Seven Clown Circus http://sevenclowncircus.com Easy party, recipe, printable, craft, and beauty ideas from a fun California Mom Blogger. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:04:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe http://sevenclowncircus.com/strawberry-pretzel-dessert-recipe/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/strawberry-pretzel-dessert-recipe/#respond Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17310 How to Make this Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe is a little time consuming, but well worth the effort!  It’s three layers of sweet and salty goodness.  A pretzel crust, cream cheese filling and topped with strawberry jell-o.  The nice thing about this recipe is that you can drop the calories by using sugar free jell-o and fat free […]

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How to Make this Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe is a little time consuming, but well worth the effort!  It’s three layers of sweet and salty goodness.  A pretzel crust, cream cheese filling and topped with strawberry jell-o.  The nice thing about this recipe is that you can drop the calories by using sugar free jell-o and fat free cool whip and cream cheese.  I’ve yet to meet a person that doesn’t like it. 

Strawberry  Pretzel Dessert Recipe

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Ingredients:

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted buttter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese
  • 1 (8oz) whipped topping
  • 1 (6-8oz) package strawberry jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (16oz) package sliced frozen strawberries (you can substitute with fresh)
Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 2 c. crushed pretzels
  • 2½ tbls. white sugar
  • ½ c. melted butter
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 2 (8oz) pkg cream cheese
  • 1 (8oz) tub whipped topping
  • 1 (6-8oz) box strawberry jello
  • 2 c. boiling water
  • 1 (16oz) pkg frozen strawberries, sliced (or substitute with fresh)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together pretzels, 2½ tbls sugar and melted butter. Press firmly into bottom of 9x13 pan. Baked for 10 minutes, or lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. In medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the gelatin and boiling water. Mix in frozen strawberries and stir until strawberries are thawed. Pour over cream cheese mixture in pan. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least one hour.

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Easy After School Snack Idea {Kid’s Snacks} http://sevenclowncircus.com/easy-school-snack-idea/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/easy-school-snack-idea/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17231 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #CollectiveBias #AfterSchoolSnacks Now that we are heading back to school, it’s time to start thinking after school snacks.  My kiddos come home starving, and especially during the first week of school, I’ve decided to up my game and […]

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Now that we are heading back to school, it’s time to start thinking after school snacks.  My kiddos come home starving, and especially during the first week of school, I’ve decided to up my game and plan some fun snacks served in exciting ways that they’ll look forward too.  Hey, it’s hard heading back to school after a summer spent swimming and hanging around.  {smiling}

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After School Snack Table scape

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Preparing an After School Snack that looks like a party can be super simple.  One that is easy and fun for the kids that hits the spot served on a great table setting {{all ready for homework}} is easier than than you’d think, too.   It makes a huge difference in how much they enjoy the quick snack and get ready to tackle their homework.  {{smiling}}

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Items needed to Table scape

  • lined paper
  • wrapping paper for mat
  • pencils
  • napkins
  • glue sticks
  • erasers
  • or other school supplies
  • paper plates

To arrange table, simply place mats and plates at each setting and add school supplies needed for homework.  Easy peasy!

Preparing After School Snack

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My kids like their snacks best if they get to help prepare them like they like ‘em, so using plain cheese Bagel Bites and letting them pick their own toppings is a great way to let them customize their after school snacks.   Every party needs pizza, right?  As a note, it’s nice to know that Bagel Bites are made with real cheese and homemade sauce with 0g of trans fat.  If your kiddos add some protein and veggies to their Bagel Bites they’ve made themselves a pretty balanced snack.  {big smile}  Pop them in the microwave and they are ready in just over 2 minutes!

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Topping Ideas

  • Pepperoni
  • Canadian Bacon / ham
  • Pineapple
  • olives
  • bell pepper
  • tomatoes

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If your kids are like mine, they’ll probably need a sweet treat that is easy to eat before they get going on their homework.  We love the apple taquitos by Delimex.  Add a squirt or dollop of whipped cream, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you have a quick and yummy apple dessert that your kids will love.  There’s no excuse for not doing homework after a treat like that.  The best part is that it only takes a minute.

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Here’s coupons for both the Bagel Bites and the Delimex, so that you can plan an after school party of your own and save money while doing it!  {{score}}  You can also find more great and super creative Bagel Bites Recipes here!

