Wacky Wednesday

No matter how much my children grow, they never seem to tire of bubbles. Even your average, everyday bubbles thrill them for hours. We like to get creative with our bubbles though just to see what happens. Sometimes we end up with some awesome bubbles, while others times it’s a complete bust (literally!).

Homemade Bubble Solution Recipe

I know bubble solution is cheap, but it will never perform as well as homemade. Just trust me on this.

You may need to adjust the recipe slightly, depending on if you have hard or soft water and what type of dish soap you use, but experimenting is half the fun. If you realize your solution isn’t perfect, no need to start over.  Just pour it a little more of whatever you think you need!

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I used to live in this little town (seriously, only three stoplights) in Ohio. And there was a wonderful little privately owned pizza place in town that made the BEST Taco Pizza EVER!!!! It was our family tradition to order pizza once a month and when it was my turn to pick what we ordered it was always Taco Pizza from Hungry Howies. The crust was crispy, the taco meat with beans was delish, and the towering toppings of lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and sour cream was so heavenly that my mouth waters just writing about it.

But sadly, I moved away from that little town when I was 14 and haven’t tasted a bite of Taco Pizza since then (until I recreated it myself). Actually, everyone I have ever asked, had never even heard of Taco Pizza! So while this isn’t exactly the wackiest on my list of Wacky Wednesday ideas, since it seems no one outside of my sleepy little childhood town has even heard of Taco Pizza, I  just have to share my recreation of this delicious marriage of two of my favorite foods, Pizza and Tacos! Now, I know what you are probably thinking, and it is probably pretty close to my husbands reaction, “taco?…..pizza?…..That sounds really gross but if you must……” But I assure you, give it a shot and your family will have a taste-bud explosion and it will soon become a family favorite like it has in our house.

And it is so versatile, cut small squares and it can be an appetizer at a casual party or larger slices and it’s dinner, you choose!

What you need:

1 Pizza Crust (store bought or homemade, it doesn’t matter but crispy is the key!)
1 lb. Hamburger
1 Taco Seasoning Packet
1/2 can of re-fried beans
8 oz. Taco Blend shredded cheese
1/2 head of lettuce
2 small tomatoes
Black Olives
Taco sauce
(any other taco toppings that your family prefers)

How to make this simple taste-bud masterpiece:

Roll out your pizza crust to get it as thin as possible without tearing onto a greased cookie sheet or pizza pan. Cook the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until just browned, drain well and add taco seasoning mix and 1/3 c. of water until well mixed as if you are making traditional tacos.

Spread a thin layer of re-fried beans over your pizza crust (not to much, we don’t want to overpower the meat). Even if you don’t care for re-fried beans, this is a necessity, it isn’t true taco pizza without it! Top this with the prepared taco meat, and drizzle with desired amount of taco sauce. I used about 1 cup for my pizza. All that is left to do for this part is to top with cheese! Cover the pizza with the entire bag of cheese and pop it into the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or the cooking time recommended for the crust that you use. Since everything is already cooked except for the crust, the goal is to just get the crust cooked through and melt the cheese.

 

While your pizza is in the oven, shred your lettuce to bite size strips, dice the tomato, and open the olives so you are all ready to add your toppings and eat!

After your pizza comes out of the oven, immediately top with shredded lettuce (don’t be afraid to really pile it on!) The crunchy chill of the lettuce contrasts so nicely with the warm gooey-ness of the taco meat, cheese and beans. Now top with diced tomatoes and black olives and any remaining ingredients you would like to add! Cut into squares, not triangle slices, this pizza works better with squares. It could be because that was how Hungry Howies always cut their pizza but it could also be because the toppings are loose and will fall all over the place if it isn’t in small easy to manage pieces. The last step is to add a dollop of sour cream to each piece and enjoy!

As you can see this is just like any other pizza so you can add or subtract ingredients to suit your families tastes. My recommendation is to NOT take away are the refried beans, taco meat, and lettuce! Those make it the best EVER!

