We packed a whole lot of Valentine fun into one morning. First we made the Valentine boxes and Valentin then moved on to "jewelry."
The girls strung their own beaded bracelets onto elastic thread. Fancy!
Then they rolled out sculpey (polymer clay...also made by Fimo and Premo!). Using tiny cookie cutters they each made two hearts and an O and a T!
A little "eye" screw (from the hardware store) was inserted
in the top of each little piece.
The pendants were done after a short time in the oven...
...and as soon as they were cool enough to handle were put on a ribbon
and went immediately around their necks.
All that crafting makes you work up an appetite. And Miss T knows there's
no shortage of peanut butter or cream cheese in Martha's house.
There was Regular AND Strawberry cream cheese! And the girls did the "cooking."
On a Valentinesey day your sandwiches must be cut into hearts.
They taste even better that way!
Lunch was followed with dessert and home made cookies are the only way to go...
Valentine boxed, bejeweled and bellies full...my favorite little ladies departed. Hopefully feeling extra loved! XO
Do you have a Valentine Box? It's a special place to collect your Valentines as they come in the mail from your friends and admirers.
Valentine Boxes are easy and fun to make!
1. Cover shoe boxes with pretty wrapping paper or tissue paper.
2. Cut a hole in the top, so you can slide in your love letters!
3. Decorate with stickers and ribbons.
4. Fill with Valentine LOVE!
I invited my two favorite 3 year old Pantry Kids over to make their own Valentine Boxes!
The girls went for the shiny stickers first!
The sparklier the better when you are three!
Miss O went for a pattern, while Miss T went for full sticker coverage!
Boxes done? Start putting in Valentine letters and love notes....peek and see if it's filling up!
Open on Valentine's Day and play mailman passing the notes out to your family!
Click the below image for some fabulous Party bag ideas xoxo
Admire for a moment and eat very quickly...
We have a busy week ahead and the last thing we need is sugar-high kids!
Start a new trend. Go healthy. I promise you, every child will be asking for gingerbread sandwiches!
Pantry must haves
A loaf of whole wheat bread
Pantry Must haves
8 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
Pinch of salt
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
8-12 mini-drawf apples
Add a little heavy cream if your Caramel is too thick
Insert a lollipop or popsicle stick into the top of each apple so that it is firmly in place.
Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Mix in the dark brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil. Stir in the condensed milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248° F (firm ball stage.) Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and cream (if it's too thick)- I find the cream thins the mixture and makes it easier to apply (similar to melting chocolate)
Dip the apples one at a time into the caramel mixture, turning slowly to coat evenly, let it drip, you don't want the caramel to be thick and work fast. Transfer to a baking tray lined with wax paper (drip in nuts or sprinkles before setting) and allow the caramel to set at room temp.
Your Caramel apple POPs can be decorate with melted chocolate, chopped nuts, cookie crumbs or sprinkles
At our house we don't even eat turkey on Thanksgiving anymore! But we always have these cute little turkeys at every place. They usually have our place cards leaning up against their little apple bodies.
In our family it is always the children's job to help set the table...this is every day, not just holidays! But on special occasions their job is expanded to include the creation of place cards, or folding napkins in a fancy way or making these cute little turkeys!
All you need is as many apples as you have guests, a box of long tooth pics or skewers cut in half, a bag of large and small gum drops (for the tail feathers and feet) , a bag of large marshmallows (for the head), mini chocolate chips (for the eyes) and a little piece of licorice or a tube of piping icing to make the turkey's "snood" (yes that wobbly thing on their beaks has a name!)
Enjoy XO Martha