Monday, April 5, 2010

Kool Aid Play Doh

Why make play doh when you can buy it?  Not sure.  But, the girls preschool teacher asked me to make it and here is the recipe.  I've actually made it twice and it was much easier and less sticky the second time.  So, I'll make sure to give you those tips...

2 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cup salt
2 packages dry unsweetened Kool-Aid
2 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons oil

Mix the dry ingredients (minus kool-aid) together in a large bowl. 

Mix hot water and kool-aid together in a measuring cup.  Pour over the dry ingredients. 

Add oil.

Stir the mixture until it forms a ball (this may take a while - keep stirring). As the mixture cools, it will become less sticky. After the mixture has cooled, take it out of the bowl and knead it until it is smooth.  

I used a silicone spatula and the whole mixing process was simple and clean.

Nancy's Take:  Easy to make - probably cheaper than store-bought.

Erin & Evie's Take:  They love it!  They love the different colors!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Try New Recipes.............

Last year I was ambitious. I got rid of something using freecycle every day. This year my plan is weekly - and not freecycling, but cooking a new recipe. I'll post the recipe with my thoughts on it. This is nothing too creative, but I want to try some new recipes - and this might keep me on track!
Please keep in mind that if you want to follow this new blog... On the whole, these recipes won't be anything earth shattering - nothing too fancy - nothing too adventurous. Just day to day recipes that a family (or at least some of the family) might enjoy. I'd love your suggestions of recipes - and if you try the recipe or think it sounds yummy, please let me know that as well!

At minimum, I pledge to try new recipes and publish some of my trusted favorite recipes.

We'll see how this goes.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Baby bottle brushes

And, today I posted 2 baby bottle brushes. For some reason, these did not work ergonomically for me. So, they need a new home!

Friday, January 1, 2010


Funny that now that I don't "have" to post it is easier. I got rid of 4 items today!! A George Forman grill, 2 DVDs and a cake pan. All gone!!!!!!!!

One sad story - someone took the grill that I had not given it to. The real "taker" was not happy it was already gone. Not much I can do - but I am sure they've got some yucky karma coming their way!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

I did it!

I did it! I posted something for every day in 2009. Maybe the post did not hit on the exact date, but every date was covered. And, there is still so much to get rid of!!! I'll finish up the taken/flop in the next day or so. But, I am tired. And, in 11 minutes it will be 2010! That's exciting.

PS - thanks to Dave for helping me find things when I couldn't or was too tired or not in the mood. He definitely helped me stay on track!

Day 367 - Hannah Montana Guitar

Today I am offering a Hannah Montana plastic guitar. It plays a few songs - and has volume control!!! But, it is so annoying!!! Can't have it here!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Day 366 - Plastic Tow Truck

Today I am offering a good size plastic car - a little boys dream. White - I think it is a tow truck. This was in a big bag of toys given to me by a friend. My girls have no interest. My boy is too little!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Day 365 - Vasoline - 7 TUBES!

Well, obviously somewhere along the line I messed up my numbering of days! Oh well, I'll go by the date... 3 more days!!

Today I am offering 7 tubes of Vaseline!!! That's right, somehow we have 7 tubes of it!!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Day 364 - Electric Toothbrush

Okay - this grosses me out. But, Dave said to do it. And, my friend Jen agreed.

Today I am offering a used Braun electric toothbrush. You buy the head and it should be sanitary.

yikes - another new low.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Day 363 - USB Hub

Today I am offering a D-Link DSB-H4 USB Hub. I have no idea what most of that means! But, someone else might and might like it!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Day 362 - Canvas Bag

Today I am offering a green canvas bag with a red strap. Has holly, red berries and a pretty bird sewn in it. Maybe 18 inches wide and 12 inches long. Brand new. I got it from a grab bag at this Christmas. Nice, just not my style and not something I need.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Day 361 - Book - Home Cooking the Costco Way

Today I am offering a cookbook - Home Cooking the Costco Way. It was given out when I left the store a few weeks ago. It has recipes on how to doctor up Costco items. Brand spankin new!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Day 360 - Cookbook - The New Irish Table

Today I am offering a cookbook - The New Irish Table. I don't know where I got it from, but I don't use it and don't need it - like most other things in my house right now!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day 359 - Everyday Food

Today I am offering about 10 Everyday Food magazines by Martha Stewart. I have so many cookbooks and just don't ever look through these.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Day 358 - Pictures

Today I am offering three pictures. I think they'd go best in a little girls bedroom...

