Paper crowns

The other day, we were having a lazy morning and watching Mickey Mouse. In the episode, Mickey and Minnie make paper crowns. I asked Chloe if she would like to make paper crowns too. Of course she said yes and ran to our craft area before I could even blink.
To make the crowns (because yes, I had to make one for myself), I grabbed yellow construction paper and drew a crown.

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I then cut it out and traced it on to the construction paper. Once both pieces were cut out, I let Chloe decorate the pieces.

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With a few pieces of tape, I adhered the crown together. Chloe was very excited.

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Then I proceeded to repeat the steps to make myself a crown. I just used the scraps so it wasn’t as nice as Chloe’s.

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Chloe wore this crown all day. She even napped in it. I never knew something so easy and simple could be used the whole day. She also insisted that I wear it all day… Which I didn’t really want to do, but I did anyway since it made her so happy.
When Chloe went to bed, I put the crowns away, figuring we could pull them out in a few days. I knew she would want to spend the entire next day in a crown again.
Maybe tomorrow we’ll dress up with the crowns again.

All-dressed popcorn

Snacks. Something that can make or break your healthy eating. Most likely break it. Sometimes it is so hard to make the healthy choice for a snack when you know perfectly well there is something more delicious in your kitchen.
Popcorn is a healthier snack, if it isn’t loaded with butter and chemicals. I saw this recipe for all-dressed popcorn and figured I would give it a try. I needed a break from the fruits and veggies I had been having for snacks the past while.

I changed a few things to fit what I had in my pantry.
First off, one of the ingredients was nutritional yeast. I didn’t have that on hand so I skipped it.
Instead of celery seed, I used celery salt.
I mixed up the seasoning in a glass dish.

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At the same time, I was melting some butter in a pot.

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I pulled out my cute Betty Crocker popper (from my friend Jess).

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Once the popcorn was popped, I drizzled on the butter and stirred it up. Then I sprinkled on the seasoning. I think I was too distracted by the fact that I was going to have some yummy popcorn because I put all of the seasoning on. Although, I did halve the seasoning recipe in the first place.

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This popcorn was pretty tasty. BUT, due to my own mistake, it was under-buttered and over-seasoned. I was so thirsty the rest of the day!
Although, it was still a nice treat.

What are your go to snacks?

Summer activities Pt. 1

Now that summer is finally here, we have been trying to make the most of it. Chloe absolutely loves being outside. Even if she isn’t doing anything.
We’ve been doing some simple things:
1) go to the park

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She likes going down the slide and on the swings. She always cleans off the stairs of any rock and debris. I wish she would clean like that home..!

2) balance bike

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Chloe is slowly starting to trust the bike. She even let me let go of the bike so she could ride on her own.

3) chalk

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We don’t have much in the way of cement in the backyard, so Chloe often colours on the deck and stairs. It washes away so it doesn’t bother me!

4) kiddie pool

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Chloe was a bit unsure about sitting down and actually getting wet. Once I convinced her to, I couldn’t get her out! She had a blast going down the slide, playing with toys and splashing around.

There is a lot more to do outside over the summer!

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What things do you like to do outside?

Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

This recipe is healthy, simple and used few ingredients. Which is why I selected to make it this week.
We had this as our meal, but it probably would have been good with as a side to a piece of meat.

To make this pilaf, you chop up all the vegetables. The recipe suggested using a food processor, but I opted for using a knife. It didn’t take too long.

Once all the vegetables are all chopped, they are added to a pan with butter and sautéed down for a few minutes.

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Next, the broth, quinoa and spices are added.

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It is brought to a boil, reduced and let to simmer for 12-15 minutes.

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After that, the pilaf is ready to serve! It is so easy to make this!
The original recipe suggested serving either warm or cold, but I preferred warm.

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This was a hit at dinner. Chloe ate a full bowl. I was shocked. Most green things she refuses to eat. I tell her the quinoa is rice. It’s easier for her to say and she generally likes rice.

I’m sure I’ll be making this again!

