- 3 oz cranberry juice
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz peppermint vodka
- splash Ginger Ale
- Cranberries for garnish
- Candy cane stick
- Mix together cranberry juice and vodka.
- Pour over a ice.
- Top with cranberries, candy cane and a splash of ginger ale.
A creative drink recipe is just the ticket for a fun after-school treat! If you’re a fan of waffles, cocoa or the Netflix original Stranger Things, you’re gonna love this twisted combo of 80’s nostalgia and chocolate. Chances are, you already have most of the ingredients at home. Try this one out and let us know what you think!
You will need:
2 cups milk
2 cups half & half
½ bag chocolate chips
1 tsp. of Maple syrup ( not pancake syrup )
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Whipped Cream for garnish
Eggo waffle for garnish
Pancake syrup for drizzle
In a large pot, on medium heat add milk, half & half and heat until hot but not boiling.
Add chocolate chips and stir until completely melted.
Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract to the pot.
Top with Whipped Cream, pancake syrup and Eggo waffle
If you’re a builder already, you might find that your ideas are becoming stale. What if I told you that there was a way to breathe new life into your designs and to come up with even more ideas? Circuit Cubes are little tiles that can be added to your latest LEGO creation or to a used tube of toilet paper to make a fully functional product.
Circuit Cubes has three types of electronic building tiles: the Battery Cube, Motor Cube, and LED Cube. These blocks snap together three ways: horizontal, vertical, and diagonal. Use them to power a LEGO car or to make a pinwheel out of a piece of cardboard easily. Each piece is transparent so you can literally see the connections. It facilitates a better understanding of the circuits and how they are easily manipulated to change a design or function.
You can power a motor, create a light source, activate switches, or make a real life hack product to make a task easier. To get started, you choose any of the three kits available: Whacky Wheels Kit, Bright Lights Kit, and Smart Art Kit. Each kit comes with everything you need to make the suggested projects. You can build a monster truck or underwater rover with the Whacky Wheels kit, a light saber from Star Wars in the Bright Lights Kit, and even a carousel with the Smart Art Kit.
The ideas do not have to stop with the kits. Circuit Cubes has an entire portion of their website dedicated to really good ideas from their builders. With a suggested age range of builders eight and up, the possibilities seem endless on the types of vehicles and everyday products you can make. Sharing your project ideas with Circuit Cubes can get you featured and your design out there for other kids to try! Get building and start connecting those circuits!
(Sigh) I am back on my reindeer kick and have another fun treat that popped into my head: Reindeer Pretzel Treats. These are easy to make and the combination of salt and sweet are a perfect treat for the taste buds. Why not whip them up and have them handy for that fun book or holiday TV special with the kids?
You will need:
1 bag of mini pretzels sticks
1 8oz bag of ghiradelli milk chocolate melting wafers
1 package of large edible eyes
1 package of M&M’s reds picked out
1 package of black candy melts
1 disposable piping bag
2 cookie sheets fitted with parchment paper
Using a double boiler, melt the black candy melts
Once melted place into the disposable piping bag
Using one of the cookie sheets, pipe out 28 reindeer antlers (extras incase some break)
Set aside to harden
Using the double boiler again, melt the milk chocolate wafers
While the chocolate is melting group together 6 pretzel sticks for each reindeer
Once the chocolate is melted, drop 6 pretzel sticks into the chocolate
Using a fork, carefully pick up one at a time, lightly tapping the edge of the pot to get rid of extra chocolate
Place the stick onto the cookie sheet and repeat the step with the remaining 5 sticks, sticking next to each other to make one solid piece.
Once all 6 have been dipped, repeat steps with the remaining pretzel groups.
Once done then decorate
Place two eyes onto the pretzels
Place a red M&M under the eyes
Carefully peel off the antlers and place one on each top corner, let chocolate harden before enjoying.
Most subscription boxes are designed to fit maybe one or two categories and if you don’t fit into those categories then it’s just not for you. When it comes to creativity and problem solving those are categories that apply to every person regardless of age.
