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craft family holiday

Easter Wonder

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craft friends holiday

Pumpkin Plate Silly Face

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In case you still need to decorate for Halloween, here’s a simple and silly craft that will put a smile on your face. I put it together for a childcare group earlier this month, so when I had special breakfast guests over the weekend, we made them again at my place!

Supplies: orange paper plates, google eyes, colorful pipe cleaners, hole punch, craft glue, sticky magnet (optional).

Directions: Punch the orange paper plate with three holes in the top for pumpkin “hair” vines and two holes in the bottom for the smiles. Thread the pipe cleaners through the holes and twist them to style unique hair and smiles. Glue the google eyes on the plate and add a magnet to the back.

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chocolate family gluten free holiday

puppy love chow

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puppy love chow 092 smallYesterday my niece and I made Puppy Chow for a special Valentine’s Day treat using the “Muddy Buddies” recipe on the Rice Chex box. We never called them Muddy Buddies growing up, but looking through these photos, I can see the muddiness right before the powdered sugar comes in to absorb the moisture and soften the texture. I think the powdered sugar makes the crunchy chocolate peanut butter treat irresistible. My niece especially likes that step in the recipe, because she says it looks like a bunch of tiny snowflakes coming from the sky. The recipe is straightforward and simple (I don’t turn the mixture out on wax paper to separate, but I do put the mix in the refrigerator to set). For a finishing heart-like touch and added flavor layer, we studded the tops with white chocolate peppermint M&M’s: another sweet avalanche!

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family friends holiday

may the ones you love be near you

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My wish for you this holiday season: may the ones you love be near you, whether in body or spirit. Warmly, Amy

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candy cookie family holiday

rosy cheeks & winter pink

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2.5 decorating the roof pink and white

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clementine sprinkle bellplate of pink and white sugar cookies with sprinkles1 pink and white frosting beaterGuess who chose this year’s color scheme for decorating day?

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beverage family holiday inside

happy golden days of yore

1 k steamy mug hot cocoa 2 k mallow baldwin piano light

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candy cookie craft family holiday

prefab gingerbread castle made fab

candy plate decorating gingerbread castle cinderella candy castle coach cinderella mice candy castle roof gumdrop snowman alienI’ll admit that I was not thrilled with the idea that my niece chose a prefab Cinderella castle kit from the store for our annual gingerbread session this year.  She loves to bake and is now old enough to see the project through from scratch.  I was looking forward to designing our own charming chalet or creative candy cottage a la Hansel and Gretel.  In the end, the gingerbread castle we put together from the kit still allowed for unique touches.  My favorite parts are the mice dancing on the roof and the alien-looking snowmen with the blue eyes (all from the brain of the sweet five-year-old).  I need to remember that these activities are, above all, about togetherness and that the outcome will inevitably be as unique and fabulous as the individuals involved.

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holiday outside

appreciating the mama bird

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family holiday outside

the hunt and tackle

plastic eggs and spring blooms racing toward the orange egg watering pail with plastic eggsThe colorful plastic eggs were not hard to find this year since most of nature is still brown. The egg hunting soon turned into egg tackling, as it became a race to the bright treasures. “I recovered three from my sister’s fumble,” my nephew cheered triumphantly.

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craft holiday

celebration eggs

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It is the time of year here when colors start to appear from the grey and brown landscape like confetti strewn along streams and parkways. I had a bag of confetti left over from New Year’s Eve, so I put it use for Easter, a celebration of new life.  Originally I planned to cover my eggs on the outside until I learned about cascarones: eggs that are filled on the inside with confetti.  Why not celebrate on the inside and the outside?  More fun: a game with Cascarones at Oh Happy Day!   The story goes that having a cascarón broken over your head will bring good luck.  Depending on how much confetti coverage you get, you will have disco eggs, which calls for a little disco duck.

Blowing out eggs from last year… this year I made lime custard with the empties!