Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kids On Tuesday

Hey there!  I'm trying get back to my normal posts but our family still doesn't have a camera so if ya'll could pray we can get one soon that would be great!

Here is a recipe for homemade play dough!  This would be a great project to do with little siblings or to make for a Sunday School class!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Crafty Monday

Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a fabric flower and how to make it into a hair clip!  :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hair Do Tip...

Hey girls!  I'm soooooooo sorry I didn't post all week!  :( 
Just for an update... we had an ok opening weekend last week and it has been better this weekend!  Thanks for your prayers!

Here is a little add on to the hair tip from the other day.
I was telling someone about the baking soda/vinegar treatment last week.  And she told me she knew a missionary lady that that's all she uses for shampoo and her hair is in the best shape ever!  I've been doing it and my hair has felt a little greasy so I asked her about it.  She said that it will feel like that for a little while til your hair gets used to it and then it will go away and your hair will be the healthiest it has ever been!  So if you didn't get the recipe before it's 2 T. baking soda in a 24 ou. bottle of water.  Spray on thoroughly and scrub scalp.  Then rinse. 
I also found out that apple cider vinegar is a natural conditioner!  I don't know if I'll stop using regular conditioner or not but it was very interesting.  :)
Just thought I'd pass it on!  Have any of you tried it yet?  And has it worked?  Have you gotten more curl?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Prayer Request & Construction

Hey girls!  If you could keep me and my family in your prayers tomorrow.  It's our opening day for the Corn Maze and we could really use a good turn out!  :)
Oh!  If you want to check out our Corn Maze you can look up our info at www.lincolncornmaze.com and if any of you live in the area I would LOVE it if you came to visit!  :D
Also Ashlyn Y. from over at Capturing Memories is voluntarily giving me a new look!  YEA! (I love change and variety!)  So if things are coming and going it's because this blog is under construction.  :)
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Recipe Thursday

Hi ya'll!  This is an "eyeball" recipe.  Meaning, I don't really know the exact amounts I just kinda throw things in til it looks and tastes right!  ;)  (I do that a lot.)  So, hope this works for ya'll!

Dill Twist Pasta Salad

These are the ingredients I used:

1 box of your favorite pasta salad noodles
Ranch Dressing
Frozen peas
1 Canned corn
Chopped onion
Shredded cheddar cheese
A little bit of chopped up dill pickle
Salt to taste

Ok, so first I cook the noodles, then drain and rinse them in cold water.
Then stir in the other ingredients in the amounts that you and your family would like.
*And I would make it a day ahead.  It tastes much better that way.
Well, let me know what you think!  :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hairdo Wednesday

Fun idea! Sorry it took me so long to post Bethany!



Hi! On our trip to Arizona I found a really cool thing to do a new hairstyle with!

Here are the directions:

1 go to claires!

2 buy a braid hairband that matches your hair color.

3 put it in!!!

This is really neat for girls (like me) who arent great with braiding!

Bethany B. IL

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Curly Hair Tutorial...

Hi there!  I have a fun hair do Bethany B. sent in to post on Wed. but I came across this REALLY cool tutorial on how to get your hair super curly, naturally!  I did it and got WAY more curl than I usually do! I got so many questions on how I did it that I decided to post it here so all of you can try it!  (I hope with the same success! :)
So, here is the video, I would turn your volume off, there's like no talking just a song.
So, hope you enjoy!  Oh!  And tell me what you think and if you try it how it turns out!  :D

Oh!  Below her video on YouTube she says she does 2 T. of baking soda in a 24 oz. bottle of water and just sprays it on, scrubs, then uses apple cider vinegar, then conditioner.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Misc. Saturday

Tips for Writing Letters

1 - Everyone likes to get personal notes and letters - Proverbs saysthat “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healthto the bone.” If you use pleasant words, you can be a blessing and anencouragement to your friends. That’s tip number one - Don’t complainabout everything when you write, but try to be cheerful!

2 - Don’t wait to think about your letter until you sit down to writeit. Be alert all the time for interesting or funny things that happenthat your friend would enjoy hearing about. If you think of somethingyou want to make sure you remember to tell them, you could jot it downon the back of the envelope or somewhere.

3 - Write like you talk - you should use good sentences and grammarmost of the time, but it’s not a school paper, so don’t be scared ofwriting! Just try to think of what you would say to that person ifthey stopped in for a visit.

4 - Ask questions! That is, if you want them to write back. It’simportant to not just talk about yourself, but to show that you’reinterested in their life as well. You could read the letter they wroteyou (if they did!) and ask questions about things they talked about.You could ask questions about what they like (What’s your favoritekind of ice cream?), what they’ve done (Have you ever been iceskating?), what they think about things, and anything else you canthink of!

5 - Make sure you answer the questions they asked you. It’s a goodidea to always reread the letter they sent you before you startwriting, and then again after you’re done to make sure you don’t missanything. Also, something they wrote may give you an idea of somethingto say to them.

