Easter and Spring Projects from the Web

Easter & Spring projects from the web

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We’ve gathered Easter and Spring projects from around the web to share fun ideas for crafts, recipes, and home decor.  There are so many wonderful and creative ways to add a touch of spring to your life. There are projects and crafts to do with the kiddos, simple ways to decorate and bring a little spring decor inside, gift ideas for Mother’s Day (just around the corner) and ideas that are great for Sunday school and homeschool.

These creative ideas for Easter and spring include a Salt Dough Tomb, fluffy sheep cupcakes, dollar store vase craft, and quilted circular placemats.

Salt Dough Tomb        spring sheep cupcakes

Spring Dollar Store Ombre vases

Circular Quilted Placemat


Learn to use egg shells to start seeds, and turn ordinary sticks and paper into a beautiful arrangement. We’ve gathered enough Easter and spring ideas to keep you busy until NEXT spring!!

egg shell seed pots     Cherry blossoms from sticks and paper

chocolate bird nests       beautiful & creative gift wrap

Need a fun party idea? Make the above chocolate bird nest and serve up a taste of spring flavor, and be sure to wrap up any gifts using the silk flower and unique container ideas shared on our Easter and Spring Pinterest board HERE. 




Big Giveaway: from Favado to encourage Family Dinners

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We take family dinners seriously, here at Molly Green. The family time,  the planning, and preparing of family meal time is not always easy to come by these days for busy families.

An attractive dinner setting

Does dinner time at your house leave you feeling frustrated? Is it too difficult to menu plan and serve a meal that everyone will enjoy while sticking to a budget. Don’t be discouraged because you are not alone.
Guest post from Inspired Bloggers Network – with Giveaway hosted, in part, by Molly Green!
Over the next two weeks, the Inspired Bloggers Network is teaming together with Favado and $5 Dinners to equip you with the tips and inspiration you need to make dinner time with the family a less stressful ordeal. You can follow all of our updates in social media with the hashtag #inspiredfamilydinners, but first, we want you to get to know our sponsors with an awesome giveaway!

Enter to win an All-Clad Cookware set and $5 Dinners Cookbook Gift Basket for Inspired Family Dinners with Favado

Enter to win an All-Clad Cookware Set (valued at $800) from Favado and a Cookbook Gift Basket from $5 Dinners between now and February 23rd at 11:59 PM CST.

About Favado

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About $5 Dinners

Erin Chase has helped millions of families across the countries enjoy delicious and nutritious family dinners, for less! She’s put together a gift basket with a copy of each of her cookbooks:
The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook , her The $5 Dinner Mom Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook, and her The $5 Dinner Mom One-Dish Dinners Cookbook -along with some fabulous cooking utensils!

You can find more of her great recipes at 5DollarDinners.com.

Enter to win

To enter for a chance to with the All-Clad Cookware Set (valued at $800) from Favado and a Cookbook Gift Basket from $5 Dinners, you must choose from any (or all) of the choices in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway will close on February 23rd at 11:59 PM CST. For official rules, please view below.

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Valentine Ideas For Your Spouse that won’t break the bank

Valentine Spouse ideas

Go Digital

Remember mixed tapes? This Valentines Day, make your husband or wife a cd with all their favorite music.

Send them a You-Tube video with a song or a poem singing their virtues!

Send a special Skype video message instead of a traditional love note, listing all the reasons you love them still.

No sitter?

Take a family walk – be sure to hold hands and talk about the good old days.

Put the kids to bed early and share a candle light dinner with your favorite foods.

Love Notes

Bring them breakfast in bed with a handmade card.

Place sticky notes around the house – like on the bathroom mirror, by the coffee maker, on a breakfast tray, in a briefcase – all with different messages telling them why you love them.

Coupon Book 

Create a coupon book full of favorite date night ideas and romantic notions that can be redeemed monthly, weekly, and daily.  These don’t need to be expensive to be appreciated. Think: evening picnic, a foot rub and a favorite movie,  a drive in the country, or a stroll through downtown and out for coffee.

Create a practical book with redeemable coupons for the chores they hate to do. How about: wash the car, cut the grass, or weed the garden? Use whatever may be a small sacrifice on your part, but will mean the most to them!

homemade chocolate peanut butter cups

Homemade Goods

Bust out the apron and get to baking! No need to spend lots of money on chocolate candy when the homemade kind is even better.

Get a recipe HERE for Giant Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Lotion

Women aren’t the only ones who need good moisturizer! Using natural ingredients and essential oils, you can create lotion and bath/shower products your man will love.

