And now for another in the series I call "Dumbing it Down," or "Making it Even Easier"
Browsing Pinterest the other day, I came across a cute little activity called the "Crocodile Game."
I thought "what a great idea! I'll bet both my four year old and my two year old could play!"
But... as simple as it is, it used a container I didn't have, construction paper I didn't have, google eyes I didn't have, and frankly Time I didn't have to put it together.
So, I reminded myself of my new favorite rule of homemade toys: "A good homemade toy is one that they play with. A Great homemade toy is one that they play with longer than it took you to make it!"
Then I grabbed an empty diaper wipes container - something few families will be without, I expect!, a piece of paper, and a pen. Oh yeah, and a pair of scissors and some double-sided tape. But seriously, use whatever is on hand.
In something under five minutes, I had not …
I've owned my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker for just under a week now, and so far it is (nearly) everything I hoped for. Beans - including "soaking" - in about an hour. Rice in 20 minutes. Chicken from frozen in about 20. Oatmeal for breakfast in 15. Pretty exciting stuff!
I decided to give Jambalaya a try tonight. I've already made rice in the cooker several times and was comfortable with the timing and water ratio, so I was confident enough to attempt an adaptation of my favorite One Pot Jambalaya recipe.
This is a fantastic recipe I've made more-or-less as written several times in the last few months. It is Super flavorful and somehow creamy tasting - even before you garnish with sour cream. But it does take a Long Time to cook - even longer than it says. I've had trouble with crunchy rice about 1/2 of the times I've made it, probably because I've done it for a crowd on Sunday nights and tried to cram too much into a single pot. No matter …
A few weeks ago, I fell in love with this adorable and easy pattern for Cork and Crochet Knights by LucyRavenscar. Immediately, I decided that they needed some princesses to protect!
I am very happy with what I came up with: with a few scraps of yarn and little practice you'll be able to crochet one up during a single episode of your favorite show, and the shape and size of the finished item is just perfect for little fingers - not to mention just plain fun!
The designer was kind enough to give me her go-ahead to publish my pattern, which is derived directly from her knights. Like her patterns, please feel free to make for your own use, or to raise money for a good cause. Materials:
Small amounts of medium-weight yarn in two colors, designated "Hair" and "Dress" in the pattern
Crochet Hook (The original designer suggests an F / 4 mm hook; I found I needed to use an E)
Permanent marker for drawing features
(Optional) Scraps of narrow ribbon or tulle, …