Mason Jar Cookies

A good alternative for giving baked goods as a gift is the ingredient cookie jar. This gives the person you’re giving the present to the freedom to choose when he or she wants to bake and eat the delicious cookies.
Supplies you’ll need:

  • Mason jar
  • Cloth and ribbon(cute cover for the jar’s top) (optional)
  • All the dry ingredients needed for their favorite cookie recipe
    (You can choose any recipe you want but here is the ingredients for  Nestlé Toll House chocolate chip cookies)

    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • A directions list for adding the other ingredients (1 cup butter, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla) and cooking temperature and instructions (375 for 9-11 minuets)

      What to do:

  • Put all the dry ingredients in the jar
  • Put the small cloth over the jar’s top and tie the ribbon around it
  • Type a note with the cooking instructions and tie it onto the ribbon

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-LF

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Lights

A cheap alternative for year round Christmas or party lights. They are great for decorating your room or outdoors. You can make this in a few simple steps: 1. Get a few packs of ping pong balls and multicolored LED lights. 2. Puncture a hole in the ping pong balls with a small sharp object. Make sure they are big enough for the lights to fit through but small enough so they wont slip out.  3. Put the lights through the holes in the ping pong balls.  4. Plug in the lights and hang them up anywhere you want! A cheap alternative for year round Christmas or party lights. They are great for decorating your room or outdoors. You can make this in a few simple steps: 1. Get a few packs of ping pong balls and multicolored LED lights. 2. Puncture a hole in the ping pong balls with a small sharp object. Make sure they are big enough for the lights to fit through but small enough so they wont slip out.  3. Put the lights through the holes in the ping pong balls.  4. Plug in the lights and hang them up anywhere you want!
A cheap alternative for year round Christmas or party lights. They are great for decorating your room or outdoors. You can make this in a few simple steps: 1. Get a few packs of ping pong balls and multicolored LED lights. 2. Puncture a hole in the ping pong balls with a small sharp object. Make sure they are big enough for the lights to fit through but small enough so they wont slip out. 3. Put the lights through the holes in the ping pong balls. 4. Plug in the lights and hang them up anywhere you want! A cheap alternative for year round Christmas or party lights. They are great for decorating your room or outdoors. You can make this in a few simple steps: 1. Get a few packs of ping pong balls and multicolored LED lights. 2. Puncture a hole in the ping pong balls with a small sharp object. Make sure they are big enough for the lights to fit through but small enough so they wont slip out. 3. Put the lights through the holes in the ping pong balls. 4. Plug in the lights and hang them up anywhere you want!

-AM

Melting Crayon Art

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Above is the before and after pictures of the crayon art I tried over the summer.  The project was easy and inexpensive.  For supplies make sure you have a box of new or lightly used crayons, a canvas, and a hair dryer.  Step one: Unwrap the crayons and organize them in a pattern you like.  I chose rainbow order and a zigzag shape.  Step 2: Glue the crayons on to your canvas and give it time to dry.  Step 3: Use the hairdryer to melt the wax down the canvas.  Using a higher power on the hair dryer will cause the crayons to melt faster; so start at the high power until the crayons start to look soft then, switch to a lower heat and power if you want more control of the rate the wax is melting. That’s it! The crayon’s wax should dry quickly and you can hang up your art work and enjoy!

-LF