Spring Idea House 2016 Part 4

The Spring Idea House 2016 Part 4 is the last post for this season on fun ways to merge both new and vintage pieces in usual ways. Remember, this house is done by a team of creative decorators that try new trends and ideas to inspire you!

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There is something in each room and will spur your own creativity on how to use these ideas in your own home. Come along and be inspired…..

The first room is a garden themed room.

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Notice the side table. They used a planter and placed a glass top on it. Makes an easy table, right?

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The pressed fern artwork on the wall is a great project to do. Press fronds between black paper backing and the glass for easy-to-do DIY wall art.

The next room uses the colors of black, white, and coral. Don’t have a headboard? No problem! Use white paint or even chalk to outline one on the wall.

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Black and white wallpaper is framed at 3/4 height on the walls. The unique part of this paper is that you can color the flowers the accent color of the room. Here, they have used coral.

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Would you think of using an upside down basket as a light? It’s accented with coral artificial stems.

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The master bedroom looks restful with the color scheme of gray, white and fresh green accents. The vintage chest is missing the doors but the baskets are perfect for out of sight storage. So don’t throw out an old chest if the doors are missing!

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The bedside table is unique using metal trays.

 

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In the corner of the bedroom, a large green fern accents the grey and white color scheme. The side table is actually a bird bath with glass added on the top!

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The upstairs vintage bathroom uses a metal feeding trough as a container for green foliage. Flowers and butterflies bring a spring accent to the top of the shower curtain. Do you decorate your shower curtain for the season?

Two more ideas for the bathroom are using a ladder with added towel bars and an entrance grate used as wall art!

 

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The main living room of the Spring Idea House highlights another use for the metal looking “Fasade” used above the fireplace. This is the third idea for using that product. If you missed the other two ideas, you might want to click on Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3.  It has so many more possibilities. The product was created for a back-splash, but now it’s limitless in uses.

Check out the clock on the left. It’s made from a ceiling medallion with clock works added to it.  The numbers are white ceramic birds flying around the medallion.

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The coffee table is a vintage, round industrial fan piece from a factory. A glass top and metal legs turn it into a functional table.  Spring Idea House Part 4 grandparentsplus.com

The non-working fireplace filled with a fountain, lanterns, and greenery make it a focal point for the room.

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A barn door is permanently hung behind the sofa as wall art with two floral pictures to balance it out.

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Here’s a closer look at how they filled three different sized glass columns. I like the different variations.

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In the sunroom, a table is ready for a luncheon. Lots of coral accents here in the pillows, dishes, placemats, flowers, and napkins!

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Remember the vintage ceiling tile wallpaper used as an accent in the dining room? If you missed it, go to Spring Idea House 2016 Part 2 to see it. In the sunroom,it is used again.

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What idea did you like the best? Some of the vintage items are “one-of-a-kind” finds, but at least it opens your mind to what you can do with something similar!

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I hope you enjoyed the new ideas found in these four posts. I’m always open for unique ways to decorate. Are you?

Thanks for pinning and spreading these ideas around. 

While I have so many upcoming ideas to share with you, I need to take a blogging break this summer. Life has changed as I’ve lost my husband to Multiple Myeloma. There’s a huge void in my life and I feel it best to not be constrained to a time line and take some time for myself and family. I plan on being back in the fall. 

Visit my blog once in a while and look up past posts as I have lots of great recipes and ideas for your summer, too! Hope you understand.

Thanks for stopping by. I know God is in control. While I have peace in knowing  that my husband, who knew the Jesus as his Lord and Savior, is in a better place, it still is hard.

Thanks, 

Phyllis

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Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3

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Don’t you love new ideas for your home decorating? Well, this Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3 brings a lot more ideas that are easy to merge in your own home. As I’ve stated in Part 1 and Part 2, this home is decorated by a group of designers and uses new trends and products along with many vintage finds. I’m sure you’ll find lot of inspiration here!

First, when you have a large area on a wall to decorate, but just don’t have something that makes it look right in proportion to the space, use this idea. The background looks like vintage tin tiles, but it a product called Fasade. It is available at Home Depot or Menards. You can buy and adjust the size to your needs. Then, hang smaller pictures or decor to balance the space. Doesn’t this look fantastic? Just wait until you see another way it is used. Keep reading….

