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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

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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

 

S’Mores

 

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

 

KALE CHIPS

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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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