Beth Engelman

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Hot dogs For Dessert:

You Need:
circus peanuts
1 caramel square
green gumdrops (optional)
yellow icing in a tube
green tinted coconut
cut-up green gumdrop (optional)

Directions:
Cut a wedge in the circus peanut. Soften caramel in your hand and then roll into a hotdog shape.Place the "hot dog" in the bun and squirt on a squiggly line of yellow icing. Garnish with green gumdrop "relish"
Courtesy of Disney Family Fun


Sweet French Fries

You Need:
ladyfingers
sugar
shite envelopes
fluted pastry roller (for crinkled fries)
knife or pizza cutter (for straight fries)

Directions:
Slice ladyfingers lengthwise with fluted pastry roller or knife.  Toss onto a greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with sugar (to look like salt). Brown “fries” in the oven at 350 degrees for several minutes, tossing every minute or so ensure they do not burn.  To make your own fast food sleeves, cut a sealed envelop in half (width-wise).   Puff out each half and fill with fries.  Decorate the outside with your favorite logo.
Thank you to Kitty Fishman for sharing this recipe


Homemade Cracker Jacks
You Need:
freshly-popped popcorn
2-cups roasted, lightly salted Spanish peanuts
1 stick unsalted butter¿
2 Tbs molasses
3/4-cup brown sugar
1/2-cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
candy thermometer

Directions:
Preheat oven to 250. In a large bowl, toss the popcorn and nuts together. Melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses, and salt. Slowly bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally, until the temperature7 reads 250F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda. Then quickly pour hot caramel over the popcorn and gently toss until all the pieces are evenly coated. Place popcorn mixture on a greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 50 minutes.  Be sure to stir every 10-15 minutes.  Allow to cool and separate large clumps if desired.


Baseball Scorecards:
Did you know baseball season is the perfect time for kids to sharpen their math skills? During the summer, you can have your kids create baseball scorecards while they watch professional (or even their sibling’s) games! Simply cards visit http://www.baseballscorecard.com/  to download and print the cards.  Then at the next game have your kids fill in the cards as the game unfolds.


Baseball Pencil Topper
You need:
styrofoam ball
pencil
white tissue paper
Mod Podge
red paint pen or sharpie

Directions:
Cover Styrofoam ball with pieces of tissue paper and Mod Podge. Allow time to dry.Use sharpened end of pencil to poke hole through the ball (make sure it is large enough to fit on the pencil’s eraser). Use a red paint pen or Sharpie to draw the baseball’s stitching.

Fun Foam #1 Mitts
You will need:
“Fun Foam” #1 mitts (available at most craft stores)
self -adhesive foam shapes and letters
self-adhesive gems

Directions:
Decorate your mitts as desired. Be sure to include the name of your favorite players.


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