Memories and healthy recipes for your dinner table.

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Add the Final Touch to the Dinner Table

In many a household dinner has become a rush of events. From mine own experience with little ones crying from hunger, the baby begging to be held and the chaos that ensues now that mom is not looking can dampen any attempt for a peaceful […]

Saint Patrick’s Day

Illustration by: Richard Svensson I have been referred to as the “Kool Aide Mom” once or twice because our home is the place to be if you want to have fun. There is always something going on here. We love celebrating holidays official and corny […]

Making Felted Beads Craft Session

Felted Beads

I learned the art of felting a couple of years ago with a friend. We drove up to Sonora to visit a little Waldorf supply shop and could have easily spent hundreds of dollars on the amazing creations displayed there.

Felting is one of the oldest forms of fabric making. There are two ways to felt. One is needle felting and the other is wet felting. You can make felted beads using the needle felting method but for today we are going to avoid piercing our fingers with sharp needles and instead burn them in hot water.

Felted beads are really fun to make and create a wonderful learning experience in the use of natural products. Felted beads can be easily jazzed up with the addition of beads and ribbon. If you want to be a little more creative after the balls have dried you can use the needle method to add flowers or other designs. Little kids love to rub them, and bounce them and pretend they are treasures.

Some people like to roll tuffs of the undyed wool into a ball then add the color. I prefer to get it done with no fuss and just use the colored roving.

Wool Roving

Supplies:
Merino Wool Roving
(wool that has been washed and combed but not yet spun into yarn. Can be found in a variety of colors on Etsy.com, some natural craft stores (such as a Waldorf supply store) or a sheep farm.)
Hot Water
Dish Soap

Tuff of Wool

Grab a tuff of wool.

Wet the roving

I use a pot of hot water (as hot as I can stand). Place the wool roving in soapy water.

Ready to felt

Gently pass the roving back and forth between the palms of your hands; wetting the ball frequently in the soapy water.

Felting beads

As the ball begins to form start to apply a little more pressure. Keep rolling, pressing and wetting until the ball is firm and hard.

Rinse the felt

Rinse under cold water.
Continuously rolling and pressing to get all the soap out.

For a simple tutorial watch the following video from Sara’s Textured Crafts. She really makes the process look easy.

Making Time for the Family: Family Bike Night

Family bike night was an integral part of my early childhood. I can’t say when it stopped, most likely when our evenings were filled up with youth group, sports and scouts. I can remember a feeling of closeness to my family as we rode through […]

Making Time for the Family: Good Morning Hello’s

The curtain opens on a bed, two people lost in dreamland. All of a sudden three little children come bursting into the room and pounce on the unmoving bumps hidden under the covers. Laughter ensues as the kids are tackled with tickles and kisses and […]

Lemon Dimples Cookies

Surprise mom with these cute Lemon Dimple cookies. They are lemony and oh so scrumptious.

Source: Woman’s Day
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for dusting
1/4 cup fine sugar or granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 scant cup prepared lemon curd

Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla. On low speed, beat in baking soda, then flour, until incorporated. Cover; chill dough 1 hour.

Heat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Shape scant tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; place 2 inches apart on prepared sheets. With index finger or a tart maker, make a deep indentation in center of each. Place lemon curd into a small ziptop food-storage bag; seal bag. Snip a tiny corner of the bag and pipe lemon curd into dough indentations to fill completely (about 1 tsp per cookie).

Bake 10-15 minutes or until cookie edges just begin to lightly brown. Cool completely on baking sheet set on wire rack. Dust cookie edges with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Thanksgiving Gratitude Turkey

This Thanksgiving we started a Advent Gratitude Turkey. Every night after dinner we each take a paper feather and draw or write something we are grateful for. The kids enjoy looking at the pictures and talking about what they mean. I heard someone say once […]

CREATING MEMORIES:

Making messes is what kids do best. As a parent, sometimes the last thing you need is another mess to clean up. Yet, we know hands-on activities, such as cooking, helping with the chores, painting, playing with play dough, and coloring, are important to a […]