Wood Oven Challah and Fall Fun

Fall is a great time to gather with friends.  Host your own
get-together.  Ideas abound online, or just do an old-fashioned
marshmallow and hot dog roast.  Do it potluck style so no one person is out the cost for the whole shindig.  Of course, as the host, you’ll have to do some cleaning on your own!

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As the air turns cooler, you know we’re going to be
firing the oven as

often as we can.  We tried a challah recipe in the oven, it seems like the same day we did the cinnamon rolls.  We
pulled the recipe from the book The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, and it turned out wonderfully.  It won the kids’ approval, too.

We’re having another pizza party this weekend with a few family friends.  If you want to be in the rotation, you gotta tell us!  Those of you who have told us, know you’re already in que!  Pizza parties are a good time for all, and the kids even get to practice their dough tossing.

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Whatever you’re doing this time of year, my it be done with joy and in the spirit of thanks.

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Forget-Me-Not Valentines

I hope everyone has a delightful Valentine’s Day today.  Try not to overindulge in the chocolate!  When looking for an easy Valentine card/craft, I didn’t have to look further than the FamilyFun site.  I’ve used it before and will definitely visit again.

Thumbnail image for forget_me_not_valentineAs soon as I saw the elephants, I knew we had to do it.  My daughter is 9, so I figured what better way to try to be gender neutral, cool, and avoid stepping on anyone’s crush than to give out elephants?  Plus, the whole memory-filled pachyderm imagery is right up my funky daughter’s alley.

If you want to give it a go next year, or maybe some other occasion might arise when it would come in handy (think birthday cards, invitations, reminders), find the instructions here.

Some advice from our experience:

  • Print and cut out the template from cardstock.  Then, fold it in half.  Fold an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock in half.  Align the top folds, then draw the outline.  We found we could cut two at a time.
  • As for the heart ears, think long hearts.  Not all our tips came down far as tusks, but this also depends on how you make the slits.  Once you get a heart that works, use that as your template.  We don’t have Color-Aid paper, so we used more cardstock.  Fold a sheet into quarters and outline two.  Quickly get eight hearts from two cut-outs.  (We were making 36 oliphaunts, which requires 72 hearts, so we tried to save time.)
  • When it came time to make the slits, I had thickly cut out the line on the template.  I used a pen to mark the line on the subsequent elephants.  On a cutting mat (or in my case, scrap paper), use a craft knife to cut the line.  It will cut through both sides if you press hard enough.
  • We put the little packages of conversation hearts inside, using tape.
  • I used the extra strong glue stick variety to glue the trunks together.
  • Yes, they are standing with the candy inside.

Maybe next year this experience will remind me why you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to do a project! 

Feel free to share your favorite crafty links with me, or if you would like to see a project done, let me know!

Enjoy!

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