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Apple Cinnamon Ornaments

Hello all!

Jenn here to share a fun thing my daughter and I did for the first time yesterday. We made apple cinnamon ornaments!! They were super simple and turned out very cute.

I found the recipe on Pinterest (Her Post with directions)and it was simply:

1 1/2 cups of cinnamon
1 cup of applesauce

Add the cinnamon to the applesauce until it is the consistency of play-dough. Sprinkle some cinnamon on your work area and rolling pin. Roll it out. Use cookie cutters to cut out different shapes. Use a straw to make a hole at the top for string. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and bake at 200 for 1 1/2 hours. Tada! Done! See super simple!!

*The site I found this on said it makes a ton of ornaments….I cut the recipe in half because I didn’t have enough cinnamon and we ended up with 6 ornaments. And a small ball of leftover.

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*When ours were done baking and had cooled my daughter brushed modge podge on and added glitter ;). Because, well, glitter is awesome!

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*I printed tags to hang on them that said “Merry Christmas” love Kaitlyn 2013 (I laminated the tags so they would hold up) and we are giving them as gifts.

They turned out very cute and we had fun doing it!! If you are looking for something simple and fun I would recommend giving these a try!

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I can’t wait to get in the kitchen more now that school is out!! One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the goodies 🙂

Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today…..like give them a homemade ornament!!

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and spend time making memories with your loved ones!!

Love,
Jennifer

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A Valentine’s Craft and Cookie You’ll “LOVE”!

Hey, y’all…Jess here with a couple of fun ideas for you and your little loves this Valentine’s Day. At our house, we love making crafts and/or special foods for nearly every holiday. And Valentine’s Day, with its hearts, pinks, reds, and other frilliness, was no exception!  This post will feature both a fun craft and a delicious dessert you can make with the help of your kiddos.

For our Valentine’s Day craft, we made these Tie Dye Coffee Filter Hearts I found while perusing Pinterest one day. We made some Tie Dye Coffee Filter turkeys back in November for Thanksgiving, and the boys had a blast making them, so I knew these hearts would be a hit. (They were!) The materials you’ll need are coffee filters (any size will work…you’ll be folding them in half and cutting them into a heart shape anyway), markers (your choice of color…we went with pink, red, and purple, since my oldest said those are “Valentine colors”), and a spray bottle of water (or you can use an eye dropper or simply hold the filter under some running water from the sink. We went with the spray bottle because, let’s face it, my boys love spray bottles and I love the boost of fine motor skills it gives them).

Then, let the coloring begin!

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We were so fortunate that Buzz Lightyear could join us on this intergalactic Valentine mission!

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After the hearts are colored, it’s time to get spraying! I placed the hearts (folded in half) on a paper plate covered with a paper towel to help absorb some of the water.

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These turned out super cute! They are currently hanging in our dining room windows and looking “love”ly! Sorry, couldn’t resist!

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After we made these hearts, we had a short devotional about why we give Valentines (my oldest wisely said “To say ‘I love you’”) and how God showed us how much He loved us by giving us His only Son (John 3:16). We also talked about how God is love, and if we love God, we will love one another (1 John 4:7-8).

Now, for the deliciousness…

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I found this recipe for Chocolate Valentine Cookies on Pinterest (what would we do without our dear friend Pinterest…all of my fellow PinHeads know what I mean!) and thought it looked SO good, and then as I looked at the ingredients, I realized it was SO simple to make! You can click here to see the recipe. The key ingredient? A box of Devil’s Food cake mix. The rest of the ingredients are staples you probably already have on hand. See the picture below.

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You could use any variety of sprinkle or decoration for the top. We had some mini heart sprinkles left over from making treats last Valentine’s Day, so we used those. I had a good time with my funny Valentines making these goodies! They are such good helpers!

Pouring in the cake mix

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Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’….

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The cookies didn’t turn out quite like the ones pictured in the recipe, but that’s ok by me! They were delicious (I’m striving to exercise more and eat healthier, but I did eat one. Ok, two. I can totally vouch for their yumminess! Now it’s off to jog a mile and do some yoga…), looked very festive, and were just the right size for little hands.

I hope each and every one of you have a special and wonderful Valentine’s Day! Enjoy each moment with those special people who have captured your heart, and let them know EVERY DAY, not just on this one day out of the year, just how much YOU love THEM.

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return.”-from “Nature Boy”, sung by Nat King Cole

“We love, because He first loved us”– 1 John 4:19