Alpha Mom » Lindsey Boardman http://alphamom.com parenting and pregnancy opinions and information Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:27:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Winter Olympics Craft: Ice Cube Curling in your Bath http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/winter-olympics-craft-ice-cube-curling-in-your-bath/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/winter-olympics-craft-ice-cube-curling-in-your-bath/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:03:24 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=31357

The 2014 Winter Olympics have got underway in Sochi, Russia. We don’t have the weather, the equipment, or the nerve to try our hand at bobsledding or ski jumping, but we can certainly get to know a bit more about the sport of curling, with the help of our bathtub and some easy to make ice-cube curling stones.

First, I’ll show you how we set up our Ice Cube Curling Game, then I’ll give you some Curling lingo and explain how the scoring works. Curling involves using the low-friction sliding of a smooth polished granite rock on an ice surface. We switched things around in our game to have ice cubes sliding on the smooth surface of the bathtub in order to play a mini game at home.

To make our ice-cube curling stones, we just used a silicone mini muffin tray, some food coloring, and paperclips. The mini muffin tray we had was from an inexpensive kid’s baking set, but any sort of mini muffin tray or flat bottomed ice cube tray should work, as long as your frozen curling stones are going to be able to slide along the bathtub bottom without falling over.

Winter Olympics Craft: Ice Cube Curling in the Bath by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

The ice cubes were frozen in three layers, so that the paper clip could be set into it without it scratching the tub, and a thin layer of colored ice could be layered in the middle too. You don’t really need to bother with the layer of color if you don’t want to. We had colored paper clips to make the handles on ours, so we could have just frozen them in two steps rather than three if we skipped the layer of colored ice. First layer to freeze was a good two to three millimeters of water, then when that was frozen we bent all our paper clips so that they would stand up like in the image below and mixed up some red food coloring in a bit more water.

Winter Olympics Craft: Ice Cube Curling in the Bath by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

We stood up the paperclips on the first layer of ice, and then added just enough colored water to cover the paper clip base and then froze them in place.

Winter Olympics Craft: Ice Cube Curling in the Bath by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

The final layer to freeze was another layer of water to fill the tray to the top. Below you can see the two colors of ice cube curling stones we made and the layers that were formed, leaving the larger half of the paperclip sticking out of the ice to be used as a handle, whilst the other part of it is firmly embedded in the ice.

Winter Olympics Craft: Ice Cube Curling in the Bath by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

Once you have your ice-cube curling stones ready, pop them out of the tray and leave them in the freezer until you have everything ready to play. Depending on the temperature of your house, you’ll have only 20 or 30 minutes of game time with them before the bottom melts away to the base of the paperclip.

How to Play Bathtub Ice Cube Curling

Your two teams (in our case red and green) each have eight curling ice cubes. They take it in turns to slide an ice cube from behind the line drawn at one end of the bath tub down towards the target (called a “house”) at the other end. The aim is to have one of your ice cubes be the closest to the center of the target (the center of the “house” is called the “button”). We used regular crayons to draw the “house” onto the bottom of our plastic bathtub. The water melting from the ice cubes did not affect it, but it was able to be cleaned off easily with a baby wipe when we were done.

Winter Olympics Craft: Ice Cube Curling in the Bath by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

In the real sport, the curling sheet that you play on has a house at both ends and the teams alternate which end they play towards each round, but I doubt anyone has a bathtub long enough to accommodate that, so we just had the one home for our game.

Winter Olympics Craft: Ice Cube Curling in the Bath by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

Once you have played all sixteen of the curling ice cubes, the way the round (called an “end”) is scored is to look and see how many of the winning color’s ice cubes are closer to the button than the nearest ice cube belonging to the opposing team.  In the example below you can see that three of the green team’s ice cubes are closer to the button than any of the red team’s ones, and so the green team scores three points in this end. Only the team that wins the “end” scores points, so here the red team does not score anything.

Winter Olympics Craft: Ice Cube Curling in the Bath by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

A game is made up of ten “ends,” and the winning team is the one that has scored the most points in total across all the “ends” played, so you’ll need to keep a tally during your game. Unless your bathroom is like a sauna, you should be able to get a full ten ends played before the ice cubes are have melted too much to play anymore, and if you keep your bent paper clips once the ice cubes have melted, it will be easy-peasy to make-up another batch of ice-cube curling stones next time you want to play.

Winter Olympics Craft: Ice Cube Curling in the Bath by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

Winter Olympics Craft: Ice Cube Curling in the Bath by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

Of course there is a lot more to the sport of curling than we can squeeze into this simple game of bathtub ice cube curling. For example the “sweepers” play an important part in the real game of curling, and the spin given to the curling stones also comes into play, among other things. But this is a great way to give kids an introduction to a sport that most people have never really had much of a clue about.

Coincidentally the purpose-build stadium that is going to host the Olympics’ Curling competition in Sochi this year is actually called “The Ice Cube Curling Center!” So now you have learned a little bit about the sport, why not enjoy some of the real matches taking place over the next couple of weeks during the Winter Olympics. It may look a little odd at first glance, but give Curling a chance. It’s actually pretty cool (pun intended!).

You can find the full schedule of Curling matches here. The women’s gold medal and men’s gold medal curling games are scheduled for the 20th and 21st of February, respectively.  Enjoy!

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“Golden Snitch” Lollipop Valentines http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/harry-potter-valentines-with-golden-snitch-lollipops/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/harry-potter-valentines-with-golden-snitch-lollipops/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 16:51:17 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=31344

Any Harry Potter fans in the house? You know you want to send out Quidditch-themed Valentines this year!  This free valentine printable lets you make your own 3D golden snitch from just a lollipop and some gold wrapping paper. Tell your Gryffindor BFFs that you’ve been “seeking a keeper” (sorry, but working “quaffle”s and “bludgers” into a valentine message just wasn’t going to happen without things getting really, really weird)

Harry Potter "Golden Snitch" Valentine by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

Download our Harry Potter “Golden Snitch” Valentine Card Printable.  Just print and cut.

The printable has four cards to one page, and you’ll also need some gold wrapping paper, scissors, sticky tape, and some lollipops. If you want to cut the hole for the lollipop to go through without folding the card then you’ll also need a crafting knife.

Harry Potter "Golden Snitch" Valentine by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

We used a little bowl to mark circles onto our wrapping paper, then cut them out and wrapped the lollipop tightly, twisting and taping the wrapping paper securely over the lollipop’s plastic wrapping.

Harry Potter "Golden Snitch" Valentine by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

Then you need to cut the little cross marked on each card and poke the lollipop through the hole.

Harry Potter "Golden Snitch" Valentine by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

Simple enough that you could make a whole class-load of them pretty quickly.  An easy way for all you Harry Potter geeks to tell your friends that they are for keeps. Ten points for Gryffindor!

Harry Potter "Golden Snitch" Valentine by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

 

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Class Valentines: Souper Star Printable http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/class-valentines-souper-star-printable/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/class-valentines-souper-star-printable/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:09:38 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=31205

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner again, and the hunt for new ways to create candy valentines for classmates is on. This miniature can of soup is an easy to put together class valentine that contains a mini Necco Wafer roll. All you need to make them are your mini Necco wafer roll, our Valentine printable, some aluminum foil, scissors, a pen, and some glue.

Below you can see the mini rolls of Necco Wafers that are wrapped up inside. You will need to roll each little cylinder of candy up in a piece of aluminum foil measuring approximately 10cm x 6cm. It’s easy and quick to cut up your foil by placing a ruler down on it where you want to cut and just ripping the foil up along the ruler, rather than using scissors.

