Chicken, Provolone, Tomato, and Basil Appetizer

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Before the cold air started blowing here in Minnesota, I trimmed my basil plant.  Nothing usually grows (besides weeds) by my black thumb, so having too much basil was a really awesome and surprising problem to have.

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After looking at the things in my fridge/pantry, I came up with this recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Dice some grilled chicken (Aldi has some grilled chicken in the lunch meat area)
  • Slice one Roma tomato
  • Divide the slices of provolone cheese in half
  • Cut the basil into long strips
  • Set the oven temp for 350°

We are Aldi people.  So everything in this recipe (except for the basil of course) is from there.  Sure, I could hop on over to another grocery store and buy all the same things for twice the price…but I digress.  Recipe is on its way I promise.

This is my soapbox, so just let me stand up here a while and pretend the two of you who read this blog are not just scrolling through.

Standing.

Standing.

Ok.  I’m bored.  What were we talking about?  Oh, food!

To start, take a baking sheet and spray it down with some good old cooking spray.  I used olive oil flavored, but you could also use butter flavored.  Then, open up a can of crescent rolls (my least favorite thing to do, because it’s like a jack-in-the-box for adults) and distribute them evenly on the baking sheet.

Add some sea salt and oregano to the crescents and bake them for 5 minutes.  Then, take some grilled chicken and place a few small pieces on top of your crescents.

Next up is the tomatoes and cheese.  Take one slice of tomato and place it on  top of the crescent.  Then, place a cheese slice on top of the tomato.

Top the crescents with basil and a dash of black pepper.

Pop those babies in the oven for another 9-12 minutes until the edges of the crescents are golden and the cheese is melted.

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Bon appetite.

It’s a beautiful appetizer to make for a fun night in or a holiday party in the near future.  Bonus: my kids actually gobbled this up.  I think it was the cheese that roped them in.

Full recipe below.

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Ingredients

  • 1 can crescent rolls (8 total)
  • 1 roma tomato
  • Fresh basil
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup grilled chicken, cubed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. To start, take a cookie sheet and spray it with cooking spray.
  2. Open up a can of crescent rolls and distribute them evenly on the baking sheet.  Add some sea salt and oregano to the crescents and bake them for 5 minutes.
  3. Place a few small pieces of grilled chicken on top of your crescents.
  4. Take one slice of tomato and place it on  top of the crescent.  Then, place a cheese slice on top of the tomato.
  5. Top the crescents with basil and a dash of black pepper.
  6. Bake for another 9-12 minutes until the edges of the crescents are golden and the cheese is melted.

 

To see more of my recipes you can click here or go to the top of this page and click on the “recipe” category.

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First Fruit

Hello!  Long time, no see.

It’s been awhile since I blogged, because you know, life happens.

With Christmas fast approaching, I wanted to share a great way to find a gift and give to those in need at the same time!

What is First Fruit?

First Fruit is a sweet little shop on Instagram that sells beautiful crocheted hats, scarves, and other accessories with half of their profits going to an organization called World Vision.

What is World Vision?

They are a Christian humanitarian organization that works with children, families, and their communities worldwide, tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.  Just last year, World Vision reached 2.3 million people with improving clean water access.  That’s pretty amazing, and that only brushes the surface of what this organization does to help those in need around the world.

For more information go to their website here.

This is an example of what you can find at First Fruit:

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Adorable, right?

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The yarn used is very soft and warm for fall/winter wear.  It is well-made, and fits perfectly!  And notice the wiskers…so cute!

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I love this logo stitched on the hat!

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Calvin is enjoying his new fox hat, and doesn’t want me to take it off!

Where can I find more information?

Facebook

Instagram

How much does it cost?

The hat above is $14 (not including shipping) with $7 going to World Vision.

For more information on pricing please email firstfruitcrochet@gmail.com

 

Thank you so much for reading.

Have a blessed day!

Life Cycles: Birds

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a bird life cycle made out of felt.


Bird

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The Bird life cycle has three stages.

1. Egg

2. Hatchling

3. Adult Bird

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  The type of bird is called the Red-flanked Bluetail.  Each stage fits nicely into a little nest as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult bird.

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  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult bird.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the bird lives and direct them in placing the picture with the nest on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

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Life Cycles: Frogs

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a frog life cycle made out of felt.


Frog

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The Frog life cycle has three stages.

1. Egg

2. Tadpole

3. Frog Adult

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little water lily pad as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, tadpole, and adult frog.

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  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, tadpole, and adult frog.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the frog lives and direct them in placing the picture with the lily pad on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Frog


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

 

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Teaching Opposites

Opposites Activity

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Hey guys!  I hope you are all having a great start to your week.  This last month of summer can be painful for parents as the kids start getting bored right before school starts.  So today I’m showing you an activity that you can share with your preschooler who’s driving you crazy at home (But we still love them, right? Of course).

