Saturday, September 19, 2009

Water Colors!

I came across this recipe yesterday on how to make water color paints! As you can see it works great! I used an old ice cube tray to put the paints into and the neon cake decorating gel color that I already had on hand so I didn't have to spend any money on the recipe.


Making water color paint:

1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 tablespoon glycerin
plastic bottle caps or paint pans, or styrofoam egg carton
red, yellow and blue food coloring

1.Mix vinegar and baking soda together in a small bowl.

2.When mixture stops foaming, add cornstarch and glycerin, mixing well.

3.Pour mixture into bottle caps or paint pans

4.Add several drops of a different food coloring to each pan or cap or carton cup. Stir until the color is well-mixed. Be sure to add plenty of coloring, since the tint will lighten upon drying. Mix primary colors to make secondary colors. For intense colors, try kool-aid or food coloring paste (Wilton makes great food coloring pastes).

5.Let set overnight to harden.

This makes a good substitute for purchased watercolor sets, but tends to be more powdery.

water color paint

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I found the recipe here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Great Pre-Fall Harvest!

Did you know that you can eat the flowers from squashes? Zuccini and pumpkins are the best! I've seen them fried but I LOVE them sauteed with onions and stuffed in quesadillas or just fresh in sandwiches, especially turkey sandwiches! Also great for garnishing fall dishes.

They say it's best to pick the flowers in the mornings while they are still big and before the bees come out. If you get the ones in the long stems it doesn't interfere with how many squashes you get. The ones with the bulbs underneath are the ones that turn into squash. Eat the petals only, take off the stems and pistols.

Will turn into pumpkin, don't pick this one!

Great for picking. This one is almost ready. Probably tomorrow!

A little broken but I had already picked all the good ones today.

They have a great nutty flavor! Wash and keep in a bowl of water or in the fridge. Use within a few days.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Back To School!

Ok, I'm REALLY late on posting these pics. Anthony started 2nd grade this year and Isaiah Kindergarten. Here's some pics of their first days!