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Taking Keurig® Back to School {discount code} http://sevenclowncircus.com/taking-keurig-back-school-discount-code/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/taking-keurig-back-school-discount-code/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17233 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Keurig®.  All opinions are 100% mine. It’s back to school time, and I can hardly believe that so many of those itty bitty kiddos from just yesterday are heading off to college.  I found the perfect back to school gift for the college student, ever.  I […]

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It’s back to school time, and I can hardly believe that so many of those itty bitty kiddos from just yesterday are heading off to college.  I found the perfect back to school gift for the college student, ever.  I know I may sound a little bit over enthusiastic, but it’s hard finding a gift for a college student that they can use and enjoy {{besides cold hard cash}}, and the Keurig® MINI Plus Brewer is it.  It’s useful, colorful, compact, and a great price point, too.  DISCOUNT CODE BELOW!

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Taking Keurig® Back to School

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Now, here’s why I think it’s the perfect gift.  First of all, I’ve asked around, and the college kids I’ve asked LOVE the idea, whether or not they are coffee drinkers. In fact, I first got the idea this summer when I took my car in to be serviced.  I couldn’t figure out why my boys wanted to go with me {{boring}} until we arrived and they headed straight to the Keurig® machine and started to make themselves a hot chocolate.  I realized that the Keurig® machines make more than just coffee and a light went on.  This is something I can give to my college kiddos (they’ll always be kiddos to me) whether or not they drink coffee.

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They can have herbal tea, cider, or hot chocolate if coffee isn’t their thing, and giving this gift saves TONS of money.  I just read that the average college student spends $25 a week on warm beverages at coffee houses.  That’s MORE than a grand a year.   The  Keurig® MINI Plus Brewer saves most of that money.  It’s mind boggling!  Plus, I think it would be great for their social life.  People are going to want to hang with the kid with the Keurig® MINI Plus Brewer.  It’s just obvious science.  Additionally, it’s affordable (with the discount code you can get it for $80), it comes in tons of fun colors and it’s compact.  It’s just an easy choice, you know?

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About the Keurig® Mini Plus Brewer

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Here are my top reasons to love the Keurig® Mini Plus Brewer.

  • It makes hot chocolate, tea, coffee and other hot beverages in under 2 minutes.
  • Keurig cups come in over 250 varieties including more than 40 brands, so there are tons of beverages to choose from.  This is good.
  • You can brew beverages over ice!  Excellent for warm days!
  • You can choose between 3 cup sizes. {6 oz., 8 oz., or 10 oz.}
  • It comes in 11 colors.  I can’t even tell you how much I love this.
  • It’s BPA free, which means that all the parts that come into contact with water, including the K-Cup pack contents are safe.
  • Has a removable drip tray.  Important for people who care about that sort of thing.
  • There is hidden cord storage in the back of the unit.  Again, a good feature for people that like things clean and tidy.

DISCOUNT CODE!

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I’ve managed to score you a discount code if you’re interested in getting your college student a Keurig® MINI Plus Brewer.  Don’t worry, no one will know if you buy it for yourself or as a gift for someone that’s not going to college.  {{smiling}}  it’s perfect for your vacation or motor home or office, too.  Basically, it’s just great for any space appropriate for a brewer where the space is limited.

Use Discount Code JUSTBREWIT to get 20% off a Keurig® MINI Plus Brewer plus get a FREE 22/24 count box of K-Cup Packs.  Offer valid 8/22/14-8/29/14 at 3 am EST.  Click here to purchase.

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White Chocolate Mocha Donuts {recipe} http://sevenclowncircus.com/white-chocolate-mocha-donuts-recipe/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/white-chocolate-mocha-donuts-recipe/#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17210 It’s back to school time and this year I decided to try a little something new and exciting to make the end of summer a little less painful for my crew. Heading back to school can be fun, but the end of summer is always made easier with something good to eat. So, this year […]

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It’s back to school time and this year I decided to try a little something new and exciting to make the end of summer a little less painful for my crew. Heading back to school can be fun, but the end of summer is always made easier with something good to eat. So, this year we are heading back to school with homemade donuts. These cake donuts are great because they are baked, not fried and they are super moist and delicious. Since they are made with International Delight White Chocolate Mocha Creamer they have a really fabulous, rich flavor that is perfect for an early morning.

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White Chocolate Mocha Donut Ingredients

white chocolate mocha donut recipe

For the Donut Batter

  • 6 TBS butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate mocha creamer by International Delight
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

crumb topping

For the Crumb Topping

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 TBS. ovaltine or other powdered chocolate mix
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups flour

White Chocolate Mocha Donut Instructions

white chocolate mocha donut

To make the donut batter:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients, except the white chocolate chips. Add in the butter and beat until the mixture is crumbly.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla extract and creamer. Mix until smooth.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until the batter smooth. Add the chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon the batter into the donut molds. Make sure each donut mold is about 1/2 full as you still have to add the crumble.

