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THANKSGIVING – #7

Posted on November 19, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Candy, Chocolate, Chocolate-Mint, Comfort Foods, Crochet Patterns, Dairy, Desserts, Fun, General Crafts, Kosher Recipe, Munchies, Party Ideas, Snacks, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Crafts, Thanksgiving Prayer, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


The First Thanksgiving

 

We Gather Together Hymn

 

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

 

-Adrianus Valerius
-Theodore Baker (translator)

 

Today’s post is for those who like to craft.  We have to relax somehow and get out of the kitchen, so why not try to relax and have fun making one of these projects.  Notice, I said ONE project.  We still have baking and cooking to do! I have included a crochet pattern for a cornucopia centerpiece, a cute crocheted turkey hot pad, the cutest turkey nut bowl which is on my “must try to make” list, a gorgeous serving platter and a centerpiece that will go perfectly with the table cloth and napkin place cards that you can find at https://atzimmes.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/thanksgiving-3/ .  I even found directions on how to make Pilgrim place cards for those of you who opt not to make the table cloth and napkin place cards.  At the end of the crafting ideas I am attaching an easy recipe for Bavarian Mints.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Thanksgiving Crocheted Cornucopia

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/26/2008 – 15:10

Thanksgiving Cornucopia with Indian Corn and squash

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I always get irritated when the stores seem to just pass it by. This year I am not going to let that happen, all this month I will be posting a different pattern every week so that you can make your very own cornucopia. We will make several different types of squash and a piece of Indian corn. Materials for the cornucopia: Size H hook, 7 inch metal craft ring, 4 oz of any shade of brown yarn & a marker

Row 1: ch 4, 7 dc in 4th ch from hook, join to form a ring Row 2: ch 3 (this does not count as 1st dc) fpdc(front post double crochet) around 1st dc and in remaing 6 dc, join to 1st fpdc. Row 3: ch 3 (this now counts as 1st dc) fpdc around 1st fpdc of previous row, *dc in top of next fpdc, fpdc in same stitch(increase made) repeat from * to * around , join. Row 4: ch 3, *fpdc in 1st fpdc, dc in next dc, around join. Row 5: ch 3, dc in same st, *fpdc around next fpdc, 2 dc in next dc * repeat from * to * around, join. Row 6: ch 3, dc in dc’s, fpdc in fpdc Row 7: ch 3, 2 dc in next dc,* fpdc in next fpdc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * to * around, join Row 8: ch 3, dc in dc’s fpdc in fpdc. Rows 9 – 22: Repeat rows 7 & 8 having one more dc between fpdc(you will be increasing a total of 7 stitches per row) until you have 10 dc between each fpdc. Row 23-24: repeat row 6 Row 25: Place 7 inch craft ring in front of your work (crochet is closes to your body) ch 1, * insert hook into next stitch and under ring, yo (this will go over the top of the ring) pull through stitch, yo pull through both loops on hook*, repeat from * to * all the way around ring, join, ring is now attached to your horn. Edging: ch 1 , *sc in same stitch, trc in next stitch * repeat from * to * around.

Indian Corn

I’m going to tell you how this whole idea came about, I was in Walmart and I happen to pass by the beads and there it was, one little package of #345 Americana Multipony beads. For some reason I suddenly thought those are the colors of Indian corn. Then I went to the yarn to pick up some yellow and there they all were the fall colors and the ideas just flooded my little head. I started out just with the idea of Indian corn and then the rest followed, ok now you know I am not a sane person but honestly this is how most of my ideas come to me at the spur of the moment. Indian Corn 1 package of #345 Americana Multi pony beads 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0220 Cornmeal Size H hook marker I picked out all the reds, oranges, and a few black beads, string them all onto your yarn before we begin, You should have 83 beads but as a safety measure I always string on 2 extra beads just incase. Do not join rounds, use a marker to mark beginning of each row. Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Row 1: 1 sc in each sc Row 2: 1 bsc (bead single crochet) in each sc Row 3: 2 bsc in each bsc, total of 6 bsc Row 4 – 14: 1 bsc in each bsc Row 15: *ch 30 sc in next sc repeat from * 5 more times, end off leaving a long tail. Wrap the long tail tightly as possible just above the last bsc row made (this gathers all the ch 30’s to look like the husk)

Striped squash

1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing size I double ended hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0391 Artichoke 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0313 Aran starting with artichoke, ch 17, skip 1st chain from hook, pull up a loop in next 16 ch, push all loops down to other side of hook turn. Attach white, remove loops on hook, put loops back on hook turn. Using artichoke remove loops, put loops back on. Continue until you have 17 rows of artichoke and 16 rows of aran. With aran, remove loops off of hook, stretch piece around styrofoam ball , using aran slip stitch to beginning artichoke row, end off aran leaving a long tail. Weave aran through top pull tight to close up end, finish off. End off artichoke leaving a long tail, weave artichoke through opposite end pull tight to close up finish off.

Bumpy Squash

I know that the names of the patterns are not that creative but they are original! 1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing Size I afghan hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0368 paddy green Size 10 thread white **1 strand of white size 10 thread and 1 strand of yarn are held together through out*** Row 1:ch 15, work Tunisian simple stitch, Row 2: Pull up next 2 stitches, *work bobble in next stitch as follows: (yo insert hook into next st, yo and draw loop through)3 times, yo and draw loop through 6 loops on hook, booble made. Pull up loop in next 3 stitches, repeat from * to end of row. Row 3: Remove loops Row 4: *work bobble in 1st stitch, pull up a loop in next 3 stitches, repeat from * to end of row. Repeat rows 2 to 4 , 5 times, then repeat row 2 & 3 once. Stretch around Styrofoam ball, sew last row to row 1. Thread a piece of yarn through one end, pull tight, finish off repeat for other end.

Pointy Squash

1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing Batting for stuffing Size H hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0368 paddy green 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0245 orange to mark beginning of each round, place marker in last sc of each round. With green, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Row 1: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc) Row 2: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (18 sc). Row 3: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (24 sc) Row 4: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (30 sc) Row 5: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (36 sc). Rows 6 – 8: work even, at end of row 8 attach orange. Row 9: ch 3 (count as 1st dc) dc in remaining 35 sc, join to top of 1st dc. Row 10: ch 3 , dc in next 4 dc, fpdc in next stitch, *dc in next 5 dc, fpdc in next stitch repeat from * around. Row 11: ch 3 , dc in next 2 dc, decrease one dc (yo pull up loop in next dc, yo pull through 2 loops on hook, yo pull up a loop in next dc, yo pull through 2 loops on hook, yo pull through 3 loops on hook) fpdc in next fpdc stitch, *dc in next 3 dc, decrease, fpdc in next fpdc stitch repeat from * around. Insert Styrofoam ball now. Begin to stuff as necessary with batting as you complete the following rows. Row 12: ch 3 , dc in next 3 dc, fpdc in next stitch, *dc in next 4 dc, fpdc in next stitch repeat from * around . Rows 13 – 16: repeat row 11 until there is only 1 dc inbetween fpdc. Rows 17 – 21: ch 3, *fpdc in next fpdc stitch, dc in next dc, repeat from * around. Row 22: Work 1 fpdc in each fpdc. End off leaving a long tail, thread through top pull tight.

Turkey Nut Dish

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“With holiday season upon us, my  favorite thing to do is curl up by the fire place with a cup of hot cocoa nearby and a crochet project that will enhance my table decorations and bring delight to my guests.

 

Not only will the array of goodies offered on the table bring “oohs” and “aahs” from my guests, but my Turkey Nut Dish will add whimsy to any holiday table and prompt squeals of delight from the children as well…”

 

“Add this clever decoration to Thanksgiving dinner by filling this gobbler’s dish with nuts in their shells or other tasty treats!” ~ Beverly Mewhorter

 

Design by Beverly Mewhorter

 

Skill Level

 

Beginner

 

Size

 

5 1/2 inches tall

 

Materials

 

Worsted weight yarn: 2 1/2 ounces brown, 1 1/2 ounces autumn ombre, small amounts of red and orange

Size G/6/4mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

2 (12mm) wiggle eyes

Fiberfill

1-pound plastic container (3 1/4 inches tall x 4 1/2 inch diameter top opening)

Hot-glue gun

Tapestry needle

Gauge

 

4 sc = 1 inch

Check gauge to save time.

 

Pattern Notes

 

Weave in loose ends as work progresses.

 

Sl st to join each rnd in beg st.

 

Bowl Cover

 

Outer Cover

 

Rnd 1 (RS): With brown, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join (see Pattern Notes) in top of beg ch-4. (12 dc)

 

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch, 2 dc in each rem dc around, join in top of beg ch. (24 dc)

 

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch, dc in next dc, [2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] rep around, join in top of beg ch. (36 dc)

 

Rnd 4: Working in back lps for this rnd only, ch 3, dc in each st around, join in top of beg ch.

 

Rnds 5-10: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join in top of beg ch. At the end of Rnd 10, fasten off.

