Saturday, January 20, 2018

Meal Plan for January Week 4

Meal Plan for January Week 4

I lived as a vegetarian for more than a decade, and then I met my husband, who happens to be a hunter. I slowly tiptoed into the world of eating, and later, preparing meat, but it took a good while to find comfort in cooking foods so unfamiliar to me.

The first time I made a pot roast the thing was tough as leather. I was in my early 30s and, of course, I had invited people over for dinner to share this pot roast. They were gracious about this first attempt, and I went on to cook many roasts, all of which fared better than the first.

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How to Make Easy Paper Flowers for Kids (Free Paper Rose Template)

How to Make Easy Paper Flowers for Kids (Free Paper Rose Template)

How to Make Easy Paper Flowers for Kids (Free Paper Rose Template) is a post from contributing writer Rob @ Art for Kids Hub

Do you remember when you were a kid and kept pencil shavings because they looked like flowers? I even admit to thinking they looked cool. This 3D paper flowers art project is not only inspired from those little shavings, it’s also just as easy as sharpening a pencil.

I did this together with my little kids (3 and 7 years old) and they loved it! When we got done they were shocked that it actually looked like a rose.

If you would like to learn how to make easy paper flowers with kids (or just for yourself), here are clear step-by-step directions with pictures using a free paper rose template you can download. These 3D paper flowers are perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, celebrating Spring, and more! #PaperFlowers #KidsCrafts #PaperRoses #PaperFlowerTemplate

How to Make Easy Paper Flowers for Kids (with Free Paper Rose Template) Materials Needed for 3D Paper Flowers Project
  • Printed paper rose template on the color of your choice (free download farther down in this post)
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

Notes on Paper Color Choice Plus a Fun Science Activity Idea:

You can definitely give this project a rose look by picking red paper. However, you can also use a variety of colors for the look of spring flowers.

If you don’t have colored paper, you can print out the template on white paper and invite your child to color the flower before cutting it out.

Allowing the children to color in their own flower might be a fun activity when doing a flower or plant unit study or a nature study. Ask them to uniquely color their flower and give it a whole new species name. Ask them to share details about this new flower they have created.

Step By Step Instructions on How to Make Easy Paper Flowers

1. Download and print the paper rose template onto red paper or choose another color for other types of 3D paper flowers (or just other colors of roses).

Paper Rose Cutout Step 1

2. With scissors cut out one of the spirals.

Paper Rose Cutout Step 2

3. Roll the spiral, beginning from the outside.

Paper Rose Cutout Step 3

4. Roll the entire spiral until you get to the center. The center of the spiral will act as the bottom of the rose.

Paper Rose Cutout Step 4

5. Push the green pipe cleaner into the center of the rose, and through the dotted X. You may need to poke a hole with the scissors if the paper is too thick. (This is probably a job for an adult.)

If it does, indeed, become an adult job or if you are doing this with a large number of small children, you might consider using a paper piercing tool like this. (This definitely makes it an adult job!)

Paper Rose Cutout Step 5

6. Finish pulling the pipe cleaner through the rose, leaving enough to hold the spiral paper in place.

Paper Rose Cutout Step 6

That’s it! You have learned how to make easy paper flowers.

Now you can either be done here or make a whole bouquet of 3D paper flowers to give as a Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift or just for a fun paper rose decoration in the middle of your table.

See, I told you this was simple! My favorite part about this project is that no glue is needed.

Valentine's paper rose cutout - with a free printable and step-by-step directions

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Your paper flower template page will look like this and includes two spirals to create two paper roses / paper flowers:

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Other Projects and Printables You May Love:

Easy Paper Plate Butterfly Craft {Plus a Free to Download Butterfly Printables Packet!}

3D Flower Mother's Day Card

DIY Valentine Cards for Kids

DIY Valentine Cards for Kids

Mixed Media Valentine Keepsakes

If you would like to learn how to make easy paper flowers with kids (or just for yourself), here are clear step-by-step directions with pictures using a free paper rose template you can download. These 3D paper flowers are perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, celebrating Spring, and more! #PaperFlowers #KidsCrafts #PaperRoses #PaperFlowerTemplate

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This post – How to Make Easy Paper Flowers for Kids – and the free paper rose template printable were originally published on January 23, 2013. They were updated in January 2018.

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How to Clean a Concrete Patio Floor

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It’s almost patio season! Patios are the perfect place for hosting an outdoor get-together with friends and family. When you are getting your outdoor party area ready by washing patio furniture and outdoor cushions, don’t forget to clean the concrete patio…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

How To Flock a Tree (or anything really)

How To Flock a Tree (or anything really) The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has come and gone, but today we are going to chat about one decorative detail that was a really nice addition this past year. Flocking! I wasn't introduced to tree flocking until a few years ago, and it always seemed as though it was either too expensive or too messy. But I LOVE all of the pretty, fluffy white! So file this one away for next year if you have been in that same boat. It is a little messy, but I can testify that it is worth that mess in the end. And because we purchased a non-flocked tree last year (which was the right size and budget), it didn't make sense to purchase a flocked tree this year no matter how much I wanted one.

