The Sweet Escape: NJ Dessert Tasting Expo - A Review of Sweetness!

Monday, August 25, 2014
So what is the Sweet Escape NJ Dessert Tasting Expo and why won't The Jersey Momma shut up about it??  Is that what you're wondering?  Or something close to that, maybe?  If you've been following any of my posts on Facebook or Twitter, then you know I've been looking forward to this event for months.  And you're about to see why.  Ah, where to begin????


5 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug: Jersey Momma Quick Recipe

Saturday, August 23, 2014
I saw this '5 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie - in the Microwave' recipe on Facebook yesterday, posted from Dash Magazine (part of Parade).  I actually like their recipes a lot and I was curious about this one because...well... I LOVE DESSERTS.  But I just couldn't see how it would come out tasting good.  Here's what I discovered.

It doesn't look very pretty, but it tasted good!


How to Throw an Art Party for Kids

Monday, July 14, 2014
We're taking a little break from traveling today because we're in party mode in this house!  The Jersey Momma's Boy has a summer birthday, and every year I take extra care in planning it.

The parties usually have a theme.  His first birthday was a Yo Gabba Gabba motif and the whole family was invited.  I'm lucky to have a super talented sister who constructed this 4 foot tall Plex Robot to greet guests. Here he is in her garage before the party:

Looks like Plex is just hangin' out and havin' a Coke!

Easy Salt Box Painting (no paint involved!)

Sunday, February 16, 2014
I hear they are predicting more snow for New Jersey this week, so that means I'm starting my preparations, and I'm not talking about rushing out to buy bread and milk.

I'm talking about stocking up on ACTIVITIES.  Projects, crafts, movies!  I have an only child in this house, and sadly, this kid gets bored easily!  So when we have snow days--continuously--I get ready.

One fun activity I tried last year was Salt Box Painting. Never fear, there's no paint involved.  It's not even very messy.  This is a great activity for kids four and under.  Kids over four might enjoy it, too, but it might not hold their interest for very long.

To make Salt Box Painting, you will need:

-a shallow box or box top (a sturdy gift box top could work, too.  Just try to find one that doesn't have seams or holes, so that salt won't leak out of it).

-colored construction paper (I chose rainbow colors)

-scissors (you might not need them if your paper is small and fits in the box without needing to be trimmed)

-tape (clear packing tape works best, but any tape will do)

-salt (regular table salt)

-thick paintbrush

Step 1

Cut the construction paper to fit the bottom of your box.  You'll want to stagger it in layers.  For example, if you want a rainbow effect, start with red on the far left side of the box.  Then lay orange next to it, then yellow, and so on and so on till you reach purple.  So you'll be continuously cutting the pieces so they fit in the box top in layers (unfortunately I don't have a picture of this step, but I think you'll figure it out).  I taped the paper together and down to the sides of the box so it wouldn't slide around and so the salt wouldn't slide under the colored paper (the idea is to keep the salt on TOP of the paper).  Clear packing tape works best for this.

Step 2

Pour salt on top of your colored paper.  The more salt, the better.  If you don't use enough, you won't get the effect that you're really "painting."  If your kids start to play with it and it doesn't look like they're "painting" in the salt, try adding more.

Then they can use their paintbrushes (yes, dry paintbrushes!) to "paint" letters, shapes and designs in the salt.  The idea is that you see the colored paper underneath appear, so it looks like "paint" in the salt.

The Jersey Momma's boy is an outside the box thinker (no pun intended), so after about ten minutes of "painting," he wanted to drive his trucks in the salt and add Legos to the salt, and there were tire tracks and Legos and salt everywhere.  Which is okay, I guess, but it left things messier than I had expected!  

For a better tutorial and more photos of  Salt Box Painting, check out Learning4Kids.  
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