Thursday, February 23, 2012

Enter The Ultimate Mess Party Sweepstakes sponsored by Clorox Clean-up Cleaner

As a parent that works outside the home, I look forward to my days off.  Days off mean the opportunity to spend quality time with my three young boys.  I enjoy finding fun and hands on activities to complete with them.

I notice the activities I choose vary from season to season, holiday to holiday and are even influenced by the weather outside.  I don't know if you and your children are anything like we are, but I would guess 90% of the activities we chose some how include or evolve into a huge (fun) mess.  Our messy activities can involve baking/cooking, crafting, games outside and even fun experiments (they love to be scientists).

I enjoy using my own experiences or imagination to come up with many of the activities we enjoy. Kiddie Cooking is on the top of our list!  One of my favorite (and my boys) is making homemade cheese straws.  They love to get down and dirty with all the flour....the more hands on they can be, the more they enjoy the project and stay on they are so excited later seeing what their creativity tastes like.

Here is our recipe if you are interested in trying out this recipe with your children and a few action photos from the last time we made these fun and messy cheese straws.


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease or line pans with parchment paper.               

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cheese and butter in a bowl and mix until well combined. Add water a little bit at a time to make a very stiff dough.               

On a lightly floured surface, roll pieces of the dough into pencil shaped sticks. Cut sticks into 4 to 5 inch lengths. Arrange the pieces on the baking sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes or until browned.

Besides my own ideas, the Internet is an excellent tool to help spark my creativity and find other messy projects to dive into.

Did you know Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner has just launched a great and easy to navigate web site?  They have and it is so fittingly called, "Clorox Clean-up Recipes For Fun".  Along with this creative website that is full of "recipes for fun"...Clorox is sponsoring The Ultimate Mess Party Sweepstakes!

It is so easy to register for The Ultimate Mess Party Sweepstakes.  I know as I did, in a matter of minutes.  Once you receive 1 sweepstakes entry automatically into the Grand Prize which is $10,000 to use towards an Ultimate Mess Party...could you imagine what that party would be like?  I know I am smiling.  And the best part is you could use Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner to tidy up after the Ultimate Mess Party!  Shoot, why wait for the Ultimate Mess Party?  You can easily use Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner anytime you find yourself facing a clean up situation.

So what are you waiting for?  Go check out this creative site and register today for The Ultimate Mess Party Sweepstakes.

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Clorox Clean-Up Recipes for Fun blogging program, for 8,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on this program, click here and see the Terms link.”


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