Holiday Cookie Exchange

A Cookie Exchange is quite likely the niftiest way to get a whole bunch of different kinds of homemade cookies in your home without baking them all. Obviously, the more friends you can convince to participate in this event, the more kinds of cookies you can take home.

Oh happy holidays indeed!

1) Find 4 friends.

2) Choose a date near your favorite holiday.

3) Pick your favorite cookie recipe.

4) Now for some math: you will make 12 cookies for each person. 5 people (you include yourself) equals 60 cookies.

5) Your friends will do the same with their cookie recipes.

6) On the Cookie Exchange Day, carefully put all your cookies in a large container. Try to find a matching container. Gallop over to the meeting place.

7) Place all your cookies in one area. Each friend will do the same.

8) Collect 12 cookies from each of your friends. Include your own.

9) How many cookies do you have? 60 cookies!

More about Cookie Exchanges here.

Did you say you’re inviting me?

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Dear Deer Gems

deer-gemsThat red thing?

That’s a…um…deer gem.

If you have deer anywhere near you, you have hundreds of these gems just lying around, waiting for you to scoop them up, paint them, and turn them into nifty inexpensive holiday decorations.

Just like the deer…ahem…dear people of the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois did. Click on that photo to learn more!

We have a family joke about rabbits and smart pills, so I tend to think this is perfectly sensible idea. Hmm, the closest deer are in Nara….

Besides, this is oh so much better than cow pies, right?

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Apple Apple Pie

It’s an apple pie!

Now you can have your Mac Mini and eat it, too.

I mean, if you’re going to do something nifty with apples, you might as well have some fun, right?

Go get your laser thingy (please, remember to move curious little ones back back back), and read the step-by-step directions here. These are the same terrific people who did edible origami cranes a while ago.

If you can’t find your laser thingy, try making this Apple logo instead.

Start peeling and coring!

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What I’m Thankful For

I’m thankful for having so many incredible people in my life.

I’m thankful for having good food, good stories and good music in my life.

I’m thankful for little ones who don’t know the rules of hide and go seek.

I’m thankful for 30-minute power naps.

I’m thankful for olive oil.

I’m thankful for newspapers and radios.

I’m thankful for massages.

I’m thankful for the internet.

I’m thankful for bedtime stories.

I’m thankful for little ones who are enormously thrilled to talk to everyone who looks like a person.

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To Panic or Not to Panic

Art, dogs, painting….I…I….

I don’t know what to think about this.

What do you think?

Just to be fair, maybe now it’s perfectly acceptable for the little ones to scribble all over the walls, yes?

A few more decorated dog pictures are here.

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How big is the whale?

Ah, the power of a toddler!

Adult: How big is the whale?

Gavin (19-months old): [answers by raising 2 hands in the air]

Crowd of hundreds of people across the street celebrating the Phillies winning the World Series and most likely completely unaware of who Gavin is: Yaaaaay! [“Yay… what?” “That cute kid across the street!”]

Repeat repeat repeat.

Gavin is awesome.

Lovingly found on Baby Loves Disco and here.

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