Taste Testing Tuesday #37 Pudding

It’s that time again – Taste Testing Tuesday! Today I thought we would check out some awesome pudding flavors. Before we get started, what do you THINK your favorite pudding flavor is? Let’s see if you change your mind after you do this taste test today! I’ll show you 3 flavors that are favorites at our house.

Can you guess what flavors of pudding are in each cup? The colors are orange, dark brown and yellow. Did you make your guesses? Ok, here’s what flavors they are:

#1.) Chocolate

#2.) Vanilla

#3.) Butterscotch

Did you guess the right flavors? I bet you got at least some of them right! Now it’s your turn! What flavors of pudding will you taste test? There are many more flavors available in the store. Like lemon, cheesecake, banana cream, pistachio, cookies ‘n cream, white chocolate and French vanilla. And maybe even more! I think I like vanilla the best, then chocolate and then butterscotch. (Or as my dad used to call it “sutterbotch”. That’s rather fun to say, isn’t it?) 😉 Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite pudding flavor is and if doing this taste test made you decide you have a new favorite flavor!

Easy as Pie Chocolate Pie

Do your kids love helping out in the kitchen? Or would you like to encourage them to help make food more often? Here’s a super easy but very tasty recipe for a chocolate pie that kids can make! And it looks very nice when you are done. It only takes a few ingredients to make. You’ll start with a graham cracker crust…either one you make yourself or one you purchased.

Then you’ll need some milk, 2 small boxes of instant chocolate pudding, a container of Cool Whip and a few tiny chocolate chips. (You could use the regular size chocolate chips too.)

Start by pouring 4 Cups of cold milk into a large bowl.

Add the 2 small boxes of chocolate pudding mix into the bowl.

Stir with a whisk for 2 minutes.

Immediately pour the chocolate pudding into the graham cracker crust.

Place the pie in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes until it is soft-set. Then take the pie out and add some Cool Whip to completely cover the top of the pie.

Sprinkle some chocolate chips on top and your beautiful pie is finished!

Store the pie in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve it. This is a great recipe for the kids to make and they will feel so proud when you serve it to guests or family and they can say, “I made this pie!” 🙂 It tastes great too! (I should know…I just ate a piece!)

Makit & Bakit Kit for Making a Suncatcher

The other day I mentioned we would be making a suncatcher with a Makit & Bakit kit that I bought at a Joann Fabrics store. Today’s the day! I have seen this type of kit before but I had never done one. So time to teach an old dog a new trick! 😉 Here’s how they are done:

This is what was included in the kit. The instructions were printed on the back of the cardboard.

The idea of making them is simple. First line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Place the frame, flat side down, onto the foil lined cookie sheet.

Start with one color and fill an area of the frame with that color of the little plastic pieces. First I did orange.

Then the yellow…

Next came green…

And finally the blue.

The trick is getting and keeping the colors in the places you want them. It’s good to have a toothpick and a pair of tweezers handy for moving the little pieces around. And tweezers are nice for filling in the little spaces. Here’s a closer view so you can see what they look like when they are ready for the oven.

Now you preheat the oven according to the package directions. Do NOT use a microwave!! Place the cookie sheet with your suncatcher in the heated oven and follow the package directions for how long to let it bake. Mine took about 15 minutes. A word of caution: Open your windows while your suncatcher is in the oven. It will give off a plastic smell. The package says it is not harmful, but if you are sensitive to odors, you might not like this part of the process. After the plastic pieces have melted, remove the cookie sheet and let the suncatcher cool before handling. Then it should peel off the foil easily. Because of the odor, I sat my cookie sheet outside to cool and that helped a lot to dispel the odor.

And there is your suncatcher! Add a bit of string if you like to hang it up. It was a fun project but a little tedious getting the little pieces in just the right place, so this might be good for kids that are a bit older. (I accidentally dropped my tweezers on my suncatcher which made the tiny pieces go flying all over…and then I had to clean them up!) And of course, adult supervision is needed when using the oven. Let me know if you give this a try! 🙂

Making a Fairy Garden

Yesterday was National Gardening Day but I forgot about it. Lol I thought we would honor that holiday by doing a little gardening today. Let’s make a fairy garden! They are easy to make and so much fun. You’ll need a container which can be just an old pan or something inexpensive you grab from the store. You’ll also need some dirt or potting soil, some fairy garden figurines, and a few plants that will stay small.