 

Inner Cover

 

Rnds 1-3: Rep Rnds 1-3 of outer cover. (36 dc)

 

Rnds 4-8: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join in top of beg ch. At the end of Rnd 8, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

 

Place inner cover inside plastic container and outer cover over outer edge, working through sts Rnds 8 of inner cover and Rnd 10 of outer cover, sew sides tog around top edge.

 

Head

Rnd 1: With brown, ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join in beg sc. (8 sc)

 

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join in beg sc. (16 sc)

 

Rnd 3: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around, join in beg sc. (24 sc)

 

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join in beg sc.

 

Rnds 5-7: Rep Rnd 4.

 

Rnd 8: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around, join in beg

sc. (16 sc)

 

Neck

 

Rnds 9-20: Rep Rnd 4. At the end of Rnd 20, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

 

Stuff head and neck with fiberfill. Flatten Rnd 20, sew neck opening closed.

Sew head and neck to outer cover over Rnds 5-10.

 

Beak

 

With orange, ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in same 4th ch from hook, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off. Fold beak in half and sew to head over Rnd 7.

 

Wattle

 

With red, [ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook] 6 times (6 bumps), sl st in same ch as 5th bump, fasten off. Sew first bump over beak.

 

Eyes

 

Glue wiggle eyes to face.

 

Wings & Tail Feathers (make 5)

 

Row 1: With autumn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each rem ch across, turn. (4 sc)

 

Rows 2-11: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.

 

Row 12: Ch 1, [dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] twice, do not turn. (2 sc)

 

Rnd 13: Working around entire outer edge, ch 1, [sc in next st, ch 3] rep around, join in beg sc, fasten off.

 

Sew a wing to each side of outer cover and three tail feathers to back of outer cover.

 


Tom Turkey Hot Pads 

 

Expect to gobble up compliments when you crochet these whimsical hot pads from designer Beverly M., Apache Junction, Arizona. These turkeys are sure to make a return appearance year after year.

Materials Needed (for one):

  • · Worsted-weight yarn—3 ounces of white ( Beverly used Red 
    Heart Soft White yarn); and small amounts each of brown, gold, green, orange, red and yellow
  • · Size J/10 (6mm) crochet hook
  • · Two 7mm glue-on wiggle eyes
  • · Fabric glue
  • · Yarn or tapestry needle
  • · Scissors  

Gauge: Working with two strands of yarn as one, 3 scs and 3 rows = 1 inch. Slight variations in gauge will change the finished size a bit.

Finished Size: Turkey hot pad measures about 8 inches wide x 7 inches high. 

Directions:

HOT PAD: Working with two strands of white yarn as one, ch 21.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch across, ch 1, turn: 20 scs.

Row 2: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn: 20 scs.

Rows 3-20: Repeat Row 2: 20 scs.

Ch 10, sl st in last st of Row 20 for hanging loop. Fasten off.

Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

TURKEY: Body: Round 1: With brown, ch 4 for first dc, dc in fourth ch from hk 13 times, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 14 dcs.

Round 2: Ch 3 for first dc, dc in same st, work 2 dcs in each remaining dc around, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 28 dcs. Fasten off.

Head: With brown, ch 4 for first dc, dc in fourth ch from hk 13 times, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 14 dcs. Fasten off.

Beak: With gold, ch 2, sl st in second ch from hk. Fasten off. Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

Feather: With red, ch 7, sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch across, work 2 scs in last ch, sc in each ch along opposite side. Fasten off.

Repeat to make one feather each of orange, yellow and green yarn.

Feet: With gold, ch 4, sl st in fourth ch from hk, ch 4, sl st in fourth ch from hk. Fasten off.

Finishing: Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

ASSEMBLY: Referring to photo as a guide, glue body and then head to hot pad. Glue feathers around top outer edge of body and feet to lower edge of body. Glue beak to center of turkey’s head. Glue eyes above beak. Let dry.

ABBREVIATIONS
ch(s) chain(s)
dc(s) double crochet(s)
hk hook
sc(s) single crochet(s)
sl st slip stitch
st(s) stitch(es)

Autumn Plate

 

You can create a plate for all four seasons with this simple laminating technique. Use your imagination and find unique shapes, flat ornaments, ribbons and other embellishments for your plate. A plate decorated in this wayshould always be washed by hand.

Materials


11″ (28cm) clear glass square plate
Paper leaves
Gold micro beads
Liquid laminate
Paper glaze
Scissors
¼ -inch (19mm) wash brush
Plastic cups

Paper Palette


About the papers


The papers used in this project are colored mulberry with the inclusions of mango leaves. The mongo leaves add a rich texture to the paper. They are machine made in Thailand but have a wonderful handmade feel.

1.   Arrange the Leaves


Lay the plate right side up and arrange the leaves under the plate so you can see what they look like. Arrange the leaves so some are going off the edge of the plate. Set the leaves to the side in pattern you want for the plate. Turn the plate upside down (on top of one or two plastic cups, if you like). Brush the back of the plate with liquid laminate and begin to place the leaves face down on the plate.

2.   Adhere the Leaves


Brush the back of the leaves with laminate and smooth with your fingers. Press the corners of the leaves down to form tightly to the shape of the plate.

3. Add the Micro Beads


Trim the leaves that over the edges with scissors. While the liquid laminate is still wet, sprinkle the back of the plate with gold micro beads. Add a bit more laminate if necessary. The bead placement can be fairly random.

4. Apply Liquid Laminate


Brush the excess beads of the back of the leaves. Tear the mulberry papers into random sizes. Apply the laminate directly to the paper pieces before you put them on plate. Use the ¾ -inch (19mm) wash brush to apply laminate. Lay the laminate paper pieces on the back of the plate.

5. Add the Remaining Paper


Continue adding pieces of mulberry paper in random color patterns. Let the papers go over the edges of the plate. When the entire plate is covered, trim the excess papers from the edges. Press the edges of the plate with your finger to ensure the paper is firmly bonded to the glass. Set aside to dry. Brush the back of the plate with generous coat of paper glaze.

 

The Autumn Dish instructions were found at The Holiday Spot website.

 

 Pilgrim Place Card Holders

 

What you’ll need: Permanent color markers, straight wooden clothespin, black pipe cleaner, 1 liter plastic bottle with cap, construction paper, a paper plate, glue, paper plate.

 

How to make: At the top of the clothespin, draw a face using the permanent markers. Color the rest of the clothes pin black. Tie the pipe cleaner just below the “face” to make the arms. With a craft knife, cut the top off a plastic 1-liter bottle, 3 1/4 inches down from the cap and discard the bottom. Remove the bottle cap and color it and the bottle top black. For the pilgrim man, wrap a pipe cleaner around his feet and stand him up in the bottle cap. Cut out and glue on a paper hat and vest. To finish the woman, wrap a pipe cleaner around her waist and fit her into the bottle top. Glue on a paper apron and bonnet. Cut name tags from a paper plate rim and attach them to the pilgrims’ arms.

 

The instructions for the Pilgrim Place Card Holders were found at Mother Nature Network’s website.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece:

Glittered Corn from Martha

Stewart.com

A few organic elements, enlivened with a bit of gilding, evoke fall’s abundance. To make this eye-catching centerpiece, we turned a glass compote into a horn of plenty with glittering Indian corn and squash.

Tools and Materials

  • Dried corn, from Dry Nature Designs, 212-695-8911
  • Craft glue
  • Fine glitter in Florentine Gold, by Martha Stewart Crafts, at Michaels
  • Foam brush
  • Kettle of boiling water

 

Glittered Corn How-To

Pick some ears of dried corn to glitter fully and other ears to do more sparingly, so your arrangement doesn’t go overboard. For the former, coat fully with craft glue and glitter. For the latter, use a foam brush to lightly dab some kernels with craft glue, then apply glitter. 

To soften husks so you can shape the ears when you arrange them, steam over a kettle of boiling water once the glitter has set. Gourds need nothing more than a glittered stem to shine.

To me, mints are an essential part of any dinner party.  They taste good, they aid in digestion, and they freshen your mouth which makes for sweeter post-dinner conversation.  This recipe for Bavarian Mints by kitchenchatter sounds like the perfect mint for our Thanksgiving festivities.

DISCLAIMER:  The above photo is for a similar recipe for Bavarian Mints, but it does not go along with this recipe. ~ Softa123

Bavarian Mints

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By kitchenchatter

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

12 ounces package semi-sweet chocolate chips

12 ounces package milk chocolate chips

1 tablespoon butter

14 ounces can Eagle-Brand-sweetened-condensed milk

3 drops oil of peppermint

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Melt in top of double boiler. the chips and butter. Remove from heat- add sweetened milk, oil of peppermint and vanilla. Pour into 9×13-inch pan. Cool and cut.

