Sickness

I’m sorry to tell you that I tested positive for the Covid-19 virus yesterday morning. I will need some time to fight this off and to recover. Therefore my posts may not be as often for a while. I hope to still share some things with you but I don’t feel up to making crafts or food projects at the moment. I hope each of you can stay well and that you’re enjoying our Fall days!

Let’s Draw Monsters!

October is the month for witches and goblins and ghosts aaaand….MONSTERS! So let’s look at one easy way to draw funny or scary monsters! There is no right or wrong way when drawing a monster because, well, monsters come in every shape and size and design, right?! They can be any color you want them to be and have as many (or few) eyes and arms and legs. This is YOUR monster! You’ll need just a few things…a piece of paper and some markers. Oh, and some wiggly eyes make them even cooler!

First, draw some shapes or blobs with your markers. Remember, any shape is A-OK! Yep, even a flower is great.

Next place some wiggly eyes on your monster shapes. You don’t need to glue them down yet unless you want to, then that’s ok. I didn’t glue mine down yet, just in case I wanted to move them as I continued designing my monsters.

Now add more details like noses, mouths, arms, legs, hair, etc.

When you’re finished adding details, glue the wiggly eyes down, if you haven’t already done so. And you did it! You are a MONSTER MAKER!! Great job! I’ll show you my monsters in closer detail to give you some ideas.

This one looks like a person…maybe he or she is making friends with the monsters?

This monster has 3 eyes, 4 arms and 3 legs. Wow!

This orange guy has short arms and legs, funny hair and 3 eyes.

Here’s a one-eyed flower monster running away from something.

Whoa, this monster’s eyes go up and down instead of across! And look how big his ears are!

This guy might have been scared by someone…is it YOU? Maybe the monsters are scared of people?

I hope this will give you some fun ideas about how you can draw some monsters. You can even make up a story about your monster. Or draw them a house…or a pet…some trees…you get the idea! Have fun! πŸ™‚

Great Price on Lego BrickHeadz Nutcracker!

Are you or your kids into Lego BrickHeadz? Are you looking for one to help decorate for the holiday season? If so, ZOOM over to Walmart.com where you can buy the Lego BrickHeadz Nutcracker for only $5.99! It’s normally $9.99 but if you check the prices of other Lego BrickHeadz listed online at Walmart.com, you’ll see this is a crazy cheap price!

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I don’t know how long the sale will last or if they will run out so if you want one, HURRY!!! πŸ™‚

Make a Halloween Spider!

Are you looking for something fun to help decorate your house for Halloween? You might enjoy making some Halloween pom pom spiders with your kids. They are more cute than scary, but they could be scary in the right situation. πŸ˜‰

Here’s what you’ll need for this project: a black pom pom (I used a 2 inch size), 2 black pipe cleaners or chenille stems, some glue and 2 wiggly eyes. You will need to cut the pipe cleaners so a pair of wire cutters or a sturdy pair of scissors is helpful.

Begin by bending 1 pipe cleaner in half.

Then cut it on the crease so you have 2 halves.

Fold each of those pieces in half again and cut them on the crease also.

Do the same with the second pipe cleaner so you have 8 pieces.

Bend each of these pieces into a letter V shape. These will be the spider’s legs. I know that spiders actually have 8 legs, but that is a lot of legs to glue onto 1 pom pom so you may want to do like I did and let your spider have just 6 legs. πŸ˜‰

Now switch to working on the pom pom and glue the 2 wiggly eyes onto it.

Make sure the eyes will stay in place before moving to the next step. Apply glue all around one end of a “leg”.

Stick the leg into the side of the pom pom, leaving space for the other 2 or 3 legs to be added to that side.

I found it helpful to sit the spider’s body (the pom pom) on an upside down Dixie cup.

Hold each leg in place for a little bit so the leg doesn’t just fall back off. After putting 3 or 4 legs on one side, turn the spider so you can add the 3 or 4 legs to the opposite side.

