Archives for the month of: December, 2010

Counting Down the Hours Until 2011.

Happy New Year and may  all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!

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All you need is a sheet of paper to help welcome in the new year. Family Fun shows us how.

Materials

  • 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  • tape
  • scissors

Instructions
  1. What to do: Roll a sheet of office paper into a narrow tube by starting at one corner and wrapping the paper around a pencil, then slipping out the pencil after a few turns. Secure the tube with tape.
  2. Gently pinch one end of the tube and snip it two thirds of the way across, as shown, to form a triangular flap. Fold up the flap so that it covers the end of the tube.
Shake up your New Year’s Eve  with a water bottle noise maker. Amanda Formaro shows us how.

Materials
  • Empty plastic water bottle
  • Beans, coins, or other items to place inside
  • 1 sheet white tissue paper
  • Scraps of tissue paper in various colors, cut into small squares
  • 24” long strip of light blue crepe paper streamer
  • 24” long strip of pink crepe paper streamer
  • White craft glue
  • Water
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Place a handful of beads or coins inside the clean, dry water bottle. Run some glue around the mouth of the bottle and replace the cap.
  2. Make a mixture of 1/2 white craft glue and 1/2 water that will be enough to cover the bottle a few times over.
  3. Tear white tissue paper into large chunks, approximately 4”x2”.
  4. Paint a small section of the outside of the water bottle with the glue mixture. Place a torn piece of white tissue paper onto the glue mixture and paint over it with the glue mixture. Repeat this process, covering the entire bottle with 2-3 coats of white.
  5. Apply small colorful squares of tissue paper randomly over the white tissue paper to resemble confetti.
  6. Cut each strip of crepe paper streamer in half. Carefully tie one of the pieces around the neck of the bottle. Repeat with other lengths of crepe paper. Use scissors to cut each length to about 4” hanging length, and then cut upwards into thin strips. Use a couple pieces of the excess crepe paper you just cut off to twist around the neck of the bottle and glue in place. Allow to dry for several hours.

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Gather the family and create a Family 2010 Time Capsule from an empty tennis ball container. Stuff the can with family photos, special mementos, drawings and written memories of the top ten moments of the year as well as comments about what is currently happening in the world and with your family. Find a spot in the back yard and bury your Family 2010 Time Capsule.

Be sure to draw a treasure map if you choose to use this Tiffany & Co. sterling silver ($1500.00) tennis ball container. BTW it was designed for keeping  tennis balls at “their optimum playing temperature whilst on the court.”

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Fantasy Fudge Night at Mr. Kyle’s Kitchen

If you want the best, the smoothest, no fail fudge recipe, try the original Fantasy Fudge.

This is the original Fantasy Fudge recipe from the back of the Kraft Marshmallow Creme jar.

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 12-oz.  package semi-sweet chocolate chips (we prefer Ghirardelli)
1 7-oz.  jar Kraft Marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine sugar, margarine and milk in a 2-1/2 quart saucepan; bring to full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate till melted. Add marshmallow creme, nuts & vanilla beat till blended. Pour into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Don’t fight over who gets to lick the spoon Betsy! Let cool and cut into 1-inch squares.

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Bring this fantasy 12 piece stainless cooking set home for your little pretend cooks.

It’s a long, cold, never ending winter, with short days packed full of lots of ice and snow that we endure living here in Minnesota.

We invite you to stop in Totally Kids fun furniture & toys and warm up with a cup of hot spiced cider and ginger snaps.

Today I pulled out my grandmother’s recipe for ginger cookies. Never ever imagined that I would use her secret ingredient,  bacon drippings.  After taking a deep breath, I did it, actually added the bacon fat that was saved from all of our holiday brunches.  The ginger cookies are amazing, so delicious.  Not to worry bacon-fobes, the cookies served at Totally Kids are made by familiar little elves, not with Grandma’s recipe. Season’s drippings!

Grandma’s Ginger Cookies

3/4 cup bacon fat (bacon drippings)

1 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling the cookies

1/4 cup  dark molasses

1 large egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons  salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In bowl of electric mixer, cream together bacon fat and sugar. Beat in molasses and egg. Add remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly. Shape dough into walnut-size balls, roll in sugar, and flatten slightly with fingers on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown and cracked on top. Let cool on wire racks. Store in airtight container………….

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Mix Up Your Next Batch Of Cookies with this colorful wooden pretend mixer.

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Spice Up Your Life

or at least your pretend cooking with this pretend wooden spice rack will all the essential spices.

 

Long, long ago before Nintendo DS and other personal hand-held electronic devises, families played board games together. Talking, telling tales what they did that day,  laughing and enjoying their time together. They certainly were not bored by any means while playing age old, tried and true board games.

Opinions vary on the top board game of all time.

Is it Monopoly or is it Chess? Since Chess racks up many more years than taking Boardwalk and Park Place away from your mother, the top game has to be Chess over Monopoly, right?

Chess first appeared in the 6th century AD in India and uses brain power leaving Lady Luck in the dust.

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As for Monopoly, it is great family game for all ages and the luckier you are the more Trump-like you become without even being the apprentice.