A great place to find fairy garden figurines is a Dollar General store. They had a whole section of things great for fairy gardens and they were priced at $1.00 each! Other stores like Joann Fabrics or Walmart have fairy garden figurines too, but they are more expensive.

There are different kinds of plants you can get for this project and some stores even have them labeled as good for fairy gardens. I’m using some Hens and Chicks succulents for mine.

Using a nail and a hammer, make a few holes in the bottom of your pan or pot so it can drain excess water. Then add some dirt or potting soil so the container is nicely full but the dirt doesn’t come all the way to the top. Leave a little room at the top so the water doesn’t just run off but stays in the pan.

Place the main pieces of your fairy garden figurines in your pot approximately where you want them to be. And lay the plants in place, just on top of the soil. Check your arrangement and make sure everything is right where you like it.

Remove the figurines…you’ll place them back in just a couple of minutes.

Plant each plant into the dirt and pack the dirt lightly around each one.

Now place the fairy garden figurines into your garden. Arrange any little stones that you want to use in place now too. You can make a little walking path, if you like.

Gently water your plants.

And that’s all there is to it! Place your fairy garden in a place where it can be enjoyed by everyone.

One word of caution, the water will drain out the bottom of your garden so remember that when you decide where to put it. It could leave a little dirt behind. I hope you will make your own fairy garden and enjoy it all spring, summer and fall! A fun activity to do with your fairy garden and your kids is to make up a story involving your little fairy garden and who might come to visit it! 🙂

Clearance Is on Sale!

During a quick stroll through my local Joann Fabric Store on Monday, I discovered some crazy good sale prices! Some of the craft kits for kids (not all of them) were on clearance and then they were 35% more off the clearance price! Whoohoo! I only had time to grab a few of them but I wanted to share them with you.

#1.) Pop! Unicorn Foam and Felt Kit. This is the kit that I showed you in another post but it’s even cheaper this time. Got it for $1.61.

#2.) Makit & Bakit Flip Flops Kit. This one was on sale for $0.96! (We are going to make this one soon so be sure to check back!)

#3.) Little Makers Rub On Art Kit. This kit was on sale for $1.28. There was a similar set with different pictures too.

#4.) Little Makers Foam Mosaic. There was more than one type of this one too. On sale for only $1.61.

There were more kits on sale but I didn’t have much time to be there. And items may vary at each store, of course. I’m not sure how long this sale on a sale is available but you can find some cute craft kits for kids at really great prices! Ruuuuuun to your nearest Joann Fabric Store! 😉

Taste Testing Tuesday #36 Salty Snacks

We’re back for more fun with Taste Testing Tuesday! Ok, I know they aren’t always the healthiest snack to eat, but who doesn’t get a craving for some salty snacks sometimes? Today we’re going to test a few and see what we think. We’re testing 5 kinds of salty snacks. Which ones will you test for your family?

Make a chart similar to the one we made for testing carrots so the kids can have fun adding silly faces for each salty snack you try.

#1.) Tostitos tortilla chips.

#2.) Simply Cheetos White Cheddar Puffs. (Ok, I am drooling on my laptop….)

#3.) Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips

#4.) Lays Classic Potato Chips

#5.) Doritos Nacho Cheese chips

Ok, now for the taste testing results! Which kind of salty snack is your favorite? I think my favorite of these 5 kinds would be the Cheetos Puffs. 🙂 YUM!! And what is your least favorite? My least favorite would be the Doritos. I hope you have fun with today’s Taste Testing Tuesday! 🙂

Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

Yep, it’s a “real day”! (At least my phone says it is.) So what should you do on National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day? Well, make a grilled cheese sandwich, of course! This is a great way to get kids started in the kitchen. So here we go! Grab some bread, your favorite cheese, some butter, a skillet and a spatula and let’s get cooking! Start by laying out 2 slices of bread.

Butter the top of both slices of bread.

Lay the slices of bread together with the butter sides touching.

Lay your slices of cheese on top of the bread. Our favorite grilled cheese sandwich includes swiss cheese…

And 2 slices of American cheese.