6 - Be detailed! For example, don’t just say, “I went to a birthdayparty.” Tell when and where it was, who was there, what you wore, whatyou ate and did and talked about, and what gift you gave. Tell whatyou’re learning in school. Tell what your people in your family havebeen doing. If you read a good book, you could give them a mini-bookreport about it. You would be surprised at how much you could tellabout anything if you think about it - and those are the things thatmake letters interesting. Even if you think it’s boring, it’s a wayfor the other person to really feel like they’re there with you.

7 - Writing letters is fun, but it’s good to include somethingspiritual as well - Tell something that you’ve been learning in yourpersonal or family devotions, or at church, or ask them to pray forsomething, or include a verse or two.

8 - With some practice, you can make your letters look exciting, evenif they aren’t! Use exclamation points, underline important words orcapitalize whole words, use smiley faces, Xs and Os, or anything elseyou can think of. If you’re telling about what someone said, put it inquotation marks.

9 - If you want to, you could include something extra - like a poem, ajoke, a quote, a recipe, a picture, or a bookmark.

10 - Lastly, don’t forget to put the date on the letter, your name atthe end of the letter, and your address, as well as theirs, on the envelope.

Naomi S. MN

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Recipe Thursday

I LOVE this recipe!!!


Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce-(if you don't have applesauce, you can use 1/2 butter & 1/2 vegetable oil.)
1/2 cup canola oil-(you can use vegetable oil instead)
1 tablespoon grated orange peel-(you can use lemon extract, lemon peel, lemon juice, orange juice, or whatever citrus flavor you have available. If you don't have any, it's ok- it just adds to the overall flavor.)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts-(I used cahews instead of walnuts)
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, applesauce, oil, orange peel and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the zucchini, nuts and chocolate chips. Transfer to two greased 8-in. x 2-in. pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Makes: 2 loaves (16 slices each)

*If you like, you can add about 1/4-1/2 cup cocoa powder to the recipe. If you do that, add a few tablespoons of milk to make sure that it's not too dry.

Rebecca B, IL

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Here is a video on how to make ADORABLE tissue paper flowers!  Perfect to decorate a gift or your room!  Hope you enjoy!  :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Giveaway!

Ashlyn's having a Giveaway over at Capturing Memories! Through Aug. 17th!

Head over and take a peek!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Recipe Thursday

Veggie Stuffed Sandwiches

2 pieces of whole wheat bread, 1 pita pocket cut in half, or 1 flour tortilla
Assorted vegetables.
Your favorite sandwich spread.

Spread an even layer of sandwich spread on your preferred bread. You can use hummus, mayonnaise, spicy mustard, etc.
Now add an assortment of fresh vegetables. Ideas include cucumbers, tomatoes, sprouts, olives, peppers, lettuce, spinach, etc. and enjoy!

This is especially good when you have a bunch of fresh produce from your garden.
You could also serve these at a party or get-together. Just have the bread, veggies and spread available and let your guests make up their own veggie sandwich creations!

Samantha H. IL

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hairdo Wednesday

Here is a twist. If you can do a french braid this should be easy.

Take the first little bit of hair from by your forehead and twist itto the right several times.

Now pick up a little bit from the leftside bring it over the first piece of hair and twist it in.

Next take some hair from the right side of your head, bring it under thelarge piece, and twist it in.

Continue alternating left and rightsides until all the hair but a little piece at the nape of your neckis twisted in and then ponytail it together to secure the twist.

Now if you are creative you can do something with the ponytail, but I usually leave it down.

Tracy T. MN

Monday, August 1, 2011

Hi girls! I am soooooo sorry I haven't been posting lately! We only have 3 weeks left til our Corn Maze opens and we are REALLY swamped right now! Hope you all will keep checking back though! Lord willing after the maze is open I will have more time to devote to this blog again!

Here is a yummy recipe from Samantha! :)


(By the way if you want to see what is keeping me so busy here is our website www.lincolncornmaze.com . If you live in the area we'd love to have you stop by!)

Homemade Pita Chip

1 whole piece of pita bread ( I use whole wheat, but white would be okay, too)

olive oil

Italian seasoning to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the pita bread in the middle so you have 2 flat disks. Cut each disk into4 pieces. You will have 8 pieces total.Mix together the olive oil and seasoning. I never really measure it out, so just experiment and see what works best. You just want to have enough to evenly coat each piece of pita.Evenly spread each pita slice with the oil and seasoning mixture.Bake on a cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, or until the chips are just starting to brown. Turn the oven to "Broil", and keep the chips in the oven until the chips are getting brown and crispy. Watch them carefully, because they can burn really easily in the broiler.Take the chips out and let them sit for 1-2 minutes to cool. You can now enjoy your pita chips with hummus or refried beans for a complete protein, or have them with a big garden salad.

Samantha H. IL