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Breweries with Babes

I am a fan of simple alliteration, but how many people do you think will hit this link in search of something else?! Oh well…

If you know us, patroning local breweries and wineries is our go to activity on the weekends. They are the perfect blend of “still cool enough to go out” but with the stipulation of nap time schedules. One of the biggest reasons we like to go to them is that we can get out of the house and our LO can run around and get energy out. Win win!

If you’re from around the DMV this list may be of interest to you – so bookmark this page for future reference!


The Farm Brewery at Broad Run

Where it is: 16015 John Marshall Hwy Broad Run, VA 20137

Why we love it: We love this spot for its picturesque landscape, delicious BBQ, good brews, and large, flat layout. In addition to the ideal landscape for LOs to run around there are chickens you can visit adjacent to the outdoor bar.

Attractions near by: Just across Rt. 66 from the brewery is a local flower farm that sells itself on pick your own seasonal varieties of tulips, sunflowers, and gladiolas. Check their website for the best times to visit.


Vanish Farmwoods Brewery

Where it is: 42245 Black Hops Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176

Why we love it: Vanish is the ideal spot for a day of family fun. While it is a bit of a drive for those coming from inside the Beltway, the amenities are worth it. In addition to great beer and plenty of food options, the space is large enough to accommodate groups who want to dance to the band or sit in a quieter location. For the children, there is a playground on site as well as an ice cream truck. If your family adventures include four legged children, don’t hesitate to bring them along as Vanish has a dog friendly picnic area.

Attractions near by: Since Vanish is a bit of a drive, make a day of it and take your time exploring the area. Stop in the downtown historic district of Leesburg for a bite to eat and some shopping. One of favorite spots to stop by is the secret garden at Shoes Cup and Cork. If you’re making it a parent’s night out and want something a bit fancier, make reservations at Lightfoot next door.

Another great stop nearby, is The Old Lucketts antique store. Get lost in all of the antique and restoration treasures, perusing inside and out. Don’t forget to check out their Design House and snap a family photo by their seasonal mural.


2 Silos

Where it is: 9925 Discovery Blvd, Manassas, VA 20109

Why we love it: 2 Silos is one of the areas newer breweries. Settled in Manassas, 2 Silos boasts a fantastic location for a day of family fun. With food choices of BBQ, pizza, and empanadas – you’d be hard pressed to not be satisfied. Recently Peterson’s Ice Cream Depot from Clifton opened up a on-site shop located right next to the playground. While their menu isn’t quite as expansive as their home store, they did have child friendly AND adult friendly treats. If you’re looking for entertainment, check out the HUGE stage with various local music acts.

Attractions near by: If you are interested in earning your keep or simply enjoy buffing up on your history, take a short drive over to the Manassas National Battlefield Park. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, try checking out two of the areas nearby museums: Freedom Museum and the Manassas Museum


Quattro Goombas

Where it is: 22860 Monroe–Madison Memorial HWY, Aldie, VA, 20105

Why we love it: Quattro Goombas is a great spot to go if you are a house divided on beer and wine preferences. Their grounds house BOTH a brewery and a winery – so you really can’t go wrong. In addition to great libations, you can feast on delicious Sicilian style pizza; and quench your thirst with one of their famous wine slushees. The grounds are expansive and flat, which are ideal for LOs to run around and get some fresh air. 

Attractions near by: Close to Quattro Goombas, is the small historic town of Aldie, VA. With a variety of historic markers, the mill museum, and more – the history buff in you will be satisfied. If you are interested in local fares, check out the food trucks and farmer’s stands at Gilbert’s Corner Market


Solace

Where it is: 42615 Trade West Drive Suite 100, Dulles, Virginia 20166

Why we love it: In a land of wineries as far as the eye can see, Solace is Loudoun County’s largest brewery. While indoor space makes up most of Solace Brewing Company’s property, they encourage family time as they have a designated area for patrons with children. If the picnic tables are free outside, take your LO out to see if they can spot any of the planes from nearby Dulles airport. While the brewery does not have a consistent food source on site, they do have a rotation of delicious food trucks everyday. Plan your visit ahead by checking their website for when the trucks are coming.

Attractions near by: Solace is located in an industrial park area. While this makes it a bit further from lots of attractions, you will find lots to do if you are willing to drive a bit. Aldie, Middleburg, and Brambleton are just some of the towns worth exploring. If you are interested in exploring one of NOVA’s parks, check out Mt. Zion. After all the fun and excitement, stop by The Burger Shack in Chantilly. Their sliders and milkshakes are worth it!


