Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas lessons learned

Well, Christmas has come and gone, but here are a few ideas that are worth remembering for next year!

Pre-packaged Gingerbread House

I have the cookie cutters for making a gingerbread house from scratch, but this year we were in such as rush that I didn't have time to use them.  Rather than skip the whole gingerbread house idea altogether, I cheated and used a pre-packaged kit. 

We spent about an hour on it.  The frosting was already mixed and in a bag, and it came with a tray that has indentations in it so the house would stand up easily and not fall down while you are waiting for the frosting to set.

One for the house, one for Sprite.  The sugar high is kicking in:

Photo Gift Tags

Since Sprite is so little, we opted for photo gift tags instead of written ones. I printed a handful of pictures of each family member and we just taped them on. That way, even the non-readers can tell which gifts are theirs!

This one is for Sprite and I! (It was a big book of kid crafts for us to do together).

One for Daddy too.

The Sprinkle Governor

This is a tip to make cookie decorating a lot less stressful for Mom & Dad.  Just use tape to cover most of the holes on the top of the sprinkle container.  Then the tiny tots can shake, shake, shake to their heart's content without wasting the whole container on one cookie!

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

~ Kelly, Mr. Apple, & Sprite


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