To make crumble:

  1. Add dry ingredients except flour and then pour the melted butter over the mixture and stir. Add flour gradually and mix.
  2. Spoon the crumb mixture over the top of each donut.
  3. Bake for about 13 minutes – longer if you have a deep donut pan.
  4. Be sure to let cool before removing from pan. Enjoy!

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White Chocolate Mocha Donuts
Recipe type: Donuts
Cuisine: Breakfast/snack
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 15
 
A yummy baked donut recipe using White Chocolate Mocha creamer by International Delight.
Ingredients
  • For the Donut Batter
  • 6 TBS butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup white chocolate mocha creamer by International Delight
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup of white chocolate chips
  • For the Crumb Topping
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBS. ovaltine or other powdered chocolate mix
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1¾ cups flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients except the chocolate chips. Add in the butter and beat until the mixture is crumbly.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla extract and creamer. Mix until smooth.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until the batter is smooth. Add the chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon the batter into the donut molds. Make sure each donut mold is about ½ full as you still have to add the crumble.
  6. To make crumble: Add dry ingredients except flour and then pour the melted butter over the mixture and stir. Add flour gradually and mix.
  7. Spoon the crumb mixture over the top of each donut.
  8. Bake for about 13 minutes.
  9. Be sure to let cool before removing from pan. Enjoy!

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Butternut Squash Au Gratin {recipe} http://sevenclowncircus.com/butternut-squash-au-gratin-recipe/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/butternut-squash-au-gratin-recipe/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17199 If you’re like me and planted way too much squash this summer then you’ll be looking for delicious ways to use them up.  I’ve roasted them, baked them and even barbecued them in addition to giving them away.  I thought I’d share with you one of my family favorites, Butternut Squash Au Gratin Recipe.  It’s so quick […]

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If you’re like me and planted way too much squash this summer then you’ll be looking for delicious ways to use them up.  I’ve roasted them, baked them and even barbecued them in addition to giving them away.  I thought I’d share with you one of my family favorites, Butternut Squash Au Gratin Recipe.  It’s so quick and easy you’ll be surprised in a really good way. Seriously!

Butternut Squash Au Gratin

Butternut Squash Au Gratin Ingredients

  • 2 butternut squash OR 1 butternut and 1 acorn squash
  • 1 tbls olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbls flour
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • salt & pepper
  • 3/4 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbls butter, divided
  • 1/4 c. parmessan cheese, freshly grated
  • Optional: fresh basil, chopped

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Butternut Squash Au Gratin {recipe}
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Prep time: 
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 butternut squash OR 1 Butternut and 1 acorn squash
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbls flour
  • 1½ cup milk
  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tbls butter, divided
  • Optional: fresh basil, chopped
Instructions
  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise, remove seeds and slice. Chop onion.
  2. Over medium heat, heat 1 tbls of olive oil, add squash, onion and garlic. Saute until squash is tender. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
  3. Remove from heat and place in casserole dish.
  4. In a small saucepan heat 1½ tbls butter and whisk in 2 tbls flour. Once blended slowly add 1½ cups milk. Whisk until thickened.
  5. Pour over squash in casserole dish. You can gently stir it if necessary.
  6. In microwave, melt ½ tbls butter, stir in panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle on top of casserole.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle chopped basil on top. Enjoy!

 

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Confidence and Self Improvement is Great! http://sevenclowncircus.com/confidence-self-improvement-great/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/confidence-self-improvement-great/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17194 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Post Great Grains Cereal for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I've maintained for almost a decade that my thirties have been my best years, but you know what?  As I head into my forties, I think I might change my mind.  I think […]

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I've maintained for almost a decade that my thirties have been my best years, but you know what?  As I head into my forties, I think I might change my mind.  I think my forties just might be my best decade.  I'm finding that as get older I feel better.  As each year piles on,  I'm gaining experience, confidence, self improvement, better resilience and more focused assertiveness.  I'm LOVING it.

It seems that I'm not alone.  Wakefield Research conducted a  survey for Post Great Grains Cereal and found that a whooping 80% of women love themselves more than they did 10 years ago, and 86% of women agreed that mistakes that led to failures were worth the learning experience.  So, even if we aren't perfect {duh}, the experience helps to make us better.

Motherhood has Helped to Make me Great!

