Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mother's Day Craft - Handprint Flower

Mother's day is coming up and my daughter wanted to make something special to give to her Grandma and her Great-Grandma. She wanted to let them know all the reasons she loved them.

Children's hand prints are so precious. They are like little snapshots of how big they were at that moment in time. The hand prints on this flower were very carefully traced and cut out by my 6 year old as she sang songs and chatted to me about how much her Grandmother's would LOVE the special surprise that she was making them.

Construction Paper
Picture you can cut around (Of the child or the child and the grandma)

Cut the picture out in a circle and made a little "frame" to go around it.We glued them together and left them to dry while we made the petals.

Make the petals.
My daughter traced as many hand petals as she needed to go around the outside of the framed picture and then glued them to the back of the picture. She spent a lot of time deciding which hand petal would go where and just how they would be placed.

Cut a stem and a little leaf or two out of green construction paper. Glue them to the bottom of the flower, just behind the hands.

Use the markers to write out all the reasons that your child loves whoever the flower is for. The stem says "I love my Great-Grandma because" (obviously change out the descriptor for whoever it is for) and the reasons they love them are written on all the petals.

Let the glue dry and then gift the flowers on Mother's Day!!!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Banana Bread Mini Loaves

We used this recipe to make large loaves of banana bread for about a year before I received a new mini loaf pan for a gift. We pulled it out on one of our weekly baking days and a new favourite was born!

The recipe makes very delicious large loaves of banana bread as well if you prefer that size.

One batch makes 8 mini loaves using our new pan. The loaves are light and delicious and just the right size for lunch or a snack. We takes them in our lunches, serve then for dessert and for snack time, or sometimes even use them to make french toast for breakfast.

The recipe is available on Robin Hood's website.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Project of the Month - April 2013

I am trying something new again this month, crocheting!!!

My grandmother tried to teach me for years and I never caught on. I am still interested in learning but she is no longer here to teach me, so I am trying to teach myself.

I picked a basic dish cloth pattern that does not look too hard and I hope that my project actually looks like it is supposed to when I am done.

Before picture: