Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mini Pot Pies

This recipe is in a previous post, but I decided to post it again because we made them again this week and there were just as tasty and still a big hit! Super Dad likes them the best, I think ;)

Mini Pot Pies - crazy good!

2 cups of cooked, diced chicken breast
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup of frozen mixed veggies
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 Tbs. of dried thyme
1/2 Tbs. of dried basil
1 tsp. of onion powder
1 tsp. of garlic salt
2 - 10 ounce cans of Pillsbury biscuits (not the giant kind)

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees
-In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except the biscuits)
-Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and place the biscuits into each cup, pressing them in the bottom and up the sides
-Evenly spoon the pot pie mixture in each biscuit cup.
-Put in the oven for 15 minutes
-Let rest for 3 minutes, then enjoy!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Painting with Magnets

Last week we painted with marbles and it was a lot of fun and the paintings turned out great! The next installment of the Painting Project Series is painting with magnets. This one was awesome! Never missing a teaching moment, we discussed a couple of things while doing this one. We talked again how mixing certain colors makes new colors and how you can move a magnet by using another magnet! And afterwards we compared our two magnet paintings. Here is how it goes...

What you need:

  • foil baking pan
  • white paper
  • paint
  • two magnets (different sizes) for the top and one attracting magnet for the bottom
What to do:
  1. Put the paper in the foil tray with some paint dots.
  2. Place one magnet on the paper and hold the other magnet on the bottom of the tray matching it up to the top magnet.
  3. While you are holding the tray, let your child move the bottom magnet around and watch the top magnet move along! 
  4. Once your painting is finished, hang it to dry and grab another piece of paper. 
  5. Using the other size magnet, repeat steps 1-3 then discuss the similarities and differences between the two paintings.
  6. Once dry, hang in your art gallery! 

We used the magnet from the child locks for
the bottom "driver" magnet.

Small magnet painting
Large magnet painting

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Painting with Marbles

For project 5 in the Painting Project Series Busy did some marble painting! This is a GREAT way to make hangable art that your kids (no matter what age) can create themselves. I still remember doing this when I was little. So let's get started...

This is what you need:
  • marbles (we used 3)
  • foil tray
  • paint (since we are still on primary colors, we used red, yellow and blue)
  • white paper
This is what you do:

  1. Place the paper in the foil tray - We had to cut the paper down a bit to fit in the tray
  2. put small drops of paint on the paper in a random pattern. Don't put too much paint on the paper because when the marbles roll through the paint, you will end up with a gloppy mess.
  3. Place the marbles in the tray on the paper.
  4. Holding the tray in both hands, start moving it making the marbles roll around.                             You can roll the marbles around as much or as little as you like. The more you roll, the more color you will spread around creating a rainbow of marble art! 
  5. Hang the finished masterpiece to dry then display it proudly in your art gallery.
*Update* While at Kroger tonight, I found a 12ish x 9ish foil tray that will work perfectly with a regular 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. 

This is Busy's finished creation! 

This is the Beans' Valentine's Day version :)

He did everything the same, except I put red, pink and white paint in the tray.

And this is his masterpiece in the frame on the art wall :) Busy's is hanging on the art wall outside her room.

*This post is also on Tuesday Tots' link-up! Check it out along with the other great links here!

Thanks to a Busy and the Beans follower for sharing this picture of her 16 month old enjoying some marble painting!

If you have pictures of your little ones enjoying this, or any of the other activities on the blog, please share! Just like Busy and the Beans on Facebook and share your pictures there!! 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Heart Sun Catchers - "Stained Glass"

Well Folks, it's almost Valentine's Day! Today we decided to make another sun catcher, heart style.
What you need:

  • self laminating sheets
  • tissue paper
  • construction paper (we used red)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
What you do:
  1. Cut the tissue paper in different shapes and sizes
  2. Cut the construction paper in the shape of a heart to make the frame
  3. Fold the laminating sheet in half then peel the backing off.
  4. Put tissue paper on ONE half of the sheet creating a stained glass look.
  5. Once the ONE side of the sheet is covered with tissue paper, carefully fold the other half over sealing the tissue paper in between the two sides. 
  6. Place the construction paper heart over the folded sheet and trim along the outside to tidy up the frame. 
  7. Hang your heart in the window to create a beautiful sun catcher! 
Step 4
Steps 5 and 6
The only tricky part about this activity is folding the laminating sheet to seal the tissue paper. There are a few bumps and ridges in ours, but you can't tell at all once it hangs in the sun. And in my opinion, perfection is overrated. Imperfection is much more interesting :)

Painting with Straws

So far we have painted with cars and ice. This time we tried our hand at painting with straws! This idea came from Salsa Pie (which is a great blog, btw). Busy and I always love painting, so it was fun to include one of our favorite little people, Wip, for this project. Both kids did a great job, although I must say Wip was not nearly as thrilled as we were that we could actually paint with straws using our own breath! 

