Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Have a Spooktacular Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Healthy Halloween Party

OK, it's the day before Halloween and how do you keep yourself and your family from all those tempting sweets???

How about a party at your house?

Call up your friends and invite them over for a healthy, creative evening.  Pick some of the ideas on this blog and have a guilt-free Halloween


Play charades (see the how-to's below)
Makes Silly Sticks - giant pick up sticks from dowels
Bob for Apples
Make a Finish Flag and have relays


Friendly Monster's (search above for the recipe)
Totem Pole Dinner - let the kids (and adults) create their own entire dinner as a totem pole
 Food Taste Test - change the texture of foods before the party - blend, chop, etc. and at the party blind-fold a volunteer and have them guess what it is

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Remember to Take Your Vitamins

For convenience I buy vitamins in those plastic pouches but I didn't like the box they came in so I'd hide it in the cupboard and of course, I'd forget to take my vitamins.  Here's a nice way to 'display' your vitamins on your counter.  I put the pouches in a beautiful glass and added a saying.  I've had this saying for many years - way back to my college days when we had secret pals.  She gave this to me and I've kept it all this years.

Take your vitamins!  And, show the world all the love in your healthy heart!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Healthy Turkey Soup Recipe & Make a Tureen to Serve It In!


Here's a great family activity for a cold day - make this yummy soup and then create a soup tureen to make soup serving special!

Here's What You'll Need

  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
  • Pebeo Porcelaine Paint: Scarlet, Yellow, Bronze
  • Tureen, ceramic
  • Alcohol
  • Soft cloth
  • Foil for palette
  • Toothpick
  • Plastic wrap
  • Oven
  • Raffia
  • Silk leaves (fall colors)

How to Create It

1. Clean outside of tureen with alcohol, using soft cloth.
2. Place a small amount of yellow paint on foil. Add a dab of scarlet and bronze paint. Mix with toothpick.
3. Tear a 12" piece of plastic wrap from roll. Scrunch. Dip plastic wrap in paint. Dab off excess on foil. Dab paint on tureen until desired look is achieved. Let dry 24 hours.
4. Place tureen in cold oven. Set temperature to 300 degrees. When oven temperature stabilizes, bake for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and allow tureen to cool down gradually in oven. Once tureen has been 'baked' it is dishwasher and microwave safe.
5. Tie raffia around tureen. Glue leaves on raffia streamers.

  Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe






1 cup uncooked fine whole wheat noodles
1 tablespoon instant minced onion
2-1/2 tablespoons chicken flavored bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried whole thyme
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 bay leaf
4 quart cooking pot
8 cups water
1 diced carrot
3 cups cooked diced turkey   

How to Make It

1. Place all dry ingredients in cooking pot. Add water and carrot. Bring to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf.
2. Stir in turkey. Simmer an additional 5 minutes.

Make 2 quarts. Serve this scrumptious turkey soup in your beautiful tureen.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Decoupage Fall Leaf Box

Bundle up the entire family, head outside, run around and gather some colorful leaves to create a leaf treasure box

Here's What You Need
  • Acrylic spray paint - your choice of colors
  • Paper mache box
  • Aleene's Instant Decoupage - Matte
  • Leaves - dried or silk
  • Foam brush


Here's What To Do
1. Spray paint box. Let dry.
2. Brush Instant Decoupage on back of one leaf. Place on box where desired. Brush a coat of Instant Decoupage over leaf. Repeat for all leaves.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Unplug & Indoor Activities for the Entire Family

The evenings are getting shorter and that means we'll be spending more time inside so we need to come up with some creative ways to unplug from all those electronic things and find ways to keep active indoors.  How about?

  • Charades

    If your children are young, find pictures of animals and other interesting items in magazines, cut them out and apply the picture to some heavy paper with a glue stick. Have the entire family cut pictures from magazines - no rules, anything that tickles their fancy.  Glue the pictures to a box that will be your 'draw' box for the charade cards. You'll need props, so fill a box with fun items from around the house.  Let a child pull one of the pictures out of box and act out their 'thing'.  Use a timer and let the laughs begin!

    For more fun indoor activities this Fall, check out the Make Healthy Fun! book, ebook or video under the shopping section!