APR
04
2013

Homemade Carrabba’s Bread & Dipping Sauce Recipe

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Hi all! Today I wanted to share a recipe with you that we’re loving over here at Confessions! It’s the Carrabba’s Bread and Dipping Sauce Recipe! Okay, so I’m sure it’s not the “official” recipe, but it’s as close as we could get and tastes pretty good if I do say so myself!   Now before you read on, I just want to say this isn’t one of those ‘mill your own wheat’ and ‘no bad stuff in this’ recipes. The bread at Carrabba’s is white bread, and so this recipe uses white flour, and yes…Crisco. So I know it’s not all that healthy in regards to nutrition, but at least it’s homemade and so that counts for something right? Plus it’s sooooo good! So please forgive me this one indiscretion ;o) So ready to get on with all the yummy goodness? Ingredients: 1 1/4 tsp. dry yeast 1 1/4 c plus 1 1/2 Tbsp. Luke warm water (110 degrees F, 43C) 3 c unbleached all-purpose four 1 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening Olive oil to grease bowl Method: Dissolve the … [Read more...]

MAR
14
2013

Homemade Glossy Lip Balm Recipe

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Happy Friday everyone! I’m excited to share a fun activity we did this past week. As you can see from the picture above and the title of this post, we made our own homemade lip balm! Not only was it fun, but it was much easier than I thought it would be. It’s nice to know what we’re putting on our lips, plus it was cool to design our own labels too!   So what do you need to do this with your kiddos? 2 oz. + 1 heaping Tablespoon Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 1.5 tsp Vitamin E Essential Oil (You can use the gel caps or the dropper formula.) 2 oz Cosmetic Grade Beeswax Plastic Lip Balm Containers (I found mine at JoAnn’s in the bead section, but you can also order them online here.) Optional: 25 drops vanilla essential oil or peppermint essential oil (or whatever scent you prefer, just make sure to use an essential oil for fragrance) Optional: A slice of your favorite colored lip stick if you’d like to add a slight tint to the balm. Other … [Read more...]

FEB
14
2013

Yummy Homemade Pancake Recipe

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Good morning readers!  Today I wanted to share a yummy homemade pancake recipe with you! I’m still working on perfecting these, but for the most part the kiddos like them just as good as the frozen waffles that you pop in the toaster and they’re just as easy, but full of good things instead of processed ingredients that no one can pronounce!   Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (You can also substitute regular white flour, but it’s just not quite as healthy.) 1 Tbsp sugar (Can substitute 1 Tbsp honey) 2 tsp baking powder 1 cup milk 2 Tbsp lemon juice or 1 Tbsp Vanilla (Both offer a great flavor to the pancakes, we prefer the lemon.) 1 egg, beaten Optional: 1/4 c your favorite ingredient. Some ideas we like: white chocolate chips, blue berries, strawberries. Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl and cook on flat skillet until browned on both sides. Top with a pat of butter and the syrup of your choice. Variation: Another … [Read more...]

AUG
08
2012

Summer Boredom Busters: Bird Feeders

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Welcome to another day of Kids Summer Boredom Buster ideas! Today we’re making homemade bird feeders!     Materials Needed: 1-liter empty soda bottle 1 to 2 wooden spoons craft knife and marker small eye screw Bird seed   Directions: Clean out the inside of the soda bottle with warm soap and water then allow to dry. Draw a 1/2 inch asterisk on the side of the bottle about 4 inches from the bottom. Draw a 1 inch asterisk on the opposite side of the bottle, again 4 inches from the bottom so the holes line up. Next use a craft knife to cut along the asterisk, on the 1/2 inch side. Then cut out the hole completely on the 1 inch side. Slide a wooden spoon through the holes sliding the handle through the large hold first, then through the asterisk side. Remove the bottle cap and twist a small eyelet screw into the top to hang it by. Finally fill the feeder with birdseed and hang on a tree in your back yard! … [Read more...]

JUL
16
2012

Homemade No Cook Play-Doh Recipe

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Looking for some fun summer kids activities to stop the “I’m bored” whining fest? For the month of July I thought it would be fun to put out some Kids Summer Boredom Buster ideas. I compiled a list of super easy, fun summer activities to help make your days fun and whine free! So let’s get started! I know this stuff has been around forever, but I’ve actually never made it! And with the amount my kids go through I thought it was worth it to try making our own. Really it’s mostly flour and water, so the cost is very minimal as well. Especially if you have four kiddos who love play-doh! So here we go… Ingredients: (This recipe will make exactly the amount you see in the image above. Each one is about 1” dia. x 4” long.) 1 cup cold water 2 tsp. vegetable oil 3 cups flour 1 cup salt 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar (This ingredient helps keep the dough for about 3 months, so do not omit) Tempera paint or food coloring of your … [Read more...]

