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It’s Memorial Day weekend, why not whip up some cookies that everyone will remember?

If you’re after the popular sweet and salty combo, you are bound to get hooked on these.

Memorial Day Cookies aka cookies to remember
Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup broken up pretzel pieces
  •  Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). On low speed, slowly add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Beat to combine, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the flour mixture and beat just until there are no more streaks of flour. Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and pretzels. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out well rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough, flatten slightly then sprinkle with sea salt. Leave about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for 10 minutes. If you prefer crispier cookies increase the baking time by 1-2 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing.

This week’s Recipe for Fun as well as yummy eating is from Sugar Cooking.  You can find many other delicious and unusual recipes that you may like to try on her blog. She also tells us that if you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe you could use it for the base instead.

Thanks Sarah for this memorable recipe.

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Have you ever experienced cookie failure? The dough is so good and definitely worth eating, but somehow when you pull the cookies out of the oven they are way spread out and flat.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie blog has this helpful chart to help correct cookie flops. As the name implies, it is your go to source for you know what, everything chocolate chip cookies.

Problems

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Do any of these cookies look familiar? I have seen number 4 several times and now I know why! Silly me, I never knew the dough could be over mixed – hello number 5.

There are many variables in baking.  Pictured are cookies with various problems using the same dough (with flour adjustments in numbers 3 &4).
1.  This cookie is done just right. It is pictured to compare with the rest.
2.  This dough was not refrigerated.  It is still good but a little flatter than it should be.
3.  This dough contained too much flour and did not spread much at all. It is interesting to note that the dough looked identical to the correct dough, but was much stiffer and drier.
4.  This dough had too little flour.  It spread too much and didn’t bake evenly.
5.  This dough was over-mixed.  It had a poor color, baked flat and had a strange consistency.
6.  This dough was formed too small.  It was overcooked at eight minutes. It is fine to make smaller cookies, just bake them for less time.
7.  This dough was formed too large.  The outsides were done while the middle was too high and underdone.
8.  This dough was baked in an oven 25 degrees too hot.  The outside was overdone and the inside was slightly underdone.
9.  This dough was baked in an oven 25 degrees too cool.  It fell flat and became too crisp without much of an inside.
10.  This dough was frozen when baked.  It took longer to bake and didn’t cook as evenly.  To use frozen dough, set on cookie sheet at room temperature while oven is preheating, 15-20 minutes.  It takes the frost off and bakes perfectly.

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Red Retro Kitchen large

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has many pretend kitchens for beginning bakers. Stop by or visit us online!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to you! It may only come around once a year, which may be too often for some of us.  However you look at it, we thought that you might like this list of Birthday Freebies to help celebrate your special day.

Baskin Robbins – FREE ice cream
Ben & Jerry’s – FREE ice cream treat
Burger King – FREE kids hamburger on their birthday (requires a signup)
Chuck E. Cheese’s – FREE tokens (12 & younger)
Cold Stone Creamery FREE ice cream
Dairy Queen join blizzard fan club get a birthday deal
Denny’s – FREE grand slam
Krispy Kreme FREE dozen when you buy one
McDonalds FREE happy meal kids 5-12 time (need to fill out a form in advance)
Papa Murphy’s – FREE cookie dough on birthday (need to fill out a form in advance)
Panera– FREE bakery item (need to sign up for email list in advance)
Qdoba Mexican Grill – FREE burrito w/entree purchase
Quizno’s – FREE cookie
Red Robin – FREE burger
Starbucks – FREE drink for registered Starbucks Card holder
Subway  FREE treat on birthday
Taco Time FREE kids meal

Please, if you know of other Birthday Freebies, let us know and we will add them to the list.

Birthday Cake

Here is a fun way for your little ones to have a birthday party every day. Go ahead, have your cake and (pretend) eat it too.

 

I’m not talking about your second cousin twice removed’s wedding, but hip hip hooray, let’s celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! Who doesn’t enjoy a good old grilled cheese? There are many variations, and methods of grilling/cooking this comfort food.

My all time favorite is the Johnny Depp method. Wearing a ric rack trimmed apron in the1993 movie Benny and Joon, Sam cooks a stack of grilled cheese using a hot iron and ironing board. Have you, or do you even know anyone who has tried this method? Whenever I’m thinking  grilled cheese, there is never an iron and ironing board handy. Besides, it sort seems like a “only in the movies” thing anyway.

With peaked curiosity look what I found? Real life people cooking the Johnny Depp way. Grilled Cheese Social has a step by step pictorial for those wishing to perfect this method.

Jamie Oliver tips his toaster on its side for a revolutionary unconventional method of preparing a grilled (toatsed) cheese sandwich.  I see an I hate Jamie Oliver cheesy mess of a toaster here.

The cooking method is up to you. Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has the equipment for cooking up some super good pretend grilled cheese sandwiches.

We have the iron and ironing board.

We have the toaster, bread and butter. You add the cheese.

We have the traditional kitchen.

We even have a deluxe stainless steel frying pan.

Grab a can of tomato soup and have a Cheesy Celebration!

Easter Party

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How to Beat Backseat Boredom….

With Spring Break and holiday travel happening, there is always the question of how to keep young travelers happy and occupied on their journey. Whether you travel by air, land or sea, here are some super toy ideas to entertain the kiddos and help prevent the dreaded backseat boredom.


Flip To Win Hangman
Who hasn’t spent hours playing this game on roadtrips?

