Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day friends!
I love holiday celebrations, also because it's an opportunity 
for me bake in spirit.  With some Rolo™, 
Airheads Xtreme Bites™, and green sugar sprinkles, 
these rainbow leprechaun cupcakes are fun and festive!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Leprechaun's Treat Bag

It's almost Saint Patrick's Day and my youngest is working on a trap
to catch the little green guy.  In the meantime, we are putting 
together colorful treats to celebrate this festive day.
To make the lucky Leprechaun goodies, 
fill cellophane bags with Twizzlers Rainbow Twists™
small marshmallows for clouds, Rolos for gold pots,
and colorful M&M™candies for rainbow dust.  Have fun and enjoy!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Away We Go! Book Trailer

I'm delighted to present this awesome book trailer for Away We Go!
My talented friend, Dave Swain with Cream Studio did a shapetastic job
on this fun and playful animation.  Please share with your little ones.
Like me, I think they'll be tickled silly!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Wintry Valentine's Celebration

To kick off Valentine's week, 
we celebrated the holiday of love with sweet friends, 
sweet treats, and a sweet book and craft.

Penguin in Love by Salina Yoon is a charming story and one of our 
favorite books this season.  Penguin is loveable, and the girls enjoyed
having him at our Valentine's celebration.  After a chatty lunch, 
we read the book and each made our own Penguin.

How adorable are these back-pack clips?  The kids did a great job!
I love playing with Crayola Model Magic.
It air dries nicely and is easy for the kids to work with.  

To make Penguin, you need:
Black Model Magic for the body.
Orange Model Magic for the scarf.
White Model Magic for the belly and nose.
Two black beads for the eyes
Yellow pipe cleaners for the feet.
Back pack clips

After molding Penguin with model magic, fold a six inch pipe cleaner 
in half and string it through the ring of a back-pack clip, with the folded
part centered in the ring.  Pierce both ends of the pipe cleaner through the top 
of Penguin's head and out the bottom.  There will be two ends sticking out.
Bend each end in half to form the feet; this will secure Penguin to the clip.

 While our Penguins were left to dry, we celebrated with wintry treats.
I'm still practicing my chocolate piping skills.  
The girls were tickled with the Penguin and bill cozy cupcakes. 
You'll have to read the book to learn what a bill cozy is. :)

 The iceberg jigglers were a big hit.  Kids love these silly, jiggly treats.
To make the blue icy water layer, combine two 6 oz boxes of blue jello with
two and a half cups of boiling water.  Stir until dissolved and pour 
into a greased 9 x 13 dish.  I sprayed the dish with a light layer of PAM oil.
Place the jello in the refrigerator until it sets, about 20 minutes.

To make the creamy snow layer, dissolve two envelopes of unflavored gelatin 
with a quarter cup of boiling water.  Set aside.  In a separate bowl, mix
a can of condensed milk with a cup of boiling water.  Add the gelatin mixture 
into the creamy mixture, and stir in another half a cup of boiling water.  
Pour the white jello mixture onto the set blue layer, 
and allow the jello to completely chill in the refrigerator before cutting.

These snow ball goodies are powdered donut holes.

The girls enjoyed drinking milk from the frosted icicle glasses.
Okay, sugar sprinkles. :)

Author/Illustrator Salina Yoon offers these wonderful free 
Valentine's printables on Penguin's Face Book page.
The children were happy to take home Penguin in Love Valentines.

I'm so happy the kids got a chance to get together this weekend.
They had a lot of fun hanging out and celebrating Valentine's.

Before bedtime, I helped my daughter clip her new friend
onto her back-pack.  She is all set for school.  Happy Valentine's week!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snowmen Smores

It's so cold outside, and I'm ready to start thinking about Valentine's crafts.
Although, last week we had three snow days off from school, 
so in the spirit of winter, the snowmen will stick around a bit longer.

When my kids come in from the cold, they crave hot chocolate and smores.
These snowmen smores are really fun and simple to make. 

You need:
Marshmallows for the head
Fruit roll-ups for the scarf
White chocolate wafers for the melted snow
Assorted candies and chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons.
Hershey chocolate bars
Graham crackers

Assembling the smores is easy.  Start with a graham cracker square 
and place some chocolate bars on top of it.  
Melt the white chocolate and spoon some over the milk chocolate.
Quickly attach the marshmallow on top of the white chocolate 
before it cools.  Dip the eyes, nose, and buttons in some melted white 
chocolate and decorate the snowmen.
The melted chocolate will harden and keep the candies in place.
Add the scarf to the base of the marshmallow and
 you have the cutest smores ever.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Snowmen Winter Craft

Our first week in the new year and we are welcoming snow and
wintery weather.  Here's a warm and fun snowmen building activity the 
girls and I enjoyed, and it does not require any glue.  We used Model Magic, 
which air dries the same day and the results are adorable!

You will need:
White Crayola Model Magic to build the snowmen
Orange Crayola Model Magic for the nose
Color felt for the scarf
Pipe cleaners and matching color pom poms to make earmuffs 
(roll the ends of pipe cleaner around pom poms to form the ear pieces)
Twigs for the arms
Black beans for the eyes and buttons

It's as easy as it looks. Have fun making snowmen!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Happy Holidays with a Magic Greeting!

Season's greetings friends!  Do you make your own holiday card?
Every year, I make a special card for the children's publishing editors.


It's great fun, but a lot of work hand crafting twenty cards.
For now, I'm keeping this year's card under wrap, 
but here's my "magic" card from last year.

After creating my preschool shapes book, Away We Go!, 
I was inspired to design letters using shapes.

When you pull the insert, a special greeting appears.

Here it is!  Each image represents the letter.
Try to guess what they are before reading the answers below.
Warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

W - Winter
A - Angel
R - Reindeer
M - Mouse
E - Elf
S - Snowman
T - Tree
W - Wreath
I - Icicle
S - Star
H - House
E - Egg Nog
S - Santa