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At the top of the stairs at the landing, three rustic lanterns hang. All are filled with flowers instead of  candles.

 

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One of the upstairs bedrooms is decorated with polka dots! These are all stamped out of an adhesive paper and applied to the wall. I love this look, don’t you?

Notice the polka dots painted on the lamp beside the bed.

Also, did you notice the headboard is made with the same Fasade as you saw in the hallway?

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Here’s a closer look……   Now, that would be easy to do. Just apply it to a piece of plywood.

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The curtains have small polka dots, too!  Small milk glass pieces with flowers hang down from the rod.

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More polka dots here!

 

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The glass terrarium has a fairy garden inside…..   

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A vintage piece placed on top of a table creates a one of a kind desk.

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This “LOVE” shelf is so cute and certainly wouldn’t be hard to make for a room.  Great idea! This is one to save for later!

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The next room is a garden room. The garden gates hanging on the wall make a lovely way to display beautiful cards.

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This is an easy idea and great addition to your decor. Take fern fronds and press them into a frame using a black background. Now, you have instant wall decor for a garden room.

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So many fun ideas packed into a few spaces! I’m sure your creative juices are flowing and now you’ll want to remember many of these ideas for use in your own home.

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Thanks for stopping by to view the Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3! Don’t forget to go back and view Part 1 and Part 2! 

Be sure to stop back for Part 4 for more great ideas!

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Vignette with Dried Hydrangeas

I do enjoy using my dried hydrangeas in arrangements! This hydrangea variety is a new one that I bought  two years ago, but it didn’t produce any flowers until last year. Oh, they are so delicate and vivid in color. After picking them, I made a vignette with dried hydrangeas on the English antique side table in my bedroom. The color has not faded one bit through the winter. They look as lovely as the day I made the arrangement.

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I picked up the cute pitcher at an antique store. I had intended to strip it down to just the copper, but instead I left it with the chrome and copper . I liked the variations of color and texture.

The elongated hydrangeas worked well with the narrow pitcher. I was also limited with the dried blooms so needed something to fit the small number of hydrangeas I had available. Next fall, there will be more!
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This dried hydrangea came from the variety called Pinky Winky! Yes, that’s the real name! The bushes do need some care as hydrangeas do not flower on old wood.  On this variety, you need to cut back the old blooms about half-way in the fall or early spring and the new growth will then produce flowers again. Always ask your nursery on how to care for your hydrangea bushes.

In the Washing state area, I’m always envious of the variety of hydrangea bush colors. I wish we could grow some of them in our area. Their vivid colors are so striking.  Alas, our zone and tough winters are too hard on them. So, instead of lamenting the fact that I can’t grow them, I’m happy to have this new, favorite variety. I wonder how many flowers will come this next fall.

Do you grow hydrangeas?

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Spring Idea House 2016 Part 2

Part 2 for the Spring Idea House is another glimpse into the ideas and new trends for decor using both new and vintage finds. This house is prepared by a team of decorators that come up with new ways to incorporate unique items into your home decor. If you missed Part 1, you’ll want to check that out, too!

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Right as you enter the main part of the house, a small vintage table is highlighted and made more important by the added salvaged wood pieces placed behind it. The added mirror and drawer pulls also add interest. The beautiful tall arrangement gives it color and height. When a small piece of furniture doesn’t work, add something tall behind it!

Now, as you enter the dining room, the table is set for an elegant party! Grey, the new neutral, becomes the base with pops of coral accents in the flowers, napkins, and table runners. The bottom layer of the table is actually wallpaper that looks like vintage ceiling tiles.

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The same wallpaper makes an accent behind the four mirrors above the sofa table. I actually thought the tiles were actual ones until I touched the wallpaper. They carefully attached the paper with staples instead of hanging it.

 

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Back to the dining room table…… Such an interesting and fun way to use color and drama with just a napkin! Placing it in the wine glass adds height and certainly shows it off!

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The buffet has an assortment of gray vases, white chunky candle sticks, and a dramatic spring arrangement of coral flowers and pussy willows.

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While the kitchen is small, it doesn’t lack for decorating ideas. Vintage blocks, placed on a metal industrial frame, form a unique work island. The top is covered with glass for easy cleaning. 