See recipe HERE for a manly lotion

Go HERE for homemade scrubs

homemade lip balm


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Member benefits include cottage industry web site hosting where you can network and sell your products for home industry and small business! You can’t beat the cost – (Launching in March).

Members also enjoy exclusive access to Dine on a Dime menu planner and shopping list by Build a Menu (downloaded right from the member page)!

Learn about beginner homesteading, gardening, bee keeping, and valuable information to run your home and family life in a more simple, back to basics style. Wonderful for city dwellers who want to make steps in that direction or down home on the farm!

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Do you have more ideas to share? I’d love to hear about them – in the comments!

Oysters 3 Ways: Super bowl food from the sea -Friday Linky

oysters 3 ways

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With the Super Bowl approaching, it is the perfect time to pull out those favorite food recipes. One of our favorites? . . . . . Oysters!!!

Oysters 3 ways


  • 2 cups fresh or thawed cranberries
  • 2 small yellow onions
  • 2 lbs. fresh horseradish, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1  tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 3 large apples, peeled and grated fine (Granny Smith)
  • 3 ” piece ginger, peeled and grated fine

50 oysters in their shells, scrubbed clean (For 25 oysters – divide relish ingredients in half)

Pre-Heat oven to 450° – prepare relish – Purée cranberries and onion in a food processor until blended smoothly. Place in a bowl; add horseradish, honey, and stir together. Add remaining ingredients (no oysters). Combine well and marinate 30 minutes.

Roasted Oysters
Scrub oyster shells clean. Place clean, oysters (rounded side down) in roasting pan, stack up to 2 layers, and pour 2 cups water into bottom of pan. Roast 20–25 minutes until shells pop open.

Transfer pan to rack, and cover with towel. Oysters will steam a bit under cover. Once cool enough to touch, use an oyster knife to remove the upper portion of shell.  Serve on the half shell with cranberry-horseradish relish on the side.

southern fried oysters

Southern Fried Oysters

Shuck oysters and add to a bowl with most of the liquid. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil, or coconut oil in a cast iron skillet (others will do, but “Southern Fried” is more official with cast iron) Place flour as needed into a shallow bowl. Dredge individual oysters through, adding a light coat of flour to each and add to hot skillet. Brown quickly, flip and remove from heat as soon as oyster is golden brown on each side. Serve with cranberry horseradish relish, with fresh horseradish, or cocktail sauce.

homemade oyster stew

Oyster Stew          

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 pints oysters with liquid
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash of cayenne pepper to taste

Chopped green onion to garnish and/or oyster crackers Cook oyster liquid, milk, cream, and half of the butter and bring just under soft boil. Add oysters and bring back to boiling point. Remove from heat.  Ladle into bowls. Top with bits of remaining butter, cayenne, chopped green onions to taste. Enjoy with oyster crackers or without.


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Importance of family dinners: & Recipe from Build a Menu

In the fast paced world we live in, it can be easy to forget the importance of bringing the family together around the table.

Guest post by Lisa Holcomb of Build a Menu

Nacho beef soup - build a menu


10 Conversation Starters for Dinner Time

     When you think of happy families sitting around the table eating dinner do you conjure up thoughts of “Leave it to Beaver” or some other old sitcom?   The mother walking around in her apron, high heels and pearls with a perfectly set table, perfect dinner and perfect family all sitting at the table.

Well, let’s get real please.  I know that’s sure not me.  Just like you, I’m a homeschooling, chauffeuring, (sometimes scatter brained), Jesus loving, busy, busy mom.  I’m usually doing good to get all four of my boys and my husband to the table in the evening.  Not that they don’t want to eat, just our busy schedules can get in the way.  However, we do try to make it a priority to eat dinner together as a family as many nights during the week as possible.  Some nights are harder than others.  Some nights we’re not all at home.  Still, we make it a priority as much as we can and I find that we are able to be together around the dinner table more often than not.

It really is amazing what a difference a positive meal time can make in children and families. Studies show that children who dine with the family:

  • eat more fruits and vegetables
  • are happier
  • are better adjusted  
  • are more socially adept
  • get better grades
  • are less likely to smoke, abuse drugs or alcohol
  • are less likely to suffer from eating disorders, obesity or depression

Kids of all ages benefit from family meal time together.  Teens and tweens need the family table time.  They need the positive atmosphere and conversation that should take place at the table.  They need to be reminded that they are valued and loved.

Our two youngest children were adopted from the Texas foster care system and its amazing how much healing can be done around the kitchen table eating a meal together and bonding. Families who eat together share values together.

Some of the family eat Sunday dinner, on Sunda...

