Wednesday, January 29, 2014

the once (or maybe twice) in a childhood most excellent "snow" day in the south

Peg Dolls Winter Wonderland / diy cardboard toy templates / Mr Printables
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"What are we gonna do all day, mama?"

"A little bit of this, and a little bit of that."

Here are a few of our favorite things for a stay-at-home winter day:
  • the ever fabulous mrprintables for free cut outs and projects
  • Kiwi crates are insanely great boxed crafts that arrive on your doorstep full of joy and everything you need to create an age appropriate craft - check out this coupon
  • Thinking about getting garageband and learning how to use it because my friends tell me it's a very good thing. Perfect for a snow day.
  • learn to make a vimeo movie and document the big freeze
  • These fortune cookie valentines by Martha Stewart are cool! Now if I could just convince 10 year old boys this is cool...
  • Got Lego? Try this excellent app called brick collection for bright ideas using the Lego you already have at home. 
  • And finally... just make cookies! This is our all time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe from Martha Stewart:
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipes


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips


  1. STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.


  2. STEP 2

    Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  3. STEP 3

    Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Holiday Cookies 2005, Special Issue 2005
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