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.
Easy. Crumbly. Gooey. They are so good when you eat them right out of the oven with a big glass of milk..criminally good. The second day: not so much. Make them when you want to eat them.
1 Package of Devils Food Cake Mix
1 Package of Chocolate Pudding Mix ( slow cook kind)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Prepare the pudding according to the directions on the box
Once cooked, add the cake mix into the hot pudding and mix well ( it will be thick)
Pour batter into a 9 x 11 inch pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips
Bake for 30 minutes
I thought I was going to have my kids help with this one..but once I started I was done in about two minutes. They weren’t too upset thought, because the house smelled like a chocolate shop and they had just eaten enough healthy food to acquire themselves some sweet points. Good timing. I had one bite ( which I savored ) and then Jaime came home and took them all to his work…probably for the best!
These unique novelty washcloth/soap combos are so fun to make, especially with lots of little hands helping out. For this practical project, I ordered felting wool from amazon, and a felting needle which actually came in handy even though we weren’t doing any fancy designs..just to get the strands of different color fibers to stay in place. For the soap, I headed down to Marshall’s discount store and picked out some cheap..nicely scented soaps that would probably make really nice gifts all on their own.The felting wool, when wrapped around a bar of soap and dipped in hot water, begins to shrink down and hug the shape of the soap, so experiment with some fun soap shapes. Organic, rock-like shapes, ovals and circles work the best..but heart shapes could be really cute too. The wooly soap will be rolled around in your hands as you “felt” it, so it’s nice if it is a smooth shape and easy to hold.
Old nylon tights or panty hose (cut into tube like sections with one tied end)
–Start by wrapping the soap in one base color of felt. It needs to be completely covered.
–Add some embellishment colors on top of the base color if you want. It will all be loosely wrapped.
–Once the colors are in place..put the soap wrapped in wool into a piece of cut up nylon stocking
–Next, fill a bucket or a bathtub with hot water, and dip the soap in with your hands.
– Rub and swirl the soap around till it gets soap and sudsy in your hands. This is how you “felt” the wool around the soap. The fibers fuse together and start to shrink down to the shape of the soap.
–Continue for 10-20 minutes
You know it’s done when the wool is looking tightly wrapped and there are no loose pieces.
When you feel things are finished, rinse with cold water and lay the soaps out somewhere to dry. They will continue to felt together each time you use them.