President's Day, 2015. The Pillsbury Company and the Reynold's Wrap Company helped
this grandmother fill up some hours of our day. Let me fill you in with a few details;
~It has been days of bitter cold temps, and intermittent snow storms.
~There have been some vacation days due to the holiday.
~All outdoor activities have been alleviated.
~Five housebound children and one very tired mother, were rescued by this
grandmother yesterday:), and that is where the above mentioned companies came into
They surrounded the kitchen island. Some more enthusiastically than others.
I pulled out all the stops in making this seem like a fun activity.
We took the hotdogs, the crescent dough packages, several cheeses, Jane's Crazy Salt,
and some Hershey's chocolate, and we began.
We cut the seamless dough sheet into pieces.
I showed them how to roll up the hotdogs. And for those who preferred
cheese in them, I showed them how to slice them and place the cheese in it
before rolling. Eagerly, they all took their turns at rolling.
When we used up the hotdogs, we made cheese bread with some of the
dough, using a bit of butter, wedges of The Laughing Cow creamy cheese, and then
sprinkled Jane's Crazy Salt on the dough before rolling.
At this point, they were taking the task seriously.
Hershey's Chocolate Spread, and rolled them, before placing in the oven.
Waiting until they were baked, was the most difficult part.
When their grandfather came home for lunch, and the oven timer finally rang, they were
ready. Let the fun begin! Yes, you do see right, they are using Christmas paper plates,
but they did not care one bit.
The hotdogs and the cheese bread were devoured, leaving the anticipated
chocolate rolls next.
We sprinkled the warm rolls with powdered sugar, and I must say, they did not last very
That took up the lunch time hours, but what do you do with a long, indoor afternoon?
I had been in a coffee shop recently, and they had an "aluminum foil artist", creating the
most amazing pieces of art, out of aluminum foil. I thought to myself, that artist had to
start somewhere in his life, so maybe I could produce some of my own aluminum foil
artists:) Maybe. I once again, enthusiastically presented my idea, and fortunately, they
embraced the idea.
One chose to design a Christmas tree, raiding my sticker department.
One decided to design her name, and was happy when I gave her the blank wooden sign to
use. She asked me to hot glue the letters onto the board for her, because she said, "that her
mother told her that glue guns were dangerous".
Speaking of "dangerous", one little guy produced this sword, which he continually
pronounced as it was spelled, "sword".
Here we have the American Flag creation. She started gluing white stars on
it, but did not have the patience to continue. Proudly though, she waved her
thought, that a roll of aluminum foil would occupy a few hours of time, for this
In the later hours of the afternoon, their grandfather took us all on a drive through
the country, which produced the questions of, "where are we going, and when will
we get there?" They had no idea, that we were driving only to pass the time, giving
a few educational lessons along the way, and answering questions like, "what are mules?"
We couldn't imagine how cold these children were, with the temperature's showing
11 degrees, and the winds were strong. They didn't seem affected by the weather
though, as they made their way home from their school.
with another two hour delay from school. Winter is a beautiful time of the year here, but
the indoor hours, with five young ones, can be a real test for those in charge.
I appreciate you stopping by today, and for allowing me to share my "profound" ideas for
passing time with children:) Maybe you might pull out the Crescent Roll or the
aluminum foil today. I hope you think of me if you do.
Thanks for stopping by!