While Monica and her kids were at our house, we tried three ideas I had seen on other blogs, and I wanted to share with you how our "experiments" went:
We mixed up some sidewalk paint, using a recipe I saw on Wendi's blog. I mixed 1/2 c. cornstarch with 1/2 c. water, and added a few drops of food coloring. It was very easy to make, but we hadn't anticipated how messy it would be and that the kids would spill each of the 3 bowls. It didn't stain, however (clothing or the sidewalk) and it was a fun treat for my niece Rachel's 2nd birthday. Here are the kids enjoying it, and Monica posing next to her masterpiece!
I'd been wanting to try the ice cream Mer made with her kids awhile back. She encouraged me to use half and half, but I forged ahead with Nathan's whole milk. It would be interesting to compare two different versions, though. The first time we made the ice cream, the outer bag (holding sharp ice and rock salt) cut holes in the smaller bag. Having no idea, we dished it up and I took my first bite. Oh my word, it was salty! So, we pitched that batch and tried again the next night. I was still not a big fan (maybe too much vanilla for my taste?), but it was fun to try.
Finally, I had seen a link to a honey baked French toast recipe (hat tip to Linds), and I thought Monica and her girls would enjoy it. It was very yummy. I'd make it again, but I would probably make a little more of the "soaking" concoction, as it stretched pretty thin for the last two pieces of bread.
Isn't it fun to find recipes, tips and ideas from fellow bloggers? Thanks for the inspiration--keep it coming!