"Souper Star" Valentine Printable by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

The one page “Souper Star” valentine printable has enough cut outs to make six valentines. You can print onto white card or paper, as either works well for this. For best results print it on a high quality print setting, so that the tiny lettering on the soup can design is clear and you can also see the fine lines around the banner to guide your cutting.

 

"Souper Star" Valentine Printable by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

Once you have your labels cut out, all you need to do is write yours and your class valentines‘ names on the banner, fold the line between the label and the banner on the cut out so that it sticks out from the soup can, and seal them around your foil-wrapped mini Necco Wafer rolls.

"Souper Star" Valentine Printable b y Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

Ever so cute and tiny, and perfect for little Souper Stars.

"Souper Star" Valentine Printable by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

"Souper Star" Valentine Printable by Lindsey Boardman for Alphamom.com

(one of our readers caught a typo; “Valentine’s” was missing the apostrophe. Even though the pictures still reflect the typo, the printable has fixed it).
 

 

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3D Christmas Tree Card Printable http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/3d-christmas-tree-card-printable/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/3d-christmas-tree-card-printable/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:09:25 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=30601

With one week left until Christmas day, and school nearly out for the winter break, you might find this little two-page Christmas Card printable project useful, especially if you’re cooped up indoors due to bad weather like we were this weekend! We took our printouts to grandma and grandpa’s house and had a jolly little coloring-in party while drinking hot chocolate and listening to the rain pouring down outside.

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable

I’ve made three versions of this tree card for you to choose from. All three are available to be printed on either letter-sized or A4 paper, and all three 3D Christmas Tree card printables use the same tree base and star topper:

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable (Tree Base & Star for letter-size paper)
3D Christmas Tree Card Printable (Tree Base & Star for A4-size paper)

The first version is a color printable of the 3D tree, where the tree is already colored for you and you just have to color-in the decorations on the tree:

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable (Letter-Sized paper & in color)
3D Christmas Tree Card Printable (A4 Paper & in color)

The second version is a black and white version of the 3D Christmas Tree printable, for if you want to color the whole thing yourself, or not use a color printer, or make multiple photocopies for a larger group of kids:

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable (Letter-Sized and B&W)
3D Christmas Tree Card Printable (A4 size and B&W)

Finally, for those of you that want total freedom to decorate your tree however you please, there is a third version with no decorations on the 3D Tree card. This is also a black and white printable:

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable (letter-size and plain)
3D Christmas Tree Card Printable (A4-size and plain)

Once you’ve got your choice of tree printed on some cardstock, along with the page that has the tree base and the star topper, you can get coloring and cutting.

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable

Scoring lines from the tip of the tree to the spaces between the tabs at the bottom will help you to fold your tree neatly.

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable

Glue the long tab down the side of the tree to form it into a cone with an octagonal base, and then glue your little star topper on. As a nice surprise you could fill the tree cone with candy or a small gift before you glue it onto the base.

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable

Finally, you just need to write on the gift tag that is printed on the base and your card is all ready to go off to someone special.

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable

We made several for teachers and friends. Here are a few of the plain trees we decorated with stickers and finger painting. So many variations are possible, and you can tailor the tree decorations to the recipient.

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable

Inexpensive office stickers and star-reward stickers make easy decorations, and we got some lovely results with glitter gel pens too!

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable

Hope you enjoy making your own 3D Christmas Tree cards with these printables and gifting them to loved ones.

3D Christmas Tree Card Printable

Happy Holidays!

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Father’s Day Super Dad Card Printable http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/fathers-day-super-dad-card-printable/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/fathers-day-super-dad-card-printable/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:22:37 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=26114

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and your family’s Super Dad needs his very own custom card! All you need is our printable, crayons or color pencils for the Super Dad illustration and fill-in-the-blanks message, plus a photo of your Super Dad’s head to cut out and paste, and some colored card to glue them onto.

Click here to download the Father’s Day Super Dad Hero Card Printable.

Father's Day Superhero Card Printable

The photo of Super Dad’s face needs to be about 1 inch in height, but doesn’t have to be exact. If it’s a bit bigger then that just adds to the cute cartoony feel.

Father's Day Superhero Card Printable


Next you will need to fill in the blanks in your custom greeting into the Father’s Day card. Everything from Super Dad’s favorite food, to what he’s good at, and what he does that is way-embarrassing. Every Super Dad is unique! Ours likes “doing science” and pretending to be a gorilla according to the kids.

Father's Day Superhero Card Printable

Have a nice relaxing coloring in session with the kids and a giggle filling in your card’s blanks. Happy Father’s Day to all those Super Dads out there!

Father's Day Superhero Card Printable

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Celebrate Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/celebrate-star-wars-day-may-the-fourth-be-with-you/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/celebrate-star-wars-day-may-the-fourth-be-with-you/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 14:26:54 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=25471

Star Wars Day Battle of Hoth Dessert

Celebrate your dinner with some Star Wars style. May 4th is the official Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!) You can use these cute little cut outs (here is the printable) to decorate your ice-cream dessert, or maybe a cake frosted with cream cheese icing, or if you don’t have a sweet tooth, why not pop these on a family sized side of mashed potatoes!

Luke and the rest of the rebel alliance can battle the Empire’s AT-ATs with their snow speeders, artillery towers, and ion cannon on the frozen surface of the planet Hoth this dinner time. All you need is a print out of our pdf template to cut out, and some tooth picks/straws/cocktail sticks taped on to stand them up.

Star Wars Day May The Fourth Be With You

We didn’t have any toothpicks handy, so we improvised by cutting up an old plastic bottle and taping strips of that to the backs of the cut out drawings. This worked wonderfully, and even allowed us to have the snow speeders flying above the battle.

Star Wars Day May The Fourth Be With You

Star Wars Day May The Fourth Be With You

I just scooped a tub of soft serve vanilla ice cream into a serving dish and made a bit of a buried base mound and wampa cave on one side, then we placed our cut outs in the “snow.” The three different sizes of AT-AT and artillery tower give some added perspective without having to use a huge bowl or cake for your battle.

Having a large bowl of plain vanilla ice-cream allows people to dish their own dessert and have a choice of toppings on the table to choose from. Ice-cream seems appropriate for the frozen surface of Hoth, but if my kids would go for it then I’d be all over a Hoth carrot cake with cream cheese frosting!

Star Wars Day May The Fourth Be With You

Star Wars Day May The Fourth Be With You

Star Wars Day May The Fourth Be With You

If you want to use these for some imaginative play, why not make a big batch of play dough with no coloring and re-enact the battle of Hoth in a play dough landscape!

May the Force be with you this upcoming Star Wars Day!

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Easter Bunny Wrappers for Your Cadbury Creme Eggs http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/easter-bunny-egg-wrappers-for-cadbury-creme-eggs/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/easter-bunny-egg-wrappers-for-cadbury-creme-eggs/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:13:38 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=24756

These little Easter Bunny egg wrappers are a quick and cute way to dress up a Cadbury Creme Egg to make a sweet little Easter treat. You just need a fresh baby wipe that’s been allowed to dry out, a scrap of string, and the candy bunny wrapper template printed on some white cardstock. The candy bunny wrapper template prints six wrappers to a page and although it is made as US Letter sized paper, it should also print on A4 paper at 100% without cropping.

cadbury creme egg bunny wrapper

1. Place the Cadbury Creme Egg upright in the center of the baby wipe and fold up the corners to wrap it evenly and tightly.

2. Secure with the little bit of string and cut off any excess string.

3. The top and the bottom of the wipe are now sticking out of the knot that you tied in a big bushy mess. You want to separate them and cut off one, leaving just one side of the wipe to be turned into the bunny’s ears.

