Frozen Hairstyles of Elsa and Anna

Okay, I’m kind of terrible at styling hair, but these how-to pictures got me pretty excited.

I think I might be able to at least manage Elsa’s braid.

Anyway, the pics were shared by Zulily, who is having a sale on Frozen items starting today.  And my little girls LOVE to play dress up, so I’m pretty excited about all the outfits.  Click here to get up to 60% off of Disney’s Frozen products!  (This is an affiliate link – I’ll get some compensation if you purchase something, so many thanks in advance!)

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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Banana Bread

This is some awesome bread.

I came up with this recipe to get a bread that was moist and soft and very, very chocolatey.

It’s kinda rich, too.

If you prefer to have a little crunch in the middle, though, you could substitute half of the chocolate chips with chopped walnuts.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Banana Bread

It’s a pretty basic banana bread recipe.

All the usual suspects.

Plus the chocolate chips, and a little cinnamon for an extra layer of flavor.  I love cinnamon.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Banana Bread

It will look pretty wet as you’re mixing it, but that’s okay.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Banana Bread

Here’s the dough in the pan.

The little bit of moisture around the edge is from the baking spray I used.  I don’t usually have the patience to butter and flour a pan, so I use the baking nonstick spray that has flour in it.  Maybe not the healthiest thing in the world, but it’s easy.

I did add a piece of parchment paper to the bottom of the pan, as well, just in case.  Better safe than sorry.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Banana Bread

Doesn’t that look amazing?

And it smells even better than it looks.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Banana Bread

Like I said:  very, very chocolatey.

That chocolate in every bite is what I think makes the smoothness of the bananas and the spice of the cinnamon extra awesome.

Sometimes I eat it just like that, and sometimes with butter.  Sometimes for breakfast, and sometimes for dessert.

Either way, it’s pretty filling.

And awesome.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Banana Bread

Ingredients:

3 large, ripe bananas
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup miniature chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, smash the bananas with a fork until mostly smooth. Mix the melted butter into the bananas. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla until combined. Then mix in the cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until browned. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

[Note: This is a moist bread with chocolate in every bite. If you want less chocolate, and a little crunch, you could substitute half of the chocolate chips for chopped walnuts.]

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For the printable PDF version of the recipe, click here:  Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Banana Bread

Enjoy!

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Lemon Scented Play Dough

Lemon Scented Play Dough

I came up with this recipe because my 4yo was asking to make play dough and I’d just found an extra lemon hanging out in our kitchen.

So:  lemon scented play dough.

Because scented sensory play is fun for everyone, including moms.

Seriously.  I love playing with this stuff.

Lemon Scented Play Dough

Anyway, the ingredients are pretty basic.

And it’s easy to put together – you just throw everything in a pot:

Lemon Scented Play Dough

Then you keep stirring it over medium heat until it looks like this:

Lemon Scented Play Dough

And then you knead it to make it smooth.

As you can see in the blurry photo below, my daughter was already grabbing pieces of it to play with before I had a chance to knead it.  :)

Just be careful, because it will be hot.  I kinda like digging my hands into the warm dough, tho.

Lemon Scented Play Dough

My girls like to roll it out and cut out shapes with cookie cutters, or cut it using a small angled spatula.

Here are a few pics of them playing with the deliciously scented dough:

Lemon Scented Play Dough

Lemon Scented Play Dough

Oh – and playing with it on their easy-to-clean Jake placemats, of course!

Lemon Scented Play Dough

Lemon Scented Play Dough

Lemon Scented Play Dough

Ingredients:

1 cup lemon juice (or water added to squeezed lemon juice to equal 1 cup)
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
Zest from one lemon
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tsp. cream of tarter
1 tsp. lemon extract
Yellow food coloring

Begin by zesting and juicing one lemon.

Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a glass measuring cup. If it is less than one cup, add water until it reaches the 1 cup line.

Mix all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, adding enough food coloring to reach your desired color.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes together into a ball.

Remove from heat and knead until smooth.

Store covered.

[Note: even though all of the ingredients are technically edible, please don’t let your kids ingest this. Also, if your child is going to help with the kneading, please remember that the dough will still be hot when you first remove it from the pan. If stored in a sealed container, this will last many months.]

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To print the free PDF of this recipe, click here:  Lemon Scented Play Dough

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Letter A: Alphabet Activities for Kids

Letter A:  Alphabet Activities for Kids at RoamingRosie.com

Letter A Day was our first Alphabet Activities day.

My OCD really wouldn’t have let it happen any other way.  :)

Anyway, if you haven’t read the Introduction to the Alphabet Activities, you should really start there.

