Sunday, June 30, 2013

Easy Peasy Summer Flip Flops

We live in flip flops all summer long. Who doesn't?

The other night The Short Chic suffered a blow-out in her flip flops. We threw them away and walked home barefooted.

The Short Chic has a hard time letting things go. I had to promise her a new pair or she would not have thrown them away.

I found super inexpensive flip flops at a large craft store. They were less than $2.00 a pair. I also picked up some ribbon and some sparkly buttons. Total project cost: $7.00 a pair.

 Making these flip flops is easy and quick. You simply cut pieces of ribbon, tie them around the straps of the flip flop. I used pink and black ribbon and alternated colors. You can make a pair with all one color or go crazy and use a whole rainbow of colors.

After I was finished, I trimmed the ends of the ribbon and used my E-6000 to glue a sparkly pink button to the center of each flip flop. I really don't think it needs this step, but the sparkly button sure made The Short Chic happy.

And that is what my summer is all about. Making my kids happy! She is now a sassy girl at the pool in her pink and black customized flip flops.

This craft is a great simple activity to make on a rainy summer day. Or maybe a  Or while camping with the family when the little ones get a little bored? Where ever you decide to make them, have fun!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dirty Diet Coke

A few confessions here. First confession: I LOVE Diet Coke.

No, really, like I am really totally addicted to it.

Second confession: I do not normally like anything in my Diet Coke. No lemon. No lime. No vanilla. Not even cherry. None of that foolishness for me.  Then I heard about the Dirty Diet Coke.

Have you heard of it?

Well, I love coconut almost as much as I love Diet Coke so I was down to try it.  

Dirty Diet Coke

1 can Diet Coke
Torani Sugar Free Coconut Syrup {we purchased our bottle from World Market}

You put some ice in a glass and add your Diet Coke. Then you put the Coconut {2 pumps} and the lime {a chunk} and you stir it all up! If this does not make you might just wanna go to bed!

The conclusion:
Third confession: I loved it! I think I found my new go-to drink. It is kind of dangerous. I drank one and wanted another one!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Let's Go Fly a Kite

While camping Memorial Day weekend, The Short Chic and her running partner, Miss B,  learned to fly kites. 

 It was a super windy day that was perfect for flying kites.

 When was the last time you flew a kite? For us adults, it had been a while. Even putting a kite together was a bit of a challenge for us rusty parents.

Who ever realized that some thin wooden rods {now plastic rods}, some paper {or plastic}, and some string would provide hours of enjoyment was a pure genius!

Happy Wordless Wednesday! {or slightly wordless!}

Homemade Strawberry Popcicles

It is summer time here in my part of the world. That means hot days. Bored children who are out of school and need to be entertained. It also means my kitchen cools down. I look for foods that are cooler to make. Cooler to eat. This begins my summer dessert series.

In preparation of the first full week after school ended I decided to use my new popcicle mold and make some homemade strawberry popcicles.

I found some cute Popcicle Makers at World Market the last time I was shopping there. You of course do not need Popcicle Makers to make homemade popcicles. You can use ice cube trays or dixie cups and craft sticks.

I was pleased with how these turned out! They are creamy. They are cold. And they are sure to be a hit on a hot summer day!

Homemade Strawberry Popcicles

3 cups of strawberries (cleaned, remove the stem, cut in half)
1 cup milk
Truvia to taste

Before you get started you should know that I am a skim milk connisuer but for this receipe you will want to upgrade to a milk with more fat. You want the finished product to be creamy and not icy. I actually had a little bit of whipping cream leftover in my fridge and that is what I used. I think whole milk will work just as well.

My girlfriend and I had a discussion about sugar versus Truvia. While she does not prefer either one of them she does think that Truvia is a better choice to sugar as sugar is refined. So I went with Truvia. If you prefer sugar than by all means, use sugar.

I put the strawberries and the milk into my food processor (a blender will work too). I reduced them to liquid and then I started adding Truvia to my taste. When the mixture tasted the way I wanted it to, I poured the liquid into my mold. I then put the mold in the freezer.

If you are using ice cube trays or Dixie cups you may want to put plastic wrap over the top to help secure the craft stick.

100 Missouri Miles Initiative

Did you know that my home state of Missouri was named as the 2013 Best Trails State Award by American Trails?

One of our favorite summer weekend activities is to get up early and head to Smithville Lake in Smithville, Missouri and bike the trails. Here in Missouri, it gets hot and you want to be up early to cycle before the heat sets in. The trails at Smithville are covered with large trees and you never know when you are going to round a corner and find you are sharing the path with a deer.

 This summer Missouri has started a 100 Missouri Miles initiative. Walk, bike, run, skate or however you like to do it, Missouri is encouraging you to get out and visit it's trails.

I signed up this morning. I am so looking forward to hitting the trails and logging my 100 miles. You can sign up too! It is super easy: just go to 100 Missouri Miles. Besides getting my miles in I am looking forward to trying out a few trails I have never been on before. Do you have a favorite?

It has been a long time goal of mine to bike the Lewis and Clark trail here in Missouri. Maybe this is the summer to start? My husband signed up. It is his goal to walk the trails at every trout park in Missouri.

After you sign up and start to walk, it is important to log your activity. You can find 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter. I know I am looking forward to seeing all of your photos on Instagram using the #100MoMiles.

Let the summer fun begin!