4. Then you just need to snip into the center of that piece of wipe from the corners to cut two separate ear shapes from it.

cadbury creme egg bunny wrapper

Fold back the little bunny tail on your printable so that it sticks out when it’s done, and use a glue stick to secure your wrapper into a little cylinder.

cadbury creme egg bunny wrapper

Then you just need to place your wrapped Cadbury Creme Egg into its printed wrapper. You can add a little glue to the inside of the wrapper if you want to make sure it doesn’t slip off. From the back you can see its little tail sticking out, and the tidy cut off where the baby wipe was trimmed to make the ears.

cadbury creme egg bunny wrapper

We used a little fabric flower to decorate the front of our bunny’s ears, but you could make a little ribbon bow, or just leave it plain.

cadbury creme egg bunny wrapper

These cute Easter Bunnies make cute little table decorations, or Easter Lunch party favors, and are a low cost and pretty addition to an Easter basket too.

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Personalized Gold Coin Cookie Stamps for St. Patrick’s Day http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/how-to-make-personalized-cookie-stamps-for-any-occasion/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/how-to-make-personalized-cookie-stamps-for-any-occasion/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:46:46 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=24466

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, and you know your little leprechauns will be wanting to hoard some gold, so why not help them mint their own golden coin cookies with homemade custom cookie stamps!

[We have updated this to reflect a change. Upon further examination, I am not comfortable with us recommending polymer clay be used as a stamp for food. The directions are still below but they are to be used for non-food crafts. Use our salt dough stamp instead for cookies. ~ Isabel (3/14/13)]

Custom Cookie Stamp made from Salt Dough

I wanted to see if there was an easy way that the kids could make as many stamps as they wanted, so we experimented with making some stamps out of salt dough.

custom cookie stamping tutorial

Salt dough “clay” is made from just one part hot water, one part salt and two parts plain all-purpose flour mixed together and kneaded into a smooth dough. The kids used a collection of small toys and interesting shaped objects from around the house to make their salt dough stamps.

custom cookie stamping tutorial

I made them some handles from the salt dough that we could glue on once they were baked solid. The trick with salt dough is to bake it long and slow so that it doesn’t have any problems with air pockets distorting it. We left ours to air dry overnight and then I popped them in the oven on a low heat to finish them the next day.

custom cookie stamping tutorial

custom cookie stamping tutorial

Happily we found that the salt dough stamps worked nearly as well as the polymer clay one had! Although they are unlikely to last as long or be as easy to clean.

custom cookie stamping tutorial

The cookie dough that we used for stamping was a basic sugar cookie recipe that we found on Sweetsugarbelle, but without the leavening ingredients (in this case, no baking powder was added). By not adding any raising agents to your dough you will be making your cookies less fluffy and crisper, but they will hold the stamped shapes a lot better. Shortbread dough also holds stamped patterns well.

custom cookie stamping tutorial
(this imprint was made with the polymer clay stamp, that we don’t recommend on food)

The dough was rolled out to the thickness that we wanted the finished cookie to be, because very little rising would happen in the baking process, and the stamp was used to imprint the dough. Sometimes the kids made an uneven stamp, but they just cut out the ones they were happy with and re-rolled the rest of the dough to stamp again.

Something that we found did help a lot with getting the detail of the stamp to hold up through baking was putting the stamped and cut out cookies in the freezer for 20 minutes before putting them into the hot oven to bake.

Rather than adding yellow food coloring to the dough, when the cookies came out of the oven we brushed them with some beaten egg white that had been colored with yellow food coloring while they were still hot. To add even more of a golden sparkle, we gave the finished cookies a light spray with some metallic food coloring spray.

custom cookie stamping tutorial

Of course, you don’t have to just use this technique to make golden coin or leprechaun cookies for St. Patrick’s Day, you could make/ imprint your own custom and personalized cookie stamps for any occasion or holiday. For example, personalized birth announcements done this way would be adorable!

I hope you feel inspired to have a go and create your own Personalized Family Cookie Stamps unique to you and your loved ones.

