The Lady of Shallots

I love shallots. They have such a soft buttery onion flavor. Super tasty in chicken salads, etc.

They’re pretty much my favorite allium.

What a cute little shallot, am I right?

Problem is: shallots are darn expensive. They’re no caviar, but $3 for a handful of bulbs is a bit steep when onions are so cheap.

So, what’s a stir-crazy shallot-loving gardener to do? Grow my own, of course!

Just buy a few from the store (make sure they have some roots, even just teeny trimmed roots will grow again!)

Put them in the top of any pot of dirt that gets sun and water. That’s it! If you’re patient, you should be seeing green shoots and white roots in no time.

This should work for onions, green onions, several other groceries with varying degrees of success. More grocery store gardening adventures to come!

Deep Sea Fishing Game

Lately, Eve has been going a bit stir-crazy.

She’s not the only one going a bit bonkers.

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Hey! I know that fish!

Why am I showing you felt fish?

Because they are making my afternoon a little less crazy today.

And all it took was:

  • Felt of various colors
  • Scissors
  • Magnetized hematite beads
  • Hot glue sticks& Glue gun

I looked up some of the animals from one of Eve’s favorite shows (Octonauts. That would be Octonauts. Also, Finding Nemo.)

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Here’s a few of the felt aquarium buddies:

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Manta Ray, Blue eels, Jellyfish

The process is pretty simple.

You cut the felt into a shape that looks like the fish you want. (See the red ones? No specific species there, but definitely a big hit. Blue “eels” were also VERY simple.) If you want some patterns, I like to look up coloring pages of the shape you’re trying to imitate. You can even pin the paper to your felt to cut it out, if you want.

After the fish are cut out, heat up your glue gun! This next part is a snap. Just a dot of glue, and a bead, dot of glue, and a bead. (For the squid, jellyfish, manta ray, etc: they got 2 eyes, because they looked like their faces were in a frontal view.)

Fashion a “fishing pole”:

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A dowel, some yarn, and the hook from a command hook. Ta-da!

Toddler Tuesday: Balloon Drums

This morning, our breakfast was interrupted by the local marching band heading along their parade route.

Why? Not a clue. But the drum line was so exciting to Eve, that I got an idea…

Little drums!
Little drums!

I know I did this as a kid. Balloon drums, and rubber band guitars. (Which may happen later. For now, the drums are enough.)

To do it, you start with a couple things:

future drums
future drums.
  1. As many containers as you want drums (2 flowerpots=2 drums). It can be flowerpots, half an old water bottle, jars, cups, etc….
  2. Balloons. (If you want this to last for a while, have some back up. I’ve already replaced the balloons on the drums in the pictures once today.)
  3. Scissors.

To make them, you just cut the neck off the balloons. Not too much, but just cut the rectangle of the neck off of the circle of the balloon.

Riiiight there.
Riiiight there.

After that, simply stretch the balloon over your containers/pots and enjoy! For our second round, Eve insisted on putting a few things inside before they were shut. It makes it easier for smaller kids to make a satisfying noise. I’d recommend a pebble, marble, or other small object, preferably made of metal, glass, or stone. (Why? Because those materials sound nicest.)

...probably best to keep this away from the babies. Hi, Robbie!
…probably best to keep this away from the babies. Hi, Robbie!