Friday, December 30, 2011
Just in case you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve, yet, here are a few family-friendly ideas:
Spirit of Jefferson
New Year's Eve Cruise
Early Dinner $40/adult, $25/child
Boarding 5pm, Cruising 5:30-7:30pm
Louisville Science Center
Noon Year’s Celebration- create noisemakers, musical instruments, and engineer a balloon drop
December 31, 2011- January 2, 2012, 10am- 4pm
All activities are free with paid admission- $13 for adults, $11 for children ages 2-12
Louisville Free Public Library
Noisy New Year- festive stories and a loud craft for ages 3-11
Starts at 2pm
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203
New Year’s Eve Party- pizza, soft, inflatables, mini golf, party favors, and a balloon drop
Tickets are $60 for a family of 4
4601 Hamburg Pike
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
812.283.8300 (limited space)
Photo source: Metromix Louisville
Thursday, December 29, 2011
We have some very important tips on safe sleeping for infants from Erika Janes, RN, Coordinator of Safe Kids Louisville & Jefferson County - a program led by Kosair Children's Hospital, Office of Child Advocacy.
What is the most dangerous thing we unknowingly do for our babies?
One of the threats, if not the biggest, to an infant’s life is suffocation which is often associated with an unsafe sleeping environment and position.
This includes sleeping with your baby on an adult bed, couch, chair, etc., and putting the baby down to sleep on their belly instead of on their back-unless the doctor specifically says differently! Babies’ airways can become compromised easily, and they have no way to protect themselves - and get out of the situation they are in. Even infants whose death may be documented as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) were often sleeping in one of these situations, and that may have contributed to their death.
My baby likes to sleep next to me…is that okay?
NO! If you want to bring your baby to your bed to breastfeed, please position yourself so you will not fall asleep and be able to put the baby back to sleep in their safe bed, bassinet, or play yard after nursing.
Are there any risk factors one should know about with respect to SIDS?
Yes! The task force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome of the American Academy of Pediatrics-the authority on babies and children- has just released their latest policy statement and information on this topic. I strongly encourage everyone to read this document carefully It can be found at www.aap.org.
The following is an abbreviated list of their Level A Recommendations:
1) “Back to Sleep” for every sleep.
2) Use a firm sleep surface-A firm mattress covered by a fitted sheet is the recommended sleeping surface to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation. A crib, bassinet, or portable crib/play yard that conforms to the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended. Do not leave babies to sleep in their child safety seats or any “sitting device”.
3) Room-sharing without bed-sharing is recommended. There is evidence that this arrangement decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.
4) Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the crib to reduce the risk of SIDS, suffocation, entrapment and strangulation. (a. Soft objects such as pillows and pillow-like toys, quilts, comforters, and sheepskins should be kept out of an infant’s sleeping environment.)
5) Pregnant women should receive regular prenatal care.
6) Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth- both are major risk factors for SIDS.
7) Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth. There is an increased risk of SIDS with prenatal and postnatal exposure to alcohol or illicit drug use.
8) Breastfeeding is recommended and is associated with a decreased risk of SIDS.
9) Consider offering a pacifier at naptime and bedtime- even though the mechanism of protection is unclear, studies have reported a protective effect on the incidence of SIDS.
10) Avoid overheating- studies have revealed an increased risk of SIDS with overheating…Watch infant for signs of overheating such as sweating or infant’s chest feeling hot to touch.
It’s getting colder…at what age can my baby be covered up with a blanket in his/her crib?
From birth, a baby can be dressed in sleep sack with a swaddle and then placed on their back into the safe crib. When the baby is able to wiggle arms out of the swaddle, remove swaddle from sleep sack!
Another option could be to use a “onesie” or other similar clothing with a very light blanket that comes up only to the chest and is tightly tucked in at both sides and the foot of the crib.
What’s your #1 safety tip for infants?
Please practice the “A, B, C’s” for infants! They need to sleep Alone, on their Back in a safe Crib for every nap and at bedtime! When they are awake and someone is watching, make sure they get plenty of “Tummy Time” to both strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles and to prevent a flat spot on the back of their head.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
It won’t be long before the snow starts falling, and our cars are covered in the salty brine. This week’s giveaway is just what you’ll need- a free car wash.
