Coconut-y Pears

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Try these addictive pear bites either for a snack or dessert! Any nut butter will work, but we particularly like the combination of pears and almond butter.


  • 1 ripe pear
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Shredded coconut
  1. Slice the pear into wedges, and divide the wedges evenly among two plates.
  2. Drizzle each plate with 1 tablespoon of the almond butter and 1 teaspoon maple syrup.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded coconut to taste.

Hand-Shaped Dish

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I’m a sucker for any craft that incorporates the size of a child’s hand. Last year, we madeĀ  a wreath featuring Travis’s handprints. This year we switched our art medium to clay. This little dish is perfect for holding holiday candies, and would also make a great gift for grandparents on your Christmas list!

To start, we gathered our materials: air-dry clay and balloons. Balloons and clay first thing in the morning? Travis was in heaven!

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Blow up one balloon to a size your child can comfortably hold in his or her hand; set aside.

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Trace your child’s hand onto a piece of paper and cut out; set aside.

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Now flatten your clay using a rolling pin until it is large enough to hold the handprint.

Use a clay slicing tool or plastic knife to cut around the handprint.

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Now here’s the slightly funny part: drape the hand over the balloon, and let sit somewhere kids can’t touch it or mess with it until dry.

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Once dry, remove the balloon and set your hand on the counter as a decorative dish.

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Don’t forget to inscribe with kids’ names and the year, so you’ll always remember!

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