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Custom (non-food) Stamp made from Polymer Clay

Polymer clay, such as Sculpey or Fimo, is the ideal material to craft your own customized stamps from, because it’s easy to work with and bakes hard and is easy to wash clean with soapy water to re-use. It can be found in a wide range of colors at most craft or hobby stores, for around $2 per packet. One packet is enough to make one complete custom stamp.

Our custom polymer clay stamp was made by rolling out half a packet of polymer clay to about a quarter inch thickness, and cutting a disk from it with a circular cookie cutter. The personalized imprint of our family name and date and the little four leaf clover were all made with a pencil, and then a circle of little dimples around the edge were added with the pencil point to make it look more like a coin. Remember that any writing you put on your stamp must be in mirror image!

custom cookie stamping tutorial

The other half of the packet of polymer clay was used to make two shapes that could be glued onto the disk to use as a handle when stamping.

custom cookie stamping tutorial

These were baked according to the instructions on the packet, and once cooled the three pieces were glued together with superglue. It’s important for safety reasons to bake clay according to package instructions. (Also, it’s good practice to always ventilate your area well when crafting.)

custom cookie stamping tutorial

custom cookie stamping tutorial

(this imprint was made with the polymer clay stamp, that we don’t recommend on food)

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Welsh Cakes http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/welsh-cakes/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/welsh-cakes/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:02:40 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=24124

Welsh Cakes are traditional Welsh treats that are a great recipe to make with kids, and so delicious. Why not have a go at making a batch of fresh cooked welsh cakes for St. David’s Day, today March 1st!?! (St. David is the patron saint of Wales, in the same way that Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland). There is also a printable with an easy-to-follow recipe that the kids can color, with the Welsh dragon (from the Welsh flag) tucking into a Welsh cake!

Welsh Cake Recipe Printable (just download and print)

At first glance, Welsh cakes look a little bit like scones that haven’t risen, but don’t let that fool you, when you cook them yourself you’ll find that they are moist and sweet (but not too sweet) and perfect for a little treat with a cup of tea or glass of milk.

Most Welsh cake recipes call for currants, but when we make them at home we substitute in sultanas (or golden raisins in America) because the kids prefer them. Another change we make at home is that we use a non-stick frying pan to cook our Welsh cakes. Traditionally a cast iron griddle stone is used, but like pretty much everyone else out there, we don’t have one and the frying pan works just fine!

Welsh Cake Recipe

Welsh Cake Recipe

Ingredients (makes approximately 20 small welsh cakes)

250g (1.05 cup) self raising flour
A pinch of mixed spice
Half a tsp of baking powder
A pinch of salt
125g (4.4 oz or 8.3 tbsp) unsalted butter
75g (1/3 cup) castor sugar (also caster sugar, a fine grind of granulated sugar)
50g (1/5 cup) sultanas
1 egg
5 tsps of milk
A little bit of oil to grease the frying pan for cooking.

Directions
1. Sieve flour, baking powder, mixed spice and salt into a bowl.
2. Rub in the butter until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
3. Stir in the sultanas and castor sugar.
4. Mix in the egg and milk until a stiff dough forms (add extra milk if needed)

Welsh Cake Recipe

5. Chill the dough in the fridge for half an hour.

Welsh Cake Recipe

6. Roll out to about 1cm (little less than 1/2 inch) thick on a floured surface and cut out your Welsh cakes. Most traditional welsh cakes are cut with a circular cutter with fluted edges, but any shape that isn’t fiddly will do.

Welsh Cake Recipe

7. Cook in a lightly greased frying pan or on a griddle at a medium heat for about three minutes on each side, until they are lightly browned (about five or six small welsh cakes in the pan at once).

