Mom, What's for Dinner??

The dreaded question.  My family is bored with my dinnertime selections so it's time to try out some new recipes.  Whenever I get a thumbs up for a new recipe at my dinner table I'll let you know!  This delicious picture was dinner last Friday!

 Crockpot Barbeque Chicken and Oven Fries from Smashed Peas and Carrots

Penguin Finger Puppets

penguin finger puppets

Once in a while I like to share something fantastic of my own.  These adorable penguin puppets can be duplicated with a free printable penguin finger puppets pattern downloaded on Google docs.  *note: I made the above finger puppets (not my children).

Easy instructions: Trace penguin puppet pattern pieces on felt.  Cut out the felt pieces and glue with a low-temp glue gun (adult supervision please!).  The wings and feet are glued in-between the body pieces.  Only glue the top and side edges of the body so a little finger can fit inside!  Don't forget the googly eyes!!

Here are some penguin books to go along with the penguin finger puppets.  You could pair a puppet and book together for a fun kid birthday gift!

Augustine A Penguin StoryLost and Found


**linked to:
Sew Can Do, Somewhat Simple, Childmade, Local Fun For Kids, Funky PolkaDot Giraffe, Raising Memories, My Delicious Ambiguity, Skip To My Lou

**featured on:
One Pretty Thing
Tip Junkie
Fun Family Crafts

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A Perfect Pair of Pizzas

Last night I made pizza in honor of National Pizza Week!  We had my husband's favorite BBQ Chicken Pizza and a version of Papa Murphy's Gourmet Chicken Garlic Pizza Copycat Recipe that Melissa from Wonder Mom Envy shared.  They're perfect together in my opinion!  Neither have a healthy sauce but they're so delicious I forget about that!

BBQ Chicken Pizza
sauce- KC Masterpiece Hickory Brown Sugar
shredded mozzarella (or mixture of moz and cheddar)
cooked shredded or cubed chicken
optional toppings: pineapple, olives, green peppers, cooked bacon pieces
add more shredded mozzarella
sprinkle with grated parmesan if desired

garlic and ranch pizza sauce (adapted from Wonder Mom Envy)
¾ cup Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 spoonful sour cream
1 tsp. garlic powder
¼ to ½ tsp. onion powder
enough for 1 large pizza with some left or 2 medium pizzas

2 lb. bread machine pizza dough (1½ lb. recipe with directions HERE)
recipe source: my Breadman recipe booklet
1½ cups warm water
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. salt
4¼ cups flour
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. yeast
dough makes 2 large pizzas

Penguin Possibilities

Penguins are perfect for January!

 ❄ Penguin Snow Globe on Parents

Penguin Craft from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman 

  Penguin Birthday Party from Gourmet Mom on-the-Go

Penguin Fingerprint on The Activity Idea Place (image from me)

Heart Penguin Paper Craft from DLTK (so cute for V-day)

Owly and Wormy Wordless Picture Book

Owly & Wormy, Friends All Aflutter!

Andy Runton, author of Owly graphic novels, has made his first Owly full-color picture book!!  Owly & Wormy: Friends All Aflutter will be released in March but is available for pre-order at many places, including Amazon!!  "Owly and Wormy want butterflies! But when they come home from Mrs. Raccoon's nursery with a milkweed plant that's supposed to attract some fluttering friends, what they get instead are chubby, green bugs!"--from Top Shelf

I am sooo excited about this book because my kids and I love reading Owly!  I'm even more excited that Owly & Wormy: Friends All Aflutter is a great price right now on Amazon!

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Bookworm Beginnings-- Friendship

I like reading books about friendship with my kids because it's an important topic to be talked about before a child starts school and continues to be a huge part of life.  Each of these picture books has a lesson on friendship.  I'm a little lazy to write a brief description for each book so if you want to read a synopsis click on the title and it will take you to Goodreads.  Happy Reading!

Don't Worry Bear
Don't Worry Bear by Greg Foley

Toot & Puddle: You Are My Sunshine

Little Blue Truck
 Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse)
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker

*Linked to Annie's Feed Me Books Friday on Little Sprouts Books!

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Preschool Activity: ABC's with Chalk and Water

My son is doing home preschool with the Utah UPSTART program.  It's all on the computer so I like to supplement with regular activities.  I use resources on my Home Preschooling Helps post to find ideas.

I discovered this fun chalk and water activity On Gayle's Preschool Rainbow (scroll down to 'Erasing with Water').  My son actually enjoys practicing letters with this method.  We have small chalkboards that we got from a friend who's a retired teacher. 
(No Biggie has a guest post on Make and Takes that shows you how easy it is to make your own chalkboards!)