It still 'Tis the Season of gingerbread, sweets and sticky fingers, so I thought I would share with you a cute craft project my kids did the last week of school. In our elementary school, both the Kindergarten and 4th grade undertake special gingerbread projects the week before Christmas. With a kid in both Kindergarten and 4th this year, we were up to our ears in gingerbread houses. But, with no baking involved, it was lots of fun. So here are two fun options for creating a "no bake" gingerbread house.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Gracefully handling a Holiday cookie exchange has been one of my December goals for the past few years. I love being invited, but completely freak out that I am willingly adding more to my "to do" list just a few weeks before Christmas. I am usually knee deep in mailing out gifts to relatives, decorating the house and trying to make things special for my kids. The thought of baking 5-7 dozen cookies on top of my usual stuff is a little daunting. But, I love the chance for a night out with my friends and it always puts me in the Holiday spirit.
I have kept my eyes open for the ideal cookie that would be pretty, easy to make and yummy. I figured that if I could find the veritable home run of cookies for a cookie exchange, I could relax and enjoy myself the next time an invitation or evite arrived. I had set my sights on peppermint bark (which I convinced myself qualifies as a cookie). It is festive, easy to make, and friends would happily take it home to serve to guests. But recently, my friend Linda, told me about Oreo Balls (also known as Oreo Truffles). They sounded too good to be true. They fit all my cookie exchange criteria.
I found a recipe for Easy Oreo Truffles at The TomKat Studio and Kim even includes a free printable recipe card and label. Three simple ingredients, no baking involved and they look decadent. I couldn't ask for a better cookie exchange home run.
Friday, December 9, 2011
snow globe tutorial link). You need specific supplies like distilled water, a little glycerin and very strong water proof glue, but I think the end result will be worth it. There were a number of tutorials out there without liquid, but I knew the boys would want the real deal. I had hoped the boys would be able to glue down their own trees and snowmen, but all the glues I looked at suggested a good 24 hour dry time before getting wet. Plus, a group of ten year old boys and a bottle of crazy glue is a recipe for disaster! I opted for a glue called "liquid fusion, clear urethane" that I found at Michael's that promises to be 100% waterproof. I think 2 jugs of water and a huge shaker of glitter snow will give them enough things to spill and splatter all over the kitchen!
link if your kids want to participate.
link if your kids want to participate.
Friday, December 2, 2011
For years I have been searching for a vintage sewing basket. I know what I have been hoping to find. Wicker basket, firm fabric covered top, similar to the signature Cath Kidston sewing baskets. Only I want old, vintage, well loved. I have seen my dream basket, but it is usually in a background shot of someone's sewing room or studio on a blog or in a magazine. Never front and center, never for sale, just perfectly perfect and out of reach.
This week I came across the cutest sewing basket I have seen in person to date and snatched it up for $12. Wicker basket, firm wood lid, bright floral decal. I love it.
It is adorable inside and out. The label inside says "Princess, Algonquin Illinois". I was hoping to research the history of my new find, but my google search didn't reveal any info. about the company, just many more listings on etsy and ebay for more of these cute baskets. Soft pastel colors, nice floral lids and even a few with poodles on the sides! My search also revealed that mine is missing the original cording which went through the holes you see in the bottom and lid to form handles. Hence the $12 price I guess!
I'm happy to have finally found what I was looking for. And, I will keep my eyes open for another with the original cording intact to hold the lid on (isn't this how collections get started?). Until then, if anyone knows anything about the history of these cute baskets, please let me know.