Food & Beverage

Crafts You Can Eat

What's better than crafting than crafting with edible material? Making edible crafts is such a fun pasttime, and if you don't believe me, just ask Christine McConnell of Netflix fame. Making something beautiful only to eat it later not only ensures fun crafting time and a fun snack to eat, but also no clutter later. Many crafters have way too many projects sitting around gathering dust!

Gingerbread houses bring families together

Make a gingerbread house with your kids this Christmas.

One Christmas I saw an invitation to create a gingerbread house at our local Wetlands Institution. There was a small fee to do this, but it sounded like so much fun. I took my two girls and two of their friends. We had such a blast making the gingerbread houses that I vowed to make some at home this year. The craft is a great way to connect as a family.

The many uses of a pumpkin

Carving is only one pumpkin craft. There are many more.

I love fall and seeing pumpkins everywhere I go. Perhaps its their vibrant orange color, or the fact that they signify cooler, more comfortable weather with upcoming family holidays. If you love pumpkins as much as I do, you may want to use them for more than just carving. Here are a few more uses for your fall pumpkins.

1. A painting craft for younger children. Younger kids shouldn't be allowed to carve pumpkins, but you don't want them to feel left out. Giving them a set of paints to create a face for the pumpkin is a good compromise. This year my daughter painted an Angry Bird face on hers.

2. To hold your the stuffing for your family dinner. After you clean out the inside of a small pumpkin, you can bake it for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees without the lid. Next, fill it with your favorite stuffing and cook another half an hour or so with aluminum foil covering the opening to the pumpkin. Serve hot. Tip: I love to use chicken broth instead of water when I make my stuffing.

Christmas tree cones

Edible Christmas tree craft

Christmas is coming quick. I already started my Christmas shopping. While I was in search of a few crafts to do with my girls this year, I came across a great idea to turn waffle cones into Christmas trees. There are so many ways to make the Christmas tree unique, which allows the kids to express their creativity. The best part about this craft is that it can be eaten once your finished.

You will need the following items to make your Christmas tree cones:

  • Wax paper
  • Waffle cones
  • White icing
  • Green food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Coconut flakes
  • Skittles

Marshmallow crafts

Using marshmallows for creative projects

Marshmallows can be used for more than just making a delicious snack or dessert food. When marshmallows go stale in my house, we use them to make craft projects. Of course, you can make crafts with the marshmallows while they are still fresh if you want to. Here are a few of our favorites:

Marshmallow mosaic: Mini marshmallows now come in colors. Glue the marshmallows to a paper plate to create a mosaic of an animal, person, or an object. If you don't have the color you want, you can paint the marshmallows or dye them with food coloring.

Marshmallow rainbow: Just like the marshmallow mosaic, you can make a rainbow. Line up the different colored marshmallows so that they form an upside down U on your paper plate. Place like colors underneath of each other so that the first upside down U would be made up of green marshmallows, the one underneath of it yellow, etc. You can even form the appearance of clouds at the bottom of the rainbow with white marshmallows.

Give your apples sun tattoos this summer!

What would you "tattoo" your apples with?

The concept of "sun tattoos" is not a recent one. If you have ever doodled anything on your skin with sunblock before going out in the sun, you have hit upon the basic premise. There are several companies that will sell you stickers that you apply to your body, so that you can get a white spot left behind on your tanned skin in the shape of, say, a heart or a butterfly. One fascinating artist even created a "tattoo robe," with cut-outs that create a beautiful floral motif on the skin after a day of hard-core sun tanning.

 
But tanning your actual skin, in the actual sun? Not such a great idea. Skin cancer and all. Direct exposure to the sun's rays is harmful to our skin, but this is not true of the humble apple. Sunlight is what turns a red apple red (along with the right genetics - sunlight alone will not turn a green Granny Smith red). 
 
As you might have guessed by now, if sunlight turns a red apple variety's skin red, then blocking sunlight can leave a mark on the apple's skin as well. This is called a "tattoo," even though it isn't really a tattoo in the traditional sense.

Non-Turkey, Non-Stereotypical Thanksgiving Crafts

Everyone has their own special traditions and ideas about Thanksgiving. But it seems like all of the Thanksgiving crafts revolve around two things: stereotypical (and often false) depictions of pilgrims and “Indians,” or turkeys. For many modern families, Thanksgiving doesn’t have anything to do with these two concepts; in fact, to many of us, these are offensive—particularly the headdresses and feathers and such. Families who don’t eat meat obviously have no connection with handprint turkeys, either.

Tutorial: Make Seed Starter Pots From Newspaper

Here at Earth Talk, many of us strive to live greener, more eco-friendly lives. We subscribe to green living blogs, we take action on environmental issues, we recycle. Now and then, however, we run across such a cool idea that we have to stop and not only use it, but share it with the world.

I ran across such an idea today while meandering through my Google Reader. A favorite blog, The Best of Mother Earth, has an amazing how-to guide on how to make seed starter pots from newspaper. Who says you have to go out and buy an expensive kit to start seeds (as I have done in the past), often from plastic materials that will take many years to decompose?

St. Patty’s Activities for Families

St. Patrick’s Day is next week, and while my five-year-old is still wrapping her head around it (“I can’t wait for clover day!” and “So Saint Patrick doesn’t bring presents?” and “I don’t want to be pinched by people! Pinching isn’t nice!”) I’m making plans to celebrate with her throughout the week. Sure, it’s not really that big of a holiday—in fact, it’s more of an excuse for Americans to get drunk on green beer than anything else, in my humble opinion—but it’s a lot of fun to get green and make rainbows. Plus, anything with a leprechaun associated it is worth celebrating here in our Shire!

Here are a few of the things that we’re planning on doing. Feel free to use them yourself or add to them with your own post here at Working and Parenting.

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