This recipe totally takes me back to my high school days. The lunch ladies made these and I never knew the name of them until after I graduated. I just called them “peanut butter things”. They probably thought I was crazy, but gave me one anyway. Enjoy!
1 cup sugar
1 cup lite syrup
1 cup smooth peanut butter
4 cups cornflakes
1. Combine sugar and syrup
2. Bring to a boil
3. Remove from heat
4. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth
5. Add cornflakes and coat in mixture
6. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper
7. Cool 20-25 minutes.
When I was growing up, there were 5 of us kids running around eating everything in sight. I know now that my mom did everything in her power to have a balanced yet quick and easy meal or snack.
This recipe combines snack and vegetables. Perfect!!
1 box Kraft Cheese and Macaroni- make according to package
1 can Veg-All
After making Mac and cheese, stir in veg-all. Add salt and pepper. Voila!
We loved it, my kids love it and you will too:)
That Book Mama
Who hasn’t seen a wind chime made from “junk”? You can make a wind chime out of anything under the sun. If it makes noise when banged against something else, string that sucker up!
It didn’t take me long to gather things for this project. Any of the following list can be purchased at a local thrift store, flea market or a good ole fashioned yard sale. Here’s what I used:
- Strainer type thing (I think the one I used is actually part of a pot.)
- Eating utensils
Here’s what you need to purchase or borrow, if you don’t already have it at home:
- Fishing Line
- 2 wire hangers
- Beads (I took apart an old necklace.)
- Knife or sharp scissors
- Drill with 1/8 drill bit
- Table Vise
- Wire cutters
Once you’ve gathered all of your items, start by drilling all of the holes you’ll need. I chose to hang my strainer thing so I could put a plant in it. You can hang it however you’d like. You may not need the extra holes drilled if you choose to hang it by the handle. There is no way that two will be just alike. You just do what you like…pretty much like most crafting:)
1. Using a hand drill or drill press, drill extra holes in strainer thing in order to attach wire hangers.
2. Drill 1/8″ holes in all utensils.
3. Here’s the part where you can decide to do it the way I did it or your own way. I think twine is ADORABLE!! That being said, twine will also rot if left outside over a length of time AND beads are super hard to put through it. Here’s what I did:
- Cut even amounts of fishing line and twine.
- Starting on the bottom of the strainer, put the twine and fishing line up one hole and back down a different hole.
- Cut twine and line
- You now can attach two utensils
- Feed beads onto fishing line
- Feed twine through 1/8″ hole
- Feet fishing line through 1/8″ hole
- Tie in several knots until secure
- I attached my utensils in a “roller coaster” fashion, using shorter and shorter lengths of twine/fishing line. You can attach yours however you’d like.
- Repeat process until desired amount of clanger/tinklers are attached
- Cut hangers and attach them to the strainer for hanging
Finish up by adding a favorite plant to the top or nothing at all. I used my Grandma’s Mammie Moss…also called Gold Sedum. This project takes only take a couple of hours to complete. It’s so cute!!
TADA!!! *Twirls and Throws Glitter*
Get on out there and gather up some junk for your new treasure!
-That Book Mama-
Wahoo! Beach season is upon us! …not that I enjoy being in a swimming suit…or have anyone see me in one. Nevertheless, I LOVE going to the beach! I’m talkin’ love! Have I used enough exclamations yet?
One of my very favorite things about going to the beach is collecting shells. I quickly realized that there are “dream” shells and “reality” shells. “Dream” shells are the ones that you read about in fantasy books and home decor magazines. “Reality” shells are what you get when you are on the beach using your kids’ sand sifter and shovel.
Since I gave up on my dream of finding huge shells, I make it a goal to find the tiniest one I can. …like smaller than a grain of rice… I collect shells all week. I’m like a maniac! I can’t have too many and because they are so tiny, I don’t feel bad about picking up like 9000 of them at once. Okay…not that many but close:)
Here’s what I did with the shells from our last trip to Orange Beach, AL. It sits on my desk at work and mocks me while I slave away.
