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all the presidents on marshmallows

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Here’s someone with too much time on her hands, perhaps you are thinking. And yet, I’m someone who never has time. I’m so used to rushing that I act like I’m in a hurry even when I’m not in a hurry.  I can change my daughter’s diaper while typing a blog post while on a conference call while folding laundry with my feet before rushing out to pick up my other kid from Jiu-Jitsu, and then posting on facebook what I just accomplished for the accolades and martyrdom, because come on, it’s pretty impressive, and I want people to know. So how I sit and draw 43 presidents on 43 marshmallows (Grover Cleveland only got one marshmallow) for Presidents Day is a mystery even to me. But it’s easier to sit and draw on marshmallows than to do all of that other stuff.

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Drawing the lot of them brought me back to learning the list of Presidents in junior high school history class.  Sure, you’ve got FDR and Ike, JFK, LBJ and Carter, the classics like Washington and Adams (father AND son) and Lincoln. But what about poor William Henry Harrison who died a month into his presidency, or that crazy bachelor Buchanan. And that silly Chester A. Arthur who compulsively changed his pants. Or William “Never on a Diet” Taft. And don’t get me started about Warren G. Harding gambling away the White House china. And Millard Fillmore, who… is named Millard, which is pretty interesting.

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There’s a new level of intimacy I feel with each president having spent this time with each. Calvin Coolidge seems like a lovely man. Andrew Jackson is downright scary. I think Polk came back to life as the Wizard of Oz. And I bet Martin Van Buren would be a crazy party guest, but I think Rutherford B. Hayes would be the one to call the cops.  FDR looks like he really cares. I’d want him in my corner.

There are quite a few mustachioed presidents.

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I also kind of wanted to do this.

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Hi Grover.

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And with all due respect to our presidents, I pretty much drew the same figure over and over again, especially for the first 25 or so presidents. Seriously, America, we are painfully slow at accepting diversity. Painfully. I was thankful to finally get to Obama. My daughter asked if there were any girl presidents. It’s time to change that, too.

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For tips on how to make marshmallow art with edible writers and for resources, CLICK HERE.

 

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UPDATE: Since writing this post I learned that Angelica Singleton, daughter-in-law to Martin Van Buren who assumed the role of First Lady for her deceased mother-in-law, is a distant relative of my husband’s. Neato, as they say. That’s Martin below.

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mini (as in, teeny tiny) chocolate peanut butter heart sandwiches for Valentine’s Day

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Chocolate and peanut butter. If  ’80s commercials teach us anything, it’s that chocolate and peanut butter are two great tastes that taste great together. And this discovery was made when a man with a chocolate bar and a woman strolling down the street with an open jar of peanut butter bump into each other, as often happens.

So I’m putting these two together again, but in teeny, tiny bite-size heart form.

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to make bite-size chocolate peanut butter heart sandwiches

you will need:*

chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vegan, whatever)
disposable decorating bags
scissors
baking tray
wax paper
peanut butter (or other nut butter)

*Find 12-inch disposable decorating bags in the craft store.

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. Pour about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a disposable decorating bag. Microwave at 70 percent power for 90 seconds. Continue at 30 second, then 15 second intervals until the chips are melted, massaging after each time in the microwave. Don’t overheat or the bag will get too hot!

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Snip 1/4 inch from the tip of the bag. Pipe mini hearts about 3/4 inch across  to fill the baking tray. Don’t worry too much about perfection. I never do. If you just pipe a “V” shape, the chocolate should do the heart work for you. If you like, you can prepare a template on a piece of paper to place beneath the wax paper, but like I said, I am proudly imperfect, so I didn’t. Place the tray in the fridge until the chocolate is well set, about one hour.

