A Little Trick 

As an ECE I have learnt many little tricks over the years to help me through my daily adventures with children. One such is trick is how to paint on plastic. 

    
Plastic snack cups are so handy for arts and crafts. Painting them can be frustrating as the paint does not cover the cup evenly and chips off easily when dry. However, if you add glue to your paint then coat the plastic it will spread more evenly and stay on when dry. You may still need a couple coats to get your desired effect. If you are cutting holes into the cups it is best to do this before you paint. I hole punched four holes near the bottom to add pipe cleaners. 

   
This cup has one coat of paint mixed with glue. I mix 2 parts paint to 1 part glue.  I then added two more coats in order to get a darker black for a spider. Once all the paint was dry I glued on two googly eyes on the front and added pipe cleaners in the holes for legs. I used a hot glue gun to glue the pipe cleaners to the inside of the cup. 

  
These Spooky Spiders are easy to make even with toddlers! They can do most of the work just remember to have an adult use the hot glue gun to attach the pipe cleaners. They make great classroom decorations that the children can participate in instead of store bought decorations. 

  
   

Happy Halloween !  

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Always In Your Heart

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me
And I’m not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today;
While thinking of the many things
We didn’t get to say.

I know now how much you love me
As much as I love you;
And each time that you think of me,
I know I’ll miss you too.

But when tomorrow starts without me
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand.

She said my place was ready
In heaven far above;
And that I’d have to leave behI don’t,
All those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye;
For all my life, I’d always thought
I didn’t want to die.

I had so much to live for,
So much yet to do;
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad;
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday
Just even for awhile,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories
Would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things
I might miss come tomorrow;
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.

But out when I walked through heaven’s gates
I felt so much at home;
When God looked down and smiled at me
From His great golden throne.

He said, “This is eternity
And all I’ve promised you;
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.”

“I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last;
And since each day’s the same day,
There’s no longing for the past.”

“But you have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true;
Though at times you did do things,
You knew you shouldn’t do.”

“But you have been forgiven
And now at last you’re free;
So won’t you take my hand
And share my life with me?”

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart;
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here in your heart.

David M. Romano
(1993)

That Time Of Year

As an Early Childhood Educator it always seems like ‘that time of year’ when the colds come around. Once again the cold has come home, surprisingly it was not with me. That was a shocker. This time my Lobster brought the cold home. To help him feel better, and to keep the cold from getting me, I made chicken noodle soup for dinner. 

  
 Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 1 onion
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic 
  • 4-5 carrots 
  • 4 potatoes 
  • 1 carton of chicken broth
  • 5 cups of water 
  • 1-2 breasts of chicken, cooked 
  • 1 cup of pasta noodles ( I like baby shells)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Chop onion and garlic and fry in large pot with oil. 
  2. Chop carrots and potatoes into small cubes, add to onions and garlic. 
  3. Add chicken broth and water to pot, bring to a boil then let simmer 
  4. Add cooked chicken breast cut into bite size pieces with salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Continue to simmer until potatoes are tender. 
  6. Bring pot to medium heat and add pasta. Cook until pasta is ready. 
  7. Serve and enjoy. 

  
 

In case you need something with a little extra fighting power check out my recipe for garlic soup, Garlic Is For Heroes.

A Weekend for Preparations 

This weekend I went on an adventure with my Lobster to Springridge Farm. One of my favourite times to visit is during Autumn when the apples and pumpkins are out and the leaves are changing. 

  
  

  
After a delicious lunch we picked out a batch of apples and a bottle of apple cider. It was now time to head home to start preparations for Thanksgiving. I am making a pumpkin pie and homemade perogies for our feast next weekend. 

   
 I have a wheat intolerance so I decided to make a batch of perogies using spelt flour. I love experimenting in the kitchen and trying new things with a recipe. The dough worked out great so we cooked a couple to try and they tasted just as delicious as the original recipe. I am so glad the recipe worked as perogies are one of my favourite dishes. I also whipped up a few batches using the original recipe for those family members that are not as adventurous when it comes to trying new foods.