Move over gingerbread, look what’s moving into our neighborhood.
Bring back your old Lincoln Log skills and you can easily build one too.
Six 8″- carrot logs -one for the front, five for back
Eight 5″- carrot logs – for the sides of lodge
Eight 3″- carrot logs – for the front
Eight 1 1/4″ – short spacer logs – by front door
Four 1 1/2″ – carrot logs – for creating side window opening
Three 7″ -carrot log rafters – the foundation
Sixteen 6″ – 7″ long stalks of celery – for the roof
The foam core board gable ends measure 8″x 6″ x 6″
The foam core board floor/base measures 8″ x 5″ – plus an extra on the back for chimney if so desired
The window is made out of a slice of turnip.
Toothpicks are recommenced, in addition to cream cheese mortar to fasten cucumbers and celery.
Bamboo skewers will be handy for stacking the chimney (mushroom) stones.
Photo credit and inspiration: Green Giant.
This Christmas there are few little people on our list who will be getting this weekend DIY project. Magnetic states 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 perfect to upcycle. 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.
The United States 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? Is it a traditional meal that you grew up with?
Goody goody gumdrops, it’s time for gumdrop trees!
This might bring back fond memories for some.
If you need a teacher gift or one for your friends and neighbors, give these a try?
This is a sweet classic Christmas project for kids of all ages and Bella Dia shows you just how easy it is in a few easy steps.
Look at the Dots Christmas tree – that’s a new one on me.
Gather the kiddos, and have some fun with this great recipe for fun?
This was the year we were going to bake special Thanksgiving treats for Higgins the Totally Kids Shop Dog. Where does the time go? It is now Tuesday and the Thanksgiving countdown puts us on menu and food preparation planning for people. Another year passes and the special homemade dog treats for Higgins are back burnered once again.
Christmas! We WILL cook up special Christmas dog treats for Higgins.
Saved by NuttyMuttBakery.
Aren’t their turkey legs and pumpkin pie slices for pooches the cutest. Even if we had eecked out some time for our project, the results would never have been eye candy like those.
Mary, at Home is Where the Boat Is, wins the prize for her turkey treats wouldn’t you say? Her two furry friends, Chloe and Gracie are always treated royally and not forgotten at Thanksgiving. She has the recipe and pictorial for cooking up those pet pleasing turkey treats. Hop on over to her blog where you fill find loads of decorating inspiration as well as many how-tos for pups. You’ll be thankful that you did.
Have a Doggone Happy Thanksgiving!
It happens every year here in Minnesota, whether you are ready for it or not. SNOW, and lots of it. With ten to twelve inches forecast today, there were the first school closings of the season for some of the northern suburbs. Luckily, our staff made it safely into work, but the drive was slippery and took twice the time. After thirty years, we have never had a Totally Kids snow closing; however a surprise day off would be welcomed by many.
We are a few days ahead of November 21, the average date for the first measurable amount of the white stuff. The earliest ever “measurable” snowfall for the Twin Cities was September 24, 1985. Then, there was the Halloween blizzard of 1991 which none of us will ever forget. That infamous storm went on to put 28.4” into the record books. Ross, our customer care manager recalls the bumper crop of Halloween candy he collected that Halloween night. Sounded as if folks triple rewarded his bravery in candy for carrying on the “trick or treating” tradition, right through a blizzard. Way to go Ross!
Welcome winter with some snowflakes from your kitchen.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Warm the tortillas (about 15 seconds) in the microwave.
- Individually fold the tortillas in half once and then in half again, so that you end up with a shape that resembles a wedge of pie (it will be thick). Using clean scissors, cut triangle, circles, or squares out of the edges, as if you were making paper snowflakes. Unfold the tortillas.
- Lightly brush the tops of the snowflakes with canola or vegetable oil and place them on a cookie sheet slightly apart.
- Bake them until lightly browned and crisp (about 4 minutes). Sift confectioners’ sugar on the snowflakes while warm. For an extra sparkly effect, you can sprinkle on a bit of edible glitter. Makes 6.
Easy to make…easy to love!
If your house is anything like ours you probably have a “Department of Missing Socks” also. Do not mourn the sad loss a mate. Look what you can do with some of your favorite mateless socks.
Step-by-step illustrations and instructions can be found in the Sock and Glove book by Miyako Kanamori. There are thirteen delightful projects that are quick to make-and certain to amuse and delight. You can have new menagerie, including monkeys, elephants, piglets, bunnies, and even an insouciant fish.
These whimsical creatures make perfect gifts and inspiring companions.
Today we fly away, off to the High Point Fall Furniture Market where we will be seeking out what is new, fun and exciting for kids.
The High Point Furniture Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 85,000 people to High Point, North Carolina twice a year. There are 180 showrooms offering an overwhelming
10 million square feet of furniture and accessories causing your head to spin and feet ache. If you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.
We always find this market inspirational; a place to recharge the creative juices while learning all of the new trends and color forecasts. Annie describes it as “walking through the pages of a decorating magazine”.
Keep your eyes on the blog as we post our amazing finds for kids.
While in an airplane mode, how about treating your little one to this week’s recipe for fun? Fly on over to Made to Be Mama blog for the easy peasy instructions for this healthy snack.
This colorful idea from Jeannette Fender, we are saving for a raining day craft. Or, this would be great before and up coming trip. Her blog, The Adventures of J-Man and Miller Bug holds the secret to building these aircraft.
Wishing all of you a pleasant weekend as we challenge our feet walking through as many of the showrooms at the High Point Furniture Market.