Washable Paint Recipe Without Cornstarch

So we’re on our quest to complete our fall checklist that I shared with you the other day.
Today we decided to do apple prints but needed some washable/edible paint (the is no way Jon Mark would have an apple in his had without trying to eat it).

All the recipes I looked up called for cornstarch, which I did not have, so I experimented a few times and found my own recipe.

1 c flour
1 tsp salt
1.5 c cold water
1 c very hot water
Mix salt in flour. Add cold water and stir until smooth. Add hot water. Heat until mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Add food coloring.

It was easy to make but kind of messy. Maybe you can be neater than I was.

                                                           We had fun painting! Happy fall!


Revive my Marriage! Revive my Praise!

5 Reasons to Praise my Husband!
It’s so hard to only choose 5!
1.  He lets me take a nap when he gets home from work.
2.  He leaves me sweet notes before he goes to work.
3. He prays with us before we go to sleep.
4.  He sometimes brings me home sweet treats for no reason other than he loves me.
5. He chooses to do things with his family rather than his friends when he’s not working.

What are 5 reasons for you to praise your husband today?

Black Bean Burgers

Today is the first day of Fall! Yay! Fall is my favorite season. See the bottom for a link to my favorite fall checklist that is printable from her website. It’s also my mil’s birthday! Jon Mark greeted Mimi with a “Pappy Bappy” and a dance over the phone this morning. So sweet. He also said “Mom just had a baby so I’m going to learn how to open doors and climb cribs!” Adorable.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. 
Psalm 127:3-5

In other news, we decided to have vegetarian night once a week and last night was Spicy Black Bean Burger night. Yum!

Makes 6

1 large can black beans
1/2 onion chopped (I used yellow)
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 bunch fresh parsley
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp mayo
1 tsp cumin
salt & pepper
1 large egg
1 c bread crumbs

1st: Rinse well and drain the black beans. Put in the food processor and add everything except the salt, egg, and bread crumbs. (I did 15 cranks of cracked black pepper. It’s really for taste, so you decide.) Process until everything is combined. If you don’t have a food processor, you can mash and mix everything together with a fork.

2nd: Put the mix in a medium bowl and add salt. Make it a little saltier than you prefer because the egg and bread crumbs will take away a little bit of that flavor.

3rd: Whisk egg and add it to the mixture. Stir in bread crumbs. It should be chunky like wet crumbs, but easy to form into a patty.

Finished mix:

4th: Form them into patties and cook on each side 5-7 minutes with a little oil in the pan.

This recipe made 6 patties so I cooked 2 and froze the other 4 for another time. Just thaw in the microwave for 30 seconds and cook the same.


                                    Don’t forget to print out your
                                           own Fall Checklist:
                                Happy Home Fairy’s Fall Checklist

Parent Rap (etc)

I found this video on Time-Warp Wife and thought it was too funny not to share…which led me to other funny parent videos. I had to share them with you because they were just too funny to keep to myself:
                                                                The Parent Rap

                                                               Mommy Rhapsody

                                                                        Dad Life

And…you’re welcome…

We’re Back! (& a Sand Tutorial)

(For everyone that read my blog in the past, please be aware that I have a completely new blog now. New name, new address, new everything. If you followed my old blog…you don’t anymore! Please follow this one via Google, Blogger, or any other RSS Feed Reader you use.)

Let’s start off on a slightly awesome note! I haven’t written a recent blog because I am a proud mommy of yet another boy! Yes! If you didn’t already know…I now have a very spirited 18 month old AND a very sweet 6 week old.

Prayers are welcome J

Anyway…the “at-home” Donalds were missing the beach today and decided to make sand. It was extremely easy and a heap of fun!

                                                          4 c flour
                                                    ½ c vegetable oil

Mix the 2 together with your hands in whatever container you plan to store it in until it is the consistency of sand (but much easier to get off).

This kept us entertained for about 45 minutes (which is approximately 2 hours in Jon Mark years).

This is a cheap and easy way to have fun with your kids of any age. You could double the recipe and have sand castle contests with the older ones. Have fun!