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Feb
2
2017
Feb 2, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - peanut butter cookie with thumbprint cookie dough

Remember those thumbprint cookies? You don’t? Here, I’ll remind you. When I finally perfected the recipe and the process, this is what they looked like:

thingsthatwedo.com - thumbprint cookies - batch3

In the early days when I was first learning how to make thumbprint cookies, they looked a little different.

thingsthatwedo.com - thumbprint cookies - batch1

UghI made so many batches that I still get shivers when I make thumbprint cookies. I’ll make them for others and can’t even bring myself to eat them anymore. Well then, what am I going to enjoy while others are chomping on those thumbprint cookies and I’m too lazy to dig up another recipe to throw in the oven?

AHA!

Brain blast!

Why not use the same cookie dough and pair it with other ingredients! I have to admit, this is one of my more brilliant moments. - Continue Reading

Jan
13
2017
Jan 13, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com pic - snow 2014

I’m a big fan of ‘thinking outside the box’. There’s magic to be found within each of us but only if you take the time to discover it (is that even grammatically correct? Well, you know what I mean).

Case in point: big box of treats for sharing but there are no plates available. What is one to do? Well, truth be told, there were plates available but they were far away and no one at the table wanted to go get them. IIIIII certainly didn’t plan on moving any time soon.

My brain goes into over drive. My eyes search the table to see what might pass as a plate or bowl. There isn’t much really and I can’t very well tear the box holding all the treats. I decide to roam into the nearby drawer (which is much closer than the plates). My eyes fall on the roll of aluminum foil.

Bingo.

thingsthatwedo.com pic-instant-bowl

Instant container.

A few quick moves and I’ve transformed a small square of aluminum foil into my very own personal bowl perfect for the mango pudding that I was sharing with a gal pal. Sorry, the pudding didn’t last long enough for me to take any more photos than the terrible ones you see here!

thingsthatwedo.com pic-instant-bowl

What started off as a social gathering with food and laughter also became an exercise in creativity and ingenuity. Sure, it was born out of pure laziness since no one wanted to fetch the plates. While others simply used napkins to eat their dainty pastries, you and I both know napkins would never have held up well against the mighty pudding.

End result: pure brain genius at work.

Yes, I do amaze myself sometimes (and yes, it doesn’t take much!).

Things to do: think outside the box even for small moments such as these. I could also tell you about the time I used elastic bands and paper clips to help out a friend who’d broken her eye glasses but I’ll save that one for another day! :)

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

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Feb
28
2016
Feb 28, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com pic - winter  fun in the snow

Winter, yes, it’s here (and so obviously here I might add) but you know I’m okay with that because winters should be cold and there should be snow. It doesn’t mean I like shoveling and I’m certainly not a big fan of all that brown mushy stuff but hey, it’s winter.

It should come as no surprise then that I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to make winter a bit more bearable. If you’ve got a big pile of snow at home, why not grab some food colouring and have some fun? - Continue Reading

Nov
19
2015
Nov 19, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - pizza - crow

There we were eating some quick and easy ‘homemade pizza’ when my daughter makes an important discovery. She tells me to grab the camera. I grab the camera and take the photo.

Question is: do you see what she saw?

Her comment, “Hey mom, this looks like a crow!”

thingsthatwedo.com pic - pizza - crow

Funny how she noticed that. She pointed out every aspect of the crow from its beak to the branch it was perched on.

How often do we adults miss moments like this where everyday objects become the source for imagination to soar? You see, that’s the beauty of creativity, to think outside the box, to see beyond the familiar and envision something novel and unexpected.

All that from a slice of homemade pizza?

Yep.

That one statement from my big kid was a perfect demonstration of creativity at its finest.

Things to do for us adults: to see more than what’s before us and, maybe just maybe, to think of the many people we pass by and never think about as more than just a blur. We all have a story to share. We just have to ‘see’ that story.

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

Copyright© 2015 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Nov
4
2015
Nov 4, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids 2015

If you’re a parent, chances are, you’ve got leftover fabric or craft scraps from past art activities. We have plenty of them. From bits of fabric to bits of craft foam, we’ve got a ton of odds and ends. Some are leftover from past Halloween costumes while others bits are from past art activities. Instead of tossing them out, I usually leave them in one giant grab bag because you never know when inspiration hits. - Continue Reading

Oct
6
2015
Oct 6, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids creativity 2015

Open a package of something or another and there’s usually junk left over. What do you DO with that junk? Most of it ends up in recycling but sometimes, just sometimes, it gets put to really good use.

Take this piece. I don’t even know what it’s called. I think it’s made out of foam? I have no idea but it was there and I was about to dispose of it. Right at that moment, the big kid stops me in my tracks and asks if she can keep it. Of course, I had to ask, “Why?” - Continue Reading

Aug
27
2015
Aug 27, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - angry bird lego

I think it’s safe to say almost every home with a child has Lego in it. I have a love-hate relationship with Lego. On the one hand, I love the creativity Lego can foster in children when they’re encouraged to build to their hearts content without following any pre-determined instructions. While I’m not a big fan of those instruction booklets, I can also see their worth and how they can also nurture a child’s ability to follow two-dimensional instructions to create a three-dimensional representation.

Well, on this particular day, I am reminded once again of how much I love Lego.

I go in to my child’s room and this is what I’m presented with. Any guesses what it is?
It’s her version of Angry Birds! Cool, huh?? If you look closely enough you can see in this pic the slingshot and the red bird perched on top. You can also see the other Angry birds (the black one, yellow one, and the green one that boomerangs when you toss it) resting on the bottom waiting for their turn in the sling shot. - Continue Reading

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