Roo's Casa

Whole Wheat Tortilla Recipe
October 30, 2011, 2:43 am
Filed under: Recipes

I really love these homemade tortillas from 100 Days of Real Food.  They are easy to make.


Yahoo Bars Recipe
October 30, 2011, 2:25 am
Filed under: Recipes

My kids loved eating Clif Bars for breakfast, but the cost was really eating away at our grocery store budget.  I found a homemade recipe on Enlightened Cooking that was a perfect replacement.  I have since changed the recipe a little bit to fit our tastes and my kids have renamed them Yahoo Bars.

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup Barbara’s Brown Rice Crisp cereal (or similar cereal)

2 tbsp. ground flax seeds (I grind them in the coffee grinder)

1/4 cup chopped cashews or almonds

1/4 cup chopped chocolate chips (or mini chips)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

Heat the honey and peanut butter on low.  Mix all of the dry ingredients (not the chocolate chips) while the peanut butter mixture is melting.  Once the peanut butter is melted, add in the vanilla and quickly stir.  Then blend with the dry ingredients. Once that is well blended, add in the chocolate chips.  Then pour this mixture into an 8×8 buttered or oiled pan and press down with wax paper.  Refrigerate until firm.  Cut into bars and enjoy.


After eating these, my kids can’t go back to the store bought Clif Bars.  I always have to have a batch ready to go for after school snacks.  Also, if you don’t like peanut butter you should check out the Enlightened Cooking blog for other recipes since she has many different variations.

Preschool Clown Costume Craft
October 28, 2011, 12:52 am
Filed under: Crafts, Halloween, Kids

My preschooler came home with this cute clown costume today.  It is made out of a paper bag that has slits on the sides for the arms, a hole cut in the front for the face, and then construction paper pieces glued on for the details. The mustache was an added bonus from the teacher. 

Pillow Cases for Cheap
October 25, 2011, 2:38 am
Filed under: House Stuff, Sewing

We were in desperate need of pillow cases.  I bought a set of full sheets on sale that came with two pillow cases.  Then I took the top flat sheet and made 5 pillow cases from that.  I used the measurements from the pillow cases we had to make the new ones, adding a half-inch seam allowance.  The last pillow case is much more narrow than the others, but we do have feather pillows that would work with that.  I ended up saving the bottom fitted sheet for one of my kids’ bed since they could always use an extra sheet.

*The measurements I used were 20.25 inches x 32 inches.  This with a half inch seam allowance make pillow cases that were 19.25×31 inches finished.  When the pillow case ended up being on the fold, I just left the fold in place and took off a half inch so that I didn’t have to sew that third side.  Also, depending on how you do your cuts, there might be two cases that don’t have a finished edge, so add more length to do a small seam at the top.  With most of my cases there was a finished edge already in place to use.

Halloween Countdown Blocks
October 25, 2011, 2:30 am
Filed under: Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Traditions

I made these countdown blocks the same way that I made the Christmas ones.  

Owl Tooth Pillow
October 24, 2011, 10:24 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Sewing, Traditions


My son was in need of a tooth fairy pillow and so I made him this owl.  I adapted the pattern by adding the pocket to the back and then a hanger so that he could hang it from his door knob.  The tutorial is from Bugs and Fishes.  I think he loves it!