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Valentine’s Day Teacher Gift

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Help your child give his teacher some much needed relaxation with a spa day… in a jar. Materials Mason jar, such as Kerr’s pint size Bath salts, such as ArtMinds bath salts Pencil Felt, red or pink Scissors Essential oil, such as ArtMinds Essential Oil Stress Reliever Red mini duck Scrap or decorative paper White glue Soap colorant, such as ArtMinds red Ribbon (red or heart... Read More

Simple Science Experiments: Refraction of Light

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Ever see a rainbow and wonder where the colors are coming from? Or wonder why a person’s legs appear bigger or just off while standing in a swimming pool? With this two part “Simple Science Experiment,” you’ll learn about how light can refract or “bend” through different materials. Materials Tall cup (one you can’t see through) Penny Tape Water Wax paper Fine print... Read More

Quinoa Shrimp Salad

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Quinoa, pronounced keen-wa, is a nutritious, wheat-free grain. It may be tricky to say, but it’s certainly easy to prepare and enjoy! Plus, quinoa has twice the protein content of rice or barley, and is also a good source of calcium, magnesium, vitamins B & E, and dietary fiber. Ingredients 2 soft spinach tortillas or regular whole wheat tortillas (10 in.) 2 cups cooked quinoa 1... Read More

How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange

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“Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe called life.” ~ Unknown Cookie exchanges serve up two bites of goodness: a chance to share your favorite treats and fill others up with sweet holiday cheer. Nothing beats the afterglow of time spent with friends and a plate of homemade goodies! Coordinating a cookie exchange may seem complicated, but this handy... Read More

DIY Elf on the Shelf Apron Skirt & Shoes

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The Elf on the Shelf leaped from the pages of its 2005 picture book to become a new Christmas tradition. “Scout elves” hide in homes to monitor conduct with an objective to report back to Santa at the North Pole. Parents enjoy the added encouragement to aim for “nice” behavior; while kids wake up each day excited to discover their Elf’s new location. Santa Claus always... Read More

Festive Popcorn Trees

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Christmas has many edible traditions… cookies baked for Santa Claus, egg nog, gingerbread houses, popcorn garland, and roasted chestnuts. What if you combine two festive food traditions ─ popcorn and cookies? This recipe adds an unexpected pop to Christmas cookies! Ingredients | Yield: 10 trees 10 cups air-popped popcorn 1 10-oz. bag miniature marshmallows 2 tbsps. butter 1... Read More

Thanksgiving Place Card Holders

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Add a touch of gourd-inspired glam to your Thanksgiving table! In just four easy (and budget-friendly) steps, you can create gorgeous gold place card holders. Gold isn’t your color? Pick another metallic or bold hue to accent your festive color scheme. Supplies Gourds [Either natural gourds from grocery store or foam and/or plastic gourds from craft store.] Gold metallic... Read More

Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving

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Getting your family to eat heart-healthy, especially during the holiday season, takes effort! But the American Heart Association can help. Kick off the season by taking part in National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 4. Then, use AHA recipes to serve up delicious & heart-friendly Thanksgiving dishes. Mom’s Roasted Turkey with Butternut Squash and Asparagus Serves... Read More

Devilishly Delicious Halloween Treats

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The devil made us do it… yes, we’re induldging in these red velvet cakes and loving every sinful bite. This recipe uses red food coloring mixed with chocolate cake batter to achieve a fiery hue. Red Devil Snack Cakes Ingredients | Makes 25 snack cakes Cake 1 cup Land O Lakes Butter 1 cup water 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2... Read More

Pumpkin Decorating Made Easy

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10 No-Carve Approaches to Halloween Maybe you grew up carving Jack-o-lanterns and want your kids to experience this cherished Halloween tradition. Carving pumpkins can be a gooey blast for the whole family. But, for many, the sticky mess and time commitment can be among the most frightening elements of Halloween! Don’t be scared to try a simpler decorating approach. Just select... Read More

Water Drop Magnets

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Homemade gifts of gratitude are ideal for grandma & grandpa, especially for Grandparents Day (September 13). These personalized magnets look like water drops, but create a familiar splash when filled with the faces of grandchildren. Supplies 1″ glass marbles with a flat side Pictures Hot glue Pencil Scissors Magnets Directions Place marble on top of a picture. Using a pencil,... Read More

Pizzoccheri Gratin

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This soul-satisfying comfort food ─ which stems from Trentino, a beautiful mountainous region in Italy ─ is based on pantry staples (and kids’ favorites) such as cheese, potatoes, and pasta. The cheese choice is entirely yours, but the chef recommends using fontina, Brie, buffalo mozzarella, or other stretchy, ooey gooey cheese. Ingredients | Yield: 4 servings ½ cup salted... Read More

Easy Back-to-School Meals

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Incorporate soy into your child’s diet for a change of pace Back to school time is a hectic transition for the entire family. Carpools, afterschool activities, and homework can make it difficult to incorporate wholesome meals into the day. However, it’s important to make sure your child is eating a nutritious diet to keep energy levels high and concentration focused in school.... Read More

Ice Cream in a Bag

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It’s summertime and the weather is super hot. Your kids need a cool treat. Plus, you could use another activity to keep them busy, right? You can help them learn about the science behind ice cream! Here is a simple science experiment that will produce a tasty treat. Materials: 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup half-and-half ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup ice cream salt Ice cubes 1... Read More

Independence Day Celebrations

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Country star Martina McBride, known for “Independence Day” and many other powerful tunes, is ready to dish! Log onto OrlandoFamilyMagazine.com and enter to WIN Around the Table by Martina McBride, a cookbook filled with recipes & inspiration for gatherings throughout the year. All-American Backyard Burger Ingredients | Serves 10 to 12 5 lbs. ground chuck (80% lean) 3 cups... Read More

4 Easy Treats for the 4th of July

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Everyone will be bringing something to the 4th of July picnic, but you can bring the grand finale. Each of these tasty sweet treats captures the flair of the 4th without the fuss. In just a little time, you can add patriotic color and fun flavor to classics like cupcakes, ice cream cones and cookies. Dipped Ice Cream Cones: Add color and crunch to your cones with a dip in red,... Read More

Seashells Candles

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Transform your collected seaside treasures into beautiful candles! These homemade seashell decorations can add a beach-inspired touch to your home, and are perfect for summertime table settings. Materials & Tools Wax candle flakes Tea lights Seashells Glass container Pot Essential oils (optional) Directions Candle wicks: Pop tea light candles out of their metal tins and... Read More

DIY Chalkboard Lap Mat

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These DIY chalkboard lap mats will keep kids occupied, entertained, and quiet when traveling in a car or airplane, or at restaurants. Supplies 1/2 yard of thin vinyl or washable fabric (Note: Craft tested using waterproof PUL fabric.) 2 felt squares for inner panels or 2 rectangles of scrap, 8×10 in. size Chalkboard fabric square, 8×10 in. Small scrap of 8-in. ribbon Trim... Read More

Chorizo and White Wine Meatball Tapas

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In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve selected a delicious recipe that represents our editor’s mother-in-law and publisher’s mother ─ both of whom are from Madrid, Spain. By embracing classic Spanish ingredients, we’re traveling back to our family roots through cuisine! Ingredients 2 slices of bread, crusts removed 1/3 cup white wine 4 ounces chorizo, uncooked sausage 1 pound... Read More

DIY Tug Toy

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Don’t toss that old t-shirt! Snip it up to make a simple tug toy for your furry friend. Every dog loves to play both fetch and tug-of-war, so this craft combines the two in one DIY toy.   Supplies 1 old t-shirt 1 tennis ball scissors       Instructions Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface and mark off your cuts. You’ll want to make two pieces that are... Read More

Impress Spring Party Guests with Surprise Sweets

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Transform an ordinary cupcake into something extraordinary with a peek-a-boo filling. These simple cupcakes are a fun addition to any spring celebration, including Easter and beyond. And the best part about this party trick? It’s easy!   Spring Party Ideas Easter Extras: Who said Easter baskets are just for the kids? Treat your holiday guests to take-home cupcakes served... Read More

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