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Cupid’s Arrow has always been our “go to” for Valentine’s Day. If you need a quick and easy last minute treat, here you go…
All you will need is a bag of pretzels and some jelly hearts. Pop over to Poppies at Play for a pictorial to learn how quick and easy this is to make for your Valentines.

We at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys wish all of our friends near and far away a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Our Christmas decorations are now all neatly packed away for another year. Once again there was a little over zealous purchasing in the candy cane department. What to do with slightly over a dozen of those peppermint-y seasonal sweet sticks?

Sprinkle Some Sunshine has a “sweet” pictorial on how to upcycle candy canes if you too have some left overs. All you need are of course the candy canes, 6″ lollipop sticks
1 cup white candy coating, like CandiQuik and sprinkles. Another Recipe for Fun.

Perk up and celebrate National Coffee Day 2012!

Why not enjoy a cuppa Jo with the girls?

If it’s espresso for your daily dose, this fashion forward single shot pretend espresso machine offers an early start.

Your career may dictate whether you’re more likely to need that coffee fix during the day.  A  Dunkin’ Donuts/Career Builder survey indicates that the top 10 professions most likely to “need” coffee to get through the workday are:

  1. Scientist/Lab Technician
  2. Marketing/Public Relations Professional
  3. Educator/Administrator
  4. Editor/Writer
  5. Healthcare Administrator
  6. Physician
  7. Food Preparer
  8. Professor
  9. Social Worker
  10. Financial Professional

For any of you who may be a bit challenged when ordering your coffee, here is a glossary of terms from the Barista Guide:

Americano: Espresso diluted with hot water to roughly the consistency of drip coffee. Similar to drip, but with more complexity, and the benefits of the espresso’s crema.

Cappuccino: 1/3 Espresso (2oz.) 1/3 Milk (2oz.) 1/3 soft microfoam (2oz.) This drink is always free-poured, and never spooned. If your coffee house spoons their foam, find a new shop. Sometimes topped with Cinnamon or Chocolate powder, but left alone for the purists.

Chai: A spiced Indian tea beverage with varying ingredients, but usually including ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, sugar, milk, and, of course, Tea. There are many variations of this list of ingredients, but most will contain at least this, if not anise or fennel, or maybe even black peppercorns. Pronounced “CHigh”

Cuppa: Short for “cup-of-coffee”

Cappa: (or Cappu) Short for “cappuccino”.

Espresso: A ~1oz (single) or ~2oz (double) beverage created by a high pressure extraction at ~9bar pressure from ~8 (single) or ~15 grams (double) of fine, evenly ground coffee, evenly distributed and compacted into what is known as a puck. The Espresso has three major parts to its anatomy. The Crema, the Body, and the Heart. If your coffee house’s espresso lacks Crema, it’s time to find a new shop.

Flat White: Usually ~6oz. In all. Similar to a cappuccino, but with latte proportions of foam.

Frappe: Common terminology for an iced, blended beverage. Often containing coffee. Starbucks has a well-known rendition of their own known as a Frappuccino Blended Coffee (or Frappuccino Blended Crème, depending on the recipe)

Iced Coffee: Just like it sounds. Coffee, cold, and on the rocks.

Latte: A little bit of espresso and a lot of milk, with a thin cap of foam. Generally anything 10oz. And up. Flavorings may be added to form flavored lattes. (i.e.- vanilla latte, hazelnut latte, etc..). Milk may be substituted with Soy milk for a Soy Latte. A latte made with nonfat (or skim) milk is often known as a Skinny Latte.

Latte Macchiato: A latte made by pouring the espresso in last, on top of the milk and foam.

Macchiato: Macchiato is an Italian word meaning “to mark” or “to stain”. A Macchiato is a single or double shot of espresso, marked with a bit of foam or frothed milk, usually with close to equal portions espresso and foam or frothed milk.

Mocha: Named for the drink made popular by Portuguese traders at the port of Mocha, it’s a drink made with chocolate, espresso, steamed (sometimes frothed) milk, and topped with whipped cream.

So, what is a Grande in a Venti cup soy upside down caramel macchianto with five shots of extra caramel? Ooops add whip to that and a double sleeve please.

For a full pot of Java if that’s what you prefer, this pastel pretend coffee maker will compliment the trendiest pretend kitchens.

No bones about it, might as well add a bit more pretend fun; serve up some bones with your coffee.

Make your way over to Food Mayhem to learn this edible bone making magic spell, or skill.

Help your kiddos stay cool. How to beat the heat!

Beat the heat this summer with this  clever kids car wash for keeping the kiddos  cool and trikes clean. Just hold the hot wax please! Some very lucky kids at Child’s Garden Preschool in Covedale, Ohio had the pleasure of partaking in this seriously awesome kids car wash. You can make one too with instructions from Family Fun’s how to with PVC pipe, pool noodles and sponges.