And don’t forget to check out the Letter A:  Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids, too!

A is for American Flag {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

One of the first letter projects we ever did was an American flag.

And it really stuck with her.

To this day, my daughter points out the flags, excitedly shouting, “An American flag!”

The project itself was simple:  I cut out red stripes, a blue rectangle, and punched out some white stars ahead of time.  Then I showed my daughter a flag and she copied it in paper.

There are plenty of other flags you could do, too.  Just to name a few:  Austria, Australia, Argentina, and Afghanistan.  Also, Alabama, Arizona, Alaska, and Arkansas.

Letter Sorting:  A is for Apple Trees {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

I always do a letter sorting project where I print out both capital and lowercase letters ahead of time.

These letters were cut into apple shapes.  {Don’t laugh at my apple trees!}

You could easily hand write the letters instead.  Honestly, my printer gives me more trouble with construction paper…

Letter A Apple Slices {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

This was a fun snack.

I cut some thin slices in an apple and used an A cookie cutter to make little apple ‘A’s.

And I ate all the scraps, too.  :)

Letter A is for Mini Apple Pies {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

I’ve made these a bunch of times, usually for potlucks.

I’m not posting a recipe since it was all ready-made supplies {or you could substitute with your favorite homemade recipes}.

Check out the step-by-step photos:

Letter A is for Mini Apple Pies {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

I used a 2-inch flower shaped cookie cutter to cut pieces out of store bought pie crust.  I placed the flower crusts in greased muffin tins.  Then I scooped a few apples from a can of apple pie filling into the crust.  I topped it with a generous sprinkle of my Cinnamon and Sugar Mix, and baked them according to the pie crust directions.

These little pies are always a hit.

Letter A is for Chocolate Acorns {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

Chocolate is a favorite in our house, so these chocolate acorns, it should go without saying, were also a hit.

The great thing is that they also work well for autumn-themed projects.  I’m thinking of making them again around Thanksgiving.

Letter A is for Chocolate Acorns {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

As you can see in the photos, the ingredients are Hershey’s Kisses, mini Fudge Stripe cookies, and miniature chocolate chips.

I melted some chocolate chips in a baggy to act as the “glue” to hold it all together.  Then we stuck the flat end of the Kisses onto the bottom of the cookies and let them sit for a minute to set.  Then I put a drop of melted chocolate on the top of the cookies, and my daughter attached the kiss to the top.

Store covered… if you have any left.

Click here to get the free printable Letter A:  Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids.

And here are some of the supplies I’ve mentioned in this post, including the star punch, letter A cookie cutter, and fudge stripe cookies:

Star Craft Punch 101 Cookie Cutters Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies Mini

I’d love for you to share if you’ve done any of these projects with your little ones!

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Introduction to the ALPHABET ACTIVITIES for Kids {Start Here}

Alphabet Activities A to Z at RoamingRosie.com

Welcome to my Alphabet Activities section!

My kids and I have been practicing the alphabet through Letter Days, exploring one letter a day through food, games, activities, and worksheets.

I originally began posting about them on Squidoo, and posted about half of the alphabet there.  But that site keeps changing their format, so it’s just easier for me to re-post everything here.  Plus, I’ve created new worksheets and edited the format of old worksheets for some of the earlier letters.  {So, there’s new stuff here you won’t find there – which is why I didn’t include the link to the old articles.}

For each letter, I’ll be posting about activities and recipe ideas and also a list of all the free worksheets I’ve made.  The worksheets posted below are all in PDF format and are free for home and classroom use – so enjoy!

What is a Letter Day?

To begin each Letter Day, we glue a letter into our alphabet binder.  We have two binders that are quite full, with all of the paper activities separated by A-Z dividers.

Alphabet Activities Binder

I almost always do at least two construction paper crafts that include making a letter into something (an H into a horse, for example) and a letter sorting activity where my girls need to separate capital from lowercase letters onto two shapes.

I do cut the paper down, though, before we do the projects.  I make them 8.5″ by 11″ and then use a 3 hole punch after we’re done to help them fit in the binder.

Letter F Activities

We also do worksheets that include tracing letters, tracing lines, mazes, color matching, letter searches, and much more.

Alphabet Activities A-Z Free Printable Worksheets

Sometimes we do a traditional craft indoors, sometimes we run around outside and dig in the dirt.  But whatever game we play or whatever food we eat, we always talk about the letters.  If we’re eating gnocchi because it’s Letter G day, we take the time to find the letter G on the gnocchi package.

