What is better at a Superbowl party than a pizza with friends? Here is a delicious and simple dip that even the kiddos can make for the big game!
Ingredients: 1-8 oz. cream cheese,pizza sauce,Italian seasoning,pepperoni,Mozzarella cheese,and desired pizza toppings
First,spread cream cheese into sprayed dish.
Cover with pizza sauce.
Sprinkle sauce with Italian seasoning.
Layer pepperoni and other desired pizza toppings.
Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 350º for 30 minutes until lightly browned and heated through. A fun variation is dividing up the ingredients into small sized baking dishes and make individual dips for each guest at your party with their desired toppings! Serve with Italian or French bread,crescent rolls,tortilla chips,or (my favorite) Italian Flatbread Town House crackers. Enjoy the game!
Slippery,gooey,globby fun! My son LOVES anything that is gross and mushy! I thought this GAK recipe was going to be a huge pain and mess to make but it was actually quite simple and not-so-messy to create! Get ready for fun!!!
You will need: Elmer’s glue (4 oz bottle),Borax (powder found in the laundry aisle),food coloring,water
Put 1/2 cup water in a bowl. Pour in the whole bottle of glue and mix together.
Add food coloring to make your favorite colors and mix well again.
In a separate container (one with a spout for pouring is helpful) heat one cup of water. (I just microwaved it for a minute). Add 1 tbsp of the Borax,and mix well until it dissolves. Add an additional 1/2 teaspoon of Borax to the water and stir until dissolved again. Continue adding 1/2 tsp at a time until no more will dissolve. (I ended up adding 3 or 4 more 1/2 teaspoons).
Pour the Borax water into your glue mixture and stir well. It will immediately start to clump together.
Continue stirring until you have a glob in the center and liquid around it.
Carefully lift out the glob. It’ll be really slimy and sticky. Squish it in your hands until it solidifies more. It will lose some of its sliminess and hold its shape more. Pour out the excess liquid.
HAVE FUN!!! You and your children will discover all sorts of fun ways to stretch and play with your Gak! If you pull it slowly it’ll stretch out. If you pull it apart quickly,it’ll break. Set one glob on top of another and watch it “melt”together. Lots of fun!
Store your Gak in a covered container or plastic bag. It’ll last for a few weeks.
Cold weather outside needs an arctic themed snack for the kiddos! Let’s make an igloo complete with polar bears and icebergs!
You will need: peanut butter,apple,small marshmallows,and Teddy grahams
Cut apple in half and cut out the core. My kids also like the peeling trimmed off!
Place core side down and cover with peanut butter.
Closely place mini marshmallows on the peanut butter covered apple.
Use peanut butter to stick the Teddy Graham aka polar bears around the igloo.
Use larger marshmallows to decorate your arctic scene as icebergs! When you kiddos are done playing with your food,slice up the igloo for a delicious treat!
My kids love playing spies! They dress in dark clothes,get out the walkie talkies,wear their night vision goggles,and sneak around the house fighting the enemy. One day we came up with a way to have communication that the enemy could not detect: Secret Messages!
All you need: white paper (cardstock or a thicker paper that can be painted with watercolor paints),white crayon,watercolor paints,paintbrush,and water
First,write your message with the white crayon on the white paper.
Send your message to a friend. Use watercolor paints to color the paper and the message will be decoded like magic!
This would also be fun at a Valentine’s school party to send friends secret Valentines!
Boys love trains. There is something about the woo! woo! of the train whistle,the locomotive engine,and the wheels spinning down the track that fascinates the little guys!
My son was invited to a friend’s birthday party that was held at a location that had a mini train that circled a few buildings and even went through a tunnel! After the ride,we went inside and participated in the party that had creative decorations. Here are a few party ideas for your little engineer!
Each child received an engineer hat and a train lollipop as a party favor.
For the snack table,painted wooden craft boxes were the railroad cars that held delicious goodies. Choo Choo Chocolates,Donut Coals,and Pretzel Logs were yummy and looked like cargo that trains carry along the tracks!
Frosty the Snowman was a jolly,happy soul! Let’s make some yummy snowman cookies!
