Soft Pretzels

If you have a breadmaker in your kitchen, you’ll want to try this recipe! It is easy and really fun to prepare! The pretzels are lightly sweet with a crisp outside and a soft inside. The recipe makes 16 medium-sized pretzels that fit nicely on two cookie sheets.


  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsps sugar
  • 1 Tbsp bread-machine yeast
  • raisins (optional)
  • Glaze: 1 egg white & 1 Tbsp water
  • Topping: ½ cup sugar & 1 tsp cinnamon

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Tree Topper

Lexus & Jesse, Age 11, have a fun holiday craft you can do! Place this star on top of your tree, hang it as a decoration in a window, or about anywhere you’d like some holiday cheer!

What You Need!

  • cardboard
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • tinfoil
  • toilet paper roll
  • tape or stapler
  • hot glue (with an adult’s assistance)
  • decorations (beads, candy, glitter, foamies, stickers, macaroni, buttons)

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Gingerbread Men

Have fun making and decorating your own gingerbread men. B! suggests that you make the cookies one day and decorate them another.


  • gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • icing kit (or put icing in a resealable plastic bag and snip a tiny hole at the end)
  • icing of your choice
  • sprinkles and candies

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Origami Bookmark

160916_1Create your own cute monster bookmarks. You can use origami paper or cut a square out of construction paper that is the same width and height. Japanese traditional origami paper is 15 cm in height and 15 cm in width. But this craft works for any square piece of paper.

What You Need!

  • square construction paper (that is the same height and width) or origami paper
  • glue
  • scissors
  • felt markers or crayons
  • other colored construction paper for the face etc.
  • foam pieces, beads or any other decoration that isn’t too thick (optional)

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Pudgie Sandwiches

100816_1Pie-iron sandwiches, A.K.A. pudgies, are easy to make and a delicious campfire meal. Here are three recipes you can try! They are all according to taste, so modify the ingredients as you like. Be sure to always have an adult assist you around the campfire. And if you don’t have a pie-iron, see the information below where you could pick one up!

Sloppy Joe Pudgie

  • 2 slices of bread
  • sloppy joe seasoning mix (comes in a package)
  • ground beef (precooked)
  • barbecue sauce
  • onion
  • butter or margarine

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Tube Cabin Craft

090816_12James has another easy craft for you! Create your own little campground or tube town using toilet paper rolls. You might find a few to use from the bathroom garbage can or recycling bin.

What You Need!

  • construction paper
  • pencil crayons
  • glue stick or hot glue (ask an adult for assistance)
  • scotch tape
  • scissors
  • felt pens
  • foam or felt pieces, beads etc.

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Bumble Bee Craft


Here’s a something fun to make out of a toilet paper roll and an old sock!

What You Need!

  • toilet paper roll
  • yellow and orange construction paper (or what you have)
  • black felt marker, crayon or black construction paper
  • 2 black pipe cleaners
  • old black sock
  • another old sock
  • buttons, beads, googly eyes or other
  • glue stick and/or hot glue (with an adult’s assistance)

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Fresh Chunky Salsa

fresh_salsaMiss Maisie Lou’s Market challenges you to test out your salsa-making skills on your family and friends! Salsa is not only a delicious treat but it is also good for you! A half-cup portion of salsa adds an extra serving of vegetable and fruit to your diet. Homemade salsa is healthier than store-bought because of it has lower sodium content. It is also very low in calories and cholesterol!

Remember to have an adult assist you with the chopping of the vegetables. Roma tomatoes are a little less juicy so they are recommended but you can use any type of tomato. This recipe will make just over two cups, but it will also depend how much extra stuff you want to add. Continue reading