So I did a little research and figured it would be worth it to try and flock one of our artificial trees myself. And based on your feedback, it sounds like many of you are interested in doing the same!


I flocked our artificial tree, but I don't think anything is off limits. Garland, live trees, wreaths... 

I put together a quick little video tutorial to show you just how simple the flocking process is, but will also recap a few things below as well.




First, let's chat about the type of flocking I purchased. I found a 5 lb box of Sno-Bond flocking powder on Amazon for $27 shipped, back in November. That seems like a really great price as I am struggling to find it anywhere near that now. If this is something you are interested in, I recommend setting up a price alert to keep an eye on it throughout the year. I used the powder, but I have also seen it sold as a spray. Also, 5 lbs was more than enough. I have maybe used 1/4 of the box to cover my 7 ft. pencil tree twice. I imagine you may be able to split that size of a box with a couple friends or family members, or use it to flock a fresh tree multiple years in a row, or even sell the remainder of the contents through a local Facebook group.


As I mentioned, it is a little messy. The process of flocking requires you to wet the surface and sprinkle the white flocking powder onto the branches. Then, you spray the water again to cure that flocking to the tree. To prep, I recommend laying out a large tarp or painter's plastic, below and behind where you will be spraying. It is cold here so we set up an area in our garage, but I imagine you could do it outside in warmer climates. Not only will the dust settle below the tree, it does waft through the air a bit, so just consider that if indoors is your only option.


If you are flocking an artificial tree, we found it easiest to work in sections. Our tree breaks down into three pieces, so we did each piece separately, and then one more coating on the entire tree when fully assembled just to fill in any gaps. It was also helpful to have a second set of hands; Bryan would hold or spin the pieces while I sprayed and sifted. This allowed us to get under and all around the branches much easier. He recommends wearing rubber gloves or your hands will also be completely flocked by the end (although it does wash off easily).

Another tips is you can use the power of your spray bottle to squirt and push the flocking powder deeper into the tree as you sift.



As you can see in the video, the process is:

  1. Mist water onto the branches to give the flocking powder something to adhere to.
  2. Using a colander, sift the flocking over the branches of the tree.
  3. Mist the water onto the flocking again, this time to cure the powder to the branch.
  4. Let sit for 24 hours to fully cure prior to decorating.

The goal is to make it look like your tree is covered in beautiful white snow. What I love most is that there really is no right or wrong. You can add as much or as little as you like. And because snow doesn't fall perfectly onto every single branch, you can add more or less and it can be as even or uneven as you prefer. Nature is creative, and you get to be with this project too!




We allowed the flocking to cure the recommended 24 hours prior to decorating. There was some flocking that fell off the tree and into the tree skirt and onto the floor and gifts during decorating and just over the course of the few weeks that we had it up. But it wasn't sticky or anything that the vacuum couldn't easily and quickly handle. And I sort of loved the little dusting it left on our ornaments. It really did have a snow-like magical effect.




And that is it! It wasn't nearly as intimidating as I had built it up to be, and I am so happy I gave it a try this year! Feel free to leave any additional questions you might have about the process in the comments below!


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Now, enough Christmas chit chat for now. We are starting a closet project to get one of our boys more organized and I am more than ready to start sorting and labeling! More on that soon!
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Cheap and Easy Sausage and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner - Frugal Family Home

Cheap and Easy Sausage and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner - Frugal Family Home

This time of year is a great time for sheet pan dinners. They are easy to make and easy to clean up too. This sausage and vegetable sheet pan dinner is one our family loves and I hope your family loves it too.

A super easy sausage and vegetable sheet pan dinner. Make your own combination of onions, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes roasted in the oven for a quick dinner. That’s easy to clean up too since it’s made in one pan.

Sheet pan cooking is something I love.

In the fall and winter months, it’s an easy way to cook dinner. You can chop, place meat and veggies on one cookie sheet, and bake. It’s so easy. Plus the roasted vegetables have a great flavor you can only get from oven roasting.

The recipe below is one I make in the skillet in the summer and I make it in the oven in the winter. So if you enjoy it you can make it year round.

Plus, it’s a great way to use up vegetables in your crisper drawer before they go bad.

The vegetables in the printable recipe below is a guideline to use. If you don’t have something omit it or swap it out for what you do have. Most root vegetables hold up well to oven roasting or sheet pan cooking.

First, you’ll need a few items to make this sheet pan dinner.

A super easy sausage and vegetable sheet pan dinner. Make your own combination of onions, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes roasted in the oven for a quick dinner. That’s easy to clean up too since it’s made in one pan.Some of the links below are my referral links. When you purchase through them I can make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks for the support. Find more information on the disclosure page.

Edged Cookie Sheet
Spatula
Paring knife for cutting and peeling vegetables (I love these inexpensive paring knives)
Sausage (I find Hillshire Farm Sausage on sale regularly and freeze it)
Vegetables (I like carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, and onions)
Spices to complement the meat and vegetables you’ll be using.