KiwiCo recognized a need for more age-specific choices in a single subscription box and they seem to have nailed it! Their boxes go from 0-36 months, ages 3-4, ages 5-8, and ages 9-16+ with two different types of subscription boxes to choose from for their oldest users. You’ll find that their boxes are heavily STEM/STEAM themed and offer a wide variety of projects. We were lucky enough to try a few of their single crates:
The Light-Up Speaker box is recommended for ages 12+, but does fall within that 9-16+ box age range. In the kit, there was everything needed to make a fully functional light-up speaker. The goal is to teach users how to build an amplification circuit, learn about transistors, and see electromagnetism at work all while customizing your LED speaker light and getting it ready to play your favorite tunes.
Another 9-16+ single crate, the Hydraulic Claw, shows you just how often hydraulics are used in everyday life. You find them on airplanes, in factories, and even at theme parks! This kit includes all the pieces you’ll need to build your own hydraulic claw ready to clamp and lift. It’s a great tinker project to build to spec then adjust and experiment with to yield different outcomes and designs.
The last single crate to make STEAM fun is the Infinity Mirror. Thanks to the light-up mirror and design you can see an infinity illusion for yourself. Think of it as abyss in the palm of your hands that you created and is crazy cool to look at!
KiwiCo is a fantastic subscription box, but what really made it worthwhile is the option to purchase single crates. There are more than just a couple of options when it comes to single crates too. You can purchase almost all the projects they release monthly as additions to your subscriptions or to get specific projects for yourself, your child, or your classroom. These crates were designed to be fun and to encourage everyone to bring out their inner creator!
I remember when I was about Miss Sarah’s age and got to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Dane County Coliseum. Meadowlark Lemon? Curley O’Neil? I was amazed and totally in love, LOL! Now, I have the chance to take MY daughter to see them and can’t wait to see what they are up to now.
Not just anyone can be a Globetrotter — it is a painstakingly thorough process as they want the best of the best.
They entertain with a blend of comedy and sports skills while they pander to children and encourage physical activity.
I am excited that they are coming back to Madison and that I get to offer a discount to my readers that might want to visit (or any other cities that they will be playing at soon!
All you have to do is go to http://harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets and use the code: FUNFAM . With over 250 cities on tour, they is sure to be one by you!
Ducktales was an cartoon television series that made adventurers out of children from 1987 to 1990. It’s 2017 and it looks like the Ducks are doing it again! There’s an entirely new generation belting out the Ducktales theme song and “woo-ooing” everywhere. This DVD and subsequent new television series is bound to quickly become a new family favorite bridging the gap between nostalgia and brand new.
The television movie reintroduces the main characters these children’s parents grew to love. You meet Uncle Donald Duck and his three nephews: Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Donald takes his nephews to McDuck Manor to meet their great-uncle Scrooge McDuck. He lives in a what most would consider a stately mansion. Through a little snooping and meeting their new friend, Webby, the nephews find out about Scrooge’s epic past. The more they find out about Great-Uncle Scrooge the faster the triplets get everyone involved in a quest to find the Lost City of Atlantis. The only problem is that Scrooge McDuck has become rather reclusive over the years and may not be the duck he used to be. Will they be able to conquer their quest? You’ll have to watch to find out.
The DVD also includes six “Welcome to Duckburg!” shorts all featuring characters in the show: Donald, Scrooge, Huey, Webby, Launchpad, and Beakley.
You get to hear the new voice cast bring these ducks back into your home. Easily recognizable voices include: David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) as Scrooge McDuck, Danny Pudi (“Community”) as Huey, Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”) as Dewey, Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”) as Louie, and Kate Micucci (“Garfunkel and Oates”) as Webby Vanderquack.
Rated TV-Y (US) with the bonus material not rated this DVD is approximately 44 minutes long.
What are you waiting for? Start your epic adventure with the ducks by bringing home Disney’s Ducktales: Woo-oo! on DVD December 19th, 2017.
Here is another fun treat for the Olaf clip at the bottom of this post – to celebrate “that time of year”. These Olaf Rice Krispy Treats are pretty easy to make and even better to eat!
You will need:
1 box of rice krispy treats, unwrapped
2 bags of Ghiradelli white chocolate melting wafers
1 bag of m & m’s green and red picked out
1 package of large edible eyes
4 red and green airheads
1 tube of orange cookie icing
1 tube of black cookie icing
1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper
Using a double boiler, melt both bags of white chocolate
Once chocolate is melted, place the rice krispy treat into the chocolate and using a fork, flip it over until it is completely coated
Carefully pick up the rice krispy treat and lightly tap the edge of the pot to get rid of excess chocolate
Place rice krispy treat onto the cookie sheet and then place two eyes onto the top area of the rice krispy treat
Let chocolate harden for about 10 minutes
Using the orange cookie icing, pipe on the snowman’s nose
Using the black cookie icing, pipe on the mouth
Let dry for 10 minutes while you cut the airhead
Place unwrapped airheads onto a cutting board and cut 3 strips.