Alphabet Activities for Kids

We usually do collages, too.  But not always, so I don’t plan on including them in each post.  When we started, my daughter wasn’t able to cut out shapes yet, so I spent some time cutting pictures out of magazines after she went to bed.

The finished collages looked like this:

Alphabet Activities Letter Collages

We used apples, angels, artichokes, and an accordion for letter A; a bison, butterflies, babies, and bells for letter B; and cars, camera, cherries, and cats for letter C.  Now that she’s cutting out shapes quite well on her own, though, I’m considering starting the project all over again, but letting her cut out the pictures this time.

Plus, since my girls love being outside and drawing with chalk, we also practice our letters with tracing and coloring in chalk:

Alphabet Activities:  Chalk Tracing

Most of these projects use supplies that we have around the house or that are easy to find.  Construction paper is a biggie.

Here are some of the things I’ve mentioned in this post, including construction paper, a paper cutter, a 3 hole punch, and page dividers:

Construction Paper Paper Cutter 3 Hole Punch A-Z Dividers

But where do I find all of these projects and worksheets that you’ve mentioned?

I’m so glad you asked!

They’ll all be listed right here and under the Alphabet Activities category.  I haven’t finished editing all the photos yet, but they’ll be listed here as I post them.

So this is the best page to bookmark (or Pin) if you want to take full advantage of everything.

… and drum roll please …

The Alphabet Activities and Worksheets

Letter A:  Alphabet Activities for Kids

Letter A:  Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids

Letter B:  Alphabet Activities for Kids

Letter B:  Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids

*more soon*

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Enjoy!

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Letter A: Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids

FREE Printable Letter A Alphabet Activities Worksheets

If you’re new here, please read the Introduction to the Alphabet Activities first!

Here are all of the printable PDFs for the Letter A.  They are free for home and classroom use, but please don’t sell them.

A is for Aardvarks

A is for Alligator and Asparagus

A is for Apple {tracing}

A is for Apples {color matching}

A is for Avocado

And don’t forget to check out all of our Letter A Alphabet Activities.

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Have fun!

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4 Ingredient Chili

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

I really do try to incorporate more organic foods into our diet.  I try to avoid things that have preservatives and artificial ingredients.

But, just like how there are some days that I’ll finish off half a box of Cheez-Its in one sitting, there are days when I need something super simple to cook.

This recipe qualifies as “super simple” for a few reasons:

It takes 5 minutes to make.

There are only 4 ingredients (plus a few spices – but these are optional)

It only uses one pan.

All of the ingredients are waiting for me in the pantry, except for the meat, which I usually keep on hand in the freezer.

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

See?  Four ingredients.

Beans (with sauce), tomato sauce, seasoning mix, and meat.

And like I said, the first 3 things are easy to stock up on and have sitting in the pantry.

I usually have either ground turkey or beef on hand, either in the fridge or freezer, so I find that I often have everything to make this dish.

I do like to add a few extra spices, but those are also always in the pantry.

And I like to add some shredded cheese and sour cream to the top, but those are usually in my fridge too, and if not, well, they’re also optional.  Just tasty.  I like the contrast of the sour cream against the spicy chili.

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

I like spicy food.

My kids have been eating spicy food forever, so they like it, too.

BUT, if you’re not into spice, feel free to cut out the cayenne, or even all of the extra spices, if you prefer.

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

I mix the spices into the raw meat just as it’s starting to cook because it helps infuse the meat with a nice flavor.

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

Here it is all mixed together.

Essentially, after browning the meat, you’re just dumping everything into one pan.  How cool is that?

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

Doesn’t that look delicious?

4 Ingredient Chili

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz.) can Chili beans in sauce
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (1.25 oz.) package chili seasoning mix
16 oz. ground turkey or beef

Optional Extra Spices:

1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Ancho Chile pepper
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Optional Toppings:

Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Sour cream

In a large, deep saucepan, heat a small amount of olive oil. Add ground turkey. If using the optional extra spices, sprinkle them evenly over the meat while still raw and mix them in. Cook the meat until browned. Drain the fat from the pan and return it to the stovetop.

Sprinkle the chili seasoning mix over the meat and mix it in. Stir in the chili beans in sauce and tomato sauce until fully combined.

Bring to a simmer over medium heat and allow to simmer for a few minutes to heat through. You can serve it now, or turn the stove to low and let the chili cook for an hour, covered, to allow the flavors to develop. Stir occasionally.

Serve with shredded cheese and cream cheese, if desired.

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And to get the free printable PDF, click here:  4 Ingredient Chili

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