Monday, April 14, 2014

Science Experiment

Baking soda (enough to fill the bottom of 9x13 pan)
Food Coloring
Eye dropper

B couldn't quite figure out how to get the liquid out of the dropper, so I had to help him....BUT he loved the fizzing!!!  He kept touching it and making very excited noises :)

After we were done with the dropper - I let him play around with the baking soda...he thought it was moon dough :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fine Motor Skills

Working on B's fine motor skills...and his appetite :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Themed Tub Tub

Yup -- that's right...this is a Easter Themed Tub Tub!  The Easter Bunny came and made a Egg Hunt for Brody during his tub tub!
Easter Grass
Easter Eggs
Little trinkets to go in eggs (water safe)

Dyeing Easter Eggs - Toddler Style

You know how I LOVE my traditions...well, I wanted Brody to actually be able to participate and I finally found a way he could!  As long as the weather cooperates - it's totally worth letting them get dirty!
Hardboiled eggs
Food Coloring
White Vinegar
I put ~1T of white vinegar in a container...then filled it with water, and put about 15 drops of food coloring.

Then I brought B outside and let him get to work!  His hands only stayed stained for a couple hours...but I washed him up quickly after...

Finger Painting Art

So cute! So fun!  So easy!  And now I have art work for the scrapbooking room!!!

Cardboard / canvas
Painters Tape
Finger Paint

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Greek Steak and Rice

Y-U-M-M-Y!!!!  I would have cooked my steak a lot be like medium well, BUT I comprised with my grill master and tried to eat it like this.  This was soooo good!!!!  Yum -- all 3 of us ate this right up!
Serves 4: Recipe by Our Best Bites
Marinade & Dressing
zest from 1 lemon
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup olive oil

Steak and Rice
1 1/2 – 2 lb flank steak
non-stick spray or drizzle of olive oil
10-12 ounce pack grape tomatoes
6 oz jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
2 cups cooked  brown rice (or quinoa, cous cous, or white rice)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup reduced fat or fat free feta cheese

Rinse steak in cool water and pat dry with paper towels.  With a sharp knife, very lightly score the top in a diamond pattern.  Place steak in a zip-lock bag or a shallow pan.

Place all marinade ingredients, except oil, in a blender.  Blend for a few seconds and then with the blender on low, slowly drizzle in olive oil.  Set aside 1/4 cup of marinade and store in fridge.  Place remaining marinade in bag with steak and marinate, refrigerated, for at least 6 hours (longer is fine).  Rotate bag occasionally to evenly distribute marinade.

When ready to cook, remove steak and sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.  You may cook steak in one of 3 ways:
1.  Broil:  Preheat broiler and place steak on a broiler pan.  Cook for about 5-8 minutes on each side, or until top is slightly browned and internal temperature reaches about 135 degrees.
2.  Outdoor grill:  Heat grill to high heat.  Lightly oil grill grates and place steak on grill.  Decrease heat to medium-high.  Sear 5-8 minutes per side or until internal temp reaches 135 degrees.
3.  Indoor grill pan:  Heat indoor grill pan to medium high heat.  Once pan is hot (water droplets should sizzle when dropped on pan) brush pan with canola/vegetable oil.  Place steak on pan and cook for 5-8 minutes.  Flip steak and cook until internal temp reaches about 135 degrees.

When steak is done cooking, place on cutting board and tent with foil.  Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

While steak is cooking, heat a small sauté pan to medium heat.  When hot, add a small drizzle of olive oil and add tomatoes.  Stir/toss often, cooking for 4-5 minutes or so, until skins are slightly blackened in spots and tomatoes start to burst.  Remove from heat and add rice, artichokes, parsley, and feta.  Add 2 tablespoons reserved marinade/dressing and toss to combine.  Slice steak thinly across the grain and serve over rice mixture.

Straw Sorter

Always looking for fun and inexpensive new activities for B!  Found this on pinterest...
Container (used boogie wipe holder)
Just drilled holes into the top of the container, and let him put the straws in the holder...over and over and over again!