How To Make Bread In A Bag

Kids love to cook! That’s why this Bread In A Bag Recipe is perfect for your kids to make delicious, homemade bread. I am usually the bread baker, but one day I was busier than usual, so I thought, “Why not let the little kids make the bread today?” They thought it was a great idea too!

Bread in A Bag Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Gallon-Sized Resealable Bag
  • 3 Cups Flour + More for dusting surface
  • 3 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp. Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • Butter

Directions:

First, the kids gathered up the ingredients. I gave them a simple bread recipe to use instead of the recipe I usually make and it turned out great.

bread ingredients

Then they each got a gallon-sized resealable bag and put 1 cup of flour into it. Next, they added 3 Tbsp. of sugar, 2 1/4 tsp. yeast, and 1 cup of warm (not hot) water. Then the fun part: Squishing the bag!

mixing the bread dough

They squished the bag until the ingredients were blended and then let it rest for about 10 minutes. Next they added 3 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and one more cup of flour to the bag. They squished the bag for a few more minutes, then added another cup of flour and squished again.

Then they squeezed the dough out of the bag onto a lightly floured surface and kneaded the dough for about 10 minutes.

kneading the dough

They then shaped the dough into loaves and put them into greased loaf pans. We covered the pans with a towel and let it rise in a warm place (on top of our stove) for an hour, when it had risen to the top of the pan.

dough in pans

Then, we baked the bread at 375°F for 30 minutes. We let it cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, and then took the loaves out of the pans and placed the loaves on the wire racks. We rubbed the top of the loaves with a stick of butter and allowed the loaves to cool completely before slicing and eating.

baked bread

DELICIOUS!!!

DIY Lava Lamp Fun

Our kids love to make DIY lava lamps! It’s a fun thing to do during the summer when it is too hot to go outside or when we are experiences an afternoon thunderstorm. Below are the directions on how we make our lava lamp fun:

lava lamp supplies

Ingredients:

  • empty plastic bottle
  • vegetable oil
  • Alka-Seltzer
  • food coloring

Directions:

Fill the empty plastic bottle about 2/3 with vegetable oil.

lava lamp oil

Add water to fill the bottle.

lava lamp water

Add several drops food coloring. Each of our kids picked a different color so we knew which lava lamp belonged to each kid.

lava lamp food coloring

Break an Alka-Seltzer into several pieces and add each piece one at a time to the oil/water mixture.

lava lamp 4 pieces alka seltzer

When the tablets hit the water they will start to fizz.

lava lamp starting to bubble

Each time you add a new piece of Alka-Seltzer it will fizz more.

lava lamp really bubbling

My boys set their lava lamps on a lighted flashlight for more lava fun. The kids really loved this and it was super simple. I hope you have fun with it!

Blessings,

Rosanne

#1 Item Needed to Have a Safe Summer

Exploring the world outdoors is the best part of summer! Unfortunately, it can be filled with unwanted dangers – poison ivy, sunburn, bug bites, and more. One of the most disgusting dangers is ticks!

tick

There are a wide variety of tick-borne diseases and symptoms may not appear until weeks after the bite. You may not even know that there is a tick on you or your kids. It is important to check for ticks after any time spent exploring outdoors.

Our family does a LOT of hunting and fishing so I have discovered ticks on my kids from time to time. The very first time I completely freaked out and didn’t know what to do. I called my husband and he gave me some pretty bad advice that he learned from his parents. I have since learned the best way to remove a tick and it does not include squeezing it, burning it out, or pouring anything on it. These methods can cause the tick to vomit back into the skin or release more saliva which can increase the possibility of disease transmission, can leave part of the tick embedded in the skin, or making the tick embed even deeper into the skin. YUCK!

So, the #1 item needed to have a safe summer is one (or three) of these:

We bought this three pack so that we can have one at home, one in the truck, and one in our motor home.

How to remove a tick safely:

  • Use tweezers or a tick removal tool to grab the tick by the head or the mouth, close to the skin. We bought this three-pack of “Ticked Off” tick remover:

The Original Ticked Off Tick Remover Three (3) Pack with Key Hole family Colors May Vary (affiliate link)

  • Pull firmly and steadily until the tick lets go of the skin. Do not rock back and forth or twist.
  • Put the tick into a jar or a plastic bag in case you need to identify the type of tick later.
  • Wash your hands and the site of the bite thoroughly with soap and water.

It is important to seek medical care if:

  • The tick has been on the skin for more than 24 hours.
  • Part of the tick remain embedded in the skin.
  • A rash of any kind develops, especially a red-ringed bull’s eye rash or red dots on wrist and ankles.
  • The skin looks infected at the bite site.
  • There is any fever, muscle or joint ache, and/or stiff neck or back.

How to prevent tick bites:

  • Always check for ticks after any adventures outside on skin and hair, especially the scalp, behind ears, under the arms, and around neck.
  • Avoid tick infested areas.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants. Tuck pants into socks.
  • You can use insect repellent with at least 10% DEET. Our family chooses not to do this.
  • Place all clothes into the dryer immediately after being outside and before washing. This will kill the ticks if any are on your clothing. We always do this after a day of hunting.

Exploring outside, hunting, fishing, and hiking are all fun activities to enjoy in the summer but it is important to be safe. Tick prevention, removal, and monitoring for symptoms of tick bites are important tools to keep safe in the summer. Please use my affiliate link if you decide to check out the tick removal tool by clicking the image below.  This helps our family and we really appreciate it.

Have a safe and fun summer!

Blessings,

Rosanne

 

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Best Slime Recipe

Our kids love playing with slime, even our teenagers! It is fun and easy. Below is our favorite recipe:

Slime ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Liquid Starch
  • Glue (white, clear, or glitter)
  • Food Coloring

Directions: Mix equal parts of liquid starch and glue. Add food coloring to desired result. In our large family, we make sure each person’s slime is a different color to avoid arguments.

Pouring Glue

Mix well!

Mix slime well

The more you play with the slime, the better it gets.  Add different colored sequins, confetti, or glitter for fun or to celebrate a special occasion. For example – red, white, and blue sequins for Fourth of July or Memorial Day, glitter and confetti in your child’s favorite color for their birthday, or your school colors for a fun Kindergarten graduation gift. Have fun!

Long Slime