- Small container with see through lid
- Photo from your trip (wallet size)
- Glue sticks
Place your container directly over the part of the picture that you would like to use as a background. Use your pencil and trace around the container. Cut out the circle and glue it to the back of the container.
Add sand and shells. Replace the lid. Voila!
Place it on your desk at work so it can mock you like mine does every single day.
That Book Mama
Hello again! I’ve come out of hibernation only to discover that I’ve slept through the warm part of winter… Oh well, time to get crackalackin’!
So, one of my many dorkalicious hobbies is…genealogy research! Yes!! I can’t get enough of it! …actually I can get too much of it and have to take a break before I end up driving myself completely insane.
If you’ve ever done any sort of genealogy research, you know half of the fun of it is traipsing around in old cemeteries, trying to find the headstones of your loved ones. Here’s some friendly advice.
Things You Need Before Going Cemetery Stomping
- Bug Spray…and lots of it. Most cemeteries are kept up by volunteers. Let’s just say that some cemeteries have great volunteers and others…not so great. Like “pulling up weeds just to read tombstones” not so great.
- Shaving Cream and Spray Bottle – By using shaving cream, you can see all of the fine details that time has stripped away on a headstone. All you have to do is wipe shaving cream on the stone and scrape it away. You will be amazed by what is left in the crevices. Amazed! Some stones look like nothing is written. Then miracle of miracles, words and symbols appear from nothing. Magical!
- Camera – Do I really need to explain this? You don’t have to have a high dollar camera, but having a camera is important. Headstones won’t last forever:(
And there you have it. Bug Spray, Shaving Cream and Camera. Viola!
One of my favorite tools to put in my travel bag is the book Stories In Stone by Douglas Keister. Why you ask? Headstones are full of symbols. Symbols that I know nothing about. Sometimes the symbols may be a group of letters, other times a few shapes or pictures, hands pointing up, fingers pointing down. It was all kind of confusing. Could I look them up on my smart phone in the middle of Nowhereville USA…maybe, but most times there is absolutely no signal to do so. For that reason, I have a copy of the book. Anyway…Symbols… I was left saying, “What in tarnation?!”.
One time in particular, I was looking at a headstone of a female relative and she had an anchor on the top of her stone. I had no records of her being in the Navy and she lived nowhere near the ocean. Clueless! Then, I decided to look up what the symbol meant. Apparently, having an anchor on a headstone can mean several different things. After finding multiple possibilities, I’ve decided the most logical definition was that she was the anchor of her family since she was a mother and ran her household. We will never know for sure.
What to do now? Get to diggin’! You really never know what you will find until history is staring you in the face:)
That Book Mama
While perusing the shelves recently, I came across these gems and what a better time to read books about dressing up! These books totally crack us up and your kiddos will love them.
Ron Barrett’s illustrations paired with Judi Barrett’s writing…you can’t beat it. It’s perfect, PERFECT! After reading Animals Should Definitely Not Act Like People and Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, we go back through the books and laugh at all of the illustrations.
I’m leaving you with the cover of both and an illustration sample. Not much more I can say about these without ruining the whole thing. I think the pictures speak for themselves:)
Go get these! You totally won’t regret it:)
That Book Mama
Princess Mia is back, all grown up and has a little sister named Olivia. Like Mia, Olivia had no clue she was a princess until the whole Kingdom of Genovia fell into her lap.
Olivia is your typical 12 year old. Living with her Aunt and Uncle is not the greatest, especially when she isn’t treated as an equal to her step cousins. She has to deal with “mean girl” Annabelle Jenkins at school. Then, insert a bombshell of a family secret.
I’m so excited for this book! My Farmgirl is just the right age to start reading all of the Princess Diaries books. This book is a great stepping stone to introduce characters from the first books that Princess Mia narrated.
Eeeeeee!! Can’t wait for more! I 💜 you, Meg Cabot!
That Book Mama