Jun 9

So Snyder’s is sponsoring a Pretzel Coaster Build Off in which you can win a trip to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, PA. I’m not eligible for the contest because I live on the West Coast, but I thought it would be super fun to build a pretzel coaster.

It took me a few hours, a glue gun, and a few episodes of Veronica Mars Season 1 to build my coaster. I think my hours of Roller Coaster Tycoon came in handy a little as I worked on my coaster. I started with the loop because I thought it could be the most challenging part.

Here’s a little more progress. I mostly stuck to using the pretzel twists for curves and the Snaps for straight track.

And, the end result.

Since I’m not submitting it to the contest, I added cereal wheels to the little coaster cars.

I made a little place for pretzel people to get on the coaster, with a little covering and steps.

Here’s a better view of the loading area.

And the little coaster car going into the covered area.

Another view of the whole thing.

Some other super-crafters are making pretzel coasters too!

Feb 10

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After all the crafting I did for the holidays, I have been strangely un-inspired by Valentine’s day, even though it seems like it should be so inspiring! I have had a couple little projects in mind, but the day has almost come and gone, and no projects yet.

I did alter some Valentine’s day candy to make these cuties! They would be adorable as cupcake toppers! I love the extra pop the candy discs (Neccos) give to the conversation hearts.

To make:

Attach conversation hearts to Neccos with marshmallow creme! Use to adorn cupcakes or cookies!

Hope that sweetens up your day!

Jan 15

Over at Little Nummies (a fun food blog I contribute to), we’ve been working our way through the animal kingdom alphabetically with an emphasis on unusual animals. I had a lot of fun creating a snack and craft for the Ibex!

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An ibex is a type of mountain goat with huge horns!

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Download the PDF Instructions to make this Ibex Hat.

I was pretty excited when I thought of the Ibex hat idea. I think it’s cute, and it’s really simple!

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Put cheese on tortilla and fold in half. Microwave 30 seconds. Fold tortilla over again (so it’s in quarters).

Cut horns using a bowl as a template. Place bowl over tortilla and cut around it.

Cut remaining tortilla as shown below. Arrange on plate.

Place olive pieces for eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • About the Ibex:
  • A male ibex’s horns may reach three feet long!
  • Ibex is an herbivore (only eats vegetation).
  • Older males grow beards.

Other Ibex Resources:

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Jan 10

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E’s first birthday party was fun! The theme was panda in honor of this stuffed panda E got for Christmas and instantly fell in love with. The dress code was black and white, and party goers received stripey black and white scarves and panda badges to wear.

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I wanted to make most of the decorations and try to use what I had on hand, although there was a bit of dollar store component too (the stripey scarves were from the dollar store).

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My sister and I made the panda badges out of felt. We hot glued the features on, and used fabric paint for the white panda eyes.

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I made some black and white birthday pennant-style flags to hang up as decorations. All the fabric for these was already on hand (the gingham was from a reycled shirt, the white fabric was from old curtains). I sewed the pennants onto a candy garland I crocheted for holiday decorations.

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Since my two boys were the only kids attending the party, we made a simple game appropriate for a 2-1/2 and 1 year old to play: Pin the nose on the panda. I used recycled diaper tabs on the back of the noses to make them stick to the felt. Both boys enjoyed the game, but E played it multiple times. We didn’t bother with blindfolds since the boys are so young!

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I made panda cupcakes (actually not cake – no bake Oreo dessert).

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And panda rice balls. We also made homemade panda-shaped pizza, but I didn’t get a photo of that.

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There are some more non-crafty photos in the gallery:

Dec 8

When I was a kid, my parents made pancakes for us in the shape of our initials, or Mickey mouse. How about these fun holiday pancakes to bring cheer to your Christmas breakfast?

For Santa:

Make pancakes, then use one as face. Cut hat out of another pancake.

Cut a mini marshmallow in half for whites of eyes, and lay on pancake sticky side up. Affix the marshmallows to the pancake with a dab of syrup. Put brown mini M&Ms on marshmallows for pupils. Dab syrup and place red M&M for nose.

Cut mini marshmallow almost in half and spread out for mustache. Place craisin on pancake for lip, and put mustache over craisin.

Spread cream cheese around face for beard base. Place marshmallows on top of cream cheese (I tried this without the cream cheese, but it seemed like WAY too many marshmallows! Sugar overload!) You could also use whipped cream for his beard.

Spread jam on hat and place a row of marshmallows for brim of hat and pom-pom of hat.

