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How to make a hooded towel, so easy!

This is one of my all time favorite things that my mother in law has taught me! She gave me one when I had my first baby and I fell in love with them and have been making them for baby shower gifts, and for my own babies ever since!

You will need

A bath towel

coordinating wash cloth (or for bigger kids, a hand towel)

Sewing machine

coordinating thread

sewing scissors

pins

a cute baby to wrap in the towel when you are done

We have used hand towels for making them as the kids get older. These are great at the pool, where the child might feel cold coming out of the water and they can curl up in the hooded towel for a bit. Of course,they are also great for bath time too. I meant to buy a washcloth for the one I was making today but accidentally got a hand towel. Which would be fine, but I bought it for a baby gift and those are way too big for babies! Also, I bought them on vacation at IKEA so there was no returning to get the right size. Oops. So be careful to get the correct size when buying them.

Begin by cutting off any tags that might be on the towels. The side with the tag will be your “wrong side” when you turn it wrong side out. Once the tags are cut off,turn the washcloth or hand towel wrong side out, fold it in half so the short sides are together and pin along the edge of one of the long sides. My picture didn’t show this well, so if you have your long rectangle, and fold it in half short sides together. you will not pin it closed on the ends you just folded, but one of the other 2 open sides. make sense?

Now that it is sewn there, turn it right side out again. You should have a square with the back side, and the side you just sewed meeting making a corner like this.  That still leaves you 2 open sides.

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Now the side with the edging of the washcloth (where you folded them together to begin with) will be folded over, just a little bit, this is your judgment. For a larger hand towel I do about 3 inches where for a wash cloth you want to leave the room there. so an inch-inch and a half should be good.

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Once you have that folded over you will now only have the one side left. This should be the side that is opposite the top (the half fold). Pin this last open side to the wrong side of the bath towel. To make sure you have it centered, fold your bath towel in half. Lay your wash cloth inside the bath towel so that the side you sewed on the washcloth is the back and matches up with the middle fold of the bath towel. Now pin together. Do not pin all 4 pieces together. You will sew it shut if you try that. Pin around so that they both still open, like a cape.

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Sew them together. When you get to the back, with the layering it may catch on your machine. Just guide it through gently. This is pretty easy to sew straight here. I simply follow the edge of the towel as my guide. If you line it up and follow that, it should have a nice, straight seam when it is done.

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Once that is sewn, you are done! Now all that is left to do is wrap it around your freshly bathed kiddo!

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How to make Butter – Homemade Butter in a Jar

How to make butter

It’s Matt. I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid at a youth activity. Making butter at home was very easy and just took some time. So the other day at the store I grabbed some Heavy Whipping Cream and planned a night with the kids to make DIY homemade butter. It is really easy and will provide some tasty and easily homemade butter!How to make butter

home made butter in jar

Ingredients:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar – with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with

home made butter heavy whipping creamDirections:

Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then 3/4 the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.

It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
home made butter foam

 

As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream.  It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking. It will look like this:

home made butter cream

Keep shaking and don’t stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don’t think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don’t worry if you don’t think the foam is “churning” or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
home made butter buttermilk
At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the 1/2 teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter!  Enjoy your work!
home made butter bowl
As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.
home made butter
DIY - Homemade butter in a jar
 
Recipe type: Condiments
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • Heavy Whipping Cream - any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt - ½ teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar - with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with
  • home made butter heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then ¾ the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.
  2. It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
  3. home made butter foam
  4. As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream. It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking.
  5. Keep shaking and don't stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don't think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don't worry if you don't think the foam is "churning" or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
  6. Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
  7. home made butter buttermilk
  8. At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the ½ teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter! Enjoy your work!
  9. home made butter bowl
  10. As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.

If you enjoyed making your own butter, then you will enjoy making your own cheese!

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Life hack-Removing sticky residue from price tags

Life hack: Removing sticky residue from price tags

 

I hate when I buy something that has a tag on it that is really in the way. Why do they insist on putting them on there? At least put them on the back!

Well we have a fool proof trick that gets them off without having to pick at it forever and it takes that sticky residue off in a breeze. Are you ready? Nail polish remover! That is it! Just dab a little on a cotton ball and rub in circular motions on the sticker. It comes off with no effort and in seconds!

Ok, so the picture of the process definitely isn’t good, but I was trying to get the tag off and wasn’t thinking about the pictures, sorry.

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This is great for taking tickets off of anything with a smooth surface. Be sure to test it on a small area if you are using it on something with paint, or pattern to be safe.

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Mommy & Me Paint Night

 

How many of you caught our Mommy & Me Paint Night last Friday? We did a LIVE video on Facebook, and had a great time painting with my girls and showing you how to do it too.  If you missed it not worries you can watch the video here Mommy & Me Paint Night Sunset Painting and paint when you have time.

In that video we told you all that we would have another LIVE Mommy & Me Paint Night, this Friday April 8th at 6 pm  (MST) it will be live on our facebook page.  This Friday we will be painting a “Abstract Bubbles”  like in the photo above. I hope you will get the supplies you need and join us!Easy paintings on canvas, easy art projects for kids join our FREE class and you can paint with us, Mommy and Me paint night, popular paint projects for kids

Here is the first 14 mins of the video before we lost our live feed – And then here is the last hour and then some.

Mommy & Me paint night – Friday's at 6pm MTN 8pm Eastern or GMT -6 …..Come join our live How-To painting where I paint live with my kids. Fun activity for kids and adults. Make sure you Like and Share this video so your friends can join in and paint with us!

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What you will need for this weeks painting:

Paint Brushes  this week you will only need two brushes for this project, a wide flat brush to do your background, and a  small/ medium flat brush to do your circles.  For this project a basic brush will do, but for future projects a nicer brush set will come in handy too.

Acrylic Paint   For this weeks class you will need WHITE, GREY, BLACK and TEAL or what ever color you want your bubbles to be.  You only need ONE other color, we will use the white and black to change the shade of that color to create the different colors of bubbles.

Canvas  a 8X10 canvas is the the best and easiest surface to paint on.  You can buy a 12 pack  and get them for about a dollar each, super cheap and fun project for your kids. BUT if you do not have money for a canvas no worries we show you how to paint on the back of a cereal box too.  Yes we just cut up a cardboard cereal box and used that as our canvas.  This is a great option if you are doing a youth group, girls scout troop or school project and do not have funds to buy a canvas for everyone.

Apron or large shirt, is a good idea to keep your kids clean. Acrylic paint is hard to get out of clothing once it drys.  So have your kids put on an apron to help keep their clothes protected.

Paint Palette is also a nice option, but if you don’t have one you can just use a styrofoam  plate.

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