Once upon a time there was a little old woman and a little old man. The little old woman thought she’d make a gingerbread man. She rolled out the dough, and cut out the shape, and she put raisins for his eyes, and peppermints for his teeth, and put icing on his head for the hair. Then she put him in the oven, and when it smelled good, she opened up the door to take a peek and out jumped the gingerbread man.

Today’s Recipe for Fun is Gingerbread Crayons.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Start by removing all the paper from the crayons and chop them into small bits. Fill your mould with the crayon pieces and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until wax is melted. You can add more bits of crayon through the melting process so the moulds are completely full. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Then push out the crayons and they are ready to use.  Caution, don’t let them get away until you are ready to surprise some special kids.

“Run, run, as fast as you can,

You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”

This Recipe for Fun is from Torie Jayne.

How to disguise Gingerbread Men. Turn them upside down and look at the cute Reindeer cookies.

For a change of pace, how about baking up some Nijabread Men?

These Nijabread Men cookie cutters have been a hot item this season. Can you see them also as a Recipe for Fun?

 

So, Gingerbread Lovers, Behold!

Chanukah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays.  The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, which is the third month of the Jewish calendar, and occurs sometime in December of the Gregorian calendar. The Hanukkah holiday lasts eight successive days during which eight candles are lit, beginning with one on the first night, two on the second night, three on the third night, and so on.

Jewish Year 5777: sunset December 12, 2017 – nightfall December 12, 2017 (first candle: night of 12/12 last candle: night of 12/20)

Celebrate the holidays with our wooden Chanuka set! Kids can role play safely with our wooden menorah and 9 colorful wooden candles, dreidel, coins, potato latkes, spatula, pan and storage bag.

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This puzzle, many more toys plus other Judica toys are available at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

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Martha Stewart shows you how to make marshmallow dreidels.

Bright Ideas…Menorah Cupcakes would be a special edition to any celebration.

 

Splish splash, look what you can take to your Christmas bath.

Why not whip up some Christmas soap, a DIY from It’s Gravy Baby.

This “recipe” calls for items that you may already have around the  house, plus the process is  easy peasy.

Gather Up:

  • a bar of white soap
  • food coloring
  • water
  • cookie cutters or candy molds

Directions:

  • Grate your bar of soap.  Find your kitchen grater, you need approximately one cup of grated soap.
  • Divide your grated soap into bowls.  One bowl for each color you want.  About 1/4 cup in each bowl to make 4 colors.
  • Add a bit of hot water to each bowl- a little less than a tablespoon per bowl.  Use a spoon or fork to mash it all together until you reach a good consistency and all of the pieces are incorporated.
  • Add a few drops of food colors, mixing until you reach your desired color.
  • Press soap mixture into cookie cutters or molds and freeze.

Line  a baking pan with waxed paper for easy clean up.  You’ll want to freeze them for at least a few hours or overnight.

These are cute stocking stuffers and good clean fun gifts for the little neighbors!

USA Puzzle

There are few little people on my list who will be getting this weekend’s  DIY project this Christmas. It  is an idea from Natalme and looks oh so easy to create.

We have a couple of jigsaw puzzles of the United States that will be just perfect. The next step is attaching pieces of magnetic tape to each state. That’s it, back in the puzzle box and what fun they’ll have putting the states on their fridges.

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Christmas across America has a vast variety in the traditions, however, most comes in the taste of the Christmas feast:

  • New England has Lumberjack Pie ( a mashed potato crust, filled with meats, onion and cinnamon.)
  • Pennsylvania Dutch serve Sand Tarts (thing, crisp sugar cookies)
  • North Carolina features Moravian Love-Feast Buns (faintly sweet bread of flour and mashed potatoes.)
  • Baltimore serves Sauerkraut with their Turkey (which includes apples, onions and carrots.)
  • Virginia gives us oyster and ham pie.
  • Southern states have Hominy Grits Soufflé and Whiskey Cake (with one cup of 100-proof whiskey.)
  • Louisiana’s treat is Creole Gumbo. It can include ham, veal, chicken, shrimp, oysters and crabmeat.
  • New Mexico has the Empanaditas–little beef pies with applesauce pine nuts and raisins.
  • Hawaii blesses us with Turkey Teriyaki marinated and cooked over an outdoor pit.

What is your favorite Christmas meal or tradition? Is it a traditional meal that you grew up with?

What?! You say that you have no time to cook?

Then, Busy Busy Mama, look what we have for you.

Reindeer Noses that require no cooking we think are an ideal Recipe for Fun with the kiddos.

They  are packaged 8 brown and then the 1 red one; Rudolph’s nose! Can you name the other Reindeer? The brown noses are Malted Milk Balls, and unfortunately, some of them might not pass quality control so you may have to eat them during the packaging process. The red  nose is bubblegum.

Sweet Paperie makes these bags of all red Rudolph noses. Best of all they offer with the instructions, the colorful printable header.

Another one of our no-cook recipes  you may also like. Reindeer Poop for our friends, not enemies always a winner.

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If you have not used this FREE message service before, you must give it a try! Santa Claus and his amazing PNP (Portable North Pole) console is online during the entire holiday season. With just a few clicks, this technological marvel will let your little loved ones receive a personalized message from Santa Claus himself, sent directly from his village in the North Pole. It is not only very cute, but FREE.  We started using it years ago and has now become a tradition.  You can create a fun little personalized video message to your child from Santa.

