May 29, 2008

Finger puppets

Last year we had a family get together at our cabin, and made some little crafts. It's been almost a year but I thought I'd at least post a picture of what we made. These are both my moms great ideas. (She hasn't quite gotten the blogging thing down yet) We made cute little finger puppets out of winter gloves, pom poms, googly eyes and felt. This idea was something she found in her file from the 70's. I think they turned out so cute. We made Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, and The Billy Goats Gruff(we didn't mean for the goats to be makes them cuter, don't you think?) I'm sorry the pictures are sideways, but I don't know how to rotate them. We just used a hot glue gun to glue them together.

Sponge boats

This idea for these boats came from one of my favorite blogs.. can't take credit. Max and his friend Nicholas had a great time making these and pushing them in the water. It was not warm enough to swim, so they just let their boats do that. All you need is:
1 sponge(I cut a large sponge in half )
foam paper sheets, cut into a triangle shape
All you do is cut a triangle shape out of the foam for your sail and poke two holes in it for your straw. Poke a hole in the sponge and put your straw through it. (I cut the straws a little shorter to take off the bendy part) They had a fun time, they make for great bath toys too.

Parachute Men

Well with school being out we are coming up with all types of things to do. Brayden saw in a book, some parachute guys--we altered it a bit to work with what we had. These do not last a long time, but entertained the boys for an afternoon. They do get tangled--so be prepared.

What you need:

pipe cleaners-any color you want


Plastic bag


1. Shape pipe cleaners into guys

2. We then wrapped more pipe cleaners around the body to look like clothes

3. Cut bag into a 14x14 square

4. Tie a 14" string to each corner of the square bag.

5. Bring all the strings together and tie in a knot.

6. Attach the strings to the pipe cleaner body (we just tied it to the head of our guy)

7. Throw them up and have a great time.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know we all have a chocolate chip cookie recipe. But this one is so good. A gal here made them to thank all the men for taking primary on Mother's Day. She made them really big--I think she said her scoop was 1/4 cup. They are one of our favorite's now. It's not a typo that there is no vanilla.

1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup nuts (optional--I don't add these)
1 pkg chocolate chips (I like the semi-sweet ones)

Cook 9-12 minutes, til they are just barely brown. (I found 9 was good for me) 375*.
I actually think these are better the second day when they are not hot at all--seems funny, but true.

Creamy Chicken & Chile Enchiladas

Someone brought these to an elder's quarom party. I was a little worried that the sauce was green, but they were SO GOOD!! I had to come home and make them a couple days after the party.

1 lb uncooked chicken breast strips (I just cooked and shredded mine)
1- 8oz pkg cream cheese, cut in cubes
1 can (4.5 oz) chpped green chilis
1 pkg flour tortillas ( 6 inch)
2 cans (10 oz each) green chile enchilda sauce
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheee

Heat oven to 400*. Lightly grease 9x13 pan. Heat skillet- cook chicken over medium heat until done, add cream cheese and chilis until blended and cream cheese is melted. Spoon mixure into tortillas, place seam side down in pan. Pour enchilada sauce over top, sprinkle with cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. Yummy!!

I made a pan of 8 enchiladas--although, I noticed after the recipe says this will make 12.