glue and a heart puncher
Tommy loves to watch the Peanuts movies. Charlie Brown Christmas, Valentines Day, Thanksgiving and everything in between. From one particular movie he walked away with an inkling to play marbles. He was very intent on identifying with a particular “best shooter” marble. I looked some how to instructions online and we went about our marble games. They are simple and fun…but require a skillful hand. Just because you haven’t thought of playing marbles in a hundred years or so..don’t mean it ‘aint a fun game.
There are a few different games you can play. Most of them involve a set of marbles, some larger “shooter” marbles, and a piece of string. 2 players and up is best, unless you are just playing around to perfect your shot.
Here is a link to some straight forward marble game descriptions. I would describe them myself, but how can I compete with “landofmarbles.com”?
Happy gaming, Julie
This is a photoshop tutorial:Simple typography for the kids room..cool colors + neat free font.
Download free font here
Enter width :16 in
Enter height:20 in
Enter resolution: 300 dpi
Create a new fill layer with the color hex code #443048
Select the font type tool, and at 1296 pt font, create your big letter
Select the color square for the font, and enter the hex code #baa2bf
Print on large paper or canvas for the wall
Here are some other fun color combinations:
Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic fragrance. The smell of bread baking is good enough as is, with the tangy yeast and soft flour smells. Add cardomom, and the situation gets a boost. This is a recipe for traditional Swedish cardamom bread. Once you have made the bread dough, it can be made into braids, rolls or “bullars: ( buns). For a big group or gathering, the braid is nice. But just for everyday enjoyment..I like the idea of small individual buns with my morning coffee.
KARDEMUMMA BULLARS (CARDAMOM ROLLS)
2 1/2 cups milk
2 packets of active dry yeast
1 cup of sugar
8 cups of flour
1 cup melted butter
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp ground cardamom
Raw sugar for sprinkling
Scald milk in a saucepan, then allow to cool to luke warm. Crumble yeast in a bowl and a add 1/2 cup of luke warm milk to dissolve. Add remaining milk and 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat in 3 cups flour and beat until smooth. Cover and set aside to rise until double in bulk ( 3/4ths of an hour to 1 hour)
Add remaining sugar, 1 cup melted/cooled butter and salt. Add about 1 and 1/2 tsp of cardamom and 4 1/2 cups of flour to the yeast mixture. Get ready to knead the dough on a prepared surface. Sprinkle a pastry cloth or board with flour, or get out your dough hook for the kitchen aid/
Turn out the dough and knead until it is elastic and not sticky anymore. Enjoy the sensory process at this point, it is timeless! I like to fold, then schmear..fold then schmear. I use the inside of my hand towards the thumb to really slide over the dough and press it out. Then I fold it back into itself and repeat.
Place dough in a buttered bowl, cover it with a cloth and let it rise until double in size ( 3/4th of an an hour to 1 hour)
When the dough is ready, divide into four equal pieces. Roll out each piece to a rectangular shape. Brush top with melted butter, sprinkle with cardamom and sugar. Roll each rectangle up and cut into small slices.
Place rolled dough pieces into buttered muffin tins and let rise again for another 30-40 minutes. Brush with egg ( you can also sprinkle raw sugar on top if you are not planning on putting a glaze on the rolls), and bake for 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees until the tops are golden.
Enjoy with a dab of butter and some hot coffee.
Special thanks to my Mormor Alice who taught me how to make these when I visited Sweden for Midsummer. Tack så mycket! The recipe that she gave my mom and I was a bit weathered and hard to read, so I found a very similar one here. I love the images and notes from the blog on this one as well.