For Rudolph:

Make pancakes, then use one as face (I chose one that was a little, ahem, overdone. It looked brown like a reindeer!) Cut antlers out of another pancake. You can either freehand-cut them, or use a cookie cutter. I used an oak leaf-shaped cookie cutter. You could use a flower cutter, and cut it in half, etc. Just use your imagination.

Cut a mini marshmallow in half for whites of eyes, and lay on pancake sticky side up. You can affix the marshmallows to the pancake with a dab of syrup if you want. Put brown mini M&Ms on marshmallows for pupils. Dab syrup on bottom of pancake and place red M&M for nose. Easy!

You could also substitute raisins and a craisin for the pupils and nose.

Nov 10

More pirate food! I love it!

  • Tortilla
  • Cheese
  • Bell Peppers
  • Olives
  • Pretzel Stick

Your little pirate will love to eat this easy quesadilla!

  1. Trim tortilla into a rectangle (use scissors – so easy!) and sprinkle with grated cheese.
  2. Make an X out of red pepper or tomato (or whatever colorful addition you choose).
  3. Cut palm leaves out of pieces of green pepper and use a pretzel stick for the tree trunk.
  4. Make “footsteps” with little bits of olive.
  5. Add whatever other map details you can think of.

Heat up in microwave, toaster oven, oven, or on hot skillet until cheese melts.

Arrrgh, there be a delicious snack!

If you liked this, check out my Pirate Ship Sandwich!

Nov 4

Shiver me timbers!! Thar be a sandwich!

You need:

  • Sandwich (2 pieces of bread)
  • Cream Cheese
  • Wheat Thins
  • Pretzel Stick
  • Chocolate Chip

Cut out a skull shape in the bottom right of a piece of bread. I used a small lid to make a circle, and then using a knife, I cut a small rectangle coming off the bottom of the circle.

Spread a Wheat Thin or other flat cracker with cream cheese and stick to the back of the bread, with the cream cheese showing through the front side of the bread. (I had to use 2 wheat thins to cover the area – it made it look like the skull had a jaw – perfect!).

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Make whatever sandwich you would like, placing the prepared piece of bread on top of the sandwich.

Cut diagonally. Place chocolate chip eyes on skull. Place pretzel sticks inside skull piece of sandwich, sticking out about half an inch at the bottom.

For the flag: Attach a pretzel stick to a triangular broken piece of cracker with cream cheese. You could also use a cut piece of fruit roll up for a flag.  Stick pretzel inside sandwich, sticking out at the top of the sail.

You might need to prop the sail up even more, depending on your bread. If so, use pretzel sticks to prop it up.

Arrgh! Even Davey Jones would enjoy this sandwich!

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Oct 25

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Oct 22

Perfect sandwich for the day after Halloween (Dia de los Muertos)!

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Mexican “Dia de los Muertos” Sugar Skull (Calavera) Sandwich

~ Bread ~ Peanut Butter & Jelly ~
~ Mini Marshmallows ~ Assorted Decorations ~

This sandwich works well with peanut butter & jelly because the jelly shows through the eyes and nose holes and looks cool and creepy, but feel free to substitute whatever kind of filling you want.

  • Spread fillings on bottom slice of bread, set aside.
  • Cut eyes and nose holes in top piece of bread (eyes: I used a bottle cap. nose: you could use a heart shaped cutter, but I used a skewer to poke holes in the shape I wanted and then pushed the piece out of the bread).
  • Cut teeth out with butter knife.

Decorate:

  • Use any little doodads in your kitchen to create decorative dots, flowers, and swirls. Google “sugar skulls” for tons of decoration inspiration!
  • I used craisins, pumpkin seeds, mini marshmallows cut in half, chocolate chips and a mini cookie.
  • Other good materials would be: candy, fruit snacks, licorice, etc.
  • Fill in the teeth with something to make them show up (I used pumpkin seeds turned sideways).
  • Garnish plate with marshmallow dots.
Oct 22

Did you know you can paint your toast? Yep, it’s true. I learned it here.

This is a great interactive snack idea to involve your kids in (even toddlers love to paint)! It’s also SUPER easy and quick to clean up.

To make the paint: mix a tablespoon of milk with food coloring to achieve desired shade. I poured milk in a little cup, squeezed food coloring onto a paint brush and mixed it right in that way, with the brush – sooo easy to make and clean up. If you’re concerned about your toddler spilling this milk paint, use yogurt or pudding as paint instead.

Cut out bread with cutter (or leave uncut and just paint slices of bread – would be fun for school lunch sandwich messages).

Paint bread with brush.

Toast in toaster.

I smeared cream cheese for Nemo’s stripes on this example.

Use this technique for making toasted cheese sandwiches, too!

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