Fun and yummy snack!

Today my kids and I made a really fun and easy after school snack!  I found this recipe, Chocolate Granola Apple Wedges in the September 2011 issue of Cooking Light.  After school today we all went to the grocery store and picked out our ingredients.  I adapted the recipe and added a few more ingredients like chopped apricots, rainbow sprinkles, chopped pecans, chopped M&M’s and you could probably add even more.  This was so simple that my 7 year old daughter helped out too.

healthy apple snack

The ingredients I used

melting chocolate

I like to use the double boiler method best, I do not trust a microwave to melt chocolate and nothing smells worse than burnt chocolate!



  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup low-fat granola without raisins Here I used chopped apricots, M&M’s, chopped pecans, rainbow sprinkles or coconut would  be yummy too!
  • 1 large Braeburn apple, cut into 16 wedges


  • 1. Place chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds, or until chocolate melts. Here I used the double boiler method.
  • 2. Place granola in a shallow dish. Dip apple wedges, skin side up, in chocolate; allow excess chocolate to drip back into bowl. Dredge wedges in granola. Place wedges, chocolate side up, on a large plate. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until set.
  • apple snack

    Our apple snack!

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C is for Caterpillar!

Today we started the week learning all about the letter Cc, what starts with C and the sound it makes. We read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” By Eric Carle. This is a classic that the children and I love! The children liked the part when the caterpillar ate all of the sweets and junk food best. We then learned a song about caterpillars and then crawled like them too. During Arts and Crafts we made The Very Hungry Caterpillar out of the kids hands and added an eaten leaf that he ate through in the book.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Creepy, Crawly Caterpillar

(to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

Creepy, crawly caterpillar

Munch, munch, munch

Munch, munch, munch

Munch, munch, munch.

Creepy Crawly Caterpillar

Munch, munch, munch

Eating green leaves for lunch!

making a caterpillar

Making our caterpillars

making caterpillars

Making our hand print caterpillars

hand print caterpillars

Hand print caterpillars

hand print caterpillars

Finished hand print caterpillars!

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Crafts around my house….

I wanted to share some of the things that I have done around my own home, “BB”(before blogging)!  This past spring I remodeled my really teeny, tiny bathroom.  I mean it is small, maybe 3ft.x5ft.  I found some really pretty vintage looking bird prints at HomeGoods for $7.99 a piece.  I hung them on the wall, but they just looked naked.  So I extended the whimsical tree branches that are in the print onto the wall.  Pretty easy, and it really made it work!

vintage bird prints

Vintage bird print that I dressed up a bit, by extending the tree branches onto the wall.

vintage bird prints

Another dressed up print in the bathroom.

Last year I also added some art in our master bedroom.  I had gotten a similar kit for my friend and brother from Red Envelope for Christmas.  But I decided to try it out on my own and get the supplies from JoAnn.  I used 4 8×8 square canvas, painted them to match our bedroom (we have an ocean theme)  Then used coordinating paint for our hand prints.  It is such a great keepsake of our family and such a cute way to remember the kids hands from when they were little.

family hand prints

Our family hand prints.

family hand prints

Hand prints.

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