Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Valentine's Day Patterns

We actually got enough snow last night to get out and play this morning... had a blast, but the weatherman is not being kind... forecast of  +7 this afternoon and rain tomorrow... boo-hoo... there goes all my lovely white stuff!  As promised, here is another game using the wonderful clipart of DJ Inkers.  Stay tuned for more cute stuff :)

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Fajita Night

This has to be one of my favourite meals... so easy to cook and sooooooo delicious!  This is in no way a traditional fajita recipe -just the one that I created and my family enjoys.  The house smells so good when it's cooking!

We usually have steak and chicken fahita's, but I have been known to just make steak or chicken depending on what I have on hand.  First I slice the meats into strips and then cover in a bowl with a bit of Diana's BBQ sauce (told you it's not traditional ;)... this tenderizes the meat as well as adds some zip and flavour.  I'm not really great at measuring, but I use about 2 steaks and 2 chicken breasts.  I let the meat marinade in the fridge for a few hours.  At this time, I slice the peppers... any type you want, but you will need 2 or 3 - I use green and either red, yellow, or orange depending on what looks the freshest at the grocery store.  You will also need to chop one onion... it varies the type I use depending again what I have on hand and no-one seems to notice the difference.  I use sweet, spanish, or a cooking onion.  Place the vegetables in a bowl in the fridge until dinner time.  I love having all the prep work done so when everyone is looking for dinner, I just grab the meat and start cooking.  Place the meat into the pan first... I use an electric fry pan, but any large skillet will work... and let simmer for a bit until it is starting to look cooked then add the vegetables. 

Once cooked, drain any excess liquid that is there and then add about 1/2 cup of your favourite salsa - I use Tostito's medium.  Stir the salsa in and continue cooking until hot and any liquid is reduced.

To serve, add grated cheddar to a tortilla - I prefer mine without cheese, and my crew likes to microwave their cheese before adding the fajita mixture.  After adding the meat, top with sour cream (if desired) and/or salsa (if desired). 

Turn the plate so the mixture is vertical in front of you.  Fold the bottom up then sides in and enjoy!

 We usally just have fajitas, but a spanish rice or chili con queso dip and chips is a nice addition to the meal.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Valentine's Day Sudoku

Ahhhhhhhhh - it's that time of year... Valentine's Day is fast approaching... I just love how cute the kids look dressed in their red and pink and all excited about sharing their valentine cards and treats.  Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be sharing activities to celebrate this LOVEliest of days.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Groundhog Game

It's almost time for Willie (or Phil for my friends south of the border) to tell us if we are going to have an early Spring or 6 more weeks of winter... but seriously folks - doesn't winter usually last for 6 more weeks here in the Great White North!  Although, this year, I'd like him to tell us if we are going to have a winter at all... I have literally shovelled ONCE!!!!  I guess I shouldn't complain, but I really do love winter when we can get out and play in the cold white stuff.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Footprint Snowmen

I just love hand and foot print crafts!  The older children added scarves (can't really see it in the picture, but they feathered one end).  The little foot in the middle is my newest addition... isn't it just too cute for words!  The children in my care start painting at a very early age... he was fascinated at 'scratching' the paper with the white paint adding snow at the top and bottom of his snowman picture.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Gung Hay Fat Choy

The dragon is the most fortunate and powerful of the the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac.  The year of the dragon is said to be a year of change... usually from bad to good.  Definitely something to celebrate!

To make these cute little dragons, download the template from Storytime Crafts.  Print 2 copies for each child - one image as downloaded and one mirror image. Decorate the dragons however you wish... painting, colouring, markers, etc.  We painted the dragon using watercolour paints. When dry, cut out the shapes, glue the like shapes together and then attach using brads.  These will be sturdier if printed on card paper or glue the image to a piece of cardboard, cut out the shapes, then glue the mirror image to the other side of the cardboard.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Inconceivable... Another Game

Here it is, as promised, thanks to Julie (and Beth) everyone is getting an additional birthday game to download today :).  Enjoy!
And if you haven't seen The Princess Bride (which truly is INCONCEIVABLE ;)... I suggest you rent (or buy) a copy and watch this fun movie!