One has a young girl in the corner (having a time out) with her dog.

The other has a girl having breakfast and saying a prayer in bed with her dog and cat. Both go together very nicely.

And, there is a third framed piece - "All I need to know I learned from my guardian angel."

Monday, December 21, 2009

Day 357 - Christmas Decorations

Today I am offering a Christmas cookie tin, snowman candle stick and stocking. Again, too much Christmas stuff in the house!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 356 - Glass Snowmen

Today I am offering 2 nice glass snowmen. We just have so many Christmas decorations!! Please, someone take them!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Day 355 - Mederma Cream

Today I am offering a bottle of Mederma scar cream. I just had stitches out and figured it would be good to use. The dermatologist said to use Aquaphor - way cheaper! Too bad I opened my package! Now, it'll go to someone else who I am sure can use it!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Day 354 - Rotiseree

Today I am offering a Ronco Rotiseree. We bought it from an infomercial - and used it several times. But, we've not used it in the 28 months we've lived here - and that's long enough. I hope my husband is not mad I am getting rid of this!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day 353 - Crib Sheets

Today I am offering all kinds of girly crib sheets! No need for them in my house!! I hope they go, or they'll be donated - which is not a bad alternative.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 352 - Curious George DVD

Today I am offering a brand new Curious George DVD. We already have 2 copies of this show - the same person gave us all 3 copies!! We're keeping one, giving one to my mom and trying to get rid of the other!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 351 - Black Purse

Ever buy a purse and when you try it out at home it does not suit your needs? Well, that's why today I am offering a nice nearly new black purse. What a bummer!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Day 350 - Sewing Scissors

Today I am offering a nearly new pair of sewers scissors. They are the type that cut on a cris-cross pattern. I don't sew!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 349 -2 Toddler Winter Hats

Today I am offering 2 toddler winter hats - one is pink and the other is purple. Brand new - with tags. Why would I offer these - because they got a total of 8 hats for Christmas!! And, that's way too many.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 348 - Girls 12 Month Clothing

Today I am getting rid of a lot of size 12 month girls clothes. My little boy probably does not want to be dressed in pink princess stuff, so they need to go! But, I am sure some little girl will love it!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Day 347 - 2 Tinkerbell Suckers

Christmas gifts out the door... Yep, we got 2 suckers with cute little Tinkerbell dolls. My girls have teeth issues and sugary suckers are the last thing they need! I am sure some other kids would love them!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 346 - 2 Disco Coasters

Today I am hoping to get rid of 2 wild and crazy disco coasters. They hold your drink and the perimeter of the circle lights up! Of course, they are from Dave & Busters!! Let's hope they leave my house really fast!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Day 345 - 2 Christmas Stockings!!

Today I am offering 2 nice stockings. We used them up until this year when I got all new stockings - and now just need to have them embroidered with our names! I hope these go!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day 344 - Infant Cotton Wrap Tops

Today I am offering about 6 infant cotton wrap tops. They are all white and have fold backs to keep fingernails off the face. Great for layering and keeping a little baby warm. Would fit a newborn to maybe 12 or so pound baby.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day 343 - Girls Nighties

Today I am offering sleep dresses for infant girls. I've got about 6 or so - they are pink and girly. I used these all the time for my twin girls. But, we're trying to keep Cooper out of pink - which is not easy to do!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Day 342 - 0-3 Month Onesies

And, he's too long for size 0-3 month onesies!!! He's not even 5 weeks old. Yikes.