The Princess and the Pea by Janet Stevens
Since I have all boys, I couldn’t really do anything too girly. They’re not as excited about the story as me. Imagine that. So I decided it would be fun to build a castle out of cardboard boxes. While we built the castle we ate popcorn and watched Tangled, my favorite princess movie. The boys even like it.
I took 8 boxes, 4 large and 4 medium and cut them down one side, so the writing would be on the inside. I then taped the 4 large ones into boxes and cut an opening for a door and, on the opposite wall, a window. These would be our towers. I took the 4 medium boxes and taped them to the towers, creating a courtyard. Before doing this, I cut out a drawbridge on the box that would be used for the entrance/front of the castle.
Voila! Instant fun. Well, it actually took me about 1.5 hours, but close enough to instant fun. It was fun building anyway. I'll add a banner, some curtains and stone walls later. They're boys though, and would probably prefer no frills. When the last wall went up, the boys immediately started looking for weapons to defend their kingdom.
I wanted to make my girls a princess and the pea doll play set. I had an idea of what I wanted to do in my head and it's exactly what was being done everywhere else. Examples that I saw can be found here and here. This was a fun craft to do. My girls helped and I even let my 3 year try the sewing machine. Luckily she got bored and I was able to speed things along. Here's how I did it.
1. I found 10 different scraps of fabric. Some of my fabric choices were old pajamas and an old shirt.
2. Then I cut the scraps into 7" by 10" rectangles. 2 of each fabric.
3. After putting right sides together I sewed them together leaving a small opening (about 1.5"-2"). I didn't worry about pinning them together, the less steps the better.
oops! I skipped #4
5. I turned the fabric inside out.
6. Take a chopstick, pencil, or other utensil to make sure the edges and corners are sharp.
7. Then I used some stuffing from a pillow I made a while back (I never finished it).
8. I finished them off by putting a top stitch around the edges. (no picture)
I found my doll pattern here.
And here is what we ended up with...
4. Add 2 cups of milk, stirring while adding.
5. Now here's the tough part, stir constantly until the sauce thickens. I'm not joking but this could take 10 minutes. Don't let it come to a boil and watch the temp. You don't want it to burn in the bottom of the pan.
6. Now here is where I am out of order. Before you made the sauce you should have peeled the potatoes, rinsed the peas, and added them to a pot of water to boil until just tender. (If you're using frozen or canned peas add the last minute or so of boiling).
7. Drain and add sauce.
8. Season with salt to taste (trust me, you'll need it)
I love this recipe because it's basic and you get to taste the flavor of the potatoes and the peas. Yum!!!