Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunny and Colorful

Yesterday was incredibly beautiful and springlike. We stayed home from church because the kids have snotty noses. It's the first sickness we've had for several months, and I'm so glad to have had a healthy fall and winter so far. We spent the day enjoying the sunshine and doing some fun colorful projects.
First the kids did a little of their own crafting with beads, pipe cleaners, and hot glue.
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Then we tried 5 Orange Potatoes' experiment with iridescence.
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It worked! Pretty, pretty.
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"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts." ~Marcus Aurelius
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For lunch, we had an orange muffin tin picnic.
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Oranges, carrots, chicken and rice, sweet potato fries, cheddar, apricot jam on crackers, and orange juice.

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Steaming sweet potatoes and my plate of orange.

Cream Chicken (Based on Pioneer Woman's Butter Chicken)
4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. curry powder, optional*
1 onion, diced
1/4 c. butter
16 oz. tomato sauce
1 c. cream
freshly cooked rice

Melt butter in skillet. Saute garlic and onions until tender and golden. Add chicken and cook until browned and cooked through. Add salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, and curry. Mix well. Add tomato sauce. Heat through. Stir in cream and remove from heat. Serve with rice.
*I added the curry this time to give it a more orange color. It's really good with or without it. The sauce is kind of pinkish without it.

After lunch, the kids played a long time outside. We watched Meadow take a dust bath.
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When the kids finally came in out of the lovely sun, we played with watercolors.
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"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." ~Pablo Picasso
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Then, inspired by Childhood Magic's paper garland, I brought out the cardstock, scissors, and glue sticks to make a rainbow-colored flower garland.
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"There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice." ~John Calvin

20 comments:

  1. I love all of this COLOR! It's gorgeous. I may just have to make my own flower garland now...

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  2. This was just a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    -Phyllis

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  3. Love the flower swag! Ummmm...when do you find time to do housework? :)

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  4. That rice looks wonderful, I must try it!

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  5. Love the color, the photos, your family is beautiful!

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  6. Kate - that's why the kids had to go somewhere else so I could clean! If they're here, I spend all my time doing things with them.

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  7. you have been busy! what colorful fun action.

    :)Lisa

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  8. great tin! I always forget about sweet potato fries.

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  9. What a great way to tie everything in. The activities and tin look great( The fries look awesome.) I love the chicken pics.

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  10. Great tin! I love the paper garland.

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  11. Great tin! Love all the color activities!

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  12. Great flower garland...bright and beautiful! Your kiddo's certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves. You home always looks so clean and tidy for so much craft to be happening...we did craft today and there was glitter glue, bits of paper and permanent ink on our expensive (wedding gift) oak table!! How do you do it?! Thank you for sharing your day and your beautiful photographs.

    God Bless

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  13. the tin looks great! and the chicken and rice is a perfect fit with color!

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  14. Hi Sarah! So nice to be back. :)
    Wow, wow, wow. Your art projects always inspire me. I MUST do more, for Saraya's sake. She loves craft more than anything! I love that last quote. :)

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  15. What a perfect tin. looks yummy. looks like the kids were having fun!

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  16. I love to see all the wonderful crafting and hands-on work that goes on your home.
    I do think it is time for flowers here too! What a great idea. Oh, and I have also noticed how clean your house always seems to be even with all those little ones and so much activity - what a great job.
    Warm wishes,
    Tonya

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  17. You are always doing...I really like that.

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  18. Naturalearthfarm - I did just spend 3 days cleaning like crazy, but usually, I'm just very selective with where I am my camera - the mess abounds!

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  19. Looks like you guys had a very busy day! And you still found time to make a healthy fun lunch! Way to go!
    That chicken rice sounds delish.

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  20. Great job, Sarah! :) Love the pics of the dust bath! ;) Neat!

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