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APPLES APPLES APPLES

Posted on November 8, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Autumn, Chocolate, Dairy, Desserts, Family, Fun, Halloween Recipes, Halloween Snacks, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Nuts, Pies, Pineapple, Quotes, Recipes, Rochester, Salad, Side Dish, Snacks, Tried and True Recipe, U.S. Politics, Vegetables | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


I got up EARLY this morning and decided to stay up so that I could blog today.   It’s been a hectic week and last week was the same.  I’ve never had so many doctor appointments at one time!   So, while I’m up, I will do what I love and that is the blog.

I‘ve been thinking about apples all week and decided that I would write about them, especially the candied apples that I used to love to eat and the caramel apples that my sister and I would make with my mom.  I always loved doing that.

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

Years ago my friend, Susie, asked me to find her a recipe for the candied apples.   Thanks to Prodigy and my first computer, I was able to find a recipe for her.  I miss the old days of Prodigy and their Food Boards.  And, a few years ago, I attended the wedding of a computer friend of mine and they made candied (or bought) and caramel apples as favors.  I thought that that was ingenious since it was an October wedding!

The wonderful bounty of Fall.

Apples form a part of a healthy food plan.  Remember the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?”  I don’t know if that is true of not but “Apples have properties that no other fruits have and its benefits have been proven overtime. You will be able to get the benefits of these properties individually with other fruits, but an apple combines everything and makes it simpler,” according to an article posted at Succeed With This.”  According to this article there are 9 reasons why an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Here are the reasons:

  1. Apple contains Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps greatly your immune system.
  2. Prevent Heart Diseases. The reason it can prevent both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease is because apples are rich in flavonoid. Flavonoids are also known for their antioxidant effects.
  3. Low in calories.
  4. Prevent Cancers. Notice the plural. We all know that cancer comes in several forms and in different places. Apples target multiple cancers such as colon cancerprostate cancer and breast cancer in women.
  5. Apples contain phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
  6. Prevents tooth decay.
  7. Protects your brain from brain disease.
  8. Healthier Lungs. A research at the University of Nottingham Research shows that people who eat 5 apples or more per week has lower respiratory problems, including asthma.
  9. They taste great!

Apple's are G-d's work of art.

All of the above are good reasons and I’m going to eat an apple right after I finish blogging!  My favorite apple is the Ambrosia which is difficult to find.  I first tasted them last year as Sam’s Club sold them.  I ate apples and couldn’t get enough.  I even took them to Myrtle Beach last year so I could eat them there.  So far this year, I haven’t found them.  My next favorite is the Empire.  Living in Rochester, we can find a good variety of apples as there are many apple orchards around our area of the world.  I used to love to go apple picking with my step-son, his wife and his two children, my grandchildren!  The kids would help their “old” Softa pick the apples and Scott would carry the filled bushel for me and he would help me on and off the cart.  Now, I can’t get on and off the cart very easily so they don’t call me to go apple picking with them.  I miss that a lot.

I use a recipe software program to store my recipes.  It is called “Home Cookin” and it is from Mountain Software.  When I set up the chapters, I dedicated one to Apple Recipes.  No other single ingredient has its own chapter.

So, today’s recipes are all include apples and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

What's not to love about an apple?

 

Apple Bliss Bars

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Crust:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine

2 1/2 cups chopped apples

1/2 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:

3 eggs

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Mix together flour, sugar and margarine until crumbly and press into an ungreased 9 x 13-inch pan.

Sprinkle chopped apples over crust. Sprinkle sugar-cinnamon mixture over apples. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and pour topping over apples. Return to oven and bake about 20 minutes more.

Topping:

3 eggs

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Mix all together and pour over partially-baked apples and crust.

Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway. ~Frank Howard Clark

Baked Beans ‘n Apples

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6 slices Bacon, diced*

1/2 cup Chopped Onion (1 medium onion)

2 cans Brick Oven Baked Bean**

1/4 cup Firmly packed Brown Sugar

1 teaspoon Ginger

2 tablespoons Molasses

2 Apples; each cut into 16 thin wedges

*NOTE: For those of you who keep Kosher, as I do, I use Beef Frye when making this recipe.

**Ingredient List should read: 2 (16-ounce) cans brick oven baked beans. Again, for those of you who keep Kosher, I use Heinz Vegetarian Baked Beans.

In large skillet, fry bacon until partially cooked. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover. Simmer until thoroughly heated and apple is tender. At this point, I usually put everything into a GREASED, COVERED casserole and bake at 350° Fahrenheit for maybe a half an hour, checking to make sure it doesn’t dry out.

Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  1/2 cup = 1 serving

Calories 210

Protein 8g

Carbohydrates 39g

Fat 3g

Sodium 425mg

Potassium 395mg

TIP:  To bake in oven, heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Reserve apple slices for topping.  Pour beans into a GREASED 1 1/2 to 2 quart casserole and top with sliced apples.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes OR until bubbly and THOROUGHLY heated.

I make this for BBQ Brings A Dish To Pass party.  Everyone raves about it, especially my husband and my father.  I have been making this recipe for years, but have never tasted it myself as I don’t like baked beans!  My Mom now uses this recipe, but makes hers without any meat.

Those who have tasted it with the meat like it better with the beef frye (or bacon).  I add molasses at the request of my husband and he tells me it’s better with the molasses. I use maybe 2 tablespoons of the molasses.  I first made this recipe for our Nosheri Too group, a singles group I started before Paul and I got married.

This recipe originally came from one of my Pillsbury cookbooks.

~Softa123 aka Marilyn

Apple Strudel is a heavenly delight.

DISCLAIMER:  This photo of a delicious looking slice of strudel is not the photo for the following strudel recipe.  I found this photo on the Internet. ~Softa123

Rachael’s And Softa’s Apple Walnut Strudel

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2 Apples

1/3 cup Walnuts; chopped

1/4 teaspoon Lemon Juice; (NOTE: I used more so apples wouldn’t turn brown)

1/4 cup Margarine

1/8 cup Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/3 pound Phyllo Leaves (6 leaves)

Bread Crumbs

Egg Wash (Beaten Egg and Water)

Cinnamon-Sugar

Peel, core and chop apples. Combine apples, walnuts, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and cloves in a mixing bowl; fold to mix.

Melt margarine.

Place 1 phyllo dough leaf on a lightly dampened, lightly bread-crumbed cloth. Brush leaf lightly with melted margarine. Place a second leaf on top of first leaf. Brush lightly with melted margarine. Repeat with a third leaf.

Place half of apple filling 2″ in from long edges. Fold long edges in over the filling. Fold over the ends. Roll up dough jelly-roll fashion.

Score top of roll into 10 pieces with a sharp knife or scissors and place on GREASED cookie sheet. Repeat with next 3 leaves. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 mins. OR until lightly browned.

Makes 18-20 pieces of strudel.

Note: A package of phyllo dough will make approximately 4-5 rolls. I made this recipe up for Rosh Hashanah 2002. It is based upon a recipe I found on the internet, but I greatly changed it. It is easy, fast, and delicious. Rachael did the first two rolls and mixed up the first batch just about by herself at age 6 1/2. We were both very proud of her! I hope this will be a new tradition for us! ~Marilyn aka Softa123

Servings: 18

Every so often we need to turn everything upside down so we can see a new perspective of our life and our world. ~Marilyn Sultar

DISCLAIMER:  This photo of Topsy Turvy Apple Pecan Pie  is not the photo for the following strudel recipe.  I found this photo on the Internet. ~Softa123

Topsy Turvy Apple Pecan Pie

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1/4 cup Softened Butter or Margarine

1/2 cup Pecan Halves

2/3 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar

Pastry for 2-Crust Pie

6 cups Sliced Tart Apples (about 2 1/2 lbs.).

2 tablespoons Lemon Juice

1 tablespoon Flour

1/2 cup Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon Salt

Spread softened butter evenly on bottom and sides of 9″ pie pan. Press pecan halves, rounded side down, into butter. Pat brown sugar evenly over pecans. Roll out enough pastry for 1 crust; place in pie pan over sugar; trim, leaving 1/2″ overhang. Combine remaining ingredients; pour into pie pan, keeping top level. Top with remaining pastry; trim even with bottom crust; fold edges together, flush with rim; flute.

Prick top of pie with fork. Bake in hot oven, 450 degrees, 10 mins.; reduce heat to moderate, 350 degrees; bake 30-45 minutes or longer, or until apples are tender. Remove from oven. When syrup in pan stops bubbling, place serving plate over pie; invert. Carefully remove pie pan.  SERVE HOT.

I have not made this recipe yet. It sounds great for Thanksgiving. It came from one of the Rochester newspapers, years ago when we had two newspapers.

~Softa123 aka Marilyn

If you want apples, you have to shake the trees.

Caramel Apple Salad

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4 apples, cored and diced

16 ounces crushed pineapple with juice

1/2 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts

1 package butterscotch instant pudding, fat free, sugar free

1 tub fat free Cool Whip

Combine all ingredients.

Servings: 12

Some like it hot, some do not.

