A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: June 2014

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30 June 2014

Monster Party Food

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Pinterest has a lot of FANTASTIC ideas and a lot that just completely FAIL.  

That is why I maintain my PIN-TRIED and PINFAIL pinterest boards.  
You can guess which pins go where.  Here are three PINTASTICS from our monster party!


Click any of the links below to see LOTS of other variations on a theme via pinterest pins!

1. Green Pudding in a Cup, Add oreos for "hair" & draw on a monster face2. Monster Sandwiches with zigzag cut "teeth" and olive eyes3. Green Apple "mouth" with marshmallow "teeth" in peanut butter

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Monster Party Food

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Pinterest has a lot of FANTASTIC ideas and a lot that just completely FAIL.  

That is why I maintain my PIN-TRIED and PINFAIL pinterest boards.  
You can guess which pins go where.  Here are three PINTASTICS from our monster party!


Click any of the links below to see LOTS of other variations on a theme via pinterest pins!

1. Green Pudding in a Cup, Add oreos for "hair" & draw on a monster face2. Monster Sandwiches with zigzag cut "teeth" and olive eyes3. Green Apple "mouth" with marshmallow "teeth" in peanut butter

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29 June 2014

Party Favors (and craft!) for a Monster Party

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monster bag supplies with label  amy renea a nest for all seasonsWhen I host birthday parties, I always used an ice-breaker craft that 

A.  doubles as a favor 

and

B.  takes forever to complete.

Why?

 The kids straggle in at different times at the start of a birthday party and I want to have something ready to go that can fill the time.  The solution for our monster party was a monster bag!  Complete with fur, googly eyes and a variety of facial features, the kids could take their time making it as cute or fierce looking as they choose.  The bags carried home the favors at the end of the party -- double the purpose, double the fun!


The Supplies:

*Portions of this post have been previously published at Crafts Unleashed.

Instructions


cutting foam teeth  amy renea a nest for all seasons

The edging scissors were a must have for this party, providing the decorative cuts for monster "teeth" and eyebrows as well as serving as the monster teeth cutters for our lunch sandwiches.  The link in the supply section above provides a variety of edging scissors that would all work well.

monster party activities and games amy renea a nest for all seasons

Caution:  If you use these scissors on a variety of craft materials (and/or bread and cheese), they will not work as well on your nice craft papers.  They are fairly inexpensive though, so just grab one pair for fun and one for your "good" crafts.

The Setup:

eyeball bag  amy renea a nest for all seasons

To make things easy on the kiddo guests, I separated the supplies out into bags "labeled" with each specific supply.  For example, the bag with all the googly eyes had a pair glued to the front, the pom pom bag had a pom pom nose and ears on the front, and so on.

monster bags  amy renea a nest for all seasons

A little glue, imagination and dry time and each kiddo had their own unique favor bag!

This favor/craft concept could work with any themed party 
and these bags are the EXACT perfect size for little favor bags (and they are cheap to boot!)

monster


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Party Favors (and craft!) for a Monster Party

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monster bag supplies with label  amy renea a nest for all seasonsWhen I host birthday parties, I always used an ice-breaker craft that 

A.  doubles as a favor 

and

B.  takes forever to complete.

Why?

 The kids straggle in at different times at the start of a birthday party and I want to have something ready to go that can fill the time.  The solution for our monster party was a monster bag!  Complete with fur, googly eyes and a variety of facial features, the kids could take their time making it as cute or fierce looking as they choose.  The bags carried home the favors at the end of the party -- double the purpose, double the fun!


The Supplies:

*Portions of this post have been previously published at Crafts Unleashed.

Instructions


cutting foam teeth  amy renea a nest for all seasons

The edging scissors were a must have for this party, providing the decorative cuts for monster "teeth" and eyebrows as well as serving as the monster teeth cutters for our lunch sandwiches.  The link in the supply section above provides a variety of edging scissors that would all work well.

monster party activities and games amy renea a nest for all seasons

Caution:  If you use these scissors on a variety of craft materials (and/or bread and cheese), they will not work as well on your nice craft papers.  They are fairly inexpensive though, so just grab one pair for fun and one for your "good" crafts.

The Setup:

eyeball bag  amy renea a nest for all seasons

To make things easy on the kiddo guests, I separated the supplies out into bags "labeled" with each specific supply.  For example, the bag with all the googly eyes had a pair glued to the front, the pom pom bag had a pom pom nose and ears on the front, and so on.

monster bags  amy renea a nest for all seasons

A little glue, imagination and dry time and each kiddo had their own unique favor bag!

