My topic today is fun things you can make for the little ones if you're trying to avoid fireworks. I found almost all of these on Pinterest, and added my own spin to a few...Read More
With no visiting politicians or big weather events getting in the way, I had my second appearance on Afternoon Live go off without a hitch last week. That's unless you count my somewhat shaky hands and uncooperative glue gun, but those issues were minor. Here's the video if you'd like to check it out:
Many thanks to my friend Jackie for sharing the photo she took while it was airing! :-)
If you're interested in making this yourself, you'll find the instructions here. Looks like I need to start thinking of a TV-friendly Easter craft now - maybe something without a glue gun!
I mentioned last month that Afternoon Live had invited me back to do another segment on their lifestyle show - tomorrow is the day! I thought I'd be less nervous this time, but you guys, I picked a craft that involves a glue gun! I'm just hoping I can keep from gluing myself to anything.
I thought I'd give you a sneak preview of what I'm making tomorrow, since it's very Valentiney and that month just popped up on the calendar. This is an easy project, would be fun to make with kids and takes few supplies. My favorite kind.
For this project you'll need:
twine, ribbon, cord or yarn
There are two parts to this, so we'll start with the hearts.
For each heart you'd like to make, cut a strip of felt 1 x 9". The long side should be the width of the felt if you're using the rectangles you usually find in the craft store. It might not be an exact measurement, but close is fine. Cut a piece of twine about 3".
Fold the felt in half to find the center. Add a drop of glue near the center. I prefer hot glue, but if you don't mind waiting for it to dry just about any glue will work.
Bring the ends of the twine together and form a loop. Another, probably better, option is to cut it longer and tie a knot in the ends. Stick the ends into the glue.
Fold the strip with the glue inside. Hold for a second to let the glue cool. Flip it over so the twine is on the bottom and add glue near the other end of the strip.
Bring the ends together and hold to cool.
And boom, you have a heart! Or do it a bunch of times, and you'll have a bunch of hearts.
By the way, if you want to skip the glue, you can use staples! For some reason, it worked better for me when I held the stapler in my hand.
Now, about that tassel. Cut a piece of felt 2 x 4". Cut strips along the long edge 1/4" wide, stopping 1/2" from the top.
To create a felt loop, pull the first strip up and glue the end to the top, as shown below, making a loop above the top edge.
The other option is to cut a piece of twine about 4", tie a knot in it and glue it to the end.
Once you've created the loop of your choice, start rolling up the tassel from that end.
When you reach the end, add another dab of glue near the corner and finish rolling.
Fluff the ends.
String as many as you'd like to make on your twine of choice.
I asked my husband to drill a couple of holes in a board for me so I could stick dowels in it to hang this from. Being the creative guy he is, he came back with this instead. I can't wait to take it with me tomorrow!
I'm popping in today with a link to my appearance on Afternoon Live, a talk show here in Portland. It was first delayed by Bernie Sanders, then preempted because of snow, but it finally aired yesterday. I felt like my usual awkward self while it was being filmed, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. They've asked me back to do a Valentine craft! You can see the video here: http://katu.com/afternoon-live/cooking-recipes/holiday-cocoa-mixes
If you're eyeing those tags on the jars or you caught a glimpse of the recipe cards that were laying on the table, they're yours to download and print!
My original intention was to come here last week and tell you all about my very first television appearance. Well, things didn't go exactly as planned. I arrived at the station, where I met the producer and was directed backstage to set up my display and work area. I was scheduled near the end of the show, so there was some waiting, but eventually my table and I were taken out onto the set. I sat in the audience for a couple of segments, then they put on my mic. They teased my cocoa mix right before the commercial break. I stepped forward to head to my display when none other than Bernie Sanders popped out of a side door and walked right in front of me. Yes, that Bernie Sanders. He was so close I nearly ran right into him. Politics aside, it was a little surreal. Apparently he just wrote a book, and had stopped by unexpectedly for an interview. After he passed by, I walked over and stood where I was supposed to. After a few minutes it was pretty clear he had a lot to say and it wasn't happening for me that day, which was confirmed by the stage manager. Mr. Sanders did his thing, posed for some photos, then walked past me and my cocoa mix and left.
Everyone couldn't have been nicer about it. We talked about when I might be able to come back, but just as I was about to pack up they decided to film the segment and air it another day. I think it had something to do with the effort I put into making my display festive, and I'm sure there's a lesson there somewhere.
I don’t know when it will end up airing, but I didn’t want to let the holiday season go by without sharing the recipe with you. I also bought some cute holiday clipart, and got the okay from the artist to offer the tags and recipes cards for you to print!
This is the basic recipe:
Basic Cocoa Mix
1 cup dry powdered milk
3/4 cup powdered creamer
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Combine the ingredients.
For Salted Caramel Cocoa Mix add to the basic mix:
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/4 cup crushed caramel hard candies (I like Werther's)
For Peppermint Cocoa Mix add to the basic mix:
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy canes or peppermint disks
For Cinnamon Cocoa Mix add to the basic mix:
1/4 cup cinnamon imperials (red hots)
As you can see, I tried to get a little creative with the packaging. If you decide to make filled ornaments like these, I'd recommend going with plastic over glass. No one wants to find a chip in their cocoa! I put one serving of cocoa mix in each one, then finished filling it with layers of chocolate chips, mini marshmallows (on Amazon, since I can't find them in a store close to me any more) and more of the candy used to flavor the mix. If you intend to hang them, pull the top off and bend a little upward hook on each end of the wire to keep them from slipping out of the ornament. If you'd like to stand them, my husband had the smart idea of gluing a button on the bottom to keep it from rolling.
I like the idea of giving these as individual or couple servings, so I found some small containers for that. Some of these are from the craft store, others from the dollar section at Target.
I also made some with a tiny bottle of liquor attached. There were three of these, but the one with the peppermint schnapps disappeared the moment I got home. Mama needed a minute after the whole Bernie Sanders thing.
Have you noticed the tags? I bought some clip art from the talented Little Sisters Studio on Creative Market to make these, and I'm so in love.
With the artist's permission, here are the tags for you to print! Each one has a second page of red and black buffalo check in case you'd like to print it two sided and use that for the back like I did.
And if you're feeling generous enough to share the recipe, here's recipe cards too!
These mixes are great for last minute gifts, and it doesn't hurt to have some around for those drop-in guests or holiday parties either. If they don't run out the door as soon as they're done talking about their book.