Friday, September 14, 2012

Fun Things Friday!

Show N' Fail!

Chocolate Bowls



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Today I wanted to show a "Show and Fail".  Yes, I do many projects that more often than I'd like to admit, fail.  This past Monday, Abby wanted to do the family night treat.  Family Home Evening is a special night (usually on Mondays) that families set aside each week, in the Mormon church, to have a spiritual lesson, or fun activity, or service project, etc.
Anyway, Abby and I saw these really cool chocolate bowls on pinterest a few weeks ago and thought we would try them.  So I got some chocolate at the store and got some balloons and looked on pinterest at the board, I pinned it on, for the tutorial.  Well, it was just pictures, no instructions. So I proceeded to melt the chocolate in the microwave and for some reason it started melting but then getting hard.  So I put it in a make-shift double boiler. (A bowl on top of a pot of boiling water)  That seemed to melt it again but it still was not  getting to the consistency that I wanted so I added some evaporated milk.  That seemed to give the consistency that I wanted.



So after I blew up the balloons to the size that I wanted the bowls to be, I wiped them down with disinfecting wipes, then I put a spoonful of chocolate on a cookie sheet and dipped the balloons in the chocolate and set them on their own chocolate mound on the cookie sheet.
Mine looked like this, but when I pressed against chocolate it was soft.

This is what they were supposed to look like
Then, put them in the freezer until they were nice and hard....you know like a bowl.  Then, when I pop the balloons and I should have a nice little chocolate bowl.  Right?  Well, that part is where it went wrong. Before I popped the balloons I could see that the chocolate did not freeze like it should have.  It wasn't hard, it was frozen, but not hard.  When I popped the balloons, instead of pulling away from the bowls, the bowl clung to the balloon.   I looked at the pictures on Pinterest again and read some of the comments.  Some of them said that they had try it and the chocolate was too hot, so the balloons popped, or they used the wrong kind of chocolate so it didn't work, etc.  So I came to the conclusion that maybe I used the wrong chocolate and I think the evaporated milk caused it to not harden like it should have.  So next time I do this, and I will try it again.  I think I will be doing some things differently.  For now feel free to laugh at my mistakes.  I know I am and my family didn't really care too much about the failed ice cream bowls because they still got the ice cream, just in regular bowls.  Ha.
Sorry but when I went to post my pictures, I could not find them.  I'm thinking that maybe I deleted them too early thinking that I already had uploaded them to my computer.  Darn!
Anyway, when I try this again, and it works, I will for sure write about it and make sure I have the photos of it on my computer!

Have a wonderful weekend!  See you next week!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Showing Improvement

Remember this post when I talked about Piano Marvel.  Well, I'm going to talk about it again because it's just so cool!  We have been practicing with Piano Marvel a lot since school started.  I decided that everyday after school I would sit down with Abby at the piano and help her with her practice.  Except lately, she says that she plays better when I'm not watching.  Sometimes I think she's onto something.  Maybe it's the feeling that "your mother is hovering over you waiting for the mess up".  But rest assured that's what I'm doing at all, but I guess to little girl it would seem that way.  So I just go into the other room where I can still hear her, but she can't see me (yet she knows I'm there) and she does better.  I like to be close though to show her new techniques and notes and show her exactly what (if any) mistakes she is making so that she can fix them and move on.  Well, just the other day she was working on a song called "Merrily We Roll Along."  Maybe you've heard of it. :)   She practiced and practiced and finally got 100%.   I was so proud that she didn't give up.  I asked her if I could video her playing it.  (She knows I put about 99.9% of the videos I take on either this blog or our family blog.)  She agreed and so here it is....
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We kind of took the summer off of playing piano.  What I mean by that is, we still practiced but not as much as we should have.  However, Abby has come a long way since she started and so has Elsa.  Elsa is taking lessons from someone other than me and not only has she shown tremendous improvement, but she loves to practice more with Piano Marvel.  Next time I'll video her playing something.
She just told me the other day that piano was her favorite instrument, then proceeded to ask if I would teach her guitar.  I told her "Sure, but let me learn how to play first."  Piano Marvel has software for learning guitar also.  You have to have a Midi guitar to get awarded trophies and such.  I don't right now, but I just play along with songs anyway.  It works, but I can't wait until I can get a Midi guitar......Someday.
If anyone is interested in trying Piano Marvel for themselves, go here for a free trial or here to subscribe. And don't forget to type in SINGER for 20% off.
What instruments are you and your kids favorite?  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never forget!



Let us always remember the brave service men and women who did so much on this day to protect and preserve our freedom and the lives of those who survived.  God Bless those who died and the families who lost loved ones that day.  
That morning I was home with my boys, ages 2 1/2 and almost a year.  We had just finished breakfast and I turned the t.v. on to find a show on P.B.S. kids for my 2 year old.  When I turned it on I thought that there was some kind of movie on.  I thought that was strange that they were showing a movie at that time of day.  I changed the channel and the same movie was playing.  I thought, "O.k., this is crazy."  I switched to a different station  and when I saw "the same movie", I turned up the volume and listened and I couldn't believe what was happening.  It was so surreal.
What were you doing when it happened?  








Friday, September 7, 2012

Fun Things Friday

First thing I have to apologize for being MIA the past week.  I don't really have any excuse for not posting as I should.  I will say that the schedule that I planned for this blog is not working for me, so instead of posting certain things on a designated day, I am going to talk about those things, (Creative Organizing, Fun Lunches/Snack, Healthy Living, etc.)  I'm just going to talk about each one when I want to or when I have found and tried something in those areas that works for me, then I will share with you.  Sound fair enough?
O.k. so onto

Fun Things Friday!  


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I want to talk about my sister, Hannah and her blog.  She has a beautiful website called Lily and Thistle. It's nice and clean with that cute little illustration at the top that she drew herself, but what makes it beautiful is her content.  She talks about her own day to day experiences with her four children (ages 4 and under), and let me tell you it's very entertaining and refreshing.  If you haven't seen it yet, you should.  She talks about how she and her husband are teaching their children values and raising them to be successful.  Which is what we all want right?  I love to read her blog (and talk to her on the phone, sometimes daily), and get ideas of how to be a successful parent, spouse, friend, etc.
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 She also has a Mini-Me Paper Doll line that she has created to bring back the joys and wonder of paper dolls.  What's unique about these paper dolls is that she designs each outfit to be modest, yet elegant, sporty, cute, or what ever your fancy.  Oh yeah, and the most important thing about them is that they can be created to look like the little girl (or boy) in your life.  (Yes, she has a boy line.)
Right now,  she is starting a new segment on her blog called "Doll Diaries".  To kick it off, my girls are going to be featured on it next week.  They will take their paper dolls with them on "A day in the life of" Elsa and Abby and we'll take pictures of it for everyone to see.  So stay tuned to Lily and Thistle for that.  It should be fun!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!