Friday, April 24, 2015

Playdate Cookies!


Playdate Cookies are buttery and fabulous!  They are easy peasy to make and best of all the dough is egg free so it is completely safe to eat...awesome right?  No more worrying if a little bite was taken here and there and they remind me so much of those buttery cookies that come from a tin...do you remember those as a kid?  I used to LOVE those.  Make a batch of these to take along to your next play date...we chose stars and dinosaurs, but there are tons of fun sprinkles you can use to make them your own!

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar for sprinkling
  • Sprinkles, any kind you like!

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl with a electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy.  
  3. Add salt and flour slowly to the mixture and mix until incorporated with your hands until dough is smooth and uniform (see photo below):
  4. Put the tbsp of sprinkling sugar in a small bowl and roll dough into one inch balls.  Dip each dough ball in sugar and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Press each dough ball lightly to 1/2 inch thickness.
  6. Add sprinkles to the top of each cookie.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes or until light golden.

(Makes about 30 cookies)


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Friday, April 10, 2015

How to Make Pillows from Outgrown Clothing



With the seasons changing, there are probably lots of outgrown clothing hanging out in the closets at the moment.  While it is amazing to donate your used items to those who really need it, sometimes kids have trouble parting with that one super special shirt or dress.  Not to worry, just make a fun pillow from it!

Once you've gathered your materials, these sweet little throw pillows take only a bit of time to make and will easily be a favorite item to adorn the bed.  If your kids are curious about the sewing machine, this is a perfect first sewing project!


Here's what you'll need:
  • Outgrown shirts, dresses, skirts, etc.  Is it worn looking?  Awesome!  That makes it even more snuggly and soft.
  • Stuffing (fiber-fill, fabric scraps, yarn scraps, etc)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
Let's begin with a simple shirt, then we'll learn how to do a dress/skirt...



Begin by turning the garment inside out (step 2 in photo).  Sew along the bottom hem of the shirt (step 3 in photo), and along the bottom hem of each sleeve (step 4 in photo).  Turn the shirt right side out (step 5) and stuff the neck with stuffing (step 6 of photo).  Sew neck closed and you're finished!

How about a dress now?

For this dress, we just wanted to make a ruffle pillow, so I cut the top off the dress (we might do another pillow with this part later).  Turn inside out (step 2 in photo) and sew top closed (step 3 in photo).  Turn right side out.  Stuff with stuffing, then sew bottom closed too.  All finished...pretty!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

A Day At Snow Beach!


Do you still have snow where you live?  Even though it is officially spring, our landscape is still very much a winter wonderland.  No worries!  You can take the kids to the beach anyway...Snow Beach!


One of my dear friends gave me the idea to take the sand toys out in the snow and depending on what kind of snow you get (the wetter snow seems to stay together a little better), the toys are just as much fun as they are in the sun and sand!

You could go all out like we did and wear sunglasses, lay a towel out, and sit in a beach chair.  Or, just simply dump the sand things out in a pile and watch the creativity at work!


Have a fun day at Snow Beach everyone!


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