Let me know what you think, just scroll down a little and leave a comment in the box below and give it to me straight, is it just me or is this the best pizza ever!?!?!?

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One of my favorite things to do during the Spring/Summer months is to play, sing and dance in the rain. It’s FREE, it’s fun and the kids LOVE it. But we haven’t had any sun showers recently and I have been itching to go play in the rain. There are some common sense rules for when we can go out and play: the temperature has to be warm and there can’t be any lightening.

Doesn’t sound a bit like these storms we have been getting lately! And since the kids love it so much, every time it rains they ask if we can go out in it, and each time I am forced to tell them no because of the lightening. But after one of the storms yesterday the backyard looked like a swamp and the sun started shining! After a quick look at the radar, I realized we had maybe an hour or two before the next storm was set to roll in so we took advantage of our swamp land in the backyard.

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This week is flying by me and I just realized it was Wednesday and I didn’t have a topic idea for Wacky Wednesday, so I started to think about entertaining ways I’d read about people saving money.

For a laugh (and maybe a money-saving idea), I thought I’d share those fun (and crazy) ways to save money from around the internet today:

  • Zack, Coupon Dad, pitched the idea of letting him take over the grocery shopping and started  extreme couponing at 14 years old to cut the family’s budget, so he could get a higher allowance during summer vacation. (For a bigger laugh, click the link to tell me if you think he photoshopped his picture.)
  • Jason, Frugal Dad, watered down their skim milk when he kids started chugging down milk. My kids won’t even drink skim milk, so I think if I watered it down, I’d get some serious complaints!
  • Jennifer, at Beauty and Bedlam, sniffs out (literally!) good furniture at local thrift shops. She does a very thorough smell text before buying for water damage and to see how old the furniture is (yes, she can tell that by smelling it!)  (While the idea of Jennifer thoroughly smelling old furniture in the store cracks me up, I am totally green with envy at her thrift store buys, so I can only laugh so much.)
  • Amanda, Frugal Confessions, cut down the sad looking Evergreen tree in her backyard and used it as her own families Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.

Tell me a fun, crazy, wacky, or entertaining way you’ve saved money!

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Okay, I am going to be honest, this is by far the most disgusting and yet fun thing I have done in a long time. We have done plenty of Jell-O Molds, Knox Blox and the like in our time, but Jell-O Worms? I wasn’t too sure, but I had two little boys in my house who were absolutely sure that this was THE thing to do for Wacky Wednesday.

So I embarked on a journey to create worms! Now you can too!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 boxes (1.4 oz) Jell-O or Flavored Gelatin (raspberry or grape if you want brown worms)
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cup Cool Whip
  • green food coloring, (if you want brown worms)
  • 100+ plastic straws with bendable necks

How to get started:

Find a tall thin container for making your worms. If you have a 1/2 gallon or carton of milk or orange juice, trim off the top and that will work perfectly. I used a thermos that we had laying around (fail!). Thermos’ are insulated to keep the cold stuff cold and the hot stuff hot. SO with now thinking ahead planning on my part, running the water over a thermos to loosen the Jell-O from the sides, doesn’t work very well. So learn from my mistake and just chop off the top of your orange juice container, rinse it out and consider yourself warned.

What ever you do decide to use, make sure it can hold about 6 cups of liquid and that it is straight up and down to hold your straws erect. Now fill it with straws, this was my son’s favorite part, because not only did he get to ‘grow’ the straws (extending out the bendy section), but he got to put them in and practice his counting skills. Place all your extended straws into your container with the bendy part facing down and make sure that the end of the straws are sitting flush to the bottom of your container. Pack the straws in tightly to get a nice snug fit, a rubber band around the top of the straws will help pull them together when you pour in the Jell-O mixture.

