Monthly Archive for November, 2014

NINE!

NINE!?

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Practical Joke

We had friends over for dinner tonight. Prior to arrival, we were setting up the details via email.

Our Guests: “What do you want us to bring on Saturday?”
Me: “Dessert would be great!”
Our Guests: “Is there anything that we should avoid?”
Me: “Well, Claire’s not a big fan of green peppers or tomatoes, but I don’t think many desserts require those…so you should be good.”

So, they brought homemade cheesecake!

Practical Joke

…and this is what they put on Claire’s piece.

The look on Claire’s face was PRICELESS.

Edited to add: She was SO polite about it! You could tell she was trying to figure out how to get out of THAT one!

Hedgehog Reflections

Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen (#LHQR)

Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen (#LHQR)

Sharpie on a White Board

I saw this tip online, and I didn’t believe it. It was like magic, too good to be true. But, it really works!

(In the past, I’ve been DILIGENT about keeping Sharpies out of little hands or even put in separate locations for those with bigger hands, just to avoid disaster.) In fact, because of this little trick I learned, I’ve started writing the things I want saved on my Weekly Meal Plan, like the days of the week, in Sharpie…on purpose.

Yes…on a white board!

Eeek! I know. But, trust me. It works.

Who knew it was this easy?

The Internet, that’s who.
And now I’m sharing here, too.

But, don’t worry. Do you need fancy cleaners or chemicals to remove it? No!

Uh oh...

Uh oh…

Just color over the Sharpie with a dry erase marker. (You can either block it all out like this, or draw over the lines. Whichever.)

Just color over the Sharpie with a dry erase marker. (You can either block it all out like this, or draw over the lines. Whichever.)

...and then just wipe it off. Yes, really.

…and then just wipe it off. Yes, really.

Unbelievable!

DIY “Microwave” Popcorn

DIY “Microwave” Popcorn
(Heavy on the “Air-quotes”)

drizzle of olive oil in the bottom of a microwaveable bowl 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels Top with a microwaveable plate (as a lid) Set microwave for 2:45.

1) Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of a microwaveable bowl.
2) Add 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels.
3) Top with a microwaveable plate (as a lid).
4) Set microwave for 2:45. (That’s 2 minutes, 45 seconds.)

Bowl and lid will be HOT.

…and full of wonderfully popped popcorn!

…and full of wonderfully popped popcorn!

Top with salt.
Enjoy!

Healthy.
Amazing.
Cheap.

Pro Tip: We just keep a 1/4 Cup in our tub of popcorn kernels.

Pro Tip: We buy popcorn in bulk and  just keep a 1/4 Cup in our tub of popcorn kernels.

Sometimes it’s the simple things…

Will not boil over!

This will not boil over! Why? I have NO IDEA, but it WORKS. It changed my life.

Box Tops Sanity Saver

I've been meaning to post this tip for a while!

I’ve been meaning to post this tip for a while!

There is a magnet inside the bag. This holds it to the fridge, and we can just cut and drop the Box Tops into the open bag. When the bag is full, you just take it off the fridge, seal it up and send it to school.

Then, you open another sandwich bag, and stick it to the fridge!

Easy-peasy!

Electromagnet

Oh, you know, she just made an electromagnet yesterday. No big deal.

Oh, you know, she just made an electromagnet yesterday. No big deal.

I’m not sure if you can tell in this photo, but she’s lifting the staples with the electromagnet. You know, as you do.

Old-School Research Skillz

Claire is rockin' the old-school research skillz. I love that she's learning this!

Claire is rockin’ the old-school research skillz. I love that she’s learning this!

Apples, Apples, Apples

This year, the growing conditions were just right, and our apple tree decided to produce huge, edible apples this year!

This is awesome.
…and challenging.

I mean, we love apples! …especially FREE apples! …but we’re, um, kinda tired of apples. Ha.

So many apples!

So many apples!

This is just the tip of the Apple Iceberg.

We have an apple bread recipe my husband likes to use that calls for 3 Cups of apples.

...so I prepped them: Peeled, cored, chopped, and dipped in lemon water.

…so I prepped them: Peeled, cored, chopped, and dipped in lemon water (to hinder the browning).

...and froze them.

…and froze them in 3 Cup batches.

To quote my grandma, “These sure will taste good when there’s snow on the ground!”

…there IS snow on the ground, but I digress. 🙂