Tips-y Tuesdays: Making New Crayons from Old Crayons

This is all over the internet, so I’m not really sharing any groundbreaking news here. But, I do have some tips on how to make new crayons from old crayons. These were another Valentine’s Day gift we made for our friends. The Fudgelet loves playing with them. Sometimes he wants his regular crayons, but he often wants to draw with these instead.

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Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake

I don’t often make bundt cakes, even though I own a regular bundt pan and a mini bundt pan tray. Part of it is I am still looking for my perfect bundt cake recipe. They are denser than regular cakes, and I understand why, but I am still hoping to come around to them a bit more. Do you have a favorite recipe? This recipe was good…it is definitely sweet with a LOT of frosting to go around. I actually had extra frosting that we saved just in case…but then ended up tossing it. Next time I would maybe make a little less frosting just because the cake didn’t need as much. It is a moist cake, and I like the cinnamon swirl in it. I could even see making more of the cinnamon layer and doing a second layer of it.

My frosting didn’t come out as nicely as Bridget’s did, but the mini ones look nice. I would say maybe I needed more sugar to thicken the frosting, but it was as sweet as I could handle it as is.

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Fudgelet Adventures (part 5): Lowercase Letters MNOPQRS

And here with are with another batch of lowercase letters to enjoy. As you can see, I stopped taking as many progress pictures…and often forgot to take pictures each day of the letters. So, some are group shots. Buying the googly eyes was a great investment. As you can see, eyes were added to just about everything. Easy for mom, fun for son.

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Fudgelet Adventures (part 4): Lowercase Letters DEFGHIJK

We have continued our letters and by the time you read this, we are done all of our letters. I’m trying to think about what to do next…some sort of unit test? Haha. Anyway, I have tried to get pictures of most of the letters, but sometimes I either forget or my hands are coated in glue. Either way, you can see at least one picture of each letter in its final state, and most with some progress shots.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Fudgelet is 2.5 Years Old!

This is past due because I wasn’t going to make a big deal of the “half year mark” other than continuing to say “2.5 years old” when people ask me, as I have been answering for the last month or more. Otherwise, I wasn’t planning anything. Then I remembered the photo shoot from last year and how he had fun with it. And not long after I watched Yolanda on How to Cake It┬ámake a half birthday cake for her son, I thought it could be fun. I decided about three days before his special day to make a cake and make it a “thing”. He picked the cake, but I knew he would want that kind anyway, so I was prepared. I let him pick the size (either an 8-inch shorter cake or a 6-inch taller cake). He picked the 8 inch, and I made a half batch of a cake recipe…but a full frosting recipe, which was necessary with all of the layers. He also directed his photo shoot and enjoyed it immensely. I think the most fun part was watching me drag around the huge panda from room to room when he wanted pictures in a different spot.

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Fudgelet Adventures (part 3): Lowercase Letters ABC

The Fudgelet knows his uppercase letters pretty easily, and even does things like finding them in random shapes/lines (he found a W shape with our sliding doors) and making them (with his food, with his arms/hands, etc.).

Here he is painting and you can see the "T" he made and was proud of.

Here he is painting and you can see the “T” he made and was proud of.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Leaf Painting (and more)

Something simple for today. Obviously we are in Winter and there aren’t leaves all around to do this now. Sooo, this will have to be something you save. Or you could use other objects and do the same idea. Basically, the Fudgelet and I picked up some leaves on our way home from a walk (we had gone to a toddler activity in the neighborhood). I wrapped them in plastic wrap to keep them a bit fresh and flat until we were ready to use them.

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And then…

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