White Cake

Well hello everyone my name is Adrienne & today I will be guest blogging on Morgan’s account. Let me start off by introducing myself. I am a 23 year old avid pinner on pinterest, I love cupcakes, makeup, cheerleading, travelling and being kind to others. Like many of us I am still creating my path in life. I am also one of Morgan’s best friends. We met in 2006 when I tried out for the high school cheer team. Morgan happened to be one of the coaches & from then on we became very good friends. We are always there for each other & that’s important in a friendship I’d say.
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Today I want to talk about cake. Specifically white cakes, homemade moist white cakes. This is what I had set out for on my most recent pinterest journey. I found a recipe, well I found several recipes actually. The one I chose was . I wanted a simple cake something where I wouldn’t have to rush to the store to grab 9 strange, exotic ingredients I’d never use again. I’m exaggerating but I’m just meaning I wanted a fast simple tasty white cake.
I have made this recipe twice now. Both times I split the recipe in half & made cupcakes. The first time I made them they came out a bit dry & tasted kind of like a cornmeal muffin they weren’t sweet enough for my liking & I may have over mixed the batter or possibly over cooked them. They were pretty fluffy looking though. They were in the oven for 20 minutes the first time & although they weren’t terrible they were kind of just okay. Just okay is not acceptable for an Adrienne cupcake. So I decided to try making them again for Father’s day only this time I made sure to only use the mixer when incorporating the milk and vanilla & only until combined. This second time I created them I doubled the sugar, bad idea. Now they were too sweet, dense & sunk in the middle. The flavour again wasn’t terrible but not my best work. Since I still had to serve these I whipped up some whipping cream added lemon zest & only about a teaspoon of powdered sugar. The cupcakes actually ended up tasting like lemon meringue pie which was kind of cool. However I did not get the fluffy moist white cake I was looking for. I may try this recipe one more time, again cutting it in ½ but using 1 ½ cups of sugar because I think if I can get the sugar balance right I may be in luck for what I’m looking for. Two things I wanted to discuss 1.) They don’t state it in the directions when to add the vanilla, I found it appropriate to add it with the milk. 2.) Most of this recipe you use your hands to mix & fold. I thought that was kind of different. So the verdict, I’m not happy with this recipe as of yet I will be trying it a 3rd time to see the results. I will also be on the hunt and testing out more pinterest white cake recipes.adrienne4
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Have you found a white cake recipe on pinterest you love?
How do you feel about incorporating ingredients using your hands?
Feel free to follow me on pinterest, username Adrienne Lucky

Cashew chicken

This recipe caught my eye on Pinterest. It sounded both easy and delicious.
You can find the recipe at six sisters’ stuff.
The first step is to put the flour, pepper and chicken into a large bag and shake it, to coat the chicken.
Then, the chicken is browned in a pan for about 2 minutes a side. I used chicken thighs for this recipe.

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Once they are browned, the chicken thighs go into the crock pot.
Next comes the sauce. All it takes is for the ingredients to be assembled in a dish and mixed together.

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Once the sauce is complete, pour it over the chicken in the crockpot and cook for a few hours on low.
The recipe suggested if you wanted more sauce, to double the sauce ingredients. I chose not to, but I think it would have been nice to have.

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When the chicken was done, I served it over brown rice, topped with cashews.

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Although it wasn’t a pretty dish, it was tasty and well received by my family.

A guest post is coming soon! Stay tuned.

Clothespin painting

I saw an idea on Pinterest for clothespin painting. I clicked the link for the activity but it went to the current day on the blog and not the activity. I tried searching for the activity but my phone wasn’t cooperating. So I decided to just give Chloe the items and see what happens.

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I put a painting apron on Chloe to help protect her clothes. I should have rolled up her sleeves though…. Oops!

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She was already painting before I could say a word.

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It was interesting to see how she painted with the cotton balls. She used it like a paint brush. I would have dabbed, but she didn’t, which was perfectly fine.

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Chloe wanted me to try too, so I did my own page while she did hers. I dabbed mine, so she gave it a try too.

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But then of course she went back to painting instead of dabbing.

Chloe did 4 paintings during this activity. She loved it. Well, she loves painting to begin with. I should have kept a cloth beside her though. Inevitably, she got paint on her hands and she didn’t like that. She kept asking me for a cloth. That silly girl.

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Stay tuned for a guest blog post!