Lay the top slice of bread with the cheese on it, into your skillet, butter side down.

And top with the second slice of buttered bread, butter side up.

Turn the burner on to medium heat. Keep a close eye on the bottom of your sandwich so it doesn’t burn. My hubby likes to use a lid for the skillet, but I usually don’t. When it’s nicely browned, it’s time to flip it over and cook the second side.

As your bread is getting brown and crispy, your cheese will be melting. When the second side is browned and the cheese is nicely ooey-gooey, turn off the skillet and put your yummy grilled cheese sandwich on a plate.

Cut your delicious sandwich in half and enjoy!! Ooooo, such yummy goodness!

If you want to add some more yumminess to your sandwich, try adding some thin slices of turkey or ham. Yum! I hope you have a great National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! 🙂

Happy National Unicorn Day!

Did you know that today is National Unicorn Day? Well, now you do! Haha! I found out just a couple of days ago and decided we needed to do something to celebrate! So here is an adorable quick craft kit that I found at a Joann Fabric store.

The pieces that you put on the felt unicorn are like stickers. You peel that paper off the back and stick it where it goes. It does not include printed instructions, but you can tell what to do by looking at the picture on the package.

First I took all the pieces out of the package and laid them out so I could see what I had to work with.

Next I punched out all the sticker pieces and discarded the outside edges.

I placed her sparkly unicorn horn and her ear on.

Then came her 2 piece saddle and her pink mane.

Now for 4 pink hooves and a pink tail.

Lastly, I placed the 4 little flowers for a crown on her head.

All done! Isn’t she pretty? That was a fun way to celebrate National Unicorn Day! I hope you have a good day too! (Next year, maybe I can plan ahead for more unicorn fun!) 😉

Riddles for Spring!

Spring has officially arrived in the United States! But the weather keeps going back and forth between warm and cold and some days it gets us down in the dumps. Let’s see if we can tickle our funny bones and cheer ourselves up! Try out these riddles and see if they make you smile. 🙂

#1.) Why is April the cleanest month?

Answer: Because April showers!

#2.) Why was the rabbit happy?

Answer: Because some-bunny loved him!

#3.) I fly high in the sky, but I don’t have wings. I have a tail, but I’m not a bird or an animal. I love windy days. What am I?

Answer: A kite!

#4.) What flowers like to kiss?

Answer: Tulips! (Two lips)

#5.) What falls down but never gets hurt?

Answer: The rain!

#6.) When is the letter A like a flower?

Answer: When a bee (B) comes after it!

Are you smiling? I am! Which riddle is your favorite? Be sure to try these out on your friends and family! Keep smiling! 🙂

Taste Testing Tuesday #35 Easter Eggs

Welcome to another Taste Testing Tuesday! It’s all fun and games…

Until you open the refrigerator and you still see ALL those Easter eggs that haven’t been eaten yet!

What do you do with them?? Let’s try a taste test using your abundance of colored hard-boiled Easter eggs! Here’s a few suggestions you might try. We’re going to assume that you peel them first… 😉

#1.) Cut in half and sprinkled with salt. This is how my husband usually eats a hard-boiled egg.

#2.) Let’s jazz it up a bit by adding 2 chocolate chips for eyes, 2 Cheerios for a nose and bacon pieces for a mouth. Much more appetizing, don’t you think?

#3.) Cut in half with some mayonnaise spread on top and a sprinkle of parsley. (Or salt.) This is how I usually eat hard-boiled eggs.

#4.) Egg salad. There are many recipes for egg salad and every family seems to have their favorite way to fix it.

#5.) Deviled eggs. Again, there are many recipes for deviled eggs! This is probably our favorite way to eat hard-boiled eggs, but they do take a little bit more work.

#6.) Butterfly deviled eggs. Just another fun way to present them! 😉

#7.) Chopped up hard-boiled eggs. Now they are ready to be added to a salad.

A few more suggestions to use the chopped up eggs could be potato salad, chicken salad, tuna salad or macaroni salad. I hope by doing this taste test, your leftover Easter eggs will now only have this left over…

Haha! The colored shells look pretty, don’t they? 😉 What is your favorite way to eat Easter eggs? Good luck using up those eggs! 🙂