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So-Cool-It-Squeaks Art

Art doesn’t transform.  It just plain forms.  — Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), American pop artist

In a small fit of creativity, I challenged myself to pick up three pieces of litter from the parking lot and use them for a little art project.  It took me about 30 seconds to discover my items: a piece of worn wood, a red plastic chip from somebody’s car light and a round plastic piece.

And here is my masterpiece!  I simply glued the pieces onto a painted piece of recycled cardboard.  For embellishment, I used recycled foil candy wrappers and two non-recycled items:  blue glitter and an orange plastic jewel.

This would be an awesome and ultra cheap party project.  Of course, you’d need to designate a safe place to scavenge for garbage items.  For kids, you’d also need to be watchful to ensure nobody scores something disgusting such as a dirty hamburger wrapper.  But don’t let that scare you.  This is squeaky clean fun!

DISH DARTS: Peppermint Patty Cake Box Cookies

Cake Box Cookies are your friend.  They are so quick and delicious.  There are many recipes, all very similar, and the combinations are endless.  Just pick a cake flavor and add your own flair (raisins, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.).   I recently used a chocolate cake mix and added white chocolate chips and crushed soft peppermint.  It’s my new favorite!  Easy and fun for everybody.  And pretty enough to leave for Santa himself.

Here is the recipe I use.  But first . . . the most important step:

Stock up on Bob’s Sweet Stripes Soft Peppermint Candy.  This old-fashioned treat is much softer than most peppermint candy.  In a cookie it’s heavenly!  I find it at Walmart every year at Christmas time where you must snatch it up immediately.  It disappears fast.  You can also order it from this fun candy site:  http://www.oldtimecandy.com

Soft Peppermint Patty Cakes
chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
6+ crushed soft peppermint sticks (I recommend Bob’s)
white chocolate chips
 
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together cake mix, oil & eggs.
Stir in crushed peppermint sticks & white chocolate chips.
Place by large spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet and bake approximate 10 minutes.
 
Now patty yourself on the back and eat some!  Makes about 2 dozen. 
 

Feeling Giggly? Try Cardboard Therapy Fit for a Gaggle of Princesses

My daughter was so inspired by our fun cardboard witches, she expanded on the idea for my grand-daughter’s birthday party. (See my September 7 post: “Feeling Witchy?”) The children made cardboard princesses. It was an enchanted affair. Check out her pretty decorating:

For the cardboard creations, it didn’t take much to transform the witches into sparkly princesses. She used the same cardboard but painted them in time-tested little girl colors and sprinkled them with glitter. She did this beforehand to prevent staining up any of the royal gowns.

I love how she used the cardboard for part of the centerpiece.

She displayed assorted paper shapes, flowers, gems, yarn/ribbon and faces ready for little princess hands to work their magic.

She made these lovely faces using our balloon punch. Who’d have thought a balloon face could be so pretty?

And, ala! Each little girl made a new princess friend to take home:

And a little time for princess cake . . .

And painted on princess crowns and bracelets. Tul-le-lu-jah go Beans girl! I love the fairy tale of you.

And they all lived happily ever after . . . Let life be sweet for every five year old . . .

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