Place a strip of airhead onto the top of the rice krispy treat and press the sides slightly down into the rice krispy treat
Matching colors of the M&M’s to the airhead, place a red M&M into the melted chocolate and place onto the bottom of the airhead on the side
Let sit there for 5 minutes before repeating step with the other side
Repeat steps with remaining rice krispy treats.
We’re past the point of the 12 days of Christmas and, if you’re in a panic like many of us, you’re likely scrambling to get things shipped in time. What can be even harder is having a teen (or teens) to shop for on your list. We all know they are, like, so hard to please. You’ve probably been procrastinating their purchases, as there is nothing more soul-crushing than watching them roll their eyes as they open the socks you agonizingly picked out for them. Take a deep breath—we are here to help. Read on for 12 gift ideas that your teenager will actually want. Yes, these things do exist.
Gift cards can feel very impersonal, especially when it comes to giving them to loved ones. On the other hand, movie passes are a bit more personal, particularly if your teen is a regular moviegoer (which many of them are). If they’re film fanatics, you might even consider signing them up for a new thing called MoviePass. For only $9.95 a month, your teen can see as many movies as he or she likes at select theaters. This would be the perfect incentive for good grades, too.
While your teen might not be into you buying clothes for them any longer, he or she would be stoked to get a new scarf, jewelry, hats, makeup, watches, shades, and more. If it’s a significant expense, give it as a regular gift. If it’s something like socks or hair accessories, use it as a stocking stuffer.
You probably remember your teen years as filled with parties, classes, and…pimples. Unfortunately, teenagehood isn’t kind to our skin. If your child is struggling with acne, invest in the gift of clear skin. Whether you purchase a line of cleansers or take your teen daughter for a facial, this is one gift that will keep on giving long after Christmas is over.
Although you likely spend a lot of your time getting your teen to get off their phone, tablet, or other device, a tech gift is something that will surely get you “oohs” and “ahhhs”. While it’s your right to instill rules for said device, the purchase will gain you the top spot in the affection line. Let them feel really in charge by getting them a Google Home or Amazon Echo device.
A cash gift will do, but you can start teaching them financial responsibility by giving them some money they can be in charge of in the form of a Christmas savings account. Let them make deposits and withdrawals (these can be monitored, of course) and get them used to fiscal responsibility.
It can be hard to get your teen to spend quality time with you, so this could be just the ticket—literally and figuratively—to bonding hours. Tickets to go see Hamilton, their favorite band, or something else that makes it a parent/teen outing could thaw the big freeze you’ve possibly been feeling since he or she hit the teen years.
While you might think these are just something your Aunt Susie annoys you about when she tries to sell them to you every month, but the benefits of diffusing these are indisputable. There are oils for focusing, good mental and physical health, chilling out, sleeping better, and more. All your teen needs to know is that they’re making his or her room smell good.
You’ve likely heard the whining all year about how cleats don’t fit and shin guards are worn. Use the holidays as the time to get your teen in tip top shape for the next season. You’ll get bonus points if you buy the brand your teen likes.
Whether you believe it or not, your teen is likely sentimental about her friends and family. Take the time to create a calendar made up of her favorite memories from the year. You might catch a tear being shed. And by way of a win/win, you can even fill it with reminders for your family members’ birthdays.
Whether you cruise the dollar section at Target or simply get a few magazines, books, and your teen’s favorite candy, this can be a cute way to show your son or daughter that you notice what they like.
Everyone. Loves. Target. It’s as simple as that. From teens to moms to teachers and beyond, Target is universally adored. And while gift cards can be somewhat impersonal, he or she will love picking out anything from pajamas and clothes to games and shoes.
When your teen expresses interest in something other than his phone or the Xbox, you want to encourage that. Whether it’s a guitar, an artist kit, or a DSL camera, this will make you and your teen happy.
Your gift-a-day idea for the 12 days of Christmas will have to wait until next year but, if you go for any of the gift ideas for teens from this list, you might get him or her to crack the previously-thought-missing smile.