"Mix three-fourths of a cup applesauce, one teaspoon nutmeg, four ounces cinnamon, a teaspoon ground cloves, and two tablespoons Elmer's white glue together. Knead, and roll out to a half-inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Cut hole with straw for hanging. Let sit for three days. Paint with acrylic paint, or decorate with glitter. They smell wonderful!"
Keepsakes for Faraway Family
"I made a scrapbook, starting with the following poem:
this book is for you
Though it may be quite puzzling,
as the pages are few
But every few months
if you don't make a fuss
You will get pages
with pictures of us!'
"Every month I send them a new page with current pics. All they have to do is slip it in the book. They love it!"
"Send a video of you and your family doing things during the holidays. I record the children singing carols and poems, and send the tape along with cookies that the children and I made. Seeing these things happen is the next best thing to being there!"
"I make a stocking or fill a little pottery pot with memories, special quotes and cute sayings I've collected from the mouths of the babes! Then I attach a note: 'I think of you often, I think of my own childhood even more. Inside this magic pot are my memories other special moments. When you are missing me, pull one out and share in the memories of my youth, my dreams for today and my special memories of my own family.'"
Treats for Teachers
"Last year we did something simple for teacher gifts. We bought metal cookie cutters. Then we melted chocolate chips (in the microwave) and poured the chocolate into the cookie cutters. Then the children used sprinkles and other decorations on the chocolate. After cooling, we packaged them in festive plastic wrap. The teachers were impressed. They had a bit of chocolate AND got to keep the cookie cutter."
-- HOST PS Stork