Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Shelley Miles
Christmas, December Activities, Recipes, Chanukah
DECEMBER 8 - National brownie day, First night of Chanukah
The Jewish holiday of Chanukah is known as the Festival of Lights. This holiday commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem, where a one-day supply of oil miraculously burned for eight nights. The menorah is used to symbolize this miracle. The ninth candle in the menorah is called the Shamash, or helper candle, and is used to light the ones surrounding it.
Make this easy Marshmallow Menorah
- 1 piece of card board, 11X14 in.
- 10 marshmallows
- Nine birthday candles Vanilla frosting
Any day in celebration of chocolate treats is a favorite of mine. Try these delicious dressed-up-for-the-holidays brownies from Betty Crocker. Christmas Brownies
- Spread frosting on one end on 9 of the marshmallows and stick them onto the cardboard, frosting side down.
- Spread frosting on one end of the 10th marshmallow and put it on top of the center marshmallow, so that it is stacked two high. This is the Shamash.
- Poke birthday candles into each marshmallow
- 1 box brownie mix
- 1 can prepared white icing
- Blue food dye
- Jewish star/dreidel baking decorations
- Hershey Kisses
- Thin pretzel sticks
- Large marshmallows
- Make a 9x13 pan of brownies following package directions. Cut into squares.
- Dye 1/2 of the icing blue. Let the children ice the brownies.
- Dye the sugar blue. Sprinkle the blue sugar and baking decorations on the icing.
- Place a Hershey Kiss on top of the icing, point side down. Put a dab of icing on top of the Hershey Kiss.
- Put the thin pretzel sticks through the large marshmallows. Place the marshmallows on top of the dab of icing
And, if you want to go blonde, try these Toll House Blonde Brownies
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Shelley Miles
September Holidays, Book List, Recipes, September Activities
SEPTEMBER 13 – Positive thinking day, Uncle Sam day, Fortune cookie day, Roald Dahl birthday
Today is the birthday of Roald Dahl, author of so many favorite children's books including
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
James and the Giant Peach
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Visit the official Official Roald Dahl Website to explore all the stories, play games, and learn more about his life.
So where do fortune cookies come from? Watch this video for the surprising answer.
Now that you know where fortune cookies come from, try this fortune cookie recipe at home.
One of the best gifts we can give our children is a positive outlook on life. Mastering new tasks can be as frustrating to a small child as it is for an adult. Teach your child to say “I think I can.” Read the classic story of “The Little Engine That Could” by Wattie Piper.
Did you ever wonder where Uncle Sam came from?According to Holiday Insights, "The officially recognized theory dates back to soldiers stationed near Troy, New York during the war of 1812. Barrels of meat they received were stamped "U.S." The supplier was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. Solders jokingly referred to him as "Uncle Sam". In 1813, the first image of "Uncle Sam" appeared. In 1961, the U.S. Congress issued a resolution recognizing "Uncle Sam" Wilson, and authorizing a monument in his hometown in Troy, NY. " Even though he was "born on the 4th of July," Happy Birthday Uncle Sam!
Friday, June 22, 2012 by Shelley Miles
Recipes, crafts, Etch-a Sketch, July Activities, Paper bag puppets, Pecan Pie
JULY 12 - Paper bag day, Different color eyes day, Pecan pie day, Etch-A-Sketch day
Today marks the anniversary of the day the paper bag manufacturing machine was patented. Take some brown paper sandwich bags. Using the folded down side as a mouth, have your child make a one of a kind puppet with stickers, markers, construction paper, paint, yarn and lots of imagination.
You can design your own, or use a template. Try one of these for inspiration:
Paper Bag Cow Puppet
In 1958 a French garage mechanic named Arthur Granjean developed a drawing toy he called the Magic Screen. In 1959 he exhibited it at a toy fair in Nuremberg, West Germany, where it was seen by the Ohio Art Company. The rights were purchased and Etch-A-Sketch was released in 1960. Since then, over 100 million have been sold. Children love this toy because it is easy to use and error-proof. Drawing helps promote fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination!
Visit the official Etch-A-Sketch website fun and games and a very cool gallery of Etch-A-Sketch art.
I love Pecan Pie. This is a delicious Pecan Pie Recipe I hope you enjoy it too!
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