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19 February 2017

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party

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17 February 2017

3 Simple Time Savers In The Kitchen

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How much time do you spend in the kitchen? There are times when I feel like I live there. Those are the days that I'd like to do a "Lisa Douglas" of Green Acres fame - clear the table of the dirty dishes,  open the window and throw them out! Lisa took "speed cleaning" to a whole new level!

In truth, there are ways to cut down the time we spend in the kitchen ⇒ and abandoning the mess is NOT one of them. 

3 Simple Steps To Save Time and Get You Out of the Kitchen Faster


1. Cooking Tip⇒ toss as you go. Put an empty trash bag or plastic grocery bag in the kitchen sink or on the edge of the counter. As you cut food for your meal, and open up packaging, put the trash all in that bag. You will save steps and time. When you are done, just take the bag out to the trash and say "goodbye!" 
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2. Enlist help from your family. Let them crack open the eggs, stir the mix, set the table. "Many hands make light work.


3. Double Up! Plan your meals with leftovers in mind. Some families are delighted to enjoy "part 2" of a good meal the next night. For those who require variety, just freeze the second portion to pull out for another day. 

My favorite dish to double up on is chili. I make a big pot, which we have with toppings on night #1. The second night, it becomes a topping for hot dogs or as a delicious chili salad served on greens. Then I freeze the remainder to pull out for a meal 2 or more weeks later. Note that the real cooking only took place one time but three great meals were produced. Smart!


So how about you? Any time-saving advice that will get us out of the kitchen faster?


Enjoy!

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16 February 2017

Recipe Sharing Party of the Week


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If you are new or maybe need to be "recharged" in your enthusiasm for our party, we want to encourage you that this party is meant to bring lots of new traffic to your recipe posts. 

The only way that is going to happen is if we share each other's recipes on social media. We ask that EVERYBODY pin and yum every recipe. If we do, we all should get lots and lots of fresh exposure to our work every week!  

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14 February 2017

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #213


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13 February 2017

How To Make A Cute Little Toilet Paper Roll Penguin


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Letter P is for Penguin is a wonderful preschool theme. In fact, we studied penguins in my class last week and they just loved it. Penguins are so fascinating, it was easy to engage my students in our lesson from start to finish. We learned some fun facts about penguins, watched a short video and made a great craft.

This toilet paper roll craft is a project that children are so proud to display when they bring it home. Older children can easily cut out every piece. We were dealing with time constraints so I prepared most of the pieces in advance. That way everyone would be able to get theirs done. Wait till you see some of my childrens' creations (below.) Don't you just love the one with the beak on its forhead? Adorable!

How To Make A Toilet Paper Roll Penguin 

Penguin Body Parts
Body [black]
Tummy [white]
Eyes 
Beak [orange]
Wings [black]
Feet [orange]

Supplies
Empty toilet paper rolls
Construction paper: black, white and orange
Googly eyes
White school glue
Clear tape ...to attach the feet
Scissors

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Directions
  • Draw a template for cut outs ⇒ tummy, feet and wings
  • Cut a rectangular piece of black construction paper to fit the empty toilet paper roll.
  • Glue it around the toilet paper roll using white school glue.
  • Cut out a tummy using white paper.
  • Glue the white tummy on one side of the toilet paper roll.
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  • Cut out two feet from orange paper.
  • Use tape to attach them to the bottom of the interior of the toilet paper roll.
  • Fold the feet to be a "stand" for your penguin.
  • Cut out a diamond shape for the beak, also using orange paper.
  • Fold the diamond in half.
  • Glue the bottom part of the diamond to the penguin leaving the top free to be the top of the beak.
  • Glue two googly eyes above the beak.
  • Cut two curved strips out of black paper, for the wings.
  • Glue them to the sides of the pengin.
  • Done!
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Enhance your lesson with fun facts about penguins! A few that preschoolers will love are:
  • Penguins only live in Antartica and other places in the southern hemisphere -South Pole- not the North Pole.
  • Penguins cannot fly. Their wings serve as flippers for swimming.
  • Penguins are fast swimmers and spend half of their day in the water.
  • Penguin parents both raise their babies, called "chicks."
  • The Emperor Penguin is the tallest - up to 47 inches (3.91 feet) 
  • The daddy Emperor Penguin protects the egg of its chick by resting it on his feet, to keep the egg warm.

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Have fun making a cute little toilet paper roll penguin with your kids

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