Some Christmas Making, Baking, and Experimenting


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We’ve been in Christmas prep mode, in a low-key relaxed sort of way. Crafting. Baking. Celebrating with friends. Experimenting.

I thought I’d share a few pics of what we’ve been up to…

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Maia and Daphne each made modern, ranch-style gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and plenty of candy.

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We finally gave borax snowflakes a try, and love how they look. We’ve since made them in other shapes as well —stick figures, hearts, stars, 3-D ornaments, etc.

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The kids and I made a holiday card wreath together a couple weeks ago using this photo tutorial found via pinterest. (I glued the clothespins to the cardboard wreath shape; the kids painted it.) I love how it looks and works and wish I had done something like this years ago.

Daphne’s working on her Advent Calendar to Color in the above photo. She and Maia each have their own and have been opening flaps and coloring/decorating the images all month long.

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Here’s what the advent calendar looks like when folded up and closed. It’s nice and sturdy. I’m not usually a fan of coloring books, but my kids have really enjoyed this. (Perhaps it’ll be available again next year; I bought ours from Stubby Pencil.)

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We made some painted paper houses with friends (inspired by all the paper and cardboard houses around the web these days)…

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…and the houses have since migrated from the lighted “mantel” and have been in play as mouse houses, tiny doll houses, etc.

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Christmas cookies and treats have been made, gifted, eaten, eaten, eaten, etc. The girls’ favorite was this super-easy rollo-ritz sandwich cookie.

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It also seems to be everyone’s favorite so far from those we’ve given treat plates. All you need are ritz crackers and rollos and about 5 minutes time (good to know for any last-minute gift making…)! Obviously not healthy, but the perfect combination of crunchy/salty and chocolate-y/sweet.

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And, amidst all the decorating and baking, Maia demonstrated a simple science experiment she learned at school.

If you drop M&Ms in water (warm water is best I think), and wait just a bit…

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…the “M”s float off!

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…and you can pick it up! Maia and Daphne loved doing this!

Anyhoo… That’s what we’ve been up to lately. We are planning a nice quiet Christmas at home, and since there is no snow, we will probably be making our own.

How about you?

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  • Lori N
    December 24, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Have plenty of borax, so we will definitely be making some snowflakes. I don’t have any M&Ms, but I know I will have to get some now. How fun!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Yay! Did you try the snowflakes?