How to Make a Restaurant Kit For Your Purse

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RESTAURANT KIT for kids that you keep in your purse. This is such a smart idea -- no more toys scattered around in my bag!

My husband and I typically go out once a week for a date and we usually go to dinner. We have five kids — the oldest is 16 and the youngest is 18 months. We take our youngest with us quite a bit, just because it’s easier for the older kids and bringing just one is nothing compared to five!

As he has gotten a bit older however, he has been harder to entertain while we wait for dinner and so I decided to put together a little Restaurant Kit that can stay in my purse, doesn’t take up a lot of room and is full of a variety of small things for him to play with. My Restaurant Kit is geared for a boy and some parts are too small for babies, but this idea can easily be adapted for any child or even several children.


This is such a smart idea -- no more toys scattered around in my bag!

This Restaurant Kit has been such a great addition to our dates and as an added bonus, it also comes in handy when I have to wait with the kids at the dentist office, etc. Just remember to keep it in your purse for only special occasions so it remains a novelty! Plus keeping all the toys contained makes my purse much less cluttered.

I found most of the items for my kit at the dollar store, craft store and Walmart. Also be sure to check your craft cupboard and junk drawer at home, before heading to the store, and you’re bound to find a few treasures hidden there.

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Orange Marmalade Recipe

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I have two orange trees in my backyard here in Arizona, and as they’ve matured, we have been blessed with more and more oranges… this year, more than we could eat and give away. I decided I should try making marmalade and don’t know why I never thought of it before — such a great way to preserve our oranges. My orange marmalade recipe is so delicious and fairly easy. It thickens up all on its own without store-bought pectin… I promise! (The lemon helps in that process.)

How to make delicious Orange Marmalade via @PagingSupermom

I ended up combining two recipes that I found online and had great success. My brother LOVES this marmalade and says that eating it on good toast with peanut butter seriously takes it to the next level. You can cut your peels smaller than suggested and experiment with sugar amounts depending on how bitter you like your marmalade. Give it a try, you will feel so accomplished with yourself!

How to make delicious Orange Marmalade via @PagingSupermom

How to make delicious Orange Marmalade via @PagingSupermom

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