Birthday Bears

In honour of my daughter's birthday, I have uploaded two birthday bear games.  It is so hard to believe that 17 years has gone by already... the joy that one wee baby has added to my life is inconceivable. (a word borrowed from one of my daughter's favourite movies!)  I'm working on a new birthday game to add to my blog if anyone can post the name of the movie that word is from! 


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Snowman Scarves

Hey everyone.  Yesterday it was pouring rain all day - flip to this morning and we are at a windchill of minus... yes MINUS 16... holy climate change batman!!!!  And still... no snow to show for the freezing temperatures because what little we had got washed away yesterday.  I'm hoping for some of the white stuff to at least make being cold worthwhile!  These snowmen need help bundling up for the arctic freeze... enjoy :).

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Heaven

I decided to make chocolate chip cookies this evening.  My tried and true recipe contains rolled oats which I forgot to pick up at the store... there is always that one ingredient missing, isn't there!  Not to be denied a good chocolate fix, I turned to the internet and found this recipe.
OMG>>> these cookies are sooooooooooo good... you just have to try them.  Warning though - hide some away for yourself cause they won't last long on the plate!  The recipe makes about 3 dozen.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used Chipits milk chocolate chips... YUM!)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (not a big fan of nuts in my cookies so I omitted these)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned. (Mine took 12 - 14 minutes to cook... just keep an eye on them and as soon as the edges start to brown, remove from oven to cool)

Friday, 13 January 2012

My First Award

I received The Versatile Blogger Award! A big thank-you to Mrs. Hacker at Just A Primary Girl and Dee at Over the MoonBow for this awesome recognition!

The rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you!... Thank you, Mrs. Hacker and Dee :)!
2. Tell 7 Things About Yourself (See Below)
3. Nominate 15 Newly Discovered Blogs and let them know they’ve received the award!

Seven Things About Myself:
1. I live in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
2. I operate a home childcare program.
3. I love cats!!! 
4. I enjoy creating graphics. 
5. I have one amazing daughter.
6. Fall is my favourite season.
7. I love working on the computer!

Fifteen Blogs I have recently found that I think are awesome! (So many blogs... so  little time!)

1.  Growing Kinders
2.  Room Mom 101
3.  Loones and Quine @ Library Time
4. Giggles Galore
5. Musings of Me
6. 1+1+1=1
7. Crack of Dawn Crafts
8. Preschool Printables
9. Chalk Talk
10. Playing With Words
11. Full of Great Ideas
12. Older and Wisor
13. Darling Doodles
14. Kara's Party Ideas
15. Mrs. Leigh's Kindergarten

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Winter Birds Counting Mat

Not much happening here in Southern Ontario - the weather is cool, but snow still evades us.  I just created this reading/counting mat with the Winter Birds clipart.  Hope it will be a welcome addition to your Winter Unit.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Winter Birds Pattern Strips

Oh the weather outside is.... delightful!  Wow... almost feels like spring could be arriving, but I'm sure that Jack Frost still has some tricks up his sleeve for us in Southern Ontario.  In anticipation of what is to come, I was busy creating with the winter birds clipart set.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Snowman Sequence Cards

Nice break from the arctic cold with a balmy -3 today!  Now all we need to go with this nicer winter weather is some real snow.  Dusting on the ground, but who can make a snowman with that?!  These cute little winter birds are hot off the presses and I just had to create something with them right away.  Here is a set of sequencing cards... hope your crew will enjoy them as much as mine have :).

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!!!  This year is off to a relaxing start... had yesterday off and only 2 little ones in today.  I've been busy creating new graphics which means more games to share!  It's fitting that I am working with the snowman graphics as we are in the middle of an arctic freeze here in Southern Ontario with a -26 windchill... brrrrrr!!!! For my friends south of the border, that would be a very chilly 15 degrees.  No chance of Frosty melting out there that's for sure.

Here is a game to help with visual discrimination.  Children identify what item is missing and match the correct picture card to each snowman.  Enjoy and stay warm!