Fire Red Candy Apples Recipe

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Submitted by RecipeTips.com

“These bright red apples would surely catch the eye of all the kids at your next Halloween party. Serve theses yummy treats and be the first to welcome in the Fall season.”

Ingredients

8 medium apples, green or red

2-3/4 cups sugar

1-1/4 cups light corn syrup

1-1/2 cups water

1 teaspoon vanilla

15 drops red food coloring

Serving Description: 1 apple

Servings: 8

Equipment: medium heavy sauce pan

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Directions

Wash and dry apples, remove stems and insert a wooden stick into the bottom (not stem end) of the apples; approximately 2/3 of the way into the apple. Set apples aside. In saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat slowly on low heat, stirring constantly. Once mixture starts to boil, stop stirring and leave boiling until candy mixture reaches 300°F on a candy thermometer, or until a small amount of mixture dropped into cold water separates into breakable threads.

Remove from heat and stir in food coloring. Wait until mixture stops bubbling, then add vanilla, mix well.

Dip each apple into the mixture while mixture is still hot, swirl to cover apple evenly. You will need to work fast to get all the apples dipped before mixture becomes too hard.

Place dipped apple on greased cookie sheet or greased wax paper.

Sugar in the morning, sugar in the evening, sugar at supper time...

Halloween Candy Apples 2

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By Chef Dee

Added October 01, 2004 | Recipe #101064

Categories: Candy Dessert Apples More

Photo by brian48195

Total Time: 1 hrs 34 mins

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 1 hrs 24 mins

Chef Dee’s Note: We make these every Halloween.

Ingredients:

8 apples, firm and medium sized

8 wooden sticks

3 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 cup water

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon red food coloring

Directions:

1 Wash, dry and polish apples.

2 Remove stem.

3 Insert wooden stick in stem end.

4 Remove blossoms.  (SOFTA123’S NOTE:  I really am unsure what this means, but my guess is that if there are blossoms or leaves on the apples, take them off before you begin making this recipe.)

5 Set aside.

6 Put sugar, syrup and water into saucepan.

7 Heat and stir to dissolve.

8 Boil without stirring until it reaches 300 degrees on candy thermometer.

9 A bit of syrup dropped into cold water will separate into brittle threads.

10 Remove from heat.

11 Stir in cinnamon and food coloring.

12 Dip apple to cover.

13 Hold above saucepan to drain.

14 Place on greased pan or tray stick side up.

15 Quickly dip remaining apples.

16 Return syrup to heat long enough to liquefy if it firms too much.

17 Let stand at least 1 hour before serving.

By Michelle_My_Belle on October 29, 2010

Very easy to make, and using the leftovers to make hard candy was a great idea! I added some extra cinnamon with the food coloring at the end to brighten up the flavor after cooking so long.

By brian48195 on November 08, 2009

These were easy to make. It takes longer for the temperature to reach 300 because you have to wait for the water to boil off. So, don’t worry that it isn’t going as fast as you think. Also, use a small pot so the liquid is deeper. I also did what another reviewer suggested and sprinkled a cookie sheet with sugar to set the apples on. I also took the left over candy and poured it into little tart pans and made candy discs. I will make this recipe again. Thanks for sharing.

By KennKonn on October 23, 2009

This is very very close to my mom’s recipe that she has been making every Halloween for 40 years. She sprinkles white sugar on the cookie sheets then sets the candied apples on that. They don’t stick to the pans and they have a sugary bottom that hardens and makes it easier to wrap in plastic wrap. I prefer the candy to the candy apples anymore.  There isn’t many kids left at home anymore but on Halloween all the past kids come knocking on the door. It wouldn’t be Halloween without her candy apples.

Nutritional Facts for Halloween Candy Apples

Serving Size: 1 (309 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving% Daily ValueCalories 422.5 Calories from Fat

296%Total Fat 0.2 g0%Saturated Fat 0.0 g0%Cholesterol 0.0 mg0%Sodium

15.2 mg0%Total Carbohydrate 110.4 g36%Dietary Fiber 3.3 g13%Sugars 94.9

g379%Protein 0.3 g0%

From Recipe.com™ http://www.Recipe.com

It's yummy, yummy in my tummy and it feels oh so good...

Candy Bar Caramel Apple

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These apples are dipped in fudgy caramel and then into your favorite chopped candy bar. What a treat!

20 min. Prep time

2 :20 Total time

8 caramel apples

8 wooden craft sticks

8 large apples, washed, dried

1 cup chopped your favorite chocolate-covered candy bars

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1/4 cup milk

1 (11-ounce) bag caramel bits*

1 cup milk chocolate & caramel swirled baking chips**

2 (1-ounce) squares white baking chocolate, melted

Insert 1 wooden stick into stem end of each apple; set aside. Line baking sheet with waxed paper; spray with no-stick cooking spray. Set aside. Place chopped candy into medium bowl; set aside.

Combine butter, milk and caramel bits in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until caramel is melted and smooth (5 to 7 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in baking chips until smooth.

Place pan over low heat; dip apples into melted caramel mixture until evenly coated, spooning mixture over apples as needed. Shake gently to allow all excess caramel mixture to drip off. Roll bottoms of apples into chopped candy. Place onto prepared baking sheet.

Drizzle each apple with melted white chocolate. If necessary, lift each apple from waxed paper and press caramel and chopped candy back onto bottom of apples. Place back onto waxed paper.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Wrap each apple in waxed paper; store refrigerated. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.

*Substitute 45 caramels, unwrapped.

**Substitute 1 cup milk chocolate chips.

– Make sure to allow all excess caramel mixture to drip off into pan.

– Wrap 2 colors of festive ribbon around wooden sticks for a special touch. Tie at ends to secure.

– Wooden craft sticks are available in craft stores or you can check in the produce section for caramel apple sticks.

– Leftover caramel sauce can be re-heated and served over ice cream.

Calories: 520

Fat: 23g

Cholesterol: 25mg

Sodium: 220mg

Carbohydrates: 77g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Protein: 6g

This recipe was reprinted from landolakes.com.

http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/1641

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VOTE TODAY!

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HALLOWEEN FUN #5

Posted on October 20, 2011. Filed under: Dinner/Supper, Fun, Halloween, Halloween Games, Halloween Recipes, Meat, Party Ideas, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , |


I can’t believe I did it!  I didn’t save today’s article which I had almost finished last night.  So, now, back to square one, but never fear I’ll get this article done!

The theme today is Halloween games.  I suggest we begin our party with an ice breaker.  Then pick two or three games to play.  Don’t over-do it.  You need to give people time to chat, eat and relax also.

Prizes can be anything from a candy bar to Halloween decorations for the winners to add to their Halloween collections.  Try to make the prizes unisex.  Hunt the dollar stores and craft supply shops for the best deals on prizes.

Monster Mash!

MONSTER MATCH-UP (ICEBREAKER AND TEAM-MAKER)

From  Ghoul Friday

Most of us have played a version of this game at one point or another, at some team-building seminar or drama class. Personally, I have never used it at my party (my friends would get mad at me if I made them play this) but I could see how other people might enjoy it. It would be effective to mix up your groups and get people talking to guests they don’t know.

You will need slips of paper and a pen to prepare the slips before your guests arrive.

Game Play

  1. Make a list of Halloween categories or themes for your team names (for example, Dracula, Werewolf, the Mummy, etc). Let your guests know the names of the teams.
  2. Write down a list of words associated with each theme (for Werewolf, it might have the words silver bullet, full moon, howling, and fur. For Dracula you might have Bat, blood, fangs, Transylvania). The amount of guests you have, and the size of your teams, will affect how many pieces of paper you need.
  3. Write each of the words on separate pieces of paper and place them in a container.
  4. Have guests pick one piece of paper each. Their job is to find people with words that match their theme. They are then in the same group. This can be the aim of the game, or you can now lead them into a second game using the teams you have created.

Say "Boo!"

HALLOWEEN CAMERA SCAVENGER HUNT

Supplies: Digital camera, list of items to record (Note from Softa123:  You may want to call a few of your guests to ask them to bring their digital cameras with them, or put a note on the invitation to bring digital cameras!  You could, if your budget allows it, purchase enough disposable digital cameras so each team has one, but then you can’t download the pictures to play through the night.)

Team people up in groups of 8 -10 people and send them out in their Halloween costumes with a list of things them must get photos of. These items are in different order so that the teams are not doing the same thing at the same time.

Each team dressed in Halloween costumes races around town to get photos at landmarks, with police officers, bouncers, next to funny signs, at a restaurant, etc… Once they get everything completed they return to the house with the photos. First team to return with everything completed (photos taken) is the winner.

As the teams return download the photos and create a slide show and let it run on my computer throughout the evening. Everyone loves it and they all share and tell stories about their adventure.

If you want to make things more difficult, make the list clues as to where they need to go to take the photo rather than just saying go to this place to take a photo. Adapt for your crew and have fun.

