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The Smallest one in the house just celebrated her 3rd birthday and for this occasion I worked with a theme of Nemo-esque meets gold fish. We had a lot of fun at the party and having a fish/water theme inside offered a cooling feeling for these 115 degree days we are suffering in Phoenix right now. Here are some highlights:

The Invitation


The Cake


Close Up Of The Cake


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


Gold Fish Crackers In A Bucket


The Favors


V-8 Fruit Flavor Juice Fish Shaped Ice Cubes


Blue Tropical Punch with Fish Cubes


Punch Served with Orange and White Paper Straw


The Birthday Girl


This summer we are having summer camp at home each week has a different theme filled with activities, crafts, food and field trips related to the theme: Here is the LINK to previous weeks.

For week ten we had Animals and Insects Week. We also went on a field trip to see the movie Charlotte’s Web at the Studio Movie Grill where lunch was served during the film, a real treat for the little ladies.

Here are some highlights from Animals and Insects Week:

Homemade Animal Shaped Pizza cut from cookie cutters


Homemade Stuff Animals – Pink Snakes


Flamengo Observation


Butterfly Sandwiches


Fantasy Foam House for Toy Frogs


A Buggy Breakfast


Field Trip to the zoo – observing a Rhino


Field Trip to the zoo - Carousel


Field Trip to the zoo – Photo Booth


Green Grape Caterpillars


Strawberry Ladybugs


Animal Match Game


Monkey Taco Pocket


Snail Cinnamon Rolls


Post Cards to Gramma and Grampa’s


Bumble Bee Marshmallow Pops


Field Trip to the Peacock Park


Peacock Feather Body Paint


Animal Temporary  Tattoos


Chocolate Animal Sandwich Cookies



This summer we are having summer camp at home each week has a different theme filled with activities, crafts, food and field trips related to the theme: Here is the LINK to previous weeks.

For weeks six and seven we went for actual camping in Forest Lakes, Arizona in the Sitgreaves National Forest on the Mogollon Rim which is part of the White Mountains. We went for 14 days, the national forest camping limit and wished we could have stayed longer. Once the tents are up why go home and have take them down? We didn’t want to head home to the heat of Phoenix but we had a great time while were were there.I am going to to several posts to get in all our fabulousness. This first post is how we cooked without being able to build a fire, since wildfires were blazing around the region and all wood and charcoal fires were banned.

Here are some COOKING highlights

Propane Fire because wood is not allowed


Egg Omelet in a Bag – boiled in a big pot of water


Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls


Propane Oven Biscuits


Dutch Oven Chicken and Dumplings

Iron Hobo Pie Taco Pocket




I had an over abundance of Kale recently from our CSA, Chow Locally,  and so I baked some into delicious kale chips.

Raw kale with olive oil and sea salt


Baked kale chips - ready to eat




  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 pinch sea salt, to taste


  1. Preheat an oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Cut away inner ribs from each kale leaf and discard; tear the leaves into pieces of uniform size. (I made my pieces about the size of a small potato chip.) Wash torn kale pieces and spin dry in a salad spinner or dry with paper towels until they’re very dry.
  3. Put the kale pieces into a large resealable bag (or use a bowl if you don’t mind getting your hands oily). Add about half the olive oil; seal and squeeze the bag so the oil gets distributed evenly on the kale pieces. Add the remaining oil and squeeze the bag more, until all kale pieces are evenly coated with oil and slightly ‘massaged.’ Sprinkle the vinegar over the kale leaves, reseal the bag, and shake to spread the vinegar evenly over the leaves. Spread the leaves evenly onto a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in the preheated oven until mostly crisp, about 35 minutes. Season with salt and serve immediately.

The short one recently celebrated her 6th birthday and asked for a soccer themed party with a twist of girly to it. So I added in touches of pink and flowers. It was a hot dog cook out at a local park and was a big hit! The vases were sports drink bottles shaped like soccer balls, the green underneath were FLOR carpet squares in grass colors. To create to chip bowl covers, I found square bowls at the dollar store and topped them with 12 x 12 paper to look like grass with paper soccer balls and white paper with black stripes created out of colored masking tape, plastic whistles were glued to it to look like a referee. The cupcakes were all strawberry flavored with pink or white frosting, topped with plastic soccer balls from the cake decorating store. The invitation was pink paper with a pink soccer ball on it and pieces of fake grass at the bottom.

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