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3 Minute DIY Bubble Maker

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun

Bubble fun in the sun - using the 3 minute DIY bubble maker.

Bubble fun in the sun – using the 3 minute DIY bubble maker.

3 Minute DIY Bubble Maker – How cool is this!  It literally took me 3 minutes to make and my daughter spent almost an hour playing with it outside. The neighbour kids saw Noelle playing with hers and wanted their own, so I whipped some up for them too.

What you need:

  • Small plastic bottle
  • Sock (I used one of my daughters old but clean tiny socks)
  • Elastic
  • Dish detergent & water (about half and half) in a small bow
  • Sharp knife or box cutter
Everything you need to construct your bubble maker in only 3 minutes.

Everything you need to construct your bubble maker in only 3 minutes.

What to do next:

Cut the end off the bottom of the bottle, slip the sock over that end of the bottle and secure with elastic.  Go outside.  Place sock end of bottle into the dish of soapy and then blow into the top of the bottle.

That’s it! How easy was that!  Now the kids will be entertained so you can go sit down, have a tea and watch them enjoy their new toy!

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All about sprouts

| Cooking, My Life

Healthy and nutritious sprouts

Healthy and nutritious sprouts

For the past couple of years I’ve been trying to make healthier food choices for myself and my family. I’ve learned a lot over that time and continue to pick up little tidbits here and there.  Years ago I dated a guy who was a vegetarian and he loved sprouts. Since he always had them around the house I used to make myself cucumber, cream cheese and sprout sandwiches – oh so yummy.   I had forgotten all about those sandwiches until recently when I saw sprouting seeds for sale in the garden centre.  I bought a few packages of seeds and almost bought a sprouting tray but at the last moment decided against the sprouter which was about $25.  When I got home I jumped on to my computer and looked up how to grow sprouts.  It turned out they were really easy to start and although the sprouting trays are nice they really aren’t necessary.

Health Benefits of sprouts:

  • Rich in essential nutrients including vitamin A, C, B1, B6 and K; Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, and Calcium
  • Excellent source of enzymes
  • Contain up to 35% protein
  • Very easy to digest
  • Great for weight loss, high in fiber and low in calories

How to grow your own sprouts:

Growing sprouts in a jar

Growing sprouts in a jar

All you need is a glass jar (mason jars are great for this), cheese cloth or nylon sock (I had some new ones that I’d never worn), seeds and water.  Pour your seeds in the jar and stick your nylon sock on the top of the jar, add water, swirl around and then drain out. Do this a few times just to get rid of any dust or debris. Fill the jar with water so that it’s covering the seeds and then leave it somewhere bright but not in direct sunlight.  The following day rinse the seeds again and fill again with water.  Do this everyday (usually about 3-4 days) until you see little tails coming from the seeds.  At this point, drain as much water from the jar as possible and then just leave it.  In a couple more days your sprouts will be ready to eat and enjoy!

Cucumber, cream cheese and sprout sandwich - yum!

Cucumber, cream cheese and sprout sandwich – yum!

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