Four lucky winners will each win one FREE “Best” car wash pass from Best 3 Minute Express Car Wash, located in Louisville, at 2301 Taylorsville Rd., 502.451.4400.
Three ways you can enter to win (just leave a separate comment HERE for each):
1. Follow Today’s Family Every Day (one entry)
2. Follow us on Twitter @todaysfamilynow (one entry)
3. Like Today’s Family on facebook (one entry)
Giveaway ends on 1/3/12 at midnight.
See Official Rules for details.
Update: Our winners are Sarah (comment #2), grandnanny (comment #13), gailc1969 (comment #3), and Local Explorer (comment #7). Congratulations! Please email us within 48 hours to claim your prize.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
It took be awhile to realize that every December I would get twitchy, itchy, and another word that starts with a “b” and also ends in “itchy” when I thought of all the stuff that would be invading my family room before the month’s end. Now that I have three kids, what I call the “toy tsunami” has become massive.
It finally dawned on me that if the new toys had a home, a place for them to be stored in the family room, even if they never actually get stored there, I can
Newest and/or most favorite toys stay in the family room since this is where my children do 90% of their playing. Toys that my children have outgrown or have no interest in go into the Craigslist/To Be Consigned bins (local spring consignment sales, like Kidstuff and Little Treasures, will be here soon). In addition to Goodwill, gently used toys can be donated to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home Thrift Store, Brooklawn, and local TAPP schools.
My goal for December is to have at least a few completely empty storage bins just waiting for all the new Matchbox cars, Barbies, Squinkies, Zoobles, and Marvel superheroes. (Of course, we don’t even want to discuss what my downstairs storage area looks like with all the “Craigslist/To Be Consigned” stuff.)
How do you organize your children’s toys?
Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.
Monday, December 26, 2011
I have a friend who uses a snowman theme for her holiday decorating so she can leave some of her decor up through the end of January.
When Christmas is over I can't wait to put the stuff away. I actually like un-decorating the tree!
In 1987, syndicated humor columnist Erma Bombeck wrote about un-decorating the tree.
She began by asking her readers if they'd like to have some quiet time, alone. If so, she commanded:
Read my lips and slowly repeat after me: ''I am going to take the Christmas tree down.''
You will only have to say it once and feet will scurry, doors will slam, car motors will turn over. In 30 seconds you'll feel like the last person on Earth.
No one loves a Christmas tree on Jan. 1.
Next to the presidency, detrimming a tree has to be the loneliest job in the world. It has fallen to women for centuries and is considered a skill only they can do, like replacing the roll on the toilet tissue spindle, painting baseboards, holding a wet washcloth for a child who is throwing up or taking out a splinter with a needle.
How to undecorate the tree is my business. There's no one around to give advice, so I do it my way. I take the end of a rope of gold tinsel and give it a jerk. The tree spins around, and I clean the whole thing off in eight seconds. I eat the candy canes as I go along. Better me than the mice. I never bother with sheets to catch all the dry needles. I just vacuum them up until the sweeper smokes. Then I empty it and start all over again. The balls near the bottom I catch in a box, and the ones near the top I shake off and sometimes catch in midair.
In nearly 38 years, you'd think someone would be curious enough to ask what happened to that large tree that was in the living room last week. No one ever does…
This column originally appeared January 1, 1987. It is included in ''Forever, Erma'' (Andrews and McMeel).
Contributed by Elaine Jack, Assistant Editor, Today's Family magazine.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
1. I have three days until Christmas… what should I get my spouse and not make it look "last minute"?
It's always a good idea to go with a theme, especially when you get the details right. Say your spouse is a major Ryan Adams fan … buy the tickets online (Palace Theatre, Jan 30), add a Louisville Originals restaurant gift card (can be purchased at ValuMarket or the Louisville Visitors Center ), make the dinner reservation (you can always change reservation place/date/time with any participating restaurant), and maybe pick-up a cool Ryan Adams t-shirt or CD.
Your spouse loves to cook? Our city has great services and stores for foodies. Schedule a cooking class with Mary Wheatley (Cook with Mary), visit Lotsa Pasta or any one of our boutique markets, and pick up a few amazing products … think aged balsamic vinegars and exotic olive oils & spices, bourbon-smoked sugars & salts. Buy cookware, if that's not already a staple in your kitchen, and a great cookbook - Julia Child's "The Art of French Cooking" and Erma Rombauer's "The Joy of Cooking" are classic heavies, but your cook may be more suited to an Ellie Krieger volume.
Lastly … nothing, but nothing, says “last minute” like a gift bag. Wrap the gifts [with paper] with all of the love in your heart. Your spouse will be delighted!
2. There are a few dollars left in the checking account… what can Santa buy with that?
Create an experience that involves your imagination, time, and a little dough. How about a gift-boxed taste of Louisville? For $25, you can fill a box with a single pack of Red Hot Roasters Coffee (brews 6-8 cups), a couple of their chocolate espresso bars, Coco's Chocolate Cafe chocolate dipped praline almonds and Stellar Sweets Oatmeal Crisps.
3. Where should I go to fill the stockings?
The Butchertown Market is one of the most fun and affordable shopping venues in town.
Work the Metal has a great selection of classic and quirky stocking stuffers for men, women and children. The prices are hard to beat for their mix of fun and functional items.
Moss Hill Bath & Body Collection has lovely handmade, heavenly-scented soaps and personal pampering products for everyone.
Plus, there is a chocolatier!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Today’s giveaway is a gift basket full of goodies from Presentation Academy, Louisville’s oldest continuously operating Catholic college preparatory academy for young women.
Here’s how you can enter to win (leave a separate comment HERE for each):
-follow Today’s Family Every Day (one entry)
-like Presentation Academy on facebook (one entry)
-like Today’s Family on facebook (one entry)
Giveaway ends 12/27 at midnight.
See Official Rules for details.
Update: amanda breckenridge (comment #3) is our winner. Congratulations! Please email us within 48 hours to claim your prize.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The December/January issue of Today’s Family magazine is on stands. You can pick up your free copy at any of the following locations or read it online here:
All About Kids
Baptist Hospital East
Blairwood Tennis Club
Caritas Medical Mall
East Louisville Pediatrics
Floyd County library
Floyd Memorial Hospital
Green Tree Mall
All area Krogers
Several Area McDonalds
Medical Arts Bldg.
Norton Suburban Hospital
Parent Teacher Store
Paul Semonin Realtors
Professional Arts Bldg
Southend Medical Center
Total Woman OB/GYN
YMCA -- Clarksville
YMCA -- NE
YMCA -- SE
YMCA -- SW
School’s out… now what? Those winter break days do seem to last forever. So, here’s a place to try. Providing swimming, open gym time, and different themes each day, All About Kids is sure to kick a case of boredom right to the curb! Here are the details:
When: December 19-21, 27-30, and January 2
Where: All About Kids, 2531 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville, KY 40299, 502.809.1386
Cost: Full Day (9am-5pm & includes lunch and snack) $45/day
Morning (9am-1pm & includes snack) $30/day
Afternoon (1-5pm & includes snack) $30/day
*Siblings receive 20% discount- must call or register at facility to receive it.
Share with us your winter break plans!
Monday, December 19, 2011
This is your last chance to visit Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! at the Louisville Slugger Museum because the Peanuts gang will be finishing it’s three-year visit this holiday season. With the price of admission ($10 for adults 13-59, $9 for seniors 60+, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and younger) to the museum, your visit will include comics, videos, and fun hands-on activities.
This exhibit runs through January 2 with museum hours Monday- Saturday 9am-5pm and Saturday noon-5pm.
What are you planning for your children on winter break?
Are you invited to The Ball?
Well, my house is no castle, but there is a yearly Ball. It has been called The Masquerade Ball, The Goodwill Ball, The SnowBall, and now just, The Ball.
Who’s Invited: Teenagers
Dress: Dressed up – dresses and suits and ties ( you might see some tuxes)
Activities: Dancing – and eating
For the last six years, we have hosted a teenage dance party at our house. The open layout and wood floors make the perfect dance floor and the lack of sitting space (once we move the furniture) encourages the once-dance-shy teens to start dancing. The Ball began with my daughter’s freshman year when several of her friends decided to have a Masquerade Ball. I met with the 14-year-olds who were the planning committee (which involved planning furniture-moving help, food preparation, and music – which they all managed) and the rest is history. Once she graduated, my oldest son and his friends took the helm, and perhaps it will be handed down to the youngest 14-year-old next year.
They have a blast and love dressing up in their best clothing and just plain dancing!
Whatever age or interests of your guests this year, just do what you can and have fun. We all stress too much over trying to make everything perfect.
