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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!

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.

Tomorrow, from coast to coast there will be turkeys appearing on many Thanksgiving tables. But, have you ever seen a turkey like this turkey? It is sure to please both kids and adults. We suggest having an experienced adult do the the carving honors and surprise, surprise look what you’ll find inside!

There are corn cobs holding a surprise inside too.  Instructions for crafting this fascinating turkey can be found here.

 

 

The Idea Room always has the best ideas. How about serving up hand print turkey plates that can easily be decorated with edibles, pasta and seeds.

Life at the kids’ table begins here.

Table & Chairs at Totally Kids

You’ll find a great selection of  at child size table and chairs at Totally Kids fun furniture.

Thursday is the big day and there must be a kids table at every Thanksgiving dinner, it’s practically an American tradition. For me, growing up, it was most likely for the preservation of  fine china, crystal and family heirlooms from precocious little cousins.

Creating a decorate it yourself table for your little guests will make them feel special, and best of all, does not need to take much time or planning. Emulating this kids’ table idea from Country Living by simply using a roll of craft paper and some crayons or markers, you can easily become the favorite aunt or grandma. Not only will kiddos think that they have the best seat in the house, but this budget friendly cover, provides doodling entertainment before, during, and after the Thanksgiving dinner while waiting for pumpkin pie.

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Life at the kids’ table begins here.

You’ll find a great selection of  at child size table and chairs at Totally Kids fun furniture.

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Keep your kids’ table guests happily occupied with a few colorful sticks of clay; allowing the adults more time to enjoy their meals. (Yay!) Ask the budding artists to create pieces that can be auctioned off for a few coins after everyone has finished their meals.

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After dinner have the adults hold an auction. Start the bidding on the new clay sculptures with a few pennies. The young artists can be encouraged to tell stories about their creations to increase the bids.

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Pass this tray of clay and tools around and let the sculpting begin. What will they make? How long can it take? Could you make something that you are thankful for?

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After dinner when the table covering has become over decorated, drop this Pairs in Pears game on the table for a fast, fun and requiring no pencil, paper, or gameboard challenge.

Ready to have some cook together fun with your family this weekend? Try these classic Turkey Handprint Cookies, this week’s recipe for fun. Gather up the small hands at your house. Your little ones will surely get a kick out of watching their handprints turn into edible turkeys. This is a fun group activity allowing kids to not only make their own creations, but eat them too!

Family Corner has the recipe, so go ahead and gobble up a few cookies.

Kitchens at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

Kids love the pretend kitchens at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

Plant FamilyYour family roots rooted in time for gift giving. Find some fascinating family faces, then pot them to delight Grandma after your ride over the river and through the woods.

You could find a great picture of Grandma’s funny face and had her roots.

 

Crazy kid plant.

 

Even if your thumb isn’t green, go ahead,  give this project a try. It doesn’t look too difficult.

All you need to do is, gather up the perfect plants, a basic pot, family face photos and a transparent plastic pot. For the 411, and pictorial, check out good.kz.