Rocking Gnome Homes This was such a fun project because I was able to involve my 4-year-old with every step of of the process. We spent the morning at our favorite exploring park and gathered stones together, carefully choosing the very best ones to bring home. Then, instead of cleaning the dirt off by myself, I filled up a tub with warm, soapy water, and the two of us sat outside in the sunshine and scrubbed our rocks clean with old toothbrushes. He thought that was the funniest thing in the world, by the way. Rocks don't have teeth! After our rocks dried off, we painted rocks together and turned them into these sweet little gnome homes. Once they were completed, it was fun to find special places in the garden to place the tiny gnome homes.
Small rocks, cleaned and dry
Spray on varnish
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1.Start with a clean, dry stone. Place the rock on a flat surface to see how it sits and the best
Blog Posts by Disney Spoonful
- Disney Spoonful | At Home – 9 hours ago
Rocking Gnome Homes This was such a fun project because I was able to involve my 4-year-old with every step of of the process. We spent the morning at our favorite exploring park and gathered stones together, carefully choosing the very best ones to bring home. Then, instead of cleaning the dirt off by myself, I filled up a tub with warm, soapy water, and the two of us sat outside in the sunshine and scrubbed our rocks clean with old toothbrushes. He thought that was the funniest thing in the world, by the way. Rocks don't have teeth! After our rocks dried off, we painted rocks together and turned them into these sweet little gnome homes. Once they were completed, it was fun to find special places in the garden to place the tiny gnome homes.Read More »from Gnome's Sweet Home! Make a Rocking Village for Your Garden
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – 10 hours ago
The perfect combination of chicken and veggiesThis is one-pot cooking at it's finest! Simple enough for an everyday meal but so delicious and impressive it's even perfect for entertaining. Slow braising makes these chicken thighs fall-apart tender while the vegetables soak up all of that beautiful chicken and herb flavor! Easy prep and an hour in the oven makes this a simple dinner or create it in a slow-cooker for an even easier option.Read More »from A One-Pot Winner: Braised Chicken Thighs with Veggies
8 chicken thighs, skin on
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon canola oil
6 small new potatoes, halved
1 cup baby carrots
1 onion, sliced in half rings
1/2 cup pitted olives
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
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This can be made in a slow-cooker. Simply place potatoes, onions, carrots, and garlic in the base of a large crock pot. Sear seasoned chicken thighs according to the directions. Place the chicken
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Fri, May 17, 2013 6:42 PM EDT
The perfect graduation treat! Congratulations to all the grads out there! To celebrate commencement, here is an easy-to-make Graduation Cap Pop! The perfect treat for your graduation party!Read More »from Candy Pops & Circumstance: A Grad Party Treat They'll Love
Small Peanut Butter Cups
Chocolate Squares, or Fudge-covered Graham Crackers, or Square Chocolate Mints, or chop a Chocolate Bar into a square, or use a candy mold to make chocolate squares
Sour candy "belts"
Lollipop Sticks (available in craft or cooking aisles/stores)
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1. Chill chocolates beforehand, on a plate for several minutes, to make them easier to handle (without melting). Keep them on the chilled plate while working, and if they begin to get soften, return to refrigerator.
2. Unwrap candies, and if you like, arrange groups of squares, peanut butter cups, and choose mini M&Ms to match your school colors.
3. While the chocolates chill,
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Fri, May 17, 2013 4:04 PM EDT
Creamy Chicken Noodles in celebration of Glover's victory! Last night, Ryan Seacrest announced that Candice Glover was crowned season 12's American Idol. So, what makes up an American Idol? A beautiful voice of course, a friendly personality, Mariah Carey's approval, the hearts of America, and creamy chicken noodles? Yes! Celebrate Glover's victory with her favorite meal. You will love this diva-licious dinner - and who knows, maybe you will be the next American Idol!Read More »from Ingredients of an Idol: Dinner with American Idol Candice Glover
3 lbs. chicken thighs
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons minced onion or 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3 tablespoons fat from cooking thighs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound noodles, cooked al dente and kept warm
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1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Place chicken thighs on a rack over a baking pan.
