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Finger Puppet Valentine Hearts

17 Feb

It’s been a crazy start to the month in our house, and Valentine’s Day crept up on me. I had wanted to make Valentines with both girls for their classes, but hadn’t really looked at ideas. I had seen a few variations of heart finger puppets on Pinterest, and decided that would be what we would make.

So, I got out a few cutting tools that I have, a Fiskars Portable Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer, a heart template, and a Fiskars Circle cutter.

Tools to make finger puppet valentines

Here are the steps I followed:

  1. Use the template to trace the big heart on the left onto colored cardstock, and cut each out by hand.
  2. Use the circle cutter to cut two 1″ holes towards the bottom of the heart for the finger holes to make the “legs” with.  Keep the circles.
  3. Cut a different color cardstock into 1″ thick strips that are 4″ long. These are folded accordion style for the “arms”.
  4. Use the 1″ circles that were cut out for the finger holes to glue on the ends of the “arms” to create “hands”.
  5. Write message on back side of heart, such as “From Your Friend, Jenny”.
  6. Glue “arms” onto back side of heart.
  7. Glue googly eyes on front side of heart, or draw eyes.  Also draw a smile and cheeks.

Here are how they all turned out:

Finished Finger Puppet Valentines

I did all the cutting, but my 4-year-old wrote her name on all of them, drew on the faces, and helped with the gluing.  She loved making them, and was so excited to show them to all of her friends.  And, her friends all had fun with them too!

Make Your Own Pizza Night!

17 Nov

Last night, I had 2 packets of yeast that needed to be used, so I decided that we would make pizza!  Both of my girls participated in mixing the dough, spreading it out, and putting on the toppings.  The 2 packets of yeast that I had were Rapid Rise, so I was able to use my favorite, quick crust recipe from Fleischmann’s

  • 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® Pizza Crust Yeast OR RapidRise Yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2/3 cup very warm water (120 to 130°F)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. Knead on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. If using RapidRise yeast, let dough rest at this point for 10 minutes. (My Note: Since I used RapidRise yeast, after kneading, we formed a ball with the dough, put it back in the bowl, and drizzled with olive oil.  I covered it with plastic wrap, and set to rest and rise for 10 minutes)

Pat dough with floured hands to fill greased pizza pan or baking sheet. OR roll dough on a floured counter to 12-inch circle; place in greased pizza pan or baking sheet. Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough. (My Note: I have 2 pizza stones that I sprayed with olive oil.  Then, I sprinkled corn meal on the olive oil before spreading the dough on the stone.)

Spread with pizza sauce. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese, and other toppings as desired.

Bake on lowest oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.


Here is how K’s looked before baking.  She was so proud of her creation.  Hers has sauce, then grated Parmesan cheese, then shredded mozzarella.  She put pepperoni on it, then a chopped olive on each piece of pepperoni.  Finally, she put a pile of shredded cheddar in the center.  

Homemade pizza


And, I only got a picture of S’s pizza after baking.  Hers was just cheese.

S's cheese pizza


We made 2 big pizzas, but the dough could easily be divided to make 4 or 6 smaller pizzas so that each family member gets there own personal pizza.  I love that I have an easy recipe that we like a lot to make our own pizza!  

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