Crafty Valentine’s Day

I love making handmade crafts with my kids especially holiday themed!  We spent one whole week before Valentine’s Day prepping valentines for Elizabeth’s class, which all had to be signed by her.  She picked the design on Pinterest and then I helped her with cutting the hearts out and she glued them together.  I wrote “Happy Valentine’s Day” and then she signed them.  We also made valentines for grandparents, aunts, uncles, daddy, and each other.  I also put together a cookie mix in jars for Elizabeth’s teachers.  I think it will be our family tradition to hand make valentines every year!

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Mardis Gras (Fat Tuesday) in Michigan

I walked in the grocery store a few days before Fat Tuesday and saw boxes stacked full of doughnuts. I just figured they were “normal” doughnut but they were not just any old doughnut. They were Pączkis. Wikipedia describes them as “deep-fried pieces of dough shaped into flattened spheres and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of dried orange zest. A small amount of grain alcohol (traditionally, Spiritus) is added to the dough before cooking; as it evaporates, it prevents the absorption of oil deep into the dough. Although they look like German berliners, North American bismarcks or jelly doughnuts, pączki are made from especially rich dough containing eggs, fats, sugar, yeast and sometimes milk. They feature a variety of fruit and creme fillings and can be glazed, or covered with granulated or powdered sugar. Powidl (stewed plum jam) and wild rose hip jam are traditional fillings, but many others are used as well, including strawberry, Bavarian cream, blueberry, custard, raspberry, and apple.”

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Elizabeth and I decorated masks and dressed up for our Mardis gras party at home. We put on some jazz music and danced!

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