Category: DIY

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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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. 

DIY Microwave Popcorn

We have a local discount grocery store that sells all types of popcorn kernels. When I first started buying popcorn this way, I tried making it on the stove. Um, I’m not sure what I was doing wrong, but popcorn would end up everywhere! I knew there had to be an easier way to skip the bagged microwave popcorn. After some trial and error, this is our favorite way to make popcorn!

You will need:

1/4 cup popcorn kernels

2 tablespoon coconut oil 

Large glass bowl 

Microwave cover 

Add the popcorn kernels and coconut oil to your glass bowl. Place microwave cover in top of the bowl. 


Microwave for about 6-7 minutes, or until you only hear popping every few seconds. 

Carefully remove(bowl will be very hot!) and use desired toppings. We use popcorn salt and sometimes a little bit of melted butter! 


A bag of popcorn kernels lasts a long time, making this a very frugal snack! 

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How to make Slow Cooker Ricotta Cheese

Tortellini Lasagna was on the meal plan for tonight, so of course I knew I’d need some Ricotta Cheese! Man, I love that stuff! The lasagna is in my slow cooker at this very moment, and it’s making the whole house smell heavenly. This is one of those recipes that’s ridiculously easy, and after I start making it, I feel silly for not doing it all along. 

This method is similar to Crock-Pot Yogurt. There is very little hands on time, but a lot of “waiting”, so if you need Ricotta at this very minute, you’re out of luck! 

  
Slow-Cooker Ricotta Cheese 

1/2 Gallon Milk 

1/4 cup white vinegar 

Add milk and vinegar to your slow cooker and stir. Cover and turn on to the low setting, and allow to heat for 2 hours and 45 minutes, or until milk has reached 180 degrees. 

Turn off the slow cooker and wrap a beach towel or heavy blanket around it to hold the heat in. 

Allow to sit in a warm place for 6 hours. 

After 6 hours it will look like this. This is a terrible picture, because mine was finished at 5:30 this morning. No daylight=bad food pictures.

  
Strain through a fine mesh strainer and store the cheese portion in the fridge until ready to use! The cheese will firm up as it gets cold. 

  
Recipe adapted from: http://www.food.com/recipe/homemade-ricotta-cheese-crock-pot-345985

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“Free” Crock-Pot Chicken Broth

  
Over the weekend we went to Costco, and let me just tell ya, we love Costco! I get almost all of my baking supplies there. Then there’s cheese,milk, sour cream, paper goods. A big bag of pepperoni for homemade pizza. That ginormous bag of chocolate chips to make cookies and granola bars 🙂 I even got a pair of glasses there last Fall, because sometimes Contacts and me don’t get along too well. They are always kind enough to readjust them for me, because Elijah likes to grab them. We even ended up getting a nice faucet, because mine was leaking, and a similar one from a hardware store was about triple the price. 

*Post contains affiliate links. I’m not affiliated with Costco. I just love it that much! 

I think my favorite part is the Rotisserie Chicken. 5 dollars for a seasoned and cooked chicken? You just can’t beat it. We like to take one home to keep us from hitting the drive-thru on the way home(that’s when we don’t end up eating Costco pizza).

We ate some for dinner, and I saved the rest to mix with beans and rice, to serve wrapped in tortillas(also from Costco).

But that’s not the end. No sir. I don’t throw the bones away. I’m that cheap. Here’s how to make amazing chicken broth that’s practically “free!”

Crock-Pot Chicken Broth

Take the bones of the rotisserie chicken and add to a 6 quart Crock-Pot.

Add a peeled and quartered onion. Add water until chicken is covered. 

Cook on low 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours. 

Place a strainer on top of a large stock pot. Carefully pour broth through the strainer. 

Some people like to chill the broth and strain the fat. I don’t get a whole lot of fat with this method, so I skip that part. I did chill the broth, because it was ready late at night, and I didn’t want to mess with it then. 

  
Pour the broth into mason jars. If you’re going to freeze, then only fill half to 3/4 of the way. I’ve sadly lost chicken broth and mason jars, for overfilling and they bursted in the freezer. Don’t be like me. 

Label the lids. Just do it. I’ve skipped this part before, and I never remember what’s in the jar. 

  
If you do a lot of Crock-Pot cooking, you know that you’ll need lots of chicken broth. These are so nice to pull out of the freezer. I used some last week to make All Purpose Crock-Pot Chicken.

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DIY Ant Killer

It happens like clockwork every single year…I love Spring time, but with it comes those pesky little critters known as….ANTS! We pick on Keira, and tell her that they come for her Birthday. And every single year, they come in the exact same doorways and windows…in my kitchen!!! Why the kitchen?? 

WHY? 

Obviously I know why…because there’s food. But the irony is just terrible. I have a busy working kitchen, and I don’t have time for ants! 

We’ve tried spraying. We’ve tried poison. I’ve tried wiping the counters with vinegar and bleach(not together!) and keeping the floors as meticulous as possible, but nothing worked…until last week! 

I came across a recipe, and figured, “I’ve tried everything else, why not?” 

It worked! 

It’s cheap! 

The idea is that the ants eat this, and take it back to their colony, and it kills them off. It takes a couple days, but after that, we have only seen a few stragglers. 

Try it out and see what you think! 

  
You will need:

1 cup sugar 

1/2 cup water 

1 tablespoon Borax

In a saucepan, bring to boil sugar, water and borax. Let boil for 3 minutes. 

Allow the mixture to cool and thicken. 

I placed mine in mayonnaise lids on the windowsills, and sour cream lids close to the doorways. 

DO NOT put these where children and pets can reach them! I shouldn’t have to tell anyone that, but ya never know about people these days. 

I swept and mopped the kitchen before placing these down, to get rid of any “trails” the ants may find. 

Hope it works for you as well as it  did for me! 

Recipe from: http://www.humoroushomemaking.com/homemade-ant-bait

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