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Boredom Buster, make your own books!

This was such a fun project for my kids! They got creative and had a chance to use their brains while thinking it was all fun, I’m sneaky like that. ūüėČ

I found these awesome books at Target in the One Spot, but just in case they don’t have them at your Target, here are some that are similar, but in fun colors, which I really like.

Another great thing about these is that there aren’t a lot of products needed. Just the books, markers, crayons, or colored pencils and your imagination!

Here are some other thrifty summer fun ideas!

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Creative drawing game

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Paper Bag Puppets 

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Trampoline sidewalk art 

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Magical White Chocolate Bark

Cinderella Party Ideas, Princess Bark, Have Courage and be Kind, Recipe DIY ideas for Disney Princess themed Birthday Party Cinderella Magical White Chocolate Bark

Princess themed parties are a common occurrence in our house since we have 3 girls. Not long ago I took my girls to the Disney film Cinderella. They LOVED it, and I did too. My 7 year old has already informed me that she would like a Cinderella princess themed party for her 8th birthday party. SO it is time to start gathering ideas (easy ideas are my favorite lol) so I will be ready for her birthday in a few months.

For more ideas be sure and follow our Cinderella Party Ideas  board on Pinterest.  You might also like our Frozen Party Ideas post if you have Disney Frozen fans in your house.

cinderella barkSupplies Needed:
‚ÄĘ Light Blue Candy Wafers
‚ÄĘ Bright Blue Candy Wafers
‚ÄĘ Bright White Candy Wafers
‚ÄĘ Blue Sixlets
‚ÄĘ Silver Pearlized Sugar Sprinkles

Other Supplies Needed:
‚ÄĘ Wax Paper
‚ÄĘ Microwave Safe Cup or Bowl
‚ÄĘ Mixing Spoons
‚ÄĘ A Cookie Sheet

Cinderella Party Ideas, Princess Bark, Have Courage and be Kind, Recipe DIY ideas for Disney Princess themed Birthday Party treat ideasDirections:

1. This step not necessary but makes clean up SO much easier. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper with the wax side facing up.
2. Get 3 bowls to melt your chocolate in, you will want to melt them in different bowls. I guess you could wash the same bowl 3 times… it is up to you.
3. Choose which color will be your ‚Äúbase‚ÄĚ and melt that one first in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until the chocolate is melted.
4. Pour your melted chocolate onto your wax paper and spread evenly across the wax paper using a spoon to make a nice thick base layer that is even thickness across.
5. Melt your next color using the same method in step number three. BUT instead of spreading it you will now drizzle this color on top of your base color so the base color can still be seen.
6. Repeat step number five using your final color of candy wafers. HURRY on to the next step as you chocolate still needs to be warm in order for the balls and sprinkles to stick.
7. Place your blue sixlets on top of the melted chocolate. If your chocolate hardens, the sixlets will not stick.
8. Sprinkle your silver sugar sprinkles over the top again ensuring they stick to the chocolate.
9. Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 1-2 hours until the chocolate has completely hardened.
10. Once it is cool, take the edge and snap a piece off.  OR you can use the backend of a spoon to break the chocolate bark into smaller pieces.

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Baked Potatoes in the Crock Pot

baked potatoes in the crock pot

Thanks to Purposely Frugal¬†¬†for passing along this recipe for how to make baked¬†potatoes¬†in the crock pot (instead of the oven). ¬†We have a rule in our family that we never leave the house with the oven on… so I love this idea. ¬†Plus on a hot summer day the last thing you want is your oven on all day. ¬†Not an issue in winter ( heck most days I want to snuggle up to my oven just to stay warm…lol.)

 

  1. Scrub and pat dry your potatoes
  2. Poke a few holes in them with a  fork.
  3. Rub in oil (I used olive oil) and salt.
  4. Wrap in aluminium foil and put in your crock pot. I cooked 6 potatoes on low for 7 hours, but you may need to vary the cooking time, based on the size and number of potatoes and your crock pot.
  5. Enjoy with your favorite toppings!
No need to add water to the bottom but to keep the bottom ones from burning rotate them OR add some crumbled foil on the bottom before you add the potatoes.

Crock Pot Tip: A crock pot uses about 8 cents of electricity in 7 hours, whereas an oven uses between 16-24 cents per hour of use. I know the savings is small, but crock pots also keep your house cooler in the summer! Information from Michael Bluejay, a.k.a Mr. Electricity.

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Are you looking for a great Cinco De Mayo Recipe…. here is one to try.

Easy and Cheap Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa

I love salsa. The stuff from the stores just doesn’t cut it though. We eat alot of Mexican food at our house and buying fresh tomatoes to make a batch of salsa sometimes isn’t affordable. That’s where this recipe comes in. It is so CHEAP! It uses canned tomatoes instead of fresh and it’s even cheaper that the jarred stuff at the supermarket. Not to mention it tastes pretty darn good and you can use so many different ingredients to switch up the flavor! It was also great added in with the¬†Vegetarian Taco Dip¬†recipe. Enjoy!!
What you need:
2- 14.5 oz diced tomatoes (regular or Mexican style)
1 small can diced green chiles
1/4 bunch cilantro
2 cloves garlic
2 whole green onions
1/2 tbsp sugar
salt and pepper
Additional add-ins:
peaches
pineapple
jalepenos
anaheim pepper
bell pepper
lime
Directions:
Mince all ingredients in a food processor except tomatoes. Add tomatoes, pulse a couple more times, or until it reaches the consistency you prefer. Refrigerate before serving!
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Easy and Cheap Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa ~ #CincoDeMayo #Recipe

Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients

  • 2- 14.5 oz diced tomatoes regular or Mexican style
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 whole green onions
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • Additional add-ins:
  • peaches
  • pineapple
  • jalepenos
  • anaheim pepper
  • bell pepper
  • lime

Instructions

  1. Mince all ingredients in a food processor except tomatoes. Add tomatoes, pulse a couple more times, or until it reaches the consistency you prefer. Refrigerate before serving!
¬†Thanks to¬†Hot Eats Cool Reads¬†for this ¬†saving money recipe for Easy and Cheap Homemade Salsa. I too am a huge salsa fan. ¬†My¬†favorite is¬†¬†restaurant¬†style salsa so this recipe has me all excited ūüôā
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