On the far wall, a vintage sifter, with an added shelf inside, makes a perfect accent for the wall. 

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Repeated square metal serving pieces, with decorative inserts, fit perfectly in this little cove in the kitchen. 

The clock is mounted on top of an old wire rack.

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Over the stove, wall art certainly makes this area beautiful. 

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A small bathroom has a farm (cows and chickens) flavor. Over the sink and stool, an old wire gate with an added shelf, looks amazing while a clothes line holds hand towels. 

The vintage sink has a skirt of chicken wire and fabric to hide the plumbing.

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How’s this for a unique toilet paper holder? 

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Finally, a mounted metal rake serves as a place to hang your purse or scarves as you enter the back door.

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What a variety of decor ideas! Some are easy to do while some will take finding just the right object. Perhaps you have some of these objects stored in your garage and now the inspiration comes to you on how to make it into something special! That’s fun! 

Don’t forget to come back for the next two posts for more decor ideas! Can’t wait to show you!

Hope you enjoyed the variety of ideas. 

Phyllis 

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Spring Idea House 2016 Part 1

Yes, Spring is here and it’s time for the Spring Idea House 2016. I’m excited to bring this to you as there are so many beautiful and fun ideas shared along with lots of repurposed vintage pieces . Several decorators work together on this project three times a year and each time I think it can’t be better than the last, but it is!

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The new trends in this house include grey being the new neutral, lots of floral patterns, terrariums, and an energetic pop of coral color.

Because there are so many ideas, this idea house will be covered in four parts. This first part will cover the outside and front porch.

Now, on to the Spring ideas!  The outside container gardens and flower boxes are done in the colors of white, pink and lavender. Pussy willows and birch logs accent the floral creations and give them height and drama.

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….just a bit more whimsical

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Tall grasses, pink flowers, and trailing vines in this container, make the outside fireplace a focal point.

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This front porch is set for a Spring Garden Luncheon. Small terracotta pots hold the napkins which are rolled up to look like red roses! They are so cute and certainly fit it with theme of the table. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWuRhm99LIg to watch the video on how to make these roses.

The terra-cotta saucers make nice coasters for the cups while the silverware is decorated with ribbon, an artificial flower, and placed in the wooden tool boxes. They look like flowers just blooming.

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The table linens are colorful table runners on top of a roll of moss used lengthwise on the table.

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A variety of colorful dishtowels and ribbon decorate each chair. These same ideas are easy to do with your own decor for a garden party!

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Here’s a closeup of the silverware in the wooden tool box.

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An interesting and one-of-a-kind chandelier is made from upside down birdbaths, chargers, and an a silk wreath. Even doing a smaller version would look spectacular!

In the background, the same table runner makes a lovely valance for the window and the napkins become an accent on each end!

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An easy- to-do arrangement idea…….  just tall grasses and small pinwheels.

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A primitive chest without doors works for displaying colorful Spring items.

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Who said solar lights are just for the outdoors? Stick them in foam in a planter and placed where it gets lots of sunlight. In the evening they light up the porch window.

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Over on the other side of the porch is another arrangement of red roses in a small metal wheelbarrow! So simple to do!

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This is just the start! You’ll find so many new ideas that can be incorporated in your own decor. Hope you stay tuned for Spring Idea House Part 2 coming up soon!

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Amazing Stuffed Jalapanos Recipe

While visiting in Arizona, we had an extended family get-together which grew to over 70 people! One of the relatives brought these Amazing Stuffed Jalapanos! Now, I’m from the midwest and don’t like really hot spicy food, but these were absolutely delicious! My second-cousin, Beth, graciously shared this recipe.

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The recipe makes a generous amount of appetizers, but people absolutely love them and they really go fast. So, plan accordingly. They’re stuffed with a combination of sausage, cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Then, they’re wrapped with bacon. Ooh, my mouth just waters thinking of them. Please don’t shy away from this recipe because you might think of it as way too spicy. You can control the amount of heat. If you want it spicier, just leave some pulp, seeds, or use a spicy sausage for the stuffing. Make one batch spicy and another fairly mild, just to please everyone.