Welsh Cake Recipe

8. Place to cool on a plate that has a sprinkling of castor sugar on it and sprinkle a little more over the top.

Welsh Cake Recipe

Traditional welsh cakes always use the mixed spice and currants/raisins/sultanas combination, but you can play around with the recipe to a certain extent to make your own custom “Not Very Welsh Cakes.” Try some of your own favorite flavors with the basic dough. We’ve tried chopped up crystallized ginger, dried cranberries, and dried mango all together with delicious results! The lemon zest and poppy seed combo that works so well with scones also tastes top notch!

It is entirely possible to make some very nice savory versions by removing the sugar and adding ingredients like grated cheese or mustard, and precooked chopped leeks or tinned sweet corn. This makes a very versatile snack that can be easily popped in a lunch box or brought along for an extra after school energy boost. The savory version photographed below has both leek and sweet corn in it, with some ground almond replacing the sugar in the recipe, and goes really well with some fruit, cheese, and chutney on the side!

Welsh Cake Recipe

You can make life much easier by making a lot and freezing them. Although cooked welsh cakes freeze well, I’d suggest cutting out and freezing raw welsh cakes so you can get that just baked awesomeness each time. Once they are frozen on a tray you can stack them into baggies in the freezer with a bit of parchment paper between each one. Then all you need to do is pull them out to defrost and cook them as normal to have a fresh, fast and tasty savory snack or sweet treat.

Welsh Cake Recipe

Use our printable and decorative recipe sheet with your kids to make your own batch of traditional Welsh cakes this St David’s Day (or any day, because once you’ve tried them you’ll want to make them again and again!).

Welsh Cake Recipe

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Class Valentines for Kids: Hershey’s Kiss Lighthouse http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/class-valentines-for-kids-hersheys-kiss-lighthouse/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/class-valentines-for-kids-hersheys-kiss-lighthouse/#comments Sat, 09 Feb 2013 14:14:27 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=23799

Why not help your kids make some cute mini lighthouses with Hershey’s Kisses lights on top for their friends and classmates this valentine’s day? The message tells them “You light the place up!” And, the printable template has the pieces to make three lighthouses on each letter sized sheet of card. A little bit of cutting and a little bit of gluing is all you need to do. You’ll also need a bag of Hershey’s Kisses, and either some sticky putty or double sided sticky tape to fix them into the top of the lighthouses.

class valentine hershey's kiss candy card

Each lighthouse is made from two parts. One large part that forms the tower and message card, and a smaller piece that forms the railings at the top within which the Hershey’s kiss sits neatly. (pro tip: When you are printing out the template, don’t let the printer “scale to fit page” because the template is measured exactly for the Hershey’s Kisses to fit. It should print at 100% on either letter or A4 paper without any of the template pieces being cropped.)

Hershey’s Kiss Lighthouse Class Valentine for Kids

class valentine hershey's kiss candy card

Once you have your pieces cut out, it’s easiest to write your names on the message card before you start gluing everything together. To construct your lighthouse, fold the tower piece into a cone and glue the tab down it’s side. Fold along the line that joins the message part to make it stand out from the lighthouse. You can see the seam where the card is glued on the back in the photo below.

class valentine hershey's kiss candy card

Next you will need to fold down the two tabs on the top of the tower and glue them together, one on top of the other.

class valentine hershey's kiss candy card

The second bit of the template that makes the railings needs to be glued into a circle so that the Hershey’s Kiss fits neatly inside. Then you will need to fold down the two tabs and glue them together like you did with the ones on top of the tower.

class valentine hershey's kiss candy card

Now you can glue the railings onto the tower so that the two sets of tabs cross each other. This makes a nice little nest into which the Hershey’s Kiss will fit snugly.

class valentine hershey's kiss candy card

Lastly, to hold the candy in place, I used a little blob of blue tack, but a little square of double sided tape would be equally effective.

class valentine hershey's kiss candy card

There you have it! A little lighthouse valentine for kids to gift that fits in the palm of your hand, with a tasty treat on top! Perfect to show friends and classmates how special they are.

class valentine hershey's kiss candy card

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