Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wow, we got busy this week. We did our little houses. We used Halloween candy, so that is almost gone now. But boy, that was a night. I was asking my self, "what was I thinking?" Giving two little kids free for all over the candy. I was glad when that was over, because they were bouncing off the walls. Next time, I think we will do that earlier in the day, so they can go outside and play off all that sugar.
As for this weekend, I got my school work done and now it is time for thanksgiving break. I am taking advantage of the time away from studying and getting some nitty gritty house work done. I am trying to get organised and teach my children how to keep things clean. A lot of people like to label their stuff. Well, a two and three year old can't read, so I did the labels in pictures. Now I don't have to stand over them, to tell them where every little bitty thing goes. I only took pictures of a couple of the things I labeled, If I would have shared them all it would take to long. Any who, I went on line, downloaded the photos that looked like the toys my kids had, printed them out and started taping them on. I went over each photo to make sure the kids understood and now to see if this works, like I hope that it does. If not on them, then at least Jason will know where to tell the kids to put their stuff. I hope,lol.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sorry, It has taken me so long to post something new. School is getting crazy the closer we get to finals.
I want to do a gingerbread house with my kids this weekend so I am up at two in the morning looking for directions on the "how to's." Good way to use up some of this Halloween candy. But why do I feel an "I Love Lucy" episode coming on? hmmm, we will see. I will post the pics of our gingerbread houses when we get them done. Wish me luck.
Graham Cracker Gingerbread House
Here's what you will need to make it:
•10 whole graham crackers (8 for the house, 2 for the roof)
•can of white frosting
•1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
•candy to decorate your house like gumdrops, chocolate kisses, red licorice, and hard candies
•large plate or tray
•small plastic bag
Here's what you have to do:
1. Check with a grown-up and wash your hands before you start this.
2. Cara's family makes these Gingerbread Houses on birthdays, instead of cake.
3. Start by preparing your frosting. Add 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar to about 1 cup of frosting. You can use homemade frosting or store-bought. Cream of tartar helps the frosting harden so your house can stand up.
4. Put your frosting mixture in a plastic bag and cut a hole in the corner, so you can squeeze the frosting out of it.
5. Using the frosting as 'glue', glue four double graham crackers in the shape of a rectangle on a tray or plate.
6. Then, glue two half-sized crackers to the sides to make a complete box.
7. You can prop the walls of the house up against something so the house dries straight.
8. Now put frosting on the corners of two more graham crackers. Place the crackers on either side to make a peak.
9. This is the roof of the house.
10. Let your house dry for an hour.
11. Once the structure is dry, coat each side with frosting and use candy to decorate your house! Use your imagination!
12. Be sure to decorate one side at a time so the frosting doesn't get hard before you can stick candy to it.
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