Friday, October 14, 2011

RECIPE: Homemade Low Calorie Pizza

So the hubby and I have been trying to find healthier options for the foods that we love, and our most recent craving was PIZZA! If you don't love pizza then you might just be a zombie @-@  So much guilt can come from filling your face with a super carbed up greasy pizza from the local joint.  So save yourself the guilt, the heartburn, and a little cash and try out my hubbies latest pizza recipe!!

This pizza serves 3, so if you are feeding more you will want to double the ingredients.  You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 box of Jiffy Homemade Pizza Mix
  • 1 can of Pizza Sauce
  • 1 package of Hormel Pre-Cooked Chicken (or anything that you might have leftover that needs to be used up)
  • 1 package of fresh Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package of fresh Spinach
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 Red Onion
  • Fresh Garlic, minced
Start by cutting up and preparing all of your ingredients.  You want to have everything ready to smack onto your pizza. Be sure to cut the green peppers and onions pretty thin, unless you like crunchy things..then please make them as fat as you would like.

Next follow the instructions on the box for making your is super simple to do, the only hint I will give is that when your dough has finished setting for 5 minuets and you are getting ready to knead it, be sure you have floured your hands.  The dough will be super sticky at this point and you want to kind of use your floury hands to make it into a ball before you take it out of the bowl.

After your dough as baked in the oven for about 3 minuets it will be time to add your toppings..of course you want to start with the sauce..but after that it is up to you which order you would like your toppings.

Cook that sucker for like 18 minuets...until the cheese is all melty in the pan and your kitchen smells so good it makes you want to throw rocks at your Grandma...that's when you know its ready..mmmm..yum..

We also let Eliza make her own personal pan pizza using her favorite toppings (or I should say "topping" since it is only sausage) because there isn't a 4 year old out there who should be eating "healthy" pizza...I am not saying I encourage childhood obesity or anything..but let your kids live once in a while people!

For this pizza all we needed was an extra box of crust and some sausage, we used the Fresh Mozzarella for hers too and we used a small pie pan to make it "deep dish"...yummmm

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Girls Vest Tutorial

Turn a too small jacket...


All you will need for this tutorial is...

  • A Jacket
  • Some Lace
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
First start by cutting off the sleeves, be sure to leave at least 1/2 inch seam allowance on the sleeve.

Next turn the jacket inside out, fold the extra sleeve in and pin.

Before you start sewing be sure you are using thread that matches your vest.  Use a running stitch to sew a hem into your sleeves.

Cut off any extra material so that it does not show when you turn the jacket/vest right side out.  Your jacket/vest should look something like this..

Now it is time to add some lace! Pin your lace all the way around the zipper and hood part of your vest (I think it is safe to call it a vest at this point).  Be careful not to pin too close to the zipper or your needle will not glide smoothly.

Now sew the lace onto the vest.

I also add some lace to the pockets.  To do this cut two pieces of lace that are the same length as your pockets, pin and sew them to the outside of the pocket (careful not to sew the pocket together).
Now flip the lace into the pocket and sew over the same stitch that you just stitched.

Now your vest is complete!! What a great fall re-fashion :P

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Preschool Geography ~Lesson One~

Up until now Eliza and I have mainly been working on letters, numbers, shapes, ya know, the basics.  So I decided that today was the day to branch out, to really start learning about the world.

I started by grabbing a few resources from the library, including:

  • The Children's Atlas of the World
  • The Giant Encyclopaedia of Theme Activities for Children 2 to 5
  • Vanishing Cultures Frozen Land (story)
  • A Day in the Life of Narwhals (story)
  • Animal Atlas Animal Passport (DVD)
  • Growing up Arctic (DVD)
We are really lucky to have a great library with lots of educational resources, but if you live somewhere that doesn't (or if you would rather not spend the gas money on getting to the library) you can always go online to find some really great materials.

Typically with my home preschool I like to keep it short and simple.  I find that the more you try to force learning the harder it can be for a toddler to absorb what you are trying to teach them, so my lesson plans are usually no longer than 30 minutes long, and they go something like this...

  • Song (right now we are doing a days of the week song)
  • Overview, talk about what they will be learning
  • Letter/Number/Word tracing
  • Fun Facts
  • Coloring Page
  • Activity
  • Story
Today I had the Atlas open to two pages depicting the North/South Poles and the animals who live there.

We had a lot of fun looking and talking about all of the animals, we even did a fun game I Spy ;p. Next I showed Eliza the coloring page that I drew up for her (please feel free to laugh at my drawing). We talked more about the North/South Poles in reference to where we live on the planet.  It was a "rough" drawing to say the least, but she got the idea.  If you would rather not draw up a coloring page, again you can find one online and print it out.

After finishing the coloring page we made Snowy Owls.  To make Snowy Owls you will need the following:

  • 1 paper plate per owl
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • 3 yellow/orange triangles (we used some old fleece fabric, you can use construction paper or you can just crayons)
  • Glue
  • 2 black buttons per owl (or again you can color them on)
Follow the  instructions to create your own Snowy Owl.  The pictures wouldn't line up exactly how I wanted, but you can see the instructions.  First you fold, then staple, cut the wings, add the fringe, last glue on the eyes, beak and ears.

