September 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Moments (Homemade Butter Fail)

During the summer we went to a pioneer village with Ken's brother & his family. They had set up a bunch of activities that you could try that pioneer children would have done.

Here are the girls trying out some stilts:

And playing Crokinole:

Our family in front of an old train:

During that trip, we had a discussion with one of the "pioneer ladies" about how to make your own butter. Ken & I decided it would be a good learning activity to try making butter with the girls, so we picked up some whipping cream & went to work!

We started out by pouring the whipping cream into one of those Tuppwerware Quickshake things:

The girls were excited about shaking! (for 2 or 3 minutes)

So, Ken got to work shaking & shaking until we got whipped cream!

Then he kept shaking & shaking & shaking... until it started to look a bit like butter!

But we thought we could do better, so he shook some more. Just when he was getting real tired of shaking, he sat down on the couch and shook some more. On his very last shake before taking a peek to see how it had turned out, this happened:

...And Ken & I stared at each other for a moment in disbelief until Talia said, "So I guess the butter's a fail?"

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 2013 Sharing Time

Welcome to September 2013's Sharing Time Linky :)

Some posts you don't want to miss:

This week, I shared tutorials on:

A Thanksgiving Craft

Easy DIY Name Labels

A recipe for some Peanut Butter Balls that I tried making.

...and our Monday Moment: "I'm just stressed."

Now, onto the September Link Party! I'm loving all of the fun Fall ideas you've been sharing!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Peanut Butter Balls & Baking Packaging

I found this peanut butter balls recipe last week and made it with the girls. I didn't completely coat them with chocolate, but I think I would do it that way next time. (I would prefer more chocolate with my peanut butter- so I think Amanda did it best ;)

[photo from Amanda's blog, a few shortcuts]

That being said, I didn't finish making all of the balls, and I have a bowl of peanut butter dough in my fridge that I keep going back to for a taste. It is good stuff! ;)

I tried them out with some new packaging that I got from my sponsor, Wholeport.

I love that the bags come with a sticky closure edge (as shown in the photo above). You just pull off the piece of plastic covering the sticky part, bend it over & stick it on.

So cute!

(can you tell that the peanut butter balls were straight from the freezer- it's gettin' a little steamy in that bag ;)

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to Add Name Labels to Markers for School

Back-to-School time is kind of over, but September is not, so I'm still going to share this idea with you ;)

Talia got a new set of markers for school and was very excited about it. I wanted to label them, but didn't have any marker-sized name labels on hand.

So, I did something that anyone with a printer, some paper, and some tape could do ;)

Easy Labels for Back to School by

I started by typing her name in a word processor and printing it to make sure my size estimation would fit on the marker. When that worked out, I copied & pasted her name a few more times than I had markers (I had a feeling I'd need extras) and printed.

DIY Name Labels with Tape and a Printer by


- Markers
- Scissors
- Scotch Tape
- Printer & Paper

Next, all you do is trim each name into a little strip and pick it up with a piece of tape like this:

DIY Label Printables by

Then wrap the tape around your marker like so:

Make Your Own Marker Labels by

And repeat for each marker. So easy, so done!

Name Labels with What You Have at Home by

So far the labels are lasting well, and I have a feeling they'll stay on for a long time.
Even if they start to wear out though, it wouldn't be hard to re-do these.

[2 Years later, and they are still going strong!]

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Moments ("I'm Just Stressed")

Me: You look like you could use a nap... rest your eyes?... No?"

Katrina (4 year old) : I'm just stressed.

Me (trying to keep a straight face) : you're stressed?

Katrina: ya.

Me: Do you know what stressed is?

Katrina: No.

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