Sausage and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe Video

I prepare a quick video for the sausage and vegetable sheet pan dinner. Watch the recipe below and then scroll down for tips and the printable recipe to give a try.

Tips for Sheet Pan Dinner

These tips can help you make sheet pan dinners with ease not only this recipe but other too.

1. Chop vegetable according to cooking time.

Potatoes, carrots and harder vegetables like these take longer to cook. Cut them into smaller pieces when pairing them with quicker cooking vegetables like peppers and broccoli. This helps keep the cooking time about the same.

2. Space out Items according to Cooking Time

If you don’t want to resize items according to cooking time, you can start items at different times. You might start the meat and potatoes first then 15 minutes later add the quicker cooking items to the sheet pan.

It can help the items be fully done at the same time. Without having to vary the side of the vegetables.

3. Grease or Oil the Pan

Certain starchy vegetables can stick to a sheet pan. To make sure all that crispy goodness stays on the vegetables, give the sheet pan a quick spray of cooking spray. Then add a little oil on the vegetables too.

These two steps help to keep the vegetables intact and not stuck to my sheet pan.

A super easy sausage and vegetable sheet pan dinner. Make your own combination of onions, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes roasted in the oven for a quick dinner. That’s easy to clean up too since it’s made in one pan.

 

Sausage and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner
 
Author: Shelly
Serves: 5-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 Kielbasa Sausage
  • 4 Russet or Red Potatoes, chopped
  • 1 small bunch of Brussel Sprouts, cut in half
  • 1 medium Onion, sliced
  • 3 Carrots, sliced
  • ½ head of Cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley, dried or fresh
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 3 tablespoons Cooking Oil of choice
Instructions
  1. Spray the sheet pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the chopped vegetables and sliced meat to the sheet pan
  3. Sprinkle all the vegetables with the herbs and spices if using fresh parsley add it to the dish after cooking.
  4. Sprinkle the oil onto the vegetables. Stir to coat.
  5. Smooth the vegetables and sausage to a single layer.
  6. Bake for 40-60 minutes at 400 degrees or until vegetables are golden and softened. Cooking time will depend on how large the vegetables are cut so be sure to check after 30 minutes to check the doneness.
  7. Remove from oven, stir and serve. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if using.
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A super easy sausage and vegetable sheet pan dinner. Make your own combination of onions, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes roasted in the oven for a quick dinner. That’s easy to clean up too since it’s made in one pan.

What’s the Cost of this Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner?

I’m breaking down the cost of the ingredients for this sausage sheet pan dinner. The prices I’m using are everyday prices from my local WinCo Foods.

WinCo Foods has the best overall everyday prices in our area. But another store might be better where you live. If you have an Aldi or Walmart, you might be able to find similar prices there.

  • Hillshire Farm Sausage $2.50
  • Potatoes $.30 at $1.99 per 10 pounds
  • Onion $.10 at $1.99 for 15 pounds
  • 1/2 Cauliflower $.80 (small head)
  • Green Pepper $.70
  • Carrots $.25
  • Brussel Sprouts $.50
  • Oil and Seasonings $.20

That brings the cost of this recipe to $5.32 for the full recipe or $1.06 for each serving. Often I can get part of these items on sale and get the cost of this dinner even lower.
I buy my spices in bulk at WinCo Foods to help keep the cost of the lower. The small bottles of spices can be so expensive.

You can use fresh parsley and garlic but that can increase the price of this meal slightly. If using fresh parsley, I would suggest sprinkling it on after roasting or in the last few minutes of roasting to keep it fresh and green looking.

We serve this meal with a small green salad on the side to bump up the vegetables even more.

This sausage and vegetable sheet pan dinner can be an easy and inexpensive dinner to make. With a small amount of prep work, you can have dinner cooking in the oven in no time. Leaving you time to do other things. Plus clean up is easy with just one pan to clean.

Other Cheap and Easy Dinner Ideas

Hamburger Macaroni Skillet
Hamburger Soup
Chicken Vegetable Skillet

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A super easy sausage and vegetable sheet pan dinner. Make your own combination of onions, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes roasted in the oven for a quick dinner. That’s easy to clean up too since it’s made in one pan.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Best Gutter Cleaning Tips For You To Try

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Spring is right around the corner, which means rain showers and new plant growth. Which, unfortunately, also leads to clogged gutters. Remedy that problem with these gutter cleaning tips from Improvements.  Gutter Cleaning Tips To do the job they are…

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Hot Reuben Dip

Hot Reuben Dip Hot Reuben Dip

I’m from Omaha, Nebraska, where the Reuben sandwich was born (sorry, New Yorkers), and I grew up eating this classic sandwich.

I’ve had it in the homes of my mother, grandmothers, aunts and uncles. I’ve also consumed plenty of Reubens at bars and restaurants, where they usually come with a side of onion rings.

It’s a simple lunchtime favorite, and I’ve found that it also transitions into the perfect party dip.

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