Friday, August 27, 2010

Let's Make a Memory Game!

Abby's favorite twins recently had a birthday.  For one of their shared presents Abby and I decided to make them a personalized memory game.  It was so easy and turned out so cute.  I see various personalized memory games occasionally around the interwebs and decided to try it out myself.  Most of the versions I looked at involved chipboard squares or leftover cardboard and spray adhesive.  I went the lazy way and used craft foam that had one side that was peel and stick (found in the kids craft section of the craft store).  And I couldn't be happier with the results!

Here's how to do it my way:

1.  Buy 2 pieces of 8.5x11 craft foam that has pattern or glitter or a pretty color on one side and peel and stick adhesive on the other.
2.  Use your favorite picture editor (mine is Picasa) to pick out 9 different pictures (mine are of the kids all playing together). 
3.  Print them, wallet size, on a piece of regular printer paper (2 copies because each picture needs a match). 
4.  Peel the backing off of the foam page and stick the picture page to it. 
5.  Carefully cut each picture out.

This will give you 18 cards (so 9 matches), which seemed perfect for our 4 year olds.  The game goes, pretty quickly though.  You could easily do another set of 18 to make the game more challenging. 

Add a title card and maybe some directions and tie it all up with a cute ribbon and you are good to go!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Halfway Cookie Madness

Just when I think I've tried every cookie recipe out there, the universe turns up one I've never seen before. How is this possible? I don't know, but I like it. This time it was Halfway Cookies that I came across on Cookie Madness. They have a brown sugar merengue topping that I just HAD to try. Immediately. And, wow, it was tasty.

She's got a few different versions of the recipe on her blog. I went with this one, which has more butter in the crust. There was almost too much butter flavor for me, so I think that the next time I make these (and I'm sure there will be a next time) I'll go with the less butter version.
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