JUL
12
2012

Summer Boredom Busters: Homemade Crayons

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Welcome to another day of Kids Summer Boredom Buster ideas! Today we’re making homemade crayons!   This activity is super easy, and chances are you have some broken old crayons already laying around! All you need is a muffin tin, or silicone baking pan and voila! Homemade rainbow crayons!   Supplies: used, broken crayons no one likes to use anymore! metal muffin pan, or silicone muffin pan (They come in lots of fun shapes!) Instructions: Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit Fill muffin tin with chunks of peeled broken crayons (For our rainbow theme we mixed lots of colors together, but you can do one color per spot if you choose. They were really fun to draw with) Put muffin pan in oven for about 8-10 minutes or until crayons are melted.   Once crayons are cooled, pop them out of your muffin pan for some fun rainbow coloring! Super easy and the kids love ‘em. And look how nicely they stack for storage! (PS…they came out … [Read more...]

JUL
11
2012

Summer Boredom Buster: Homemade Moon Dough

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Hi everyone! Well, today I stepped out of my comfort zone and let my kiddos make homemade moon dough. Who knew a little flour and some baby oil could keep my kids busy for so long? Now I must admit, I have a love/hate relationship with moon dough. My kids love it, and I hate the mess it makes! That said, we braved the mess and made some of our own for super cheap. We also did it outside. Which I would HIGHLY recommend. I’m just sayin’.   Supplies: 4 cups flour 1/2 cup baby oil Optional: Crushed pastel chalks to color dough   Directions: In a large container, mix flour and baby oil until well blended. Mixture will be smooth and pack easily together in your hand. To color the dough, add in a finely crushed piece of pastel chalk. I found the red one worked best to color the dough. We also tried a green and blue one, however the color wasn’t quite as dark when mixed in the flour.   Next setup your own ice cream shop to share your scoops! I … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2011

Handmade Handprint Ornaments

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Looking for a fun personalized Christmas activity you can do with your kids this season? You’re going to love these cute handmade handprint ornaments so much you won’t want to part with them! (Though they do make wonderful gifts!) Supplies: Plain bulb ornaments (I used clear ones from Michael’s, but metallic red would be just as cute!) White acrylic paint paint brush Little hands Something fun to fill your ornament with, I used sparkly tinsel Permanent markers to draw on embellishments Instructions: 1. Carefully paint your kids’ hands (Be prepared for lots of squeals) 2. Have them carefully ‘grab’ the bulb, being careful not to move their fingers. I helped to press their fingers onto the bulb. 3. Use markers or acrylic paint to draw on embellishments: Scarf, hat, eyes, buttons, nose, arms 4. Write their name and year onto the palm of each ornament and hang on tree, or give as gifts! Warning: These may turn out so cute you won’t want … [Read more...]

NOV
28
2011

Homemade Advent Candles

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Hi everyone! I absolutely LOVE Christmas time and I thought it would be fun to do a “12 Days of Christmas” blog series! So over the next 12 days I’ll be sharing some of our favorite Christmas traditions, crafts, printables and more! I hope you enjoy the season!   Christmas Traditions: I’m always so excited to create wonderful traditions for our children. These are the types of things they will remember when they’re older, and even pass down to their own families. Since Christmas is my favorite holiday, each year we do something fun for the Advent season. This year I ordered some Make your own Advent Candles and Bartholomew’s Passage for our Advent reading.   The candle kit comes with  5 Purple sheets, 2 Pink, 2 Ivory, and the wicks. They have updated the kit since I ordered, so now they come with instructions, but if you get your sheets from somewhere else I’ll show you how we did it. Supplies: Blow dryer beeswax honeycomb sheets measuring … [Read more...]

SEP
05
2011

Canning 101

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I’m not going to say that I’m a great at canning. This is only the 3rd time I’ve done it, but as far as I can tell it’s fairly easy as long as you follow directions!   And as long as you have a helper… I suggest an adult helper… One with good stamina for peeling lots of fruit. If you’re making fruit that is.   So what do you need to can? (I got most of my supplies at Wal-m*rt in the canning/kitchen section) A Canner (Basically a big pot with a rack in the bottom to keep the jars from touching the bottom during canning) A Recipe Book, I recommend the Ball Blue Book: Guide to Preserving Some jars, lids, and seals A Canning Set (Yes, you need this, the jars are VERY hot and you’ll use all the tools in the kit) Food Processor, we used a Cuisinart (This is optional depending on what you’re canning) Ingredients based on recipes you choose, you can get pectin and other canning ingredients in the Canning section as well. Where to start? I … [Read more...]