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Certainly, motherhood has helped to build my confidence.  Oh boy have I made mistakes and continue to do so, but each day I grow stronger in my role, and better, and that makes me feel great, even if I do have some off days.

I've also gotten pretty great at realizing that it doesn't really matter what other people think of me.  What really truly matters is whether I know that I have self worth.  That's big.  It took a lot of years to come to the realization, but it's life changing.

I'm also pretty darn fabulous at recognizing that for the most part, people treat you the way you allow them to.  That goes with children and pets as well as adults.  So, whenever I get talked to in a way that isn't appropriate, or treated in a way that I just plain don't like I have the ability to see that I have a role to play in the exchange.

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Watermelon and Mint Infused Water {Recipe} http://sevenclowncircus.com/watermelon-mint-infused-water-recipe/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/watermelon-mint-infused-water-recipe/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17182 Have you caught the Infused Water Craze, too?  You can take just about any fruit, herb or vegetable that you like and add to your water for a really wonderful infusion that’s totally your own recipe.  The best part is that making infused water is EASY.  Try mixing your own creations and see what you […]

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Have you caught the Infused Water Craze, too?  You can take just about any fruit, herb or vegetable that you like and add to your water for a really wonderful infusion that’s totally your own recipe.  The best part is that making infused water is EASY.  Try mixing your own creations and see what you come up with.  It’s a great way to up your H2O intake in an eye pleasing way and it’s lovely to your taste buds, too!

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Watermelon and Mint Infused Water Recipe

  • water
  • small watermelon slices {without rind}
  • mint leaves
  • cubed ice

Add all ingredients to mason jars or glasses and serve immediately.  I’ve seen many recipes on line that recommend infusing overnight.  I personally do not like my water infused over night.  Especially if the recipe calls for citrus.  I find that the fruit and / or vegetables become too water logged and or acidic when infused too long.

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Easy Shark Week Party Idea {food & activities} http://sevenclowncircus.com/easy-shark-week-party-idea-food-activities/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/easy-shark-week-party-idea-food-activities/#respond Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17166 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cold Stone Creamery for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. My boys are SUPER into SHARKS right now and lucky for them, we decided to celebrate upcoming shark week with a party.  Here is an EASY party idea that you can throw for about […]

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My boys are SUPER into SHARKS right now and lucky for them, we decided to celebrate upcoming shark week with a party.  Here is an EASY party idea that you can throw for about $20 that will thrill your kiddos because it employs a trip to Cold Stone to pick up GREAT BLUE CUPCAKES {yummy} and two fun activities that will keep your kids entertained with Shark fun! coldstonen

Shark Treats

coldstoneb The best part of a Shark week party are the treats.  Any party that includes a trip to Cold Stone is a winner in my kids book, so be sure to include your kiddos in the trip to pick up the Great Blue Cupcakes.  If your kids are like mine, they’ll also score a scoop of the Shark Week Frenzy Ice Cream Creation. My boys loved the Blue Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Pie Crust and Gummy Sharks! Cold Stone is a favorite in our family because they use high quality ingredients, their ice cream is freshly made daily in every location and we like their frozen granite station.  Mostly though, we just like the taste.  {smiling} coldstonec Note:  The Great Blue Cupcakes are in the freezer case so you can just grab and go if you are in a hurry! They come in a 6-pack for your convenience. In case you are wondering what to expect from the Great Blue Cupcakes? A rich Chocolate Cup is filled with a layer of yellow cake and blue sweet cream ice cream topped with fluffy blue frosting and a gummy shark.  {{sweet}}

The Great Blue Cupcakes are available from July 2nd to August 17th!

You can purchase them in-store at your local Cold Stone {like we did} or order Great Blue Cupcakes Online at ColdStoneCakes.com  coldstonea Besides the Cold Stone cupcakes, I served a blue drink.  You could use Gatorade, Powerade, or make your own Kool-Aid.  I added bubble gum balls for fun to look like bubbles, and added Swedish fish because, well, sharks eat fish.   It made for a fun spread that my boys adored devouring. coldstonem