HALLOWEEN TRIVIA

You can play this wonderful version of Halloween Trivia by GhoulFriday by downloading the game by clicking the link below.  You will need pens or pencils for each guest and paper for them to write their answers on and you will need to print out the download which is the questions and answers for the game.

http://www.4shared.com/document/9laWkc6v/Halloween_Trivia_Ghoulfriday.html

Now Playing At Your Local Movie Theater

HAVE YOU LEARNED ANYTHING FROM HORROR MOVIES?

Another great sounding team game from GhoulFriday is called “Have You Learned Anything From Horror Movies?”   You can download by the link below for a list of questions, but here are the general rules of the game:

Break the party guests into equal groups. Explain that you will be offering standard examples of horror movie situations. Each team should nominate one person to be their speaker. They can change this speaker at any time, but note that only one person can answer the question.

Once the question is asked to the entire group, each team will work together with their members to come up with an original and resourceful response to the question. They must explain why they chose this answer (sometimes it is the explanation that can make or break a winning answer).

They have 30 seconds to brainstorm with their team (you can adjust this time limit for certain questions if needed, but 30 seconds generally is enough time). You may wish to give each team a pen and paper to take notes. When time is up, there is no more talking or writing (especially if the other teams have started giving their answer). Any team caught talking or writing after time is up is disqualified from that round.

Each team representative answers the question. Rotate which team gets to answer first. The most creative, horror-movie-knowledge-based answer wins the point.

http://www.4shared.com/document/ws67b8SZ/Have_You_Learned_Anything_From.html

 

For more wonderful Halloween games and ideas you can follow this link to Ghoulfriday’s website:  http://www.ghoulfriday.com.  Her website is awesome!!!!!

Instead of Saying "Bingo," Say "Boo!"


HALLOWEEN FUN BINGO

I created this Halloween Fun Bingo game just for you!  You will need to print out one bingo card per person.  Print and cut out the word list from your copy of the board (make sure no one else has the list!) and put the words in a bag or plastic pumpkin or a witch’s cauldron, folded up so you can pick them at random.  Use candy corn or pennies as markers.  If you want, you can have the players just cross-off the words on their cards that have been called.

Softa123’s Note:  If you want the children’s version of bingo, click the graphic of the bingo card and it will take you to the site to download that version of bingo.

http://www.4shared.com/document/KPozOtuT/bingo-cards.html



HALLOWEEN WORD SCRAMBLE

This is for those of us who love word scrambles!  Just download the file by clicking on the link below.  Make sure you have a copy of the scrambles for each player and a pen or pencil for everyone.

http://www.4shared.com/file/xGHp2ZXW/Halloween_Word_Scramble.html

The recipe of the day is:  (drum roll)

YUMMY!

Hand-Burger Dripping In Blood

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“This ‘hand-burger’ is made from a mixture of crumbled bread, milk, garlic, ketchup and ground sirloin.”

SOFTA123’s NOTE:  To make this kosher, substitute water for the milk.

Ingredients:

1 slice white bread, crust removed

1-1/2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 pound ground sirloin

Non-stick cooking spray

6 small dinner rolls, sliced in half

Ketchup

Special Equipment Needed:

Hand shaped cookie cutter

Indoor grill pan or skillet

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Set a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.

Break bread into small pieces. Place in a mixing bowl. Pour milk over bread and mash with a fork until it forms a paste. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic, and ketchup. Add ground sirloin and stir, just to combine.

Spray a hand shaped cookie cutter with non-stick cooking spray. Press 1/6th of the mixture into the cookie cutter, being careful to press the meat into the finger area. Remove the cutter and use a spatula to transfer the Hand-Burger to the prepared rack. Repeat for remaining burgers.

Bake for 12 minutes.

Spray an indoor grill pan (or skillet) with non-stick cooking spray.

Heat over high heat. Remove Hand-Burgers from oven and place them onto grill pan. Sear on both sides. Cook to medium (140-145 degrees) or medium well (150-155 degrees).

Serve on dinner rolls with ketchup.

Number of Servings: 6

Source :  This recipe is excerpted from Hungry Halloween.

Hungry Halloween’s Notes:

Using ground sirloin will ensure that your Hand-Burgers remain in the shape of a hand when cooked. Fattier meats will lose their shape.

Baking the burgers before grilling them allows for even cooking of the fingers. You can cook the burgers to order at your party, or cook them ahead of time and keep them in a chafing dish. They will stay moist and delicious for hours in a covered chafing dish. Fill your chafing dish with a small amount of liquid (water or beef broth) before adding the Hand-Burgers. The steam will keep them from sticking and will help keep them moist.

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HALLOWEEN FUN #2

Posted on October 15, 2011. Filed under: Balloon Crafts, Balloons, Fun, General Crafts, Halloween, Halloween Costumes, Party Ideas | Tags: , , , , |


Now that you have your invitations filled out and mailed, it’s time to think about your costume(s).  After reading this article for ideas, go to Martha Stewart’s website for more ideas.  There are 19 no-sew costumes there for you to check out.

Ideas that I have used in the past:

Jelly-Beans-Bag of Balloons

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  The sign on this precious young lady’s reads “Jelly Beans,” mine said “Bag of Balloons.”

Bag of Balloons: 

Materials:

Large see-through trash bag

1 large package of small colorful balloons

Curling ribbon and/or heavy string

1 Piece of Cardboard

1 Black Marking Pen

Hole Puncher

Instructions:

Blow up the balloons and tie a knot in them as normal.

Make Sign:  In black marker write “BAG OF BALLOONS.”  Let it dry.  Punch a hole in each of the top corners of the sign.  String ribbon through so that you can wear it around your neck.

Step into the bag, making holes for the legs and arms out the side. Fill the bag with different color balloons and curling ribbon or heavy string to tie around the top of the bag.   Put on your sign and you are good to go!

This hobo is a clown!

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  Hobos DID NOT wear makeup!!!!

Hobo:

This idea is as old as Methuselah!  But it is cheap and easy and I haven’t seen anyone dressed as a hobo in years.  I’m not sure if this costume is politically correct, but to me there is a big difference between the hobos of yesterday and the homeless of today.

Materials:

1-2 Corks

Bandana

Old Battered Flannel Shirt

Old Battered Jeans

1 fairly long Stick

Instructions:

Lay the bandana flat on a table.  Fill the middle with old stockings, fiber fill, candy, whatever you wish to put in it.  Don’t over-fill it though!!!  Bring up the bandana on all sides and make  a knot in it.  Then tie bandana onto the stick.  Lay aside.

Get dressed in your battered jeans and battered flannel shirt.

Take your cork and strike a match to burn a bit of the bottom of the cork and then when warm to the touch, rub over your face.  Repeat as often as necessary or as often as you would like so that the overall effect is a face that is dirty.

Give me all your Fritos!

Frito’s Bandito


Materials:

1 Mexican hat preferably with a strap

1 Poncho preferably Mexican

Instructions:

Enough Snack-Size Bags of Frito’s Corn Chips to fairly well cover the poncho at least on the front

Large Safety Pins (one for each bag of corn chips)

Fake Mustache OR Black Eyebrow Pencil

Instructions:

Pin Fritos onto Poncho.  Get Dressed and then put on your mustache or draw one on with the black eyebrow Pencil.

The Living Dead

SOFTA’S NOTE:  This is the closest picture to what I looked like although I didn’t put on any makeup.  Also, a friend of ours made a coffin for me.  It was for a teen Halloween party that I was in charge of for our community.  The kids loved it!

Mummy

Materials:

1 set of WHITE Thermal Long Johns (Long Underwear)

5 yard roll of 3” Gauze

60 yard roll of 1 ½” Masking Tape

1 Brown or Black Eyebrow Pencil

White Clown Face Makeup

Instructions:

Take a 5 yard role of 3 inch gauze and dip it in weak tea the day before and hang it out to dry. This will be your head wrapping. You will need a 60 yard roll of 1 1/2 inch wide masking tape for your body wrapping. Start with your ankles and work up. Overlap the tape slightly and stop at the knee. Continue right above the knee and go to the top of your thigh. Do both legs. Then start in the middle of your stomach and run it down between your legs, crisscrossing over your hips and between your legs in a diaper fashion. Break off the tape. Just below your hipbones wrap around your body until you get to your underarms. Crisscross over your shoulders to cover your upper chest and back. Start at your shoulder and move down your arm. Stop at the elbow and start again on the other side of your elbow. Do both arms. Now switch to gauze for your head. Tape down the end of the gauze under your collarbone and move upwards to do your neck and your head. Make sure it’s not too tight around your neck! Keep your eyes and mouth free. Tape down when you’re finished. Rub some dirt on the tape so that you look sufficiently old and moldy. With a black or brown eye pencil circle each eye and smudge outfor that hollowed out eye look. Whiten the rest of your face so that it matches your wrappings. This is a very visible costume!


