Saturday, July 31, 2010
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
My kids really enjoyed it.
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I just got mine and love the great quality and design. They have easy to following instructions that come with the shadow case. I can't wait to make my project. I will show it to you soon.
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Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuesday: Pizza Stromboli and Green Salad
Wednesday: Enchiladas, Chips and Salsa
Thursday: Orange Chicken, Rice, Green Bean
Friday: Mexican Casserole, Chips and Salsa
Saturday: Eat out or leftovers
Sunday: Steak on the grill, Baked Potato, Corn on the Cob
Saturday, July 24, 2010
so...i was figuring that it's never too early to start washing your kids mouth out with soap...and now that can be done with these soapsicles!...lol...i'm thinking i'm not going to be asked to babysit anytime soon!...hee hee...anywho...thought i'd do up a tutorial on how to make these yummy
you'll need....a popsicle mold...this one's from go planet earth...but you can certainly use whatever mold you want...small soap bags...also from go planet earth...popsicle sticks...and large binder clips....
also...grab some clear melt and pour soap...glass measuring cup...soap colorant...i prefer liquid over the powder or gel...fragrance oils...and rubbing alcohol in a spritzer bottle...
take your soap and cut up into chunks...and put in glass measuring cup...it takes about 2 1/4 ounces for one soapsicle...now that's solid weight...not liquid...
head on over to the microwave...you'll want to do 1 minute at 50% power...then...until it's completely melted...do 30 second bursts at 50% power...you want it to melt...but not to boil!...
once it's all melted...you'll want to spritz with rubbing alcohol...this takes the bubbles out of the soap...
add a couple of drops of colorant...a little goes a long way!...i tend to do a drop or two...stir...and decide if i like what i'm seeing...if not...add a drop more...
then add your fragrance oil...the amount is up to you and your sniffer!...make sure to stir!...
spritz again with the rubbing alcohol...keep on going until you don't see hardly any white bubbles...
see all those nasty bubbles?...gotta get rid of 'em...
once again...spritz with your alcohol until it's pretty much bubbleless...is that even a word?...lol...
after you've filled all the popsicle slots that you want to...put the cover on...note...if you're wanting to do multiple
now...take the binder clips...and put on the popsicle sticks...i do this so that the sticks don't get lost when you put them in the mold...
insert all the sticks into the slots of where you've poured the soap...see how the binder clips just rest on top?...now...just leave it be!...it's going to take about an hour to set up!...
remove the binder clips from the sticks...then lift the top off...just slighty jiggle the stick...if it still moves....it's not set completely!...give it a little bit more time...
now...this might be the most difficult part of this project...getting 'em out of the mold!...it's tough!...anywho...you'll want to pry the sides of the mold from the soap at the top...this will start little air pockets...
you'll keep squeezing all around the mold...if you notice...there's little areas that you can see a color difference...this is because the soap has pulled away from the mold...you want to keep going until there's that difference in color everywhere...
starting pushing from the bottom...put a little muscle into it!...lol...eventually the soap will pop up a bit...
grab the stick and slide on out...
you'll want to air them out a bit...just in case there's condensation on the soap...i do this by just grabbing a piece of styrofoam and putting the stick in there...you'll want to let 'em hang out for a while...this makes it so much easier to put in the baggies!....
if you want your soap to look like it has a bite mark...you'll need to get a tiny little scalloped circle cutter...or...you could just take a nibble!...lol...
right on the corner...use the cutter...see...looks like little bucker marks!...
take your baggies and plop 'em in!...
twistie tie 'em up!...add a ribbon, label, or anything else you want!...
now...the one i just did was fruit punch
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
COVER half the grill grate with sheet of heavy-duty foil. Place chicken in large resealable plastic bag. Add 2 Tbsp. dressing; seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat chicken with dressing. Refrigerate 10 min. Remove chicken from bag; discard bag and dressing.
PLACE chicken on uncovered side of grill; cover with lid. Grill 6 min. Meanwhile, combine remaining dressing, tomatoes, cheese and basil.
TURN chicken over; place on foil. Top with tomato mixture. Grill, covered, grill 8 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF).
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wednesday: Spaghetti and green salad
Thursday: Grilled chicken bruschetta, mashed potatoes and veggie
Friday: Chicken and rice burritos
Saturday: Grilled steak and peas and potatoes
Sunday: Shrimp, baked potatoes and veggie
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
1 cup juice (I usually use apple)
1 (6 oz) plain or vanilla yogurt ( I usually use vanilla)
1 cup frozen fruit (any kind you like, we love a berry mix, peach or strawberry the best)
In a blender, combine all ingredients until nearly smooth. We often have to double this recipe for you whole family.