Monday, January 17, 2011
I remember those Monday holidays when the kids were home from school and restless as monkeys in a cage. The hardest winter holiday I recall was Martin Luther King Day. Old dirty grey snow, cold temps, and nothing exciting to do. I wasn’t in the mood for sugar cookies quite yet, because it wasn’t close enough to Valentine’s Day. What’s a mom to do to? Let the kids give these a try...
When I was a stay-at-home mom of six children, my mind always turned to mush after the Christmas holidays were over. My kids were on year-round school, and inevitably - I had an entire houseful enjoying what we called “off-track” time during the dead of winter. The first week was tolerable because the Christmas toys were still being enjoyed - but then it was an endurance test for the next two weeks.
I tried to save up ideas so we could enjoy one worthwhile activity each day - and we did have some fun traditions as a result. But most of those activities were (frankly) a mess! By the time we finished I had to clean the entire kitchen top to bottom and then try to have a smile on my face by the time Dad walked in the door after work. Do I have admiration for you young moms who are in the trenches? Absolutely!
I like to have ideas to make with my grandkids, and so I’m always on the lookout for something fun to have up my sleeve when they visit. When I saw this idea on familyfun.com - I had to try it. It looked too good to be true, and I was sure it was an absolute mess-in-waiting.
Surprise! It was easy, fun, and it even tasted good. I didn’t think it would work to cut thick flour tortillas - but once microwaved, they become soft and easy to fold & cut. Flour tortillas at warehouse stores are super-cheap - so you won’t feel bad when you mess one up. I found myself eating the scraps just like a little kid. One disclaimer though - if you want to keep the mess to a minimum, sprinkle the powdered sugar over these snowflakes while holding the pan over your sink.
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