today...we made sugar candy...
tomorrow...both kids head to school.
Ian's teacher asked that each child bring in a stuffed animal to school with them, to help with their transition to Kindergarten. He has been in a complete quandary over which of his to bring ("what if I leave it there?" "what if I lose it mom?' "what if he (the stuffy) doesn't like it there?"). I made this little stuffed mouse using a pair of Peter's old super soft moleskin pants (looks like Amanda's doing some Fall re-purposing too). The pattern is the one on the Ottobre website with a few alterations. I'm going to sneak it into his backpack with a note pinned to it. I just couldn't resist.
And now for those five names I drew-
Hannah (who has probably the best blog banner ever right now)
Send me your mailing address ladies, you've got a treat (of some kind) coming your way.
Edited to add- Many asked about how to make the sugar candy, and I'm sorry for not posting the recipe sooner. This is an old childhood favorite for many. Its very easy and Emma and I were thinking it would make a great gift.
1 cup of water
3 cups of white granulated sugar
drinking glasses (we used 3)
food coloring (optional, but pretty)
bamboo skewers (the ones in the photo above were done with a cord tied on a pencil and we didn't like the results as much.
Heat the water and 2 cups of the sugar in a small saucepan, over medium high heat. Watch until the mixture starts to boil, or bubble rapidly, and stir continuously to dissolve the sugar. The water will begin to look clear. While stirring, add the remaining 1 cup of sugar, a little at a time, until the sugar will not dissolve anymore. Turn off heat, let mixture cool down (about 20 minutes). Pour some of the mixture into your glasses, mix in a little (or a lot) of food coloring to get the desired effect you want. Put the skewers into the mixture, pointed side down into the glass (mixture should cover the skewer by several inches. Leave it alone, check on the progress the next day. Its like magic to watch the crystals start to form on the stick. We left ours in for about 2 1/2 days and were very please with the results.