I used to look at candy canes and see one of two things. A. cute, simple, and in-expensive tree decorations, or B. something gross I wouldn’t eat and would most likely collect dust in the Christmas bin until next Christmas. Boy, was I missing out! Still inexpensive, candy canes are great for Christmas-time crafts, like these adorable Teddy Bear Sleds. Who wouldn’t be tempted to eat these sledding teddies? They’re just so adorable. The youngest son loved these, so much so that he wouldn’t even eat his for a whole day. He’s never not eaten candy IMMEDIATELY. That’s never happened before, like not in the history of ever.
These little guys are so ‘bear-y’ cute! Sorry, I couldn’t resist 🙂
They’re almost too cute to eat. Almost.
A Candy Cane Craft: Teddy Bear Sleds
fun size snickers bars
mini candy canes
mini teddy grahams
1. Attach candy canes to the sides of unwrapped candy bars, using frosting, to look like sleigh rails. Let dry.
2. Again using the frosting, attach 1-2 teddy grahams to the top of the sleigh. Let the frosting dry again.
3. Enjoy your sleigh-riding teddy bears!
Christmas Grinch Punch is the perfect holiday drink to get your family in the mood to CELEBRATE!
My kids love it, and it’s a hit at every holiday party.
It’s a fun way to bring the Dr. Seuss Christmas classic to life. It’s a great teachable moment, and a yummy nod to an important message.
I typically make this several times during the holiday season, and it’s a must on Christmas movie night. I love adding a little maraschino cherry ‘heart’ to each glass, but my kids hate them and convinced me to leave them out this year.
Settle in to watch your favorite Christmas movie with a delicious glass of this. Pop in a movie, check out Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas, or check out some Christmas lights; get festive and get your ‘Grinch’ on with Christmas Grinch Punch !
Punch is a holiday party staple- this Grinch version is perfect for Christmas.
carton frozen green punch base
several scoops lime sherbet
lemon-lime soda or ginger ale
green food coloring
Mix thawed punch mix, sherbet, and soda together. Set aside.
In a small bowl add sugar. Add a few drops of green food coloring, stirring until evenly combined.
When your sugar is satisfyingly green, dip the rim of a glass into water. You just want to get the rim wet. Dip the rim of the cup immediately into the bowl of sugar. Remove and set sugar-coated cup right side up. Repeat for the number of cups you're using.
Add desired amount of punch to each cup, and if using add 1 maraschino cherry to each glass for the Grinch's heart that was 3x too small.
Do your kids love pancakes? Mine sure do. Coincidentally, pancakes were also one of the first things we taught them how to help us, and help themselves, make. When I heard ‘pizza pancakes’ I was intrigued. When I saw the recipe, I was inspired! All 4 Sons got in on the action. This delicious little hybrid was a fun new twist and a real treat for the kids. Pizza pancakes and it’s cast of characters are now set for a recurring role on our family’s dinnertime menu.
recipe adapted from Plain Chicken
- 2 cups Bisquick
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup pepperoni, diced
- 1 cup sausage, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)
- pizza sauce, warmed
- Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
- In a large bowl combine the biscuit mix, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Combine eggs and milk. Stir the wet ingrediets into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in the cheese, pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms, if using.
- Pour batter by 1/4 cup-fuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on top and continue cooking until the seconds side is golden brown.
- Serve with warmed pizza sauce and Parmesan cheese.
I love seeing the look on the littlest son’s face when I make him ‘fun’ food. Holidays provide the ultimate opportunity to surprise him. Still, sometimes I just don’t have the time, or the energy, but these Mummy dogs are so simple and quick. From start to finish it took less than 20 minutes. Add some fun to your Halloween lunch or dinner with this adorable idea.
recipe adapted from Pillsbury
- 1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls, or homemade crescent roll dough
- 2 1/2 slices American cheese, quartered (optional)
- 10 large hot dogs
- cooking spray
- mustard or ketchup
- If using Pillsbury crescent roll dough, unroll the dough sheet. Press together at the perforations to seal it into one large rectangle.
- Cut the rectangle into ten ‘bandages’. Stretch the bandages a bit to elongate them.
- Wrap one bandage around one hot dog and 1 quarter of cheese. Repeat for each hot dog.
- About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate the ‘bandages’ so that the hot dog shows through for it’s ‘face.’ On an ungreased baking sheet, place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down).
- Spray the dough lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 375 for 13 to 17 minutes or until the dough is light golden brown and the hot dogs are hot.
- With mustard, draw features on the ‘face.’