Friday, February 12, 2010

Olympic Bead Projects

My friend, Jen, who is a far funner Mommy than I, just sent me this link to some Olympic themed fuse bead patterns.

This could be a way to salvage our third snow day in a row!

Thanks, Jen!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow Day

We, like most of the East Coast, are in the midst of a big big BIG blizzard.  So Tater and Sprout are home from school.  Again.

We had our traditional Snow Storm French Toast for breakfast.  I assume that's what everyone makes with the eggs, milk and bread that they hoard pre-storm.

We have watched a ridiculous amount of TV.  Again.

The snow is blowing sideways and so I am hesitant to let them go outside to play.  Not to mention that Sprout has a "boot" on her broken foot and therefore can't wear a snow boot.  Seems like frozen toes would be unavoidable if she goes out.

Right now they are playing with a mixture of cornstarch and water and food coloring (3/4 cup cornstarch + 1/3 cup of water + a few drops of food coloring = weird slime).  I fear that they will have blue hands for several days. Smurf-like.

Yesterday, during my pre-storm preparations, I bought this new Pillsbury cookie dough.  It has only the ingredients that you would actually put in cookies if you were motivated enough to bake them from scratch.  So when I asked the kids if they wanted to bake the cookies they said, "YES!" Of course.

So Sprout said, "Can I mix them?" as she grabbed the whisk.  Um...there's no actual mixing involved.

Then Tater said, "Can I measure things?" as he went to get the measuring spoons. measuring either.

Sprout: "Can I scoop them out and roll the little balls?"

Nope - pre-formed.

Sprout: "These cookies are NO FUN."


We put them on the tray and did the little fork crosses on top and they are in the oven now.  I am guessing they'll think they're more fun in about 15 minutes.

There are a bunch of coupons available on the Pillsbury site (for other products, too) and if you Google for Pillsbury Simply Cookie Dough there seem to be some coupons there, too.

Happy sort of baking.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


My kids love to play on the computer.  And I have bookmarked all sorts of kid-appropriate sites for them.


Disney Channel


But my friend just found this kid version of YouTube and I think the kids will love it.  It's called Kideos and they have kid safe videos filtered out from YouTube.  Nothing rude or inappropriate, just a bunch of funny animals and cartoons.  The videos are divided up by age group, and go from baby to 10+. 

I think Sprout would like this one of the crowd at the Oprah show dancing to the Black Eyed Peas.

Tater would probably enjoy this one with a dog riding on a skateboard.

Of course they spent last night laughing hysterically at this guy - which is probably not at all appropriate.  Somehow he didn't get filtered into Kideo.