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Royal Icing for Candy Houses

Royal Icing for Gingerbread Houses

Each December in our homeschool craft co-op we get together to make candy houses, which we put together using graham crackers and royal icing.  Once the houses are built, it's best to wait 5-10 minutes before adding candy-- regular frosting works fine for that -- but royal icing is essential for making strong structures on which to place all that candy. Here's the recipe I use … [Read More...]

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Reeses Bark

Recipes for holiday gatherings

If you're wondering what to bring to a Thanksgiving gathering, here are a few yummy ideas for inspiration. Cranberry Pumpkin Bread With Orange Glaze is always a hit. This recipe for Reeses' Bark is from the Hershey's website. It is … [Read More...]

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Book ideas for kids

We're down to the last full week before Christmas--does that seem crazy to you?  I'm getting close to done with my shopping, but have at least half a dozen more items to find. If you're in the same boat and are on the hunt for books for your kids, I … [Read More...]

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