Apple Treats in Three Seconds

Apples are every where this time of year.  We will go apple picking, cook with apples, craft with apples, and today we made a treat for our teachers with apples.

It is super simple and a great way to love on your teachers.  We used our family favorite, Honey Crisp Apples.  Then we purchased individual caramel sauce.  Stick them in a bag and tie it up with some ribbon.  You are finished.

Whit loved giving these treats to his teachers this morning.  And his teachers enjoyed a fun, yummy snack after school.

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And you make “Snow” Play Dough

In Atlanta, we have been talking about the possibility of snow for 5 days.  We have lived in several places that get real snow but in Atlanta, the term snow is used loosely.  Snow-like precipitation falls from the sky and looks like snow on the ground and then becomes ICE. Ice is very different from snow.

But I wanted to get all excited.  This would be Whit’s first real snow.  So I introduced him to all the snow creating customs all children should know.  1.  We did a snow dance!  (yes, in the kitchen).  2.  We talked about wearing our pajamas inside-out.  (Whit likes to stay in the lines on things like this so he didn’t actually do this).  3.  We talked about sleeping with a spoon under our pillow. (He was unsure about bringing kitchen utensils into his bedroom.)  4.  We put ice in the toilet.  (now, he could go for this one!)  And then we made “snow” play dough!

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“Snow” Play Dough

2 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

2 T cream of tarter

2 cups water

2 T vegetable oil

1 splash of almond extract (gives it a fun smell)- completely optional

white glitter

Before turning the burner on, in a medium saucepan, combine flour, salt, and cream of tarter.  Mix well.  Add water, oil, and extract, and mix it all up.  Turn burner on low and stir until the mixture becomes really thick.  This should take about 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat and cool the dough.  Add glitter and knead dough until smooth. Now it is time to play or store in an airtight container.

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Add in the Glitter

So, we hope for a lot of snow where we can go sledding, then warm up with hot chocolate, and be completely lazy most the day.  But something tells me we just have “snow” play dough and ice.  As I write, it has began to fall outside and we will wake up in the morning to see if at least dancing and ice in our toilets did the trick.

Looking Forward to Playing in the Snow,

Amanda

Create Your Own Crayons

Okay, crayons get broken.  That does not mean they are useless and should be thrown out.  Would we do that with a chocolate bar?  No, we would melt that sucker down and top our ice cream with it.  It is time to take crayons to their second life.  Making my own crayons is a family tradition that I did with my Mom-Mom and my Mom.  As a child, I loved to color but to make my own crayons, Stop the Blender!  William and I had a great time making crayons.  Of course I turned it into a science lesson with a colorful reward.  Now, hold your hand high and repeat: “I will never throw a crayon away again.  It has a purpose and deserves a second chance!”  Coloring brings out your inner-child! -AF

Create your own Crayons

Gather your used (or new) crayons.  Take off the wrapped, seriously do this while watching the latest episode of Up All Night. It’s a little tedious, but worth it.

Two options here: (1) Use a butcher knife and chop the crayons into 1/2 inch pieces. (2) Have your munchkin get involved with breaking them up–great fine motor skills

Fill the tin or mold about half way with crayon pieces. Design your own color mixtures.  We designed a cool camouflage heart with browns, greens, and tans.

Bake at 230 degrees until the crayons are melted, approximately 12-15 minutes.

Let the crayons cool and remove from tins/molds.  Tip: if your crayons stick in the tins, place tin in freezer for an hour and the crayons will pop out.

Fill with your favorite colors