Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Kiddie crack: homemade pixie sticks!

Yeah, you heard me. The stuff of  parents nightmares and drug of choice for all kids. The candy white pony. 


This is fun, simple, and a ONCE in a while thing. 

Start with a straw and something to melt the ends. (I quit smoking over 4 months ago so all I had was matches and they made the ends kinda yucky brown. YEA ME for quitting smoking!)

Of course you need sugar, but you can get pretty experimental with the rest of the ingredients. Here are some ideas:

jello mix
kool-aid packets
cotton candy sugars
any type of extract and food coloring

I did not want to make a trip to the store so I used what I had.

Add whatever ingredients you choose in a ziploc bag.

Then mix like your life depends on it! Since we used two wet ingredients ours took quite some time to mix (half an episode of the smurfs).

*Look at the poor baby in the crib wanting to be included with the older two! When I edited this pic I almost cried when I saw her watching us.*  :(

This is what you end up with. Our sugar is kinda moist like brown sugar, but if you only use dry ingredients like the kool-aid or jello you will have a powdery mix.

Now you need to get you pixie mix into the straw, I used a cake decorating tip and a toothpick to get mine in. 

Now close the ends up and let the kids go NUTS!

Enjoy those sugar highs kids!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cucumbers and Cream Pops: what the what?!?!

Yeppers, you read that right. Cucumbers and cream pops. 

In Northern Kentucky it has been HOT this month. We have been held captive by the sun and we are restless hostages.

So one scorching afternoon I wanted to make a cold treat and saw three beautiful cucumbers on the kitchen counter looking very summarily.

3 cucumbers (or more if you LOVE that fresh taste)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
3 tbs. lemon juice (add more or less to taste)

Peel, de-seed, and puree 3 (or more to taste) cucumbers.

Wisk the puree with 1 can sweetened condensed milk and 3 tbs. of lemon juice (more or less to taste). 

Pour into some paper cups and place cups onto baking sheet or baking dish to keep level.

Allow random 3 year old to assault your pops with sprinkles. We choose green and blue to make an Earth theme.

Put in freezer for a few hours and when they get a little firm you can add your sticks. 

Remove the paper cup and ENJOY! My husband and son HATED them. But me and my Olivia loved them. They have that summer garden taste with the sweet taste you want from a cold treat. 

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Natural and Macgyver-ish way to get rid of fleas!

I love the summer but HATE the flea season. We only have one pet, and his name is Uncle Harvey. Thanks to Uncle Harvey and from what I read, a VERY BAD year for fleas. We had a itchy problem a few weeks ago.

So here is my mini tutorial on a DIY flea trap.

1. Get a plate, old cooking sheet, etc. As long as it is flat and has a good amount of surface area to catch your fleas, it will work.

2. Fill with water and place on the floor near where your pet hangs out.

3. Use any kind of dish liquid and squirt a good amount onto the water. No need to mix.

4. Create a light source. You can set this under a night light, fix a flash light to a mini tri-pod and angle the light to the water, or use a little stand and put a flame less candle on it. It doesn't matter as long as the light source is the yellow-ish type of light. Fleas only attack to the yellow glow. 

5. Set this out when you go to bed and make sure all other light sources are turned off.

The fleas will think the yellow glow/warmth is a meal. They will jump to the light and land in the water. The dish soap will create a resistance in their swimming to the edges and drown them. 


This is meant for minor infestations, if your flea problem is too far gone than this might not help.

We used this trick every night for a week or two in addition to putting Uncle Harvey outside (he's an outside cat anyways), and washing EVERYTHING the fleas could have laid eggs on.

Hope this helps! It is a AWFUL problem and kind of embarrassing but we are flea free now!

We forgive you Uncle Harvey! We have had you since 2001 and won't get rid of you over some stinky fleas.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Some 4th of July food for thought

I love holidays! Especially when you get to enjoy food, family, fireworks, and celebrating our beautiful country. 

So this blog is short and SWEET!

Popcorn poop:
*1 stick of butter melted
*1 bag of marshmallows melted and mixed with the butter
*TONS of popcorn
*1 large bag of M & Ms

Melt and mix. I was inspired by the Cookies and Cups popcorn cake. Ours is just a pile of YUM! Not the prettiest but OHHH BOY!

Apple Pies on a Stick:

This one is easy peezy. 

*pre-made pie filling
*apple pie spice
*pre-made pie crust
*bamboo skewers
*egg yolk

(can you tell I shop at a certain store and buy generic?)

Preheat to 350 degrees. Cut little circles out of pie crust (I used a cup as a cookie cutter). Spoon on pie filling and lay skewer on. Cut a second circle and lay on top. Mix egg yolk and a dash of water to give the outside an egg bath. Sprinkle on some sugar mixed with apple pie spice. Use a fork to flute the edges.

Bake until crust is cooked and DONE!

With an election year looming lets remember to keep some of the abundance of pride we feel on the 4th and be civil to others we may not agree with politically. Try to remember what we tell our kids: treat others how you want to be treated. Just food for thought.  Thanks for reading!
God bless America! 

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