Category Archives: holidays

My Rangoli for 2013

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This is my rangoli for this year. It is again somewhat contemporary and different. I used chalk to make my outlines and then covered with the colored powders and added small detailing. For the diyas I did not use oil, instead I use battery operated tea lights.

Happy Diwali Everyone!

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How to make beautiful flowers from tissue paper

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I’m starting to plan for my daughter’s birthday party in a couple months. The theme had been chosen as Barbie Pegasus and colors are light pink, light blue and lavender.

We will be using streamers and I’ve decided to make some beautiful Tissue Paper Flowers too.

They are simple to make and look exquisite.

To make mine I bought 50 pages of light pink tissue paper in 15″x20″ size.

First I took 5 sheets and cut them in half so then I have 10 sheets measuring 10″x15″.

I stack them together neatly and then fold like an accordion fan. Make the folds about 1 inch. Next fold them in half and wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle and wrap it so it stays closed.

Then I cut the ends to rounded shapes.
Then I was able to begin slowly lifting each sheet to the middle and continuing with each sheet making the flower completely full.

You can experiment with cutting different shapes on the ends for other flowers you make as well.

I plan on making light blue and lavender flowers too. I may put some in vases and hang others with streamers.

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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 roast peanuts at home and make spiced or masala peanuts

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A very healthy snack which is inexpensive to make at home are roasted peanuts. You can make plain roasted peanuts, salted, sweet, sweet and salty, spicy, masala or garlic. You can also roast them in or out of the shell.

Home Roasted Peanuts

Ingredients:
Raw peanuts (of your choice and in or out of shell)
Baking sheet or tray
Aluminum foil (nonstick type works great)

Optional:
Salt
Garlic salt
Your choice of masalas (cumin, coriander are nice)

If sweet you can add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (if u have a roast setting use that)

Put foil on baking sheet and spread a single layer of peanuts.
Then add your chosen seasonings

Bake for 18-20 minutes for peanuts without the shell or 25-30 minutes in the shell

Let cool for about 10
Minutes before enjoying

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