Dirt Farm Brewing

Where it is: 18701 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135

Why we love it: Dirt Farm is a far drive from the Metropolitan area. However, the view is BREATHTAKING. While the grounds are settled on top of a hill, and not too conducive for small children to run around, a quick beer and slice of their house made pizza pair perfectly with the endless beauty of the Virginia countryside. 

Attractions near by: If you prefer to sip wine, drive next door to the Bluemont Vineyard. If you bring your children with you, be sure to save plenty of time for a country life experience at Great Country Farms across the street. With a variety of pick-your-own produce, country store, hay rides, slides, animals, and more – children of all ages will have a good time. 


Barrel Oak Winery

Where it is: Barrel Oak Winery, LLC  3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144

Why we love it: Barrel Oak Winery is a great place to visit for adults, families, and even four legged friends. Similar to Quattro Goombas, Barrel Oak serves both the beer and wine crowds. The grounds are expansive, but hilly. If you plan on allowing your children to “explore” be sure to keep an eye on them. If you are hungry while you visit, be sure to check out their house made pizza. 

Attractions near by: One of our favorite things to do when we head out to Delaplane, is to venture out to one of the many orchards nearby. Hartland, Stribling, and Hollin Farms, are just a few that support the local agriculture of our area. If you are interested in a BBQ dining experience (and the best apple cider donuts around), then drive a bit further down Rt. 66 to Linden, VA and check out The Apple House


While these are merely a few of the many breweries in this area, they are tried and true by us! If you are in search of some ideas of things to do with you friends and family – check them out! Cheers!

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Summer Pesto Pasta Salad

I love cooking, and I especially love cooking during the summer months. Something about the plentiful fruits and veggies, helps create a palette of delectable tastes that can be combined in a multitude of ways. What is also great about cooking in the summer is that with the heat, appetites seems to crave refreshing and light tasting fares, so those fresh fruits and veggies really lend themselves to that very idea.

Two of my very favorite dishes in the summer are grilled chicken and pasta salad. Not only can they compliment one another really well, but they also can be done in so many ways that you won’t get tired of serving them. They are versatile as well, serving as a side or even as your main dish. One of my favorite ways to serve these up, is through a pesto pasta salad. It’s easy, it’s quick, and tastes amazing. Enjoy!

While I made mine with diced grilled chicken, I left it out of the recipe above for a more vegetarian friendly version.
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Cocktail Cold Pizza

Growing up as an Army brat meant we moved. A LOT. I lived in six different states before the fifth grade. One of the places we lived, my dad served as a battalion commander. Not only did this mean he was in charge of a large group of soldiers, but also meant my parents had to attend and host numerous dinner parties where my brother and I were sequestered upstairs with episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Alex Mack. (Those references will quickly date me and label me as a 90s kid; and so be it.)

While I’m not sure if my Mom’s version of this recipe originated there or elsewhere, it is one she made frequently when we hosted others in our home. I always loved the combination of flavors and fresh taste of it, even as a child. It is also great because it could be tweaked to fit vegan diets or more carnivorous palettes. While this version is not the original I grew up with, due to quarantining I attempted at making it with what I had at home, and let me tell you it’s a very close second.

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Taking Care of YOUR Business

Taking time for oneself is hard in what we formally called “normal life”. Now that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, that extra layer of madness and surreal life makes it even harder. I am not a mental health expert, but a firm believer that if you can’t care for yourself you can’t truly provide the care for others.

It is in that same vein that I have always been a huge proponent of self care and alone time. It’s something we’ve built into our daily routine at home as much as possible. It allows us to all recharge our batteries, resented, focus, and breathe. With that said however, being home together with very few places to go for months on end, has made it increasingly difficult. Quickly I found that my thirty minute commute to and from work gave me almost five hours a week to just sit alone and be one with my thoughts… or the radio (okay, mostly the radio), but still it was uninterrupted time that once seemed bothersome and now I look at it as of it was some type of luxury. Now outings are limited and usually not alone, so that time is gone. Instead, I set my alarm for at least an hour before the rest of the family gets up. Sometimes I use that time to workout, write a post here, read, but more often than not I put on the news or a junk TV show (read: not Bubble Guppies) and enjoy my cup of coffee. Let me tell you, it is a JOY. It’s time for me to wake up and breathe before the day gets started. Things I have come to find that I need in order to be my best for everyone else that day.