Your owl should come out looking something like this...

After making our Snowy Owls we read the story about the Narwhals.  We plan on watching the Arctic DVD tonight after dinner.

That completes lesson one in Preschool Geography. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Juilet Costume of "Gnomeo and Juliet" HOW TO

First you want to start by gathering your materials that you will need for this costume.  I did a google image search of "Gnomeo and Juliet" to see exactly what Juliets costume would need to look like.  You will need the following items:

  • White under shirt
  • Black tank top
  • Red skirt
  • White apron
  • Red gnome hat
  • White/Black tights
  • Black Shoes
  • Gold fabric paint
  • Elastic
  • Red thread
The first thing I did was to go into my daughters wardrobe and see what items she already had.  We already had the white undershirt and black that was a start.  Next thing we did was hit the local Goodwill store.  I am not a "Creator" who really likes to buy fabric brand new.  These days fabric can cost just as much as it would cost to just go online and buy the we need to get THRIFTY  people.

At Goodwill I was able to find most of what I needed to make this costume.  I had to tweak everything but that my friends is the fun part! So without further ado...lets DO!

I started with the red skirt.  I couldn't find a red skirt at Goodwill, but I was able to find a red dress for $1.99 that I turned into a skirt.

First I decided how long I wanted my skirt to be, our skirt is about 18' long, so I cut the dress at 18 1/2 inches (measuring from the bottom up).  After cutting the skirt I created a casing along the top to insert my elastic into.  You want to measure your little ones waist to get the length of elastic that you will need. (If this is your first time creating an elastic waistband please follow this link for instructions on how to Your skirt should look something like this...

Next is the black tank top, we found this one at Goodwill for $1.99 as well.

I used gold glitter puffy paint to add the "corset" type design to the front, and we are ready to move on to our next piece

Now we will start on the gnome hat. First you want to figure out what fabric you will be using.  I used some old red scrap nylon type fabric that I had lying around in my sewing room.  You can use practically any red fabric you can old red shirt would work just as well..just be careful using knit fabrics if you are a beginner because they are a bit tricky. First you want to measure your little ones head, for my 4 year old I measured that I would need my fabric to be 10 inches wide and 11inches long (measure forehead to chin to get the length and cheek to back of the head to get the width) now cut two pieces of fabric using your measurements. Remember to add 1/2 inch for the seam allowance.

Now lay your two squares right sides together and cut out the shape of your hat.  I already had a gnome hat to use as a guide, if you need to you can draw the shape on a piece of paper then pin the paper to your fabric and cut out the shape of the hat.

Next you will want to hem the side of the fabric that will be the front of the hat, as well as the bottom of the hat.  For mine the front part already has a hem, and I use a zigzag stitch to hem the bottom.

After hemming you want to pin your two pieces of fabric together once again right sides facing each other, then using a zigzag stitch sew your hat together. Remember not to sew the front together. Now turn your hat right side out and admire your work! (Note: my hat is a little shorter than yours should be because of a little machine malfunction, but still cute I think) If the top part of your hat doesn't want to stay up just fill it with a little batting, works like a charm.

Last but certainly not least...the apron! I used some white scrap fabric that I had.  If you don't have any white scrap you might want to check Goodwill for a white sheet to use for fabric to save some $$$, just remember to give it a good washing of course ;p

So first cut out your pieces.  For the apron you will need to cut three pieces.  You will need to cut the tie piece.  I measured mine at 3 1/2 inches wide and 18 inches long.  You will also need to cut out two square pieces.  Mine measure 14 inches wide and 16 inches long. Again you can adjust your measurements to your liking.

Now lay the two squares together, right sides in, pin and cut them into a horse shoe shape.

Now fold the long tie piece in half, right sides together and press with iron, pin and sew creating one long tube, then turn your tube right side out.  After turning the tube right side out I hemmed each end using a zigzag stitch.  Then press the entire piece flat with an iron.

For the next step of the apron sew the big pieces together leaving the top open, then turn right side out and sew a zigzag stitch all the way around the front of the apron.  Now using a fabric marker draw on the front lower right hand corner a cursive letter "J"(this part it optional, but adds a really cute design to the costume)

Now using a zigzag stitch follow your marker line to create the letter "J".

Now fold the top part of the apron down toward the back 1/2 inch and press flat, fold it another 1/2 inch and press flat again(the fold should be on the back side of the apron). Now line the tie part up on the back of the apron with the top part of the fold you just created, center  and pin. Use a zigzag stitch to sew the tie onto the apron.

Now your Juliet Costume is ready!  Thank you so much for checking out my blog..this is my first official "how to" I hope you enjoyed it.  And please email me if there is something that doesn't make sense and I will be happy to help.  Happy Sewing:p