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To The Beach

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To The Beach

 

We are going to the beach,
to the Beach, to the beach,
We are going to the beach,
in our bathing suits.
We will find there rocks and shells,
Rocks and shells, Rocks and Shells.
We will find there rocks and shells,
to gather by the water.
We will build a sand castle,
Sand castle, sand castle,
we will build a sand castle,
with bridges and a tower.
We will have a picnic too,
picnic too, picnic too,
We will have a picnic too,
With Sandwiches and oranges.
Home we head with Sunburned Cheeks,
Sunburned Cheeks, Sunburned Cheeks,
Home we head with sunburned Cheeks,
and treasures from our visit.

image c/o cafeshoppes.org-

image c/o cafeshoppes.org-

Sung to “London Bridge”

Song from PreschoolEducation.com

Angry Birds Easter Egg Game

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photo (6) I was running errands this morning and in the store I came across a section of clearance Easter craft items.  For only $5, I was able to create the Angry Birds Easter Egg Game!  I am positive that my daughter will love this game as she LOVES Angry Birds and it will be the only time I willingly allow eggs to be tossed around our home.

 

 

SUPPLIES 

  • Plastic Filler Eggs
  • Angry Birds Eggcessory Stickers
  • Small Pebbles (or something to weigh down the “birds”)
  • Building Blocks or Lego
  • Tape

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Decorate the plastic filler eggs with the Angry Bird stickers to make yourself a batch of pigs and birds.
  2. Fill you “birds” with something to weigh them down such as pebbles, or marbles and tape the seal shut.  You don’t want them to be rock solid, but heavy enough to take down the blocks.photo (7)
  3. Build a tower and place your pigs strategically.
  4. Toss your Angry Birds and have fun!

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*I purchased the filler eggs and stickers from Shopper’s Drugmart!

 

Easter Bunny

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Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny’s feet,
Go hop, hop, hop.
While his big pink ears,
Go flop, flop, flop.
He is rushing on his way,
To bring our eggs on Easter Day.
With a hop, flop, hop, flop, hop.

Image c/o gilbert-news-blog.dailyprss.com

Image c/o gilbert-news-blog.dailyprss.com

 

Poem from rhymeslyrics.blogspot.ca

Winter is Here! Fun Family Things to Do This Weekend in Toronto

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Last night we had a small flurry of falling snow and in my books, as soon as the snow falls, Winter has arrived.  And despite what some may think, Toronto does not shut down (completely *wink*) in an inch of snow.  There are plenty of family fun events happening this weekend and here are just a few for you and your family to enjoy!

  • Cineplex Family Favourites. This Saturday, participating Cineplex theatres are showing family favourite movies at 11 am for only $2.50.  A portion of the proceeds goes to Starlight Children’s Foundation so not only is it a great time for the family, but it also helps a worthy cause.
  • Santa Experience at Sherway Gardens. Everyone gets their photos done with Santa, but what if you could have sing-a-longs, stories and play with the big man in red?  For only $12 per child (tickets not required for accompanying parents), your little ones get 30 minutes of pure holiday fun with Santa at Sherway Gardens.
  • The Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront. You cannot say that you have fully taken advantage of the Winter season without strapping on skates and enjoy the cool, crisp air.  The Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront is an outdoor rink where you can skate and take in the view of Lake Ontario.  Admission is free with rentals available onsite.
  • Kidzfest at Yonge Dundas Square.  Come by Yonge Dundas Square for family fun like rides and the Play-Doh Play centre and appearances from My Little Pony, Santa, Rapunzel and the WotWots!  Admission is free!

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Witches Hat Cookies

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Now that the Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone and people hopefully have room in their stomachs for some treats, I have an easy Halloween Cookie treat that everyone of all ages will enjoy.  You don’t have to make the cookies yourself so I wouldn’t really call this a ‘recipe’ per say.  Anyways, they are delicious, fun and super simple.

INGREDIENTS 

  • Striped fudge shorbread cookies (for this to work, you need cookies that have a chocolate fudge layer on the bottom
  • Icing
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Food colouring

 

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Take the food colouring and mix in with the icing to create your favourite Halloween colours.  I used orange and green.
  2. Flip over the cookies so the fudge side is up.
  3. Unwrap the Hershey Kisses and put only a little icing on the bottom.  You only need enough to hold the kiss to the cookie and create a little coloured rim.
  4. Enjoy.
Image from modernchristianhomemaker.com

Image from modernchristianhomemaker.com

Mother Goose Monday – Brother John

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Brother John

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?

