Strawberry Santa Hats – Cute and Delicious
Want to make something cute and delicious? Strawberry Santa hats are the answer! These adorable treats are versatile too!
You can add them to the top of brownies or even to cookies. Just bake brownies or cookies as usual – or use store bought cookies. They're the ideal treat to enjoy while decorating the Christmas tree or writng letters to Santa.
Besides the option of adding these delicious treats to the tops of brownies and cookies you can also choose from using cream cheese, white chocolate, vanilla yogurt, or white frosting on the hats. To make the white seem more like fur you can add a bit of dehydrated coconut. You may also choose to use a mini-marshmallow at the top of the hat.
Here How To Get Started:
Gather the ingredients you plan to use ~~~ choose from the following…
Mini-Marshmallows (cut in half) [This is an option for the top of the hat – use a small amount of chocolate, yogurt, cream cheese, or frosting as a ‘glue’ to hold the marshmallow in place]
Thoroughly wash the strawberries and then cut off the stem end of the strawberries – this creates a flat surface so the strawberries can stand.
If you will be using white chocolate you should break or cut the chocolate up into pieces and place in a microwavable bowl – melt the chocolate.
Coconut should be placed in a shallow bowl.
Dip strawberries into chocolate (or yogurt, or add cream cheese or frosting to lower edge of strawberry) – then dip into coconut if desired.
Note: You can also add a dab of chocolate (or yogurt, cream cheese, or frosting) to the top of the hat if you desire. Then you can add coconut as a sprinkle.
If you are adding the strawberry Santa hats to brownies or cookies you should use chocolate, yogurt, cream cheese, or frosting to hold the hat in place. You may also want to consider cutting your brownies into circular shapes.
Messy Eater or Developing Genius?
Just in time for Christmas – a new study has revealed that it’s easier for toddlers to learn words for certain foods if they are a messy eater as they sit in a highchair and mix and play in foods. That’s right – when your little one is squishing and oozing mashed potatoes, peas, and carrots together, she is actually learning not just what those foods look like, but what they feel and taste like.
This helps the child learn about nonsolids.
Maybe It's Not Naughty To Play With Food!
Maybe you're like countless other moms, maybe you've warned your toddler about not making it onto Santa's Nice List because she/he was playing with food – but now it turns out that may not have been true. Santa is a wise man – he probably knew about this stuff all along!
Children have an easier time learning about solid items – this is because these things do not change in size and shape. This new research was conducted at the University of Iowa. It studied how 16-month-olds learn words for nonsolid objects.
Children learn better when they are in a setting they are familiar and comfortable with – a setting like the highchair and a situation such as eating. The journal Developmental Science published a paper about the research that was conducted. Toddlers were presented various food and drink items, such as juice and pudding and each was given a made-up name. One minute later the kids were asked to recognize the same food items in different shapes or sizes.
Exploration of the food was a big part of the process – and yes – exploration of the food includes what we usually think of as, playing with food. This could include everything from poking, squeezing, and even throwing the foods. These activities help the children learn about the foods’ textures and in the process they also learn to associate words, or names, with certain objects. This is one of the ways vocabulary is developed – and in the end, this learning is associated with better cognitive development.
It turns out that ‘playing with your food’ may not be such a bad thing after all!
Debbie Allen is a team member at Package From Santa. When she’s not writing content or editing you will find her spending time with her family and pets.
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A Package From Santa Exclusive: The Silver Package
If you want to keep the magic of Christmas alive for the kids in your life you probably want them to believe in Santa for as long as possible – right? Package From Santa is here to help! We have lots of products that can assist in your efforts. Today we will talk about one of the most popular packages available – The Silver Package.
The Letter From Santa
Like each of the packages offered – the main feature of the package is the personalized letter from Santa. This letter can be as ‘personalized’ as you like – whether you prefer to use one of our many templates or you want to create your own letters – you are sure to love the way the letter will turn out! And what’s more, because the letter will include mentions of your child’s name and other personal details that you provide – your child will be totally enchanted by the message from Santa.
Nice List Certificate & Autographed Photos
The Silver Package also includes a Nice List Certificate – personalized with your child’s name. Plus, an autographed photo of Santa Claus and one of Rudolph will be enclosed!
A Phone Call From Santa & A Personalized Video
As if that wasn’t enough, the package also includes a phone call from Santa himself – plus, you and your child will have access to a personalized Santa video. Just imagine how amazed your child will be when Santa mentions him/her by name on the call and in the video!
The total effect of the package actually begins as soon as the package arrives. You will want to have a camera ready!
The Silver Package is sent via first class mail. It is a glossy green package that has a real North Pole stamp, Santa’s return address, and a special Elf shipping label addressed to your child!
The Silver Package is a great way to keep the magic of Christmas alive for the kids in your life!
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The Holiday Shopping Season Has Started!
Make The Most Of Your Time & Budget….
The holiday shopping season is here! This is the time of year that most people begin gearing up for the shopping frenzy that ensures they will get the items they want for the Christmas season. And merchants are happy to accommodate our wishes. In fact, the sales have already started.
Major Sale Days
Brown Thursday refers to the sales on Thanksgiving Day. In some cases this is a pre-Black Friday sale, in which you will find deals only available on that day. Other stores may continue these deals on into the next day – Black Friday.
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. In most cases this is when stores offer tremendous savings on highly sought-after items – items that make great gifts as well as things you may want or need for your own home.
Small Business Saturday
Black Friday is followed by Small Business Saturday – this shopping sale day is designed to help promote small businesses. In an effort to get the word out about local wares many cities across the nation have organized agencies that work to help promote this day. The idea is to shop local and promote small businesses – which in turn will help the growth of the local area.
Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving. This day is dedicated to online sales and promotions. In almost every case a Google search can help you find what you need online. Shopping online is fast and convenient – no crowds to fight and you will immediately find out if the item is in stock or not.
Day After Christmas Sales
These sales can offer extreme savings. Many stores drop their prices on seasonal products in order to clear out the inventory and make room for new items. With that in mind, it can be a great time to cash in on terrific bargains.
Have A Plan
It’s always best to know what your overall budget is ahead of time. Then you can ‘map out’ your spending for each person on your list.
Whether you decide to be a part of the major sales events of the season or you shop at ‘off’ times, it is advisable to do comparison shopping.
Find Out About Return/Refund Policies
Knowing about a store’s return/refund policies before you make a purchase can save you lots of hassles and stress.
Whether you are ordering real letters from Santa, shopping for a gift for your dog or trying to find the perfect gift basket to send to a friend or loved one – shopping online is the best way to go. It saves you time and in most cases, you will also save money.