Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pumpkin Slime and Gummi Bears

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Today was a pupil free day at school, so that meant a vacation care day for me at work.  I wanted to have something entertaining for the kids as it is just a one off day.  So I picked a couple activities that I found a little while ago and put on my Ideas for Work board.  This board has a few of my work colleagues can also pin onto this board which allows us to make programing much much easier!

I wanted a bit of a science theme for todays activities as we had a LOT of boys coming today, and some for the 1st time.  We started with the Pumpkin Slime.  Take a look at the recipe over at Growing a Jeweled Rose.  I’m not sure what we did but ours didn’t work like the recipe said it would.  So I added Borax until it did.  The end result was great.  The boys really got into it and I sent home the left overs home in cups for them.  The pumpkin spice that was in it was a nice change to the glue smell that you usually get with this type of recipe.   Photos to come as they are still at school.

 

The other activity I did with the kids today was Gummi Bear Science. This particular set of science experiments is from over at Science for Kids.  This one comes with a Freebie on TeachersPayTeachers,  this is the link for it please head on over to get it to help with your experiment.

This and other similar posts have been really popular on Pinterest over the last few weeks.  I pinned this one ages ago but it seems to have had a spike in popularity.  I will find out how well this works in the morning, but so far it seems to be working well. The kids were great when we were doing all of the initial hypothesising and setting up the experiment, and they were especially keen to keep an eye on them for the rest of the afternoon.  Two cherubs were super keen to fill in the bar graphs and they will be able to complete the 2nd set of data tomorrow as they will both be at After School Care.

Stay tuned for tomorrow to see how the experiment turns out 🙂

 

Easy Caprese and Dessert

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Sunday night dinners need to be easy.

And that is exactly what I did last night!

I found this easy Sunday Dinner, Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake, over at Half Baked Harvest.  The picture on Pinterest looked soooo amazing I just had to try it!  It turned out to be so much easier than I had thought.

I used giant Bocconcini instead of Mozzarella, as the Mozzarella isn’t the same here as it is in the States.  It worked just as well, which was good.  I used Tri-coloured Quinoa which made the dish much more interesting looking.  There was enough left over to have as a side with dinner tonight.  So in actual fact an easy Sunday Dinner, turned into an easy Monday Dinner too! 🙂

Easy Caprese

 

Dessert was another story, it was not at all easy.  It wasn’t difficult either, there was just a lot of dishes to wash up.

But they were Amazing.  The ‘they’ being Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

OMG there are no words to describe how AMAZING they are!

The recipe for these delicious mounds of amazingness came from over at Shugary Sweets.  There are not many ingredients needed to make these little beauties either, which is always good if you need dessert in a pinch!

As we don’t have tinned pumpkin here that meant that I had to cook it off first.  I have now found that by cooking it in the microwave cooks the pumpkin, but doesn’t leave it all soggy.  Which made some unnecessary dishes, but thems the breaks I suppose.

It made a few more than the recipe said, which is a bonus, and would have made more had I not eaten so much of the batter.  I have taken one to school for my friend so far and I am taking some more to a get-together tomorrow with some co-workers, so I can’t wait to hear their reaction.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Weekend Baking

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Today was a public holiday for Labour Day, which meant an extra day off before school goes back (woohooo!!).

I took the opportunity yesterday/last night to make some treats for school, and I think with tomorrow being the 1st day back of term the other teachers and I are going to need them.

I was going to make other treats today, some Pumpkin and Chocolate Whoopie Pies, but it kind of didn’t happen, being as that it was 35C (95F).  I didn’t really feel like cooking the pumpkin off and then having the oven on for ages.  I will save them for next weekend.

But what I did make was some Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins.  The link took me over to Damn Delicious.  And that they were.  I made an extra batch because they were so amazingly easy to take to Ranger Guides last night.  Everyone who has tried them so far has loved them.  They are easy enough for kids to make by themselves or with a tiny bit of help, and yummy enough for everyone to try.

Surprisingly there was not much sugar in them which was good.

This is the great Instagram photo I took of them….I might just pop off and have another one!

Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Hawaii 5-0

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I have just gotten home from my vacay to Hawaii.

HERE WE GO!!

HERE WE GO!!

And all I can say is O M G!

Here is a photo of Diamond Head at Sunset from the Moana Surfrider Hotel

Diamond Head from Moana Surfrider Hotel, Waikiki

Diamond Head from Moana Surfrider Hotel, Waikiki

 

I have planned my next trip back already. Next time for Volcanos, Surfing and Sun Tanning.

Pinterest was an amazing resource while I was planning this trip.  There were so many tips and tricks that I used both for packing and organising my trip.  I made a whole board dedicated to this vacation.  I used it to pin shopping that I wanted to do, places to do, travel books.  There are also some packing tips that appear on my board titled Travel.

The best ideas for packing are on the travel board.  I actually too hiking shoes this time, which is generally something I would never do, I usually take ballet flats and pluggers (flip flops).  So I thought I should actually pack them so they don’t get dirt on my actual clothes.  I saw this pin on Real Simple, and decided to put all my shoes in shower caps.  It worked a treat!  I bought a pkt of 6 for $2 at the cheap store as well as collected some from a hotel that I had stayed at a little while ago.

This is what my shoes ended up looking like

Shower Cap Shoes

Shower Cap Shoes

I also gave this a go with my earrings, from over at The Travel Writers Life, I don’t have any photos (sorry) but the buttons I had that were from a jar of my Granny’s old buttons didn’t really work.  They are really old and were rounded on the back not flat.  The idea is really great, but I will be getting some different buttons before I try it again.

Now I have long hair, well not as long as it used to be, but still…

I HATE losing my hair pins, especially when I am away! So when I cam across this idea I fell in LOVE!  It comes from over at Simply Frugal and it is the best idea for storing hair pins.  I don’t normally use tic tacs (i’m more of a gum girl) but for this project I was more than happy to give up the gum for a little bit.  I decorated mine in a little more of an entertaining fashion because the sticker didn’t come off to well.  I used some of the Scotch Duct Tape, that is now available here in Australia, to decorate the outside of the container.

This was the final result and I think it looks pretty great!

Hair Pin Holder

Hair Pin Holder

I also found this outfit that I loved and managed to pull off on the flight over to Hawaii.  Again I don’t have a photo but this is the link, and the outfit looks super cute 🙂 This is the link over at Polyvore.

Well I have to figure out groceries for the next few days as we are having a long weekend for Labour day on Monday! Woohoo!

Have a great weekend!