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Amazing Stuffed Jalapenos

Ingredients

  • 15-20 jalapenos
  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage (I used Jimmy Dean)
  • 1 pkg. of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 pkg. bacon

Instructions

  1. Brown and crumble sausage.
  2. Melt cream cheese in with sausage and add parmesan cheese.
  3. WEAR GLOVES
  4. Halve jalapenos, lengthwise
  5. Remove stem and remove seeds and pulp
  6. Fill with sausage mixture
  7. Wrap with 1/2 slice of uncooked bacon
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 min.
  9. If you want bacon really crisp, broil on high for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Serve immediately.
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I wanted my family to taste these and give me their opinion. I didn’t want to make the entire recipe for just a couple of people, so  I made half and refrigerated the sausage-cream cheese combination and made the rest two days later. It was nice to have them fresh-made two times in a week.  By the way, the family opinion was that they were AMAZING!

These are ready for the oven…..   I baked these Stuffed Jalapanos on foil for an easy clean up.

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Baked at 425 degrees and ready to eat!

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Just wait until you taste one…..you’ll be amazed at how delicious they taste! These are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, too, when you’re looking for something Mexican to serve.

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I hope I’ve convinced you how delicious these appetizers taste. They were a big hit at the family get-together!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Zucchini Orange Bread Recipe

Zucchini Orange Bread

A zucchini bread with a hint of orange? Yes, it’s a delightful addition to zucchini bread! Zucchini Orange Bread is a tasty change from the usual zucchini breads. The light orange flavor comes from orange juice and orange peel.

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Perhaps you have some zucchini frozen. If not, buy some fresh from the grocery store. Don’t wait for your crop of zucchini to come in the fall to make this bread. Bake some this week!

 

Zucchini Orange Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. grated orange peel
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until thick and lemon colored.
  3. Gradually beat in sugar
  4. Stir in oil, orange juice, shredded zucchini, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel.
  5. Mix until well blended.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pans,
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from pans.
  9. Cool on wire racks.
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This recipe goes together quickly and produces two nicely shaped loaves. This is a wonderful alternative to chocolate zucchini bread, too. It’s a vegetable, right? 

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I know your family or guests will enjoy this bread! I like having quick breads in the freezer ready to use.  I pre-slice them before freezing so I can take out only what I’ll use.

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Zucchini Orange Bread! Vegetable and fruit together! Do you agree?

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Oma and Opa Camp 2015

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Oma and Opa Camp ( Grandma and Grandpa Camp or Cousin Camp) was held late in the summer last year. In fact, it was the week before school started. We always try to find a date where the three families’ kids can come, but so much was going on that we were lucky to get a time that worked. That is why this post never got done before the summer ended.

The kids were excited about the theme. When I announced the theme, “Having a Blast with Science”, I asked the kids to come ready to do an experiment of their choice, bring what they needed, and be able to explain what happened and why.  I gave the parents several sites to check out. When someone decided on an experiment, no one else could do the same one. These are some of the sites I suggested…

www.sciencekids

www.sciencebuddies 

www.pbskids

www.scifun

www.hunkins

www.green-planet-solar-energy

www.teacherstryscience

I was able to find a lab coat (a little big) and put the label on the pocket “Kid Scientist”. On the other side I put the theme, “Having a Blast”. They, also, wore goggles. 

The first morning, I asked the 3 youngest to do their experiments. They took it very seriously. Carefully, they did their experiment and then explained what happened and why. After the first grandchild did theirs, the rest broke out in clapping and shouting “good job” spontaneously. When the three youngest had finished, they all wanted to continue, so we spent that morning with each one doing theirs. It was so much fun and they did an excellent job.

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I took a picture of each one holding their experiment and framed them for a take home surprise.

Oma and Opa Camp Crafts:

The crafts had to do with experiments, too.

1. Art Experiment:

This showed what happens when water and oil are mixed.

Before they came, I outlined their name in bubble letters with a glue gun on a plain piece of water-color paper. They were to use water colors and paint their name. On the background around their name, they used a variety of water colors and then dropped cooking oil on the wet water-color paints and watched the reaction on their paper. The paints need to be very wet when you drop the oil for it to work. they all liked watching how the paint colors reacted. For complete directions, go to Watercolor and Oil Art.