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[Materials]
  • Wooden Tray
  • Opposites Puzzle (Target $ section)
  • Dollar Store plastic container

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My daughter knows how to match things that are the same.  But today I introduced her to something a bit different.  I talked to her about things that were the opposite.  She was very excited when I pulled out this tray with puzzle pieces.

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We found these little puzzles at the Target dollar section a couple weeks ago.  Each card contains two pieces with the opposite word and picture on it.

Examples: Open/Closed, Short/Tall, Slow/Fast, etc.

After she was done putting the pieces together, she placed the cards into the container.

Easy peasy.

Below are some books to read with your child to expand their knowledge on opposites:

Puzzles:


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

Wrapped Braids

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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This hairstyle is one I’ve been wearing a lot this summer.  It’s perfect for everyday style, but I prefer to wear my hair like this at a party or on a date.

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To begin, divide your hair into two sections. Keep in mind that you don’t want your sections to show.

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Now, braid the two sections and secure with a clear elastic band.  To add volume to your braids, you can pull on the pieces of the braids and it will create a fuller look.  This is especially helpful if you have fine hair like mine.

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Take the braid from the right and bring it over to the left side so that it is laying above the other braid.  Secure with some bobby pins.

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Then, bring the braid that you pinned underneath the braid that’s hanging down.  Secure it in place with several bobby pins, and tuck the ends underneath the braid.

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Do the same thing with the other braid, but in the opposite direction.  Secure it in place with bobby pins.

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Once the braid has been wrapped around, tuck the ends into the other braid and secure with several bobby pins.

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That’s it for this hairstyle!  If you have any questions please comment below.

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To see more of my hairstyles, click this link or click beauty and hair on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Life Cycles: Sea Turtles

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a sea turtle life cycle made out of felt.


Sea Turtle

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The Sea Turtle life cycle has three stages.

1. Egg

2. Hatchling

3. Sea Turtle Adult

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little sandy shore as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult sea turtle.

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  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult sea turtle.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the sea turtle lives and direct them in placing the picture with the sandy shore on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Sea Turtle


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

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How To Use A Hair Donut

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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compensation if you make a purchase using the links below]

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Happy Monday friends!  Today I’m going to be showing you how to use a hair donut to make a full bun like the one pictured above.

[The beautiful “Tree Of Life” necklace I’m sporting in this post is from Eager Hands Jewelry Etsy Shop]

Hair donuts can be found at most convenience stores that carry hair products.  Don’t feel like going to the store?  No problem!  You can buy one on Amazon by clicking the pictures below.

Beige:

Brown:

Black:

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To begin, put your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.  Then, pull the ponytail through the donut.

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Next, spread the hair around the donut making sure to cover the entire donut.

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Starting from the back, take the hair that is sticking out away from the donut and gather it around the hair donut.  I like to twist the hair as I go around the hair donut, but you don’t have to.

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Once you have wrapped the hair around the hair donut, you can secure the ends with a few bobby pins.  Then, to secure the bun, place several bobby pins all around the bun.

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Once you are happy with how the bun looks, pull on the hair going into the bun by lifting with your fingers.  This will keep the hair from sitting flat on your head by creating fullness around the bun.

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That’s all it takes!  Pretty simple, and so cute!  If you have any questions about this tutorial please leave them in the comments below.

To see more of my hairstyles, click this link or click beauty and hair on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Life Cycles: Polar Bear

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a sequencing activity.


Polar Bear

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The Polar Bear life cycle has three stages.

1. Polar Bear Baby

2. Polar Bear Cub

3. Polar Bear Adult

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little ice cave as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of a polar bear baby, cub, and adult.

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  1. Label three notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of a polar bear baby, cub, and adult.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the polar lives and direct them in placing the picture with the ice cave on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Polar Bear


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

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Mohawk Divided Updo

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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Mohawk hairstyles are a growing trend these days, and I’m going to show you one of my own creations below.

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To begin, separate your hair into a section like the one pictured above and begin a dutch braid.  A dutch braid is similar to a French braid as you are adding in sections, but it is different in the fact that you bring the left and right strands under the middle strand instead of over the middle strand.

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The, separate the braided section in half and braid each side securing the ends with a clear elastic.

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Take the rest of your hair and gather it into a high ponytail.  Backcomb that ponytail and create a messy bun securing with a clear elastic.  Use some bobby pins to adjust the messy bun.

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Take each braid and wrap it around the messy bun, pinning in place with bobby pins.

To see more of my hairstyles, click this link or click beauty and hair on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by!

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