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Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes Giveaway – The Winner Is…

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Giveaway | 3 comments

Good morning friends!

I LOVED reading all the comments about the ways you would share bread with others.  There is so much joy that comes from giving to one another! I want to thank each and everyone one of you for sharing your sweet comments with me.  I wish I could send each and every one of you this gift!

But todays winner was picked by Random.org and I’m pleased to say:

CONGRATULATIONS to Renee G.

I’ve sent you an email with details to receiving your gift.  I hope you enjoy making bread and sharing it with the ones you love!

Thank you again to all of you who entered!  I hope you all have a wonderful day today!

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First Giveaway! Artisan Bread 5 Minutes a Day

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in Fun, Giveaway | 56 comments

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. To view the winner click here. 

My dear friend Nicole introduced me to Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day in the beginning of 2011.  I had a new little baby at home and she did as well. Our sons are just a month apart.  She prepared a loaf of bread and brought one over to us.  I admired how my friend, a new mom (just like me) was able to make such a beautiful loaf of bread and nurse an infant! Her response was, “It’s easy, I already have the dough in the frig and I just make up the loaf and out comes a beautiful homemade loaf of bread!”

I was very skeptical at first but kept asking her to give me the recipe. I thought it would take some complicated process or have a certain skill to make such a loaf of bread. Instead of giving me the recipe, she bought me the cookbook and a plastic container to make my own. I was elated! I read through the chapters of the book reading about the different kinds of flour and protein.  Then the baking supplies required.  Finally, it was time to give it a try!

The first couple times I can admit it was a bit tricky.  But I was learning! As I got the hang of the technique I quickly realized my friend was right. It was easy. My husband was equally thrilled with homemade bread that it became quite a routine in our house.

Since my friend Nicole was so gracious to me by giving me such a wonderful gift, I had to start making loaves of bread for my other friends and family.  First my friend Deanna, then Kristan and then my parents and the list goes on.  Now I aim to give at least one of my friends a loaf because I really find the bread to be amazing! :)

Now, when I give a loaf of bread I wrap in in a soft cotton kitchen towel.  Some times I ad a ribbon and embellishment. I really find joy in being able to give bread to others. :) All because one friend gave me one!

So today I want to give  the cookbook, the plastic container, a towel and flower embelishment (I personally made that one!) to ONE reader.  I’m grateful that you stop by to read my blog. It means a lot to me.  I wish I had a budget to give out one to everyone that would like try this fabulous method but I hope this little gift will bless at least one and then you can carry out the tradition as well. If you like of course!

Here are the guidelines for the giveaway:

 This giveaway is open to a U.S. Resident only at this time. 

How to enter:

In the comments share with me how you would share a loaf of Artisan bread with someone.

For additional entries (In separate comments)

Please NOTE that Likes to Facebook can not be counted per Facebook policy.

This giveaway ends Tuesday October 2, 2012.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday October 3, 2012 and will be chosen by Random.org. I was not sponsored by the Authors of this book or their affiliates.  It is something I truly use and find beneficial to life in the kitchen. I would love to share the benefits of making homemade bread with one of you!

Enjoy and best wishes!

 

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Fall Time Activities

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Fun, Toddler in the Kitchen | Comments Off on Fall Time Activities

I have to admit, having a child is like being a kid all over again. I can’t believe how many fun ideas are out there.  I found writing a list of  things to do was not only helpful this summer but a ton of fun! And since I loved it so much, I thought I’d share with you our fall list of activities to do!  This list should keep us busy for awhile.

Bible Time

Physical Activity

Kitchen Fun
Crafts
Development and Learning Activities
 Thank you to all of the following blogs and websites for giving me so many activities to do with our son. You are all amazing!!

Alright, I’m a first time mom and I’d love to hear what you like to do at home with your little ones. What home activities do you have planned this fall? And if you have older children, what are some fun activities you plan on doing after school or on the weekends? I can’t wait to hear your ideas! 