What gathering are you trying to make perfect this year? Any tips you can pass onto the rest of us?
Contributed by Anita Oldham, Editor, Today’s Family and Today’s Woman magazines.
Friday, December 16, 2011
I’ll admit that with three kids (ages 2, 4 and 7), I am not able to volunteer within the community as much as I’d like, but at this time of year, I do what I can, such as planning my kids’ school parties and collecting items (shown above) for the Home of the Innocents’ Holiday Magic Ornament Program. In addition to making me feel good, I hope my volunteer efforts help my children learn that there is tremendous value in this unpaid work.
Here are some of the local volunteer opportunities that are especially appreciated during the holiday season:
Ronald McDonald House-- Make a meal for families staying at Ronald McDonald House through their Adopt-a-Meal Program. (502) 371-1441
St. Vincent de Paul Open Hand Kitchen -- Serves 2 meals a day, 365 days a year to shelter clients. (502) 301-8691
Catholic Charities Adopt-a-Refugee Family at Christmastime-- Purchase and deliver gifts to a refugee family in their homes. (502) 636-9263 ext. 145
Gift wrapping for Girl Scouts-- Wrap gifts at local malls to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. (502) 636-0900 ext. 24100
Salvation Army-- Ring a bell at a local grocery store for the Red Kettle Campaign. (502) 671-4920
The gift of time and effort is priceless!
Please share with us how your family makes a difference to others this time of year.
Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Today’s Post from the Pro is an interview with Kristi Kantz, DVM, Charlestown Veterinary Clinic, Charlestown, IN.
· Is it okay for Fido and Fifi to have a few holiday leftovers?
As much as we want to share our holiday goodies with our pets, it is not a good idea. Most of our holiday treats are too rich for our furry companions and could result in vomiting, diarrhea, or even pancreatitis, a serious condition that can require hospitalization. If you must share a special holiday treat with your dog, stick to safe bland items such as boiled boneless, skinless chicken breast, rice, or low-fat cottage cheese.
· With the weather being so cold, do we still need to protect our pets against fleas?
In general, fleas are less of a problem in the winter months. Keep in mind, though, that fleas can remain in the egg stage for prolonged periods of time until environmental conditions are favorable for them to hatch, and adult fleas can persist on our pets through the winter months. The best way to prevent flea problems is to use year round flea prevention. A veterinarian can create a flea prevention program suitable for your pet’s lifestyle. Unfortunately, once fleas are established, it can take 3-4 months of consistent treatment of the pet and its environment to completely eradicate the flea infestation. This can be a time-consuming, frustrating, and costly process.
· Are there any traditional Christmas decorations that are harmful to our pets?
Any Christmas decoration has the potential to be harmful to our pets if they are ingested. In particular, poinsettias and chocolate can be toxic to pets. Also, tinsel can be hazardous to cats if ingested and result in a linear foreign body requiring surgery.
· What’s the most important tip for keeping your pet healthy through the holidays?
Keep any potential harmful substances or items out of your pets reach, and stick to your pets’ normal routine and diet.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday for you and your furry companions!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
You’ve heard of Thunder Over Louisville, but have you heard of Lights Under Louisville? Right here in your hometown is the only underground holiday light show in the world! You can find it in Louisville, at 1841 Taylor Avenue, here on facebook, or by phone at 1.877.614.6342 .
Here are the details:
Now through January 1, 2012
Monday-Friday 6pm to 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 5pm to 10pm
Car, truck, SUV, minivan: $25.00
Church bus: $50.00
School bus: $75.00
We’re giving away 4 standard vehicle passes to Lights Under Louisville.
3 Ways YOU can enter to win (leave a separate comment HERE for each):
1. Follow Today’s Family Every Day (Click on “Join this site” on the right sidebar where all the pictures are.)
2. Like Today’s Family on facebook
3. Like Louisville Mega Cavern on facebook
See Official Rules for details.
Update: Our winners are Rachel T (comment #30), Kim (comment #13), ashley (comment #47), and Matt McMillen (comment #28). Congratulations! Please email us within 48 hours to claim your prize.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Does the holiday stress have you about to blow your top? Sometimes all of the parties, school programs, shopping, baking, wrapping… the list could go on and on, can make one feel less than cheery on occasion. So much so, that you might think whistles will sound and smoke will billow out your ears if one… more… thing is added to your calendar of events.