 

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2. Catapult:

This  device is a simple machine. By pushing down on a flexed piece of wood, the energy is transferred to the object when released sends it flying off.

I must say, I tried several styles of catapults. All were too difficult for kids to actually put together and they threw the object into the ground and not in the air. (like the Kleenex box ones) I finally found one design that was simple to do and worked for a game, too. Go to How to make an Easy Catapult.

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3. Tie-Dye Shirts:

The experiment on shirts was two-fold. First, we soaked the shirts in soda ash. Each year, the tie-dye shirts would fade after each wash. The soda ash is supposed to keep the bright colors so we’ll see if the experiment works. Secondly, we folded the shirts accordion way and added rubber bands at different places to see if it would result in stripes. It did! The soda ash worked, too! The shirts retained their color much better!
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4. Making Plastic:

We made plastic from milk and vinegar! Crazy, but it worked. You could mold it, too. After a couple days of drying, it was hard plastic! Go to: Valentine Heart made with Milk and Vinegar

 

5. Balloon Launch:

At the Dollar Tree, I found long rocket balloons. We pumped air into them and let them go from the upper deck and watched how far they would fly. It was an experiment in jet propulsion! They had a blast watching them shoot up and all around.

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Field Trips:

Science Museum:

With the science theme for our camp, this was a natural field trip. The museum, also, had different programs going on that kids participated in. They loved it.

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Circus Juventas:

There is a program in our area where young people are trained in the circus arts and put on a fantastic show in the summer. It might have been a stretch with a science theme, but they used catapults and jumped through the air in all sorts of ways. The grandchildren absolutely loved it!

Water Park:

It was so hot last year for our Oma and Opa camp so we spent an afternoon at a water park pool. It was a nice way to cool off and have lots of fun! It fit with science as the slides were a simple machine called an incline plane. So were the stairs! HA! 

Devotions:

The verse for the week was James 1:17  Every good action and every perfect gift is from God.   At God-time together we talked about different ways that we know God is real. In the Old Testament, Elisha conducted an experiment to prove God was the one true God. Also, through nature we can see God’s handiwork. God’s gift to us, Jesus, is really the perfect gift in that we all can receive forgiveness for our sins through Him! We don’t have to experiment to know that Jesus died for us so that we could have eternal life in heaven with Him!

At the end, it was hard to say good-bye, but Oma and Opa needed a rest! HA! We had a BLAST!

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I took lots of pictures of the fun times and made a photo book for each child at ArtsCow. If you register with them, they often send coupons for free books and other photo items.

Hope this gives you some ideas of things to do with your grandchildren or children during the upcoming summer.

Have fun and make memories!

Phyllis

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Canadian Bacon Quiche Recipe

You may think of this Canadian Bacon Quiche Recipe as a breakfast entree, but this is delicious as a brunch or lunch, too. In fact, a breakfast quiche works for a light dinner! Anytime is good for this quiche. This recipe is served at A Spot for Tea in Oklahoma City, OK, where it is a favorite.

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You may have noticed that I’m on a “Gouda Cheese kick” as I have included it in a few of the last recipes posted. It has a wonderful flavor and it’s a nice change from cheddar. In my grocery store, it is included with the regular cheeses and you can buy it already shredded. If you can’t find it there, look in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store. 

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Canadian Bacon Quiche

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup diced Canadian Bacon
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 9" unbaked pie crust

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, half n' half, chopped tomatoes,diced Canadian Bacon, Gouda cheese, garlic salt, pepper, and dried basil.
  2. Mix well and pour mixture into unbaked pie crust.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  4. Knife inserted should come out clean when done.
  5. Let quiche rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Cut and serve with fruit.
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The Canadian Bacon Quiche is ready for the oven.

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Done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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What makes this Canadian Bacon Quiche so easy is there is no frying of bacon ahead of time and all the ingredients go together quickly. Canadian bacon is a nice change from bacon and the Gouda cheese is delicious in this quiche!

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Try it and I know you’ll like it!

Enjoy! 

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Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

 

Add a bit of Italian flavor to your morning with this Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake Recipe.  This is a very different type of egg bake from the soggy bread recipes. The eggs are scrambled with green pepper, mushrooms, onions, and bacon with an Alfredo sauce added. The delicious combination is topped with dollops of an Italian flavored crust. Keep this recipe on hand as it is a delicious one. By eliminating the crust, it becomes gluten-free and still is wonderful!