Shark Party Activities

coldstoneejpg Making Paper Plate Shark Jaws is a craft that is inexpensive and easy.  This craft is for your older kiddos.  I’d say the kids need to be at least six or seven since cutting through a paper plate takes some dexterity.  Grab a paper plate and some scissors and let your bigger kids make their own shark jaws.  If you have younger children, you can make their shark jaws for them and let them decorate them!  To make our shark jaws, we just folded our paper plate in half and then cut the teeth out of the middle of the plate. We also tried to shape the outside of the plate like a shark jaw based on pictures we found online.  The nice thing about this activity is that you can make it super simple with just scissors, or you can take it to the next level and paint or decorate the jaw! coldstonef Watch shark documentaries!  My boys adore watching shark documentaries, so grab some iPads or other hand held devices and let them watch some good shark shows while they EAT their SHARK spread.  The nice thing about this activity is that you can tailor what they watch to the age so that it’s age appropriate.  Plus, if you find some good documentaries or movies, your kids could be entertained for quite some time…..{smiling}. coldstoneg It’s easy and inexpensive to celebrate Shark week starting on August 10th at 9/8c on the Discovery Channel™.  I love that Cold Stone and Cold Stone Discovery™ have come together to bring us another exciting summertime promotion for Shark Week! For more details, Follow @ColdStone on Twitter!

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5 Homemade Pioneer Crafts, Play and Recipes for Kids http://sevenclowncircus.com/5-homemade-pioneer-crafts-play-recipes-kids/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/5-homemade-pioneer-crafts-play-recipes-kids/#respond Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17154 Here’s 5 Homemade Pioneer Crafts, Play and Recipes for Kids that you’ll love if you ever have occasion to celebrate Pioneers.  Every year Utah has a big Pioneer Day celebration.  I just happened to be in Utah this year during their celebration (July 24th) and I picked up the best Honey Taffy ever, which reminded […]

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Here’s 5 Homemade Pioneer Crafts, Play and Recipes for Kids that you’ll love if you ever have occasion to celebrate Pioneers.  Every year Utah has a big Pioneer Day celebration.  I just happened to be in Utah this year during their celebration (July 24th) and I picked up the best Honey Taffy ever, which reminded me that there are some great projects for teaching about the Pioneers on the web.  These are my top picks!

DIY Pioneer Crafts

Pioneer Bonnet Tutorial

1.  Pioneer Bonnet Tutorial - This tutorial for making a pioneer bonnet is fabulous.  When my kids were in 2nd grade they had a unit where they re-inacted a 1 room school house from the 1830′s and this would have been so handy to make my girls a bonnet!

 

covered wagon

2.  Covered Wagon – Here’s a great tutorial for making a covered wagon with materials you have around the house!  Your kids can get creative and use their imagination, so it’s extra fun.

Pioneer Activities

how to make stilts

3.  How to Make Stilts - Technically, this tutorial is for making stilts that are more for the 21st century, but I couldn’t resist putting them in.  I image that every Pioneer child wanted a pair of stilts for some fun, right?

Prairie Activities

4.  Prairie Activities – Word, Play, House put together a fabulous list of 15 Things to Do on the Prairie.  I can’t even tell you how wonderful the list is.  She gives you plenty of ideas that your kiddos will love.

Homemade Pioneer Recipe

Pioneer Taffy

5.  Pioneer Taffy – If you’ve ever been to Utah and visited the Lion House, this is the recipe for Taffy they sell, and it’s a fun recipe to make at a party or as a family because you can pull it together!  {{super fun!}}

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Frozen Heath Malt {recipe} http://sevenclowncircus.com/frozen-heath-malt-recipe/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/frozen-heath-malt-recipe/#respond Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17142 My favorite part of vacation is frozen drinks. In my family, the creamier and chocolatier, the better, so this recipe for making a Frozen Heath malt hits the spot! It’s easy to make, tastes pretty darn delicious and serves 4. The secret ingredient is International Delight Heath Flavored Creamer. It adds a creamy Heath flavor […]

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My favorite part of vacation is frozen drinks. In my family, the creamier and chocolatier, the better, so this recipe for making a Frozen Heath malt hits the spot! It’s easy to make, tastes pretty darn delicious and serves 4. The secret ingredient is International Delight Heath Flavored Creamer. It adds a creamy Heath flavor without weird bits (like you’d get with the candy). I can’t think of a better way to celebrate vacation and it’s delights than with Frozen Heath Malts. {wink}

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Frozen Heath Malt Ingredients

frozen heath malt

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup Heath Flavored International Delight Creamer
  • 6 TBS powdered chocolate malt mix like Ovaltine
  • 4 cups of ice

Frozen Heath Malt Recipe

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Frozen Heath Malt {recipe}
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Recipe type: Frozen Drink
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup Heath Flavored International Delight Creamer
  • 6 TBS powdered chocolate malt mix like Ovaltine
  • 4 cups of ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Top with whipped cream and chocolate topping if desired.

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