You will need:Nutter Butter cookies,white chocolate almond bark,mini chocolate chips,orange tic tacs,and red M &Ms
Dip the Nutter Butter cookies completely in melted white chocolate. Using a fork,remove from pan and shake off excess chocolate and place on wax paper.
After dipped cookie has set for a minute,place mini chocolate chips (eyes and mouth),tic tac (carrot nose),and M &Ms (buttons) onto the cookie. Let set until white chocolate is hardened.
Kids will love to make and eat these yummy Nutter Butters on those cold and snowy afternoons!
The heart of winter is such a tough time for a mom with toddlers. It’s too cold to play outside,hauling the kids in their winter wear to run errands is more draining than useful,and there are just now enough holidays for Daddy to have the day off. So what is there to do inside? Craft time and these Shaving Cream Snowmen are a fun project for toddlers and their older siblings!
All you need: Elmer’s glue,shaving cream,blue cardstock or construction paper,paintbrush,snowmen decor (not shown)
Mix about 1/3 cup glue in a throw-away container.
Add equal part shaving cream. We really did just eyeball it to make the glue and shaving cream ratio about even! Use paintbrush to mix thoroughly.
Use paintbrush to paint the shaving cream mixture onto the blue paper.
My daughter wanted to make a snowman so we made three circles. The mixture is fluffy.
Lay flat to add the snowman’s ribbon scarf and googly eyes. Since the snowman is made partly of glue,you will not need additional glue if the snowman eyes,scarf,and nose are added when wet.
A small broken orange crayon makes a perfect snowman’s nose.
Allow to lay flat overnight to completely dry. The mixture will be puffy! Hang the masterpiece on the refrigerator!
As a child,I looked forward to my birthday because Grandma and Grandpa would take us to any restaurant we wanted and most birthdays I chose Tippins. The best part of Tippins? Their humongous piece of cornbread with honey butter and their pies–any kind of pie you can think of,they had it! The meringue was as high as the ceiling,the whipped cream was smooth as silk,and the flavors were a taste of heaven! Chocolate Banana Cream Pie was my absolute favorite and here is a simple version that your family will just love!
Ingredients: one baked pie crust,chocolate chips,shortening,chocolate instant pudding,milk,bananas and Cool Whip
First,bake you favorite pie crust and cool completely. I like the Betty Crocker pie crust where you only have to add water and roll out. It tastes like pie crust that has been made from scratch!
Next,melt 1 cup chocolate chips and 2 T. shortening together in the microwave and mix well.
Spread into the bottom of the pie crust.
Slice bananas and layer on the chocolate mixture.
Mix two small boxes of chocolate pudding with milk according to pudding pie directions on the box. Pour on top of the bananas.
Top pie with Cool Whip.
Sprinkle with chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips as garnish. Chill until set.
Serve and enjoy this delicious pie!
We are so excited to introduce our winter collection to you!
Have a little pirate in your family? Why not try one of these cute pirate shirts?
Ready for Valentine’s Day? How about a Love Bug shirt?
And don’t forget about staying warm this winter! Elmo helps you stay warm in style!
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Are your kids bored with cabin fever this winter? Sun catchers look beautiful hanging in the window with the sunlight streaming through. Winter Sun Catchers is a fun twist on the traditional window decor that gets the kids involved and looks lovely hanging from your tree!
You will need: foil disposable pans (we used loaf pans so they would not be too heavy to hang on the branch),water,oranges,cranberries or red grapes,pine sprigs,and twine or heavy string
First,cut up an orange into slices and place in the loaf pans.
Next,add a couple of handfuls of cranberries.
Then,add pine sprigs.
Cut a long piece of string and drape the middle into the pan,leaving the ends hanging out of the pan.
Fill the pan three-fourths full of water,allowing the oranges,cranberries,and pine sprigs to float in the water.
Place in the freezer and freeze until solid. Make sure the ends of the string are still out of the pan!
When completely frozen,break pan away from the ice or run the bottom of the pan under warm water for a few seconds to loosen.
Tie loose ends of string around a tree branch and watch how beautiful the ice glistens in the sunlight!