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Good Things to Make

This glitter playdough

This cranberry sauce

This on top of hot chocolate for the kids

These 10 second ornaments with the kids

This origami Santa hat for the kids to wear

But mostly make…

…The kids laugh.

…Some special memories.

.…Time to enjoy the season.

…Tea or hot buttered rum or whatever makes you feel pampered.

I’ve lost track of the days.  Happy Wednesday I think!


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This, that and the other

Cooking for vegetarians or kids with allergies? 
Here are some sites with recipes to make sure nobody is deprived of goodies!

Vegan holiday cookie recipes
(vegetarian with no eggs or dairy)
allrecipe.com’s gluten free recipes

I love this wine wrap made from the sleeve of a recycled sweater!
I even think I could handle the sewing part.
It makes me wish I gave wine to people as presents.  😉

And if you have boys, you might relate to this.
(Thanks Claire)

For some reason all of my formatting is disappearing
and running my lines together
but I have a sick little guy, so I’m off to snuggle him.
Happy Saturday!

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Gingerbread Making Day

One of the perks of being married to someone who writes about cooking with kids is lots of goodies.  Today was no exception.  Today was gingerbread making day.                  

For the recipe and more pictures of our gingerbread pirates and skeletons and gingerbread fun, click here.

If you’re still looking for fun gifts for the kids, the Crafty Crow has 40 great gifts that parents can make for kids here.

Happy Friday!

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Make Sugar Plums!

Have you tried making sugar plums with the kids yet?
We did this today and it was so fun!
They’re quick, they’re tasty, they’re healthy, they’re all natural
AND they’re coated in sugar.
Something for everyone!

Best of all, they take about 5 minutes to make
and kids get to push buttons.

Here’s the recipe we used.

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A Few Good Crafts

Here’s a few of the crafts and goodies I’ve been drooling over lately…

1. This lantern is so gorgeous!
The tutorial is very light on instructions
but I’m going to go for it anyway!

2. Did you all know about frame tape?
Oh my goodness, I want a hundred rolls.
I’m in love with the idea.
I’m going to cover walls with artwork.

3. Magical Mama Lucy shared the link
to make these fabulous looking Starbucks Pumpkin Scones.
I have a freezer full of pumpkin.
I think a double batch is in our near future.

4. I love the idea behind this project
minus the sewing and taking a really long time bits.
I’m all about sentimental
but also really about easy. 🙂
So I’m working on a lazy mama version of this one…

5. How cute are these?!
I love the painted toenails
and know four kids who’d love to make a set each.

What’s on your fun list lately?
Have any crafts or nifty sites to share?

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10 Random Links!

Do you end up with a billion windows up
for things you want to read, do and get back to
when you surf the web?

Here’s 10 links that have slowed down my browsing lately.  🙂

1.  Books for Treats encourages folks to hand out books instead of candy.
My mother did that when I was a kid.
I was so embarrassed.
The kids were always thrilled.
Even the big kids.

2.  I just wrote an article about MilkShare
and think it is one of the niftiest organizations ever.
They match up moms with extra breast milk
with moms whose babies need it.
You can look for moms in your town or ship it
(recipients pay the costs).
What a fantastic way to use extra milk
and help a baby thrive.  🙂

3.  I love the idea of using some of our new pumpkin puree
to make these pumpkin pancakes.  Yum!

4.  I want to make this monster flesh with the kids tomorrow.
It looks super fun
(especially when you pour vinegar on it!)
and there’s no Borax in it.
Most of you know how I feel about having children play with Borax.
Be sure to read the "why it works" page!

5.  Necco Wafers are going all natural.
I’m all for any candies that don’t have artificial dyes and flavors!
They’re fun for making gingerbread houses too.

6.  Speaking of candy, I wrote up
10 things to do with extra Halloween candy.
I’ve been told that there’s no such thing
as extra Halloween candy
but I’m all for at least finding another use for the stuff nobody really likes.  🙂

7.  These sweet felt tissue cases from Martha Stewart
look like such a great holiday gift for the kids to make!
Victoria wants to make some ASAP.

8.  Okay, another pumpkin recipe,
this time for pumpkin spice cookies.
What is it about fall that makes me pumpkin crazy?
It’s written for vegans and non, too.

9.  I’m dyeing to do this fun craft with the kids soon.  😉

10. Look at these gorgeous leaves!
We have to do this craft too.
Wouldn’t they look lovely in a window?


And with that, chickadees, I’m off to bring two bowls of ice cream
to bed with my sweetie.

Any sites clogging up all your browser windows lately?
Please share!

Happy Friday!


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A Few Fun Halloween Links

Here’s a few Halloween nifties I’ve got bookmarked atthe moment….

Print out this fabulous skeleton and let your kids assemble it.

Make some miniature monster cookies like these.

Or make some quick and easy marshmallow ghosties like these.

Or maybe a little pretzel skeleton like this guy.

And I absolutely love the idea of painting a pumpkin with chalkboard paint!
(In this case a paper one)

Today we carved four pumpkins and roasted pie pumpkins.
We have glowing Jack-o-lanterns outside
and 9 cups of pumpkin mush in freezer baggies,
plus one cup waiting for morning–
I’m making pumpkin maple bars.

What’s on your Halloween to-do list?

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