Art Gift basket

My niece just turned 4 years old and I wanted to get her something that she could use.  She’s also in school, so there’s a lot of school projects to do.  I created an art basket for her.

In the basket I placed:

1. Construction paper-2 big sets of them. They are useful for many things from arts and crafts to school projects.

2. Markers

3.  Watercolors

4.  Marker paper- this kind of paper allows for drawing and coloring.

5. Paints- a set of 6

6. A color by number set

These are just some of the of the things that I placed in the basket. You can place all kinds of art materials in a basket and give as a gift to that young child that will use it for crafting.  For an older child, you can place cutting supplies, glue, sequence and so many other materials. Be creative and have fun getting things together.

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I hope this inspires you to create your own art gift basket.

 

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Sausage and peppers

Cooking is another one of my favorite things to do.  Cooking relaxes me and I enjoy cooking food that everyone likes to eat.

I’m not Italian but my husband is part. So he has always been used to eating sausage and peppers. I was first introduced to sausage and peppers at his house and since we got married, I’ve made my own sausage and peppers.  Everyone has their own way of doing things. So this is just one way.

Ingredients

1 medium onion chopped

2 red bell peppers cut into pieces

2 tablespoons of olive oil

sausages – 4 links

salt

pepper

 

Steps to making sausage and peppers

1. Heat about about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. I eye ball it.

2.  Cut up a medium onion and two red (or any other color you want) bell peppers.

3. Once the oil is heated, place cut up onions and bell peppers.

4. Sauté the peppers and onion until soft. You don’t want to have hard peppers and onions.  I let them cook for about 20 minutes.  Add salt and pepper and mix.

5. Once the onions and peppers are sautéed enough, place the sausages on top of the onions and bell peppers.

6. Cook for about 2 minutes and then mix the sausages to the bottom of the pan.

7. Let the sausages cook until they are no longer pink insides

8. Once your sausages have cooked, serve and enjoy.  You can serve with bread or by itself and a side dish.

 

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World Map

My husband and I love to travel.  I love to make scrapbooks of everything and I love to save things from trips.  I love to collect magnets from all the places that I have been.  I also love to decorate.  Over the summer, I was looking through Pinterest to find some ideas.  I couldn’t find anything that I liked.

I continued my search and found maps on Amazon and groupon. I wanted to pick up a map with pins in order to pin all the places that’s we have been.  I searched and finally found a world map on Groupon.  I picked up 3 different colored pins: blue, orange and red.   Once my world map came that’s when I started pinning all the places we have been.  My husband and j decided which colored pins we wanted.  I picked red for all the places that I have been. He picked blue. The orange pins are for all the places that we went together.

The next problem was all the magnets. Our son is in his walking and touching everything.  He started taking my magnets off my fridge. I knew now that it was time to figure out and move them.  I could not find any ideas.  Then when I went to my mothers house. I found my idea.  My mother just like me loves to collect magnets.  She has more than I do.  What she did with her magnets was hang them up. The way which she did it was with a magnet strip and just placed all the magnets there.  My husband and I went to Lowes and picked two magnet strips.  We decided to hang our magnets by: one row of magnets with places from the US and Canada and the other magnet strip with places likes Europe, Caribbean and Asia.

We have our magnet strips above our world map of pins.  Every day that I look at the world map, I keep thinking of all the places that I still need to experience and travel to.  I hope this inspires you to make your own world map of pins!! Travel the world!

Cape Cod

 

Cape Cod is 4 hours away from New York City.   It’s a beautiful place to just go and get away.

We stayed in an area called Hyannis.  It is one of the main places in Cape Cod.  There is a stretch of stores and restaurants to eat.  We ate at Torino which was Italian. It was very good and everyone was very nice and welcoming. The other night we ate at British Beer. The food was really good.  We had Cape Cod beer.  I had a Blonde. It was really good.

We went to the Cape Cod Beer factory. They do tours once a day at 11 a.m but we didn’t make it in time for that so you just go for a tour on your own.  It was cool.  We didn’t do a tasting which they have but we just picked one kind of beer to drink.  We went outside to sit and drink it. They had chairs to sit and a food truck if you wanted to eat.

We went to the beach to just walk around.  I found many seashells. The reason is because the night before there was a rain storm so all the seashells were washed up to shore.  It was peaceful to just walk along the beach and feel the wind in your hair.

We went mini golfing and that was so much fun. When you go with friends it’s always an adventure.

Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen is about 4 hours away from New York City.  It is a state park.  There is an $8 car fee to park.

Watkins Glen is amazing. I have never seen an amazing park. The beauty of nature is amazing.  The years of nature and how it shaped this state park.

We started our hike from the top down. We took a bus up which was $5.  While walking the trail, we realized that the $5 was worth it because we were going down stairs and not up. It happened to also be very hot and humid.  We enjoyed our hike through Watkins Glen.

There were many waterfalls but because there has not been a lot of rain, the waterfalls weren’t as powerful.  The beauty of the falls were just as nice.  The whole hike, I kept saying how amazing it was.  I am glad that I did it because it allowed me to see nature in a different light.  There are so many different ways to experience nature. One way is through hiking. Hiking in different places, gives you different experiences.  Pictures do not do justice to the amazing state park.   I loved each and every step of the way.

I hope these photographs inspire you to take a challenge and explore a different part, place of the world that you haven’t.