Friday, September 16, 2011

Do you know the ice cream scoop trick?

You may or may not have heard but an ice cream scoop is a great way to evenly measure out and dispense batter for cupcakes/muffins into the baking pan.  I whipped out my trusty ice cream scoop this morning to make almond apple muffins (recipe courtesy of Everyday Paleo).  They are very hearty and quite tasty--you definitely don't miss the sugar. The kids can't get enough of them!  :) Oh, I made two modifications: I didn't have apples so I used a pear and I added a 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg.   I oiled the pan with coconut oil and they still stuck pretty badly so the clean up is going to be a task.  For the future, I think, I'm just going to use cupcake liners--I have to remember to pick some unbleached ones up next time I'm at the grocery store. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Arts and Crafts

So, I am not the biggest arts and crafts person.  Sure, I like to knit and crochet but when it comes to crafts with my babies, I'm not the most creative or the most motivated.  But there are a few projects that have piqued my interest and that I think the kids will enjoy:

1.  Rubbing Plates
We've done rubbings with leaves before so it's not a totally new concept. I purchased this set and I'm pleased with the quality and how nicely the rubbings come out.  You need to use printer paper though: the pictures didn't come out quite as well using construction paper.  And the rubbings look quite professional if you use colored pencils and not crayons.

2.  Loom and Cotton Loops set
I did this at day camp as a child and I remember being so thrilled to have made something that was actually useful.  I think this activity will also help build fine motor skills.  I hope to get a basic set like the one pictured.

3. Candle Rolling
I actually bought a candle rolling kit last year and so I'm looking forward to finally getting around to it.  I think the kids are a bit more mature and this might be more fun than disaster this year.  

I still don't see myself committing to many more art projects but I'm glad to have a few lined up.  

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