February 2014 archive

Easy Rainbow Loom Bracelet with Perler Beads

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun

Easy Rainbow Loom Perler Bead Bracelet

Easy Rainbow Loom Perler Bead Bracelet Video Tutorial

Easy Rainbow Loom Bracelet with Perler Beads Video Tutorial – I’m so excited about this post.  This is my first ever Dabblesandbabbles.com video tutorial.  I’ve been wanting to do a video tutorial for a while now but I was waiting for the perfect project – I think I found it. This video tutorial is on how to make rainbow loom bracelets with perler beads. I have no idea if this has already been done before or not but I thought I’d give it a go.  I played around with the elastics and beads until I found something that worked. These bracelets are very easy to make and great for beginners to the rainbow loom.

To get going on this project you’ll need a rainbow loom (and hook), rainbow loom elastics, and perler beads.  All of these items can be found at Michaels.  Once you get the hang of it, you can make these fun bracelets in about half an hour. Give them to your friends, family, teachers, and coaches – they’ll be a big hit!

Looking for more great kids stuff: Monster Colouring PageBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

Thanks for reading! ~ Jamey

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Smoky Quinoa Chickpea Salad

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Smoky Quinoa Chickpea Salad

Smoky Quinoa Chickpea Salad

Smoky Quinoa Chickpea Salad – This salad has become my new lunchtime favorite.  I came across this hand typed recipe on Facebook. It sounded so good I had to give it a try – wow is all I can say. It’s such a healthy, flavorful salad and it has a really interesting smoky flavor thanks to the smoked Spanish paprika. Everyone who’s tried it has asked me for the recipe. If you’re not familiar with quinoa, it’s quite a fantastic food or superfood to be more precise.  Quinoa is the seed of a plant belonging to the same family as other favored super-veggies including spinach, swiss chard, and beets. It’s one of the most nutritionally dense foods available, provides all nine essential amino acids and has twice the fiber of most other grains. It has a mild flavor so it can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. As per usual, I rarely leave a recipe unmodified from the original and this recipe is no different; I’ve added a few little extras. Sadly, I don’t know where this recipe originated so if anyone knows who to credit please let me know.

Smoky Quinoa Chickpea Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cucumber, chopped unpeeled
  • 1 pint cherry or baby tomatoes, halved
  • 4-5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup of parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp grainy mustard
  • 2 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional:  I like to lay it on a bed of salad greens or kale. I’ve also added minced green olives and cauliflower which I thought made nice additions to the salad.

Directions:

  1. Rinse quinoa. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 12-15 minutes. Take off heat and let sit covered in saucepan.
  2. Combine chickpeas, cucumber, parsley, onions, and half the feta in a large bowl. Toss until well mixed.
  3. Gently toss with cooled quinoa.
  4. Wisk vinegar, honey, oil, grainy mustard and olive oil together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over the combined salad ingredients.
  5. Add tomatoes, and gently toss, being careful not to over mix.
  6. Top with feta and serve.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  Check out some of my other recipes including: Best salad everNo bake energy balls,  the best chicken soup you’ll ever eatBailey’s dipped toasted marshmallowszucchini quinoa pattiesperfect chocolate chip cookiesmarinated feta cheesemediterranean hummus.

Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

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Hearts Coloring Page and Valentine’s Day Cards

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun, Printables

Heart Coloring Page and Valentine's Cards

Heart Coloring Page and Valentine’s Cards

Hearts Coloring Page and Valentine’s Day Cards – Usually a few days after Boxing Day we start seeing the Valentine’s Day decorations, candies and cards being put out in the stores –  I always think “are you kidding me, Christmas was only a few days ago.”  But, before you know it Valentine’s Day is here as it is again this year.  Seriously, how do these holidays keep creeping up on us so quickly.

Each year we try to make our own Valentine’s cards for Noelle to hand out to her friends and classmates.  This year I was thinking I’d make a fun coloring page with hearts on it that could be given to the kids to color at their leisure.  Then I decided it would also be fun for kids to color their Valentine’s Day cards themselves.  So I’ve actually created two versions of these coloring pages: one coloring sheet with all the hearts on it and then two more pages with six Valentine’s cards on each for kids to color, cut out and then give away. Kids will love making their own cards and parents will love having half an hour of peace and quiet while the kids are busy coloring.

Download the Hearts Coloring Page and Valentines Cards Here:  Single Coloring PageValentine’s Day Cards

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Crochet Symbols and Directions Chart

| Crochet, Printables

Crochet Symbols and Directions chart with US & UK terminology.

Crochet Symbols and Directions chart with US & UK terminology.

Crochet Symbols and Directions Chart – As you all know by now, I’ve been really getting into crochet over the past year or so.  I still consider myself a newbie and I’m trying to learn new stitches and designs whenever I can find the time.  To this point I’ve only followed written directions and whenever I’ve come across patterns with all those weird symbols I’ve immediately discarded the crochet pattern without even attempting to understand it.  

Recently I came across a YouTube video that showed a woman crocheting but she also showed how she followed the crochet symbol pattern – even though it was in a different language, I totally got the drift and realized that these patterns aren’t as scary as they seem.

Crochet stitch charts are also great when you find a crochet pattern in another language that comes with a stitch chart – sometimes that’s all you need to figure out how to make the pattern, even with the language barrier.

After doing a little more research I realized that I couldn’t find any really great symbol reference charts. I started pulling a collection together from what I could find and before you I knew it I had created a pretty comprehensive crochet symbols and directions chart.

I also tried to address the issue of US vs. UK crochet terminology by putting the correct name for each symbol with a little flag beside to indicate what that symbol is called depending on whether its a US or UK pattern. I hope you’ll find this crochet symbols and direction chart helpful.  Now maybe you’ll decide to given patterns written in symbols a second chance, I know I will.

I’ve also included a list of the crochet terms and abbreviations – the most common crochet terms and their associated abbreviations. Crochet abbreviations are usually listed at the top of a pattern to help explain the stitches and terms that will be used in that particular crochet pattern.

Download your crochet symbols and directions chart here.

If anyone notices any errors in this chart please let me know, I may have missed something. Thanks.

To make things even easier for you, here’s a great YouTube video that explains how to read symbol charts.

Crochet symbols and directions chart with US and UK terminology

Crochet symbols and directions chart with US and UK crochet terminology

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