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Here Is our Pinata - sung to "Sing a song of sixpence"

Here is our pinata
What a sight to see,
Filled with treats & goodies
Just for you & me.
When it's time to break it,
We'll circle all around
Then we'll scramble for the treats
That fall down to the ground.

Arts & Crafts


The vests were the easiest thing. I got a remnant of acrylic fleece that had a nice colorful blanket-style pattern. This type of fabric does not unravel, so I could make cuts without finishing the edges. I cut a rectangle that is approx. 12 inches wide by 30 inches long. I cut a vee shape for the neck by folding the fabric into quarters and snipping the folded corner off. This makes a blanket strip that has a vee hole in the the center that they can just slip over their heads and wear over their shirt. To finish it, I just cut the front and back bottom edge so that they are fringed. Again, because the fabric does not ravel (kind of like felt) I could just make the cuts into the fabric.
~Submitted by Laurie

Paper Flowers

These are just those tissue paper flowers that we made when we were kids. Put several colors of tissue paper on top of each other and fold back and forth like an accordion. I bought some of those plastic cups and sticks that you can use to attach balloons. I just put the accordion folded paper into the cup and spread the tissue paper out into the flower shape. Now we have all these flowers on sticks for decorating.
~Submitted by Laurie


Basically, mix flour and water into a paste and use the paste and newspaper strips to cover a blown-up balloon. Leave a section at the bottom uncovered for filling. Once the balloon is covered well, let it dry a day or so until hard. Pop the balloon and fill the pinata with treats and then using more paper and paste, cover the hole. After the hole has dried you can make the pinata into any shape you like. Ours is a funny-looking bird, but you could do a pig or anything else that comes to mind. To decorate, cut squares of tissue paper approx. 3" x 3". Fold the tissue square around a pencil tip and dip the tip end into glue and attach it to the pinata. Cover the entire pinata with the folded tissue squares.

~Submitted by Laurie

In the Kitchen

Mexican Hot Chocolate

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (2 one-ounce squares)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 Tbsp heavy cream
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks
2 Tbsp sugar
Optional: cinnamon sticks to stir

In a saucepan, stir together chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and cream. Heat over LOW! heat, stirring constantly until chocolate melts. Slowly add the two cups of milk, while stirring. Mix well. Let warm over low heat -- DON'T LET IT BOIL

Beat egg yolks and sugar until foamy. Slowly pour about 1/4 of the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, stirring constantly (we do this so the eggs heat slowly and you don't end up with scrambled eggs in your Hot Chocolate). Pour the egg/chocolate mixture back into the saucepan. Beat until mixture is frothy.

Serve immediately with cinnamon sticks or spoons to stir with. Makes 4 servings.

Polvorones - Mexican sugar cookies

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup butter or margarine

Preheat oven to 300 F. In a bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cream butter with a beater. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time to the butter while still beating until it is all incorporated. Use a teaspoon to spoon out small pieces of dough and shape into a cookie. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 25 minutes.

Optional: sprinkle warm cookies with sugar and cinnamon. Makes 24 cookies


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