Life Love Larson: February 2012

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Monday, February 27, 2012

National Pancake Day

In honor of National Pancake Day (Feb. 28th), I have compiled a list of pancake recipes and links (all photos are credited via the link given).

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Bacon Pancakes @ http://chicagoist.com/2010/10/08/today_in_culinary_erotica_bacon_pan.php

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Mini Pancakes @ http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2011/07/29/my-great-grandmas-pancakes/

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Red Velvet & Chocolate Chip Pancakes @ http://www.thatssoyummy.com/recipes/red-velvet-pancakes-chocolate-chips/

Blueberry Pancakes @ http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4915/american-blueberry-pancakes

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Sprinkle & Whipped Cream Pancakes @ http://livlifetoo.blogspot.com/2011/03/whole-wheat-buttermilk-pancakes.html

My kids will be getting their favorite…chocolate chip with a dusting of powdered sugar!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DIY Tile & Scrapbook Paper Coasters

Several months ago, my sister was visiting and we made a few of these tile and scrapbook coasters (thank you, Pinterest).  Very easy, inexpensive, and you can make them your own based on what scrapbook paper appeals to you.  The possibilities are endless!

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Simply purchase cheap individual tiles at Home Depot or Lowe’s.  Ours were 10 cents a piece.  Cut paper to size.  Spread a thin amount of Mod Podge on the tile and adhere the paper.  Let dry (this is important so the paper doesn’t bubble up).  Once dry, add another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper.  Again, let dry completely.

We then sprayed a clear sealant over the whole tile to protect from spills, water drops, etc.  This sealant was purchased near the spray paint, and looks like a spray paint can.  Choose a clear gloss.

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We also added felt pads to the bottom to protect the furniture.

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Now grab a drink and enjoy your new coasters!

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I think I am ready for Spring!

Linking up with:
http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/
http://www.atthepicketfence.com/
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com
http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com
http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
http://www.tipjunkie.com/
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/
http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/
http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/
http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com
http://lilluna.com/

http://www.somewhatsimple.com/
http://craftionary.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spray Painted Owl

In the hunt for items for our bookshelves, I found this sweet little owl staring back at me on a thrift store shelf.  For $2.00, I had to have him (or her).

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I cleaned it up and gave it a couple coats of white spray paint.  It now resides on our bookshelves and is one of my favorite pieces. 

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The best part of this story is that I spied a very similar owl when shopping at Anthropologie a few weeks ago.  It was $16.  Yes, I will take my $2 version and run with it!

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Even the ugliest (or cutest) pieces can be transformed with the power of spray paint!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

I made homemade chicken nuggets for the first time.  The whole family ate them for dinner and loved them!  An easy, cheap, delicious go-to lunch/dinner.

I got the inspiration here, but tweaked the recipe slightly.  I also made large amount to freeze for future lunches.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets
2 cups plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2-3 chicken breasts (cut into nugget size pieces)
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. McCormick’s Montreal Chicken Seasoning
2 eggs
cooking oil (I use Canola)

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Add a layer of cooking oil to a large pan.  Allow oil to warm up to low/med temperature.

Lightly beat 2 eggs in a shallow dish.  In another shallow dish, combine garlic powder, McCormick’s seasoning, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese.

Dip chicken in egg and coat with bread crumb mixture.  Place in oil.  Cook until bottom is a crisp, golden brown and then turn over to cook through.  I first tried to use a pair of tongs to turn the chicken but all the breading came off.  I switched to a slotted spoon which worked great!

Once the chicken is cooked through, place on a dish layered with paper towels or napkins to soak up the oil.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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I made enough to freeze so I could pop them in the microwave for an easy lunch option for the kids. 

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A much healthier alternative to store bought, frozen, “made with rib meat” chicken nuggets!

Linking up with:
http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/
http://www.atthepicketfence.com/
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com
http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com
http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
http://www.tipjunkie.com/
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/
http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/
http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/
http
://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com
http://lilluna.com/
http://www.somewhatsimple.com/
http://craftionary.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 13, 2012

“Super” Valentines

I made “Superhero Valentines” for Drew to take to preschool this year.  I found the idea via Pinterest (originally pinned from Family Fun Magazine). 

“Super” cute & “Super” easy!

You can download the free template here.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Homemade Toddler Body Wash

I was getting sick of buying fruity shampoo/body wash for my toddlers.  At ages 3 and 4, they are too old for “baby” wash and the alternatives seem to be weird smelling fruity wash or $10 organic wash (which I refuse to pay).

The kid’s bottle of body wash was just about empty, so I did some poking around online and found that I could make my own (for cheap), which I did.  We have been using it for a few weeks and I have been super pleased!

Ingredients:  Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, Water, Empty Container

I found the Castile Bar Soap (peppermint) at Trader Joe’s for $3.29. Apparently this soap has been around for many years and people swear by it.  I also read that many people find relief from eczema and is great for people with sensitive skin. My daughter tends have more sensitive skin than the rest of us, so this is a great alternative for her.

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Recipe: 6 parts water to 1 part soap

1.  Boil water and remove from heat
2.  Grate soap
3.  Add soap to water and stir until incorporated together
4.  Let cool
5.  Transfer to soap dispenser (we reused our old body wash container)

My experience: 
I grated 1/2 the bar of soap with a cheap cheese grater and added it to the pan with a few cups of boiling water (I was not precise with my measuring 6 to 1)!  I continued to add more water and boiled it as needed because the consistency gets very thick once it is cooled.  I wanted mine to be the consistency of regular body wash. 

*Sorry I do not have a precise amount of water, but this was my first time, and trial and error seemed to work for me :)

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I was able to fill a 16 oz.bottle and fill the container next to it using 1/2 bar of soap for less than $2.00!  Tip:  I used a small funnel to transfer the soap into the old body wash bottle.

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The body wash has also turned into their shampoo because I like the convenience factor of the all- in-one.  I read online that many people, including adults, use this for an all in one shampoo and soap. 
I shake the bottle before squirting into my hand and rub together to lather it up.  I have not had any issues with using it as a shampoo.  You do have to be careful about avoiding your child’s eyes as it is not “tear free”. 

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Please share with me your homemade body wash recipes and let me know how they work for you!  I think I am going to try homemade detangler next, so stay tuned!

Linking to
:http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
http://www.makingtheworldcuter.blogspot.com/
http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/
http://www.atthepicketfence.com/
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com
http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com
http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
http://www.tipjunkie.com/
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/
http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/
http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/
http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com
http://lilluna.com/

http://www.somewhatsimple.com/
http://craftionary.blogspot.com/
Friday, February 3, 2012

DIY Felt Pizza Busy Bag

I made each of my kids a felt pizza a few weeks back.  We had just found our new public library and my kids sat and played “pizza shop” for about 20 straight minutes in the play area.  I knew I had to get home and make some pizzas!  They love taking my order, creating the pizza, “sticking it in the oven”, and then serving it to me.
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Supplies: Scissors & Felt

Cut the largest circle (crust) out of light brown felt and a little smaller circle in red to make the sauce.  Then, start to cut ingredients with your different colors.  I made pepperoni, red bell pepper, meatballs, cheese, pineapple, banana peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and sausage.
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Let your kids go to town! 
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All your supplies fit nicely into a Ziploc bag for easy pick up and storage!
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We also made one to give to my niece and nephew last time we visited.  This would also be a great activity for young kids at a pizza party!