Tuesday, March 30, 2010

easter archives

I'm in the middle of packing up the tiny casa and have not had time to create new Easter projects, though I do have a long list to choose from. Hopefully, soon I will get some more projects up. Until then, check out these nifty ideas from the archives...

*make eggshell art
*make an easter bonnet
*play memory
*make cascarones

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

making rainbows

Happy St. Patrick's day!

If you did find yourself making them fruity fun-fetti cakes, you may find yourself with left over froot loopys. Grab yourself a muffin tin and set your kiddo to sorting. One muffin tin has six cubbies which is perfect for sorting out all those rainbow colors.Once your tot is done sorting, grab some yarn, a small piece of tape and apair of scissors and string up some sweet rainbow necklaces. The tape is to keep the tip of the yarn stiff for easy threading.

If you have an old CandyLand game, you can utilize those game cards and have your kidlet string up a pattern based on the cards they pull. One yellow square? One yellow loop goes onto their string, etc.There are all sorts of ways to play with these loops, pull out all the green ones and make a St. Patrick's day picture or necklace. Mash 'em all up and collage with the pieces. Bake them into blondies or make more cupcakes. Whatever you decide, have fun and show me the pics!

Monday, March 15, 2010

homemade fruit fun-fetti cakes

Why oh why do fun-fetti cakes taste sooo much better than plain old vanilla? I'm not even a fan of sprinkles or crunchy bits in my cupcakes but there is something so magical about little bits of rainbow in a happy cake of sweet. Follow us to the end of the rainbow for a scrumdilly-delicious recipe.

You will need:
1/4 pound of butter
2/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/3 cup of milk
2 tablespoons plain or vanilla yogurt
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup fruit loopy cereal
large bowl for mixing
wooden spoon or handmixer
small sandwich bag
heavy plastic cup or rolling pin
muffin pan
cupcake liners or oil to grease the pan

scrumdilly-do it:
Set your oven to 350 degrees to preheat and gather your ingredients.Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or dig out your prettiest cupcake liners and place one in each cup.Dump your fruit loopy cereal into the sandwich bag, seal and smash it up with the rolling pin. You do not need to roll the pin, just smash up the cereal. Pour into small bowl and set aside.Beat butter, sugar and vanilla then add your eggs. Mix well and add your yogurt. Next up one cup of flour plus baking powder then milk, then the remaining flour. Scrape the sides and get it all mixed together.Dump your small bowl of loopiness into the batter and mix with a large wooden spoon.Dollop the batter into your twelve muffin cups. You can fill these to the top as they do not rise too much and should not spill over. Place in preheated oven for thirty minutes and remove to cool.Once cool you can enjoy them as they are or whip up a batch of whipped cream "frosting" then top with more cereal. Whatever you choose, it's all quite tasty! These cakes cook to a nice crunchy top with a slightly sweetened cake inside, while the cereal adds a chewy texture. If your tots are not fans, omit the cereal for next time or try some other mix in. Using whipped cream for the frosting adds a bit of pretty and texture without breaking the sugar bank....as long as you only ad a small teaspoon of the sweet stuff. Enjoy!

Friday, March 12, 2010

another three part project

Just for fun!
I have no name for this project but it can take a while to complete so may be good to bust out when the "I'm bored" chant begins. It also makes for a fun collaborative project if your tots are all levels of ages and developments.

You will need:
One color of dark paint (tempera or acrylic)
White paint (tempera or acrylic)
Large sheet of heavy white paper
Paint friendly area
Markers (make sure yer kidlet is ready for these)

scrumdilly-do it!
Grab your sheet of paper and your dark color of paint and have your kidlet cover the entire sheet. You can use a couple of shades here and let yer kidlet mix them up but the idea is to create a solid background. Set aside to dry.Set out the white paint and have your kidlet paint an outline of a picture or shape or design on top of the painted background. Use a fat brush here, you will want the outline to be at least and inch thick. Set aside to dry.Bust out the happy markers and have your wee one doodle, design and draw all along the white paint. Use one color family or mix it up. Try using just black. The idea is to have fun, practice patience and let yer imagination loose. Try it with outlines of large shapes or maybe a silly face. Let your wee one come up with the next step. It's all about the process here.*crayola or kid friendly markers will work on the white paint but their colors will be muted. If your tots are older or you're totally chill about the permanent kind, go ahead and bust those out as they add more pop to the project.

four projects for st. patrick's day!

from the wayback machine...

Rainbow Rice Salad
Hearts to Shamrocks
Shaving Cream Fun
Savory Potato Muffins

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Little Leftover Love for Lunch

Zaza loved, loved, loved making those sticky-sweet, pinky-pink Sugar Buns.

Both with jessica, and later with three other little girls.

That last time we got a bit carried away making the sweet, pink, cream cheese -- it looked so pretty in the bowl, and was so much fun to stirrrrrrrrr -- and ended up with a surplus.

I popped the leftover sweetened cream cheese into an airtight container, and finally thought to use it this morning when I was running late with lunch-prep and low on sandwich supplies.

Note: the dark bits in the photos of the cream cheese are heart-shaped candy sprinkles (mixed in by Zaza during the bun-making session).

Scrumdilly-do it!

Pop two (multigrain, blueberry, gluten-free -- if you're pretending to be healthy with this) toaster waffles into the toaster. Remove from toaster, and let cool.

Spread cream cheese on one waffle.

Spread fruit preserves on other waffle...bananas would work too.

Let kidlets lick the spoon and spreader.

Place cream cheese waffle on top of jam waffle, cheese-to-jam, sandwich-style.

Wrap in silver foil or a cloth napkin, and place in lunch box.

No toaster waffles? Try Frozen french toast. (Or home-made French toast!) Or cinnamon-raisin bread. Or even plain old wheat toast.*

*Plain-old-toast must be cut into heart shapes to make up for plain-ness of bread choice.