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  • Game : Puzzle Party

    Yes, we’ve all done a puzzle but you’ve never done it like this. As a family go out and pick out a new puzzle the bigger the better. Once home clear off a table that will be the home base for your puzzle making fun. Open your new puzzle and pour out pieces. Here’s where it gets harder, be sure to pass around the puzzle top so everyone can get a good look at the picture of the puzzle. Now put the top in another room or closet. NO LOOKING AT IT AGAIN!

    Now it is going to take everyone’s determination to get this puzzle done. Work together, help each other remember what it’s supposed to look like. Be sure to encourage one another when it gets hard. This is a lot of fun when you have a holiday weekend at home together, so you can walk away for a little while and come back to it.

    Once finished, bask in the glory of a job well done! Take a picture and tell everyone how you worked together to finish what you started.

    This is a fun craft for any age. You will have to have determination to wait for the ice to harden and then patient to watch it melt.

    What you Need:

    Corn starch

    Baking soda

    Food coloring

    Ice trays

    Vinegar

    Spray bottles

    Water

    Bowls for mixing

    Begin by combining equal parts of baking soda and corn starch in a bowl. Once combined carefully spoon the mixture into ice cube trays, filling each slot roughly 1/2 way. Add a few drops of food coloring to each ice slot. Next, add water to the trays and carefully mix until all ingredients are combined.

    Pop your chalk in the freezer, and in 4-6 hours the fun can begin! Take outside, when you spray the chalk cubes with vinegar, they’ll erupt with color. Create works of art on your driveway or patio. This can get messy, but man is it fun!

  • Outing : Finished Check List

    It’s spring time and every home has a list of thing that need to be finished around the house. Get that list out and work on it together. Clean the gutters, paint the fence, clean out the hall closet, organize the pantry… if you work together you will accomplish a lot! Take pride in a job well done once you’ve finished the list. Reward everyone with ice cream sundaes.

  • Recipe : Soda Bread

    Bread making can be intimidating, but this recipe is easy and tasty! This simple recipe with have you making bread in no time. Check bread making off your bucket list.

    Ingredients

    Bread

    3 c self-rising flour

    2 tbsp. sugar

    12 oz lemon lime soda

    ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

    Glaze

    2 cups confectioner’s sugar

    2-4 tablespoons milk

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick spray.

    Mix together the flour, sugar, and soda with a rubber spatula, then fold in the melted butter. Fill the loaf pan with batter and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and cool completely.

    In a bowl, whisk together sifted powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and enough milk to thin the glaze to your desired consistency for pouring over your soda bread.