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Posted on Feb 17, 2016 | 0 comments

Frog Cookies

Frog Cookies

This post is a follow up to A Frog Party and Frog Hats. Just a few tips on making Frog Cookies, from one who has been to the swamp and lived to tell about it.   1) Any old sugar cookie recipe will do, but I used a shortbread recipe because I wanted to and I am the Frog Queen. Add mini chocolate chips to the dough to make it wartier and chocolatier, but harder to get a cookie cutter through. Use the chips or not – it’s up to you. You are a Frog Queen.     2) To get them green, add matcha green tea powder, spirulina, chlorella, or any combination of those. I don’t have an exact combo – I just kept adding until I liked the color (and flavor – those substances have a flavor profile not commonly found at children’s birthday parties or anywhere else one typically eats for pleasure). Note: Use matcha green tea powder: Do not simply rip open matcha green tea bags, thinking you’re clever for saving a few bucks. The leaves aren’t...

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Posted on Jan 25, 2014 | 5 comments

A Frog Party

A Frog Party

[To see my Farmer Party, click here!] A frog party! A big frog party! Sorry, Dr. Seuss. I couldn’t help myself.   THEME Frogs were the animal of the year around here. My kiddo chose them for his birthday party. Again! What I discovered is that he is pretty much the only kid in the world to do so. They just don’t have a lot of frog stuff out there…Michaels, Party City, and general toy stores mostly came up empty. Then, as with so many things in life, once I forgot about the blessed things for a minute, they came to me. On a random trip to Wal-Mart, I happened to see some froggy bath toys.   I had absolutely NO use for them, which is usually my cue to put them right back on the shelf and walk away. But, for some inexplicable reason, I was drawn to them. That’s one thing I’ve learned in my impressive body of shopping experience: if you feel an undeniable pull toward something,...

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Posted on Dec 31, 2013 | 3 comments

Where There’s a Party Hat, There’s a Party!

Where There’s a Party Hat, There’s a Party!

I am not remotely crafty. In fact, I’ve always kind of hated that word, the same way I kind of hate the word “journal” as a verb. I do not “journal” and I certainly do not “craft.” At least, I thought I didn’t craft (and, if you bring up blogging as journaling, well, I don’t want to talk about that right now). What I have noticed lately is that I am inclined toward artsy (as opposed to crafty) projects with my kids. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that art therapy is a thing, and that my artistic ambitions started after I had small, loud people join my household. As I sit there, drawing, cutting, tying, painting, taping, re-taping…my mind can wander somewhat. It always snaps back, as very small children don’t need much therapy, but they do seem to need a lot of intervention. Especially where scissors and paint are involved. The artistic results are not always expected, but they lead to lots of lessons like “make the...

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