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5 Indoor Rainy Day Activities that are Developmentally Beneficial

5 Indoor Rainy Day Activities that are Developmentally Beneficial

Painting with a Purpose Teach your children about different types of art. Look on the internet or in books & discover different styles of art together. Discuss the artists that created the art. Now ask your child which style of art they want to try. 

Tips for Surviving Daily Life with ADHD

Tips for Surviving Daily Life with ADHD

As most of you know I was diagnosed with adhd later in life. I was 29 & I explain that in detail here. How old were you when you were diagnosed? Life is tough and everyone has their struggles. It sure is tough to add 

Easy & Delicious Homemade Bread

Easy & Delicious Homemade Bread

I love bread and have been experimenting making homemade bread for the past year. But I was discouraged multiple times, when it just seemed inconsistent and some just too dense. So I’m happy to say, I have mastered an easy recipe that has been consistently perfect every time!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups warm water

2 1/4 tsp yeast

1/2 tbs salt

3 1/4 cups flour

Directions

First add the water, yeast and salt to a mixing bowl. Mix until the yeast and salt is dissolved.

Once dissolved add the flour and stir until evenly mixed. I use my kitchen aid mixer & a silicone spatchula to help push the floury edges down.

Now cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap. Be sure not to put the plastic on tightly. Let the dough sit for 2 hours. It should just about double in size.

Once the dough is just about ready, preheat your oven to 450. Be sure to put your baking pans in the oven to heat up. I have used both a 9X5 inch pan & 1 QT- 950 ML Pyrex glass bowl. They both work great!

Next put two pieces of parchment paper on your workspace and sprinkle a couple spoons of flour. Take a spoon and use the back side to smooth out the flour so it covers the parchment paper. I find by smoothing the flour evenly, it really helps keep the dough from sticking.

Pull the plastic off the bread bowl. Use a silicone spatchula to remove any dough stuck to the plastic. Add the dough to the bowl. Push down the edges with the silicone spatula and cut the dough in half.

Take one half and drop it on one of the parchment papers. Take any extra flour around the edges and sprinkle up the sides of your dough ball. Use the spatchula if needed to help. Once the ball can be held and is covered in a light dough bath, dump the extra flour onto the other parchment paper.

Remove a baking pan from the oven. Place the parchment paper into the pan & drop your dough in, on the paper.

Now score the bread with a sharp knife, cover with foil and place in the oven. Repeat these steps with the second half of dough left. See below for details on adding extra flavors/ingredients to your bread.

Bake for 20 minutes with foil. After 20 minutes remove the foil and bake for 10-15 minutes longer without the foil cover. Once golden brown remove and place on a cooling rack.

Once the bread is completely cooled you can store it in a bread box or bag.

Flavor it up!

If you prefer to add a little flair to your bread, it’s easy & here is how.

Izzy’s favorite is Rosemary bread. For this recipe just add two table spoons of rosemary per mini loaf & fold in with a spatchula. This means each dough ball would get two tbs of rosemary or four tbs for the full bowl. This is done after the dough has risen & before separating it and dropping on the flour covered parchment paper.

Joe and I wanted a little spice so I came up with this fun recipe. Spicy jalapeño, bacon & cheese bread. It tastes just as good without the bacon. We just happened to have some leftover in the fridge, so I figured, why not? For this recipe I used 1/4 cup Mexican cheese, 1-2 tbs jarred jalapeño slices & 1 tbs pre cooked bacon. Chop the jalapeños and bacon & mix all ingredients. Now fold them into the dough. I should note, this is for one of the mini loafs. Double the amount if you want both loafs to be spicy jalapeño & cheese bread, with bacon. I do my best to keep folding so the ingredients are mostly inside the bread & can’t be seen. Now place on the floured parchment paper and continue with the directions above.

I hope you guys love this bread recipe as much as we do! We have used it for sandwiches, dipping in soup and just by itself.

XO Eryka

Conversation Heart Activities for Kids

Conversation Heart Activities for Kids

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought it might be fun to share some free downloads and ideas for you all with conversation heart candy. Izzy had a blast working on math skills & problem solving. If you enjoy playful learning these are 

Winter Nature Walks ~Free Download

Winter Nature Walks ~Free Download

Izzy and I love going on walks. We love exploring our yard, going on trails, walking the beach and even just walking Luna down our street. We always talk about what we find and so I decided to make a FREE download for you guys! 

