Saturday, April 19, 2014

Preschool Chalk Color Mixing

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My daughter loves creating art projects, and has been asking a lot of questions about colors. She was blown away when I told her how you can mix two colors to create a new one. I decided to use a Master of the Arts Chalk Art Kit to have a fun and educational lesson on color mixing, and was also able to teach different coloring techniques for my little artist.

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The Master of the Arts Chalk Art Kit includes everything you need to get started: 28 blending chalks, a design pad, blending brushes, and design guide to learn about blending, smudging, creating lines, and even painting with chalk. All Masters of the Arts kits will be available at Walmart stores at the end of April 2014 for $4.97 or less!

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We opened up the design pad, and I showed her how coloring with different edges of the chalk makes different looks. She wanted to make purple, so we colored blue lines first, then added pink (or red).

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Then, with a blending brush (similar to a sponge eyeshadow applicator) or your finger, smear the chalk lines together to create the new color! Try mixing all different colors to see what you can create!

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My daughter decided to make a rainbow, so after adding some yellow and red lines, we mixed the edges together to create the green and orange in the middle.

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After trying it again all on her own, I can't even start to describe how proud she was of herself. That alone is one reason why giving my child the tools to learn and be creative are so important. We're excited to try watercoloring with the chalks soon, and will definitely be trying out the other Master of the Arts kits for more art fun!!

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The kit was provided by CraftProjectIdeas.com and/or Horizon Group, USA in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cheesy Potato Casserole (Funeral Potatoes)

One of my favorite dishes to have for Easter dinner is this cheesy potato casserole - more commonly known around Utah as "funeral potatoes". They get that name from being served at almost always every funeral luncheon because they are easy to make, and can easily serve a crowd. So, even though these cheesy potato goodness have the reputation for being funeral-only, they are amazing when paired with with ham at Easter dinner.

Funeral potatoes are generally pretty inexpensive to make, but I found that using an app called Favado, a grocery app that shows you what is on sale at your local grocery store, helped me save big on all the items on my Easter shopping list, like ham, potatoes, eggs for dying, Easter candy, and more!

Cheesy Potato Casserole (Funeral Potatoes) at artsyfartsymama.com #Easterrecipes #easyrecipe #Utah

Ingredients:
1 (32 ounce) package frozen shredded potatoes, thawed OR 4 lbs potatoes, cooked and shredded
2 (10 ounce) cans cream of chicken (or mushroom) soup
1 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted
salt and pepper
Topping:
1 1/2 cups corn flakes
2 tablespoons melted butter

Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, mix together cream of chicken/mushroom soup, sour cream, cheese, butter, and a bit of salt and pepper.
  2. Stir in potatoes, and carefully mix until everything is combined. Keep in mind that if you mix the thawed potatoes too much, you'll just end up with a sort of mashed potato! Not as good, I promise!
  3. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray, and pour the potato mixture in evenly.
  4. Pour corn flakes into a gallon size Ziploc bag, and crush the flakes with a rolling pin.
  5. Pour the flake crumbs into a small bowl and add melted butter. Stir until all the crumbs are coated.
  6. Sprinkle corn flake mixture over the top of the potatoes.
  7. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 350ยบ for 45 minutes. Uncover, then bake another 10-15 minutes until hot and bubbly. 

When you're out shopping this week for Easter, remember to download Favado to save big on your ham, your eggs to color, and other delicious ingredients you'll need for your Easter dinner! I'm also sharing an Easter savings printable full of Easter recipes from some of your favorite bloggers and a helpful grocery list:

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This post is sponsored by Favado. As always, all opinions are my own.


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