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The Boy Whips up a new Taco Creation

The boy loves Mexican food and is currently obsessed with the Taco Bell Ranch Doritos style tacos.  He saw a commercial for a taco that had a hard taco shell covered with a soft shell and cheese in between these two layers.  Then of course all the taco fixings on the inside.  Today for lunch he set out on a mission to recreate this.

IMG_20130629_113932_056Here he is frying up the ground beef and adding his own special seasonings.  I was in charge of the refried beans – served as a side – and making open faced quesadillas which would be used cover the hard taco shell.

IMG_20130629_114002_214Here is a photo of the finished creation as he is digging in –

IMG_20130629_115240_740…..and here is the aftermath –

IMG_20130629_121235_851I would say that he enjoyed his creation!  Of course he went on to consume multiple tacos – I lost count after 5.  YIKES!!!!

Carrot Harvest 2013

IMG_20130629_104113_044We had quite the carrot harvest this year, but my garden planning was not to well thought out.  The carrots are ready, but I am not ready to use them.  I typically use them in stews, soups, etc. but with this hot weather, those are not on my list of items to cook right now.

Instead, the boy and I pulled all the carrots this morning and gave them a good scrub.  Then we set to peeling    



The boy

The boy

Then we sliced the carrots and put them in a large ziplock bag.

IMG_20130629_104421_045IMG_20130629_111055_744We have put them in the freezer so that they will be ready for us come Fall.






Chuck Wagon Mac

If you are looking for an easy – yet kid friendly – meal then look no further.  Chuck Wagon Mac is actually a recipe from the back of the Kraft Mac n’ Cheese box from many, many years ago with a few alterations.  The great thing about cooking yourself is you can add what you like and leave out what you don’t. 🙂


1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 bell pepper – which ever color you like – mine was orange

1 small onion chopped

I box Mac n’ Cheese

1 can tomato sauce

1 small can tomato paste

1 can corn

Salt and pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

a dash of Cayenne Pepper



Place the ground beef in a pan and start to brown.  Add the bell pepper, celery, and onion and continue to stir occasionally until vegetables are softened and the meat is brown.



In the meantime start making the Mac n’ Cheese according to the package instructions.  While the Pasta is cooking, add the tomato paste and the tomato sauce to the meat mixture.  I also add about 1/2 can of water as well.



Add salt, pepper and the remaining spices to the sauce and let it simmer.  After about 10 minutes, add the drained can of corn.

2013-03-20_16-53-09_207Here is my Mac n’ Cheese – ready to be added to the sauce.

2013-03-20_16-55-52_881Once you have added the Mac n’ Cheese give everything a good stir to combine and the meal is ready to eat.  Easy enough and tasty too!




Yo Gabba Gabba Book

My granddaughter is infatuated with Yo Gabba Gabba!  For those of you without little ones in your life, you may not even know what this is.  Yo Gabba Gabba is a children’s TV show that stars D.J. Lance and his magical boombox.  The Yo Gabba Gabba figures emerge from his boombox and entertain with song and dance.  Each character has their own background, songs, etc.  When I saw the book being made by fellow blogger, Project Four 14  here  I knew I had to make one for my little Granddaughter.

I wanted the book to be some what educational, as well as entertaining, so I incorporated some well placed learning tools along the way.

Here is the cover:  DJ Lance’s shoe with laces that can be tied and untied to practice the art of tying your own shoes.

2013-03-17_07-57-55_872The next page is the boombox.  Closed you can see the boombox – open the flaps and there is a pocket for the Yo Gabba Gabba finger puppets.

2013-03-17_07-58-06_8262013-03-17_07-58-16_1832013-03-17_07-58-26_433The next page is for Foofa.  She is my granddaughters favorite.  Foofa loves flowers.  On Foofa’s page the flowers are buttoned on.  This will help my granddaughter learn to use buttons. I placed the Foofa finger puppet on the page so you can see which one she is.


The next page is dedicated to Toodee.  He has ice type structures surrounding him. I placed his finger puppet under the ice arch.



The next page belongs to Muno.  He is a cyclops character and it looks as though he hangs out among the rocks and mountains.  To me the arch on this page looks like rainbow bridge out in the desert.  Can you see him on this page?




Next we have Brobee.  He is sometimes shown with a sad face.  I decided to make him happy to live in the forest surrounded by majestic trees.  I even designed a tree stump for him just like on the TV show.  Can you spot Brobee?

2013-03-17_08-00-32_591Last but not least, my favorite character – Plex the robot.  His page is the rocket ride page.  I sewed the rocket to a ribbon so it can actually move around between the pages.

2013-03-17_08-00-45_665I had such a great time with this project and I thank the blog Project Four 14 for the inspiration behind this book.  I hope you will visit her site and check out her book and let her know I sent you.

Working with felt is so easy and designing each of these pages was so much fun.  If you decide to make a book like this, please share your photos.  I welcome comments and questions so let me know about those as well.