So, here’s my remedy (and you can quote me on this!), grab yourself a gourmet coffee or hot chocolate in the next drive-through that you see PRONTO, take a sip, breathe it in, and just smile.
Aaahh, now that’s nice… much better!
What’s YOUR remedy to the holiday stress?
Photo sources: Vustv and Sift, Dust, & Toss
Monday, December 12, 2011
My mother initiated this gingerbread house-making tradition as a grandmother, with my younger brother’s children far away in Tennessee, long after I had left the nest and started my own family. Being a busy mother myself, my holidays were caught up in attempting to carry on the cookie-making traditions I was raised on, with my own two sons, both of whom turned out to be fairly decent cooks in most respects, but were all thumbs with my favorite traditional family recipes. Those traditions died finally for me when my boys left my nest, and I knew I’d better cease this goodie-cooking to protect my waistline and arteries.
What happened to Tradition — our cookie tradition? Well, let’s just say it sweetly flew out the gingerbread house window.
Not to worry, once again I borrow from my mother’s tradition. The Kroger brand kit, shown in the photo, makes it easy by providing a molded plastic base for the house to sit on, pre-made gingerbread walls, roof, and figures, candy drops, and even pre-mixed icing (the icing does have a short drying span, which is good, since the gumdrops tend to slide with its more liquid thick Elmer’s Glue-like consistency). This little kit pits the budding interest in crafts my 3-year-old-granddaughter possesses against the short attention span of my 1-year-old grandson. Turns out to be a win-win situation for us all.
Please share with us your favorite childhood holiday tradition!
Contributed by Kathy Bolger, Senior Graphic Designer for Today’s Woman magazine.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Get your pet’s picture taken with Santa this weekend, and help out area animals in need with the 24th annual Picture Your Pets With Santa put on by the Kentucky Humane Society.
Here are the details:
ALL Feeders Supply stores
December 10, 10am-4pm
December 11, noon-4pm
For more information, visit www.kyhumane.org, or call 502.366.3355.
Take a look at those bracelets. They’re called Angelica’s Charity Bracelets, and each is handmade by the little girl above, Angelica. The proceeds from their sales benefit various children’s charities. She’s doing her part to help others; now here’s your chance. Each bracelet is $8 (shipping included to anywhere in the US, Canada, or overseas). You may order bracelets on her facebook page here.
Get yours in time for Christmas by ordering by December 9, if the shipping address is outside of the United States, or by December 16, if shipping anywhere inside the US.
These perfect little stocking stuffers are gifts that benefit everyone!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Yummy… these holiday snowballs are made to eat, not throw (hehe!). Try them out and let us know what you think. Here’s the recipe:
Holiday Snowballs (Makes 2 Dozen)
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Raw Walnuts
½ Tsp Vanilla Extract
½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon
½ Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
¼ Cup Confectioners' Sugar, plus additional for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Place the walnuts in a food processor for 30 seconds or until finely chopped.
3. Place the ground walnuts, flour and cinnamon in a bowl and combine.
4. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a standing mixer or bowl using a hand mixer and cream for 3-4 minutes.
5. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until combined.
6. Using a cookie scooper, scoop out the dough and place on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.
7. Bake for 15 minutes.
8. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve.
What’s your go-to holiday cookie?
Recipe courtesy of Louisville’s own Catherine McCord of weelicious.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
It’s time to lace up your skates… ice skates, that is, and head on over to the corner of Spring and Market Streets, in Jeffersonville, IN, for some winter fun. You can find the Jeffersonville Ice Rink here on facebook. Here are all of the fun details:
Sunday-Thursday, 12 to 9pm
Friday- Saturday, 12 to 10pm
$8 per person
$6 per person for groups of 10 or more
Tuesdays-Eat Local Night- kids skate for $4 with same-day receipt from a Jeffersonville restaurant
Thursdays- Shop Local Night- Kids skate for $4 with same-day receipt from a locally-owned Jeffersonville shop
Fridays- Teen Night- DJ from 7 to 10pm
Sundays- Skate with Santa- 1 to 4pm
Here’s the best part… two people will each win a family four-pack of tickets to the Jeffersonville Ice Rink.
