5 Simple Steps to Candy Grapefruit Peel

To candy orange, lemon and grapefruit peel, the trick is to boil the peels first to remove bitterness. This step is critical to create yummy, gourmet, bittersweet slivers. You’ll need: 4-5 grapefruits that have not been sprayed with chemicals. (OR 8-10 oranges, OR 10-12 lemons) 2.5 cups water 2 cups raw sugar 1/2 cup fine Read More

Dinosaur Math Word Problems for 2nd Grader

If you like to play school or home school your children, customizing some of the worksheets can make a lesson FUN! Incorporate their interests and hobbies and by all means add a bit of humor to it all! Go ahead and copy the text below into a document, format if needed and print at home. Read More

Themed Fruit Salads – A Simple Way to Celebrate any Special Day

Some of the best birthday and father’s days end up being the most simple. Instead of buying him  gadgets and trinkets to store on the shelf we executed an idea from one of the kids: “Let’s each make a fruit salad for Dad!” The littlest made a king’s crown. The oldest made a peacock in front of Read More

Sand Castings Made Simple

Simple crafts provide us precious moments of tranquility and excitement – there’s nothing else to do but MAKE and ENJOY. Our best experiences with sand castings happen when we don’t get too fussy. All you need is wet, compact ground or a spot on a sandy beach moist enough to make a mold that will hold. Feeling fancy? You Read More

Homemade Fossils – MADE EASY!

It’s easy to “mix up some Mesozoic” at home or at school!  Making homemade fossils is fun and addictive. We’ve got a simple recipe for creating rock-like relics sure to bring out the Paleontologist in everyone! Below you’ll find our cute video with basic instructions plus a list of materials and extra tips for success. Also Read More

HOW TO Tell the Difference Between Real Gold and Fool’s Gold

“There’s gold in them there hills!” On a recent trip to Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, CA, we got a chance first hand to discover actual gold and learn how to tell the difference between the real deal and tricky fool’s gold. Without zooming in, it can be tough to tell the difference, especially when the Read More

HOW TO Enjoy the Farmers Market with Kids

There are over six thousand farmers markets in the United States according to the U.S.D.A Agriculture Marketing Service. About once a month, we head out to the Farmers Market in Vista, CA. We love the variety and the focus on food and produce. It’s located in a huge lot in front of the County Courthouse. Read More

Vertical Seed Starting – Easy, Fun, Saves Space and Money

It’s back to elementary school for some space-saving tips on germinating seeds!  No need for fancy seed starting domes, soil or spritzers. This method makes it fun to see how plants grow. In just a few days, your beans, basil, zucchini, pumpkin and sunflower will sprout and will be ready for planting. Some plants such as gourds Read More

Roasted Chickpeas – Way Easy and Chock Full of Protein

A crunchy, satisfying snack food that’s got plenty of vitamin B-6, protein and fiber. More often than not, our kids don’t get enough protein to ward off hunger, repair damaged tissues and build new cells – basically to grow up healthy. Here’s the simplest recipe on earth for a healthy, crunchy snack baked at home that appeals to adults and Read More

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Herbs

Herbs are fun to experiment with and we hit a home run with these homemade pretzels. Click here for a printable recipe using no herbs. Makes 16-24 pretzels, several pretzel sticks and a dozen small pretzel bites GO AHEAD, FREEZE THE DOUGH!  You can freeze or refrigerate the dough. If this recipe is too much Read More

Graduation Cap Cupcakes

Bake your favorite cupcakes. Use school colors for the icing on top. For the graduation cap, use mini peanut butter cups. Small graham cracker squares (you may have to trim a rectangular piece) make a nice top. Mini chocolate candies resemble a button and for the tassel use spaghetti-sized licorice or sour rope. Huge hit Read More

Grow your own loofah sponges with video!

We’ve wanted to grow our own sponges for years now ever since we learned about them from Chet at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California. A great place for old fashioned fun and our favorite, the Fall Tractor Show. They grow all sorts of plants and sell them to keep the tractor parades going and Read More

Pink Halite Crystal Hunting in Trona California

Now this is out of the ordinary! Fantastic fun for the whole family. Two days and 3 field trips to the Mud Fields, Blow Hole and Brine Pools at Searles Lake. Everyone convoys in their own personal vehicle to each adventure, starting out in huge parking lots in town. Visit the Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society to get Read More

How To Compost with Worms and Solve Common Problems VIDEO

Vermicomposting has taken off at homes and schools. It’s fun and makes the best fertilizer nature has to offer. By recycling food waste properly, we keep the yukky stuff out of our landfills and prevent dangerous gases from releasing into the air and seeping into the earth. We just added a new guide, “How To Compost with Worms”. Read More

Dig your own Fossils in Wyoming and Utah

Get out the chisels! Love fossils? Delta, Utah and Kemmerer, Wyoming offer some of the best fossil diggin’ around. Warfield Feel like an paleontologist as you carefully separate layers of rock to find your own 55 million year old fossils at Warfield Fossils in Southern Wyoming. Bring gloves and glasses to protect your eyes. They provide the Read More

Holiday Aprons and Creative Christmas Card Ideas

Just one idea that was a huge hit in our family. I took some left-over white fabric used for blackout curtains and cut it into an apron shape – no sewing necessary. An old sheet would do too. Then I found extra fabric (could be old clothes) and cut out the design. Using a glue Read More

Our Favorite Children’s Books

Over the years we’ve accumulated a nice list of our favorite books. As of Spring of 2011, our oldest daughter is almost 8 years old. Do you have a favorite book that isn’t on this list? Please add a comment with the scoop. Thanks a bunch! Our neighbors and friends have given us books that we continue Read More