great kids art project, Teds tackles stickers, and Angie’s Skillet Lasagna

Three big things to talk about today.

1. Art

I’ve said before that I try to paint with Bailey everyday. It doesn’t always happen, but I try. Lately I’ve been looking for ways to stretch out the projects and save paper, so we’ve been painting found objects. For Easter she painted paper mache eggs (I will post photos of that soon) and the other day we started a box. A neighbor gave me the box for free and I’ve had it knowing it could be used for something creative. It’s a simple wooden box that took the paint great. What I love about not always painting on paper, is that with this box, the 10 minutes of painting she did on it will just be the first step. The next time we paint, hopefully after nap today, she will do more on the box in different colors. It stretches a project and really makes it look better! Here it is:

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The empty box.

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My old shirt she paints in… someday I want to make something out of it b/c I think it’s beautiful!

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I use the same piece of craft paper to cover the table each time we paint. Again, I love the colors on this and want to do something someday with it.

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It was a BLUE day.

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We added a little yellow also.

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Then we got crazy…

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and I let her paint with her feet!

I will keep you updated on the progress and final product!

2. Stickers

As often as we paint we also do sticker work. Up until last night that has consisted of me handing her each sticker one by one and Bailey sticking them on paper. Last night while I was making dinner, I knew she had her art bucket out and I assumed she was coloring. Never assume right?

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For the first time ever, she had figured out how to get the stickers off herself and instead of putting them on paper like we always do, I found her decorating “Teds”. When I saw her she looked at me and said, “prippie, Teds.” “Yes, Teds looks very pretty.” :)

It is a small milestone, but a milestone it is. Stickers are now in their own home, out of reach, so I don’t find her decorating the walls!

3. Dinner

My friend Angie Feryn from Spokane emailed me this great recipe I just have to share. My photo doesn’t do it justice. It was delicious and EASY enough for my to make it! Enjoy!

SKILLET LASAGNA (from Angie Feryn)

Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
Package of No Boil Lasagna noodles
container of ricotta or cottage cheese (if you use ricotta, mix it with some water to make it spread easier)
package of shredded mozzarella
handful of shredded parmesan
hamburger (optional–it goes quicker if you make it chees lasagna so most of the time, I make cheese)

Brown 1 lb of hamburger in a skillet, add half of the spaghetti sauce (just pour sauce into a med-hi skillet if not using meat)
cover with a layer of no-boil noodles (you’ll have to break some up to make them fit a round skillet)
spread cottage cheese/ricotta over noodles
add a layer of mozz
add another layer of noodles
add a layer of sauce
top with mozz and sprinkle with the handful of parm
cover and let it simmer on med until cheese is melted (10-15 min)
Scoop it out with a large spoon to serve

Add a bag of salad and french bread and you’re way better than Rachel Ray in speed and you’ve only dirtied one pan.

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Try it, if I can make it anyone can!

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