Punch Recipe

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Punch Recipe
This is the basic punch recipe that I use at all our family parties and any that I'm planning. I will post a few different variations as well so you can try out any that tickle your fancy!
Course Beverages
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 part Alcohol I usually substitute with another part sugar if trying to make a non alcohol punch
  • 1 part Sugar
  • 1 part Lemon or Citrus
  • 1 part Water I sometimes use Ice for this but sometimes I use Ice as well as Water depending on the rest of the ingrediants
  • 1 part Tea/Spices
Course Beverages
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 part Alcohol I usually substitute with another part sugar if trying to make a non alcohol punch
  • 1 part Sugar
  • 1 part Lemon or Citrus
  • 1 part Water I sometimes use Ice for this but sometimes I use Ice as well as Water depending on the rest of the ingrediants
  • 1 part Tea/Spices
Instructions
  1. Mix all parts together in a punch bowl and serve chilled.
Recipe Notes

Here are a few different variations I have tried with this punch recipe:

Amaretto, Cranberry Juice, Sliced Lemon, Water, Arizona Green Tea - This is a nice one for Christmas time!

Ginger Ale, Frozen Concentrated Mango Juice, Lemonade, Ice, 7up - This is a nice one for a baby shower or a wedding shower.

Rum, Frozen Concentrated Cranberry Cocktail, Sliced Lime, Ice with Orange pieces frozen in them, Frozen Concentrated Nestea - Another good one for Thanksgiving or Christmas

Amaretto, Frozen Raspberry Concentrate, Sliced Lemons, Water, Ginger Ale

Grenadine, Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate, 7Up, Water, Orange Slices - This is a fun "Shirley Temple" style punch that is always a hit and my GO to!

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Smoothies

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Smoothies
I started to drink these when I was first pregnant. They have stuck! We also freeze them to make popsicles for the kids!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Kid Friendly
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Kid Friendly
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender or a tall jug
  2. Blend or use a hand blender to mix until smooth
Recipe Notes

I bought freezie pouches and fill these up with any leftover smooties for the kids!

If you can afford it the BEST blender on the market is the Vitamix but I just use my KitchenAid hand blender with great results!

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Taped Canvas Art

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One of our favourite art projects we did was one I found on Pinterest. It is this Easy Toddler Paint Project:

I took this one to another level by masking out the letters on each individual canvas to spell out names.

I went to our local dollar store and got some inexpensive canvas’. I then used painters tape to mask off the letters. I didn’t spend a lot of time doing this as I did this for a 2 year old to paint and didn’t want them to be too fancy. If you are a a Cricut mom you could cut the letters out on that with vinyl or card stock and make a stencil.  On one of them I also taped off the outside edge of the canvas for a different look.

After a while my two year old was over this project so I ended up doing some of the finishing touches. I can say that he completed the “J” all on his very own the rest Mommy helped. I just used acrylic paint that we had laying around from other projects.

If you attempt this project please let me know how it turns out in the comments below or DM me on any of my social media!

HAPPY CRAFTING!

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Banana Bread

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Banana Bread
This is by far my most used recipe from my recipe box. No better way to use up browned bananas!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Home Cooked
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Hour
Servings
Loaf
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Home Cooked
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Hour
Servings
Loaf
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9in x 5in x 3in Loaf Pan and Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients, Flour, Baking Soda, Salt and Sugar
  3. Mix in Eggs, Butter and Mashed Bananas
  4. Pour mixture into loaf pan
  5. Bake for 1 Hour
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Get Out YOUR Old Toys

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SO as most mothers do I am always looking for ways to keep my young kids occupied! When every toy has been played with and every game has been exhausted what do you do? I’ve spent many an hour looking on Pinterest for ideas on how to keep my boy active, interested and engaged. He is a busy guy. He always has been. I am always up for ideas on how to keep him engaged so if you have any please post a comment or message me on social media with any ideas!

This post is about how I decided that some of MY old toys were still relevant and good enough to keep my son entertained. Last summer my parents sold our childhood home. This meant that it was time to clean out any of the remnants of US that remained in that house on the way to staging it and getting it ready for the new owners. When I was 13 our house had a horrible flood so a lot of our favourite toys that “lived” in the basement were destroyed. It was kind of a GROW UP now incident as our childhood memories were wiped away in a day. The things that meant the most to me as a child were forever destroyed and made instant lifelong memories. A few of these things included our VAST Barbie collection (which included a few New Kids On The Block dolls and Brendan and Dylan from 90210), baby dolls and accessories, the My Little Pony collection, a large collection of Treasure Trolls and various awesome toys from the 80’s and 90’s

There are a few toys that made it through the flood and lived on to tell a tale or too. I also had a few of my husbands childhood toys to pass on as well:

My Husbands Etch a Sketch is still very much working and played with. My son uses this to draw “maps” and get driving directions when needed. I’m no expert but I’m fairly certain this toy is good for hand eye coordination. I’m also positive that its not got any dangerous parts to it that may be dangerous 30 years after manufacturing. If you have one of these gems tucked away get it out and your child will thank you for it!

My Little Pony sure has changed since I was a kid. The show that is now on as My Little Pony brand is unbearable to me. However when I was a kid I’d probably love it! When I was a kid I loved My Little Pony and I’m sure that part of the reason was the little girl on the show’s name was Megan… just like mine! One year for my birthday I got the most amazing gift of Megan’s Place Pony House. This is one of the toys that was salvaged from the toy destroying flood as it was made entirely of plastic. None of the furniture or parts made it back into my possession but my sister was able to dig it out, clean it up and gave it to me for Christmas. The beauty of this toy is that they make new pony toys so we were able to get a few new ponies and now my son plays with the toy as if it was made in the last 10 years instead of 30 years ago!

Another toy we came across while packing my parent’s house was one of my most favourite baby dolls. I got him when I was 8 or 9. He has all the boy appropriate parts and is the size of an average baby. He was a Real Baby to me and I named him Jonathan. The thing about this “real” baby is that he was made of plastic and was easily washed and brought back to life with a little love an care. It doesn’t matter much to my son that Jonathan is missing two toes although he does like to hear the story of how our childhood dog Sandy chewed them off and was “a very bad dog.” It is nice to share these random childhood memories with my son while he makes memories of his own with MY toys.

I was a very girly girl back in the 80’s and 90’s but I had a few (what was considered then) “boy toys” as well. We weren’t able to save the G.I. Joe motorcycle that I had or any of the Matchbox/Hot Wheels that we would play with. If you have a collection of these kinds of toys they are the perfect thing to pass along. The cast iron stands the test of time and I’m sure they are models of cars that you just can’t find now. I’ve noticed when trying to buy cars for my son that there aren’t as many “real/everyday” style cars like there used to be when I was a kid.

Any toys that can be properly washed or disinfected are a great thing to pass onto your kids. I know that as a kid we got a kick playing with the Barbie dolls that my mom and her sisters played with in the 70’s. Let your kids make memories with the memories that you once cherished. There is no reason you won’t want to get down on the floor with them and play with YOUR toys too!

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