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Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 c. Bisquick baking mix
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 6 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 13 eggs, divided
  • 1/4 chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
  • 3/4 cup Alfredo pasta sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees
  2. Grease 8x8 baking dish
  3. In a small bowl, add Bisquick, 4 Tbsp butter and Italian seasoning. Blend with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add 1 egg and stir in gently. Set aside.
  4. In a skillet, over med. heat, saute' onions, peppers, and mushrooms in 2 tbsp. butter, until veggies are tender, but crisp.
  5. Mix 12 eggs together in a bowl.
  6. Add eggs to skillet with the veggies.
  7. Stir occasionally until eggs are set.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in bacon and Alfredo sauce
  9. Spread egg mixture in the prepared 8x8 baking dish.
  10. Plop small dollops of Bisquick mixture over eggs.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes until the topping is light brown.
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Scrambled Egg Mixture in Baking Dish……

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Dollop the Bisquick mixture on top of the eggs.

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Remove when topping is lightly browned.

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If desired, offer remaining warmed Alfredo sauce on the side. Serve with fresh fruit for an outstanding breakfast or brunch.

To shorten the prep time for the morning, cut the veggies and prepare the bacon the evening before. Cover and place in refrigerator. Now, it is so quick and easy to put together in the morning.

This recipe makes a nice option for a holiday brunch. Also, if you like breakfast for dinner, make it in the evening. Anytime is good for this Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake.

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Without a doubt, I know you’ll enjoy this “out of the ordinary” egg bake.

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Phyllis

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Strawberry Bread Recipe

This Strawberry Bread Recipe comes from the Rose Mountain Manor Tea Room in California. I’ve change it just a bit so it has enhanced strawberry flavor using a bit of strawberry jello. The recipe makes one 5 x 9 loaf. It may not be strawberry season, but don’t worry as this recipe uses frozen strawberries which are easily available at your grocery store.

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Strawberry Bread Recipe

Strawberry Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar less 2 Tbsp.
  • 2 Tbsp. strawberry jello (my addition)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract or imitation strawberry extract (my addition)
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen strawberries, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, jello and extract. Add egg yolks to butter mixture, one at a time, until light and fluffy. Sift in flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix well.
  2. Drain juice from strawberries saving 1/4 cup juice. Add the juice to mixture and fold in drained strawberries. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites to stiff peaks. Fold egg whites into mixture and spoon mixture into a greased 5 x 9 loaf pan. Lightly drop pan to release any air bubbles.
  3. Bake 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove bread from pan after 20 minutes.
  4. Let bread cool completely before slicing.
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This recipe freezes well. It’s great to have on hand for a quick addition to breakfast, afternoon tea, brunch, or snack. Add a cup of coffee or tea and you have a wonderful, tasty afternoon break!

 

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If this bread is good enough to serve at a bed and breakfast, you know it will be a great recipe to try. 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing

What a refreshing, delicious, lo-cal salad to serve! The Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing is a wonderful tasting combination of flavors with an easy homemade pear dressing. It looks delightful and tastes the amazing!

This is a close-up of the ingredients before adding the dressing. It’s such a pretty combination, don’t you think?

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Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing
  • Recipe Type: Salad
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Nancy Heishman in Country Woman Magazine with my variations
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Total time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 4
  • A delicious, low-cal, colorful salad.
  • Ingredients
  • DRESSING
  • 3 Tbsp. light olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 medium ripe pears, divided
  • SALAD
  • 8 cups fresh arugula or Spring Mix with Spinach greens
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans,
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • I

Instructions

  1. For dressing combine the first five ingredients in a blender or bullet. Take one pear and peel, halve, and core. Add to blender and process until smooth.
  2. Divide greens among four plates and top with chicken or turkey. Add dried cranberries, onions, pecans. Top with sliced pears (peeled or not) and sprinkle with pear dressing.
  3. Serve immediately.
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The ingredients for the dressing made a little more than 1 cup.  Since I made only two salads, I had leftover dressing. I used the dressing over fresh fruit and it was delicious!

