Easy Kid Recycling Project

Today I have a fun and super practical craft for you, and the best part? All you need is two things for this easy kid recycling project.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

We buy bandages that come in these oval shaped containers, and not all places recycle #5 plastics yet, so I have been hoarding keeping them until I came up with a project. The Care To Recycle® program has spurred me to get them out and make something with my kids. We decorated the containers, and then came up with many practical uses for them. For me, that is key to keeping something around. It has to have a place or purpose!

To decorate your own, you will need:

Easy Kid Recycling Project

A Band-Aid container and washi tape. Scissors are optional (the washi tape rips fairly easily).

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Start with ripping (or cutting) strips of tape and laying them across the middle of the container lid.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Since our tape was pretty transparent, we did a few layers. That’s it! The great thing about using the tape, is that it is removable. My initial thought was to decoupage them (as I am known to do), which works, but it doesn’t come off so easily if you would like to change it up, or even recycle the container (if you find somewhere that does take them). With this tape, you can change the design as many times as you want, and even take it off completely when you are done with it.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Now for the fun part. Filling it!!

Easy Kid Recycling Project

My daughter’s dolls had a lot of fun in these portable doll beds!

Easy Kid Recycling Project

You can also make an emergency kit for someone going off to college, or a new driver!

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Of course, you can also make a box decorating kit for someone else to make.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Some other ideas we had:

  • medical kit
  • portable sewing kit
  • treasure box
  • jewelry box
  • gift box
  • notions organizer
  • party favor box
  • hair tie/ ribbon holder
  • pencil box
  • Mother’s Day gift box
  • car activity box
  • miniature doll house
  • toy bathtub
  • glasses case
  • toiletry holder for traveling
  • bank/ money box

Easy Kid Recycling Project

Here are some tidbits of info for you provided by Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies :

 Parents are an emerging bright spot when it comes to extending in-home recycling habits to the bathroom.

  • A 2016 consumer survey on in-home recycling habits, conducted in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., shows that 60% of parents would be more likely to discuss recycling with their children if it was an activity they could do together and they had more creative, engaging ways to explain the impact of recycling.
  • The study also revealed that:
    • One-third of regular recyclers (34%) admit that it never even occurred to them to recycle in the bathroom!
    • The largest obstacle when it comes to recycling personal care products in the bathroom is a lack of tools and resources; only one in five recyclers have a recycling bin in their bathroom.

 Care To Recycle® seeks to break down barriers commonly associated with recycling in the bathroom by showing that recycling in the bathroom can be easy and fun!

  • Everything from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to soap and bandage boxes can be recycled. To better understand which bathroom products can and cannot be recycled, visit www.caretorecycle.com.
  • The more you know about what’s recyclable, the more likely you are to do it. For tips and tools to become a better recycler, visit www.caretorecycle.com.

Easy Kid Recycling Project

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe

I know this is probably the last thing you are thinking about right now, when the weather is warming up, but I have been buying too many bananas that end up turning, so I whipped up my tried and true Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe, and wanted to share with you.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Printable Recipe

This gets gobbled up within a day or two at our house. I was barely able to photograph it without the kids trying to eat it!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Printable Recipe

You can serve it with or without anything on top, but it does go well with butter. Mmmm.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Printable Recipe

I always cut up fruit to go with treats. It makes me feel better about serving all this sugar. Ha!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Printable Recipe

This recipe can be made egg-free as well. Having compound allergies is no fun, especially when everyone has different combinations of them, in the same house. We have GF and EF and I cannot do dairy (except butter). This recipe fits that bill nicely, at the same time being really tasty. *I do go a little crazy with the mini chocolate chips…because, well, CHOCOLATE.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Printable Recipe

Ready to make your own? Here’s a printable recipe just for you!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Gluten Free all-purpose Flour (I used Namaste)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg (or egg replacer)
  • 3/4 cup rice milk (or any milk you would like)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz. banana
  • Chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life because they are GF and DF)

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Place aside.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together, then add dry.
  4. Put batter into loaf pan, and bake for 1 hour (or until golden brown).
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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Printable Recipe

You can add nuts if you want to, but I am a no-nuts-in-my-banana-bread kind of gal.