Unfortunately, with this increased time of stress and uncertainty comes a deeper need for that self care time. With the continuing of the pandemic, the ebb and flow of cases and guidelines, I have found myself staying up at all hours of the night thinking a mile a minute. I have had to stop myself many times and focus on my breathing; or force myself to sit and just be okay with not rushing about inventing things that “have” to be done. I feel like I’ve had more anxiety and stress over things that usually I’m okay with than really ever before in my life; and I know that I am not alone. I know many are feeling this way, some with far bigger triggers for their stress, anxiety, and worry than mine.

Recently I saw a post about how a mom’s (really either parent) self care time continually gets reduced down to their shower. First, I don’t disagree with this; but if I’m being honest even THAT is a stretch. I can usually count on interruptions between lathers or questions shouted through the door. In other words, not the Four Seasons spa over here, and the reason why I was inspired to address this. Second, showering is rudimentary personal hygiene. That’s why I motion (to no one in particular) to relabel that as “personal time” – the time in which one can take care of their person. Time in which they can do the routine things they need to do to stay physically healthy, thus allowing them to feel ready to tackle whatever the day may bring, even if it is binge watching Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix.

On the other hand “self care” should be viewed publicly as the time one takes to nurse themselves in mind, body, and soul. This could be a walk outside, reading a book, a workout, meditation – whatever. Whatever that individual needs to not feel depleted on ALL levels, again. I think we all need to advocate for more of this true self care time for ourselves and also those around us. It’s tough being human, and perhaps the sooner we can be kinder to ourselves the sooner we can be kinder to one another. So join me (from a distance) in finding your own personal ways to take time for yourself. I truly think we will all be better off for it in the time ahead.

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Banana Whipped Cream

As a child, if given the choice between whipped cream or hot fudge, I always chose the later. While I am and will always be a chocoholic, fresh homemade whipped cream is quickly becoming one of my new favorite toppings for light summer desserts. We have been putting it on fruit shortcakes, mixed berries, and more. It’s simple to make and almost tastes like a very light ice cream – thus appeasing any sundae cravings that might arise.

Easy banana whipped cream recipe – works as a great twist on strawberry shortcake!

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ONE Sweet Peach

It’s hard to believe but our littlest turned one recently. I feel like just the other day we were anticipating her arrival, and now here we are with this tiny person who we adore.

Despite her birthday happening during a pandemic and her placement as not the first kid (ha), we wanted to celebrate in a special way even if that was with just our families. I’m a fan of alliteration and play on words, and with it being her first “ONE Sweet Peach” seemed perfect.

Since it was small (and distanced), we kept things simple and reused a fair amount of decorations from past celebrations. I also liked the idea of a subtle theme this time, so peaches weren’t necessarily obvious elements. Instead we used the color peach and alluded to peaches throughout.

Our delicious cake and smash (cup)cake was from a local bakery CupCakes & Beyond. We opted for a simple vanilla cake with peach filling, and topped our LOs cupcake with “One Sweet Peach” toppings I found in RSVPparty Decor Etsy shop.
Since we went with simple, I purchased three peach and three gray balloons from Party Sparkles Etsy shop.
The gold sequin fabric was an old swatch I bought at Jo Ann Fabrics years ago, and it made for the perfect “blanket” to stage her birthday photos. You can find a similar option here.
Her high chair tulle skirt was a purchase from Tickled Glitzy Etsy shop; and her headband is old and hand-me-down from her sister’s first birthday. You can find a similar option here. We also reused her gold Mylar name balloon from her Baptism. Letters are customizable and can be purchased at Party City.
Her tutu dress is old Old Navy and is currently sold out, but they routinely sell long sleeved, short sleeved, and tank styles in a multitude of colors, or you find similar here or here. // The large peach balloon (36”) a lá James and the Giant Peach was from Fancy Celebration Etsy shop.

All in all it was a sweet and simple celebration, which sometimes is honestly the best. Low stress, cute decor, good food, and clearly a day that made her beyond happy – look at that smile!

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Upcycled Rainbow Bugs

A few weeks ago I shared on my Instagram a simply DIY STEM project H and I did to supplement of Very Hungry Caterpillar themed lesson. It’s way it’s simple and a great way to work on sorting, counting, patterns, and fine motor skills. It also helps kids exercise their creativity while using up something in a whole new way.

For the rainbow bugs, you simply need multiple applesauce/pouch food lids, pipe cleaners, and possibly googley eyes and glue. (H vetoed this for her “bug” collection, but I think it could have been a cute add on so I included it in the supply picture.) I also mixed everything up, and as her first part of the project asked her to sort the lids by color.

