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How to get sharpie marker off your skin, the fastest and easiest way to get Sharpie marker off your child #Sharpie, #DIY, #ParentingTipsSOMEONE found the sharpie maker…. Does he look guilty? 🙂

All you need is:

Rubbing alcohol, a cloth and a child who found a sharpie (of course your perfect child would never do such a thing, so barrow the neighbor kid)

IF you are a parent and IF you have a sharpie marker in your house even if it is up high and hidden…. without fail ONE DAY your child WILL find it.  It is like trying to hide fresh meat from a bear, they will sniff it out, animal instincts kick in and they will grab the prize when you least expect it.  Oh and all you “non parents” or “new parents” with perfect children. Go right on ahead an judge all of us…. “if you only kept a better eye on your children, or MY child would never do such a thing “.  Well just you wait because the day will come, takes all of 3o seconds, your child finds a sharpie marker once they pop the cap off, it is like an unseen  force comes over them and the NEED to “tat” themselves out with sharpie tattoos is just to strong.

As a Mother of 4 (soon to be 5 anyday) I have been on this “sharpie self expression body art” one to many times.  My first born just got scrubbed raw with a wash cloth and soap in an effort to get it off.  I have tried all kinds of things… till one day I found the MAGIC solution.  My Uncle who sells furniture told me that if I get permanent ink on my couch to use rubbing alcohol to get it out.  WELL my child in not a sofa…. but if I can use rubbing alcohol to clean a cut I might as well try it.  Sure enough it worked like magic, couple wipes  and it is GONE. No sore arms, no scrubbing…. AMAZING!

I have found the FASTER you use the alcohol the better it works.  The longer the sharpie sits on the skin the harder it is to get off.

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How to get sharpie marker off your skin, the fastest and easiest way to get Sharpie marker off your child #Sharpie, #DIY, #ParentingTips

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Finger Print Flower and Poem ~ DIY Mother’s Day Card

 

I was looking at some old Mother’s Day cards my kids have given me over the years and I came across this finger print flower poem.  I loved it then, and still love it now.  So my girls made a few of them yesterday for a fun after school project.

The poem reads…

I made you a flower

With my finger and my thumb

So you will have these memories

For all the years to come

Happy Mother’s Day

 

Free PDF Printable Here:  Mothers Day Finger print poem card

To make these all you need is a white price of card stock cut into a strip, colored paper to make the card, green marker to draw a stem, paints and some cute little fingers.

Have your child dip their finger in green paint to create the leaves.  Then dip their pointer finger in paint to create the flower petals.  I found it was easier for them to follow a circle drawn with pencil.  Attach the poem and you are done!

 

 

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Well it’s Matt. My whole life I have been the type to try and figure things out for my self. I love trying to make things that many think is too hard. Well about 6-8 years ago I was watching a show on making cheese, and I thought – I can do that. So I searched the internet and found a kit to make cheese from home. It is actually pretty easy to make mozzarella cheese. Every now and then I break out the kit I bought 8 years ago and make a pound of cheese for pizza or cheese on tomatoes, or just for fun.

DIY - mozzarella cheese

DIY – mozzarella cheese

To make one pound of cheese you need one gallon of milk. We had two different milks that were both about half full that I added together. They were close to expiring and I had just bought new milk. So in the pot they went.

Here is how:

You need a cheese making kit. The one I have had I have made about 6 pounds of cheese and I haven’t even used 1/4 of the ingredients. It keeps well in the back of the fridge.

One cheese making kit - Rennet, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mild Lipase Powder, Flaked salt

One cheese making kit – Rennet, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mild Lipase Powder, Flaked salt

The one I used is from Leeners – $22.95
Leeners Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit
And there are many others to choose from as well. The kit makes a ton of cheese.. more then you could eat in a year probably.

Follow the instructions but basically you need:

  • pot large enough to hold a gallon of milk,
  • One Gallon of milk (whole milk is best – cheese needs high fat content)
  • One cheese making kit – Rennet, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mild Lipase Powder, Flaked salt
  • large spoon with holes for draining
  • 5 small bowls to have everything pre-measured
  • a large microwave safe bowl
  • thick rubber gloves (I used 5 pair of latex gloves but the thick rubber kitchen gloves would work too, clean)
  • one cooking thermometer

 

Start by pouring 1 (one) gallon of milk into the pot. Whole milk is best cheese is better with higher fat content. I have even made it from raw milk at Sarah’s parents house, they are dairy farmers. Some risk involved with raw milk.

Slowly warm the milk on low to medium heat. Slower the better, scalded or burnt cheese probably doesn’t taste that good.

