Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mini Heart Strawberry Pies



Today I made some miniature strawberry heart pies.  I love them - they scream Happy Valentine's Day!


They were super easy to make because I used store-bought pie dough.

Ingredients:

store-bought pie dough 

strawberry jam

1 egg

tablespoon of milk

granulated sugar

Directions:

The store-bought pie-dough comes with two rolls of pie dough in each box.  Bring the pie dough to room temperature and roll the dough a little thinner on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 12 hearts.


Put a tablespoon of strawberry jam in the middle of each heart. Note: in the above picture I used a Silpat but parchment paper would also work in a pinch.


Roll out the second piece of pie dough with the rolling pin and cut out 12 more hearts. Place them on top of the jam hearts. Using the blunt end of a skewer punch little holes around the hearts.

Put the cookie sheet with the hearts into the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Meanwhile combine and egg with milk in a small bowl.

Once the oven is ready take the cookie sheet out of the fridge and brush the egg mixture over each heart. Sprinkle with a small amount of sugar.


Bake for 10-12 minutes until the hearts are golden brown.


Serve with a little vanilla ice cream! Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Preparing to Substitute Teach First Grade

I am preparing to substitute teach first grade .



I have these cute little  fuzzy coloring "Did you think to Pray?" Because I like to talk a little bit about prayer in every class that I teach.

This week I am planning on giving the kids a little handmade rosary and we are going to pray a decade.


We are also going to learn a little about Saint Valentine this week.


In honor of Saint Valentine I made  the kids these heart lollipops out of melted candy canes. I think they will really like them!


For snack time we are going to have heart shaped brownies - drizzled with red tinted chocolate.


Another take home treat is a mini Hershey bar with a scripture label.


First graders love the color - this week I found a lot of coloring sheets with heart and love themes.


They color so beautifully.  And the coloring keeps them busy and occupied. It is difficult to be a substitute teacher.


This first grade class was adorable. I hope they have a wonderful Valentine's Day! 



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Felt Envelope For Valentine Gift Cards


I started making little Valentine felt envelopes for gift cards. They are so easy and fun to make.

Supply List:

felt in pink and red

contrasting embroidery thread

needle

scissors

ruler

buttons 

Directions:

Cut a piece of felt into a rectangle. I cut mine into 8" x 4" and 10" x 4".


Fold the felt rectangle in half and cut the top into a point.


Now the envelope can be folded into thirds.


 Stitch the bottom with a running stitch.


Fold the bottom up about one third and start stitching around the edge, bottom, sides and all the way up over the point with a running stitch. Sew a button over the point.


If you don't have any buttons - a felt heart can be sewn over the point.


On the above envelopes I forgot to sew the bottom - but the envlopes work the same.


I am planning on making these little felt gift card envelopes for birthdays and other holidays. 


These little envelopes can be used for gift cards, love notes or a sweet candy treat. Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine Lolllipops


I made these little Valentine lollipops for the first graders that I am going to substitute teach this week.

They are so easy to make! The most important thing is to  remember to buy a box of mini candy canes at Christmas time.


All you need are mini candy canes and lollipop sticks.


Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Remove the wrappers from the candy canes and lay them on a Silpat or parchment paper in a heart shape with a lollipop stick. Bake for about 3 minutes.

When they come out of the oven pinch the melted candy canes over the lollipop stick and make sure the top pieces touch into the heart shape.

Once the lollipops have set - they can be put into little bags and tied with a red ribbon. They look super cute put into a vase.



I make these lollipops every February.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blueberry Pizza with Honeyed Goat Cheese


Today I made a blueberry pizza for lunch. Blueberries have been on sale this week! This pizza is super easy to put together and so delicious.

Ingredients:

1 naan flatbread

2 tablespoons honey

4 ounces goat cheese

handful of fresh blueberries

3 slices of prosciutto - cut into 1' pieces

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put naan on a baking sheet.

Combine the goat cheese and honey - to make a paste. Spread the honey/cheese mixture on to the naan.


Then sprinkle with the blueberries.


Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.


When the pizza comes out of the oven sprinkle with the thyme and prosciutto. 


This pizza is sweet, savory and so delicious!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Felt Footballs for Meals on Wheels


I started making felt footballs for a Meals on Wheels Superbowl treat. So far I have made around 20 while watching the Australian Open tennis tournament. I need to make 30 more!

Supply List:

brown felt

football shaped cookie cutter

white chalk pen

sharp scissors

white embroidery thread

brown embroidery thread

embroidery needle

thin white ribbon

cotton balls 

Directions:

Trace the football cookie cutter with the white chalk pen onto the brown felt. Each ornament requires two football shapes. Cut out all the football shapes that you need for your project.


Using the white embroidery thread - sew the football lines onto the front of the football.


Sew the front and back of the football together. Before sewing the ornament shut stuff the ornament  with a few cotton balls and sew in a white ribbon loop.




I started sewing them with a running stitch.




But I think that using a blanket stitch looks a little more football-ish.


I think these footballs would look amazing on a Christmas tree or as decorations for your Superbowl party! Let me know if you decide to make them!




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Three Wise Men Cookies


I made some Three Wise Men cookies for the first graders.  Yesterday I made round sugar cookies. Once they cooled I put them in an air-tight container. This morning I decorated them.


This is my Melchior cookie. I don't spend a lot of time decorating cookies for 1st graders - they barely look at them before chowing them down.


These are my Caspar cookies. The jewels on the crown are mini m&m's.


The final cookie is Balthazar - the kids wanted to know why he had blue hair. I explained that it was a turban.

When I asked the kids if they knew what gifts the wise men brought the baby Jesus. Answer: Gold, Frankenstein and Myrtle. Frankenstein?


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Preparing to Substitute Teach 1st Grade

On Wednesday I am substitute teaching a 1st grade religion class. The two subjects that the class is learning about this week are the Holy Spirit and the Epiphany.

First graders like to color - so I have some fun coloring sheets.


I am actually going to spend more time teaching the Epiphany.


I also made a little coloring book out of the three gifts - gold, frankincense and myrrh.


This little coloring book is a reminder of the gifts that brought to the baby Jesus.


I made little bags of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11


The gold is a bag of Rolo;s. The frankincense is a bag of carmel corn and the myrrh is a bag of banana chips.



I put a bag of each "gift" into a brown paper bag with a colorful ribbon and added a Three Wise Men graphic.



I think the kids will like the little take home treat and it will reinforce the story of the gifts. 



I am planning on making some Three Wise Men cookies tomorrow - hopefully I will remember to post them!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Valentine Rings for Meals on Wheels



Today I made some little rings for a Meals on Wheels Valentine treat. I happened to have everything that I needed for this project in my craft cabinet. That is one of my resolutions - to use up current craft supplies - before buying new supplies.


While the glue gun heated up I and laid out some felt flowers and heart shaped buttons. 


I glued the heart shaped buttons onto the small felt flowers or round red buttons.


Then I glued the button and heart flowers onto a silver ring. I just need to label and package them. Let me know if you make this project. And Happy Valentines's Day!