A Little Summer Crafting

We’re getting close to the end of the school year in the US, so today I’ve got some fun crafts and creative ideas for you and the kids to do this summer on days that are too warm to be outside (including one you make indoors and use outdoors).

Lots of rock crafts

Matchbox guitar (includes a video)

Clothespin pinwheel

Sponge ball

Bubble wands

Origami finger puppets

Sun print cards

Stickers from scratch

Sea creature cardboard creations

Popsicle painting

No-sew tutu

Upcycled plant markers

Decorative paper clips

Craft stick airplanes

Friendship bracelets

Salt art

Butterfly wall art (video)

Fringe musical anklet

Flying fish

Paper flowers

What are you planning to try crafting and creating this summer?

Happy Hanukkah

Today we’re taking a look at Hanukkah related food and fun.

Food:

Hanukkah jelly doughnuts

Sweet potato latkes

Parsnip latkes

Basic potato latkes

Rugalach

Homemade gelt

Beef brisket with dried fruit

Spice and honey roasted carrots

Roast vegetable tsimmes with apricots

Classic challah

Harvest apple challah

Whole wheat challah

Cinnamon apple raisin challah

Honey challah with flax

Roast chicken with wild rice dressing

Horseradish crusted brisket with carrots

Gluten free potato latkes

Fun:

Lighted Star of David

Star of David frosted mirror coasters

Star of David card

Craft stick menorah

Glitter menorah card

Plush Dreidel

Menorah in the mail

Hanukkah candle display (video)

Layered star Hanukkah card

Dreidel gift box

Wood menorah

Noah’s ark menorah

Spinning treasures

Paper dreidel garland

How are you celebrating Hanukkah?

12 Days of Christmas, Day 12

Can you believe that today is the day before Christmas?  Me either! Let the celebrations begin!

Food:

Breakfast: Apple almond cinnamon strata

Snack/Appetizer: Herb and goat cheese stuffed mushrooms

Dinner: Shrimp risotto

Dessert: Red velvet holiday trifle

Cookie: Christmas peanut butter blossoms

Gluten Free: Turtle brownies

Food Gift: Nutty squash dog treats

Drink: Holiday punch

Fun:

Santa: “We believe” Santa clothesline decoration

Trees/Wreath: Wood pallet and ornament ball tree

Angels: Paper fan angel

Cards: Reindeers in the dark card

Ornaments: Toothpick star

Lights: Christmas town candle and jar

Misc Decor: Clay Christmas lanterns

Games: Christmas tic-tac-toe

12 Days Inspired: Drum ornament

12 Days of Christmas, Day 11

Only one more day in our countdown and tomorrow is Christmas Eve!

Food:

Breakfast: Caramel crunch rolls

Snack/Appetizer: Dilled onion cheese balls

Dinner: Fettuccine with lobster, tomato and saffron

Dessert: Chocolate cheesecake candy cane bars

Cookie: Cinnamon sugar roll cookies

Gluten Free: Cherry and chocolate cheesecake

Food Gift: Individual brownie cheesecakes

Drink: Holiday punch

Fun:

Santa: Santa napkin rings

Trees/Wreath: Semi-circular paper tree

Angels: Angel bells

Cards: Christmas tree card

Ornaments: Gorgeous and creative salt dough ornaments example one, two

Lights: Illuminated grapevine spheres

Misc Decor: Mistletoe pomander

Games: Holiday family feud

12 Days Inspired: Shelf sitting pipers piping

12 Days of Christmas, Day 10

Only a few more sleeps before Christmas Day, do you feel the excitement in the air yet?

Food:

Breakfast: French chocolate coffee cake

Snack/Appetizer: Farro and pine nut tabbouleh

Dinner: Mushroom stuffed pork tenderloin

Dessert: Cornmeal wreaths

Cookie: Holiday spice cookies

Gluten Free: Turkey risotto

Food Gift: BBQ sauce and rub

Drink: White hot chocolate

Fun:

Santa: Santa box

Trees/Wreath: Mini ornament wreaths

Angels: Fabric angel

Cards: Stitched tree card

Ornaments: Bird seed ornaments

Lights: Lit cardboard Christmas tree

Misc Decor: Clothespin reindeer

Games: Dunk the bells

12 Days Inspired: 10 lords a leaping cookie project

12 Days of Christmas, Day 8

Christmas celebrations and story telling make me think of traditions.  Are you one who likes snow on Christmas or can you do without?

Food:

Breakfast: Applesauce doughnuts

Snack/Appetizer: Cheesy mashed potato pots

Dinner: Crab and spinach pasta with fontina

Dessert: Citrus squares

Cookie: Cinnamon stars

Gluten Free: Chocolate souffle

Food Gift: Salted beer caramel corn

Drink: Spiced cappuccino

Fun:

Santa: Simple paper DIY Santa

Trees/Wreath: Paper scraps Christmas tree

Angels: Burlap angel

Cards: Reindeer cards

Ornaments:  Mirrored mosaic balls

Lights: Lighted advent calendar

Misc Decor: Magnet ornaments

Games: Silver bells memory game

12 Days Inspired: Reindeer milk bottles

12 Days of Christmas, Day 9

We’re getting closer to Christmas Day, are your stockings all hung?

Food:

Breakfast: Marscapone stuffed french toast with salted caramel banana sauce

Snack/Appetizer: Pepper and basil tortellini soup

Dinner: Maple glazed turkey

Dessert: Pistachio bon bons

Cookie: White chocolate cranberry cookies

Gluten Free: Curried vegetable pie

Food Gift: Maple caramel sauce

Drink: Spiced holiday tea

Fun:

Santa: Origami Santa

Trees/Wreath: Upholstered trees

Angels: Christmas angel ornament

Cards: Copy cat cards

Ornaments: Reindeer thumbprint ornament

Lights: Candy Christmas lights

Misc Decor: Christmas words pillows

Games: Christmas scattegories

12 Days Inspired: Dancing lady ornaments