Saturday, June 1, 2013




Saturday, May 25, 2013

Baked Cotton Balls (rocks)

I saw this post on Pinterest and I had to try it. Not only was my art class exploring rocks but I thought it would be fun to try with my 7 year old son.

First you mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of flour then divid the mixture into separate bowls and add food coloring. Then take cotton balls and coat them with the mixture and place on a baking sheet(I used parchment paper to make for easy removal). Then bake for 45-60 minutes on 300. I did 53 minutes next time I'll do 45 since mine had some burn marks. The site says you can create letters with the balls, you can pull them a part with your hands, or use a hammer. I tried it, and my results are...great!

The kids in my art class (mostly 2 year olds) loved them, and so did my son. They liked the smooth and light feel of them. When I showed them how to break them open with their hands they went right to it. They were building muscles in their hands cause they aren't easy to open.

I stored my rocks in a ziplock bag but I forgot a few and after a couple of days my son tried to open them but they were too hard. So we took a hammer to it and he thought that was awesome. I think these are great for building hand muscles as well as hand eye coordination when using a hammer, and they are easy and cheap to make!



Monday, May 13, 2013

Clean mud

So last week we tried clean mud. What's clean mud? It's water and baking soda. Here is the link to the Pinterest pin that I used. I made a huge batch and used it with my son and then took it to work ( I'm a Gymboree art teacher) and had my students play with it. And my results are... So so. Some kids loved it others not so much. It is clean but it's also very messy. My son hated it so I didn't get a picture.


Home made moon sand

About a month ago I found a post on Pinterest on how to make your own moon sand. I had to try it. What you do is mix 8 cups of all purpose flour with 1 cup baby oil. Here is the link to the Pinterest pin that I used. My son has been playing with the moon sand for a month now. And my results are...amazing! We love it. It's cheap, it lasts, and it's fun.



Sunday, January 27, 2013


About two years ago I tried Sweaty Bands, a headband that claims to not slip. During my 3rd run with it, my Sweaty Band fell off. I was a little hesitant to try another head band claiming to not slip, cause they are pricey.

Last year I came across Chickbands. They are half the price of Sweaty Bands so I thought why not try them. I'm still using the one I bought last year! Last weekend I ran in the Tinkerbell half marathon and I got a new Chickbands, because my old one was blue and I needed green. I definitely recommend them.


Banana S'mores

Last night I tried to make Banana S'mores. I found them on Pinterest here is the website with the recipe

I cut out some of the banana to make room for chocolate chips and marshmallows. Then iI baked it at 400 for 6 minutes.

And my results are... Okay. Hard to eat, and I think it could have cooked for longer. Next time iI'm going to cut the banana up and cook it in a dish.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

As Seen on Pinterest - by Improv Kitchen How to make Bacon the easy way

You my have seen this on Pinterest, how to make bacon the easy way.
The claim is you bake the bacon in an oven at 400 for 20 minutes turning over half way through, but don't preheat the oven. You should get crispy bacon with little mess and no grease splatter.
Well I tried it. And my results are... AMAZING! Not only was it easy but it was the best bacon. It wasn't burnt or done in the middle and not on the ends. My only complaint was I couldn't fit the whole package of bacon on my cookie sheet...I guess I need a bigger sheet to bake my bacon on. I did line my sheet with foil like the directions suggested and it made for easy clean up. Oh and I cooked sausage this way too and it was awesome!