3. Bake for 1 hour or until juices run clear and a thermometer inserted in
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Thu, May 16, 2013 7:18 PM EDT
A refreshing treat!When the dog days of summer hit, there's nothing more refreshing than a popsicle. Made with Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries, these strawberry yogurt and chocolate chip popsicles will not only cool you down, but they are a healthy alternative to ice cream.Read More »from Berry Delicious! Strawberry-Yogurt and Chocolate Chip Popsicles
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
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Special items needed: 10 count popsicle mold and 10 popsicle sticks
1. Place washed and hulled strawberries into a food processor or high powered blender with yogurt and honey. Process until smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
2. Pour strawberry mixture in a 10 count popsicle mold until each mold is 3/4 full. Pour a spoonful of mini chocolate chips into each popsicle mold and stir the chocolate chips with a popsicle stick or spoon so that the chocolate chips distribute evenly. Top each popsicle mold with a layer of
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Thu, May 16, 2013 4:49 PM EDT
The perfect choice to celebrate Jim The beloved NBC sitcom "The Office" is wrapping up tonight after nine hilarious seasons! On tonight's finale, the frenemy pranksters Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), also known as "Big Tuna," and Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) finally reveal their true friendship. You may have never guessed it, but Dwight asks Jim to be his best man at his wedding to longtime love, Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey). So we thought, what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than by cooking a Jim-and-Dwight BFF feast? While keeping your eyes out for a Michael Scott (Steve Carell) cameo at the wedding tonight, munch on this honorary Big Tuna/Schrute Farms meal! Don't forget the tissues!Read More »from Dinner, Scranton-style: Celebrate "The Office" with Beets and Big Tuna
"Big Tuna" Cakes:
Anne Coleman took her traditional tuna cakes recipe and revamped it, replacing salted top saltines, whole egg, and baking rather than frying. The result is just as delicious but far healthier. Put this tuna cake between two pieces of bread and you've got the ultimate "Big Tuna" sandwich!
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Wed, May 15, 2013 8:18 PM EDT
Add some Spanish flavor to your breakfast! Wednesdays - the middle of the week is the busiest day for us. Between our work demands and having to shuttle kids from school to after school activities, there is little time for cooking a complete meal. But Spanish omelettes have been sanity savers at our house every other week and I'll tell you why:Read More »from We're Not Yolking Around: This Hearty Spanish Omelette is Delicious
1. They have something from each food group
2. I get to use leftover potatoes or pasta and any vegetable I have on hand
3. It tastes great when reheated so it's a great lunch box option for the next day
4. I only need one pan or skillet and 15 minutes to make it
5. My kids love eggs so they eat it quickly and without fuss!
Try this recipe the next time you are in a rush to get dinner on the table. I love to serve it with a side of tomato slices. You'll love how easy and tasty it is!
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1 1/2 cups baby spinach
1 small potato cut into 1/4 in.
This easy Pad Thai will transport you across the world in a matter of minutes! Like most children, my daughter loves noodles. This recipe, which uses rice noodles, was a great way to introduce her to new flavors and cuisines.Read More »from Pad Thai in the Blink of an Eye
1 pound thin rice noodles
1 Tablespoon oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 cup fish sauce
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/3 cup lime juice
3/4 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Sriracha chili sauce, to taste
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1. Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. When the water has reached a boil, add rice noodles (I break them in half to make them easier for my kids (and me!) to eat) and cook until al dente, about 3-5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. In a bowl or large measuring cup, combine the fish sauce, sugar and vinegar. Whisk well and set aside.
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Tue, May 14, 2013 7:01 PM EDT
The perfect combination of banana and cinnamon! You can have breakfast prepped and in the oven by the time the kids wake up! This giant, fluffy pancake is made in the blender and baked in the oven for a delicious breakfast in a snap.Read More »from The Big Bake Theory: Make Banana, Cinnamon & Sugar Pancakes in the Oven
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 banana, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
maple syrup for serving
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1.Preheat oven to 425°F. In a medium cast iron or non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Set aside.
2. Combine eggs, milk, flour, light brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a blender and blend until foamy, about 1 minute.
3. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Pour batter into the skillet and evenly top with banana slices and cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place skillet into the oven and bake
- Disney Spoonful | At Home – Tue, May 14, 2013 5:06 PM EDT
The perfect DIY summer party decoration! This do-it-yourself drink umbrella wreath is a super-fast, super-cute, and super-inexpensive craft. Stephanie Richter from Anna and Blue Paperie came up with the idea, and it would make a great project for luaus and summer barbecues. Have fun!Read More »from Made in the Shade: Create a Festive Wreath with Drink Umbrellas
Polystyrene or Styrofoam wreath
Package of cocktail umbrellas (about 40 per 10-inch wreath; available at hobby, craft, dollar & other stores)
Large sewing needle, or thin knitting needle, or bamboo skewer (optional but helpful)
Ribbon or strip(s) of fabric, with sufficient length and width to cover your wreath (optional)
Pins, staples, hot glue (optional to attach ribbon)
Helpful Tip: Display your wreath indoors, away from sources of humidity, wind, or harsh sunlight. Drink umbrellas are not water, wind, or fade-proof!
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1. Optional: With staples, pins, or hot glue gun, affix one end of