This is what we used:
  • white paper plates (you can also use white paper)
  • Red, yellow and blue paint (we used washable poster paint)
  • drinking straws cut in half (in half so the little people don't have to blow too hard)
This is what we did:
  1. Pour each color paint on the plate close enough together so they don't have to blow the paint too far to get them mixed. (I made a plate for myself as well so I could demonstrate how it was supposed to work)
  2. Show them how to use the straw to blow the paint across the plate and get the colors to mix. *Remind them that they want only air to come through the straw, not spit*
  3. As they blow the paint around, point out how the colors are starting to mix together creating new colors! 
Once the paint dried, we hung Busy's in the Art Gallery. Wip said he didn't want to hang his :( oh, well. Maybe next time.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013




What to do:
Pour 1/2 cup of CLEAR GLUE and 1/2 cup of LIQUID STARCH
in a medium sized bowl.
Stir for a bit then mix it with your hands until you get the desired consistency.

Since we are learning about primary and secondary colors,
we added blue then red food coloring to make purple slime! 
There are many recipes for slime all over the internet, but this one seems to be the best. We didn't need as much as the original one calls for, so we made what we needed. It is equal parts clear glue to liquid starch (which you can find at Kroger with the laundry detergent).

Painting to Reveal a Secret Message

 Busy LOVES to paint!! When the Beans went down for his nap, she asked if we could do a painting project. Lucky for her I had something new up my sleeve ;) 

Painting to Reveal a Secret Message

All you need is white paper, a white crayon and some water colors.

And all you need to do is write a message on the paper using the crayon and have them paint the paper to reveal the message!
The first message said "I love you <3"
This was my second message to the Busy Bear.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Week in's still freezing.

To be honest, I am starting to get a little tiresome of all this cold weather and snow. Scratch that. Just the cold weather. If if could snow in warm weather, I would be fine with that. Why, you may ask? Because the look on my daughter's face and the pure joy in her voice as she slid down a snow covered hill on her very first sled ride was simply magical. They say that every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings, and every time a baby laughs for the first time a fairy is born. If that's all true, then I can't imagine what wonderful thing happens when a child is truly, innocently overcome with pure joy. That sound is enough to make me melt with love. 
My kids continue to amaze me daily and watching them grow together is my pure joy :)

This is what we did this week through pictures...
The Beans went to the dentist for the first time...

...and rocked it! 
Busy is a pro! 
Busy thought it would help if she held her brother's hand on the way to the dentist, for moral support :)
We played with friends.

Busy cleared out one of my kitchen cabinets to make a "secret hide out."

We watched an afternoon movie on a snow day.

We went on a new adventure that turned out to be a lot of fun!

Busy insisted that she do it by herself.
This is the joy I was talking about...

She wanted to pull the sled up the hill by herself, too. 

Beansie didn't want to be left out.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Kitchen Chair Re-Do

We have a set of hand-me-down chairs since we got married. I haven't the slightest idea how long they have been covered with the same green and white fabric. All I do know is that 1. I remember the fabric from when I was little and 2. The white is no longer white.

We were at a friend's house Tuesday for a play date and I happened to notice her kitchen chairs. I don't remember what they looked like before, but they were so cute that I immediately noticed they were new. Being the good friend that she is, she offered the rest of the roll to me. And being the cheap-scape that I am, I took it :) The fabric is laminated (wipeable) cotton from, perfect for kitchen chairs that have kids sitting in them daily. I was so excited! But when I sat down to start the redo process, I realized I didn't have enough fabric to cover all four chairs. Oh, the horror! I was so disappointed.

Already in the DIY mood, I headed to my fabric drawer to see what I could find. Last summer Busy had a sprinkler birthday party in the backyard and I had covered the food tables with fun fabrics. I found one that I thought looked good in the room and got to work. I sprayed the fabric lightly with Scotch Guard to prevent some stains, then cut and covered each chair seat using a staple gun (one of my favorite tools that I don't get to use often).

The before and after pictures are pretty staggering. I like the brighter palate the new chairs offer, but I also know I will be changing them again because I really do like the idea of the laminated cotton. Oh, my likes are ever-changing...and so is my house ;)

Painting with Ice

A few days ago I mentioned that I wanted to start a Painting Project Series. We started with Painting with Cars, which turned out super cute. I even had a text from a good friend with a picture of her son painting with cars!

Today we worked on the second installment of the series...
Painting with Ice
This is what we needed:
1. ice tray
2. paint
3. craft sticks
4. Press & Seal wrap
5. paper

This is what we did:
The day before - 1. Pour some paint into ice trays.
2. Cover the tray with Press & Seal wrap and
cut a small slit over each paint well.
3. Poke a craft stick through each slit.
4. Stick in the freezer over night to freeze.

The day of - Take the ice tray out of the freezer a few minutes
 before you want to paint. Lay out some paper.  
Let each child start with any color ice cube and discuss 
how painting with ice is just one more tool you can use
to create art. Remind them of painting with cars and 
help them compare and contrast painting with cars and ice. 
(for example, both are tools used to paint and can move paint
around on the paper. But the car tracks created a thin line of 
paint and the ice creates a thicker line of paint on the paper.)
Step 1
Step 2

Step 3

Once the ice started to melt, the paint got gooey and fell off
the craft stick. So Busy decided that it was time to finger paint.
This one is my favorite! She made a handprint butterfly all
on her own after the ice turned gooey :) We waited for the paint
to dry, then I drew a butterfly body and she decorated it.