I know that’s a bold statement. I am no great Friend of the Kitchen, let me tell you, yet I still find time to make these cookies every December, year after year. Since I was in elementary school in fact…I think they were in a class cookbook or something. Mr Rae calls these his Kryptonite. And he doesn’t even really like sweets that much. My kids love them. I eat them five at a time (see picture below).
These are no-bake so they take almost no time, and they are seriously delicious. Something about the combination of white chocolate and peanut butter, and then the crispy rice krispies, mini marshmallows, and peanuts inside. Ground Control to Major Yum. You can use a microwave to melt…
She was a rainbow cloud (see earlier discussion here). I told her she could have a very big piece of candy if she wore it.
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Here’s a pinnable version of the costume if you’re interested (someone asked, so I figured it was easy enough to put up a new head-less pic for Pinterest purposes):
By the way, that’s a chopped up hula-hoop inside, to hold the curve in place.
I don’t have much to show for myself this Halloween because the “rainbow-cloud” costume that Clementine demanded this year (and that I worked for hours on one night, you can find pics here on my Instagram feed, scroll down) was a complete bust as she could not move her arms around and screams bloody murder whenever I put it on her. I re-tooled it a little bit and it’s better…but I still give it a 50% chance of happening tonight when we go around to the nearest five houses to trick-or-treat. Last night she told me she wanted to be Spiderman. Which is totally fine because that would make three years in a row that the $20 polyester Spiderman costume from Meijer gets…
I managed to get the buttons and button loops sewn onto the holiday dress I made for Clementine, just in time for Christmas. You may remember that this one was part of the List O’Despair.
She rocked it of course.
The rainbow Baby Legs helped.
I did NOT get a matching one for Elliot finished as I had hoped. Nope-nope. But he had a nice blue dress shirt that matched his new accordion nicely (although he insists on calling it a “RE-cordion”), so now I can use the extra red material for something else festive next year!
This was SUCH a fun year for opening Christmas presents. Both kids “got it” and were excited about absolutely everything, even the small stuff. I’m so…
I’m a procrastinator. It’s part laziness, part space-cadet-ness. I wish I could get extra points for an Energetic Response when I realize something should have been done 15 minutes ago, but for some reason that never happens. We moved twice this year, and last spring when my mom started calling a month before we were supposed to load up the truck to ask if I had started packing any boxes yet, I just laughed. “Mom,” I told her, “I always do this. It will get done, just all at the last minute.” Why on earth would I be packing boxes? (and surely she could still remember my senior year of high school, and the violin concerto I began practicing at home just days before I…
Around here I am always looking for fun things to do with Elliot while Clementine naps. Once in a blue moon he’ll fall asleep during his “quiet time” but usually he pops up after about 10 minutes of reading books by himself or puttering around in the living room — they share a bedroom so he takes his quiet time on the couch downstairs — and wants to be entertained. And I’m like “seriously you are done ALREADY?” but I keep my mouth shut and then try to remember how much I will miss him when he moves out of the house.
My children are very different; Clementine will play by herself, alone, unprompted, for long beautiful periods of time. Elliot is a more…
Here is a no-sew craft that I made a couple years ago that gets pulled out year after year at our house:
It’s made of paper, but with careful storage it’s been up for Christmas four years in a row now. I made this garland with some origami paper (that’s where all the fun prints come from), an exacto knife and mat, and a couple yards of green grosgrain ribbon. Here’s a step-by-step if you’d like to make one.
1. Download the letters from Martha (that MARTHA! so. amazing.) by clicking on the “ABC Letters Template” in this article.
2. Trace the letters you want onto colored paper, wrapping paper,…
|Yes, those are Elliot’s training pants. I’d like to say they’re clean but…yeah.|
When the going gets rough, you know it’s time for an easy craft. Cue: felt. And if there’s anything my elementary school education prepared me for, it’s cutting out hearts (and I know that may sound suspect coming from a high school teacher, but I don’t mean that as a diss). It’s downright therapeutic. Just fold the felt and go to town with the scissors, machine sew them together in one long string, and voila, heart garland!
Construction hint: I thought it would be easier to go pointed side first, but turns out I was wrong. The presser foot does better with the top side of…
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