Monthly Archives: August 2012

Outside of the Lunchbox school lunch ideas

Are you kids tired of the same old ham and cheese sandwich day after day at lunch? It is time to think outside of the lunchbox! Here are some healthy ideas for school lunch…

*Try different themes*

    BREAKFAST

~Mini Waffles with a small amount of syrup or jam, a sliced hard boiled egg, and your child’s favorite fruit.

~Your child’s favorite cereal. Put some in a sandwich bag. Send in a mini bowl (like the small plastic kind in the baby aisle) Pack a single serve carton of milk or have you child buy a milk at school. Be sure to pack fruit to help fill them up!

~Bacon and eggs?!?! Sure! Pack a few slices of turkey bacon and hard boiled eggs. My children love Melba Toast so I will use that instead of regular toast (it might get stale or soggy.) Add yogurt as a side.

~Waffle with peanut butter and honey sandwich.

~English muffin with peanut butter.

    Fish

~If your child likes tuna….make tuna salad. Cut the bread in the shape of a fish! Serve with goldfish cracker. Also if you have a fish cookie cutter cut out cantaloupe or honeydew!

    Chicken

~Chicken salad wrap. Add baked potato chips and some fruit.

~BBQ chicken pasta. Sounds weird, right? But it is fabulous and my children love it!

    Peanut Butter

~Crackers with peanut butter

~Celery sticks (well, any veggie) with peanut butter

I will add more ASAP!

The Very Best Chocolate Syrup!

My boys love chocolate milk…well so do I! Today I realized we were almost completely out! That is just unacceptable! So I decided to try to make my own for the very first time:) Here’s how I did it…

Chocolate Syrup

1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. In a medium sauce pan, add sugar, salt, and cocoa. Mix with a wire whisk.
2. Add water. Mix well
3. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
4. Add vanilla. Mix well.
5. Let cool. Put in your container of choice.

That is it!

This makes about 16 oz of syrup. I use about 1/2 oz. per 8 oz of milk. (1/2 oz = 2 weight watchers points plus)

~Em

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Make Your Own Fabric Softener

I ran out of fabric softener today. So instead of running to the store I decided to take a leap of faith and make my own! I found many different recipes for fabric softener online and I decided to tweak a few and make my own.

FABRIC SOFTENER

6 cups boiling water
2 cups hair conditioner
3 cups distilled white vinegar

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1. Boil 6 cups of water. Turn off heat. (you can use cold water but I think it helps break down the hair conditioner)

2. Add 2 cups of hair conditioner.

3. Add 3 cup of vinegar.

4. STIR!!!

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5. Pour into container of choice. (I used an old laundry detergent bottle with the pour spout.)

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It smells awesome! I was afraid it would smell like vinegar but if you pick a good strong smelling conditioner the smell is great:) I also learned that vinegar is great for your clothing!
www.vinegartips.com
I use almost an ounce per large load.

~Em

How to remove SLIME!

Now that you made slime it’s probably all over the carpet and your kids clothing, right? Well have no fear! There is an easy solution to removing slime….

VINEGAR!

Simply saturate slime with vinegar and wipe away!

Clothing

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First remove excess slime from clothing.

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Saturate with vinegar. Soak for a few minutes. Then run warm water over the area. Wash like normal.

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Carpet

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Remove excess slime.

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Pour vinegar on slime. If slime is already dried out let the vinegar soak for a few minutes until the slime has softened. Wipe with a towel and like magic…it’s gone!

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~Em

SLIME!!!

Who doesn’t like sticky, gooey, colorful slime? I know my boys love it! I hate spending $1-2 on it though! Here is a way to make it at home for way less $ using only 4 ingredients.

First dissolve 1 teaspoon of Borax in 1 cup of water. Set aside.

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In a medium mixing bowl empty a 4 ounce bottle of Elmer’s Glue. You can use the clear or white glue.

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Add 4 ounces of water to the glue.

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Stir water and glue together until well blended.

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Now the fun part! Add the Borax/water and watch as slime begins to form! Just keep stirring the mixture. Use your hands…or better yet have the kids stir!

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I noticed there seemed to be a lot of excess water in the bowl. I gave a handful of slime to each boy then used the rest of the slime to absorb the water.

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The final product!

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To make SLIME

1 teaspoon Borax
1 1/2 cup water, divided
4 ounces school glue (like Elmer’s Glue)
Food coloring

1. Combine 1 tsp Borax with 1cup water. Set aside.
2. Pour 4oz bottle of glue into a medium size bowl.
3. Add 1/2 cup of water and a few drops of food coloring. Stir until smooth.
4. Pour Borax and water into glue mixture. Stir until all liquid is absorbed.

How to remove stains from your carpet

As a stay at home mom everyday is an adventure…today my adventure is to get this RED kool-aid stain out of my carpet.

Last week I attempted to remove the stain using a mixture of water and dish soap and salt. First I saturated the stain with dish soap and water. I poured salt on it and let it dry. Then I vacuumed the salt up. It sure did lighten the stain up but I’m definitely NOT satisfied!

Today I will be trying something completely different. I saw a recipe on onegoodthingbyjillee.com for ammonia, water, towels, and a hot iron. Here is a before picture….

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I mixed one part water with one part clear ammonia. I saturated the stain with the mixture then placed a white towel on the stain. I ironed the stain…over and over and over…I lifted the towel and….IT BARELY CHANGED!!! How disappointing!

So I sat around moping for an hour and it dawned on me! I decided to mix dish soap with water. I put it on the stain, put the towel on, then I started ironing away. At first I was concerned because there was no sign of the stain on the towel but as soon as I lifted the towel I could see a difference!!!

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I repeated the process a few times and look…

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I was so excited I started to look for stains:)

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Recipe:
2 TBSP dish soap (I used green Palmolive because that’s what I had)
1-2 cups water
Light or white towel
Hot iron

~Em

This amazing meat loaf is fabulous for any day of the week. I lightened it up by using turkey instead of ground beef. My family loves it!

Ingredients:

1 lb groung turkey
1/2 cup organic soy milk
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried mustard
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
1 garlic clove, finely chopped (1/8 tsp garlic powder)
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 small onion, finely chopped
3-4 strips green pepper, finely chopped
3-4 strips red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup BBQ sauce, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Chop all veggies. (I used a small food processor to make them extra fine.)
3. Mix all ingredients except for 1/4 cup of the BBQ sauce.

It should look something like this…..

4. Divide mixture into 2 six count muffin tins.
5. Spread the rest of the BBQ sauce on each muffin.
6. Bake at 350degrees for 35-40 minutes.

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Each muffin is only 2 weight watchers points + !!!