Sixty minutes a day. That’s the minimum amount of physical activity recommended for children, ages 6 to17, by the Centers for Disease Control. Some kids meet that goal effortlessly. They can’t wait to walk the dog, belong to a team that practices every afternoon, or nag their parents to go on long hikes and bike rides. […]
It’s that time of year again when sweet treats abound, and celebrating Valentine’s Day seems to be all about eating chocolate. February is also American Heart Month, designated by the American Heart Association as the time to develop healthy habits for your heart health. Kids, of course, won’t be thinking about their heart health, and, […]
A deck of cards makes a small, inexpensive stocking stuffer for any kid. Since December 28th is National Card Playing Day, pop one into your child’s stocking and learn a few new games. It’s a great way for a family to have fun and keep up academic skills during the holiday break from school. When […]
• Clear contact paper • Tissue paper (red, yellow, orange, brown) • Scissors Cut two pieces of contact paper about 6×8 inches. Remove protective backing from one of the pieces and lay contact paper on the table, sticky side up. Tear tissue paper into pieces and place them onto the sticky side of contact paper. […]
1 14.3-oz. package regular Oreo cookies 6 Tbsp. butter, melted 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 Tbsp. cold milk 2 8-oz. tubs frozen whipped topping, thawed 2 3.9 oz. packages chocolate fudge instant pudding 3¼ cups cold milk 1 7-oz. Hershey bar Crush the entire package of Oreo cookies into […]
• Wooden letters of your choice (available at craft stores) • Scrapbook paper • Scissors • Paint • Mod Podge (glossy or matte) • Sponge brushes • Ribbon, embellishments • Hot glue gun Step 1: Choose wooden letters to make whichever word or name you like. Lay a sheet of scrapbook paper face down on […]
1 3-5 lb. whole chicken 4 medium potatoes, chopped 2 celery ribs, chopped 4 carrots, chopped 5 Tbsp. chicken base 1⁄8 tsp. parsley 1⁄8 tsp. garlic salt 1⁄2 tsp. thyme 1 pinch of oregano 1 ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper 10 oz. bag of egg noodles Begin by roasting the chicken with 2-3 cups […]
Red and black construction paper Scissors Glue White crayon Cut out a large red heart for the body, a medium-sized black heart for the head, and a few small black hearts for spots. Cut six small rectangular strips for legs, and two strips for antennae. Glue pieces together. Use the white crayon to draw a […]
Cinnamon Stick Tree Fabric scraps Cinnamon stick Scissors Small star (wood, craft foam, or sticker) Glue Cut several strips of fabric about eight inches long and ½ inch wide. Starting at one end of the cinnamon stick, knot a fabric strip around stick. Continue tying fabric around stick with all knots facing forward, leaving equal […]
Shimmering Icicles Construction paper Glue Tape Tray/cookie sheet Silver glitter Tape paper to tray. Squirt a thick line of glue across the top of the paper. Tip tray up to make glue run down paper. When your “icicles” are the length you want, put tray down and sprinkle the paper with glitter. Shake off extra […]
Apple Rosemary Pork Loin 2-lb pork loin ½ Tbsp olive oil 3 green onions, chopped ¾ cup apple, cored, peeled, and chopped 2 tsp minced garlic 1 Tbsp cider vinegar 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped Salt Pepper 1⁄3 cup chicken stock 3 Tbsp apple cider 1 tsp Dijon mustard Butcher’s twine Cooking spray Add oil […]
4 eggs 3⁄4 cup oil 1 cup water 8 ounces sour cream 1 box chocolate cake mix 1 small package instant chocolate pudding 1 cup chocolate chips Beat eggs lightly (by hand) in a large bowl. Add oil, water, and sour cream. Mix well. Stir in cake mix and pudding. When well combined, add the […]
16 cups of flour (we used a 5 lb. bag) 2 cups baby oil Large bin with lid Spoons, cups, or sand toys (ours are from the dollar store) Put flour and baby oil in bin and mix well with pastry cutter. Let the kids (and adults) play! Cover with lid for storage.
Apple Paint Construction paper Fork to use as a handle Sharp knife for an adult to cut the apple in half Have an adult cut an apple in half to expose the “star” inside. Stick a small fork in the apple to use as a handle for young children to make apple prints. Dip apple […]
Brown construction paper (for body) Scissors Crayons or markers Red, green, yellow, and orange construction paper (for feathers and feet) Pencil Glue Cut the turkey body from brown construction paper. Draw a face on the turkey. Cut 10 feathers from various colors of construction paper. Curl each paper feather around a pencil, then glue it […]
2½ to 3 lbs. ground beef 3 green onions Salt/pepper to taste ¾ cup ketchup ¼ cup mustard 1 Tbsp vinegar 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp brown sugar 28-oz. can Bush’s baked beans Brown ground beef and green onions in a large pot over medium heat. Drain. Salt and pepper generously, to taste. Add […]
Pumpkin seeds (we used a bag of store-bought roasted seeds) Food coloring White vinegar Needle Clear elastic cord (.5mm) Slotted spoon Cookie sheet Set out cups or small bowls to dye your seeds. Pour ¼ cup of water and 1 Tbsp vinegar into each bowl. Add several drops of food coloring to water and vinegar […]
Bangle Bracelet Ornament Bangle bracelet Ribbon Hot glue gun Bells Wrap bracelet in ribbon and secure with a dot of hot glue. Hang a small bell or jingle bells from bracelet with ribbon. Glue on ribbon bows. Tie a loop of ribbon or string around the bangle for hanging.
Decorative Candle Pillar candle, any size Map pins Push map pins into candle to create any shape or design you wish. Makes a great holiday gift!
Chunky Chocolate Treats 4 cups milk chocolate chips 1 cup raisins 3 cups any combination of chopped pretzel sticks and nuts (We used almonds and sunflower nuts.) 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips Melt milk chocolate chips in a double boiler or slowly, stirring regularly, in the microwave. Stir in pretzels, nuts and raisins. Pour and […]