“Wrapping” Up Summer!

In our families, we have been called the fun uncles, hence the title, “funclesarts”. One of the goals of this blog has been to share some of our creative gift ideas. This week, we offer a fun gift idea for kids and our taco fries are a special gift for Mexican food lovers. Finally, let’s “rap” about our stamped gift wrap, which is sure to please!

GIFT FOR KIDS

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Recently, Roy visited family members who rented a house in Narragansett, RI. We wanted to give a couple of gifts to the little ones, aged 4 years and 18 months. We found these inexpensive pails and shovels, emblazoned with Disney characters, Minnie Mouse and Cars. Roy’s 4-year old great niece’s bucket included coloring books, washable crayons and markers, bubble solution and wands. Her brother’s bucket had picture books and coloring books. Roy had a great visit and a good time was had by all (except for Kevin who had to work).

TACO FRIES

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Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

You will need: 4 medium russet potatoes, 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, 3 tablespoons taco seasoning mix from the packet – we buy the low sodium type.

How to make: Cut potatoes into wedges. We get about 8 wedges per potato. Toss with oil and taco seasoning mix. Bake 15 minutes. Flip fries and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Serve with your favorite condiments or Mexican toppings, including sour cream, salsa or guacamole. Kevin likes these with ketchup (huh!) Very versatile!

GIFT WRAP

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Inexpensive stamps and ink pads transform brown wrapping paper and newsprint into personalized gift wrap. Use fun stickers for the recipient’s name to finish the presentation!

 

 

 

GARDEN UPDATE

As the end of summer nears, our garden crop has become less productive. We picked only a few tomatoes and peppers this week. On the positive side, there are a lot of blossoms on the pepper plant and many green tomatoes. Hoping that the hot, humid weather predicted for the upcoming week will yield a late-season harvest. Our basil plants continue to thrive – great in sauces, salads and pesto!

After a slow start this summer, our pansy plants, grown from seed, are having a late-season coming out party!

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VEG ART

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This week, we welcome one of August’s most anticipated guests – the native tomato!!! It is a lifetime favorite of ours and a delicious addition to the basil, peppers and cherry tomatoes from our own garden. Add some mozzarella and call it caprese salad!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/caprese-salad-recipe.html

BEACH PICTURES

Candid shots of Roy’s family enjoying the beach in Narragansett, RI. Nothing better!

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JOKE OF THE WEEK:                                                                                                                                What color socks do bears wear? The don’t wear socks, they have bear feet!  (source:enchantedlearning.com)

BEARS

Looks like the bears got into the ribbons – again!

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Enjoy!

Roy & Kevin

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