Cherry picking… a Memorial weekend tradition

We never had a Memorial weekend tradition but it just happened that the past two years, we went Cherry picking during Memorial weekend. So this year my husband suggested we try and make it a tradition each year. The only thing that we were worried about was the horrible traffic we hit going there, and even the traffic at the cherry picking place.
So we decided to go on Friday instead. It worked great since my kids were off on that Friday. We also decided to try a new place, Nunn Better Farms in Brentwood, CA. We heard great reviews and I am so happy we went there, most of the trees had low branches. It was very easy for my kids to pick up the cherries. They went crazy picking, they picked 12 lbs!!!

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Now that we picked the cherries and spend only 20 minutes at the farm, we were not ready to go back home. It took us around an hour to get there. So we decided to go to a park we discovered 2 years ago, The Veteran Park. We spent around 2 hours there. There was a new play area for the kids that was not there the last time we visited. They loved the new play structure!

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My son had a rocket that flies when you add Baking soda and vinegar to it, and he wanted to try it for the first time. I thought it would be a very easy activity, but after 5 trials we gave up. I thought he would be disappointed but he enjoyed the trial so much and we laughed so hard that by the end of it we were just satisfied by the time we spend.
I could say we had a great time and looking forward for next year!

If you live in or near the Bay Area, Nunn Better Farm is a great place to go to for Cherry picking. If you don’t like cherries, there is a lot of other fruits you can pick. Just make sure you have cash because they do not accept anything else.

 

 

 

 

 

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My Daughter’s hair donation

My daughter has been wanting to cut her hair for a while now, but whenever we got close to the day she backed off and changed her mind. It was a hard decision for her. But when she saw a friend of hers donate her hair to “Locks of Love”, she told me ” Mom I think this is what I want to do, I want to donate my hair and I am sure”. At the start my heart sunk, to tell you the truth, I love her long hair but I was touched by her decision and selflessness. So I went online and researched Locks of Love, I found out they needed a minimum of 10 inches of hair. So I measured her hair and it was barely enough. I knew the charity was very strict regarding the length. I told my daughter ” your hair might not be enough unless we go short all the way”. Her eyes went teary, she said I really want to donate my hair but I am scared to have it short like a boy. She paused a moment and said, “that is ok mom it will grow fast”, but could feel a bit of sadness in her voice. I went back online and researched more to see if there was any company that would take 8 inches, which is how much my daughter could cut without it being extremely short. I finally found on Oprah’s website a link to “Pantene Beautiful Lengths”, they donate the hair to people affected by hair loss from cancer.
I called my friend Suzi, a hair expert, and asked her to help us with the haircut. Today we met and my daughter was super excited but could feel she was a bit nervous. After the haircut, she was so happy and I think she loves her new haircut. So proud of my daughter and her selfless decision. Love her new look:)

Make a difference – Josiane

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Cupcake liner tag DIY

My kids like to do their own birthday and thank you cards. We have been experimenting with stamps, paint, markers… Recently we started using cupcake liners. Those things can be used in many other ways, will be posting more ideas soon.

I used a blank card which I got from Michaels, a cupcake liner, cupcake stamp,  a circle tag that I punched, and glue or glue sticks.

You mainly flatten the cupcake liner and glue the circle tag on top and then glue the whole thing onto the card. very quick and easy.

My daughter wanted to write on the circle tag but you can always print out the tags before you punch them, will look even neater. But I like the kids’ handwriting, it makes it more personal!

Keep creating memories!!! Josiane

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Shrinkydinks necklace!!!

Last year we did a lot of projects with ShrinkaDinks. For those of you who haven’t heard about ShrinkaDinks, they are sheets of special paper that you decorate and then bake. Once baked they shrink and become hard and you can use them as charms for necklaces, bracelets, you can even do bookmarks , signs etc.
Since last year we kind of forgot about them and haven’t done a project since. But it wasn’t until I saw one of my friends wearing a necklace, made from ShrinkaDinks, by her kids that I remembered how fun it was plus I loved the idea of wearing a charm on my necklace made by my kids. So I bought the ShrinkaDinks ( from amazon, but could be found at target or michaels) and got the kids engaged in them again and loved the outcome:) got my small personalized necklace charm out of it;). My kids’ friends were here too and they all just loved it and specially that they were doing personalized charms for their mom and friends.
We printed out templates too, the girls wanted to create their own designs but the boys just wanted their designs from the templates. And the best part was watching the charms shrink in the oven which only takes about 2 minutes.
Hope you get to try them they are a fun project to do! Hope you create this memory;) Josiane

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Quick and easy snack

Having 4 kids, with ages ranging from 1 to 9 years,  I am always on the lookout for new and easy recipes. My kids love to bake and cook with me.  I love the fact they are into cooking and baking but as you all know it doesn’t always end up being a nice experience. So what makes it a good experience is if the recipe is a short and easy one, specially when you have kids under the age of five. Their attention spam is short and by the time you finish reading the recipe they are all over the place. So here is an easy one that you can prepare in few minutes and keep them involved.

Ingredients:
4 oz grated cheese
3 Tbsp soft butter or margarine
3/4 cup unbleached flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 425F. Blend cheese and butter into dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix to form stiff dough, adding drops of cold water if too dry. Shape into small balls and place on a greased baking tray. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Yield 12-18 balls.

Note: This dough can be used to make cheese straws or twists. Put dough into a pastry tube to make straws. To make twists, roll out dough, cut into narrow strips and twist before baking.

Bon Appetit!! Josiane
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Sunshine Award

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We have been nominated for the sunshine award! Thank you Tracey! Please check her Blog Trace In The Kitchen!

The Rules:

1. Post the Sunshine Award logo on your blog.

2.  Nominate 10 fellow bloggers and announce their nomination in their blog’s comment section

3.  Mention links back to their blog, including a link to the person who nominated you.

4.  Answer the questions below in an effort for everyone to get to know you better!

My Nominees:

Louf What You Eat

Jen McKen photography

Make it Love it

Family Ever After

Mommy By Day Crafter By Night

Spilled Milk

Doodle Mum

One Charming Party

Butterfly Mind

Eat With me

 

1. Favorite color: Blue

2. Favorite animal:  dog

3. Favorite number: 6

4. Favorite Non-Alcoholic drink:  My Irish instant coffee

5. Favorite Alcoholic drink: Long Island

6. Favorite facebook or twitter:  FB

7. My Passions: Gardening, crafts, reading

8. Giving or receiving gifts: giving

9. Favorite city: Rome

10. Favorite TV show: Currently Touch

Wrap it!!

I was browsing through the blogs I follow and came up upon a neat idea for wrapping cookies at One Charming Party and it can in use today. My daughter had her friend over and we did marshmallow and rice crispy treats. Her friend wanted to save a piece for her mom. So we decided instead of just giving it to her in a ziplock, we were going to wrap it up in a small package. So we got a card stock paper ( could be any colored paper), a parchment paper, tape ( I used my washi tape), and a small tag that we cut using a puncher.

I put the treat on the parchment paper then on top of the card stock. I folded it like an envelope, taped it and added the small tag on top.

Create memories !! ( Josiane )

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