Reach & Read: Hu Wan and the Sleeping Dragon

Hu Wan and the Sleeping Dragon by Judy Young, illustrated by Jordi Solano Young and Solano have created a cohesive story, highlighting several key lessons and providing opportunity to learn more about a different time and culture, 16th Century Beijing. Solano’s detailed illustrations capture the seasons, spirit and tenor of the story’s setting. Young’s words […]

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Classic Peanut Brittle with a Cayenne Kick

I feel a little behind in my holiday baking this year but made some time to plan out baking to share with neighbors. A few of my favorites made the list right away (mystery cookies, Mexican wedding cakes and gingerbread). While ‘thinking’ I heard the bag of peanuts singing a song of  brittle from my […]

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Yarn Christmas Tree Ornament- Holiday Kid Crafting

A few years ago, I started making a homemade ornament for family. This year’s ornament is a yarn wrapped tree. It is simple but still festive and so many ways to personalize (sports theme, favorite colors). Better yet it is a quick activity to do with kids of most ages. Use your imagination and yarn […]

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Reach & Read: Missile Toe A Very Confused Christmas

Missile Toe A Very Confused Christmas by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Marty Kelley This book had me chuckling all the way through! It is punny, clever and a great edition to our Christmas/holiday book selection. It brings back memories of singing alternative versus to classics as a tween.Devin Scillian has created a collection of poems, […]

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Reach & Read: Good Night, Reindeer

It’s Christmas in July! Good Night, Reindeer by Denise Brennan-Nelson, illustrated by Marco Bucci is a creative play on the classic book featuring a moon and bowl of mush. Good Night, Reindeer takes us all through the North Pole, saying good night to each of Santa’s sleigh team. Brennan-Nelson’s words and Bucci’s imaginative pictures create […]

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Broken Heart Glass Candy Recipe

This simple candy recipe is usually found around the Christmas Holiday, but why not use it year round for last minute treat requests. It is simple, pretty quick and not a ton of clean up albeit maybe not the safest to make with the little due to super hot and sticky part (except the breaking/whacking […]

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