You might want to let your spider sit and dry for a little bit before you move him around much. Once he is dry enough, that’s when the fun begins! πŸ™‚

Where can you put your spider to make people laugh or even to give them a little Halloween scare? If you are careful and move the legs gently, you can reposition the spider’s legs to make him sit in different locations.

Want to give Mom a surprise? Hide him somewhere in the kitchen. πŸ˜‰

Or maybe in the bathroom so Dad finds him?

On someone’s computer keyboard? (Yes, it’s rather dusty, isn’t it? But since the owner is sick right now, we won’t mention it.) πŸ˜‰

On a lamp in the living room?

In the refrigerator??!

Or maybe you should just keep him in with the Fall decorations. πŸ˜‰ Wherever you put him, just be sure the person who will find him has a good sense of humor and they won’t mind!

I hope making this little Halloween spider will help bring some Halloween fun to your house! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #60 Rum Tum Ditty

Today’s Taste Testing Tuesday takes me back to when I was a little girl and my mom would make us a special treat for lunch. It was called Rum Tum Ditty. The younger ones of us 6 kids decided it sounded much cooler to call it Rum Tum Ditty Dum! It just had a cooler ring to it! In fact, I remember marching around the kitchen and dining room saying “Rum Tum Ditty Dum!” over and over in time to our marching. (It’s a wonder Mom ever made it for us again after that! Lol)

Here is the recipe, straight from our family cookbook:

For our taste test today, I want to encourage you to use whatever kind of tomato soup you normally buy. When I was little, we used Campbell’s tomato soup and it does need a soup can of milk (or water) added to it. Many soups today don’t need any additional liquid, like the one in this picture.

Also, you can use whatever kind of crackers you have on hand. We used saltine crackers, or as we called them “soda crackers”. But I prefer to use Ritz crackers now. Cheez-its would be awesome and so would most any other cracker.

You can use different kinds of cheese. We don’t often have Velveeta cheese on hand now, but my next favorite for this dish is American. But be open to trying whatever kind of cheese your family likes. Just know that some kinds of cheese are more “stringy” than others. Velveeta and American melt nicely into the soup and crackers.

This recipe is super simple! Break up some crackers into individual bowls. Maybe your family will like different kinds of crackers. No need for everyone to be the same. πŸ™‚

Next, make the cheese into small pieces and add it on top of the crackers.

Pour the soup into a container safe for heating in the microwave OR pour it into a pan and heat it on the stovetop. The soup needs to be warm enough to melt the cheese.

When the soup is hot, pour it carefully into each bowl.

It will be smelling delicious by now!

Gently stir the mixture with a spoon. Look how yummy the melted cheese looks!

I like to eat it as soon as it is cool enough to eat safely, while the crackers are still a bit crunchy. And that’s all there is to it! Rum Tum Ditty! (Or Rum Tum Ditty Dum!) I hope you will give this recipe a try and make some new warm memories of your own! πŸ™‚

Halloween Riddles for Kids

Well, we are almost half way through October so I’m guessing you are thinking about Halloween. Do you decorate your house for Halloween? Do you dress up and go trick or treating? Do you have a Halloween party? It seems like Halloween is more popular than ever if you look at all the Halloween items for sale in the stores. I’ll try to add some Halloween ideas here on the blog to help get you in Halloween Mode! Let’s start off with some Halloween riddles for kids! πŸ™‚

#1.) Why do ghosts never lie?

Answer: Because you can see right through them!

#2.) What kind of music do mummies like?

Answer: Wrap music!

#3.) What do you call a skeleton who sleeps all day?

Answer: Lazybones!

#4.) What fruit does Dracula like?

Answer: Neck-tarines!

#5.) What musical instrument do skeletons play?

Answer: A trom-bone!

#6.) What kind of pants do ghosts wear?

Answer: BOO jeans!

#7.) How do you fix a broken jack-o-lantern?

Answer: With a pumpkin patch!

#8.) How are vampires like false teeth?

Answer: They both come out at night!

#9.) What do you call a ghost that gets too close to a fire?

Answer: A toasty ghosty!

#10.) When is it bad luck to see a black cat?

