Monthly Archives: June 2015

Wednesday | June 17, 2015

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching, I thought I would share two of my favorite gifts that we have made for my husband. He loved them and our boys LOVED putting these gifts together for Daddy!!!


You will need a large frame, paper and paints. Since we have three boys, I used a different paint color for each child. This is a great project to do outside! Use a large piece of paper or cardboard. Have the first child walk across the paper, followed by the second, etc.  I started with the oldest child so that the largest print would be on the bottom. While the paint is drying, I printed the poem below to insert into the frame. Glue the poem onto the picture so it doesn’t move in the frame. Once everything is dry, assemble your frame! Dad will love it!!

“Walk a little slower Daddy”

“Walk a little slower, Daddy!” said a little child so small.
“I’m following in your footsteps and i don’t want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast, sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower Daddy, for you are leading me.

Someday when I’m all grown up, you’re what i want to be.
Then i will have a little child who’ll want to follow me.

And i would want to lead just right, and know that i was true;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy, for i must follow you!!”

 Author: unknown

Our second project for Dad was finger painted golf balls! This is more of a keepsake item than actual golf balls that Dad can use. I think the paint would actually come off if they are used or get wet!!
This project worked out perfectly for one set of golf balls. I used four balls per child, again using a different paint color for each kid! Paint one finger on your child and stamp the finger as you roll the ball!!
Thursday | June 11, 2015

Mexican Quinoa

I love this recipe! It is super easy, nutritious, and you only need one pan so cleanup is a snap!  Oh yeah, and it’s delicious!! I usually try to make this at the beginning of the week and reheat the leftovers with some chicken for lunch all week!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapenos, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.


Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste.



Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes.



Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro. Serve immediately and save the leftovers!



*This recipe was found on and was originally adapted from Cook Like a Champion.