So I used what I had on hand and that was business card magnets. But you could also use strip magnets if you have that. It took 6 business card magnets to complete this project. Both the boys are really excited to create words on the fridge. And it's even sparked Logan to create his first sentence for homework. He is suppose to write this is in homework book but to avoid tears over writing and to prove to his teacher that the kid is smart and knows what he is doing he is now allowed to do homework in other ways. Hence the picture below. Logan makes the sentence and then I hand him his camera and he takes the picture, I print it out and we tape it in his homework book. Wha-la..homework is fun again!
I am so in love with how it has turned out. Trash to treasures all this week..got some really awesome finds! Stay tuned!
1 cup peanut butter
1 small can of coconut milk (I always use the low fat version)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
dash of salt
dash of pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Put all items in a sauce pan and over medium heat whisk until it is creamy. It you want a thinner sauce add more milk, it's that simple. As you can see I served mine with green beans and leftover chicken breasts over rice. And if you have kids just skip the cayenne and I'm sure they will be members of the clean plate club tonight.
We are attending a birthday party for the son and daughter of a very dear friend of mine tomorrow. Her son is also on the autism spectrum and I knew I wanted to make him something that I wish I knew about when Logan was 3. So I made him a picture book. It's another tag book style, can you tell I am in love with these? The point of the book is to help Luke with language and cognitive thinking. When looking at the pictures the idea is to ask him questions like "where does a sea horse live?" Some children will point to the picture and say "there". Instead you want to teach him to answer "in the water/ocean/fish tank" etc. Another way to use the book is to have the child make up stories about the image they see, this is a major challenge for kids on the spectrum. And of course after working with the child he will then remember what the word seahorse looks like and will begin identifying that word in other stories and books...the start of reading for some kids on the spectrum. I took all the photos in the book and printed them on matte photo paper, so finger prints will never show, and adhered it to card stock. It's held together with a binder clip and the ribbon adds a bit of flare. I hope Luke likes his special book and that it helps him and his parents navigate the spectrum.
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups of quinoa flakes
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/4 potato starch flour
1/4 arrowroot flour
1 cup gluten free chocolate chips
2 cups pureed carrots
Blend the first 5 ingredients together with a hand mixer until creamy. Slowly add the other ingredients, mixing between each added item. Scoop small amounts onto a greased cookie sheet at bake for 15 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Allow to cool before serving.
So I went through my scrap fabric stash one day and with rotary cutter in hand I literally made a foot high stack of 4 1/2 inch squares. I was tired of looking at this fabric, knew that because I wasn't in love with any of it that it would just sit in that pile until the next yard sale. Keep in mind that I was in love with it at one point, used it for a project and these are the leftovers. Like many folks right now I am trying to be more resourceful. Some of the fabric is from one of my husband's stained button up shirts and the rest I got from a local freecycler giving up her fabric stash. I sewed the entire thing on the machine, even the binding. I didn't have any batting on hand and I thought it was silly to go out and spend money on this project so I headed to the bag of fabric that I recently picked up for free and found this really ugly fabic. I mean UGLY. But it was thick and warm. So I used that in place of the batting and the underside fabic is a thick bottomweight fabric with this super, soft side. All in all what was once scraps I no longer wanted is now a great quilt to curl up next to Dharma on the couch with.
I'm new to the whole quilting scene, a total beginner teaching myself. I am very happy with how this quilt turned out, it's not perfect but it's a good job for quilt number 2. I recently gave it to my niece for her birthday but Zane had to make sure it was cozy enough first. The flowers are appliqued by hand but the rest of the quilt was done on the sewing machine. I think I've officially been bitten by the quilting bug!
And Zane only 3 years old took the picture for me.
Sweet Pea and Curry Dip
3 cups frozen peas thawed or one can of peas drained
1 garlic clove chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon curry powder.
Place everything in the food processor and slowly drizzle in olive oil until smooth.
Cafe Au Lait Coffee Mix
1 1/2 cup nondairy creamer
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup instant coffee
Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor; blend until powder consistency. Put mixture into an attractive glass jar with a lid. Include a gift card with the following instructions:
To make Cafe Au Lait Coffee, mix 1/3 cup mix with 2/3 cup boiling water for individual servings.
Here is the deal... (copied from Charm City Craft Mafia)
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which will go into effect on February 10th, 2009, puts forth much more stringent safety measures for products intended for children under the age of 12. Under the very important auspices of child safety, the Act may have grave unintended consequences: fewer choices for families who are looking for handcrafted alternatives. Many of your favorite local artists and craftspeople have expressed fears that they won’t be able stay in business due to the burdensome cost of testing and certification pursuant to the proposed legislation. The Handmade Toy Alliance is urging Congress to rewrite the CPSIA so that toys made in batches of less than 5,000 units per year or manufactured within the USA and trusted countries with established toy safety regimes such as Canada and the European Union be held exempt from third party testing requirements. Such toys could still be subject to random auditing by the CPSC but they are also asking that if testing should still be required, the CPSC should be made to offer free testing services for USA toymakers and importers from Europe or Canada with revenues less than one million dollars.
The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of children's goods that have earned and kept the public's trust: Toys, clothes, and accessories made in the US, Canada, and Europe. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade children's products will no longer be legal in the US.
If this law had been applied to the food industry, every farmers market in the country would be forced to close while Kraft and Dole prospered.
Visit the Handmade Toy Alliance to learn more about the issues and how you can help by just sending a letter to your Representative or Senator. The Storque also has drafted an open letter regarding the CPSIA. As a venue for handcrafted and vintage items from small entrepreneurs, Etsy has invited the Ombudsman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to join the community in a webchat in their Virtual Lab.
I recently read a blog post from Kate on her blog, Gardening Without Skills.
She created this fun game to teach her children about the things that grow in the garden and healthy food choices. Wonderful idea! I just had to make one for my boys. I saved it for a Christmas gift. I took the idea a bit further and made cards, so that it is more of a game and hopefully will keep their interest a bit longer. Kate has some wonderful directions on how to make the foam pieces and magnet wand. The cards are made out of card stock. I put a letter, shape or color so that the boys will have to take turns finding the food that starts with a "C" or is orange etc. I've stored all the foam food pieces and cards in a recycled, plastic peanut butter jar. And the best part is I attached a ribbon on the lid to the jar so that the lid will never get lost! I can't take credit for that idea. I picked it up from Plum Pudding blog.