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Mini sausage Christmas wreath


Sausage Christmas wreath| marmite et ponpon

Christmas food challenge is elevating a simple hors d’oeuvres to a next level. Food just tastes better when it looks festive. Mini hotdogs wrapped in dough, baked and arranged in a festive wreath. This easy appetizer comes together in minutes and get devoured just as quickly!

Sausage Christmas wreath| marmite et ponpon

  • shortcrust dough
  • mini sausage
  • egg wash
  • ketchup
  • rosemary sprigs (for decoration)

Cut the dough lengthwise into triangles to roll in the mini sausages, starting from the thick end of it. Brush with egg wash before baking for 20-30 minutes on 180ºC. Lay them in circle to form the wreath. Put the ketchup bowl in the center and lay around the rosemary sprigs.

Sausage Christmas wreath| marmite et ponpon

Sausage Christmas wreath| marmite et ponpon

This eye pleasing starter is really simple and so addictive that you keep coming for more. Dijon, bbq or any other favorite sauce could be another option than ketchup.

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Sausage Christmas wreath| marmite et ponpon

 

Easter/spring burlap door wreath


IMG_4525The second item falling in the burlap decoration series, a colorful door wreath! Last year we did buttons made bunny, we had to remove it after Easter which made Nady a bit disappointed. This year our door decoration is more springy to keep it longer!

Cut a big circle of styrofoam then a smaller one within to make it look like a hoop. Wrap it with burlap and here it is, ready to decorate with pinwheels and flowers done with your sweetheart’s tiny hands with so much enthusiasm and love!

All you need is felt and burlap cut in squares and glued back to back. This is how we do pinwheels, step by step.

how to do a pinwheel flowerDepending on the size, you decide how many pinwheels to do. We made 3 different sizes and colors, as per Nady choice. He was the leader of the craft and i was following his instructions.

spring wreathInitially i prepared for only pinwheels, but he asked to add flowers, specifically green, yellow and purple 🙂

Click on flowers to download a high resolution file to help you trace them before cutting.

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Such activities develop your child’s motor skills while having fun cutting, pasting, folding, drawing, tracing, and coloring. . .  These are big skills for tiny hands. It’s beautiful to see your children growing and being proud of their achievements!

“i can paste”! don’t undermine this sentence. Motor skills enable your child to perform important everyday tasks, and when combined with hand – eye coordination also open new doors to exploration, learning, and creative expression.

Researches show that emphasis on purely intellectual activities such as memorization of letters and numbers… is far less useful at this stage than encouraging fine motor abilities and hand-eye coordination. These skills lay the foundation for academic learning in later years. In order to learn to write or draw, for example, a child’s hand must be strong enough to hold a pencil steady for a long period of time.

The best way for you to help promote motor skills is to provide your child with a good choice of materials (blocks, crayons, nontoxic and washable markers and paints, paste, glue, modeling clay, safety scissors…) to manipulate as his imagination dictates.

IMG_4524We played a bit with the wreath before mounting it on the door. That was the best part; my precious is exploring the different usages of it 🙂

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Endless reasons i love you…


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It’s so important to tell your children “I love you” everyday. Knowing that they are loved unconditionally, develops their secure attachment to you. Strong closeness to the family will lead no doubt to positive relationships in adulthood and high self esteem.

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We celebrate love everyday at home, I never miss a chance to express my love to my precious son (verbally or by actions)  and for this valentines i decided to put the reasons i love him in written words on cutout hearts to celebrate love.

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I know many of you stopped celebrating valentines for how commercial it became. Don’t lose faith in this beautiful occasion and teach your children about love in deep and expressive ways.

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It won’t take too much of your time. Cut a big circle of styrofoam then a smaller one within to make it look like a hoop. Wrap it with colorful ribbons (or paper, whatever you have available at home). Cut out heart shaped papers. I attached to you an A3 paper with many drawn hearts. Click hearts to download the file.

how to do

Enjoy writing on the hearts the many and endless reasons why you love your children then stick them on the hoop.

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Hang it on their bedroom door as a wreath or simply on the wall as a frame. This is Nady’s wreath of love written by papa Antoun and I. We will be reading it to him for now…

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If your children are old enough to write, you can get them involved in the game and stretch it for a longer time. Ask them to write the reasons they love you too and play this mutual love game starting a week ahead, hanging everyday one heart from each, until valentines day when you have a full wreath.

By the way, it’s not just for kids! Do it to your significant other and let love flourishes in your hearts and homes!

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Don’t forget that love is not only words, it should be followed by actions, and the most important the presence. Be present for your kids, in love, protection and service. Happy valentines xx

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