Tuesday, January 19, 2010

mini applesauce cinnamon ornaments

Our school schedule this year is really cramping my style. My baking, playdate, field trip style. We seem to be always on the way to school or just getting home from school, so the finer things in life (like decorating cookies with friends) have fallen to the wayside.

So over the recent holidays, we packed our days with visiting and crafting, preferably both.

One day we shared the morning with our adorable twin 4-year-old neighbors. If you do not have the delight of having adorable twin 4-year-old neighbors, drop everything and get thee some. Move if you have to.

My girls and the adorable twin 4-year-old neighbors spent the morning chasing each other, playing hide-and-seek, and making these super-cute, super-fragrant mini ornaments.

The directions are so simple. Combine equal parts cinnamon and applesauce (we used 1/4 cup each) and mix so it becomes a pasty dough. If it's too wet (ours was) add more cinnamon. If it's too dry, add more applesauce. Roll out dough and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. We used these fun mini cutters.

Set on a paper plate and use a toothpick to poke a hole. Decorate with sugar or sparkles, if desired. We desired. Let these dry until they are hard, turning them over once a day. When dry, hang from tree with a thread. So simple.

While the moms and kids worked with the cinnamon-applesauce dough, here's what the dudes, I mean, dads, did.

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