Monday, March 25, 2013

Crispy Curry Cashews

These are seriously addicting and oh... oh... so good.  The nice thing about this crispy curry cashew recipe, they won't stain your hands.  That can be a good thing when you are snacking on these lil nuggets on the road.  The curry spice is absorbed into the nuts skin, NOT tossed in oil and then coated with staining spices.  You don't want to get that all over your hands and onto whatever else you touch. 

Curry Cashews


2 cups of "raw" cashews
1/2 tablespoon of celtic sea salt
2 tablespoons of curry powder
filtered water

Bring 1 cup of water to boil and add curry powder and salt together in a bowl or jar.  I personally like to use a quart jar.  Let the mixture set for 15 to 30 minutes.  This allows the water to cool and the spices to come to life.  Once the water has cooled down, add cashews.  At this point, you will need to add more water until cashews are covered. plus an inch of water to allow for the cashews to expand. Let cashews soak for 5 to 6 hours.  Do NOT let the cashews soak longer than 6 hours or they can become soggy.  Once cashews are finished soaking, drain in a colander.   Place them onto dehydrator trays or on a cookie sheet.  If using an oven, you can dry them at 200 to 250 degree temperature setting for 12 to 24 hours.  Turn occasionally, until dry and crisp.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes a tasty exotic snack!

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Making Playdough with Glitter & Kool-Aid

This month I am posting fun and creative ways to nurture learning through play.  Not only do kids get to explore with their senses, it also gives parents a break.  This is a great alternative to television!  I found this Lucky Chinese Playdough  recipe on Fairy Dust Teaching, a great blog FULL of inspiring activities for kid. 

Making Playdough:

2 cups of flour
2 cups of colored water (I used 1 package of Tropical Kool-Aid)
1 Tbsp. of cooking oil
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 cup of salt

Place all of the ingredients in a medium size pan.  Stir constantly on medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides.  Take out of pan & knead the dough until smooth.

I let Lil Guy kneed the gold glitter in after the playdough was made.  Clean up took 5 minutes.  Definitely worth the hour of time it gave me to work on stuff around the house, while he played with his new playdough.  Plus, playdough is something that keeps on giving, lasts for months and is so easy to make with very little mess involved.  It gives kids the opportunity to develop fine motor skills AND provides a healthy outlet for them to release their tension and stress
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fluffy Fluff Sensory Play Activity for Kids

I have redoubled my efforts to find more sensory based projects for my wee one and wanted to share with you.  In fact, I made a trip to a craft and grocery store for items needed for all sorts of sensory play activities for kids during the creative month of March.  Join me on Facebook, as I will be posting fun photos documenting what happens when messy meets Lil Guy.

Sensory Play For Kids In Action 




Fluffy Fluff Directions and Reflections :

Basically dump ingredients in a large container and let the kids have at it!  Eventually, when it is mixed thoroughly with their exploring hands, it will stick together like snow and crumple just as easily.  Lil Guy played for a couple of hours and could have kept playing.  He just needed to wash up and eat some lunch. 

Clean up took 14 minutes.  Lil Guy rinsed the Fluffy Fluff off of his toys in the sink,while I began to start scraping Fluffy Fluff off the surfaces into the bin.  This worked out beautifully as it kept him in one spot while I cleaned up. After scraping, I wiped down the chairs, table and then began to sweep up the mess very easily.  I will say, I would NOT do this on a carpeted surface.  Once everything was swept, I whipped out the wet mop and did a quick glide over the surface to get everything really clean.  You could also use a sponge if the mess was more contained.  Definitely worth the two hours I had to peacefully  make lunch, clean and tidy the house. I also had a lid for the bin I used and can easily store Fluffy Fluff for future use.

What sensory play ideas do you have?