My tip today has to do with one of our New Year's traditions. On New Year's Eve we spend some time going through our reflection jar. The kids had fun giggling and laughing as we read through the fun things we did in 2014. There were some sad moments in there, but overall it is fun to see all the exciting things that we did. This past year the kids each lost their first two teeth and they are in a race to see who will be the first to add it to the 2015 jar. We have the jar sitting on our dinner table. At dinner we talk about our day and I write on a circle and add it to our jar. We decided that this year we would add gratitude to it as well. At prayer time we talk about something good that happened to us and something nice we did for someone. I thought it would be neat to add it to the jar. How powerful will it be at the end of the year to read about the great things that someone did for us and all the great things we did for someone else?
We had so much fun that we decided to make some snowmen kits for Jackson's little buddies. I happened to have left over ice cream containers from the Ice Cream Kit Gifts I gave years ago. They were perfect to package it all in.
Here is what you need to make Snowman Play Dough Kits:
- white play dough
- pipe cleaners ( orange for nose and a different color for the arms)
- pony beads
- ribbon cut for a scarf
- top hat ( I used black card stock & glued it to a birthday candle so it would stick in the play dough)
- zipper sandwich bags to hold the play dough and another to hold other supplies
- A container to package it all in ( ice cream containers or a white styrofoam cup would work)
- puff paint or markers to make face on the container.
A super easy and inexpensive project to put together!
play dough recipe. While I was making it I added a few drops of essential oils. I made one batch with peppermint and the other I added a few drops of lavender. Talk about refreshing! And because I have a 6 year old girl who is all about sparkles we added some glitter. While sculpting it I felt refreshed and relaxed. I also noticed my stuffed up little one playing with the peppermint play dough seemed to be opening up a little. The kids and I had a great time and ended up making some fun treats for their friends. I can't wait to share with you tomorrow what we made.
This is such a simple one to make and great to have on hand for all the kiddos who might pop by during the holiday season.
To make this you will need:
clear bags ( I used the small candy bags from Michaels. They don't need to be large._
8 chocolate round candies (I used whoppers)
1 red nose (gum-balls or jaw breakers work well)
bag topper which you can download by clicking here
All you need to do is print and cut out the toppers.
Add your 8 chocolate candies and 1 red for rudolph.
Fold the topper over the bag and staple.
Easy enough and so cute!
So, what is the science behind this super flaky pie crust? Half of the pie dough's moisture comes from vodka. From what I have read the alcohol in the vodka doesn't promote gluten formation, so it helps the crust stay flakier. I have tried the vodka in two different pie crusts recipes. One of the recipes was part of an amazing apple pie recipe from Erica Marie's Catering and the other was from Cook's Illustrated. Both recipes were a success!
Here is a link to a Foolproof Pie Dough recipe. At the bottom of the page it has the Cook's Illustrated pie recipe which uses the food processor to make the dough. The food processor in my opinion is the way to go. Don't forget to read our Tips and Tricks Tuesday about rolling pin covers. You will love them for rolling out your pie dough.
We would love to hear if you try using vodka in your pie dough this Thanksgiving and what you thought!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!