Monday, December 5, 2011

Candy Cane Cookies

From FamilyFun Magazine

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With peppermint extract and red food coloring, your kids can turn this simple dough into edible ornaments for the tree.
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Red food coloring
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well. Stir in the peppermint and vanilla extracts. Gradually mix in the flour.
  2. Divide the dough in half. Color one half with red food coloring and leave the other half plain. Roll out a tablespoon of red dough and a tablespoon of plain until they are each 6 to 8 inches long. Twist them into a candy cane, pinching the ends. Repeat.
  3. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not brown.
    Makes about 25.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Candy Garland

Here is a cute and inexpensive garland for your classroom tree! 
The anticipation is truly sweet with this candy chain. And it's so easy to make, your kids can prepare one for every member of the family.

  • Wrapped candies (we like striped starlight mints)
  • Ribbon (red or green)
  1. Take two of the wrapped candies and using ribbon, tie a twisted plastic end of one to an end of the second mint. Continue until your chain has enough candies for your countdown.
  2. Hang your garlands from the mantel or from doorknobs. Each day, untie and eat one piece of candy.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tepee Treats

Historically, an Indian tepee was made from a cone of long poles and a hide covering that appeared shiny white until the hearth fire cured it. Construct a village of similarly handsome -- though edible -- tepees with this food craft.

  • Sugar cones
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cake-decorating icing
  • Decorative candies
  • Toothpicks
  1. In a mixing bowl with an electric beater set at low speed, mix 2 cups of sifted confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup of softened, unsalted butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract until smooth and spreadable. Stir in a bit of milk, if needed.
  2. Use the icing to lightly frost eight ice cream sugar cones, then place them in the freezer for a few minutes until the icing hardens.
  3. Now use tubes of cake-decorating icing to draw linear patterns and images and glue on decorative candies. For lodgepoles, insert toothpicks into the tip of each cone.
This recipe is from 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Marshmallow Tinkertoys

Building an Edible House
This article is at  Please view the website for more great ideas.

A bag of marshmallows and some thin pretzel sticks are all you need to build the perfect puffy pal, a 3-D house, or tepee. Your child simply skewers the marshmallows with the sticks to create his own masterpiece. Add to the fun by placing toy pigs or other animals in the house and challenging your child to be the big bad wolf and blow it down.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


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Some of the features include:
photos of the store
featured products
free classroom project
make-it projects
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Back to School

Back to school items are coming in daily! Make sure to stop by and see all of the new items that have already arrived.  Let us know what your "back to school" theme is this year so we can order the items that you need.

Games that Make a SPLASH

Check out Family Fun's website for "Games that Make a Splash".  There are several fun water games to COOL off during these incredibly hot summer days.  There are only a few left.  Enjoy them with your kiddos before the summer sneaks away!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Star-Studded Leis

Star-Studded Leis

These star-studded leis are an easy and fun idea from They are a festive way to show your patriotic spirit.

  • Craft foam
  • Sharpened pencil
  • Elastic cording
  • Red-and-white striped straws or drink stirrers

  1. Cut out craft foam stars and use a shapened pencil to poke a hole in the middle of each one.
  2. String them onto a length of elastic cording, alternating the stars with sections of straw or drink stirrer. Knot and wear.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

8th Annual Anniversary Event & Teacher Appreciation Sale

This is our one and only SALE and it is a huge event. It is our way of saying "Thank You" to all our wonderful, loyal customers that support us all year long.
May 7, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Free Totebag, filled with product for first 25 customers (tote is filled with $50 of free product)
  • Huge SIDE WALK SALE- 50-75% OFF
  • 20% OFF store-wide, all regular priced merchandise
  • Lots of additional in-store specials
  • Free raffles

Friday, April 15, 2011

Earth Day Snack

When making rice krispie treats, split the marshmallow/butter mixture into two bowls.  Add a few drops of blue to one bowl and green to the other.  Mix well.  Add more food coloring if needed.  Add the rice krispies to the mixtures and let sit for a few minutes to cool a bit.  Then form "earth" in your hands by making a ball with some of the blue and some of the green.

Easter Crafts

Click here for Easter Crafts.  Family Fun has a wonderful website! There are so many crafts and fun activities for Easter.