Make an Advent Calendar – Several Ideas – Easy and fun for the kids!

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Advent Candy Tree & PoemWaiting for Christmas Day to arrive can be tough. The anticipation of Santa’s visit, family gatherings, and special gifts can make each day seem like an eternity, especially for kids.
The word advent originated from a Latin word meaning ‘arrival’. With an advent calendar, you countdown each day until Christmas in a special way. You usually start the countdown on December 1st, but you can design your advent calendar to start on any day you like.
 

Here are some advent calendars you can make to help you with the countdown.

Advent Candy Tree and Poem
Follow these instructions and you can make a special advent craft along with a poem that goes along with it.

Advent Collage Craft
Made with printable templates and magazine pictures, this advent craft is simple enough for the youngest crafter.

Advent Handprint Wreath
This fun advent wreath is made with paper handprints.

Good Deed Advent Jar
Decorate a plain jar and fill it with good deeds. Pull out one good deed (or more) to do every day before Christmas.

Advent Christmas Tree
Print out a Christmas tree template and Christmas tree ornaments and use them to count down the days until Christmas.

Days until Christmas Activity Calendar
This calendar will not only help you count down the days until Christmas, but also gives you fun activity options for every day.

Felt Advent Christmas Tree
These instructions include a printable pattern for a Christmas tree.

Advent Santa Beard
Create an advent calendar that looks like Santa and his beard is made of advent rings.

Advent TP Christmas Tree
Recycle toilet tissue rolls into a fun Christmas tree decoration that doubles as an advent calendar.

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Creepy and Cheesy Halloween dinner — Baked Eyeballs Casserole

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Fuel up your Trick ‘or Treaters with something good and hearty before they stuff themselves full of sugar.
Recipe available HERE

Baked Eyeballs Casserole

Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 8
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Fun snack recipe for Halloween — Graveyard Gravel

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Make a sweet treat that is as tasty to eat as it is fun to make!  Ghosts and goblins of all sizes will make this disappear faster than Dracula at the sight of Dawn.  Guaranteed crowd-pleaser for parties.
 
 
Graveyard Gravel
Ingredients
  •  3 cups of semisweet chocolate pieces
  •  1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  •  2 tablespoons  butter or margarine
  •  1-1/2 teaspoons  vanilla
  •  Dash of salt
  •  2 cups of mini marshmallows
  •  2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder sifted with an equal amount of powdered sugar
  •  2 Tbsp. Powdered sugar
Directions
 
  1. Line a 9x9x2-inch or an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil and set aside. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat and stir chocolate pieces, condensed milk, butter, vanilla, and salt over medium-low heat until melted and smooth.  Remove from heat; stir in marshmallows just until combined, and spread mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Using a table knife or thin metal spatula, swirl marshmallows through fudge in pan until marshmallows are mostly melted. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Using a small scoop, scoop fudge and shape into rocks (fudge will be sticky). Roll some in cocoa powder mixture and some in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Makes about 80 pieces (2 1/4 lbs.).




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#Recipe | Make some spooky Witch Finger cookies

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Makes 60 Fingers.  Variations include using green food color and adding warts from extra dough or chocolate chips!
 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole almonds
  • 1 (.75 ounce) tube red decorating gel

Directions

  1. Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer; gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.
  3. Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. You can also cut into the dough with a sharp knife at the same points to help give a more finger-like appearance. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Remove the almond from the end of each cookie; squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel into the cavity; replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.
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