It’s a Sweet Little Holiday today. The National Confectioners Association has designated July 20 as National Lollipop Day. A lollipop may also be called a lolly, a sucker, dum dum or a sticky-pop. An ice lollipop in the USA is called a popsicle.

History

The idea of a hard candy on a stick is fairly simple, and it’s entirely probable that the lollipop has been invented and reinvented numerous times. The word “lolly-pop” dates to 1784, but initially referred to soft, rather than hard candy. The term probably derived from the term “lolly” (tongue) and “pop” (slap). The first references to the lollipop in its modern context date to the 1920s.

The first confectioneries that closely resemble what we call lollipops date to the Middle Ages, when the nobility would often eat boiled sugar with the aid of sticks or handles. The invention of the modern lollipop is still something of a mystery, but a number of American companies in the early 20th century have laid claim to it.

How many Licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop“. If you are over thirty, you may remember this question. So….can you answer the question?

If you love Peeps, it’s that sugary marshmallowy season once again. Last year we posted our favorite Peeps dressed and undressed. This year’s Washington Post Diorama Contest 2012 had so many great entries. Our favorite was not the one that took first place place. Ours brought back memories of last April’s Royal Wedding.

Remember the Royal Wedding  at Peepminster Abbey? Even Victoria Peepum was there.

There was Peepa Middleton with her show stopping dress, and the long row of satin buttons.

Look over there…it’s Peepatrice and her sister sporting their royal  Peepinators.

“Just Peeped” to live happily ever after. But how did that sour faced little bridesmaid get into the picture?

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You can still view at least 40 of the entries with titles like: Peeping Up With the Kardashians, iHeaven — Steve Jobs’ current project, Romney Family Road Trip, or Mount Peepmore.

It was a fair vote – fair and square for the Peeple’s Choice winner. Oh no, another Peep show.

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Good Friday & Easter Sunday – What’s Open & What’s Closed? Here is a list with answers: Good Friday & Easter Sunday Closing Info

Are you that parent? The kids are now  sound asleep so you know it’s a safe time to rummage through their stash for the “good” candy.

Our Facebook survey results are in. The candies that top the theft list of the most likely to be stolen by parents are: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups at the top, closely followed by Snickers, M&Ms, Kit Kats, Twix, Milky Way, Butterfingers, candy corn, Three Musketeers, and Skittles.

If the candy jar at your house runneth over, or you have a Halloween fear of dental bills, there are cures for the candy coma.

Have you heard about the Switch Witch?  A child grows in Brooklyn shares this disappearing act for all of the sugary stuff you may not care to have around for you or the kids.

The story goes like this: a child gets to eat all the candy they want up through Halloween night.  On Halloween night, before the child goes to bed, s/he lays out all their candy for the Switch Witch. The Switch Witch comes when they are asleep and takes the candy and switches it for a toy. Ta da! Cavity-creating candy is gone and a sugar free desirable new toy is there instead!

For the more curious:

The Switch Witch lives in Hallow Heights which is a little island in the sky by the moon. The Switch Witch loves candy.  All witches love candy, but the Switch Witch loves candy the most and she has the biggest candy stash of all the witches.  Do you know how the Switch Witch gets her gigantic candy stash?  The Switch Witch gathers most of her candy for herself and all the witches and cats on Halloween night. (Did you know that witches’ cats love candy too? They only eat milk chocolate though as it has delicious milk in it! –this is true only for witches’ cats though!).  So, here is how the Switch Witch gets her candy: late Halloween night, when all the children are sleeping, she visits the houses of children who choose to switch their candy for a toy. How does she know which ones are switching their candy in? A child puts a piece of candy on the door (of their room or house) to let her know that they want to switch.  The Switch Witch flies from building to building on her broom, with her black cat Corn (as in Candy Corn) on the back. They come in through a window. They fly in through the window with magic- the window does not need to be open.  She takes all the candy the child puts out and puts it into a sac that Corn holds open for her in his mouth.  Then she ties the candy bag to the end of the broom.  She takes out a shiny black bag that is full of toys. She leaves one toy for the child to thank them for the candy.  Then she leaves just as quickly as she came: on her broom, out to visit other children and perform more switches. By early morning, she and Corn return home to Hallow Heights where she sorts all the candy into large glass jars. That night, all the other witches come to visit and the Switch Witch doles out the candy they want.  They eat their candy with her, share stories of Halloween, hear about what toys she brought to the children and come back night after night for a treat.  You know how most pictures of witches are flying near the moon?  That’s because they are on their way to Hallow Heights to visit the Switch Witch and share in her gigantic candy stash.  By next Halloween, the Switch Witch has run out of candy and goes back out to do her switches.

I’m not sure about this one, but to each your own.

Black Jack Gum: A Longtime Favorite

Thomas Adams, Sr. introduced Black Jack gum, the first manufactured, flavored chewing gum, in 1870.

One 1928 magazine advertisement states, “After smoking, have a stick of Black Jack!  The licorice in this quality gum soothes the throat and freshens the mouth.  The world’s most popular licorice flavored gum.”

Adam’s Black Jack gum has been a favorite of gum lovers for decades. In fact, Black Jack gum is one of the oldest chewing gums in America. Inventor Thomas Adams used his patented gum-making machine to manufacture Black Jack Gum. By adding licorice flavor to his previously plain tasting chewing gum, Adams created and instant hit with Black Jack Gum. Black Jack Gum sold well right up to the 1970’s. Since then it has been available only on a limited basis every few years.

Sporadically, and on a schedule we have yet to understand, small batches of the Adams line are produced.  It is common for these limited runs to sell out quickly.

Two From One. That familiar split reminds me of my grandfather who always broke a stick of gum in half to share, just like the picture.

Black Jack Gum: That Familiar Licorice Taste

Black Jack Gum is a favorite among licorice lovers. Each stick of Black Jack Gum bursts with that pleasant and familiar licorice taste. Licorice lovers in the United States and abroad know that Black Jack Gum provides a lasting licorice taste that they have.

If you would like a taste of the past, Victory Seeds offers these 5 stick packs of days gone by.

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Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?)

How about the chewing gum stuck under the table? Yuck, who would do that?

Hit Parade retro dinette sets always arrive gumless.

It will be your “Lucky Day” when you bring our classic Hit Parade Dinette Set into your home. Hairpin legs and a double tubular chrome edge will surely put this one on the top of your charts. They’re back in production, using vintage plans pulled from the archives. Available for you to enjoy in the new millennium. Commercial quality too!

This Tuesday morning an extremely rare event occurred. The shortest day of the year known as the winter solstice in astronomical circles and a lunar eclipse both happened on the very same day. The last time it occurred was more than 400 years ago and will probably take that long again before it happens again. It was rare,  it was special… and here in Minneapolis a blizzard blocked the night skies. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Moon In My Room

Moon in My Room brings the beauty and wonder of this celestial body right into your child’s bedroom. This remote controlled, glow-in-the-dark “mini moon” is contoured and textured to feature an authentically detailed lunar moonscape. A built in light-sensor illuminates a room when it gets dark and shows 12 phases of the moon. The phases can be controlled manually or set to rotate on an automatic function to change every five second, so that kids can follow the moon in the sky with the moon in their room.

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So, what fun things did you do on the longest night of the year? We had a jolly old time making Reindeer Root Beer for friends and neighbors.

All it takes is googly eyes, red pom pom attached with a hot glue gun and dark brown pipe cleaners to twist on top of the bottle. Then we enclose a message: with a message: We’re “rootn” that you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

We could not resist dressing the winter ale bottles for a party Wednesday night.

 

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Candy Contest


The winner will be the person that guesses the exact or closest number of peppermint candy in the jar. Leave your guess on our Facebook page and we will announce the winner December 30st.  You will receive a $25.00 Totally Gift Card! Good Luck!

GUESS HOW MANY PEPPERMINT CANDY  CONTEST?
The winner will be the person that guesses the exact or closest number of peppermint candy in the jar. Leave your guess on our Facebook page and we will announce the winner December 30st.  You will receive a $25.00 Totally Gift Card! Good Luck!

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Candy Jar Fill and Spill

Swe-e-et! This jar of treats includes a gingerbread man, a lollypop and two colorfully wrapped candies. Remove and replace these sugar-free goodies to develop fine motor skills while at play. Constructed of high quality fabrics and phthalate-free plastic, this soft and durable set will provide hours of no-cal fun!

A classic soft toy for little ones 6 months plus.

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Pretend Petite Fours

Add these life-sized treats, perfect addition to a play tea party. Each Haba petit four is uniquely and intricately designed from polyester fabrics to look almost better than the real thing. The Petit Fours come in a cute box set of nine, complete
with individual wrappers. These treats have such a delicious appearance that they should be kept away from small children, lest they mistake the play petit fours for the real thing.

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Peppermint Pie – Oh My! and easy enough for kids to try making.

20 chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 carton (1.5 quarts) peppermint ice cream

1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Small candy canes (optional)

Chocolate syrup or hot fudge sauce (optional)

COMBINE cookie crumbs and butter in large bowl. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and side of 9-inch pie plate. (9-inch prepared chocolate cookie crust may be substituted.) Freeze for about 15 minutes or until firm. Place ice cream in refrigerator for 15 minutes to soften.

SPREAD softened ice cream evenly into frozen crust. Pipe or spoon whipped topping around border of pie. Arrange candy canes on top of pie. Freeze for several hours or until firm.

TO SERVE, cut pie into 8 wedges. Place on dessert plates and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

MAKES 8 servings.

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Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes

These are a teacher gifts easy enough for young children to make. Make and Takes once again has such a great idea and shows us how.