Brother John? Brother John?

Morning bells are ringing! Morning bells are ringing!

Ding, daing, dong. Ding, daing, dong.

My rainbow sleeping soundly

My rainbow sleeping soundly

 

Bibliothèque Nationale  1775

Things to do This Weekend in Toronto!

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SHOPS AT DON MILLS TRAINIt’s hard to believe that the summer is almost half over. But do not fret, there are still lots of fun and cool things to do in Toronto with the family.   Here are just a few happening this weekend.

 

 

 

 

  1. Singing Ambassadors.  The Toronto Waterfront is always busy in the summer and the Singing Ambassadors will be there this weekend and every weekend until September 3rd offering assistance as well as impromptu summer hit performances from 11 – 6.  And in case you were wondering, you will be hearing renditions from the Beach Boys, the Beatles, The Drifters, Martha and the Vandellas and many many more!
  2. McEwan BBQ.  Mark McEwan is a pretty well known chef and this Friday & Saturday, you can taste all the McEwan Fine Foods has to offer.  From 11:30 – 4, Toronto’s finest indoor BBQ at the Shops at Don Mills will provide a culinary experience you won’t soon forget.
  3. All Aboard the Miniature Train.  How about after your McEwan BBQ, you let the kids take a ride on the miniature train.  Only $3 a ticket, the net proceeds support the Toronto Firefighter’s Toy Drive.  Running from 11 – 5, the kids will have fun for a great cause!
  4. Music in the Square.  Shops at Don Mills is definitely keeping the summer spirit going.  Friday nights, from 7 – 10, Aion Clarke will be providing live entertainment, covering big hits from the likes of Rihanna, P Diddy and Drake for FREE!
  5. The Value of Pets at PawsWay. If you love dogs, then this is something you don’t want to miss.  PawsWay at 245 Queen’s Quay will be showing all the wonderful things dogs do for us, such as their roles as protectors, helpers and healers this weekend from 11 – 5.  The Purina Animal Hall of Fame Service Dog of 2012 will also be making an appearance on the 28th.

Allen, Kevin, Sheree and Noemi

Seashell Craft

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IMG_0821Now that Rainbow has arrived, I’ve been trying to keep the Princess amused as I cannot move as fast as I once did.  We had craft time over the weekend and I had some seashell’s laying around and I thought, why not make these into a craft.

 

 

SUPPLIES

  • Assorted Seashells
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Assorted decorations such as buttons, sparkles and ribbon

DIRECTIONS

  • Wash the shells and let dry
  • Paint the desired colour and again, let dry
  • Decorate!

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June

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JUNE

June – and school is over soon!

Then all we’ll do each day

Is play and play – hooray!

Summer arrives June 21st – the longest day of the year.

We’ll laze on the grass and listen, and hear:

Bees buzzing!  Hummingbirds whirring!  Worms wiggling!

June is laughing, golden, giggling!

Today I’ll visit the book and di in my toes.

I’ll perch at the edge, and hope a butterfly lands on

My nose.

By Patricia Scarry

Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

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In preparation for the arrival of our little Rainbow, I have begun preparing big batches of meals and freezing them so when Hubby and I are beyond exhausted and eating is really the last thing on our minds, sleeping being #1, we can simply warm up these meals and go.  I made a huge batch of Broccoli & Cheddar Soup the other day and here is the recipe.  Be warned, this batch made 30 cups.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 11 Cups Diced Broccoli
  • 3 Cups Baby Carrots
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 3 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 2 Small Onions, Diced
  • 4 Celery Stalks, Diced
  • 2 1/2 Cups Grated Old Cheddar Cheese
  • 6 Tbsp Butter
  • 2/3 Cup Flour
  • 5 Cups Half & Half Cream
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot, add stock, water, broccoli and carrots.  Bring to a boil and cook until just tender.  Strain vegetables and set liquid aside.  In a food processor, puree vegetables.  I added some of the liquid to ease with blending.
  2. Over medium heat, add butter until melted in the pot previously used.  Then add onions, garlic and celery until soft.  Add flour and stir for 1 – 2 minutes.   Add reserved liquid, stirring constantly until brought to a boil.  Reduce heat and stir until thickened.
  3. Add pureed vegetables, cream, spices and lastly the cheese and cook until heated through and creamy.
  4. Enjoy!

I got the original recipe from allrecipes.com, but tweaked it to my liking and added a few things here and there.  Click here for the original recipe.  With my version, I was able to get 5 meals out of this batch and it cost about $1.16 per serving (based on 1 cup serving).