Enjoy!

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye recipes

Cutting it close again this year, we just dyed our eggs yesterday, and I thought I would share the recipes and methods we used, as they have evolved slightly over the years. I am so glad that today I can share my free printable Natural Egg Dye recipes, with you.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Brace yourself for a long informational post.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes

We tried something new this year. Onion Skin dyeing with imprinting plant material.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

We gathered up a bunch of pretty leaves and flowers in our yard.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

I placed the flowers and leaves around the uncooked egg, and covered it with a piece of old tights and knotted the end.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Place onion skins along with the wrapped eggs in a pot and cover with water. I added 1 TBSP of vinegar. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cover for 20 minutes.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Remove from stove, carefully pour out water, and run cold water over eggs. When cool, snip the tights off.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Please excuse my daughter’s dirty fingernails and fake arm tattoo.

 What we didn’t realize is that the pattern on the tights would make an imprint too! We both liked it even better than the imprint left by the flowers and leaves.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Next we made a Turmeric dye (and we even dipped the imprinted ones in it too).

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

This one is the easiest out of all three and produces such lovely yellow eggs! First boil your eggs. Cool and place aside.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

In a pot, boil 4 cups of water, 1 TBSP vinegar, and 1 TBSP salt. When it comes to a boil, remove it from the heat (or else it will boil over- believe me) and add 4-6 TBSP of turmeric and stir to dissolve. When it is cool, place your eggs in. We placed ours in the fridge for a few hours to set. Be careful with this one since it stains everything it touches! Take out and dry eggs in egg carton (if you have it) and place whole thing on towel so it doesn’t stain your counter or table.

  Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Last, we did my personal favorite, and the smelliest one of all. Red cabbage!

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Boil eggs and cool. Place aside. Take a whole head of red cabbage and chop it up roughly. Place in large pot with 4 cups of water (or enough to cover), 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP white vinegar. Bring to a boil. Then reduce to simmer, and cover for 30 minutes. At this point you may want to open some windows or air out your home because it will smell like boiled cabbage (unless you like that sort of thing, and in that case, enjoy!).

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Drain out cabbage pieces, and cool liquid. Once cooled, place your boiled eggs in and put in the fridge for a few hours or until desired color is achieved.

  Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

The two dark eggs were brown eggs that we dipped in blue.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Admire your incredibly beautiful eggs.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

All three recipes are on this handy dandy printable so you can dye eggs without your electronic device.

Onion Skin, Turmeric, Red Cabbage Egg Dyes

Ingredients

    For Onion Skin:
  • Flowers, leaves, or anything you want to imprint
  • Old tights/ stockings (if you use one with a pattern, there is no need for anything else to imprint)
  • Onion skins (the more the merrier)
  • 1 TBSP white vinegar
  • Water to cover
  • Pot to boil in
  • Eggs
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  • For Turmeric:
  • 4-6 TBSP Tumeric, 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP white vinegar
  • 4 cups of water, pot to boil in, and eggs
  • **********
  • For Cabbage:
  • Whole head chopped red cabbage, 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP white vinegar
  • 4 cups of water, pot to boil in, and eggs

Instructions

    For Onion Skins with imprint:
  1. Place leaves or flowers on top of your uncooked egg then wrap with a piece of stocking
  2. Tie a knot in the end
  3. Fill a pot with onion skins and the uncooked egg bundles
  4. Cover it with water and add TBSP of vinegar
  5. Bring to a boil
  6. Reduce to simmer and cover for 20 minutes
  7. Remove from heat, and run under cold water until eggs are cooled
  8. Cut open on a towel (or surface you can get dirty)
  9. Let dry
  10. For Turmeric:
  11. Hard boil eggs first and cool. Place aside.
  12. Boil 1 TBSP salt and 1 TBSP white vinegar together
  13. Remove from heat and stir in Turmeric.
  14. Allow to cool, then add your eggs
  15. Place in fridge to dye for a few hours or until desired color is achieved.
  16. Take out and dry eggs
  17. For Red Cabbage:
  18. Hard boil Eggs first and cool. Place aside.
  19. Boil chopped cabbage, 1 TBSP vinegar, and 1 TBSP salt.
  20. Reduce to simmer and cover for 30 minutes.
  21. Drain out cabbage pieces, and cool liquid
  22. Once cooled, add your eggs to dye
  23. Place in fridge and leave for a few hours, or until desired color is achieved.
  24. Take out eggs and dry
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Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

