Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Organizing The Kitchen and Oobleck for the Zkids

Organization is key to cutting down the amount of work that needs to be ddone in your life! What I am saying is that, if you become less cluttered and more streamline it tends to make cleaning up more of a breeze. You will notice right away whenever somehting is out of place and be able to quickly remedy the situation. How have I done this in our less than large kitchen, you may ask? Here is what I have done so far.

Project Kitchen Makeover!


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1. Designate a certain cabnet for a certain type of kitchen tool. By this I mean if you have plastic or rubber put that all into one spot. Before you just shove everything in make sure that you have gone through everything and weeded out things that don't have lids or that are not useful to you anymore and thrift or garage sale them. Keep a box or bag around for this purpose when you get ready to remake
your Kitchen space. If you want you could even label the frount of that cabinet with the designated term for those helping empty the dishwasher or putting away the dishes.

2. Next, put away all of the appliances that you can into cabinets. for me I had to be creative. I have little space so I used the bookcases that are on the other side of my cabinets toward our living room for this purpose.

3. Then, put away various and sundry items that really don't belong in the kitchen.

4. Go through your spices and pick out those that you have more than one of and combine to form one or just toss the old stuff out, its not as potent anyway. Odds are you don't use it much if you have a lot. Add some extra shelves if you need more space I added a couple of cooling racks that work like shleves.

5. A while back my husband made me some new shelves in my pantry to give it more room. Then I organized it all by item as much as possible then I also used one of my kitchen shelves for the bean.

There is still more to accomplish but it is so much better now!

Oobleck (from Dr. Suess)

Not the same as the cleanser:)

1 cup water
1 1/2 corn starch
(You can also add
food coloring
in a bowl)
This is a slime like mixture that is non-neutonian fluid called dilitant. When you punch it with your finger or hand it feels hard. You can play around with it for hours. It is both a solid and a liquid, a lot like quick sand.
Zach the Scientist

Nora and Zoi chiming in.

Zena joining the crew.

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Homemade Dog Treats

The other day I noticed that our dog, Hannah was having trouble digesting our new dog treats so I decided to make her some homemade ones to see how they treat her. She really loved them so I thought I would share the recipe with everyone.

Pumpkin Treats for Training

Preheat your oven to 350
Mix 5 cups of flour
1 cup canned pumpkin (I used some organic pumkin
1 cup peanut butter
4 tsp. cinnamin
2 tsp. baking powder
water as needed to form a thick dough

Form by teaspoons into balls and mash to flatten the thinner the crunchier Cook until browned. I flipped mine over and baked then again to get them evenly done.

 Play around with the recipe all you like. You can even cut out shapes. But if you are using them to help train your dog I suggest that you make very small treats I even broke mine apart after they were finished because it takes a whole lot of trainng for my dog. Let me know what you do with your recipe in the comments.

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