Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hands-On Toddler Activitiy #11: Ice Water Table

After doing the tongs activity on a hot day, I thought that this would be a fun activity to take outdoors! My son loves playing with his water table, pouring water from one container to the next, and he loves ice! So I thought it'd be fun and refreshing to fill his water table with ice water! I gave him some tongs so he could try to pick up the ice cubes and put them in the bucket. He liked that for a few minutes, then he ditched the tongs and just started using his hands or the bucket itself. Either way, he had lots of fun and stayed cool! And of course, you don't need a store bought water table to do an activity such as this. You can simply take a big bucket or extra large tupperware container and fill it with water. Give your child different sized cups or buckets to pour water. Instant summer fun!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lofthouse Style Frosted Cookies

The cake pops I made for the babysitters at the YMCA were pretty successful, but I decided to try them again for a condo BBQ we had recently. They came out a little prettier the second time around. Of course I forgot to take a picture, so you'll have to take my word for it.

I also decided that I wanted to make some "thank you" treats for the nurses at my OB/GYN. I see them once a week now, and having a couple nurses in my own family I know how underappreciated they can feel, so I wanted to do a little something to let them know we were thinking about them. So rather than round 3 of ice cream cone cake pops, I decided to try a new recipe I came across on Pinterest.

Do you know those cookies that you can buy at the grocery store that are little round cake treats with delicious frosting tinted for whatever holiday is around the corner? Well, I love them! I don't know many people who don't. So when I saw a "knockoff" recipe for them, I knew that I had to try it. I found similar recipes on lots of blogs and websites, but the one I ultimately used was from the blog, Authentic Suburban Gourmet. And to this blogger I say, thank you! These cookies, while not exactly the same as the grocery store ones, were, as my son would say, deeeeeeelicious. I think they were even better a day or two after I made them! I will most likely make this recipe again in the future, but it probably will not be often. One reason is that I hate rolling out dough, so I usually try to avoid recipes that involve this step, and reason number two is that they are just way too addicting and unhealthy!

Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies