Tuesday, November 30
Adorable, right? They're from Melissa & Doug and they're solid wood. I usually like Melissa & Doug products (their floor puzzles are awesome) but this product seemed a) a little pricey at about $20 for the set, and b) made in China, where their lead-based paint regulations are a little lax. Add to this the fact that the reviews criticized the set as easily chipped and dented, and I was not sold.
So I thought, why not just make some play food for the kids? I scavenged the cupboards for nearly empty containers and saved a few days' worth of boxes and cans and soon I had a set of my own. I hot-glued the flaps on the boxes down.
Monday, November 29
Monday, November 15
Friday, November 12
They're functional, and I love them, but they've always left me wanting... So since I have a ton of leftover chalkboard paint, I decided to get a little painty.
I guess it wasn't a strictly necessary way to spend my time, since the jars are clear and creating erasable labels for them is superfluous, but I like them better this way. And the girls love writing on them.
So the tally is as follows:
jars: $0 (they were a gift)
chalkboard paint: $0 (on hand)
Thursday, November 11
But I got them to behave with promises of a walk to the park:
I suppose, though, that having my shopping schedule interrupted is markedly less inconvenient than having been a war veteran. So I'll keep my complaints limited to this little corner which no one reads but me.
In (un)related news, Grama Hammons gave mom a jar of homemade jalapeno jelly, which I subsequently liberated from her posession. I have been been munching Ritz crackers, spread lightly with cream cheese and then spread more liberally with this delicious jelly. Fortunately for me, no one else in the house likes it.
Wednesday, November 10
The recipe is as follows:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 c. turbinado sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. (two sticks) butter, softened
1 egg, room temperature
2 1/4 c. unbleached flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. sea salt
12 oz. organic, semisweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cream sugars and butter together, add egg. Add flour, soda and salt and mix until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Use a cookie scoop and place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
This probably seems like a very basic recipe, but the turbinado sugar and the organic chips make all the difference. I also prefer to mix them by hand rather than with an electric mixer; the texture is much better. Also, invest in a good cookie scoop (not much of an investment at less than $15) and your cookies will be cooked perfectly.
Tuesday, November 9
Monday, November 8
Floral foam wreath, $1
Glue, on hand
Book pages, on hand
Sheet Music Mirror:
Mirror, on hand
Mod Podge, homemade
Sheet music, printed from home computer and antiqued with tea
Saturday, November 6
Got these leaves from the park on Saturday. We took Dexter and the kids to play and the leaves were so beautiful. Little jewels. The deep purple leaf was my favorite. It was so windy and mild. If only the soccer players weren't hogging the dog park, and if only we'd brought a kite, it would've been perfect.
As it was, it was very close to perfect.