Thank you to Kaitlin, from The Garden Grazer, for sharing her Spinach Artichoke Feta Quesadillas! I found them on pinterest and had to check them out. The recipe is so easy and the prep time for these was fast! I added chicken to mine since I had a chicken breast left over from dinner the other night. I also used white onion instead of green onion because I forgot to buy green onion. They probably would have been better with the green onion, but they were still pretty good with the white onion. The tortillas came out crunchy which makes these more delicious and I added a ton of mozzarella to make them extra gooey. I wanted a quick snack to eat while watching the Houston Texans kick the stinky Ravens butts(haha) and this was perfect! You should definitely check out Kaitlin recipes, these Spinach Artichoke Feta Quesadillas(+ chicken!) were so yummy!
With all of my research for home school and toddler activities, I have found a ton of new things I want to make. I also had a few things that I have made recently that I had not been able to share yet. Here is what has been going on in my workshop:
1. Thanks to Anna at The Imagination Tree for sharing her idea of Fairy Dust. Big Sister and I are practicing letters and this is one way to practice letters with a fun twist. When Big Sister sees this I know she will love it because she is obsessed with fairies right now. I made purple and pink fairy dust with pink glitter.
2. I also dyed noodles for lacing practice. I have seen these at many blogs and I believe I got the idea from a book I bought, I do not remember which book at the moment. I wanted Big Sister to lace beads, but they are so tiny and Husband is not a fan of teeny-tiny things and with Little Guy scooting every where, we want to be careful of what ends up on the floor during play. When I saw these giant noodles, I knew I had to dye them for Big Sister. They will be easier for her to hold until she learns how to lace them better, and Husband will not have to worry about little pieces all over. I colored ours pink, purple, and blue for right now. We might make a few more colors later if I can find a different kind of large pasta.
3. I also finished most of Big Sisters peg dolls. I had originally painted 16, but 4 of the little men looked sort of weird after I painted ties on them. I think I saw a pin about these little wooden dolls and I loved them instantly. I tried to finish them by Christmas, but with Little Guy on the way and my other projects they were done in February. Big Sister loves all her little dolls and they are just big enough that Husband didn’t freak out when he saw them.
4. This little chicken….is so cute! I found a pin which I followed to The Imagination Tree again, who gave instructions for an easy and fun game for toddlers. She also had a link for the instructions for the little chicken bean bag her daughter uses for the game. When I saw these I knew I would be making them in every color I have. They are super easy to make and Big Sister loves the first one I made her. She and Husband played with the chicken for a while and then she asked for chickens in every color! So I had to make a bunch more, I love how they turned out.
5. I also made a popsicle stick puzzle for Big Sister. I got the idea for the puzzle here(scroll down a bit and the pictures will take you to the instructions on a different blog, but I just saw the picture and guessed how to make them myself), and decided to make a fairy puzzle since Big Sister loves Tinkerbell and friends. It was super easy to make. You will need some big popsicle sticks, any picture your child would like, glue, tape, and an exacto knife. I mod-podged my sticks after I cut them apart just to keep the picture clean and help keep it attached to the sticks, but that was just my preference. The picture still looks really good after being sliced up.
I am working on more stuff and hope to be able to share them with you soon!
A few weeks ago, Husband and I came up with the BRILLIANT plan to turn a large part of our garage into a room. Our house is not very big and our attached garage is a big underutilized space. (It is considered a two-car garage, if you are the proud owner of two smart cars, which we are not.) We have the regular house repair tools and lawn equipment in the garage, but not much else. We thought about putting the kids in the same room, but Big Sister has a ton of toys and is used to her own space and Little Guys current room would be kind of small for our playroom/school room idea. So we cleaned out the garage, got rid of a ton of junk, and made plans for our new room. We had a slight glitch in our plan, right after Husband put the frames up for the room, we remembered that we might need a permit for the work we were doing. Husband solved that problem pretty quickly though and got a $30 permit at the county office. So he set off again and got the sheet rock up, the wall taped/floated, and the wall painted and then my car started acting up. Now a week and a half has gone by and no construction. We were hoping to get this done in a month, but with one car out of commission, I am not sure when it will be finished. As soon as the room is done, I will post plenty of pictures. Until then, we are stuck doing school activities in our living room. Hope you have a great day!
I cannot believe September is here! This has been such a busy summer. We have a few birthdays we celebrate over the summer months as well as vacations, family reunions, and holidays. It seems like we have something to do every weekend, and just when we thought we would get a break and get to relax, the new school year is already here!
So this school year, we have decided to start home-schooling Big Sister. She is a little young, but we are only introducing her to the idea of school. It’s a way for me to get time with her for something that only she can do, since Little Guy does everything else with us. Right now he just scoots around on the floor, so he probably won’t take part for a while. We are going to start working on letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. She knows a little of each already, but we want to spend more time on these to really get to know them. Now we are not going to put a ton of pressure on her to learn these things either, she will learn them all in her own time, we just want to have fun and learn a little too. She already loves art/crafts supplies so we will be using everything crafty we can get our hands on. Luckily stores put most of the supplies on sell for the school year so we got all new markers, crayons, construction paper, pencils, scissors, and preschool puzzles. We also got more pompoms, paint, chalk, popsicle sticks, glitter, and tons of stickers. I have gone crazy the past few weeks researching fun activities for us to do that are fun and having anything to do with what we want her to learn. It is a little overwhelming how many wonderful resources are out there for homeschooling. I will try to start posting again to give you an update on how we are doing. I will also let you know where we have gotten all of our wonderful projects from. Good luck in the new school year!