Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Monday, August 3, 2020

August 25: Free Entrance To National Parks

I just saw that on August 25, the National Parks Service's birthday, entrance fees are waived!
For more information, check out NPS.gov. We've been to some amazing parks so far, and this would be a great day to see some. Check out their website early though, as some of the parks are requiring reservations due to Covid.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Camping Word Find

Since we have been staying in campgrounds recently, I thought I would make a camping themed word find/word search!

PDF versions:

To print the jpg/image:
  • Click/Right Click on image, Choose Open in New Tab/Window. Click Print. 
  • Or, click on image, right click, chose Save Image As to save to your computer. Print saved image.






ANSWERS BELOW!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

I’m still here!

Hello all my Messers! I am still here, it’s just been a crazy, crazy couple of months.

We made some big changes in our household. We put our house up for sale, bought an RV, and have gone on the road. We had this all planned before COVID-19, and plans got pushed back. When things finally started to open back up, we rushed to get our plans back on track. We are still social distancing as much as possible and wear masks whenever we are out. 

I am working on some posts for here, and if you wanted to follow our adventures you can see them at www.TepeTravels.com!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Next Weekend Is July 4th!

It's almost time for the 4th of July! We usually don't have a big party, but we do have a grill out and watch the fireworks. Below are a few ideas for crafts, activities, and food for your 4th of July get together!


CRAFTS/ACTIVITIES:

FOOD:
    • Swirl Cookies (The link is to my Christmas cookies which are red and white. However, if you divide the batter into thirds and color 1 red, 1 blue, 1 white, it makes a great 4th of July cookie!)
    • Pie & Jars (Use star cut outs for the top of the pies)
    • Hidden Surprise Pound Cake (use a star cut out instead of a shamrock)
    • Dessert Pizza (So easy to make, so delicious! Use white chocolate, red and blue colored chocolate or candy melts to make it more patriotic.)
    • Rainbow Cupcakes (Divide batter into 3 bowls. Color 1 white, 1 red, 1 blue)
    • Peanut Butter Cheerios Balls
    • Frozen Bananas (Dip in white chocolate with red and blue sprinkles! Maybe even some star sprinkles!) 
    • Caramels (It is much harder to change the color of a caramel, so instead dress up the wrapping by tying them closed with red/white/blue ribbons.)
    • Ice Cream Sandwiches
    • Stained Glass Cookies (use red, white, blue candies)
    • Fortune Cookies (make a mix of red, white, and blue dough)
    • Candied Popcorn (Separate popcorn into 3 batches. Color each batch with red, blue, or white candy melts. Let dry and then mix together!)
    • Make (or buy!) angel food cake or shortcake and top with strawberries (red), blueberries (blue), and whipped cream (white).
  • Drinks:
 The things listed above are things we have done in the past. However, there are so many other ideas out there for 4th of July parties. Here are a things that I think would be fun to try!
  • Watermelon "cake". Cut and tier watermelon slices like a tiered cake. Decorate with other red, white, and blue fruits.
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries. Dip in white chocolate and decorate with patriotic colored sprinkles or in red and blue drizzles. Dip in milk or dark chocolate and decorate with red, white, and blue drizzles. 
  • Layered Red/White/Blue Drinks

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

4th Of July Word Find (Star Shaped)

I made a star shaped word find for this year's 4th of July! The jpg/images are below that you can save or print. There is also a PDF file with both the word find and the answer key.

To print the jpg/image:
  • Click/Right Click on image, Choose Open in New Tab/Window. Click Print. 
  • Or, click on image, right click, chose Save Image As to save to your computer. Print saved image.







ANSWERS BELOW




Saturday, May 2, 2020

At Home Activities: Cookies

We make so many cookies through the year! We make a bunch for us, hubby's work, holidays, and Christmas delivery to the 11 neighbors on our street. I tried to find all the recipes that I have posted, but I might have missed some, but these hopefully will help you to get you started! :)  It's a great activity to do with the kids! My kids love helping make (and well, mostly taste testing) cookies!

And don't forget cookies (aka biscuits) for your dog! Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Thursday, April 30, 2020

At Home Activities: Jello & Pudding Snacks


 More snacks for today's At Home Activities! Most of these are quick and easy to make. (The Jello Worms and layered Jello take the longest time/most effort.)

Jello Snacks:

Pudding Snacks:
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

At Home Activities: Easy Dinners

So...I am tired of cooking and baking. Normally I make the food for our family with a few exceptions: the boys make their own lunches for school, hubby just grabs a protein drink on his way to work, and we normally order out once a week. I will sometimes get lunch out once a week as well. We are still under a Stay At Home order in our state. I gotta say, I am tired of making food. Bernardo made food one night and hubby has a few times as well. I think it's just that the options are gone if we really want to limit our exposure. I know it's super whiny. I know how lucky we are to be able to limit our outside exposure, that we have Amazon and grocery store delivery options. We are very blessed in that regard. It's totally a whiny, not very big at all problem.

However, if you are like me and are looking for some easy to make dinners, just to make the day a little easier or if you have a busy day juggling kids and work, I have some below.

CROCKPOT:
InstantPot:
  • Baked Potatoes. Wash 4-5 large Russet potatoes. Poke holes in each side of the potatoes with a fork. Add 1 cup of water to the InstantPot. Place the InstantPot's metal tray/trivet in the bottom. Add in potatoes (lay flat if possible). Close up the pot and set to seal. Set pressure to high for 16 minutes. Let cook. Release steam and check potatoes. We have loved doing this and it is so much quicker than in the oven. We like to add butter, cheese, and sour cream. To make it a more complete meal, I will add steamed broccoli and seasoned ground beef or shredded chicken
SOUP:
  • Cabbage Soup. This is a pretty easy recipe and you can change/add in what you have. (Substitute chicken  or sausage for the beef, add in additional vegetables or add in canned/frozen vegetables.)

Vegetables:
  • Broiled Zucchini (to make even faster, skip the butter and just sprinkle Parmesan directly onto the zucchini slices).
Bonus Link: Breakfast ideas!