Topic-Changing Thursdays: Chinese New Year Toddler Crafts

This year, I managed to find a couple Chinese New Year books from the library in the toddler section. The Fudgelet loves reading them, and he also loves learning new Cantonese phrases/songs/etc. I figured doing some crafts related to the holiday would be perfect since he is also missing Christmas activities and decorations. Initially I was going to check out a craft store and grab some pre-packaged crafts kits. Then, I looked online and found a few sites with easy crafts. After we made them, we went to the craft store to get other goodies …. and apparently they didn’t have ANY Chinese decorations anyway! Unheard of! So, it’s just as well we did it ourselves.

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Another Brownie Recipe

That’s right. I’m here to share yet another brownie recipe with you. In case you couldn’t tell, I happen to love bars and brownies. More than cookies. Not that I don’t love cookies. And really, you shouldn’t make me pick between them, but I would pick brownies and bars. Now, if I had to decide between peanut butter and chocolate, I couldn’t do it. Just couldn’t.

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter Swirl

Let’s say you’re in the mood for a more low-key recipe. And that cold weather makes you crave ice cream like a certain husband of mine. Well, I have a … “recipe” for you. Really, it’s just my normal vanilla ice cream with some add-ins. But we need something simple sometimes.

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Amelia Bedelia’s Sheet Cake

The Fudgelet and I go to storytime at the library weekly. It’s really well-run with the perfect mix of stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and talking. Each week, we go and return books, then if there is time look at books first, but usually we do storytime then books after. He likes to “help me” check out and then we go home for lunch. At lunch we usually read through all of the books while he eats, and then we read them throughout the week. Some books are clear winners right off the bat. It’s also fun to see what new interests he picks up from the books. Recently, dinosaurs have been a hit. He really wanted an Amelia Bedelia book, but I never liked them much. They also seemed a bit long and old for him, but he had grabbed one where Amelia bakes cakes.

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Flour’s Oreo Cookies

A few things for this post…one, I had wanted to make these cookies but it seemed silly since I’ve already made Oreos before. But, it’s less silly when your husband loves Oreos. And all things involving Oreos. I’ve been to the Flour Bakeries (several times) but did not try this cookie there because, again, it seemed silly when I could eat so many other special treats there. I wish my stomach had been bigger…but the baby Fudgelet had taken up residence there. Soooo, then let’s move forward to the end of September when I made these cookies.

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Almost No-Knead Bread

My first post of the new year is for something I made before…sort of. I made a no-knead bread recipe from America’s Test Kitchen over four years ago, but I believe it was a different recipe. Certain parts seemed different. And, I noticeably lacked success the first time. The first time was affected by our chilly house. We used to keep the house less heated when it was just the two of us. Now, we keep the house more comfortable year-round. I believe the temperature affected the rise of the bread last time. Whatever the difference, it turned out perfectly the first time I did the recipe below and not perfect but still very good the second time. The un-cut pictures you see below are the first time making it. The sliced pictures are from the second time I made it.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Fudgelet’s Christmas Vacation for 2016

We made our twice-annual visit to Maryland to see family, friends, and celebrate Christmas. Shortly after this post goes live we will be back home and getting ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and our small family Christmas. We save our gifts for when we get home…lots of pros because you can have everything ready for when we get home and not have to worry about shipping it somewhere else, there is no hassle of bringing presents to and fro, and it spreads out the giving. Here’s hoping my boys like their presents.

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