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Swell Supper: Slim Down Dinner

by Macki on Jan 8th, 2012 // Handmade Gifts, Swell Suppers, Uncategorized

Swell Supper: Slim Down Dinner

In keeping with my need to reduce the gut without sacrificing my taste buds I’ve come up with a complete dinner that will leave me satisfied. For tonight’s swell supper we are making Hearty Ten Vegetable Soup With Barley, Rainbow Parmesan Broccoli and Honey Nut Crunch Parfait for the sweet tooth. While the soup cooks, we are going to do some redecorating with some Origami Paper Flower Collages.

Swell Supper: Slim Down Dinner

The hearty ten vegetable soup with barley needs to cook for about an hour so make sure to give yourself enough time. Prep the veggies and cook according to the recipe. When you get to the cook for 30 minutes part do some crafts with your kids. My kids have a blast making Origami Paper Flower Collages. When we are out of origami paper, my kids just color their own and make pretty designs, then we cut flowers out of their masterpieces.

Swell Supper: Slim Down Dinner

When the flowers are finished it should be time to add the barley and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Take the finished origami flowers and hang them up around the dining room to add a bit of color during the cold gray winter. This should leave just enough time to cook the rainbow parmesan broccoli (if you can’t find rainbow, just use broccoli and cauliflower). Skip the butter to give it even fewer fat and calories! While it saut├ęs on the stove, put the finishing touches in the soup.

Swell Supper: Slim Down Dinner

Dinner is served! Are you wondering about dessert? The honey nut crunch parfait is so quick and easy and fun to make that it’s the perfect way for your family to make together at the table post dinner. Now doesn’t that sound swell?

Recycled Robots

by Angie on May 17th, 2011 // Just for Fun, Sculptures

Recycled Robots

Before taking out our weekly recycling to the curb for trash day, my kid and I went through and picked out some great boxes and containers, exactly what we needed for our next super fun craft project. When I mentioned making robots to my kid, she went crazy…in a good way!

Recycled Robots

We decided to each make our own robots, so they could be friends. I put way too much time into thinking about mine and all the details I wanted to add, but had so much fun putting it all together. I even caught myself speaking “robot” one too many times.

Recycled Robots

My robot assistant, on the other hand, knew exactly what she wanted to make and was more than excited to get started. She began by having a “treasure hunt” around our house, finding all sorts of materials to add to her personal robot. Once her baggie was full of treasures, we selected some old food boxes and a couple toilet paper rolls to make the robot base. The skirt was totally her idea.

Recycled Robots

We covered most of the robot body parts with foil so all the shapes and sizes had a uniform look.

Recycled Robots

We used bottle caps and buttons for eyes and a few more pieces for the face.

Recycled Robots

We attached smaller foil-covered raisin boxes and an applesauce container for extra robot parts.

Recycled Robots

A little colored tape here and some rainbow dyed noodles there, hair on the top and a lot on the floor, a drinking straw necklace…and soon, Robot Lisa was created. According to my little crafter, Robot Lisa’s arms are straight so they are ready to hug.

Recycled Robots

This is definitely a fun recycled project to make with your kid! Now for the instructions…

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Crafty Links

by Angie on May 11th, 2011 // Crafty Links

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Look at these pretty, high-end looking CLAY DISHES made from children’s oven-baked clay.

My kid would go absolutely crazy if we made Curly Birds’ hot air balloon!

These homemade mother’s day cards would be a welcome gift of art any time of the year.

Anyone else a sucker for a great purse or bag?! This one looks summer ready for your shoulder.

Recycled Napkin Rings

by Angie on May 9th, 2011 // Decorations, Gifts, Handmade Gifts, Holiday

Recycled Napkin Rings

Around dinner time, every night, my kid insists on helping get the dinner table ready. She loves to carry the plates and utensils over and set things just the way she likes them. Her most favorite part, though, is getting the napkins, probably because we have a drawer full of some pretty fun leftover party ones. Who wouldn’t love sitting down to polkadots, monsters, princesses, and a rainbow of colors?! I knew my kid would have a great time making this very kid-friendly and easy napkin ring craft, ideal to spice up dinner time, anytime.

Recycled Napkin Rings

I have quickly realized that toilet paper rolls are full of endless crafting possibilities! We began by cutting our roll into 1 1/2-inch long pieces and then covered the pieces with electrical (or artist) tape. Any kind of colored tape would work or use whatever materials you have in the house. This project is really about using what you have around.

Recycled Napkin Rings

My kid added another layer of stripes and decided her napkin ring needed a little floral touch.

Recycled Napkin Rings

Pretty cute, right?

Recycled Napkin Rings

While the glue dried on her flower, my kid cranked out 3 more napkin rings covered in different colored tapes and could not wait to stuff her napkins through. The funniest was she wouldn’t even take her napkin out of the ring at dinner time. She thought it was way more fun to look at the whole napkin meets napkin ring package at dinner and dab her face when needed. Lucky for us, we weren’t having a saucy mess of a meal and nothing landed in her empty lap! Now for the instructions…

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Crafty Links

by Angie on May 6th, 2011 // Crafty Links

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation week, how sweet would it be to make these pencil flower bouquets for your favorite teachers?

Hello?! I’ll take 20 of these T-shirt necklaces.

Imagine all the stains and clothing that could have been saved with this bib-meets-apron adorableness. Now if only I had a sewing machine…

I love these fabric doilies as a mobile, but I kinda want to put them all over my house.