To create, I had H select a pipe cleaner and o e of the kids. She laced the lid on the pipe cleaner and then I helped twist and tuck the end around the lid to secure it. After that, she laced the rest of the lids she chose on to the pipe cleaner. Leaving a good amount of space at the other end of your “bug” will allow you to put another lid of a different hue for the bug’s head, and then again to wrap and secure. Lastly, use smaller pieces of pipe cleaner as the antennas. To do this, simply tuck the smaller piece under the exposed pipe cleaner on the head and then twist. Then if you can decorate with stickers or eyes to finish to look or keep it plain and simple like H decided to do. That’s it! Super easy and a great craft to build on a variety of topics.

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Camp Momma-rama

It’s been “summer school/camp” over here for a few weeks now, and while I still try to incorporate some semblance of structured learning, IE- workbooks, reading, math, etc., it has definitely loosened since the end of the “school year”. Now more of our day is dedicated to longer nature walks, our home splash pad, lots of arts and crafts – LOTS, and good old fashioned play. While the break in coming up with weekly and daily themes is welcomed, I am a person who thrives on structure and routine. It is because of this that on occasion we throw a theme in to switch things up and guide our week. So during this particular week we had “Camp Momma-rama” – all things hailing back to the good ole days of summer camps and Salute Your Shorts.

Last summer we had a tie dye party that was a ton of fun and easy to do. So much so in fact, that my LO asked that we do it again. So I rounded up the unopened dyes from last summer’s kit and a few all white cotton based pieces for us to use. Tie dye is messy and requires some patience but super on trend and fun. It’s also easy to make it your own whether you decide to use a kit or go the au natural route and use fruits and veggies. Additionally there are numerous techniques so that your pieces vary in not only color but also pattern and design. My personal favorite is creating the ombré or washed out look. To do this, simply paint a higher concentration of the dye in one area and then using a clean brush or paper towel soaked in water swipe it in the direction you want to go. This will smear the dye and begin to fade the further from the original spot you made.

Another activity we did during our Camp Momma-rama, was beading bracelets. I’ve noticed a lot of costume jewelry places selling small colorful and metallic beaded bracelets for astronomical prices. So instead of paying for one of those I threw the craft into our summer camp week since bracelet making and summer camp almost seems synonymous. This was great not only as a self-serving activity for myself, ha, but served as a math, spelling, and fine motor skills activity. My little camper practiced counting and patterns with the beads as well as spelling with her letter charms. Basically a win-win for us both.

Lastly, we painted nature. This was such an easy activity that was stretched out over the week. While on one of our many nature walks, we collected magnolia leaves, pine needle branches, and pine cones. We then used the pine needle branches as brushes, and decorated the other nature items with non-toxic water based paint.

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Welcome Garden Guests

Since summer is right around the corner, flowers and plants are gracing our world with their bright colors and fresh foliage, some of which our kitchens and diets can benefit from. Our family LIVES on our deck. We eat meals out there, relax after work, let our LO play independently there, etc. It also serves as a bit of a supplemental food source in our house. Every year, we plant a variety of veggies and herbs. Something about picking fresh produce for a meal speaks to us, and having it right there on our deck makes it even better.

Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones who enjoy munching on the veggies and herbs. Aphids always seem to show up out of no where and in full force, devouring our goods before we even get a chance to harvest them. While I like to think “every creature great and small” has a purpose in this world, the aphids need to vacate our home and move on to other greener pastures. However, it is because of their reoccurring presence in our garden that we have come to love and routinely support the idea of releasing ladybugs on our plants and in our garden spaces. Ladybugs are one of those “beneficial bugs” that help protect plants from the never ending appetite of aphids and other nuisance insects. They chase after the aphids and in turn return our garden to its fruitful condition.

For the past few seasons, we have turned to the company Nature’s Good Guys. You can purchase directly from their site or search for them on Amazon. While they sell other garden helpers and share tips with best gardening practices and becoming allies with certain bugs, we have routinely purchased their ladybugs (it costs about $7 for 150 ladybugs, and they have other amounts if you have a bigger space). This family owned small business hails from the West Coast in Oregon, and their shipping is fast and reliable. Their packaging comes with helpful literature that tells you all you need to know about your new garden soldiers.

