Baby Face

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Veronika ia nearly two months old, and we’re moving on from just black and white to bright, bold colors – now in her visual repertoire!

This cute crafting idea is perfect to catch your baby’s attention, since in addition to primary colors, babies love faces.

Trace a circle on a piece of felt and cut out.

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From here, I made two versions. In the first, I cut out eye holes and a smile.

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In the second, I glued on eyes and a mouth in additional colors, for even more stimulus.

I attached one under the hood of her stroller, to enjoy on walks out.

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The other was perfect for gazing time in the bassinet! If you have the time, you could make a whole batch of these, with different emotions on each circle.

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Black & White Dot Pictures

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Travis and I cleaned out our craft bin this morning, and happened upon an old sheet of black dot stickers. I instantly knew what to do with the leftovers!

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We’re always mixing up visuals for Veronika’s tummy time, or time spent in her bassinet, and these black dot stickers were perfect against sturdy watercolor paper.

Instead of random patterns, I made one page with letters; a V for Veornika and T for Travis felt appropriate.

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On the reverse, I made shapes and lines.

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Obviously it’s much too early for your infant to absorb the lesson here, but it’s never too soon to introduce concepts of letters and shapes!

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All she knew right now was that she loved them. The pictures were a big hit both at the diaper table and during tummy time.

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Caramel Cracker Bark

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Having never made “Christmas crack” before, I now understand how the recipe gets its name. It’s not just that it’s made with crackers, but it truly is as addictive as crack.

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This recipe included an important milestone in Travis’s culinary journey – he got a turn at the stove!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup Earth Balance butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 48 saltine crackers (such as Back to Nature)
  • 12 ounces non-dairy chocolate chips
  1. Line two baking sheets (or one large baking sheet) with aluminum foil, and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.Caramel Bark (3)
  2. Arrange the saltine crackers in an even layer on the baking sheets – 24 crackers per pan.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar and butter over medium heat; cook for 5 minutes, until bubbly and melted.Caramel Bark (4)
  4. Pour the caramel mixture evenly over the crackers. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7 minutes.Caramel Bark (5)
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips. Return to the oven for 2 minutes.Caramel Bark (6)
  6. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate evenly over the crackers.Caramel Bark (7)
  7. Transfer the baking sheets to the freezer and freeze for 20 minutes. (Note: I let the pans cool for about 5 minutes, before the transfer to the freezer). Break into uneven pieces and store in an airtight container.

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