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Hot Cocoa Kit

Hot Cocoa Kit
HOW-TO MAKE A HOT COCOA KITby Destri of The Mother Huddle There just isn't much that a three year old can create that isn't something only a mother would love. I thought and thought about what my little boy could make his friends for Christmas and finally came up with a Hot Cocoa Kit. Over the course of a week we worked on little projects to add to the kit, and I can't tell you how much fun we had with it. He got to mash things, melt things, sprinkle things, dip things, fill things....all sorts of sensory play. He is so proud of himself and can't wait to give them out. If you find your kids getting restless for the big day to arrive this would be a great project to tackle until it comes. HOT COCOA KIT You may choose to only add one or two elements to the kit, but I will give you a list of what we used. Set The Stage I have learned that my son has a max attention span of about fifteen minutes. I would have everything out and ready before I even called him in the room. Marshmallow Bags

Travel Gift Basket Today is the last day of my travel themed series. I hope everyone has enjoyed it and found some fun ideas for their next adventure! If I could find someone who would be willing to pay me to do nothing but travel I would be one happy lady. Any takers? Maybe you know someone who is always off on an adventure, or a couple who is getting ready to get away on a honeymoon. Items to put in this basket: Any travel size toiletry itemQ-TipsMotrinPeptoHand SanitizerSecurity PouchTravel PillowHolders for toothbrush, razor, soap, etc.Travel Outlet ConverterLanguage DictionaryLuggage TagsMap Lightweight Backpack- This could also double as the gift basket A fun way to wrap this basket is with a map. And I’m serious about that pay-to-travel-thing.

visual_fuckers: FLESH WOUND TUTORIAL 8D Ok, so here is the wound tutorial I promised.....about 2 weeks ago. This one just shows how to do gashes, I will do more tutorials like this if you are interested though ^^. WARNING: NOT DIAL UP FRIENDLY. Big pictures.....lots of em >< Ok....lets start with our recipe for fake flesh.This is for a small don't need alot at all, even for big wounds. ingeredients1. Combine in a small sauce pan and put on medium heat v Keep stirring until all the ingredients form into a ball v The consitancy should be something like play doh...but more rubbery. NEXT : fake blood ingredients1. 1 tbsp. all purpose flour2. 3/4 cup water3. Ok, this part is importantBefore cooking, combine the water and flour to form a slurry. Then add them to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, let simmer for a minute or so (do not add the food coloring yet). This will make the 'blood' thick. Now that that is all done...let's move on to assembling the wound 8D Aside from the things we just made, this is what you will need.

Wrapping Paper & Ribbon Wall Rack ..Wrapping Paper & Ribbon Wall Rack What you'll need: - 36" x 24" open back frame (Mine came from Hobby Lobby and was 1/2 off) - (5) 28"-48" cafe rods ($2.99 each @ Hobby Lobby) - spray paint - mounting hardware for frame The cafe rods came with brass hardware that I wasn't too crazy about. So my first step was to spray paint the ends of the rods and the included hardware. Before: And after: Much better, don't you think? To paint the rods I stuck them in the ground so the spray painting would be easier. Here's the open back frame I used: Next, attach the mounting hardware to the back of the frame. Attach cafe rod hardware to the front of the frame. That's it! Here's the frame hanging in my craft room: And here it is with wrapping paper and ribbon: I think it would be fun to do this with a smaller frame and use it to only for ribbon. Thanks for reading - I hope you enjoyed this project!

Fun Summer Dessert: Watermelon Pie One of my summertime childhood memories is eating the yummy watermelon sherbet dessert at Friendly’s restaurant. I loved it, so I decided to try to replicate this dessert for my own kids’ summertime memories! I made some “watermelon pie” for our 4th of July feast this year…to great success! The best part…watermelon pie was super simple to make! Ingredients: - Lime Sherbet - Vanilla ice cream or Pineapple sherbet - Red/Pink-colored sherbet…I couldn’t find this, so I bought Raspberry/Pineapple/Orange swirl sherbet, mixed it up with red food coloring and it was perfect! Directions:1. A funny tip…I served the watermelon pie on paper plates, but wanted to take a nice picture for this post, so I put my own slice on a real dish. Jane Maynard, writer and founder of This Week for Dinner, is a wife, mother to two beautiful girls and freelance graphic designer. Tagged as: pie Written by Jane Maynard Jane Maynard is a regular contributor on Make and Takes.

may all your Christmases be white (and silver) Here in central California we don't get snow, but we always have a white Christmas - in the form of fog. It really isn't Christmas without it. Fog is terrifying to drive in, but I love opening the blinds in the morning and seeing - well nothing. Not even the tree in the front yard. Last year after Christmas I snatched up several boxes of colorful Christmas ornaments for 75% off at Target and I've been excited to change up my Christmas color scheme for the past 11 months. Mr. I designed this wood sign which is made out of rustic pine. I love how the crystal garland illuminates the sign. A simple trick for decorating during the holidays is adding a pick (flower, pine cone, bird, spray) like I did here with the candle. Our artificial Christmas tree has been a bit of a pain this year. When I was in my teens I was always annoyed when my mom pulled out a shoe box filled with crusty old ornaments my sister and I made in elementary school. Where do you put all of your Christmas cards? -Amanda

lollies - a little ART CANT HURT a perfect rainy day thing to do! the colors make any day better! how to make LOLLIESyou will need: jolly ranchers, candy sticks, parchment paper, foil & a cookie sheet 1) lay a piece of foil on cookie sheet. cover foil with a piece of parchment paper.2) unwrap candies and place side by side on parchment paper in your choice of color & flavor combinations. use three candies together for extra large lollies, and only two candies together for regular lollies.3) heat candies in oven for about 5 minutes at 200 degrees. keep a close eye on the candies and take them out as soon as they've barely melted together. if you leave them in too long they will melt too much and you won't be able to put a stick into the lollie. alter the cook time accordingly.4) carefully take cookie sheet out of oven. immediately lay candy sticks into place on melted candies. slowly twirl in melted candy to coat the stick and so it will hold in the lollie. they're hot!

Simple Christmas Decor: DIY Gift Bow Garland! Last year after Christmas I found bags of gift bows on clearance for $.50. Yay! I bought two bags of the gold because I knew that there was a project in there somewhere and last night Paige and I put them to use and made some little Christmas garlands! I think when it comes to Christmas decor, the simpler and easier the better. That way we can focus on the more important things. This project is as easy as they come! Just peel the back off one bow Press the string onto the middle of the sticky strip Then peel the back off a matching bow and press firmly to the first bow. Repeat every 6'' or so with as many bows as you'd like! Btw, I have to tell you about this little tulle tree. I have to confess something. PS! Happy beginning of December!! Have a good day, friends! Love, Disney

Pie Favors in a Jar {Recipes} Just like “on a stick”, everything gets infinitely cuter when layered inside a mason jar and tied with a simple ribbon or tag. Favors are no exception! So make these delicious fruity pies in mini mason jars (or regular size!) then sit back and listen to your guests “ooh” and “aah” over how darn cute you are! Pie Crust Dough 2 12 oz. cans of cherry, apple or your favorite pie filling (Or mix blueberry and cherry!) 6 4 oz. mason jars, cleaned with lids and labels removed 1 baking sheet Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Fill your jars with your filling. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until pie dough is golden brown. image via: Related Watermelon Cake in Mason Jars: Perfect Summer Dessert Watermelon Cake If there is one food synonymous with summer in my opinion, it’s watermelon!