Now it is time to make the Jell-O mixture. In a medium bowl, stir together the plain and the unflavored gelatin, then add the boiling water over the gelatin powder. Stir until the powder is dissolved. If you would like to make multi-colored worms, you can! Just use 1 box of flavored gelatin and 2 packets of unflavored gelatin instead and dissolve it with 2 1/2 cups boiling water. At this point let your bowl (or bowls) of gelatin cool down for about 20 minutes, not set but slightly warm, then add in the Cool Whip. If you are making one color worms, put in the entire 1 1/2 cup, use 3/4 cup if you are planning on using two separate colors. My plan was to make orange and red, but I didn’t wait for the orange to set enough before adding my red so they came out one color. We didn’t opt for the brown worms, because my stomach couldn’t handle that, but this is the point where you would add the green food coloring to turn your worms a natural brown color.

Put your container of straws on a cookie sheet or inside a larger bowl, like I did because there will be spills!! Now that your mixture is ready to go, slowly pour the Jell-O over the straws. Some of the Jell-O mixture will seep up the sides, but no worries, your straws should be filling up. If you are using two different colors, pour in the first color and allow it set for about 30 minutes or more in the refrigerator. Then pour the other color on top. You can see that mine turned all red, because I didn’t allow my first color to set long enough, but it was still very disgustingly delish! I also used a clean lid for the extra Jell-O mix since I ran out of room in my thermos of straws.

Chill your Jell-O filled straws in the fridge overnight. After the Jell-O has set, it’s time for the messes of all messes! Run your container under warm water until you can pull the entire Jell-O/straw blob out easily. (This is also the part where you thank me for stopping you from using a thermos for your straws! This part was next to impossible and I wound up hacking away at the sides with a butter knife while my friend and the two excited boys tried to pull this mess out.) After about 15 minutes of hacking and pulling we finally managed to get the straws out. (this would have been much easier had I thought ahead and NOT used a thermos, even if it was pink!)

Now onto removing your worms, on all the websites I read, they said to “tightly squeeze and slide your thumb and finger down the length of the straw and the worm will be pushed out of the bottom”. I must not have very strong fingers because after about 5 very broken and quickly devoured worms were “squeezed” out I was just about done! The two little boys I spoke of earlier were about this close to missing out on Jell-O worms because I just couldn’t squeeze any more Jell-O from these straws.

So I ran some hot water back into the now empty thermos, gave each straw a quick dip in the hot water bath and they slid right out with ease. Make sure you don’t leave them in the hot water for too long, or you will experience the slimy mess falling out in the water, in the sink, on the counter and just about anywhere else, EXCEPT where you want them to go. Once they are all out of the straws, place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and put them back in the fridge until ready to serve, if they make it that long!

Even though ours turned out red, and not at all appearing like real earthworms, when you pop one in your mouth, it does FEEL like you would imagine a real worm does, so if you have a weak stomach leave these for the kiddos!

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I have a daughter who could make Fancy Nancy look plain on many days, so anything we can do to make her accessories more fancy is great, especially when it’s inexpensive.

These very fancy flip flops are so easy to make, your kid can do it themselves.  We do this project every spring, so the girls have some crazy new flip flops to start off the season.

What You’ll Need…

  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 fancy yarn

Where to Get Cheap Flip Flops


This time of year, you can pick up plain flip flops in a variety of colors for as low as $1 per pair.

  • Walmart: Often as low as $1 in the shoe section.
  • Target: You can sometimes find $1 flip flops in the Dollar Spot or as low as $2.50 in the show section.
  • Old Navy: Typically $3.94, but they have an annual $1 Flip Flop sale every summer.

Finding Fancy Yarn


Next, you’ll need some over-the-top yarn.  I typically can find Fancy Fur Yarn in a few different colors and styles at The Dollar Tree for only $1 per roll, but I also find it on clearance sometimes at stores where yarn is sold.  One roll will make two pairs of little kid flip flops or one pair of adult, depending on how think you’d like them design.

CLICK HERE to get instructions on making these fancy flip flops!

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