This favor/craft concept could work with any themed party 
and these bags are the EXACT perfect size for little favor bags (and they are cheap to boot!)

monster


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27 June 2014

An Outdoor Shoe Box for the DIY Budget

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We have incredible amounts of shoes.  
Flip flops.  Boots.  Sneakers.  Sandals. 
Skates.  Heels.  Water Shoes.  Loafers.
A shoe for every season.  Shoes for every boy.
We needed a storage SOLUTION pronto.


After removing seasonal shoes and storing them, we were still left this at the back door:


One bucket that wasn't doing a fantastic job.

So I found this:


Let's just say it was not in good shape.

There were two of these boxes, actually, and they came along with the $100 Craiglist haul that I mainly picked up to furnish our girly nursery.  You can see all the other pieces HERE.  Basically, these two chests were free.  ...and old and sad.  They were solid however, so I decided to give them a quick spruce-up and if they didn't last??  So be it.  They can be burned in a summer campfire.  Almost 2 years later...they are going strong.


I gave them a good cleaning with regular old soap and water and let them dry out well in the sun.  I had some old sewing patterns, so I snipped them up into the coolest looking pieces and went bonkers with layers of patterns and outdoor ready modpodge.


We still have that overflowing basket of shoes, but now I just upend it into the big cedar chest and things are a lot nicer outside the back door.


Encouragement of the day?

Keep hounding those boys to put away their shoes.  Eventually some system will WORK.

maybe.

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An Outdoor Shoe Box for the DIY Budget

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We have incredible amounts of shoes.  
Flip flops.  Boots.  Sneakers.  Sandals. 
Skates.  Heels.  Water Shoes.  Loafers.
A shoe for every season.  Shoes for every boy.
We needed a storage SOLUTION pronto.


After removing seasonal shoes and storing them, we were still left this at the back door:


One bucket that wasn't doing a fantastic job.

So I found this:


Let's just say it was not in good shape.

There were two of these boxes, actually, and they came along with the $100 Craiglist haul that I mainly picked up to furnish our girly nursery.  You can see all the other pieces HERE.  Basically, these two chests were free.  ...and old and sad.  They were solid however, so I decided to give them a quick spruce-up and if they didn't last??  So be it.  They can be burned in a summer campfire.  Almost 2 years later...they are going strong.


I gave them a good cleaning with regular old soap and water and let them dry out well in the sun.  I had some old sewing patterns, so I snipped them up into the coolest looking pieces and went bonkers with layers of patterns and outdoor ready modpodge.


We still have that overflowing basket of shoes, but now I just upend it into the big cedar chest and things are a lot nicer outside the back door.


Encouragement of the day?

Keep hounding those boys to put away their shoes.  Eventually some system will WORK.

maybe.

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Weeknight Meals in a Minute ::: Mustard Chicken

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This post is sponsored by French's yellow mustard.  Taste Summer. 



Last summer, I showed you how I grow mustard greens and save the seeds.  Remember?


Well, when French's said they would like to send me some of THEIR mustard seed, I was all over that.
Grow honest-to-goodness French's mustard in my garden?  Yes please!


They also sent along a crate of mustard (of course!) and some recipes.  I got caught up looking at all the goodies and realized I had 27 minutes until dinner was supposed to be served.  CRAP.  I grabbed the easiest looking recipe and went for it.  Start with basic chicken breast, give them a good hearty squeeze of mustard...


Sprinkle on your favorite dry spice blend, BBQ spices work best...


...and you are 1 minute in with your dinner prep.

Here is how I spent the next 5 minutes.

Minute 2: Pop the chicken in the oven at 350 degrees post haste!

Minute 3: Start water and rice on high/stovetop.

Minute 4: Grab frozen rolls and pop them on a cookie sheet.   Dump frozen peas, a chunk of butter and some seasonings in a pie plate.

Minute 5:  Stir the boiling rice, turn down to simmer, cover and...

Spend the next 20 minutes emptying the dishwasher, wrapping up homework, etc and then put it all together for...


See how the mustard forms a crust?  It kept the chicken moist and packs a serious mustard punch.
We added some spicy pineapple salsa to the mix as well and it was quite delicious for a 6 minute prep meal.
Make sure to serve some blander food like the rice and rolls because it IS spicy and flavorful!


Sometimes I am ridiculous and like to match my meal to the flowers on the table.

Goldenrod is free and weedy and a great match for a mustard-centric meal.


 Next on the recipe list are these...


...or maybe these...


There are a host of other ideas on the Naturally Amazing French's pinboard as well.



I am honestly willing to try just about anything mustard thanks to the 0 calories.   #NaturallyAmazing

0 CALORIES.

Call me anytime French's.  Call me anytime.




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