I love that we use all natural ingredients. I feel better about my kids handling them, and even eating them. Please let me know if you use my recipes! I would love to see how yours turn out.

Happy Egg Dyeing!

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Scones recipe

I know the holiday has passed, but I wanted to share the recipe my husband came up with (the night before) to make on the morning of St. Patty’s day for our girls. Cause lately, that’s how we roll. At least we are early for next year. He knew they wouldn’t eat GF soda bread, but Gluten free Irish Soda Bread Scones? YES. They would.

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Scones recipe

And they did!

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Scones recipe

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Scones

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Scones recipe

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Scones recipe

He used grape jelly for these, but really you can use any flavor jam or jelly you would like. If you have an egg allergy (like our youngest does), you will notice they do not contain any egg. You can also make them almost lactose free (they do have butter). It is important to make our food as allergy friendly as we possibly can, because we have such a wide range of them in this family.

We are happy to share this yummy printable recipe with you (even if you don’t have any dietary restrictions)! Please let us know if you give these a try.

Gluten Free Irish Soda bread Scones

Ingredients

  • 2 Sticks (8 oz. ) Cold Butter Grated & Chilled
  • 1-1/2 cups All Purpose Gluten free flour (plus a little for dusting the surface)
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 6 oz. Goat milk or milk of your choice
  • Your favorite jam or jelly
  • Brown Sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Pre heat the oven to 375.
  2. Grate the cold butter (quickly but safely) onto a plate lined with waxed paper or parchment and place it in the freezer.
  3. Sift together the dry ingredients.
  4. Toss the grated butter into the dry ingredients until the small pieces are all coated & everything looks well mixed.
  5. Pour in the milk & work the mixture into a smooth dough. Visible butter pieces are OK
  6. Form the dough into a ball & turn it out onto a floured board or parchment.
  7. Flatten the ball into a disk 1 inch thick.
  8. Use a cookie cutter and cut out your scones (you can use a knife to cut wedges).
  9. Place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Use the back of a teaspoon, melon baller, or your thumb to make an indentation in the center.
  11. (At this point you can wrap & chill these to bake later if you would like)
  12. Drop about a 1/2 ts. of jam into the center and sprinkle them with brown sugar.
  13. Place the scones into the oven & drop the temperature to 350.
  14. Bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown
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Gluten (and egg) Free Apple Oatmeal Coffee cake

Yesterday, I went to the dentist to get a cavity filled. I haven’t had one filled in many many years, and had forgotten what it is like to be numb. After I got home, it took 4 hours for the numbing to wear off! While I was waiting, I whipped up my new favorite Gluten Free cake recipe.

Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Coffee Cake

I found this recipe over at Yammie’s Gluten Freedom, and made some changes to it to fit our dietary needs.

Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Coffee Cake

This is the recipe I used:

1/3 cups white sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar
egg replacer for 1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup rice milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups GF quick cooking oats

1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup goat yogurt

2 apples

Topping:

1/2 cup GF rolled oats

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons butter

I did not use the glaze because I thought it was sweet enough without it, and really my love of all things sweet has landed me with this cavity in the first place.

Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Coffee Cake

You can check out their recipe, if you can have cow’s milk and eggs.

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Oh my goodness it is so good. This is the second one I have made with this recipe, and they both were eaten almost immediately. I held this one piece back so that I could document it for you all to see that it actually existed.

Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Coffee Cake

It is not the prettiest cake I have ever made, but it certainly is one of the tastiest!

What have YOU made today?

YUMMY Gluten-Free Potstickers

I was perusing Pinterest as I am known to do, and I came across this gem of a recipe for Gluten Free Potstickers.

Now I have tried my fair few of Pinterest-found GF recipes, and not all of them were good. In fact, we have found that most are not.

But this one is AMAZING!

We are all hooked on these. So much so that The Bee has declared Wednesday to hereby be known as “Potsticker Wednesday”!

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We only put ground pork as the filling and they are fantastic. I imagine that adding more would only make them better.

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The photos aren’t even doing these justice. They are not greasy. Not mushy. JUST FULL OF YUM.

No one asked me to review these potstickers, I just had to share this recipe with you, because if you are GF, you know how hard it is to find good recipes! And this one is.

Do you have special meals on certain days?

When your tree gives you apples….

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We had a great growing year here in Washington. We had unusually hot weather, which our fruits and vegetables LOVED.

Our apple trees are now producing these fantastic apples, and I wanted to make something fun with them for the first day of school.

I found a fun recipe on Pinterest, but I changed the entire thing to make it allergy-friendly.

Here is my recipe for:

GR, EF, DF Fried Apple Rings

For the batter:

1 cup of milk (I used rice milk, but I bet a creamier coconut milk would be great too)

1 cup GF all purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 squeeze of lemon or lime

1/4 tsp salt

 egg replacer (for 1 egg)

1-2 TBSP cinnamon sugar

I used 4 nice sized apples, cut them into round slices, and then cut a little hole in the middle (to take out the seeds). I used a pastry tip to cut the hole, but you can use anything that will cut through the apple that is round.

I dipped them in the batter, then fried them in canola oil until browned.

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Top with more cinnamon sugar

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YUM

I actually ate a few with my dinner. It is back-to-school week, so I figure, anything goes, right?

What have YOU made today?

Shopping in my Garden

Please excuse the absence of On-Our-Shelves Sunday this week. Just completely slipped my mind! I honestly forgot what day it was.

But I wanted to share something with you in its place.

I am LOVING this whole garden thing. Whenever we go out (usually a few times a day), I feel like I am shopping in my very own private store. One that has only well-tended 100% organic plants. And they are GOOD. Such a treat.

Mostly we have gotten a whole bunch of green beans, snap peas, cucumbers, and a little lettuce… up until yesterday.

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We planted some cheddar Cauliflower and it finally was ready to pick!

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And boy was it yummy!

How about you? What is growing in YOUR garden?

About Those Cookies

Did you see yesterday’s post? A lovely reader asked if I would share the recipe.

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These are GF and EF chocolate chip cookies. I used the recipe on the back of the Namaste Foods Perfect Flour Blend Gluten Free package (*affiliate link*), but these are the other products I used.

      1. I omitted the raisins and nuts
      2. I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain, Rolled Oats  *also affiliate link*
      3. Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Gluten, Dairy, nut & Soy Free, Mini Chips*affiliate link*
      4. I used egg replacer instead of an egg (since my youngest is allergic) Ener-G Egg Replacer — 16 oz  and you guessed it*affiliate link*

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I couldn’t post the recipe because it wasn’t mine to post, but I hope this helps you if you have any dietary restrictions. These cookies are so incredibly delicious, even people that are not gluten-free (or egg-free for for that matter) LOVE them.

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Enjoy!

Do you have any allergies? Any favorite cookie recipes?

Some Kale for my Sister

I told my sister that I would show her how to make crunchy kale, so I thought I would share it with you too!

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This is super easy and so very tasty to make, we have it a few times a week. I take lacinato kale and tear it into pieces, put it into a hot frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil, and cook over medium heat (I turn mine with a fork)…

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…until it looks crispy, like this. Just be careful not to burn it.

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I add some sea salt, and devour immediately!

That’s it! Wasn’t it easy?

What is one of YOUR favorite foods to make?