Some of the family eat Sunday dinner, on Sundays the two married sons of the Sergents, their wives and children often… – NARA – 541343 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Need some conversation starters for dinner time?  Here are just a few fun ones:

  1. If you couldn’t watch TV or go online for a month, how would you spend that time?
  2. If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?  (This one is a regular topic at our table.)
  3. How can you tell someone you love them without using words?
  4. If you could be a famous person for a week, who would you be and why?
  5. If you could trade places with your parents for a day, how would you do things differently?
  6. If you could have another name what would you choose?
  7. Would you rather meet your great great grandparents or your great great grandchildren?
  8. If you could be brilliant in one subject, which would you choose?
  9. What do you think Heaven will be like?
  10. In what era would you most like to have grown up (besides the current one)?

Does your family have any favorite topics or dinner time games they like to play? We’d love to hear about them.

Try this fun dish for family game night!

This soup recipe really hit the spot and was so easy and quick to make and cost about $11.00 for the ingredients to feed my family of 6.  If you’re a Trim Healthy Mama, then this is an “S” meal for you.  I hope your family enjoys it as much as we did.

nacho beef soup


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DIY Cornhole: frugal family football fun

DIY Cornhole

There’s a whole lotta’ buzz about football right now as families across America prepare for the Big Game!

Football and food aren’t all the fun to be had during the Super Bowl – cornhole goes hand in hand with tail gate and back yard parties surrounding the game. As a matter of fact, cornhole is so popular, it is officially a sport in it’s own right. Cornhole even has it’s very own National Association.

Watch the Video by the American Cornhole Association HERE

To purchase these game sets – you will spend, on average of about $124 – $250 . . . . . . or you can go the frugal route.

Get step by step instructions on how to build your own cornhole board paint it and make bean bags HERE. 

Be sure to check out these fun ideas from Pinterest for Super Bowl Food!

super bowl party food

Big Game Food


Super Bowl XLVIII Viewing Information

DateSunday, Feb. 2

Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Start Time: 6:25 p.m. ET

TV Info: Fox

Live Stream: FoxSports.com

Mobile: Fox Sports Go Mobile App

Spread: Denver -2 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)


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Mothering Matters: bonding with your children over . . . money

teaching children about money

Mothering matters and bonding with your children over money; is it really possible?

Amanda van der Gulik author of Teaching Children About Money says it certainly is.

In this month’s issue of Molly Green Magazine, Amanda talks frankly about how the business of every day life can keep us from taking the time to enjoy real bonding with our children. Even for the stay at home mom, who spends so much of her time with the kids, it is very easy to get sidetracked with all the things that need to be done. Before you know it, too much time can gone by and those little ones, aren’t so little any more!

Amanda suggests, among other things, that including your child in planning of the family finances can be a wonderful bonding experience. Money is important in that, we have to know how to manage it in order to take good care of our families and others. If we aren’t the ones to teach our children about money . . . who will?

But, can it really bring you closer together?


family bonding over money

Sharing appropriate information with your child about the family budget shows them that they have an intricate and important role within the family unit. It gives them the opportunity to see what some of that busy work is really all about. It can help them learn to build a better future for themselves, while understanding the value of your family budget now.

Teaching children about money shows that you value them, and that you trust them. What could be more bonding than that?

Mothering matters, and bonding with your children over money is great mothering and good bonding!


There is much more in-depth information provided by Amanda in her articles for Molly Green Magazine. Read the full article today and get your own membership with additional benefits here. 

Best-selling author Amanda van der Gulik has been homeschooling her  two children for over 11 years and is the founder of www.TeachingChildrenAboutMoney.com. Visit Amanda’s site today to grab your FREE copy of her eBook, Goal Setting for Families or her “The 6 Magical Piggy Banks” cartoon to enjoy together while you build that life-long special bond with your child using…money!

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Frugal living: ways to save money this year

frugal living

You may have heard the news – the all new Molly Green magazine has turned over a new leaf. We are spreading our wings to include homesteading, self-sufficient living, back yard farming, and all things home industry.

But, we are nothing if not a frugal bunch! And, in that spirit, I wanted to start our New Year off with a super frugal post to help you find ways to save money in 2014.

10 Ways to Save Money in the New Year:

  1. Fix it yourself – use the internet to watch video’s and read tutorials on how to fix various household items. Learn to stitch up clothing and make repairs to the things you use regularly.

