Bird feeder fun with a side order of FREAK OUT!!

13 Mar

I learned this way back in the day when I was in girl scouts. It’s the perfect family time craft in the spring/summertime.

Making a DIY Pine cone bird feeder!

First, you need to take the kids out on a pine cone hunt! You could even get some dollar store  supplies before you head out on your journey. Grab a cool bag to collect them in, a little magnifying glass etc…then they will be all set to go on a super secret mission!

Then all you need to do is spread peanut butter on your pine cones, roll them in bird seed and hang them up! Easy Peasy!

Things you need

Roll in seed

Adrian isn’t old enough to make one himself but he is the best pine cone collector out there and he helped me pick just the right spot to hang it….

Adrian and pine coneHanging in the treeMeanwhile, behind the scenes….

We hung the bird feeder and I put Adrian on the patio next to his Wagon to play while I went inside to grab the laptop. That way I could work on this post while he played in the yard.

To give you a better picture of the situation My laptop was at arms reach inside the back door, I was inside long enough for the screen door to close.

When I returned I see Adrian looking very confused.

Then I noticed that his cheek looked like a baseball player with chew in it.

Yes, I FREAKED OUT!

I swooped the mystery object out of his mouth IMMEDIATELY!!

What was it you ask?

snail ahhThis is officially the most horrifying thing he’s ever done…by far!

I could see it as I pulled it out of his mouth and I screeched! It was seriously like something out of the movie Aliens.

That will teach me to leave him in the yard unsupervised for ANY amount of time!

He crunched a nice hole in the snail’s shell too (as you can see).  So yeah, I had to dig tiny bits out of his mouth.

Then it was off to the bathroom to wash his mouth out and brush his teeth, which he loves. 

So, for him, that confusing moment was over and he giggled the entire time.

Me? I’m not giggling….I’m grossed out.

Just a day in the life! 🙂

Xoxo,

Christine Kay

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Oatmeal Raisin Baby Sticks

12 Mar

I haven’t been able to sit down and post much in the past couple of weeks. I’ve been a busy bee getting things ready for Adrian’s first birthday party this weekend (I can’t even believe he is about to be 1!)

It rained a few times last week,  and since  me and the little man were hanging out indoors for a bit I decided to make him a special treat!

Oatmeal Raisin Sticks!

The original recipe I got from All Recipes and made a couple of kid friendly adjustments to it.

Here is my revised kid friendly version!

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2  ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup All Purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 packs of raisins chopped

1. Cream butter, banana, vanilla extract and butter together.

2. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

3. Spoon log shapes or cookies shapes on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.

Oatmeal rasin 1

Oatmeal rasin 2

Honestly, I believe you could also omit the butter and they would still hold together and be even healthier.

I rolled them in log shapes kind of like a teething cookie and even though he only has two teeth I give him the entire cookie, they melt right in his mouth!

He absolutely LOVES them.

Nom Nom Nom 🙂

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Xo,

Christine Kay

Snail Shell Art

6 Mar

We probably have over 50 snails in our yard on a regular basis. I like to see them hangin around all over the place.

I’ve heard of people painting snail shells as a sort of tracker. It’s a cute idea, but I imagine the paint fumes would be harmful to them.

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So, instead of harming my slimy little friends, I went on the search for some empty shells….

I painted this one white and put a small fuchsia heart on it.

Snail 2Back outside it went, as a decoration in my potted plant. It would be cool to see it moving around one day with a new snail in it!

If I had a garden I would paint a bunch of different ones and scatter them throughout!

snail 3Pretty cool huh?

Tata!

Christine Kay

A weekend in photos

4 Mar

This weekend the  weather was perfect for some fun in the yard

Adrian standing in wagon Wes put together Adrians awesome Wagon!

Thank you Nanny and Papa!

Daddy pulls Adrian in Wagon “Bye Bye Momma!”

BurgerBBQ Bacon Burgers on the grill

Coronas

Whats a burger without a beer?Adrian golfingThe boys work on their golf swing.

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Time for our weekly trip to the library!
Adrian at libraryAdrian gets three new books for story time

Random PayphoneThis is the first pay phone I’ve seen in many years….random, I know.

Birds of Paradise

We check out all the pretty flowers

Blowing bubblesWe blow big bubbles for Adrian

Wes and Adrian at wallAdrian and his daddy have boy time….

While I take pictures of my Hummingbirds.

Hummingbird 1 Hummingbird 2 Hummingbird 3….A wonderfully beautiful life

Hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as we did.

Xoxo,

Christine Kay

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits – No Milk needed!

1 Mar

Seriously, why is every Momma always out of Bread, Eggs and Milk? It’s always one or the other or ALL!

Thank goodness to meal planning, I only go grocery shopping once every two weeks (I’ll share my meal planning tips with you guys soon, we save so much money doing it). Since this weekend is one of my shopping weekends, we’re getting low on some things. Today I planned to have breakfast for dinner (One of our favorites! Honestly, who doesn’t LOVE Bfast for dins?)

Some Jimmy Dean maple and brown sugar sausage – my absolute favorite,  Eggs – I eat mine fried with a runny yolk but since my fiancée thinks it’s absolutely disgusting…I make a large batch of scrambled eggs,  some  buttered toast and a nice cold glass of milk to drink it down. <—sounds perfect right?

Ok now let’s minus the bread and milk cause I’m OUT!

I don’t know if it’s just me but I can’t eat breakfast without some sort of bread. There’s gotta be toast, biscuits or an english muffin present or I won’t be satisfied.

So I went on a search for a good recipe for NO MILK biscuits and came across this sour cream biscuit recipe on allrecipes.com (<–love that site!). I’m not even the best baker and it looks easy to me!

The original recipe calls for:

  • 2 cups of All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream (I used fat-free)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of water (I doubled it to 3 tablespoons)

I’m sure that recipe would be perfect just how it is with some jam etc, if that’s the way you’re going but I wanted to add some savory za-za-zing to it.

I added:

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (I used mild)

Lets’ get baking!

DoughJust use your hands to mix the ingredients and form into a ball.

Used glass to cut out circles

Roll the dough out and cut your circles, as you can see I used a glass

(I don’t even have a circle cookie cutter, that’s how much I don’t bake)

Biscuts shaped

Pre-heat your oven to 450 and bake between 13-15 minutes, depending on your oven.

 (This is not shown in the picture but you will need to line your pan with foil or parchment paper)

This recipe yields 10 biscuits

Biscuits 2

and I don’t wanna get all Paula Deen on you but I definitely ate them with butter. Butter makes everything better (except your health)

They are fluffy, chewy, cheesy, and so good!

Enjoy!! (Unless you’re on a diet) 🙂

Tata!

Christine Kay

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