Month: June 2016

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

One of the fun things about being a Homeschool family, is that we are always looking for new ways to learn and review what we’ve learned. The boys are still none the wiser, but Keira has caught on. We’ll be mid activity, and she’ll say, “We’re learning, aren’t we?”
Bahaha. I came across this awesome activity on Instagram, and we decided to try it right away. One of my favorite things about our home, is our large back patio. It’s the perfect spot for sidewalk chalk, so I knew sidewalk chalk paint would be awesome too! 

You will need: 

-1 cup cornstarch 

-1 cup water 

-food coloring 

-muffin tin 

-paint brushes 

Whisk the cornstarch and water in a glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, and whisk again until smooth. 


Ladle mixture into a muffin tin. We were able to fill up 9 holes. 

Add food coloring to each hole. 

We had fun with this, and it was great review for mixing colors. 


Aren’t those colors beautiful? 

Paint on a sidewalk, driveway or patio. 


The kids loved this, and I may have even painted a little 😁

That face 💜

We had some old medicine droppers, and the kids had fun making the paint “rain” on the patio. 


The paint came off easily by spraying the patio down with a hose! 

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Crock-Pot Fajitas 

Confession time: I made this recipe a week and a half ago, and am just now posting. I’m not sorry 🙂 You see, I’ve had a secret obsession that has consumed my thoughts and every minute of my “spare time” the past couple weeks. 

“Dear Mr. Knightley.” 

I started the book a couple months ago, and just read here and there when I got the chance. Somewhere halfway in, I got hooked. I just had to find out who the true identity of Mr. Knightley was, and if my hunch was right. I finished yesterday, and thought life would continue as normal…

Except for I just started reading “The Shoemaker’s Wife” 

Ugh, I remember now why I avoid starting books. I struggle with moderation and balance. 

Anyway…

Here’s an awesome recipe for Crock-Pot Fajitas! Everything goes in the Crock-Pot in about 10 minutes and you’re done! 


Crock-Pot Fajitas

-1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced 

-2 green peppers, sliced 

-1 onion, sliced 

-1 tablespoon olive oil 

-2 tablespoons lime juice 

-2 tablespoons fajita seasoning 

Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray, and place sliced chicken in the bottom. Drizzle olive oil and lime juice on top. Sprinkle with fajita seasoning.


If you’re local, you’ll know exactly where this seasoning came from! You can’t beat 80 cents a bottle for spices! 


Place peppers and onions on top of chicken. 


Cook on low for 6-7 hours. 

Stir and serve on tortillas with rice! 

The kids are tucked into bed and I’m off to read “The Shoemaker’s Wife” 

What are you reading right now? Do you binge read until it’s finished? 

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How to make Homemade Funnel Cakes 

There are certain things that I associate with summer, that have just become a right of passage during these short 3 months. Swimming, watching Dirty Dancing, camping, making S’mores and funnel cakes! 
When the Bearded Man and I were dating, we used to split funnel cakes at the Fair. Back then, I was still putting on airs, and acting like I couldn’t eat half a pizza at once. So yea, we’d split food, and I’d act all full, and then go home and raid the fridge. Now that he’s stuck with me for life, I’m not sharing my funnel cake with anybody. 

Since we have a large-ish family now, I’d have a conniption if we had to pay 5 dollars a pop for funnel cakes. It’s just not happening. Thankfully they are very fast and easy to make at home! This was the perfect end to a fun weekend! 

Homemade Funnel Cakes 

-2 eggs

-1 1/2 cups milk

-3 Tablespoons sugar 

-2 cups all-purpose flour 

-1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 

-1/2 teaspoon salt 

Vegetable oil

Powdered sugar 

Strawberries 

Fill a large round frying pan with vegetable oil, making the oil about 2 inches deep. Turn heat to medium, and allow oil to heat to 360 degrees. 

Whisk eggs, milk and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add flour, baking powder and salt, and whisk until combined. 

Measure 1/2 cup of batter into a funnel, covering the hole of the funnel with your finger. 

Place your funnel over the hot oil and remove your finger. As batter runs into the oil, make a circle with designs in the middle, connecting everything together. I had fun with this part!

Fry about 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. Using tongs, carefully flip and fry for 1 more minute. 

Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and continue with the rest of the batter. 

Sprinkle powdered sugar and strawberries over the funnel cakes. 


Serve! 

This was one happy little redhead! 


Due to the messiness of the sugar, I don’t recommend eating these while wearing a black sundress. Not that I would know or have experience in that area….

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Recipe credit: http://www.handletheheat.com/homemade-funnel-cakes/

Photos and wording my own. 

The Family Rule that Ticks People Off

The Bearded Man and I have a rule in our home that ticks a lot of people off. You know what? I don’t care. In light of my newsfeed being filled with a sickening news story of a woman being raped, and the joke of a sentence the man received-I realize more than ever that we’re right to implement this rule. 

What’s the rule? 

Our kids don’t have to give hugs. 


No matter how much a well meaning friend or family member begs. 

They don’t have to put up with tickling and unwanted touch- even if playful. 

You wouldn’t believe the looks and snide comments I’ve received because I won’t make my child give a grown up, “One little hug.” Mainly because their pride and sense of entitlement gets hurt. 

What does this have to do with a rape case?

I’m teaching my kids that, “No means NO!” 

It goes both ways, for both genders. 

Nobody “earns” their right to touch another human being without their consent. 

Nobody owes another person a hug, a kiss, a tickle. 

Never.