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Fill another decorating bag with a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter and snip 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the tip (nut butters come in all kinds of thicknesses, so just cut enough that you can pipe easily, but still control the butter). Pipe peanut butter on the top of a chocolate heart. Place another chocolate heart on top and gently sandwich the peanut butter between the two hearts. If the sandwiches become soft from handling, put back in the fridge for awhile. You can either pipe on the flat side or the bumpy side. After doing a few, I ended up piping peanut butter on the bumpy side and placing the second heart on top, bumpy side up. TIP: Keep these in the fridge so the peanut butter stiffens, making them less messy to eat.

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DIY horse lovers Valentine’s Day cards for the kids AND a free printable

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OK, fellow moms at my daughter’s elementary school, I’m stepping up my game. This year, I am not running to Giant on February 13th to dig through the Valentine’s Day card spoils no kid wants. I spent SEVEN, yes, SEVEN dollars on this year’s Valentines. That’s double what I spent last year. Oh, but I didn’t stop there. I even made my very own printable for my, I mean, for Maeve’s Valentines. And we’re tying on these horses with the fancy ribbon I have too much of in the drawer.

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I think this is what being a pin-worthy mom is like. I don’t expect to maintain this level of pin-worthy commitment, mind you, but for today, I’m pretty dang proud of our DIY Valentine’s.

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I got a set of 24 little toy horses at Oriental Trading. That’s where the 7 bucks was spent (Sorry folks, when I ordered it was free shipping). But you can use any little toy horses. (I have links to some at amazon prime at the end of this post.) These shown take up about 2 square inches of the card. The rest are supplies I had at home. I had several ideas that relied on Oriental Trading’s ridiculously low prices on cheap(ly-made) bulk party favors. Scrolling through them with my daughter, we didn’t need to go beyond the horse idea. I’ve mentioned her horse obsession before.

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To make these, you will need:

toy horses (about 2 inches)*
THIS PRINTABLE
letter-size cardstock paper
color printer
scissors or paper cutter
hole punch
ribbon

Print out the printable on cardstock paper. Cut out at the gray lines. Fill in the lines for “to” and “from.” Punch two holes vertically, with about 1/2- inch between them. Thread the ribbon through the card and tie to a horse.

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*I found the horses shown at Oriental Trading. Below are a few options from Amazon Prime. Note the middle ones are a bit bigger, so may cover up more of the card.

 

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Just for Kix: pull-apart heart pizza

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What’s better than pizza? Pizza on top of pizza. Crazy, right? Also, it’s heart-shaped. Find the how-tos to make pull-apart heart pizza from Totino’s pizza rolls HERE at Kix Cereal.

 

 

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easy chocolate pretzel hearts, on pops or not

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These chocolate pretzel hearts are easy peasy to make. I whipped them out not long after making THESE for KIX CEREAL. Now, the latter are just as easy to make and a bit fancier, but these get the job done, too.

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Plus, you get sweet and salty in one bite. I’m sure someone who has had their morning coffee could come up with a way to articulate how this serves as a metaphor for love. But I haven’t had my morning coffee yet, so I won’t go beyond just the thrill of sweet and salty in one bite.

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to make mini chocolate pretzel hearts (on or off a stick)

Line a baking tray with wax paper. Arrange mini pretzels on the tray, and set aside. Fill a decorating bag with 1/2 cup of candy melts. Melt in the microwave at 70 percent power for 90 seconds, then 30 second and 15 second intervals, massaging after each turn in the microwave until fully melted.

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Snip 1/2 inch from the tip of the decorating bag. Pipe to fill the pretzels. Let the pretzels rest at room temperature until fully set, about 1 hour.

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And now, you may stop right there. There is no need to make these any harder, as they are the easiest, simplest treat you can make for Valentine’s Day. Seriously, don’t complicate things. Dang, I had to try and put these on a stick.

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To put them on a stick, after you melt your candy melts, pipe a dot on the tray. Place a lollipop stick on the dot and pipe a bit more of the melted candy on top. Place a pretzel on top of that and pipe to fill the pretzel. Let set about 1 hour.

TIP: If the candy melts are too runny, the stick thing doesn’t work as well, so don’t try and thin them with shortening and don’t overheat them. My Wilton melts seemed to work the best.

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