Yesterday was a bit different than I anticipated. I’m learning that, unlike in my job-job where I could schedule things and even write them in my calendar in PEN, things now are to be written in pencil followed by a question mark. Anyway, after completing errands that I didn’t want to do while toting a toddler who really didn’t want to do errands, I came home and put dinner in the crock pot. I decided on Grape Jelly Meatballs, and tweaked the recipe so it wouldn’t be too spicy for the kids.

Sauce:
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
1.5 tbs chili powder
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup brown sugar

I heated that to a boil, then simmered for 5 minutes. I added a jar of grape jelly, stirred until melted, and then I added it to the crock pot. Because I’m lazy, I added 2 bags of frozen meatballs, set it to cook on medium (8 hours), and called it done.

Then it was time to hang out with the Youngest, and we settled into an afternoon of sidewalk painting. I came across the idea while surfing blogs (i.e. procrastinating) and was pretty excited to try it out. Stacy over at Kids Stuff World had a great post with fantastic pictures showing her kids painting her driveway. I figured it would be a good way to spend an hour or so with the Youngest (22 months).

Boy, was I right! I only mixed 2 colors because I wanted to see how it would work out with her, and I’m sorry that’s all we had. I used paintbrushes, leaves, and crafting sticks, and we made a big mess. She did some painting, some dumping of the colors, and did a lot of “splattering” with the sticks. She cried when we ran out, so I know we’ll be doing it again next week.

The recipe was super-easy:
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup water
4-5 drops of food coloring

A word to the wise: The blue left a tint on my hands. It’s gone today, but I’d suggest washing everything (including your child) when you’re done with the activity.

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