3 Ways to Enter (just leave a separate comment here for each):
1. Be a follower of Today’s Family Every Day (one entry)
2. Like the Jeffersonville Ice Rink on facebook (one entry)
3. Like Today’s Family on facebook (one entry)
*This giveaway ends at midnight on 12/13/11.
See Official Rules for details.
Update: Our winners are Angie Figg (comment #14) and Billie (comment #6). Congratulations! Please email us soon to claim your prize.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
One of the lessons I took away from my “Vegan for a Week” challenge is that healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard. For example, lunch today consisted of spinach, baby carrots, avocado, pita bread (that I heated up by popping in the toaster), and hummus. Although store bought hummus is fine, I make my own. Essentially chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and garlic, hummus is easy to make, and kids love to help. Below are a few tips on making delicious homemade hummus:
• Even if your recipe says to use a food processor, use a blender. For some reason the food processor won’t get the texture creamy enough. Once I switched to using a blender, my results were much better.
• Add water as needed. Most recipes have water in tablespoon amounts, but if your hummus is too chunky, keep adding it, in small quantities, until the dip is smooth.
• Do you like garlic? Me too! I always add more than the recipe asks for. Not a garlic fan? Experiment with different flavors. Add red peppers, olives, parsley, or peanut butter.
With hummus exactly as you like it, a vegan meal isn’t difficult to put together. Although I’m not vegan, simple adjustments have taken root in my daily life as a result of the challenge; plus, a healthy lunch that tastes great, too. Who wouldn’t stick to that?
Could you go vegan for a week?
Contributed by Mali Anderson, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.
Monday, December 5, 2011
So what's new this holiday season?
Frankly, I'm less interested in starting anything new than backing off on some of the old stuff! But quite by accident, we may have the start of a new tradition at our house, if I'm lucky!
Fact: Our TV is going through a midlife crisis: it's having green flashes. My IT expert cousin says that the picture tube is about to go. (What's a picture tube, you ask? Something Moses invented, I think.)
Fact: Finances at our house are tight this year. (Show me a house where they aren't!)
Fact: My girls have outgrown making the 5-page “gimme” list, but they've not outgrown the desire to get stuff.
Solution: There's going to be a TV under our tree this year - a "family present" - and not much else. (Although Santa and two Grandmas can still be depended on to come through!)
My girls have been warned, and they're remarkably cheerful about it; I think they are eager to watch something - anything - in which the entire cast isn't green-skinned Orion slave girls from Star Trek, the Original Series.
Voila! A new tradition. Maybe.
Wonder if my girls would go for the idea of a new sofa next year . . . ?
Contributed by Elaine Jack, Assistant Editor of Today’s Family magazine.
Photo source: Geek Philosopher
Friday, December 2, 2011
If the latter is already a part of your family’s tradition like mine, and you’d like to bring on the other, as well. You can start this year! Here are the details:
The Louisville Ballet will be performing the Brown-Forman Nutcracker in Whiney Hall, at the Kentucky Center, December 10-23, 2011. You may purchase tickets online here.
Let us know which one you is a part of your holidays!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I am always telling my 3 ½ and 5 ½ year old, "No." "No," they can't help me in the Queen of Treats kitchen. "No," they can't eat what we're baking. "No," we're not having a party, and this cake isn't for them! What a bummer!
So, during the holidays, I like to spend some time in our kitchen at home getting messy, creating masterpieces and enjoying the laughter!
This year, we're making "Ornament Krispies"!! Not difficult, but definitely fun! Just use round puff cereal in your Rice Krispie recipe! I like Capn' Crunch OOPS! All Berries, and Trix bright colors and Kix work well for decorating!
Shape the cereal krispies into balls; placing them in a muffin tin helps them hold their shape. Once cooled, the kids can decorate with M & M's, Skittles, or whatever you have around! Just use a little candy melt or icing as glue to hold the candies. For ornament hangers, break the hook off of a mini-candy cane and use candy melt to attach... or attach a Rolo upside down. Tie a ribbon around to finish it off! You can also place these in decorative cupcake liners or wrap in cling wrap to give to friends!
"Yes," you're going to get sticky! "Yes," you're going to have fun! And, "Yes," it will be a tradition you will want to continue! As busy as we are during the holidays, I've found it's always important to stop and say, "YES!" I hope your family enjoys this idea as much as we have!
Contributed by Erin Haynes Reed of Queen of Treats.