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CAUTION: If he gets 3 neighbors, his house is going to be torn down and replaced by a bright red hotel.

Angela has a new baby boy… 8lbs. 11oz.

Welcome Ian Gray! and Great Big Congratulations to your family!

We can’t wait to get pictures Angela.

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Baby Brother Doll

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sweet Pea Snuggle Pod

It’s Boxing Day for our friends to the north of us and on Tuesday for those across the pond.

We received this thoughtful note from a Canadian customer on Christmas Day:

Good morning and Merry Christmas!

I certainly hope no one is reading this email today but I hope someone reads it soon, because in it is glad tidings of joy from a very satisfied customer!

I am writing from Canada, where not only could I not find the bed I wanted, no company could even promise me a Christmas delivery for any bed they had on their websites. The only similar bed I found was from Sears Canada, who didn’t have the colour I wanted, and cost TWICE what I paid from you.

When I ordered the Jordan loft bed, I was not promised Christmas delivery either, but I was hopeful that it would arrive at least in time for New Year’s. I was also worried about customs and duty at the border, but Shawna assured me that no customer had ever called back from Canada to complain about the duty.

You can’t imagine my joy when the bed arrived “sain et sauf” (safe and sound) on December 17th!

But it gets better.

Imagine my joy when I saw the boxes and realized that it was the Pulaski made Build-a-Bear bed from the Sears website and I realized that I had saved OVER 2500 dollars!!!

So, now I know why you ship beds to Canada every day.

Thanks again, great customer service from everyone I spoke to at all levels (I did have to import it and fill out a bunch of forms and deal with a customs broker), and even the delivery guy was most helpful when I asked him to indicate on the freight bill that most of the boxes were indeed damaged (I have not opened all the boxes yet so I don’t know if they are damaged, but I did a quick check and I don’t think they are).

So well done, thank you, and I’ll be back 🙂

Louise M Pothier

Montreal

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Boxing Day is a holiday in the United Kingdom and many countries (including Canada) that were once part of the British Empire. The origin of this holiday’s name is not clear. In feudal times in the United Kingdom, the lord of the manor would ‘pay’ people who worked on his land in the past year with boxes practical goods, such as agricultural tools, food and cloth. These were often distributed on the day after Christmas Day. More recently, employers traditionally gave their servants a gift of money or food in a small box on the day after Christmas Day. Some people in Canada still give gifts to people who provide them with services.

Other stories relate to servants being allowed to take a portion of the food left over from the Christmas celebrations in a box to their families and the distribution of alms from the church collection boxes to poor parishioners. These traditions evolved into the Christmas baskets that some employers distribute to their employees during the holiday season at the end of the year.

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Totally Kids fun furniture and toys – for boxing day – Bozo Bop Bag.

Hot Holiday Meals Delivered Christmas Morning by Team Totally and Friends.

Way before dawn and Santa’s return home,  tucked quietly behind, or sort of inside Pike Place Market is the Pike Market Senior Center where a group of cooks prepared turkey, ham  and all the fixins for several hundred holiday meals.

As our team of six, plus Baby Santa ran the bagged meal boxes out to fill up two car loads, the assembly line of volunteers prepared more meals as fast as they could.

First stop was the Josephinum Building where resident Michael Ghebre greeted Betsy and Baby Santa while the rest of our team unloaded hot meals for folks on fourteen floors.

Upon reaching the eighth floor, we noticed smoke billowing out from under a resident’s door and heard the sound of a smoke alarm. Without pause 911 was called and before we knew it the firemen were on the scene. Betsy and Baby Santa evacuated the building to observe a shining red fire engine.

This Fireman informed us that someone had fallen fast asleep with something cooking (burning) on their stove. Luckily it was a happy ending and no injuries.

So, our hot meal deliveries continued minus an elevator for the remaining six flights of marble stairs at the once New Washington Hotel which is now on the National Register of Historic Places, ID #89001607.

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Next stop is Olive Ridge where Team Totally delivered Christmas dinners for home bound folks on all of the eight floors.  And yay, there was a working elevator. Mission accomplished and we were off  to celebrate Christmas with family and friends knowing that we may have spread a little holiday cheer to those spending Christmas alone.

Wishing All Of You A Very Merry Christmas And God Bless Us,  Everyone!

We wish all of our friends near and far the happiest Christmas Eve!

From all of us at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys.

 

 

As they say, “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.”

If you are feeling the pressure of the rapidly approaching last minute,  a Totally Kids fun furniture & toys Gift Card is a no brainer. They can be sent via email or USPS in the colorful signature striped box.

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Not for everyone but this Reindeer Poop that Katie S. is holding up is a Quick and Dirty last minute gift. We used Milk Duds that some tell us look like we did a harvest out in the woods. (hunter speak)

All that you need to make this little ditty is a piece of cardstock for the poem, goodie bag, Milk Duds and festive ribbon.

Oliver, age 8 months is not too thrilled sitting on Santa’s lap.

Big brother Myles age 7 comforts his little brother Kyle age 2 as they sit in Santa’s big  green chair.

Any other pictures of sad faces with Santa, send them on over to kayrocks@gmail.com