Sparkler Cookies!

We first tried out this cookie recipe last year and it has been a family favorite ever since.   I love that you can easily adapt it to whatever the current holiday colors are and have a quick festive treat.  It is also a terrific recipe to have the munchkins help with!  (However I should note that this does tend to mean less pictures are taken.  When I went to grab the picts. from last years batch I found we were missing several.  :(  I hoped to make a new batch and grab them but . . . no go so maybe I will add them later)

I found this recipe HERE at Mom on Time Out

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Sparkler Cookies 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract (could use almond instead but we haven’t tried it)
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • colored sugar

Directions

  1. Cream butter and sugar together
  2. Add egg & 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract and mix until well combined
  3. Stir in flour, mixing until fully incorporated.

  4. Divide dough in half
  5. cover cutting board with plastic wrap and press out 1/2 of dough into an 8×8 square
  6. Sprinkle the sugars onto the dough (rows, patches, whatever floats your boat)
  7. Use the plastic wrap to lift and roll up dough (like sushi)
  8. Repeat with 2nd half of dough
  9. Refrigerate dough rolls for 1-2 hours until nice and firm.
  10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  11. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  12. Remove plastic wrap from rolls and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  13. Place slices about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet
  14. Bake 6-8 minutes or until the edges just turn golden. (We actually prefer ours with just a hint of gold starting so they stay a little softer)
  15. Let cool for 1-2 minutes before removing to wire rack

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4th of July Rice Krispies

3 Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

In our neck of the woods we are busy making plans for the 4th of July!  Family, fireworks, BBQ’s and FUN!

Today I am sharing a quick dessert idea we made last year.  It was festive, fun and a crowd pleaser!

Red, White and Blue Rice Krispie Treats

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To create you make 3 batches of Rice Krispie treats.  The first layer you want to die blue with food coloring (warning it does take quite a bit!  I used my gel food colorings).

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Smoosh it down into a 9×13 pan. Next is white I simply made up this layer just like normal and then smooched it on top of the blue layer.  Last but not least came the red.  Again (Lots of food coloring pink just won’t do!)  Squish it on top of the other two layers.  Let cool and voila a fun festive treat!

 

Rice Krispie Treat Recipe (from the cereal box)

  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 4 cups Jet puffed marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

Directions

  1. Melt butter in large saucepan
  2. Add marshmallows and stir to coat with butter.  Keep stirring until mixture is completely melted
  3. Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispie’s until evenly coated
  4.  Using a buttered spatula pour mixture into a 9×13 sized pan coated with cooking spray.
  5. Let cool then cut and serve

Come back Thursday for another fun festive treat.  Firework cookies!

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End of year Teacher thank you!

Last week was Thumper’s last day of school this year.  Naturally I waited until the last possible moment to come up with a small thank you gift for his teachers.  In case anyone is in the same boat I thought I would share our quick and easy idea here.

We quickly made up a batch of caramel popcorn.  Picked a cello bag to put it in and attached a cheesy note:

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Here is the note : (Fingers crossed I did this large enough you click on the picture and print your own if you want!)

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Thanks for taking the time to check in!  Have a wonderful day!

 

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Dancing Raisins

Ready for a fun little science project?  This is quick and easy and sure to entertain for a little while :)

Supplies:dancingrasins

  • Small box of raisins
  • 1 can of soda pop (Clear is easiest to see the raisins in)
  • clear glass

How to:

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  2. Add Raisinsdancingrasins3
  3. Watch them Dance!dancingrasins4

Keeping it real disclaimer:  We may or may not have kept our raisins in the cupboard for a year resulting in them being SUPER hard.  As a hypothesis to see if the shape of the glass makes a difference we transferred everything to a different cup.

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It did appear to work better.   Further testing will need to be conducted to see if fresher raisins will yield more dancing.  Look for a follow up coming in the SUMMER for Science 2015!

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Family Service Day

Today I thought I would pop in quick and show off a few of the things I was working on last week when nothing new appeared.  (My computer time went to working on a project for my mom)  She is in charge of a BIG family service project where several churches in her area get together and go out and serve the community.   I was asked to edit a few of their posters for this years event.

I should note I did not create the originals I simply worked on resizing, editing text and swapping out pictures to keep the posters up to date.  Here is a small sample of some of what I did:

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Boot Cuff’s

The universe cooperated we had SNOW

AND

I finally finished another Christmas project

(remember we are going with better late than NEVER) ;)

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Purplicous was SO excited to put her new boot cuff’s to good use.  (Me too!)

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To create them I used a free crochet pattern found at Loops of Lavender the pattern was super easy to read and work up!  When I first found the pattern I fell in love with the little bow in the back and knew a little girl who would love it too!

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Happy Birthday

TODAY is a pretty BIG birthday for this guy

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(the older wiser one not the munchkin) my dad. I thought I would post a little shout out to him.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!

(not that he’s likely to see this unless mom let’s him know) :)

I happen to think he is a pretty amazing Dad and Grandpa! He is always so good at getting down and playing with the kids, teaching them things and checking in to see how life is going for them (and me to).  He is an extremely hard worker too and I really would be lost without his excellent example in my life.

Over the weekend my siblings put together a party to celebrate this momentous event. Our assignment ended up being a T-shirt.  Here is what the final product looked like:

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I don’t have a picture but one of my siblings created a VERY long board to fit all the candles needed.  The best part of the night was when Dad went to blow them all out he surprised everyone by having a can of air in his hands to help him out :)

Thanks checking in this week!  The munchkins are off for Spring Break this week so I am going to take the rest of the week off.   I will be back Tuesday with something new.  Hope you have a wonderful week!

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