Friday, November 6, 2015

Finger Painting and Other Art Projects - Part II

Mr T.'s older brother loves "projects", but then again he is 5.  Torren at age 3 is not so much interesting in Grandma's projects.  However, I decided to try, try again, just in case.

While doing these projects, someone was not having much fun.  You'd think I was making him do something sit in one place and utilize his small motor skills.

This was the second try at the mess-free finger painting.  I used paint labeled "washable finger paint". It must have contained some sort of medium because it had a very weird consistency, even within the ziplock bag.

This is using the same finger paint but without the zip lock bag.

This one was using sponges and fingers.  He definitely preferred the sponges.  He doesn't appear to like anything sticky or wet on his finger tips.

The next day, we tried painting using other tools, like popsicle sticks and Qtips.  I handed him a Qtip, which he promptly used to clean his ear and then proceeded to dip it in the paint.  At least it wasn't the other way around.

And today, giving it one last (for this week anyway) try, we attempt cotton ball painting.  This was another Pinterest find.  Torren was not impressed.  He was entertained by this for less than 60 seconds.

Mr. T seems to be more interested in using his larger muscle groups.  Re-enacting "Five Little Monkeys" jumping on the bed is far more interesting.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Recipe Share - Korean Beef In The Crock Pot - A Pinterist Success Story

Honestly, most of the recipes I try from Pinterest are epic failures.  Last week, I tried a Korean Beef recipe that used ground beef.  It wasn't quite a "fail" but it was unimpressive.  I decided to try again when I saw that my local store had chuck roasts on sale.

OMG - this recipe was easy and so fricking good!  I served it the first night with jasmine rice and broccoli.  The second night, I made stir fried veggies, added some of the left over meat and sauce, and mixed in some Top Ramen Noodles (cooked and drained - no seasoning packet).  We still have more roast left, and I haven't decided if I'm going to freeze it, or just eat the rest for lunch and dinner tomorrow as husband will be visiting at a friend's home.

Click here for the recipe Slow Cooker Korean Beef From Damn Delicious 

Sorry no photos on my page.  I'm not much on presentation.   The Damn Delicious site has pictures and nutrition facts.

The only thing I did differently was to sear the roast before I put it in the crock pot.  Also, I did not have any sesame oil on hand, so I just used regular vegetable oil in which I had toasted some sesame seeds.

This will be a regular menu feature every month in my house.  I might even invite guests over - and that is saying something because I DON'T entertain!