PLEASE HELP.

Help Santa out and keep him jolly. Be sure that he gets cookies at every stop. Share this jar with your friends and neighbors. Make It Do will show you how to craft the cheery covered jar and Bakerella has the recipe with the ingredients to fill the jar.

In a crafty mood?

Popsicle Stick Reindeer to make and hang on your tree or gift away. Expat Mom has the steps, one, two, three.

Cookie Monster

Happy National Cookie Day 2017 to you!

Today is not a tribute to Cookie Monster, rather a day to celebrate the cookie whatever your fave may be.

This special day to celebrate the cookie was founded in 1987 by Matt Nader of Blue Chip Cookie Company.

How about whipping up a (pretend) batch of our popular recipe for slice and bake cookies? Easy on the diet ladies!

Slice and Bake Cookies

 

We all have our favorite cookies, what are yours?

Millennials’ favorite cookie flavor by far is chocolate chip. Snickerdoodle is their second fave.

USA Today conducted a survey to determine the popularity of cookies by state. Do you fit with the findings for your state?

Alabama: Peanut butter with chocolate chips

Alaska: Russian tea cakes

Arizona: Mexican wedding

Arkansas: Peanut butter with chocolate chips

California: Peanut butter with chocolate chips

Colorado: Chocolate chip with nuts

Connecticut: Chocolate chip without nuts

Delaware: Chocolate chip without nuts

Florida: Orange

Georgia: Peanut butter with chocolate chips

Hawaii: White chocolate macadamia nuts

Idaho: Oatmeal chocolate chip

Illinois: Chocolate chip without nuts

Indiana: Chocolate chip without nuts

Iowa: Chocolate chip without nuts

Kansas: Chocolate chip without nuts

Kentucky: Bourbon spice

Louisiana: Maple pecan

Maine: Molasses

Maryland: Chocolate chip with nuts

Massachusetts: Cranberry

Michigan: Chocolate chip without nuts

Minnesota: Chocolate chip without nuts

Mississippi: Peanut butter with chocolate chips

Missouri: Chocolate chip without nuts

Montana: Cowboy

Nebraska: Chocolate chip without nuts

Nevada: Peanut butter with chocolate chips

New Hampshire: Pumpkin spice

New Jersey: Chocolate chip without nuts

New Mexico: Biscochito

New York: Chocolate chip without nuts

North Carolina: Chocolate chip without nuts

North Dakota: Chocolate chip without nuts

Ohio: Peanut butter with chocolate chips

Oklahoma: Chocolate chip with nuts

Oregon: Pumpkin spice

Pennsylvania: Peanut butter with chocolate chips

Rhode Island: Biscotti

South Carolina: Peanut butter with chocolate chips

South Dakota: Chocolate chip without nuts

Tennessee: Chocolate chip without nuts

Texas: Cowboy

Utah: Chocolate chip without nuts

Vermont: Maple pecan

Virginia: Peanut butter with chocolate chips

Washington: Apple cinnamon

West Virginia: Haystacks

Wisconsin: Chocolate chip without nuts

Wyoming: Cowboy

All hail the chocolate chip. Sort of looks like the status of the chocolate chip rates rather high in a cookie I would say. By the way, the chocolate chip cookie was invented by accident in 1930 by Ruth Wakefield, who ran the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts.

That’s it for facts folks. Do not let this day pass you by without enjoying a few of your cookies.

PB&J

Are you are a “choosy mom” who has an even choosier child who thinks Sushi is Yucki? Jif has a three ingredient, three step, and three minute recipe she will find yummi.

This week’s Recipe For Fun is brought to you by, you guessed it – Jif.  We had so much fun making our own kid pleasing Sushi.  Who likes crusts anyway?  The chopsticks though, they will take a while to master.  Hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons jam, jelly or preserves of your choice
  • 2 slices bread


Directions:

  1. REMOVE crusts from bread. With a rolling pin or large soup can, completely flatten bread.
  2. SPREAD 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon fruit spread on each slice of bread
  3. ROLL each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 4 pieces.

Give this a try and please share with us your opinion. So, okay then, you still think Sushi is Yucki?.

Worse than a lump coal in your Christmas stocking! This macabre new age torture chamber could start a revolution in many homes. Imagine requiring all family members to lock up their cell phones before sitting down to dinner. Without flying fingers, texts beeping, and eyes locked firmly on a phone screen, kids could learn to talk with their parents.

The Cell Lock-Up has enough capacity to hold a gang of six cellphones, and comes complete with bunk beds and stands for supporting imprisoned devices. At the push of a button they can be locked down in 15, 30, 45, or 60 minute sentences, complete with a judge’s voice announcing the verdict and slamming cell door sound effects.

If someone tries to break a device out the toy slammer, an alarm sounds and a recorded voice barks “Alert! Alert! Break-out in progress.”

Lock up those phones, because disturbing the peace is a crime, especially at dinner.

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday have past us by, and here we are now at Cyber Monday, the day when everyone apparently spends the bulk of their workday shopping online.

 

Shop Totally Kids fun furniture & toys on Cyber Monday.