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Archive | March, 2012

“Coffee Filter Butterflies” by KinderArt

18 Mar

Every week or so, my daughter and I pick a project which has a really good looking picture included, and try to duplicate the project to match the picture.

Our newest project was coffee filter butterflies found on KinderArt.com:

http://www.kinderart.com/crafts/butterfly.shtml

We gathered all the materials. The markers are not the washable type.

We colored and wet the coffee filters, according to the instructions. They dried quickly lying flat in the sun.

I squished them in the middle. My seven year old found this difficult; truthfully, so did I.

The finished project. I found it difficult to fluff the wings so it looked like the picture.

In conclusion, if I did this over again, I would use bigger coffee filters and limit the marker choices to pastels. We used all the colors, from black to yellow, and the black ran into the other colors, darkening the whole project. Also, I would use shorter pipe cleaners to make shorter antennae.

This project has potential to look like the picture, if done with a little more TLC. It’s not a project which can be rushed.

Leave your own coffee filter experiences in the comments below!

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My Adventures in Vertical Gardening Part One

18 Mar

This is the fence where I am trying out vertical gardening this year. It gets sun from late morning to early afternoon, usually around 10 am to 3 or 4 pm.

I started by nailing holes into the bottom of a milk jug, then tying pipe cleaners to the handle. I probably should have used wire, but pipe cleaners were what I had on hand.

I cut the top of the milk jug away with a knife. I was careful to cut in front of the handle; leaving some of the jug so the handle wouldn’t get flimsy and break.

I tied the milk jug to the fence after filling it with soil. I didn’t plant the seeds yet because we are still waiting for our final frost here in the NorthEast. I had to use a nail to attach the pipe cleaners for this jug, but it held. We’ll see if it holds through the first rainstorm, which is predicted for later this week.

This is the finished product. I’m not going for aesthetics; I’m going for practicality. A little bit of paint and a better arrangement might make this more pleasing to the eye.

I’ll comment here if the pipe cleaners don’t hold. See my next vertical gardening blog to find out when and what I plant in these planters, and to see pictures of my other vertical gardening ideas.

Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe

17 Mar

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I’ve never been able to get my daughter to eat meat. She doesn’t like the taste, texture, or effort required to get it to her stomach. So I wasn’t surprised when the doctor said she might be slightly anemic. Since I am also anemic, I searched for an answer that didn’t involve too many OTC pills. My doctor had the solution. He gave me this recipe, which is just sweet enough to keep her interested and packed with enough iron to keep her (and me) full of energy all day.

1 cup canola oil

3 cups sugar

4 eggs beaten

1 quart buttermilk

5 cups flour

3 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 15 oz box Post raisin bran cereal (8 cups)

Mix everything together in a large bowl. Let it chill overnight. Gather the batter from the top and place in muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

The best part of this recipe is that the batter can be kept in the refrigerator for six weeks with no issues. The batter doesn’t last two weeks in our house; the muffins are just too yummy!

When we did our homework for this recipe, we found that Post had the highest amount of iron out of all the raisin bran cereals. The price per box is slightly higher but it’s worth it to get a bit more iron into our daughter’s diet.

Happy baking! Let me know how it works for you, and if you modify the recipe, let me know how that works as well! (My little one came outside today with chocolate chips pressed into the tops of the muffins – perhaps a bit of chocolate added in could be interesting?)

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