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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
Raw peanuts (of your choice and in or out of shell)
Baking sheet or tray
Aluminum foil (nonstick type works great)
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
I would like to share the recipe for some wonderfully scrumptious cookies today. I’ve made shortbread cookies with a black raspberry jam filling.
Makes about 30 cookies
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, sifted
1 cup (two sticks of butter or margarine, I used I can’t believe it’s not butter) at room temperature cut into small pieces
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 almond extract
1/2 to 1 cup of a seedless black raspberry jam
Powdered sugar for dusting
Beat the butter with an electric mixer until creamy, about 4 minutes then add in sugar, vanilla and almond extracts. Start adding the flour about a cup at a time and mixing until you’ve added all the flour. Shape together into a ball and place back into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the icebox for at least one hour until chilled. It will not roll out smoothly until this is done.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Once removed from the icebox, roll out onto a floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Use a whole cutter for the bottom of the two part cookies and then the same cutter again but make a tiny shape in the middle so when stacked with jam (after cooking) you can see the jam.
Bake in the oven for 14-16 minutes or until you see the edges just start to brown very lightly. Let cool and dust the cookie tops with powdered sugar. Next use about a 1/3 of a teaspoon of jam and place on the bottom piece of the cookie and put a top cookie on top.
They look wonderful and taste amazing!
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
We are having a Diwali Celebration at my daughter’s school and I decided to make a large diya with lights as a decoration.
I used a huge piece of cardboard (free from Costco) and drew the diya design, then I poked holes with a sharp pencil for each of the lights on a strand of lights to show through. I taped the lights on the back and colored in the diya with markers.
It came out cute and I will be displaying at the school and at home in the window for years to come.
Happy Diwali All!
Diwali is quickly approaching and while I wished I had the time to come up with a more elaborate or homemade gift for teachers at my daughter’s school, I have just put together something simple that can be enjoyed as a little taste of India for her teachers.
I have purchased for each teacher a lovely decorated diya in the shape of a flower, a battery operated tea light (why fumble with oil and wicks and the danger of fire if we don’t have to and especially when children are around?) also two packages of snacks, one biscuits (parle hide and seek) and Maska Chaska 50/50 crackers and lastly a fragrant soap (Mysore sandal soap.)
I thought this little grouping would be something that could be enjoyed. Hopefully they will like them.
I will try to wrap decoratively or use a small gift bag for each set.
Happy Diwali Everyone!