Answer: When you are a mouse!

Haha! I hope these Halloween riddles made you giggle! πŸ™‚

From the Queen of Cake Pops!

There is an amazing lady that created Cake Pops and she is called Bakerella. She makes the most amazing treats! I love to see the ideas she comes up with. She shared a post about 14 Frightfully Fun Halloween Treats and they are awesome! I just have to share them with you.

14 Frightfully Fun Halloween Treats

Aren’t they adorable?! Now you just need to narrow it down to which ones you want to make for Halloween! πŸ˜‰ Here is the link to her website:

https://www.bakerella.com/frightfully-fun-halloween-treats/

You will find lots of other fun treats to make on her website. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #59 Cheez-it Crackers

Hello again! Have you ever noticed how many flavors of Cheez-it crackers there are in the grocery store? There are a BUNCH! For our Taste Testing Tuesday today, let’s take a look at some of the types and flavors there are.

So first there were the Original Cheez-it crackers. These were around when I was younger and they were the only flavor available.

I don’t know what order the flavors were added but here are some more of them.

White Cheddar

Extra Toasty. I have to say these are my favorite! I remember when I used to find an overcooked cracker in the original flavor box and would wish they were all that way! πŸ™‚

Hot & Spicy. These might light up your mouth a bit!

Cheddar Jack

Italian Four Cheese. I haven’t tried this one yet but I think I will soon!

The Cheez-it website shows some more interesting sounding flavors but I haven’t seen them in our local stores. Like Extra-cheesy, Pepper Jack, Cheese Pizza and Buffalo Wings. Here’s one that looks like a lot of fun!

Which ones will your family use for a taste test? I hope you have fun and you find some new favorites!

Be an Explorer Like Christopher Columbus

Happy Columbus Day! How many times have you heard the saying, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”? πŸ˜‰ I know, I know…now there is a lot of disagreement about what Christopher Columbus did or didn’t do, but one thing I think we can safely say is he was an explorer. So to celebrate Columbus Day today, let’s help the kids become explorers!

The first thing an explorer needs is a cool hat, right? πŸ˜‰ I’m going to show you how to make a cool explorer’s hat out of paper. I am using a piece of construction paper so you can see more clearly how to make it, but you might want to use something bigger like newspaper. Just depends on how big the person’s head is that you are making it for.

To start, I got a piece of green construction paper.

Here’s how to make your hat. Fold it in half the long way.

Open it back up.

Now fold it in half the other way.

Leaving the paper folded, fold in one top corner of the paper to the middle line so it looks like a triangle.

Now do the same thing on the other side.

Fold one side of the paper’s straight edge up so the fold is at the bottom of the triangles.

Turn the paper over.

And fold the other side up the same way.

Your hat is done! Pull it open at the bottom folded edge.

This little guy was happy to be a model for your new explorer’s hat. πŸ™‚

As I already mentioned, you can use different sizes of paper to make different sizes of hats. Here is the one I made with construction paper, one made with a single sheet of newspaper and one made with a full sheet of newspaper.

For the full sheet of newspaper size, you might need to let your triangles not meet in the middle so that you still have paper left over to fold the edges up.

Barbie and Ken thought it would be fun to be explorers too!

What else does an explorer need to go exploring? Maybe a spyglass? Let’s make one of those too! All you need is an empty paper towel or toilet paper roll, a piece of paper and markers or crayons.

Cover the tube with the construction paper if it has a lot of glue marks on it like this one does. Use glue or tape to hold it in place. (I used tape because it doesn’t need drying time.)

Let your kids decorate their spyglass with markers or crayons.

You are now ready to be an explorer!! What does an explorer do? Well, they put their explorer hats on and walk around the house or outside and they look through their spyglass to see what they can spy! They use their imagination to discover a new land. Be careful because you never know what kind of strange animals you might find!

Also watch out for things like carpet that might have quicksand or lava! You might need to jump from rug to rug in order to not get sucked in! πŸ˜‰ I hope your new hat and spyglass will make exploring a ton of fun!