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- Heart-shaped baking tin
- Plastic bowl or container that is wider than your baking tin and about 2″ deep.
- One cup sand
- One-half cup water
- Candle wick
- Small metal washer
- Candle dyes or crayons for color
- Candle scent (optional)
- Double boiler (Note: You can melt wax in the microwave or in a tin can in a shallow pan of water over low heat. Add color and scent after wax is melted.)
Fill bowl with sand and water. Press bottom of heart tin into wet sand. Pull out leaving a heart shape. If the sides fall in, press tin in again and add some more water to sand. Tie wick to washer and place in center of the sand-shaped heart. Tie other end of wick onto a pencil and set on top of container. Make sure wick is taut. Pour melted wax into the heart-shaped hole in the sand. Position wick so it is in the center. Let wax harden and cool, about 45 minutes. Carefully lift heart candle from container and place on newspapers. Trim wick with scissors.
As ubiquitous as they may seem to some in their quaint, kitschy way, who can’t resist homemade cookies? And if you can make the planning and preparation that much easier, you’ve got the perfect gift. Here are some suggestions for those layered cookies in a jar you can pass out to all your friends, relatives and kid’s teachers. Put all ingredients in a Mason jar decorated with some nice fabric, ribbon and a tag with recipe and baking instructions.
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- Construction paper or copy paper
- Markers, crayons or gel pens
- Optional: Stickers or other decorations
Take a regular-sized piece of paper and place it vertically flat in front of you. Turn one corner down to line up with the opposite side of the paper. Tear or cut off the excess. You now have a perfect square. Fold one corner to the opposite corner to form a triangle. Fold again to form an even smaller triangle. Open up the paper. Take each corner and fold it into the center point so that when you are finished all four corners folded make another square. Flip entire piece over and repeat the previous procedure. You should see eight small triangles. Number each of these. Flip up the flaps and write romantic messages underneath. When you flip it over you will have four squares that act as “pockets” for your thumb and index fingers. Number these too. Place your fingers inside and start playing. Have your child hold the Cootie Catcher and ask her Valentine to pick a number. She then opens and closes the Cootie Catcher that many times. The Valentine child then picks an inside number and when you lift up that flap you will find your special Valentine message.
Using an apple corer, make a straight hole about halfway through the middle of the apple or gourd. Remove the core piece. The candle should fit snuggly inside. If it doesn’t, wrap the bottom of the candle with waxed paper. Repeat for as many apples and gourds as you would like. Place several candle holders on a plate or serving tray covered with aluminum foil. Decorate with leaves, pine cones etc.
Instead of using the store bought variety of Easter Egg dyes, which are usually just food coloring mixed with vinegar, here are some suggestions for all natural ingredients that work just as well.
- Brown–outer layers of an onion, coffee or tea
- Green– spinach or dandelion leaves
- Orange– ground turmeric, celery seed and or orange peels
- Blue– crushed blueberries
- Red– crushed cranberries or raspberries
- Pink– chopped rhubarb or beet juice
Place eggs in sauce pan with enough water to cover them, add your “dye” and 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Cook your eggs and color them at the same time. How efficient!
This past weekend, my girls and made our favorite spring time treat: “bird nests.” Over the years we’ve come up with different variations and since we couldn’t decide which one we liked best, we made all three.
Bird nest #1
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- Jelly beans
Melt chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir in the coconut. Cover a cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Drop by large clumps, a heaping tablespoon, onto the cookie sheet and shape into nests. While the mixture is still warm, use your thumb or the back of a spoon to poke a small impression. Then fill it with jelly bean “eggs.”
Birds nest #2
Same as above, but instead of using coconut, mix in 1 cup of chow mein noodles.
Birds nest #3
- 20 marshmallows
- 2 T of butter
- 1 T light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
- 3 cups toasted oat and nut cluster cereal
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- Jelly beans, Peanut M & M’s, (in pastel colors) or Whoppers Robin Eggs
Melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Fold in cereal and coconut. Drop by clumps onto waxed paper lined cookie sheets. Fashion into the shape of nests and add the “egg” of your choice. Another variation of this recipe is to add equal parts cereal and chow mein noodles for more crunch.
This is a family recipe. My mother baked this cake every fall. Add a little extra apples for a moister cake.
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of oil
- 2 1/2 tsp. of vanilla
- 3 cups of flour
- 3 tsp. of baking powder
- 1 tsp of salt
- juice of one orange or 3/4 cups of OJ
- 4 large apples
- 3 T of sugar
- 2 tsp. of cinnamon
Peel and chop the apples and sprinkle with the cinnamon and 3 T of sugar. Beat the eggs and add the 2 cups sugar and oil, juice of orange and vanilla. Sift flour in separate bowl and add to the eggs and sugar mixture. Put half of the batter in pan, half of the apples and then rest of batter and top with remaining apples. Grease and flour pan and bake 1 1/4 hours at 350 or until done.
You will need:
Autumn leaves, preferably just picked from the tree
Colored pencils or crayons
Start by taking a sheet of paper and folding it in half width-wise. Place a leaf, vein side up, inside the folded sheet. Use the colored pencils or crayons to gently rub over the leaf so that the leaf becomes visible on the top of the paper. Use a variety of colors to create a multicolored effect. Remove the leaf and repeat with other leaves and colors. Mail to a friend or relative. Smaller versions can be used as place cards.
You will need:
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 bag (10 oz) mini marshmallows
Yellow food coloring
8 cups combined peanut butter and chocolate puffed corn cereal
1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces like peanut or plain M & M’s.
10 lollipop sticks
Tan and green raffia
Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside. Melt butter or margarine in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth. Tint with food coloring until you reach desired color. Add cereal and 1/2 cup chocolate pieces. Stir to evenly coated. Remove from heat.
Spray hands with oil and quickly divide mixture into 10 oblong pieces. Push lollipop sticks halfway into each oblong piece and shape to look like an ear of corn. Place on cookie sheet covered with waxed paper and press remaining 1/2 cup chocolate pieces into each “ear”. Let treats set. Tie or tape raffia to lollipop sticks to resemble corn husks.
1 pint cranberry juice cocktail
1 quart apple juice
1 cup water
6 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Mix all the ingredients together in a large saucepan. Let simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Strain and serve.