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Homemade Shaped Soap {Kids Activity}

So I guess this would have been a good activity to share for the 4th of July, but I’m apparently an airhead and didn’t think of posting it before then. But you should still try it!

It’s easy, and kids love it. Well, my kid loved it. Can’t speak for anyone else’s.

We’ve made these twice now, and he always asks to make more. The only downside is the cost of the glycerine ($10 at Michaels), but we got two batches of soap made using only half the glycerine, so it’s like a $2.50 activity.

Here’s what you need:

Glycerine (ours came in a 2 lb package, with 32 squares, so each square is an ounce. Convenient!)

Food coloring

Glass dish or measuring cup

Silicone mold of your choosing

A willing helper.


The coloring shown in my picture is actually made for soap, which I kinda bought by mistake. I think the idea is that it doesn’t bleed on to your fingers like food coloring could, but I’ve made these using regular food coloring too, and had no problem. If it bleeds, you can call them bath crayons!

This mold is from the Target dollar bin, and they have different shapes all the time.

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Angel Hair w/ Tomato Garlic Pan Sauce

Italian food is one of those cuisines that is just better in a Diners Drive Ins and Dives-type place.

Wouldn’t you agree?

It’s been my experience that the best Italian food is found in non-chain restaurants, like the one we consistently frequent when we visit my mom, where they bring you fresh, hot, brick oven bread and bubbly, made-to-order baked rigatoni. The food at these restaurants just seems to taste fresher, and have more flavor…and probably comes from beloved family recipes that have been passed down through generations.

Or so I like to think.

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toniJuly 9, 2013 - 1:14 am

Oh goodness…this makes me HUNGRY! And the pictures are fabulous, by the way!

Christine@ Apple of My EyeOctober 10, 2013 - 6:21 am

This looks absolutely delicious! And such beautiful photography :). I have a simple recipe that I whip up for quick weeknight dinners and it’s always tasty!

Consuelo @ Honey & FigsOctober 10, 2013 - 6:49 am

I love meatless meals like this one! It looks so simple yet scrumptious. Lovely pics, by the way! 🙂

Greek Chicken Kabobs with Fresh Cucumber Sauce

I, admittedly, do not have a green thumb. But I have always wanted a garden.

My parents had a huge garden when I was younger, and I have such fond memories of it…searching for the green beans amidst the stalks and snapping them in front of the tv, sneaking a raw one into my mouth every few minutes…rubbing my fingers along the tomato plants to release that wonderful vine smell…creating a compost pile for the garden, having been so inspired by my most influential and environmentally conscious third-grade teacher.

I’m not quite ready to begin composting again, but I did finally decide to bite the bullet and try my darndest to keep some plants alive. My attempts in the past were spur of the moment purchases of kitchen herbs that I just, quite simply, would forget about. And my husband won’t let me live down my enthusiastic decision to plant wildflower seeds in the large pots flanking our front door. I was trying to bring a little bit of the Hill Country to our area, but I didn’t even get a weed. Nothing.

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Copycat Babe’s Salad

Babe Or, “How to get your four-year old to love lettuce.”


Yes, it’s iceberg lettuce, which we all know is primarily water, and of very little nutritional value. But it’s better than him pigging out on the ridiculously soft, buttery biscuits that come with said salad….agreed?  And considering this kid loves carbs almost more than I do, the fact that he turns down those biscuits for more lettuce speaks volumes about this stuff.

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Bonnie TaitJune 15, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Bree, I have enjoyed your recipes so much. Keep up the good work! Bonnie Tait

BreeJune 17, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Thank you so much Bonnie, you are so kind!

BreeJune 17, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Thank you so much Bonnie, you are so kind!

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Cinnamon Sugar Scones


Much to my patient husband’s dismay, I adore antique malls.

Those inconspicuous buildings filled with unforeseen treasure; the sweet proprietors that greet you and wrap your finds;  the stories…of course the stories…behind the objects in the booths.


It’s all so magical. I don’t usually spend a ton of money when I visit antique malls (though I definitely could!), but I just love strolling…coming up with ideas for previously used and loved items, but more than that, waxing nostalgic what it was like when some of these objects were in use. I’ve always believed I was born a century too late, and I never feel it more than when I mentally attempt to place all these items in their previously known setting or home.

View full post » 7, 2013 - 3:13 pm

As per usual, your pics are stunning. When are you taking pics of my faayyyce?