Here is the classic word game with a twist! Think of a word and try to
stump your opponent. Includes one game board with erasable
whiteboard, self-storing dry-erase marker and eraser. No loose
pieces! For 2 or more players. Ages 6 and up.


Backseat Travel Books Set
Four great travel books make for hours of fun on the road! This  series is your source
for fighting those boredom blues. With this Kids’ Travel Activity Pack you get all four
books for hours and hours of travel fun. Are We There Yet? features great on-the-road
games, trip-tracking tools (including travel journal pages), mini mysteries, crossword
puzzles, road games, and much, much more. An answer key is also included in the
back of the book. Best Travel Activity Book Ever! features hundreds of coloring activities,
dozens of dot-to-dots, lots of mazes, and a ton of other fun games and activities.
Kids’ Road Atlas
features real road maps, great travel games, state-by-state puzzles,
state facts (including the nickname, capital, flower, tree, and bird), an index, and much,
much more. An answer key is also included in the back of the book. Coast-to-Coast
Games
travels around the United States by region through National Park puzzles, city
games and activities, fun facts and trivia, and much, much more. An answer key is also
included in the back of the book. These fun-filled books are perfect for keeping the kids
busy at home or during those long stretches.  Ages 6 and up.


Travel Bingo
Great for travel! Both players select a Travel Bingo board, insert matching game
cards into the slot at the top of their boards, and flip open all of the doors so that
the pictures on the cards are exposed. Players close the doors as they spot objects
along their journey. Includes 4 double-sided, laminated, themed game cards.
No loose pieces! For 2 or more players. Ages 4 years and older.

Find these and many more great toys visit http://www.shoptotallykids.com or call a Totally Kids
personal shopper at 952-881-2425 to help you find just what you are looking for.

Be certain everyone gets plenty of rest before you travel. Hydrate especially before air travel. Remember to keep washing hands so you will return home happy and healthy. Do not forget to have fun and take lots of pictures.

Imagine how surprised your kids would be if they drew a picture that comes to life as an actual soft object to play with and cuddle?

This really can happen. just send your child’s art work to Sunny Little Studio and they will create a custom handmade soft toy sure to become to treasure.

Orange ya glad you sent this picture in!

Remember to SPRING AHEAD!

This time of year always reminds me of clocks.

Ever hear the expression “ask him what time it is and he’ll tell you how to build the clock?” Will mention no names here, Dave.  Tick tock you really can build your own clock. Here is an educational clock project for the entire family.

Rembember that Sunday March 12th we need to set our clocks ahead one hour marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2A.M.

You can also use this as an ideal opportunity for teaching time.

The ability to tell time is a significant milestone in a child’s educational development and does not have to be a difficult nor frustrating experience. Choosing the right educational time teaching tools can lessen the stress. Fun time teaching toys can also help motivate little ones learning how to tell time.

Build a potato clock for a science lesson with potato power. Who would think tasty spuds can also do double-duty as an undercover battery.

Tempus Fugit,  hurry up and make a clock  cupcake.

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An old favorite is making your own paper plate clock.

With all of these clocks there is noexcuse to forget to set your clocks and best of all there is “Spring” and warmer weather ahead of us. This Minnesota cold will hopefully become a memory as soon as possible.

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Pancake lovers this is your day!  To get a stack this high you might have to start flipping pancakes early in the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Tuesday is the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday which is the first day of the Christian season of Lent.  Fat Tuesday is celebrated in many countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) which is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period

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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
Source: Dakota Kelly one from her favorite family recipes.
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.       

Tall stack or short stack cook them up on this pretend stove.

Happy FAT Tuesday whether you are a pancake lover or not.

Lucky Shamrock man

It’s Our Annual Lucky Shamrocks Party!

Save the Date

Saturday, March 18th

1PM to 4PM

Bring the kiddos in for a Lucky Shamrocks Search Game.

There will be Lucky Shamrocks hidden all around the store

for *50% OFF a toy or game of choice.

Face Painting, Fun Games, and Refreshments.

Bring all your friends. We hope to see you!

FREE prizes for all kids wearing green.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys

7876 Portland Avenue South
one mile west of the Mall of America
shoptotallykids.com
952-881-2425

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This time of year in Minnesota folks know all too well about cabin fever.

It sounds like the last few days brought families out to enjoy the balmy almost 50 degree weather.

Cabin fever takes on a whole new meaning when the kiddos can start their pretend camping in this wooden cabin that can be used indoors or outdoors. (temperatures permitting)

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Another cabin that we are working on stocking offers the Adirondack style porch. We are hoping that it will be ready for Spring delivery.

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With President’s Day just around the corner, this easy to build log cabin is a great teaching tool that you have the option of eating. How about a cherry pie for the pres that never told a lie and a pretzel cabin for honest Abe?

 

 

Materials Needed:

  • Small empty milk carton
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Chocolate frosting or peanut butter
  • 1 Rolo or other tubular shaped candy
  • 1 square cracker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue or tape (or frosting depending on if you want it edible or not)

Instructions:

  1. Cut the top flap of the milk carton off and tape or hot glue it closed to form the roof.
  2. Spread chocolate frosting or peanut butter on one side of milk carton then cover with pretzels. Repeat this step all over the milk carton until log cabin is complete. You may need to break the tips off of some of the pretzels to make then fit up the sides.
  3. Break a square cracker in half, then break one of the halves in half. Spread some frosting or peanut butter on the back of the first half. “Glue” it to the front of the cabin as the door. Repeat this step with a smaller broken piece for the window.
  4. Spread some frosting or peanut butter to the bottom of Rolo and stick to the roof.