Monthly Archives: December 2012

Recipe for Low fat, Gourmet Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

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I wanted to share my recipe for the most amazing low fat, homemade macaroni and cheese. Both kids and adults eat every bite and ask for seconds and thirds!

Your choice of pastas (macaroni, shells, curly pasta work great)
Fat free milk
Smoked Gouda cheese (make certain there is no “rennet” in the cheese)
Margarine
Flour
Salt and pepper to taste

If you want to make enough to serve 3-4 people, use half a box of pasta, boil as per directions.

In separate pot, melt 4 tablespoons of margarine, when bubbly add 4 tablespoons of flour and mix until smooth. Next add 2 cups of fat free milk and stir while on high heat until boiling and it has thickened, lower heat to low. Shred Gouda cheese to make one cup and add little at a time to the sauce and stir until all is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Drain pasta and add sauce to pasta in pot and mix. Serve hot.

Enjoy!

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Christmas or Holiday Snowman design out of fruit and cheese platters for parties

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I wanted to have something cute and healthy for my daughter’s holiday party at school and so I made a snowman shape from pie plates and filled with apples, cheeses and grapes. I used food coloring to color the crackers for the face and buttons.

The kids loved it!

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Homemade gift boxes for fragile or breakable gifts or jewelry

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I wanted to showcase, protect and wrap the homemade Christmas ornaments to be given as gifts for my daughter’s teachers and so I came up with how to make a simple gift box at home.

I used a small medicine box and cut it in half, taped the sides together and used a small piece of wrapping paper to cover the bottom. I folded it so it covered the sides and taped each side to the inside bottom. Next I used a paper towel as the cushion for the inside and placed my ornament inside. Lastly I cut a small piece of cellophane to cover the top, taped in place on the back and put a to-from label over the tape to hide it.

The boxes turned out lovely and this would be simple to make for any number of gifts.

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Throwing snowballs game for kids party and fun

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I’m the coordinator for all of my daughter’s school parties for this year and wanted to make a fun game for the kids to play. Since we are in winter what better than a snowball fight themed game?

I used a large piece of cardboard brought home from BJ’s and drew on three characters who would look like they are both throwing and being hit by snowballs. I used paints, crayons and markers to color in the picture and cut out three large holes. The kids will throw ping pong balls as their own snowballs and try to aim for the holes.

I think it will be fun!
Happy Holidays everyone.

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments from Salt Dough, make great teachers gifts!

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We have made salt dough ornaments this year for Christmas Gifts for my daughter’s teachers and some for our own tree. They are simple and easy to make and turned out just beautiful!

Salt Dough Recipe:
Two parts flour. (For about 8-10 ornaments I used 1 cup)
One part salt (we used 1/2 cup)
One part water (we used 1/2 cup)

Mix together until completely combined and smooth.

For Ornaments:
Cookie cutters of your choice
Straw to make the hole for hanging
Paint, clear nail polish, glitter or any things you would like to use to embellish with
String or ribbon to hang with

Start by pre-heating your oven to 200 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment or nonstick paper. Roll out your dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to make shapes and use a straw to make the hanging hole in each one. Place shapes on cookie sheet and bake for 4 hours.

Let cool completely, and then decorate as you wish. We used what we had on hand which was, permanent markers, nail polish and clear coat nail polish for sealing. We also used ribbon for hanging and after making the bow I just stitched a couple of stitches in it to ensure the bow doesn’t come undone.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!

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How to make Monster High Or Barbie doll furniture, entertainment center

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Continuing on with making furniture for my daughter’s Monster High dolls, I’ve made an entertainment center with a tv. This looks really wonderful and is so fun and easy to make.

What is needed:
Small box for however big you would like the center to be (for 1:6 scale I used a plastic utensil box)
Wood patterned self stick shelf liner (found mine at the dollar store)
Black construction paper
Glue and tape
Pictures cut out from ads of a tv and electronics
Scrap cardboard
Scissors

I started by cutting my box in half and then gluing down the open flaps and taping the two box pieces together so I created the size I wanted.

Next I covered the the front side of the boy with a rectangle of black construction paper, and the other sides with the wood patterned shelf liner.

I made little strips of the shelf liner to replicate shelves on the front and glued in the little pictures of electronics.

Lastly I created the tv using the picture cut out and gluing to cardboard back and using another rectangle of black construction paper to cover it and made a stand from a triangle of cardboard and bending it.

My daughter loves this and I think it came out cute as well.

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Applying Initial(s) for Style, Fun and Identification

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The embroidery of initials is almost a lost art except for far and few between or by high end store catalogs like Pottery Barn, LL Bean and Disney Store for their machine embroidery.

I much prefer the creative touch I can provide by embroidering by hand. Really it is simple if you sew by hand you can purchase embroidery needles and floss or embroidery thread. Also search online for the photo of which letters you need and you can copy on paper and then recreate and even give your own spin.

I like for my daughter to have her initial on all her bags for school and sports. She loves it to for the design and being able to recognize her things instantly.

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