Monthly Archives: June 2013

Honeycomb Biscuits

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Honeycomb Biscuits

I have a childhood memory of eating honey and chewing on pieces of the honeycomb.  For no particular reason it has taken me many years to give my kids the same memory!  The other day I finally walked to the store and bought a jar of honey with a large chunk of wax honeycomb suspended in it!  We have a Mediterranean grocery store near, so maybe that made it easy to find the honey I wanted.

It didn’t seem like such a good idea to give the kids spoons and let them at the honey, so I decided to make some biscuits.  Honeycomb shaped biscuits seemed like a good idea for some reason.  So I spent a lot of time cutting out the biscuits.  And then I felt like the table needed some decorating.  Oh wait, I just remembered, this wasn’t just the other day….it was on a cold winter day.  That kind of explains why I felt the need for some bright flowery decorations for just a simple snack.  I’m crazy that way.

Here are some photos of the making of the honeycomb biscuits.  (I use the Company’s Coming Cookbook recipe for Rich Biscuits, and add some whole wheat and leave out the cream of tartar).denna's ideas: honeycomb biscuits with honey and the comb! denna's ideas: honeycomb biscuits with honey and the comb! denna's ideas: honeycomb biscuits with honey and the comb! denna's ideas: honeycomb biscuits with honey and the comb! denna's ideas: honeycomb biscuits with honey and the comb! denna's ideas: honeycomb biscuits with honey and the comb! denna's ideas: honeycomb biscuits with honey and the comb! denna's ideas: honeycomb biscuits with honey and the comb! denna's ideas: honeycomb biscuits with honey and the comb!We needed a little spring in our winter!  The kids weren’t super impressed with chewing on the honeycomb, though my husband and I enjoyed it!  They made a cozy memory, anyways, and they love the CLIC brand of honey I found.  I like making them taste things to make a memory.  Another taste memory I have of growing up in Guatemala is chewing on eucalyptus leaves!  The last time we were down there, as we were crossing a boulevard, I grabbed some leaves off a tree and made my kids bite them!  Just because I can.

What strange childhood taste memories do you have??  (not too gross please!!)

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10 Minute Wall Art from Shopping Bags!

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Here’s a quick piece of art that you can make to hang on your wall…and it only takes 10 minutes!!  If you are weird and save shopping bags, that is.  I am obviously one of those people (to the despair of my family!)  I just love the plastic bags they used to give out at the Disney store!!  (I don’t know if they still do because someone moved our Disney store…the last time we went, it was gone without a trace!!)  So I had saved this cute bag with Mickey on one side and Minnie on the other.  And one day I saw frames on sale at Michaels.  Seemed like a match!  denna's ideas: 10 minute wall art from plastic shopping bagsSo if you also have saved Disney bags, or other cool shopping bags, grab your shopping bag and a frame right now!!  This will only take 10 minutes, even for perfectionists!  And you will be beautifying your home and getting rid of your pile of clutter!  (that’s the idea, anyways)denna's ideas: 10 minute wall art from plastic shopping bags

This was the slightly larger size square frame.  They are made for keeping old LP albums…..or shopping bags.

denna's ideas: 10 minute wall art from plastic shopping bagsTrim around the plastic bag.  This bag has two different sides, so I was using them both.denna's ideas: 10 minute wall art from plastic shopping bags

Flip the frame over and open it.  Pull out the glass.denna's ideas: 10 minute wall art from plastic shopping bags

Hold the glass with the plastic bag over it up to the light, so you can center the design the way you want it.  Then hold it steady and plop it down into the frame.denna's ideas: 10 minute wall art from plastic shopping bags

I put the original paper back on top of the plastic bag, with the white side facing the bag, just to give the bag a whiter background.  Fold the bag’s edges in and add the backplate of the frame and snap it all together.  (This type of frame has metal clips that slide into the edges).

denna's ideas: 10 minute wall art from plastic shopping bagsAnd there you go—cute Mickey and Minnie Mouse Art!!  Now hang it on your wall….denna's ideas: 10 minute wall art from plastic shopping bags

I had thought that the bathroom might be a nice place to hang this art….but Mickey ended up in the boys room and Minnie in the girls’ room….denna's ideas: 10 minute wall art from plastic shopping bags

Right beside the cute Hello Kitty that Tia Lesly made!!  🙂  We like bright colors at our house, and Mickey and Minnie fit right in!

My Daughter’s Photography

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Just wanted to share some photos that my girl has taken for her photography class at school.  I think she has a great eye for photography, and I’m pleased that she’s learning all the technical skills that I don’t have!!  There were different assignments for the photos, such as optical illusion, painting with light, night view, etc.  Her brothers and sister were sort-of cooperative models…and I tried to help out a bit, but my idea to take photos with sparklers on the basement stairs, well…great way to set off the fire alarm!!  (Hey, growing up in Guate we never set off any fire alarms with sparklers inside our *cement* houses!!)denna's ideas: my daughter's photography denna's ideas: my daughter's photography denna's ideas: my daughter's photography denna's ideas: my daughter's photography denna's ideas: my daughter's photography denna's ideas: my daughter's photography denna's ideas: my daughter's photography denna's ideas: my daughter's photography denna's ideas: my daughter's photography denna's ideas: my daughter's photographydenna's ideas: my daughter's photographydenna's ideas: my daughter's photographyAnd this last photo is of me….nice and creepy!!! 🙂denna's ideas: my daughter's photography