beautiful creatures. Just look into their eyes! There is love in those eyes. Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into a world that many of us have never known. We are ever so grateful for all of you and I can say for a fact that many of us pray for the farmers. We need you! ...Sinea

Darleen the Guernsey Dairy Mama is a dairy farmer, wife and mother to two young boys. She is proudly caring on a 3rd generation tradition of caring for her Ladies and the land in Oregon. She feel blessed to live a lifestyle that allows her to work beside her family everyday. Her journey is definitely one fun, crazy, hard-workin' adventure, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Follow along with her on her blog: Guernsey Dairy Mama and social media, too.
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02 July 2015

Our Growing #GrowingCirclesHop !!!

It's Thursday, and that means it's time to party with Google Plus. Invite your friends to join us this week at #GrowingCirclesHop and let's share our content!

Here are some posts of our top #GrowingCirclesHop participants. When we look for posts to feature here at the party, we look for people who link up their G+ profile AND who share a public post with our party hashtag. This week we have a mix of posts, our first feature meets all Party Hashtag Feature requirements.

SPECIAL BONUS: Sometimes we also share a post or two from our top#GrowingCirclesHop engagers (those who continuously share and/or +1 and comment throughout the party)! 
Our second feature used our party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop. 
And our third feature this week is a top engager.

This one we thought appropriate for this week!

Now...Let's party, shall we?
Don't forget to use the party hashtag:

*** REMINDER! ***
The party stays open until Friday night at midnight, EDT! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Show us your G+ posts. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! 

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
Cathy  |  Sinea  |  Kim

2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
Note: If you want to post both of them, we're cool with that too! The only thing we ask is that you limit your post shares to one per blog/business page. We have no set limit for personal post shares, but please keep it to a reasonable number (preferably not more than 5 posts using our party hashtag).
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop. See note above for limit guidelines.
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. It's completely worth it!
6. Help us spread the word about this party so we can try for trending on Google Plus each week! 
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  

Take a look at the posts for our Google Plus Tips Series here: 
Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles

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01 July 2015

Check Out Eleventh Avenue

Hey, I just became an Eleventh Avenue affiliate. Yipee! 
4th of July Firework Set

The merchandise?  Top-notch. 
The look? Trendy.
The deals? FABULOUS!
Take a moment to look around.
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Best Sellers

"But, why?" Bloggers write because they love to write. They love their readers, too. We write for YOU! Most of us have bills to pay, though, just like everybody else...so we monetize our blogs. We sell advertising or become affiliates of brands that you, our readers, may be interested in. Our dream is to make enough income to quit our "day jobs." Gotta have a goal. 

I had a choice five years ago between getting a second job to supplement my income or do what I love to do -- write! And Ducks 'n a Row was born. That was July 2010. Hey, it's my blogversary month! Five wonderful years.

I have been an Amazon affiliate for quite a while. Eleventh Avenue is my newest brand and I couldn't be more tickled. I am loving "window shopping" on their website and am amazed at the great prices and SALES!  Hope you enjoy it, too.

New Deals at Eleventh Avenue

Note: if you purchase something from Eleventh Avenue or Amazon through Ducks 'n a Row, I will earn a small commission. Keeps me blogging! :)  In advance, "thank you!"   ...Sinea  

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