Portrait of an Artist

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  In this take on the Artist Costume, they must have used white poster board to make their pallet out of.  I think I like the looks of this pallet more than I would a cardboard pallet.  I like how they took an inexpensive plastic paint brush and glued it to the board!  The young lady’s long hair makes it perfect…but of course, that is real!  Isn’t she cute!

Artist – Painter Costume

By Sherri Osborn, About.com Guide

Materials Needed:

  • Dark Colored Pants
  • Over-Sized White Shirt
  • Paint
  • Cardboard
  • Paint Brush

Instructions:

Wear any pants you want and an over-sized white shirt or smock, splattered with paint. You can also smudge some paint on your face, hands, etc.

Using a piece of cardboard cut out a paint palette shape. Use paint to make 4 or 5 circles of paint on the palette. Glue an old paintbrush to the palette. Let dry.

For a finishing touch, use eyeliner to draw a small mustache and goatee, and don’t forget a beret!

For more wonderful costume ideas, make-up hints and advice go to http://www.familymanagement.com/holidays/halloween/costumes.html

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DO IT YOURSELF FORTUNE COOKIES

Posted on October 9, 2011. Filed under: Chinese Recipes, Cookies, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Fun, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Parve, Quotes, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


I don’t know about you, but I love fortune cookies, and I love reading the fortunes even better, so I decided to try my hand at writing some fortunes and I found a fortune cookie recipe on the net that I’m sharing here with you.  After reading the fortunes, why don’t you try your hand at writing some and share it with the rest of us.  You can do so by leaving a comment and I will edit them into this post with credit going to you for the fortune.  Let’s see how many we can come up with!  These are mine.

May you be blessed with good health, happiness and wealth. ~Marilyn Sultar

If you can’t do it the first time, take it apart and see how it works. ~Marilyn Sultar

If the baby talks too much, be glad for it. ~Marilyn Sultar

The glass is definitely half full.  May you be able to fill it up again. ~Marilyn Sultar

Stress is something that you don’t need in your life.  Simplify it. ~Marilyn Sultar

Listen to the music, dance, laugh and smell the roses so your life will be fuller. ~Marilyn Sultar

Take my advice because I don’t. ~Marilyn Sultar

Age is a gift.  Don’t regret those numbers whether they be low or high.  Live your age to the fullest! ~Marilyn Sultar

Bake yourself something special because you are special! ~Marilyn Sultar

Do you want to be Peter Pan or Wendy?  I’d choose Peter Pan if I were you. ~Marilyn Sultar

1 ray of sunshine, 1 moonbeam, 2 special people, 1 bouquet of balloons, 1 bottle of wine, 1 baguette, 1 bunch of seedless red grapes and an array of great cheeses.  Mix together and take to the park.  What a recipe for a great day!~Marilyn Sultar

If you find the road too curvy pull over and find as easier way. ~Marilyn Sultar

Don’t give life just a schmer of effort, give your all. ~Marilyn Sultar

You will find excitement tomorrow and the next day and everyday if you know where to find it! ~Marilyn Sultar

Don’t care more for your animals than you do for the human race. ~Marilyn Sultar

Don’t hide in front of your computer; get out into the real world no matter how much it hurts! ~Marilyn Sultar

Give one of your smiles away at least once a day.  Who knows, you might make a new friend! ~Marilyn Sultar

Sing me a song and let the music of your voice heal our little part of the world. ~Marilyn Sultar

Make a difference in the world, only you can do it! ~Marilyn Sultar

When life gives you fortune cookies, read them! ~Marilyn Sultar

The next fortunes I found on the net at http://www.chinese-fortune-cookie.com/fortune-cookie-quotes.html

Your heart is a place to draw true happiness.

If you want the rainbow, you must to put up with the rain. ~Dolly Parton

Pray for what you want, but work for the things you need.

The greatest danger could be your stupidity.

Love asks me no questions, and gives me endless support. ~William Shakespeare

Don’t forget, you are always on our minds.

And these are quotes that I have found on other places around the net that we can use for our fortune cookies:

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. ~George Burns

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ~ Abraham Lincoln

 

 

May You Have Only Good Fortune!

Fortune Cookies

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Submitted By: Aleta

Photo By: ShrinkingViolette

 

Servings: 6

 

“Write your own fortunes and place them in cookies. Great for parties.”

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

1 egg white

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinch salt

1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose

Flour

1/4 cup white sugar

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a cookie sheet. Write fortunes on strips of paper about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Generously grease 2 cookie sheets.

 

Mix the egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff. Sift the flour, salt, and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.

 

Place teaspoonfuls of the batter at least 4 inches apart on one of the prepared cookie sheets. Tilt the sheet to move the batter into round shapes about 3 inches in diameter. Be careful to make batter as round and even as possible. Do not make too many, because the cookie have to be really hot to form them and once they cool it is too late. Start with 2 or 3 to a sheet and see how many you can do.

 

Bake for 5 minutes or until cookie has turned a golden color 1/2 inch wide around the outer edge of the circle. The center will remain pale.

While one sheet is baking, prepare the other.

 

Remove from oven and quickly move cookie with a wide spatula and place upside down on a wooden board. Quickly place the fortune on the cookie, close to the middle and fold the cookie in half. Place the folded edge across the rim of a measuring cup and pull the pointed edges down, one on the inside of the cup and one on the outside. Place folded cookies into the cups of a muffin tin or egg carton to hold their shape until firm.

 

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 6 Calories: 54 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 74mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 12.4g Dietary Fiber: 0.1g Protein: 1.1g .

SOFTA’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  From the reviews I read for this recipe, which was given good ratings, you need to try your hand at the recipe and be prepared to  fail for at least the first time, if not the second and third.  Just try the original and see what happens, that’s what I’m going to do.

 I posted an earlier article entitled “YOM KIPPUR COUNTDOWN – DAY 1” today, please check it out for more good break fast recipes, especially if you have been following my countdown series.  I did not post yesterday as it was Yom Kippur, therefore, I did one post for yesterday and this one for today!

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WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCHOOL AND CREATIVITY?

Posted on September 4, 2011. Filed under: Dr. Robert E. Ford, Freida Shulz, Fun, Jack Watkins, Lunch, Menu, Monroe High School, My Ramblings, PLAY, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Rena Krichbaum, Rochester | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |



While looking up a word on The Free Dictionary, I came across this quote by Beatrix Potter, author and illustrator of  The Tale of Peter Rabbit, published in 1902:

“Thank goodness…I was never sent to school…it would have rubbed off some of the originality.”

~Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

I disagree this Ms. Potter.  I think school opens up the mind to creativity and new ideas.  School can inspire greatness in the fields music and art.  The catch here is it all depends upon the teachers.  Some, like my high school art teacher and creative writing teacher, can kill creativity by discouraging students who don’t show immediate talent as defined by the teacher.  Others, like my high school drama teacher and my social studies teacher, inspire all students, even those with no talent.  My history teacher especially inspired me not to settle for mediocrity and to aspire for being better than average.  These teachers who taught me in the ‘60s, had a great affect on me.  Jack Watkins, my drama teacher at Monroe High School, is the teacher who had the most positive affect on me.  He taught me to keep my head up high no matter what and he taught me to try.  Jack Watkins also taught me to go out of my comfort zone.  He also tried to teach me self-respect, a lesson I need to re-learn.  Mr. Richard Matteson, my social studies teacher at Monroe High, taught me that being average was not good enough.  So, throughout my life I aspired not to be average and to be a unique individual.  Rena Krichbaum was another teacher who influenced me to be creative by teaching me never to give up. My thanks go out to them for being such great teachers.

Freida Schulz, my sixth grade teacher gave me the love of learning.  She was an amazing lady and I thank her from the bottom of my heart!  Dr. Robert E. Ford my penology professor in college taught me that I wasn’t as dumb as I thought I was and that a person can learn easier through laughter.  He missed his true calling.  He should have been a comic.  But he was without doubt one of the best teachers I ever had.  Thank you, Dr. Ford!

In my search for information on this topic, I found that most people say that schools do stifle creativity.

In an article I read on the Net at Teachingexpertise, the author whose name is sadly not included in the article, states, “So is creativity possible in schools?  The first right answer is YES; the second right answer is NO.

It is theoretically possible, and it is even possible in practice, but only under certain conditions. In the present climate, in the system within which teachers operate, and with the kind of education teachers receive, it is most unlikely that true creativity will be seen at schools except as a concept referred to in government documents gathering dust on shelves and in (often meaningless) mission statements.”

The rest of the articles I read were totally pessimistic.  So, I guess I was wrong in thinking that schools are able to help develop creativity.   But, just think…if teachers were taught to be creative and were allowed the freedom to be creative, how far ahead our children would be!  But now I’m depressed, so I’m going to cut this article short and just post a back to school recipe that you can create along with daily messages of inspiration and encouragement to go along with food for the body in your child’s lunch bag.

Sandwich Art

This Looks LIke Fun!

Total Time Needed:

1 Hour

“Add a twist to the term “starving artist” by creating masterpieces with food coloring paint on a crusty canvas.”