Salad with pear dressing drizzled over it……

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Put this recipe on your list of awesome salads.  Besides being colorful and delicious, it is low-cal, too! The salad is around 360 calories. 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich

Try this new version of a Reuben. I call it a “Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich”! This sandwich is so delicious with the new combination of flavors that it may become your favorite. My mouth just waters when I think of it. My family loved it!

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Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich
Recipe Type: Lunch or Dinner Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis Van Rossum
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
A new combination of flavors make this Roast Beef Rueben Sandwich absolutely delicious!
Ingredients
  • 8 slices of bread- Sourdough
  • Sliced Roast Beef – don’t skimp!
  • 8 slices Gouda cheese
  • Jar of Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage (found ready-made in vegetable aisle) or homemade
  • Coarse Ground Dijon Mustard – optional
  • Butter
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat skillet
  2. Drain Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
  3. Arrange 8 slices of bread
  4. Place a slice of Gouda Cheese on 4 slices of bread
  5. Layer Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage on top of cheese
  6. Add Roast Beef on top of Cabbage
  7. Top with remaining slice of Gouda Cheese
  8. Spread remaining 4 slices lightly with coarse ground Dijon mustard (optional or serve on the side)
  9. Place those 4 slices with mustard side towards the four cheese-topped sandwiches.
  10. Spread with butter and place buttered side down in pre-heated skillet.
  11. Butter the top of the sandwich while in the skillet
  12. Grill until browned on each side.
  13. While grilling cover with a lid to warm the inside of the sandwich and melt the Gouda cheese

The combination of Roast Beef, Gouda Cheese, along with Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage is fantastic! My husband was skeptical and then after tasting it declared it to be his favorite!! You just have to try it to believe how good it is.

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Serve with Coarse Ground Dijon or regular mustard on the side. Not a mustard fan? You’ll still love it without it.

Wish you could taste it right now. YUM!

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Even if you don’t particularly like a corned beef  with sauerkraut Reuben sandwich, I know you’ll enjoy this one! Try it! 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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DIY Copper Drapery Rods

My DIY Copper Drapery Rods!

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In my kitchen, I  display my collection of vintage copper tea kettles and coffee pots above the cupboards. I like the patina the copper gets as it ages. While wondering what I was going to do about drapery rods in the kitchen, I got the idea of looking into using copper drapery rods to coördinate with my vintage copper accents!

Here’s a sample of two of the areas above the cupboards where I display my copper pots.

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I looked online, but what I found was a fake copper finish and not real copper plus they were expensive. So, I  went to my local home hardware store to see what they had for copper pipe that might work.  

One problem I had to work around was that the windows were at a 45 degree angle to each other. There was not enough room to put two rod holders in that area. I needed something with a 45 degree angle to tie the two areas together. A custom rod was too expensive.

Also, I wanted to hide that the windows were not centered on each wall when they built the house. That has always bothered me so I hoped that the final product would hide that flaw. (why don’t builders think of those things?)

Deciding to use the copper pipe, but not wanting it so shiny, I researched online about how to give new copper that aged patina. I finally came up with a product that would do the trick in one application. Other ideas like hard-boiled eggs, etc. (yes, that was what one site suggested) were too complicated. The product I found is called, Liver of Sulphur Extended Life Gel. It came in a 4 oz. jar, but I only needed a small 1/2 tsp. to do all the copper. (If you need some, I’ll sell you mine. I don’t think I’ll ever use it up.) Perhaps contact someone who makes jewelry to see if they have something to give patina to the copper.

The 10 ft. length of 3/4 inch copper pipe was around $11.00. I also found a 45 degree copper fitting that would work for the bend in the wall.

The Liver of Sulphur aged the copper, but it was a bit uneven. It was hard to paint the product on a round pipe and then quick stop the aging with Baking Soda solution.

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My husband took some fine steel wool and evened out the patina. Yes, perfect!

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There wasn’t room to add a finial on the end so I just used copper end-caps to finish it off. My husband put the rods up with three drapery rod holders which I had painted with a copper color spray paint and it was perfect! The window placement flaws are hidden and I feel so much better about it and I love my DIY Copper Drapery Rods! They sure cost less than the standard drapery rods and far less than custom ones that were at a 45 degree angle! Total cost was around $25.00 for both windows. (not counting the Liver of Sulfur, but including drapery rod holders) 

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These diy copper drapery rods would go with many combinations of neutral decor as well. I am very happy with how they turned out! Have you thought of using copper pipe?