Can I ask you a favor before you go begging my child (or any other) for a hug? 

Let them hug you first. My kids aren’t denied affection. They aren’t weird. When they’re in the right frame of mind, and comfortable with you; they’ll come running up and put their pudgy little arms around you. You won’t have to beg or bribe. 


When my daughter is on a date(you know, when she’s 30), I don’t want her to feel as if she “owes” her date physical affection because he bought her flowers. 

I would never want my sons to believe they have the right to force a horrific act on a woman because she was wearing a short skirt, or because they have never grasped “no” and that none of us are entitled to anything. 

Maybe you think I’m being dramatic. I don’t care. This stuff is serious business, and it starts when they’re young. 


My son is going through a “big boy” stage where he doesn’t want Mommy to kiss him goodnight. 

Does it make me sad? 

Yes. 

Am I going to force him to allow me a kiss goodnight just because I’m his Mom? 

No. 

I don’t care that he’s only 3. I don’t care that I’m his Mother. It’s his body. Besides…I would never want to force physical touch on someone that didn’t want it. The thought of that just makes my skin crawl. What makes other adults think it’s ok to force hugs and kisses on a child that clearly doesn’t feel comfortable? 

Entitlement. 

Do me a favor. 

Before you buy my child a toy, an ice cream cone, or anything kid related, and do it with the intent of receiving a hug or kiss…put the stupid toy back. I’ve taught my children to say “thank you” and write a note, or make a card. But that’s it. They don’t “owe” you physical affection.

If you start in on our kids, begging for hugs, or giving unwanted tickles, we will kindly remind you of our family rules. If you continue after they decline, we tend to get a little hot headed .

It’s my job to protect my children, not to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 


No means no. 

Maybe the other person isn’t vocally saying “no” out of fear, intoxication, mental challenge, or simply being 2 years old and unable to speak. But their body language certainly isn’t saying “yes.” That still means no. 

How sad that we live in a world where the lines of things that should be so obvious are constantly being blurred. Where “no means yes” and where even Christians justify wrong so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings. 

To end my rant, in case I didn’t say it enough…

Whether you’re 3 or 23. 

No means no. 

Whether someone says it with their voice, their face, or their parents are about to slap you six different ways to Sunday. 

No means no. 

Slow Cooker Spicy Ranch Tacos

Slow Cooker Spicy Ranch Tacos

My family loves Tacos! Tacos in the Slow Cooker are even better! Especially during the summer months when we all want to avoid heating the kitchen. This is one of my absolute favorite “go to” meals. I usually always have everything I need for it on hand. It’s cheap and filling, and better yet, delicious! 


Slow Cooker Spicy Ranch Tacos 

-1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts 

-packet ranch seasoning mix 

-packet taco seasoning mix 

-1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 

-1 can corn, drained 

-1 can Rotel, undrained**

-8 ounce block cream cheese. 

Place the chicken at the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle ranch and taco seasonings on the chicken. Pour beans, corn and Rotel on top. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.*

1-2 hours before cook time is finished, place block of cream cheese in the slow cooker with the chicken mixture. 

When ready to serve, shred chicken, and stir mixture to make sure cream cheese is smooth and incorporated. 

Serve on tortilla shells with rice, cheese, and sour cream…or my in case, Taco Bell sauce. I loooove that stuff! 

I always overstuff my tacos 😱

Leftovers make great quesadillas! 

*I’ve made this many times as a freezer meal. Just place the chicken, beans, corn, Rotel, and seasonings in a gallon bag and freeze. You can thaw in the fridge overnight or place in the slow cooker, frozen. If cooking from frozen, add a couple of hours to the cook time. 

**You can also sub salsa for the Rotel. 

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One Pot Cheesy Ham and Pasta

One Pot Cheesy Ham and Pasta

Summer is officially in full swing here in the Sours’ household. We’ve been spending every possible moment outside, which means I am not wanting to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and doing dishes! Today was a busy and fun day. We had Homeschool group and were able to celebrate a sweet friend’s Birthday. We ate pizza and delicious cupcakes from Colombian House of Goodies and the kids went back and forth from the pool to the bouncy house. We came home happy, but worn out. You know what I’ve noticed though?! Regardless of how tired I am, the family still needs to eat. One Pot Meals save my tail a lot. 

I saw a recipe on Pinterest last week that sounded delicious, and changed it up to suit our tastes. It only took me 20 minutes from start to finish! One pot means minimal dishes. That left time for more important things, like making chocolate covered strawberries for dessert!! 


One Pot Cheesy Ham and Pasta 

-2 tablespoons butter 

-1 medium onion, diced 

-2 cups chicken broth

-1 cup half and half 

-4 cups uncooked egg noodles 

-2 cups cooked diced ham 

-1 cup frozen peas 

-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 

-1/2 teaspoon salt 

-1/4 teaspoon pepper 

In a large pot or Dutch Oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add diced onions and brown for 5 minutes. 

Add chicken broth, half and half, and egg noodles and bring to a boil. 

Once mixture starts boiling, stir in diced ham, cover, and simmer on medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently. 

After egg noodles are tender, add frozen peas, shredded cheddar, and salt and pepper. Cook and continue stirring for 2 more minutes.

Enjoy! 


We enjoyed ours on the front deck. It always makes me happy when the kids clean their plates! 


Elijah was up to his usual shenanigans of stealing food. 


Recipe adapted from: http://www.kevinandamanda.com/peas-ham-and-creamy-noodles/

Photos and wording my own. 

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