Materials

  • Paper cups
  • Milk
  • Food coloring
  • New paintbrushes
  • White bread
  • Toaster

Instructions

  1. Fill each paper cup with two tbsp. of milk. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup.
  2. Paint pictures and designs on the bread using the colored milk and new paintbrushes.
  3. Toast lightly and use the slices to make crazy sandwiches.

The above recipe was found at Disney’s Family Fun website.  I see no idea why your child can’t do the artwork himself/herself.

Add some colorful fresh veggies and a dip, a favorite snack and a piece of fruit to round out the lunch.  Always add some candy kisses so that your child will know that you love him/her.

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FOR THE LOVE OF BALLOONS

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Balloon Crafts, Balloons, Candy, Chocolate, Dean Jones, Desserts, Fun, General Crafts, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards, Kids, Movies, Party Ideas, PLAY, Recipes, Uncategorized, Winnie the Pooh | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


 I must have always loved balloons, but I never realized how much until I saw the movie “Any Wednesday,” starring Jane Fonda (who I love as an actress and was devastated by her politics) and Jason Robards.  One review I saw described the movie as:

“Broadway hit about a married millionaire’s mistress befriended by his unsuspecting wife and cooed over by a loyal associate. Lots of slamming doors, comical deception, hissy fits and balloons…” (By moonspinner55 found at http://www.imdb.com).

"ANY WEDNESDAY"

 Unlike moonspinner55, I loved the movie.  And the scene where Jane walks into her apartment and finds it filled with balloons has always stuck with me.  It is a dream of mine to one day come home and find that someone I love has filled a room with balloons for me.

Thinking about balloons, I thought, why not write a post about them, so that’s what you are going to read about here today.

Winnie the Pooh says, “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”  I think that Winnie is 100 percent correct.  We like to decorate our parties and events with balloons.  We take balloons when we visit someone who is ill to try to cheer them up a bit.  Many times someone will bring a balloon(s) to a friend or relative who is celebrating a birthday or an anniversary.  People give loved ones balloons on Valentine’s Day.  They are also appropriate for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  When someone in your workplace gets promoted, balloons are an inexpensive, thoughtful way to say, “Congratulations.”  And don’t forget to give a balloon(s) to a brand new Mom, Dad or Baby!  Balloons are really a go-to gift for most occasions!  I remember giving each of my grandchildren a bunch of colorful balloons for their first birthdays.  I began doing that with my eldest grandson, Marc.  He loved the balloons so much that I made it a tradition that continued with my granddaughter, Rachael, and my youngest grandson, Joshua.

Up, Up and Away

Another dream of mine is to go up in a hot air balloon.  I think they are so gorgeous and I think it would be an exciting and relaxing way to see a special place such as Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York or go over the Ocean in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I’d make sure to take my husband, a picnic lunch and champagne with me!  Would I be scared?  Yeah, a little bit.  But I would still like to go in one.

You can do easy craft projects using balloons and other inexpensive supplies like home-made paste, string, newspaper strips, comic strips or tissue paper.

String Ball Craft

Difficulty:  Easy and a Great Craft To Do With Kids

Supplies:

String, yarn or thread

Round balloons

Flour

Instructions:

  1. Make a wheat paste by mixing  3 parts water with 2 parts flour in a pot. Heat to a boil, whisking occasionally to remove lumps. After the paste boils, allow it to cool.
  1. Blow up a balloon of the appropriate size for each ball you want to make.
  1. Dip string or yarn in the cooled paste and then wrap it around the balloons. Go around many times, in different directions, until you have covered the basic shape of the balloon, but be sure to leave gaps if you want to make a see-through string ball.
  1. Allow the string to dry thoroughly; approximately 24 hours.
  1.  Pop the balloons if you want to get them out right away, or wait for them to shrink gradually on their own. When the balloons are gone, you should be left with a see-through string ball.

Hints:

  1. For more exciting string balls, interweave different colors or types of yarn or string. You can also add paint or glitter to the paste mixture, decorate the finished balls more or put small items inside the balloons before you blow them up, which will end up trapped in the balls (as long as the holes in the string layer are small enough).
  1. These string balls are not water-resistant, so they’re probably more of an indoor toy. The paste is nontoxic but will definitely dissolve if wet.

Make small and medium balls of different colors and hang your finished ball(s) from the ceiling with different lengths of string, yarn or curling ribbon to use as party decorations.

Make small balls using gold and red and/or gold and green colors to decorate your Christmas tree, or to use in a table centerpiece.

Make small balls using dark or royal blue and silver string, yarn or thread to hang from the ceiling as above, or to use as part of a table centerpiece for Chanukah.

For Easter, make the balls in pastel colors, for Valentine’s Day make pink and/or red balls to decorate and perhaps put a special note inside for your beloved.

If you like glitter, add glitter!  Use more than one color for a rainbow effect.  There are countless ways to use this craft.  Let your imagination soar!

Another craft that is similar to the string balls is making Piñatas.

I found this great Piñata project at Make Pinatas.com.  This is a good resource for children’s party ideas.

How to Make a Hot Air Balloon Piñata 
This hot-air balloon piñata is great for first time makers and it makes for a nice big target for little kids.

 

Materials:

Papier-Mâché Paste*
• 14-inch balloon, inflated

• 10-inch bowl
• One batch papier-mâché paste
• 1 two-page spread each of regular newspaper and the comic pages
• 32-oz. plastic yogurt container, cut in half horizontally
• String
• Hole punch
• Glue stick
• 5 sheets of tissue paper in bright colors, cut
• into 3 1/2-inch squares
• 4 lbs. of individually wrapped candies

*To make Papié-Maché Paste, combine 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.

Add this mixture to a saucepan of 2 cups boiling water and bring it to a boil again.  Remove from the heat and stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar. Let it cool; it will thicken as it cools. Once it does, it’s ready to use.

Directions:

 Step 1:  For stability while working, place the balloon in a 10-inch bowl. Fold the spread of newspaper in half and then in half again. Tear (don’t cut) 1 1/2-inch-wide strips so they have a slightly rough edge (tearing along a straight edge works well). The rough edges help make a smooth overall surface. Drag a strip of newspaper through the papier-mâché paste, wipe off any excess with your fingers, and place it at an angle on the balloon. Place the second strip so that it slightly overlaps the first. Continue until the balloon has been covered with one layer of paper strips–except for a 2-inch square at the top, through which the candy will go. Give the papier-mâché up to 24 hours to dry. Cover your leftover paste with plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out (if it does, add warm water).
Step 2:   For the piñata’s hanger, wrap the midpoint of a length of string (doubled up, if necessary) around the bottom of the balloon, pulling the ends up to the top; tape it to the balloon in a few places. Knot together the ends of the string 6 inches above the top. Tape the top half of the yogurt container to the bottom of the balloon. This will become the neck of the hot air balloon.

Step 3:   Cover the balloon (including the string), the neck and the bottom half of the yogurt container (which will become the hot air balloon basket) with a layer of strips of comics, placing them at a different angle from the first layer. (Using different colored strips lets you distinguish one layer from the next, ensuring a uniform overall thickness.) Allow the second layer to dry.

Step 4:  Cover the balloon, neck and basket with strips of plain newsprint going in a third direction. Smooth over any rough edges as you work. Allow the balloon to dry thoroughly.

Step 5:  Punch four holes into the neck of the hot air balloon and four into the basket. Attach string to the neck about 3 1/2 inches from the base of the balloon to later suspend the basket.

Step 6:  
Dot the corners of a tissue square with a glue stick and place it just to the side of the 2-inch square on the top of the balloon. Follow with other squares in the same color, working your way diagonally down around the balloon. When you get to the bottom, start at the top again in another color, fitting the squares into a hound’s-tooth pattern. If you want to add streamers, cut 2- by 30-inch lengths of tissue paper and glue them onto matching colored squares about halfway down.

Step 7:  Cover the basket with squares of tissue in different colors. Attach the basket to the balloon. Puncture the uncovered part of the balloon at the top of the piñata and remove all of the balloon fragments. Make sure the inside of the piñata is completely dry before you fill it, so the candy won’t stick to the sides. Fill it about halfway with the candy. Cover the opening with some tissue squares, and your piñata is ready to hang.

My very favorite balloon craft involves chocolate…. wouldn’t you know it!   I’ve known about this craft for years and it’s on my must try list.  I just think that this is so classy that your company, young or old, will be talking about these for years to come, making you one savvy host/hostess.    The directions for this project was found at Chocolay.

Chocolate Bowls

Chocolate Bowls Recipe

 “This is a fun & easy project, although it can be messy! The chocolate bowls can hold all kinds of goodies including ice cream, mousse, fruit, pretzel sticks, chocolate candy, or any other treat you have in mind. You can get as creative as you want with using white chocolate that has been colored (with specially formulated coloring oils) and coordinate the theme of your party or event. We recommend making more balloons than you’ll need because chances are good that when you deflate some of the chocolate covered balloons the chocolate might fall apart for one reason or another! You can always reuse the chocolate…don’t worry!”