While the milk is warming start preparing the additives

In one small bowl add

1/2 tsp of Rennet with 1/4 cup of distilled (I use tap) water

Next bowl :

1 tsp calcium chloride liquid mix with 2 Tbs of distilled (or tap) water

Next Bowl:

Measure 2 tsp of citric acid powder

Next Bowl:

Measure 1/2 tsp of Flaked salt. To be added while stretching the cheese in the last process

Next Bowl :

Measure 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of mild lipase powder. Optional if you are vegetarian.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Milk with Citric Acid, curd forming

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Milk with Citric Acid, curd forming

Closely watch the temperature of the warming milk. Add the citric acid while it is warming. Stir the citric acid for 30 seconds.  You will begin to see the milk separate and form curds. Continue to  stir once every minute or so. Once it reaches 88 degrees F add the calcium chloride mixture and the lipase powder. Stir the mixtures slowly for 30 seconds. Let the mixture continue to warm to 105 degrees F.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - 105 degrees, Citric Acid, Rennet, Mild Lipase Powder

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – 105 degrees, Citric Acid, Rennet, Mild Lipase Powder

Once 105 degrees F has been reaches cover and turn off the heat. Let the whey and curd mixture sit at 105 F for 15 minutes to allow the curd to fully develop. The curd is the white clumps and the whey is the greenish clear liquid in the pot.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Cover and let sit with heat off

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Cover and let sit with heat off

After 15 minutes gently take out the curd with the slotted spoon. Put the curd into your microwave safe bowl. Try and remove as much curd from the whey as you can.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - After 15 minutes remove the curd, place into microwave safe bowl

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – After 15 minutes remove the curd, place into microwave safe bowl

Gently press the curd mixture with your gloves on. Pore the whey back into the pot. Press and pour this step until not much is being squeezed out.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - press out as much whey by hand

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – press out as much whey by hand

Now place the bowl with the curd mass into the microwave. Heat on High for ONE minute. Remove and press the mass to try and remove any more whey liquid as you can. Repeat this pressing and pouring till no more whey can be removed – about 30 seconds or so.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Place in microwave, cook on high one minute

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Place in microwave, cook on high one minute

Place back into the microwave for ONE minute again. Remove the cheese and press and pull the cheese similar to making taffy. Add the remaining flake salt while you are pulling and stretching the cheese. The more you pull the firmer and stringing it will become.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Continue to squeeze the whey out, place in microwave again for one minute

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Continue to squeeze the whey out, place in microwave again for one minute

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Add the Flaked Salt and stretch and pull cheese

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Add the Flaked Salt and stretch and pull cheese

This is where I stopped microwaving it, but for a more firm cheese repeat the microwave step again.

At this point the cheese is very hot and this is where thick gloves comes in handy. I wore 5 latex gloves on each hand and it was still VERY hot.  Stretch and pull the cheese just like taffy makers. The more you pull and stretch it the more stringing and firm it becomes. For a softer cheese only pull and stretch for a short time, maybe one or two pulls then form your cheese ball.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Stretch and Pull the cheese and work the curd together

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Stretch and Pull the cheese and work the curd together

Form the cheese the way you want, place in an air tight container. In the fridge it is good for about one week, and in the freezer for about a month.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Form a tight cheese ball with the flat of your palm and press your fingers upward on the bottom middle of the cheese mass.

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Form a tight cheese ball with the flat of your palm and press your fingers upward on the bottom middle of the cheese mass.

If the cheese is too soft to grate, place in the freezer to firm the cheese for grating. ENJOY!

How do you like your cheese?

 

DIY - Mozzarella cheese, Tomato, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, Basil

DIY – Mozzarella cheese, Tomato, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, Basil

 

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Edible playdough recipe made with PEEPS, Fun DIY projects to do with kids, Preschool party treat ideas, popular kids recipes

How To Make Edible Playdough With Peeps ~ Fun DYI Kids Craft

Easter is over and I am ready to put the baskets away till next year, we have a few jelly beans left,  bits and pieces of a chocolate bunny and PEEPS.  They haven’t eaten them, yet they won’t let me toss them…. what is a Mom to do?  Well you can toss it all while the kids are at school, or you can do a fun DIY craft project with your kids instead, and make edible playdough.

To make these you will need:

  • 4 Peeps (or 4 large marshmallows)
  • 3/4 teaspoon water
  • 7-9 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • coconut oil or shortening

Edible playdough recipe made with PEEPS, Fun DIY projects to do with kids, Preschool party treat ideas, popular kids recipes, mutual night ideas

In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, add 4 peeps and 3/4 teaspoon water.  Place in the microwave for 30 seconds, they should have doubled in size. Stir till it looks like marshmallow cream,  if it is still lumpy put back in microwave for 10 seconds more at a time. But normally 30 seconds does the trick. You can now start mixing in the powered sugar, I mix it in 1 tablespoon at a time. Once it forms a soft ball take it out and kneed in the rest of the powdered sugar. But before you take it out coat your hands with coconut oil or shortening so it will not stick to your hands.  Dust your counter with powdered sugar to keep it from sticking to the counter.

The whole process only takes about 5 minutes. It will form a soft dough that is fun for kids to play with, and is totally edible too! It is full to roll out and cut shapes out with small cookie cutters. This recipe forms a ball of dough about the size of a lime, perfect for one child to play with.  You can double the recipe but will just need to adjusting the microwave time, but make sure you only cook it in short segments or you will scorch or burn them.

Edible playdough recipe made with PEEPS, Fun DIY projects to do with kids, Preschool party treat ideas, popular kids recipes

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