So you bought some ladybugs, now what? According to our research and the company’s instructions, it is best to release the ladybugs either in the dawn or dusk hours directly on the plants while they are not completely alert. They are alive and have minds of their own, so during your releasing party, you may spend some of your time chasing them around your deck and putting them back on the plants. While this may sound exhausting, it is actually a lot of fun especially for LOs. Our daughter is filled with so much glee and excitement every time we do this. We’ve done it a lot and the thrill of it never dulls for her or ourselves.

It also is a good idea to refrigerate them over night (or up to a week) before their release. The point of doing this is that the colder temps will slow down the bugs mobility, thus when they are released will not immediately fly away. Instead, as they begin to wake up and thaw in the sun and natural air, they will be more likely to notice the aphids and do their job.

That’s it! While eventually they may fly away and you might not have them in your garden all season long, they do exactly as nature tells them to do; and you will get to keep your plants in tact for the harvesting season.

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Summer Salad

Summer is just around the corner and elevated temps usually mean an increase in craving refreshing and light fares. Mixed berries, juicy peaches, crisp veggies, popsicles, cool sweet tea – you get the idea. One of my favorite seasonal staples is this summer salad. The combination of sweet fruits with refreshing mint is perfection on its own, but add in the tangy, creaminess of goat cheese, and then round it all out with the subtle sweetness of a balsamic reduction and you’ve got a fantastic dish you’ll crave all summer long.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other bug themed ideas

During the beginning of our quarantined homeschooling, we followed the Scholastic Learning at Home lessons that were made free and accessible to those who, like me, found themselves acting as the LOs teacher overnight. (Scholastic, THANK YOU!) In our house we followed these lessons daily and used them as the stepping stone and basis for other activities and lessons we would complete. Some of these lessons were about bugs – ladybugs, caterpillars, butterflies, etc. Below I have included images and descriptions of the variety of activities we did to round out our lessons on theme.

Identifying the stages of the lifecycle in words and pictures
Easy task cards with a variety of skills
Tissue paper butterflies
H’s godmother sent this amazing Bakevity bug cupcake kit.

Super easy to do! Simply cut the top of the cupcake or muffin off, frost the flat top, cut the top in half and place back on top slightly skewed.

Learning at home has evolved over the course of the past three months, as it will take on new form throughout the summer and possibly beyond. Using a central topic or theme has been helpful in ensuring we have a focus each and every week.

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Handprint Art

I know I’m not alone when I say there are so many things, great and small, I miss about what we can probably call now “the good ole days”. One of the small things I miss is the art my girls created in preschool. It seems silly, but when it comes to those gems I treasure them. They are like mini time capsules of their lives. The tiny handprints and foot prints, feel like little snapshots in time of their childhood – and I love them. So it was my personal mission to create a variety of these art projects during our homeschooling so that I wouldn’t miss out on these moments.

If I’m being honest, these projects were just as much about their handprints as they were about giving me something artistic to pour my energy into. In order to create these little pieces of art, I would try to base some element related to our weekly theme. Then if I didn’t already have an idea of what we were going to make, I’d turn to a quick Google search or Pinterest. Sure maybe it wasn’t my original idea, but why reinvent the wheel of cute kid art?

Upon completion of the “painting” I’d rotate the paper around to see which is the best angle or position. It also allowed me time to get creative about how to enhance it and make really come to life. My favorite marker comes with a fine point and thick point and was vital in adding the perfect details to each picture. Another way I’d enhance these would be through a variety of mediums like sand, chalk, construction paper, and glitter glue. These elements take the projects up a notch and more likely something that won’t get pitched down the road.

Below are some of our thumbprint, hand, and footprint art pieces that we have created over the past few months. Hopefully some of these can inspire some of your own painting projects at home!

Footprint carrots
Rainbow fish and handprint jellyfish
Handprint germs
Footprints and handprints for our penguin feet
Thumbprint flowers
Thumbprint birds on a wire
Name blocks with handprint aliens. Tried two different hand positions for this one. M did a flat hand while H did the side of her fist and two fingers.
Thumbprint pineapple with block letters
Handprint flamingos
Handprint crabs and footprint hermit crabs
I did not have actual sand to glue down so I used brown chalk instead.
Handprint flower pots. One driven by me, one driven my a five year old. 🙂
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Homeschool: Hawaiian and Luau Themed Ideas

Last week during one of our synchronous learning opportunities, the class I work with was discussing Asian Pacific Heritage Month. For one of their “lessons” I gave a presentation about Hawaii, my time living there, and finished with a sweet book Aloha Bear by Dick Adair that my second grade teacher gifted me before we moved back to the main land. Talking about Hawaii excited me and seemed like a fresh “theme” for homeschool, not to mention a kick off to summer.