 

Before you begin, make sure to wash and thoroughly dry the balloons.

Ingredients:

 

 You’ll also Need:

  • Balloons (please note: some people are severely allergic to latex. Make sure that if you use latex balloons anybody eating your bowls know you used balloons to make it)
  • Bowls
  • Heavy Weight Dipping Sheets or Waxed Paper

 Tips: 

 Don’t use water balloons! They will pop. Also, water is the one thing that can really mess up chocolate!!!

  • The thicker the balloon the better.
  • Keep in mind that some people are alergic to latex.
  • If you put the chocolate balloons on waxed paper be careful about the corners of the paper curling and touching the chocolate.
  • When dipping the balloons, the longer you leave the balloon in the warm chocolate the more likely it will pop (which is a mess!!!), so dip fast & do multiple layers if you need to.

 

How To Make Chocolate Bowls:

 

1. Blow up balloons and place them in a bowl to hold them upright. Don’t blow them to be bigger than 6-8 inches tall. A lot of people like small bowls that are about the size of a coffee cup. It’s up to you. Whatever size you blow up the balloon to be will be the size of your chocolate bowl. You might want to make the balloons slightly different sizes for variety.
2. Spray each balloon (the area you’ll be putting the chocolate on) with non-stick cooking spray such as Crisco spray so that the chocolate will release easier.
3. Melt the chocolate using instructions that came with your chocolate. Ideally, use a double boiler (or a double boiler insert). Do not let the water touch the bottom of the double boiler. Only let the water simmer. Do not allow it to boil or you may burn the chocolate. If you must use a microwave, melt on medium heat for short periods being very careful not to overheat thechocolate. (Softa’s advice:  Use the microwave!!!!)
4. Let the chocolate cool for 5-10 minutes in a bowl that is sized so that you can dip your balloon into the bowl. The chocolate can’t be so hot that it will pop the balloon.

If you want to add a marbleized effect to the chocolate bowl: Pour the base color/flavor of chocolate in the bowl first. Then add a smaller quantity of a second color/flavor of chocolate on top. Swirl lightly with a knife. When you dip the balloons the bowl will look marbleized.5.There a couple of ways to make your chocolate bowls – or you can combine the methods for added flare. Either way, hold the balloon by the knot.

a. For a solid bowl that looks like flower petals: Holding the knot at a slight angle, dip the ballon in chocolate, then using the opposite angle, dip the balloon again. You may be able to do this 2-4 times. Slowly swirl the balloon around to make an even coat. Then lift the balloon slowly and let some of the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Sometimes the balloons will need to be dipped twice to make sure the chocolate is solid enough.

 

b. For a not solid bowl: Holding the knot, use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the bottom of the balloon going back and forth in one direction and then in the opposite direction. When drizzling, cover about half of the exposed balloon. Then dip the very bottom of the balloon a couple of inches into the chocolate so you have a nice, solid chocolate bottom. When doing this, you can use more than one chocolate flavor (or colored white chocolate) for added design.6.After each balloon is dipped, place on a Heavy Weight Dipping Sheet or waxed paper lined tray. The chocolate will start to settle making a flat bottom for the chocolate bowl.7.After your balloons are finished, move them to a cool area to set up (harden). Hopefully they will fit in your fridge! If so, they will set up in about 10 minutes.8.After the chocolate is completely set up, it’s time to deflate the balloons. Gently remove the chocolate covered balloon from the dipping sheet. If using waxed paper, you might need to slide a knife around the bottom edge to loosen the bottom of the chocolate bowl. Once you remove the balloon, you can use a hat pin to deflate it or cut a small hole in the top of it to deflate it. Make the hole near the area where the balloon is tied.9.As the balloon deflates it will still be attached to the inside of the chocolate. Very slowly peel the balloon away from the chocolate.10.You can add additional decorative touches by gently handling the bowl and adding more drizzled chocolate.Keep the chocolate bowls cool until you plan to use them!


Play around with these crafts and have some fun!

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The Importance of Being Peter Pan

Posted on August 28, 2011. Filed under: Cakes, Cookies, Fun, PLAY, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , |


I have always believed that the way to good mental health is by play and escapism.  I believe that the mind needs a break everyday from reality.  This is true for adults as well as for children.  Because of this, I have always said that I am Peter Pan.  I play in my own way every day and when I lay down at night, I go into a fantasy world of my choosing to relax myself to sleep.  I strongly believe that when a child of any age gets home from school that they should be allowed to play until dinner time and then they can do their homework.  A child needs to play so when they grow up they know how to relax and rest their minds.  My step-daughter has fine tuned adult Peter Panism and I am so very proud of her for doing it.  Some of her antics don’t mesh with my ideas, but that’s not important.  What’s important is that she’s having fun and teaching my eldest step-grandson to do the same.  For her sake, I am only sorry she waited until 40 to discover fun.

According to an article found in Kranzcents, ”children should be  taught to play games at an early age and adult should never stop playing them.   Games teach children patience, social interaction, negotiation, strategy, how to win and lose gracefully, mental stimulation, mental and physical confidence that keep us healthy.  No matter how old you are, playing games are important.  It is mentally stimulating, keeps you engaged and keeps you psychologically fit.  This is particularly important as we become older to stave off aging diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

By nature, humans are born to play. Playing is instinctive and fundamental to our existence. Playing helps us survive and thrive by connecting us to other human beings and to sources of energy and excitement within ourselves. Play is simultaneously a source of calmness and relaxation, as well as a source of stimulation for the brain and body. Playfulness helps us be more inventive, smart, happy, flexible, and resilient. A sure (and fun) way to develop your imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and mental health is to play with your romantic partner, officemates, children, grandchildren, and friends.”

Furthermore, according to helpguide.org, “play is often described as a time when we feel most alive, yet we often take it for granted and may completely forget about it. But play isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. Play is as important to our physical and mental health as getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising. Play teaches us how to manage and transform our “negative” emotions and experiences. It supercharges learning, helps us relieve stress, and connects us to others and the world around us. Play can also make work more productive and pleasurable.

Despite the power of play, somewhere between childhood and adulthood, many of us stop playing. We exchange play for work and responsibilities. When we do have some leisure time, we’re more likely to zone out in front of the TV or computer than to engage in creative, brain-stimulating play. By giving ourselves permission to play with the joyful abandon of childhood, we can continue to reap its benefits throughout life.”

I disagree with the helpguide.org article on one point. I believe that computer play should be included in positive play as there are many online games where you do interact with others socially, play as part of a team/group and that make you think.  I also think that crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku puzzles, etc. that are found online help keep the mind active. As many of you know, I have been playing online role playing games such as Asheron’s Call, Dark Ages of Camelot and currently World of Warcraft for about 20 years now.  I have run an online guild called MRA (Mystical Realm of Asgard for most of that time.  We have had real life gatherings to meet our guild mates and go in costume to the local Renaissance Faires.  We role play a family and do help one another out online and in real life. So, you see, you can get some good benefits of playing on the computer too!

Plato (Greek philosopher 427-347 BC) says, “Life must be lived as play.”  I learned this lesson too late in life, unfortunately, although I always liked to play, I never applied it to life.  I wonder if I had applied it if I would have been more successful in my life.  But, I did learn it in time to apply it to teaching senior citizens how to use their new computers.  I told them to just think of the computer as a big, expensive toy and to remember they were in charge, not the computer.  I truly believe that this approach helped many computer phobic seniors learn and enjoy their computers.  I also tried to let them know that there were many fun aspects to computing such as games and computer generated crafts.

Brian Sutton-Smith (Contemporary American folklorist) believes, “the opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.”  I totally agree!!!

Ok, for today’s post I am giving you two recipes for fun food.  These goodies do not have to be made for a child.  Make them for yourself or for you and your significant other, or a friend.  Make them just for a laugh!  And yes, this can be a type of playing too!

Super Epic Rainbow Cake

Super Epic Rainbow Cake

Photo:  Whisk Kid

Recipe for this cake can be found at Whisk Kid.com

 

PLAY DOUGH COOKIES

By: Terri

“Swirls of color, similar looking to Play Doh.”

Original Recipe Yield 2 dozen

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter, softened

3 ounces cream cheese

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Assorted colors of paste food coloring

24 lollipop sticks

Directions

In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough into fourths. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hoursP Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Working with half of each color, shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 1 pink, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 orange ball together to make 1 large ball. Shape into a 12 inch long roll (like a snake), starting at one end, coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies. Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional Information Play Dough Cookies

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving Calories: 302 Total Fat: 14.7g Cholesterol: 56mg

Sodium: 198mg Total Carbs: 38.9g Dietary Fiber: 0.8g Protein: 4.1g

I have not tried this recipe yet, but it is on my list of to-dos!  I found it at AllRecipes.com.

NOTE:  Tonight or tomorrow, in a separate post, I will post links for my favorite fun sites.

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