Posts Tagged: make-it-yourself

Make It: Sun Bookmark!

Brighten up those winter nights of reading with a little sunshine tucked into your book. Make a sun bookmark today!

What you need:

Sun bookmark template (download here)

Glue stick or other glue

Scissors

1. Print out the template (download here)

2. Cut out the yellow part

3. Cut out the sun ray section (see where the template says “cut”)

4. Fold the sun face over backwards and make a defined crease

5. Glue under the sun face and fold into place

6. Now your yellow shape should look like this!

7. Fold the right “ear” forward toward you

8. Make a defined crease

9. Glue the white part that you just folded over

10. Fold the sun part over the freshly glued section to form a square

11. Just one part left!

12. Glue the top portion of the sun rays (leaving just the jagged rays unglued)

13. Tuck the rays up into the bookmark and press down to glue it to the backside of the sun face

14. Save your place in your current book with your brand new sun bookmark! Happy reading!

Homemade Hot Cocoa

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Just DIY: Hot Cocoa (hot chocolate, whatever you wanna call it!)

This section was originally going to be called “Things That Aren’t Actually That Hard to Make Yourself.” But it didn’t quite have the same nice ring as DIY. So often, we find ourselves looking at some of the products we use or eat or drink and think – I don’t know how to pronounce that ingredient! There has to be something better!

So we ran some science experiments on homemade hot cocoa, play dough, and bubble bath. Our lab (kitchen) smelled real nice (although Roxie says the play dough doesn’t, so maybe next time we’ll add some essential oils)!

We took lots of pictures and have tons of details – spoiler alert: the play dough turned out perfectly, the hot cocoa (featured here) is quite good, but the bubble bath is a work-in-progress…(coming soon)!

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Hot cocoa is always something that sounds lovely to me, but once I pour a cup of it and take a little drink, the sugar goes straight to my head and makes me feel pretty much the opposite of lovely. So I set out to make a cup that made me feel cozy, not crazy.

I really wanted a hot cocoa that you could just make with added hot water…I didn’t want to mess with a pan of milk on the stove, because, you know – toddlers: Impatient and unpredictable!

So check this recipe out and let me know what you think! I’ll keep working on it too, and will update as it evolves. But this one here is pretty darn good, if I do say so myself (and apparently I do…). Enjoy!

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Homemade Hot Cocoa (print recipe here)

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup powdered milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped (I used chocolate chips, but nicer chocolate would surely make nicer hot cocoa)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

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Combine all ingredients in a food processer and blend! It’s noisy, but I promise the chocolate chips or chunks will eventually break down into little tiny, delightful balls of chocolate. (Note: it’s also kind of dusty! Let it settle a bit before opening after blending.) The mixture will keep up to two months in an airtight container.

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To use: heat water to boiling in a kettle. Put two tablespoons of mixture in 8-10 ounce cup, and add hot water. Stir thoroughly, and add marshmallows if you wish! Enjoy!

(Note: I bet this would, of course, be AMAZING cooked on the stove with milk, so if you want to give it a try and don’t have an impatient toddler waiting for a cup, do it!)

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(Print recipe here)

Recipe inspired by this hot chocolate mix at Smitten Kitchen.