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50 Things To Do This Summer

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Fun, Summer Time Activities | 7 comments

1st swimming lessons last summer 

It will be officially summer in just a few days but to start off this week, lets turn up the heat with some toddler activities.  I’ve been noticing around the “blogosphere” that everyone is sharing some amazing fun and frugal ideas to do this summer and I want to join in too!   Today I’m sharing my 50 things we are planning on doing this summer. I can’t wait to enjoy the summer with my little guy! :-)

  1. Color
  2. Water Balloon Target Practice 
  3. Go to library story time
  4. Read books
  5. Make mud pies 
  6. Play with toys on the toy aisle
  7. Run through the sprinkler
  8. Bathtub Fishing 
  9. Play My First Board Game
  10. Visit a pet store
  11. Blow Bubbles
  12. Visit a museum
  13. Make a fort in the living room
  14. Have a park play date
  15. Make paper airplanes
  16. Visit a petting zoo
  17. Catch fireflies
  18. Bean Bag Toss 
  19. Toddler Shoe Game
  20. Pots and Pan’s Puzzles 
  21. Finger Paint 
  22. Watch fireworks
  23. Make popsicles
  24. Go swimming
  25. Go to the beach
  26. Build with blocks
  27. Mommy date
  28. Daddy date
  29. Go to the art studio
  30. Peek-a-boo house 
  31. Collect rocks in a basket
  32. Dance to music
  33. Put on a puppet show
  34. Plant a vegetable plant together
  35. Play hide and go seek
  36. Make and try on paper hats
  37. Give a piggy back ride
  38. Go to the airport to watch the airplanes land and take off
  39. Glue shapes onto paper
  40. Act out a story from a book
  41. Make a super-hero cape
  42. Sing songs
  43. Sensory Bucket
  44. Toddler Gymnastics
  45. Dog Toddler Pack 
  46. Mud Play dough 
  47. Joshua and the Battle at Jericho 
  48. David and Goliath 
  49. Noah’s Ark Boat 
  50. Make green eggs and ham 

Thank you to the following blogs who helped me make my list! :-)

What fun things do you have planned this summer? 

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Toddler in the Kitchen – Lemonade Inspired Finger Paint

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Fun, Toddler in the Kitchen | 2 comments

Last week, I was in the kitchen (as usual) getting ready to make finger paint.  And since my little guy is still in that stage of everything-in-the mouth, I choose to make my own finger paint.  I’ve made a recipe from this site and I’ve made my own using yogurt.  But I really wanted to change things up a bit. I wanted it to have some flavor.

Thats when I found my fruit bowl to be my inspiration and used a lemon to make my lemonade finger paint. Here’s how I did it:

First, I gathered some ingredients: juice and zest from 1 lemon, 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/3 cup of all purpose flour. 

Mix all ingredients together in a medium sauce pan. Whisk until smooth and mixture becomes thickened.

Divide mixture between 4 bowls or cups and let cool.

Add desired amount of food coloring to each bowl or cup.

Then get your happy toddler or preschooler and join in the fun and finger paint!

I stored the paint in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

What fun kids projects are you doing this summer? 

For more great kid’s ideas join I Can Teach My Child for Share-and-Show-Saturday.

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Sweet Spring Moments

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Fun, Toddler in the Kitchen | 2 comments

We are in full swing of packing and getting ready to move, so this week I don’t have a menu planned other then eating everything out of the fridge and freezer!   I had a couple meals we didn’t eat from last weeks menu so we’ll be eatting those along with food from Trader Joe’s. We will only have 2 days this week with a fully functioning kitchen so fast, easy clean up and paper plates are a must!  Yes, I’m actually going to use paper plates and napkins!  And if you know me in real life, its not that common that I break those out! :)  Good old fashioned cloth napkins and glass plates are what we have around here, but not this week: nope, paper plates and paper towels! YAY for paper plates! :)

Well if you haven’t figured out already, the next few weeks will be just a little busy around here. I do plan to keep writing, my hope is to write mainly on Tuesdays and Fridays until we get settled into our new place.

I leave you all today with some fun pictures of our evening on Friday.  We had an amazing Friday evening; the weather was just beautiful.  We enjoyed a warm spring evening outside on the patio, as we ate our Trader Joe’s meatball sub sandwiches and a salad with pear gorgonzola dressing.  What a perfect way to end the day! :)

Sweet moment #1

He was totally laughing and “talking” when I snapped this picture. Priceless!

And after a messy dinner, its time to clean up !

I hope you all have a fabulous week!

Did you have any sweet dinner moments this weekend? I’d love to hear about them! 

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