2. Cut the Entertainment budget by finding frugal ways to play together.

3. Cook at Home & Take Advantage of Specials.

4.  Ask for a Discount! 

bowling for free

5.  Get a Discount on Children’s Activities

  • Volunteer your services to the organization for a discount on children’s sports when possible – certainly, you want to give of your time for free to help out, but you may be able to offer other services such as – photography, computer work, accounting, or other skilled work to save on sports and more for your family. Look for services they might normally have to pay for & fill in the gap where you are qualified. 
  • Set up a co-op or trade with other parents for sports and extracurricular clothing items. 
  • Take advantage of free programs like Kids Bowl Free

6.  Barter for Services. 

  • As with the above info on getting a discount on children’s extra-curricular activities – consider trading for other services as well. Think outside the box and look for needs that you can meet and then offer up your solutions to the problem in exchange for a repair or other service you cannot do yourself. Small businesses are great for this, but don’t count out the larger companies either. Big companies need endorsements, or reviews from consumers and are sometimes willing to trade for free products. Bloggers do this regularly. 

7. Grow Your Own. 

8.  Up-cycle 

9. Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners.

  • Simple ingredients can go a long way and can be used safely and inexpensively –  Baking Soda, Borax, Vinegar, Alcohol, Mild Dish Detergent, & Washing Soda are a few simple ingredients that can be used to clean almost anything. 
  • Get recipes from The Family Homestead here

10. Educate Yourself. 

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Frugal Friday: simple, frugal, crafts for Christmas

frugal fri Christmas crafts

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Happy – Almost – Christmas

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be “wrapping up” the last of my Christmas crafting and maybe even a little shopping this weekend. I’ll also be putting some final touches on the Christmas decor and doing a bit of deep cleaning before our company arrives.

If you are feeling a overwhelmed with your cleaning list, be sure to read about how I’m tackling mine here.  Soon enough, we’ll all be Merry and Bright!

About those Christmas crafts . . . .  here’s a terrific collection to inspire you this weekend!

Super quick gifts to make from Better Homes & Gardens 

quick and easy gifts to make

Fine Craft Guild –  Sea Shell Printing 

shell printing

From Good and Messy – a new twist on the Sharpie Mug

new sharpie mug idea

Diary of a Quilter – Great neighbor gift of homemade potpourri 

homemade potpourri

Wrap it all up with this sweet little candy cane craft – It makes a great decoration on a package, and it’s a beautiful ornament that is a gift in it’s own right!

From Sweet Miss Daisy

candy cane craft

For more ideas and a little “how-to” check out my dollar store crafts here 

I’d love to see pictures of your crafting projects for Christmas, or your favorite Christmas recipes!

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Upcycled Owl Craft: Guest Post Thursday

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MG guestpostAshley

It’s Guest post Thursday and I am thrilled today to introduce you to Ashley from Life with Moore Babies.  The Moore Babies are a crafty little crew and I believe you are going to enjoy the projects they come up with as much as I do!

Today Ashley is sharing with us a craft that is extremely frugal and very green. These cute little up-cycled owls will be great for keeping little ones busy while you work to prepare for Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, they would make adorable little place holders or decorations for the kids table – Don’t you think?

As sweet as these little birds are, they aren’t very complicated, nor do they require many supplies. You can always substitute with things you have on hand.

egg carton owl

 Cut the top off the bottom of an egg carton. Then cut the top into two pieces and the bottom into sections of two, and make the eyes. When Cutting the eyes, be sure to include the pointy section between the egg spaces, which will make the beak.  They do not have to be exactly the same. You can experiment with various angles to create slightly different facial features for your owls.

The idea with a project like this is not to make it difficult or to stress about getting it perfect, but to enjoy the process and be creative – together!

owl craft

Provide simple paint supplies, or even markers to color the body and the face (eyes and beak) of your up-cycled owl critters. Googly eyes and feathers are the perfect accent pieces to finish off these fun little creatures. If you don’t happen to have them on hand, the eyes can be painted on or colored with sharpie markers, and the wings could be cut from colorful paper.  Be sure the paint is dry before you begin the gluing process.

owls for kids

Simple tips for crafting with kids: 

  • Cover the surface area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth that can be re-used
  • When painting – have children wear large T-shirts to protect clothing
  • Don’t worry with perfection
  • It’s much more important to enjoy the time together than to worry about kids technique
  • Make suggestions, but allow them to get creative (you might just be surprised)
  • Use sincere encouragement & be specific – Instead of “good job” try “I really like how you used that bright blue to differentiate between the body and the head” or “I am impressed with your attention to detail” & “Your placement of the feathers make him look as though it could fly away – It really comes to life”

I hope you’ll enjoy some fun & frugal crafting with the kiddos this holiday season. I hear it can reduce stress!

Thank you so much for Pinning and sharing~

Be sure to hop over and visit Ashley @ Life with Moore Babies


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