Thanks for stopping by, 

Phyllis

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Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake

There’s a favorite restaurant that I like to go to for breakfast. Their Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake is amazing! I go there just to have that with an omelet or eggs.  I had never tasted hash browns like that before. I finally asked the cook if he gave out his recipe. He wouldn’t tell me the amounts, but he did give me the ingredients. So, I’ve experimented and have come up with a recipe that tastes like the one at the restaurant. They are the best! You might say they’re GOOD-Ah!

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Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake
Recipe Type: Breakfast or Brunch side dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis@grandparentsplus.com
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10-12 servings
Gouda Cheese melted in with a hash brown mixture! The best hash brown recipe you’ll try!
Ingredients
  • Frozen Hash Browns (28-30 oz.)
  • 2 cups shredded Gouda Cheese
  • 3/4 cup yellow onions
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vegetable base (look for this in your soup aisle)
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Thaw hash browns and place in large bowl.
  2. Add shredded Gouda cheese
  3. Saute onions and garlic until translucent in 1-2 T. olive oil and add to bowl.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. Mix together
  6. Mix 2 tsp of Vegetable Base into 1 pint of heavy cream and stir until combined.
  7. Put hash brown mixture In a grease 9 x 13 pan
  8. Drizzle the heavy cream with vegetable base over the hash browns in the pan.
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour
  10. Remove from oven, cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  11. Cut in squares and serve.

The vegetable base, in this recipe, adds great flavor. It’s a bit expensive, but you’ll use it again and again.

This Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake makes a nice big pan. If you have left-overs, just freeze the individual portions to use later. Take out as needed and microwave.

Another great recipe for hash browns are the Shreds. You might want to check them out, too!

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Oh, I’ll still go back to that restaurant for breakfast, but now I can have those hash browns anytime.

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I know you’ll enjoy this recipe!

Phyllis

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Winter Sunset

Most of the beautiful sunsets occur during the summer with the gorgeous colors mirrored across the lake. However, this winter sunset was awesome with the patterns on the ice. I had to take a picture and show that winter can be beautiful, too. 

Winter Sunset

 

 

This is the view out our great-room window! We never tire of the beauty of God’s world around us!

This is not my usual post, but thought I’d share.

Thanks for viewing and Happy New Year!

Phyllis

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About Us

 

My blog is from my experience as an elementary teacher, children’s pastor, mother of 3 , and grandmother (Oma) of 7! The ideas that I share have three requirements: inexpensive, fun to do and look good! All parents, grandparents. teachers or anyone that works with kids needs lots of ideas for crafts, games, and kid-friendly recipes. I hope the ideas I post are helpful and fun!

Along with having great times with grandkids, I like to decorate, cook and entertain. You will see posts that are along this line as well. Sorry, I just can’t stick to one subject. When I find something interesting, I enjoy sharing it. I like variety, don’t you?

How I got started doing this blog:

Each summer, my husband and I have held an” Oma and Opa” Camp for the grandchildren (age 4 and up). The purpose is to have a special time with them where we just have lots of fun activities, laughs and enjoy being together. It is also an opportunity to bond and form friendships with their cousins. We find that having them with just ourselves is quite different from when their parents are around. It is fun to see them become independent, responsible and helpful with what they have learned from home. At the beginning of the 4 day camp, we talk about expectations ( the teacher in me) and what they will be doing. They are so excited and look forward to coming each year. Last year, Kyle, age 4, told his mom that he had waited for Oma and Opa Camp all year!

I  build around a theme and plan activities, crafts, food, games, and Bible stories that relate to it in some way. During camp, I take lots of pictures and after camp is over, I create a photo memory book of all the memories from Oma and Opa Camp. They love these books and look at them over and over.

Many people encouraged me to share these ideas online and so I started to do just that.

I hope you’ll find some interesting things to cook, plan, create or just have a little fun with your family!

Phyllis (Oma)

(By the way, “Oma and Opa” is Dutch for Grandma and Grandpa)

 

 

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