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Star Wars Cookies

If you thinking these Star Wars cookies are awesome, you would be right! I bought these Star Wars cookie cutters on Amazon a few weeks ago but I wasn’t sure they would work since they are so small. They actually work perfectly!   These cookies are actually more like animal cracker flavor but I had the internal struggle of calling these crackers or cookies because really they taste like cookies. So we’ll call these animal crackers turned Star Wars cookies.

Star Wars Cookie Cutters on Amazon!

Get the cookie cutters here: 4 pcs Star Wars Cookie Cutters on Amazon   Star Wars Cookie Recipe

Star Wars Cookies

These cookies are perfect for snacking, school lunches or desserts. My favorite way to enjoy them is with a cold glass of milk while watching the Star Wars movies!

Star Wars Cookies

Animal Cracker Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter (Room temp)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions

Step 1
Cream butter on medium speed. Add in sugar and egg. Mix for approximately 2 minutes.
Step 2
Add in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Step 3
Slowly add in honey, vanilla and milk until well mixed.
Step 4
Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.
Step 5
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 6
Roll out dough, cut with cookie cutters.
Step 7
Bake for approximately 7 minutes, 30 seconds.

Star Wars Cookies

 

Easy to Make Orange Peel Cleaner

With citrus plentiful around the Phoenix area right now, we’re definitely enjoying lots of oranges in this house. I’ve been mainly using them for juicing fresh orange juice and other juice combos but we’ve also been enjoying them simply as a snack. Once we started going through oranges, I noticed we had a lot of peels getting tossed. One thing I decided to do with those peels was to make an orange peel cleaner. I use citrus to clean different spots in the house like the shower and the garbage disposal but this cleaner let’s me clean more surfaces in the house.

This orange vinegar cleaner recipe can be used to clean surfaces throughout the house!

  • Kitchen counters
  • Door knobs
  • Surfaces of appliances
  • Mirrors
  • Sink fixtures
  • Windows

Orange Peel Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of orange peels
  • 1 cup of water
  • spray bottle
  • mason jar

Directions:

  • Place the orange peels in a mason jar. Slowly add in the vinegar.
  • Allow the orange peels to sit in the vinegar for approximately 2 weeks. Occasionally shake the glass jar.
  • After 2 weeks, pour the vinegar and 1 cup of water in the spray bottle.

 

White Tank Mountain Hiking

One of the benefits to living in Phoenix is you can take advantage of all of the mountain trails during our cooler seasons. The closest mountain to our house is the White Tank Mountains. This park is located on Olive a few miles west of the 303. There are many trails here that are easy enough for kids to hike including our favorite, the waterfall trail. This trail features a smooth path that takes you up to where the water falls after the rain. The trail is only about a mile long and we have seen even small toddlers do it so it’s fun for the whole family. You can get a map to see where this trail and other trails are by stopping at the visitors center upon entering the park.

White Tank Mountain Hiking

White Tank Mountain Hiking

Here is the pool at the bottom of the waterfall. It makes for a great photo opp!

White Tank Mountain Hiking

White Tank Mountain Hiking

Along the trail there are many facts about the mountains you can read. You can also make some games for the family like how many types of cacti can you spot along the trail.

White Tank Mountain Hiking

 

White Tank Mountain Hiking

White Tank Mountain Hiking

If you go to the White Tank Mountains:

  • Plan your trip here: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank/
  • Bring $6 to get into the park (this is per vehicle).
  • There are plenty of ramadas at this park so you can bring your own food and have a picnic with the whole family.
  • A few important things to always remember when hiking in AZ is always bring water, tell family where you are going and where appropriate foot wear.

 

 

Candy Heart Wreath

If you love candy hearts but maybe you’re trying to to eat so many sweets right now, this candy heart wreath is a perfect Valentine’s Decor piece. This is actually a pretty easy craft that took only about an hour and a half. This craft is actually perfect if you have some leftover hearts too!

Candy Heart Wreath

Candy Heart Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Candy Hearts (a very large bag, I bought one at CVS)
  • Flat Paper Mache Wreath ( I bought this one at Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot Glue

Start at the bottom and work your way around in layers. Glue dots to the backs of each heart until the wreath is full.

candy hearts

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Need a quick Valentine for your kids? These are perfect to print and feature with chocolate cars! Below are the free printables I made for the cars. To stick them on, all I did was roll a little bit of scotch tape under the cars.

When I found these chocolate cars, I was pretty excited because I knew they would make perfect Valentines.

You Make My Heart Race Valentines Printables

You Make My Heart Race Valentines Printables

To Print: Click on the image below and then click CTRL+P or COMMAND + P

 

you make My Heart Race Free Printable

You Make My Heart Race Valentines Printables

I bought the chocolate cars at the $.99 cents only store.

 

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