Our Favorite Winter Kids Gear

Our Favorite Winter Kids Gear

Well it’s no secret we are obsessed with Reima gear! This is our second year even knowing the brand existed. When you live in a place like Maine especially, you truly need Winter gear that is functional. However I would say, if I knew about this brand when we were in Ga I would have been getting it then as well. Reima has year round outside gear and jackets for all weather conditions.

Below you can see Izzy in her winter gear & I’m sharing Izzy’s sizing to help you guys out!

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The Reima mittens/gloves are hands down our favorite brand for mittens/gloves. We even have their unlined water/rain gloves for the spring and fall. Those are great for play in the rain or water play when it’s still a little too chilly for fingers to get wet.

We have every season here in Maine and have truly put the Reima gear to the test! We have not been disappointed yet!

Sizing Guide

I feel like one of the hardest things for a parent when ordering online is figuring out sizing, so I hope this gives you some insight on the sizes to order.

For sizing Izzy’s wears a US 12.5-13 in shoes. The Reima shoe size she has right now is a 31. For more sizing reference, in Pediped shoes Izzy wears a 30 in sneakers, which per their sizing is a 12.5-13 & a 31 in their boots.

Izzy’s wearing 5/6 in clothing & wears a 120 in her baselayer set. She has room to grow some more in it, but it’s not too big and falling off.

Izzy wears a 52/54 in Reima hats & Euro 5 (6-8 yrs) in mittens/gloves.

Izzy’s jackets, snow pants and snowsuit are size 116.

If you guys give this brand a try, tell me what you think! We have been extremely pleased with the quality of their products & I hope you guys are too! Enjoy time outside year round in their cute and functional boots, jackets, gloves and more.

XO Eryka

The BEST Cheese Danish ~ Quick & Easy Recipe

The BEST Cheese Danish ~ Quick & Easy Recipe

Ingredients 1-2 puff pastry dough sheets 8 oz cream cheese softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3/4 tsp vanilla extract optional 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 egg 1-2 teaspoons water 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2-3 tsp milk (or milk substitute) 1/4 tsp vanilla extract Instructions Preheat 

Play Dough Stamping ~Educational & Activities for Letter Recognition, Letter Sounds, Spelling and Reading

Play Dough Stamping ~Educational & Activities for Letter Recognition, Letter Sounds, Spelling and Reading

I linked our stamps and some other options for these activities. commissionable links Letter Recognition Here are a couple ways to work on letter recognition with your child. 1: Have your child pick a stamp and ask them the letter they picked. If they say 

Sugar Cookies You’ll Actually Eat

Sugar Cookies You’ll Actually Eat

Yup, that’s right! I’ve aways loved decorating sugar cookies… but I have not always enjoyed eating them. Well this year we played around with a lot of baking recipes and tweaked them to our liking. Here is our sugar cookie recipe, they are soft and flavorful! Enjoy!

I use my kitchen aid mixer when making these cookies. I find it much easier to mix/cream the butter and sugar.

  1. Turn on the oven to 350 degrees. Blend the butter (room temp) and sugar together. Use a spatula to push all of the ingredients to the middle for an even mix.

2. Now add the butter, egg & extracts & continue mixing. Slowly pour the sugar in while mixing.

3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder & baking soda.

4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet. Mix until all is combined.

5. Roll cookie balls into a bowl of granulated sugar. Press lightly and place on a cookie tray with parchment paper. Or take a small amount of dough, sprinkle granulated sugar on parchment paper & roll out. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Dip the other side of the cookie in granulated sugar and place it on a baking pan with parchment paper.

6. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown.

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I’ve connected with some amazing Bloggers to share some blogs featuring Christmas desserts! Tis the season for all the donuts, cake, cookies and more! Head to each of their accounts to check out what they are sharing.

Cheyenne | Deck the Halls with this Easy Christmas Dessert

Grace | Holiday Dessert: Arroz Con Leche

Kimmy | Christmas Sugar Cookie Dip

XO Eryka

How to Keep Your Sanity While Working from Home with Kids

How to Keep Your Sanity While Working from Home with Kids

Get Outside! Get outside! With or without your kids. It feels good to put your phone away and just go for walk in the fresh air. It’s a great time to talk to your kids and learn about things they are thinking and feeling. This