In springtime, the weather can be unpredictable but this playdate’s activities and menu will adapt perfectly to an indoor setting, as well as out in the spring sunshine. Children love these artist inspired pots, a great combination project of recycling and gardening all in one!
The supplies for this craft can all be found at the local craft store, I have even found them in the bigger grocery stores. To make things easier for the little ones, I pre-cut the origami papers into squares and rectangles.
Tin cans that have been emptied and cleaned. One per child.
Oragami papers in bright colors or patterns
Modge Podge glue
Paint brushes, small foam ones work best
Cut the origami paper into squares and rectangles. Coat the tin with a layer of Modge Podge, using the paintbrush. Arrange the origami papers onto the tin by pressing firmly. Brush on a top layer of glue, and once the tin is covered, set to dry. It will dry clear.
Once dry, Fill the can about two-thirds full with potting soil. Sprinkle 6-8 seeds on top and press seeds into soil. Water lightly and set in a sunny place.
Cheeseydogs in pastry
Asparagus and ham wrapped in pastry
Hummus dip and crackers
Pink Lady Punch
1 cup simple syrup( see recipe below)
2 cups fresh lemon juice
8 cups cold water
6 cups ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher or large vessel and mix well.
Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is clear, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. The syrup will keep, refrigerated in a sealed jar or container, for up to 1 week.
CheesyDogs in Puffed Pastry
1 package turkey or beef frankfurters
1 roll pre-made cresent rolls
8 slices American cheese
On a clean surface, slice the hot dogs lengthwise about 2/3 of the way through. Fold cheese and place it inside hot dog. Unwrap the crescent pastry and roll-out flat. Roll each hotdog in a piece of pastry. Lay on baking sheet, bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Light and fluffy with a shortbread-like consistency. Yummy!
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
Vanilla icing(see recipe below)
Tubes of colored icings
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour and salt. Stir with a whisk to blend.
3. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a round log, cut into rounds about ¼ inch thick. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Cool completely.
4. Ice the cookies with vanilla icing, and decorate with the colored tubes of icing.
Asparagus and ham in puffed pastry
An easy way to entertain elegantly, I pick up grilled asparagus spears and slices of balckforest ham, and a roll of pastry. Much like the cheesydogs, I wrap an asparagus in ham, then roll the combo in a sheet of pastry dough. Pop in the oven set at 350 degreesF for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Take out and serve. Simple, right?
Punch Bowl and Glasses
2 bottles(750ml each) chilled zinfandel or rose wine.
½ cup apricot brandy
½ cup Cointreau
1 cup orange juice
Combine chilled ingredients in a punch bowl and add ice cubes. Serve.