First day of “Hawaiian” school

First, I did a search on Google and Teachers Pay Teachers for free luau and Hawaiian themed prek and Kindergarten worksheets. There I found a great number of ones that ranged in concepts of patterns, addition/subtraction, number order, coloring pages, and much more. I also turned to this site to create a few of my own worksheets. What is great about this site is that you can personalize lessons based on handwriting style, page orientation, lines/no lines; but mostly I love that you can make a handwriting sheet of which ever words you’d like FOR FREE. Amazing, right?

Color by numbers is great for number recognition, following directions, and even simple reading.

The next thing I did was look at Pinterest for craft ideas. I always like to sprinkle in a few arts and crafts since I’m missing getting those from the girls preschool, and usually Pinterest does not disappoint. From handprint crabs and flamingos to snacks on brand – I was excited for all I had planned.

Flamingo handprints

Lastly, (and I didn’t do this with other lessons), I turned to Amazon. How can one have a luau without a grass skirt?! I bought this cute and inexpensive set for H as well as a set of luau themed stampers that she could make patterns with. Both of these purchases were 100% unnecessary to pulling off the perfect Hawaiian themed week, however they made it fun for her and could be used well beyond the week’s lessons.

Thumbprint pineapple art

Other things we did throughout the week included movie choices such as Moana and Lilo and Stich, learning how to hula amongst other things from one of our new favorite YouTube channels iHula Hawaii, and incorporating foods in our meals such as pineapple, coconut chicken tenders, and BBQ – but skipped the poi and Spam. We finished the week with a virtual lesson from her guest kumu kumu (teacher – her grandmother) who led her in a craft making Kala`au Sticks (think rhythm sticks) using paper towel rolls, and mini “luau” aka dance party.

Palm tree snack – graham crackers, sliced kiwi, mini marshmallows, and blue coconut “water”

While none of this was essential to her learning, it was fun for me to put together as well as fun for her to complete. For one, she has a fondness of Hawaii since she knows I lived there a long time ago; but she also enjoyed having a central theme to her week. In school her teachers have always been fabulous about having themes to their units, and while I don’t adhere to it every week (some weeks are just flash cards, workbooks, and lots of unstructured play), I strive to continue to do so for her. I feel that in creating these special moments, the magic of learning and exploring won’t dissipate for her and that she’ll continue to carry it with her once life goes back to “normal”.

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Baked Scallops

During this time of social distancing, we have been routinely stocking our fridge with various frozen meats and fishes. I’ve been trying to only to go to the store every two weeks, so while I take a rough sketch of meal ideas with me, it truly all depends on what is available at that time and then usually defaults to our regular programming of tacos, burgers, and crock pot chicken. However, the other day while shopping I hit the jackpot and scored a bag of frozen scallops. While pricey, I treated my shopping cart to them just to change things up in our dinner plans.

I’ve been saving these for “a special occasion” but Tuesday night seemed good enough, so out of the freezer these babies came. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to cook them. Frozen fish can sometimes be hit or miss, but let me tell you – these nailed scrumptious on the head. A quick Google search of baked scallop recipes landed me on the base of mine (hailing from Dinner Then Dessert; however in an effort to add more flavor and use a few things up that have been lingering in our fridge – the following was born and given the household stamp of approval.

Baked Scallops with Bacon adapted version of
https://dinnerthendessert.com/baked-scallops/
original baked scallop recipe.
TBN version of Baked Scallops with Bacon
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Sunshine Dough

I’m an adult, and I still love playing with Play-doh. I mean really. It’s super relaxing, satisfying, and not to be a weirdo but, I love how it smells. Thankfully my daughter loves it too, so I don’t feel so strange being in my 30s and having it around the house. Growing up my mom was amazing at making it from scratch and I always was so impressed that she knew how to do it. I’ve been meaning to attempt this myself for over a year now, but time and life always got the best of me. So now that we are home with nothing but time on our hands, it seemed like a great edition to our “mom school” routine. My daughter LOVES the color yellow, hence the reason I made ours that hue and named it “sunshine dough”, but I envision future recipes with other fun names that correlate in one way or another to their shade and scent.

I’m not going to write a thousand paragraphs here detailing my life story and what not. I mean I get it. If you’re putting the time into writing a blog post, then put the time in. But as a consumer of Internet recipes, sometimes I just want the author to get to the point and tell me what I need to know. So here you go: