Sugar Cookies to Decorate

Ok, I don’t know about any of you, but I’ve always had the problem of finding a sugar cookie recipe that doesn’t spread out. One that I can mess about with, make shapes and decorate without worrying about it spreading out or being too soft and falling apart. Well, I finally found one.

Awhile back, I was in the depths of Pinterest and I happened to pass a recipe that sounded decent, so I attempted it, mostly following the recipe. I ended up changing it slightly, and got what I consider the best sugar cookie for decorating. Although it isn’t the sweetest, it’s on the floury side, I like it because it doesn’t spread out and it isn’t too sweet for icing. Therefore, for my purposes, it was perfect. Since finding the recipe, I’ve used it a few times and finally took photos to post it here. Recently, I made them for Gage’s birthday party (will be posted in the next couple weeks).

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Water Bottle Tornados

Hello! A few days ago my siblings and I did a fun project that made them occupied for hours afterwards. It’s really simple and you can have a lot of fun out of it. We made water bottle tornados. They loved to watch the sparkles swirl around.

All you need is a (water) bottle, water and sparkles. We made a plastic water bottle one and a glass Jones bottle one for the older kids, Reese, who is twelve and still wanted to participate.

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Easter Egg Maracas

How are you today? It’s the first of May, can you believe it? It is also 2 holidays today. A US holiday, National Day of Prayer and a Pagan holiday, Beltane-Samhain. Many of you are likely asking,  ‘Are you Pagan?’ I am not a Pagan, I just like to respect all religions. So if you are a Pagan or a Wicca, good for you… Please enjoy today.

Either way, there are not a lot of crafts or recipes I can do for either one, so instead I’ll make a Cinco de Mayo craft for you today, Easter Egg Maracas. If you have some of those plastic eggs leftover, suddenly you have a new project. If not, I’m sure they are on sale just about everywhere.

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Bunny Masks

Today I am posting my second craft… Easter bunny masks. I suppose they could be worn anytime but it just so happens that tomorrow is Easter! 🙂 Whether or not you celebrate Jesus’s resurrection or the candy and egg traditions that have come to be, hopefully you can find some enjoyment out of these masks. The bunny masks are super easy and fun for kids to help you make.

All of the materials you likely have on hand. You’ll need at least one paper plate, some crayons, a pair of scissors, a tapestry needle with some thread of any color, and some glue (I like Elmer’s but any will work).

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Simple Tie Dye Cake

Hello! I am attempting to catch up on everything I’ve been too busy to post! I made this right before Passover for a friend and made sure to take pictures of this delightful cake. It is a simple white cake that you can easily make into practically anything. Not to mention, it’s very simple so you can always have your kids help out with some of the batter in a smaller bowl. 🙂 If you end up doing the tie-dye they can even help you figure out what colors mixed together makes another color. It can be a learning experience as well as a fun time. 🙂

You will need sugar, butter/margarine, eggs/applesauce, vanilla, baking powder, flour, milk and food coloring.

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Afikomen Bag

So here is my first craft post… an afikomen bag. For those of you who do not know, afikomen is special matzah. The word itself means dessert and the passover seder is not finished until the afikomen, which is hidden, is found usually by the younger kids. The afikomen bag is what holds the matzah so you can hide it.

Now that the little lesson is over…. onto making this. So this is fun to do with your kids but it is easier if you do it with them one on one. This does require a little kid with a needle so be sure to go through with them what not to do with a needle (like poking themselves or others with the sharp point)

All you need is a piece of felt, a tapestry needle, some thread and some sequins or form of decoration and glue to put it on. That’s it!

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