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Summer Bucket List 2015 – let the summer begin

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The time has come…… Summer is here…. School is almost over and yes – we are having a baby too….

Summer could not sound any better right now!

trips

– road trip / small vacation

– have a picnic in the park

– day trip – feed the fish in Islamorada

– go to a new park

– go camping in our backyard

– camping in Oleta with kayaking, marshmallow roasting and s’mores

– go to the Seaquarium and touch a sea creature

– 4th of July – go to a parade

– swimming pool – beach lots of times

– go to the library/ read stories

– attend a planetarium night sky watch

– visit a turtle or bird rescue

– visit/ climb a lighthouse

– go hiking

– have a science day – go the science museum

projects

– create an obstacle course

– water balloon competition

– color nature hunt

– fossil hunting – find interesting stones

– scavenger hunt

– nature walk – make funny faces

– collect 100 sea shells

– have a paint fight

– have a watermelon spit seed contest – carve a watermelon – eat watermelon

– plant sunflowers

crafts

– paint shells

– make a sun print

– food stamping like a couple years back when we did the potato painting

– make a driftwood art like fish out of sticks

– make a shell – shark beach necklace

– make fizzing sidewalk chalk

– build a boat or raft and let it float – milk carton

– 4th of July craft

– sand craft at home – color sand

– make a giant outdoor art on bed sheet – splash painting

– Italian Day/German Day learn a fun country fact and make a craft

– make a summer memory book of our activities

– make bubble snakes

– make glow in the dark bubbles

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– make ice cream

– make root beer float – and other floats

– grill little saussages in dough (Wuerstchen im Mantel) – roast Marshmallows – make smores

– Italian day – German Day cook some traditional food –

– make popsicles

– bake a gluten free treat for Feffel

– make lemonade

– bake bread

– watermelon shark

crafts

– have a baby

– try a new fruit

–  have an ice party – freeze toys in ice – color ice – eat ice cream

And that’s the annual problem. Too ambitious 🙂

But I have so many great ideas and want to do so much, so sometimes the summer bucket list gets a little out of control somehow. But that’s ok, we never have a boring summer and can still do some of the stuff in fall…. Now let’s get into action.

I am really excited, just a few days more and we are ready….Do you have any special summer projects or a bucket list? We would love to hear from you…

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It is crafty Friday and we are making Apple Rose Cakes perfect for Mother’s Day, a special birthday present or just because they look so pretty and are delicious too…

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It has been a while since our last crafty Friday and I don’t like it, because it is one of my favorite things to blog about. I love crafting, cooking, baking and just doing things together. Since the boys are very involved in crafty Fridays, I would love to post it each and every week. But let’s be realistic, even though a mom can still dream…This year is also a lot busier than planned. We moved into a bigger office and there is a new future “crafty Fridayer” on the way. She will make her grand entrance in the beginning of June and we are more than ready for her. .

But back to our crafty Friday project. We love holidays and celebrations, each and every type. From Mother’s Day to Halloween, Christmas and Easter – we like to celebrate in a special way and try come up with unique details.

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I came across a beautiful baking idea from Cooking with Manuela.(I will add the direct link at the end of the post)!

These Apple Rose Cakes are flowers and cake in one and we had to recreate them for Mother’s Day. They are really beautiful, special, delicious and best of all so easy to make. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day or another special celebration.

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To make it extra cute, you need special helpers preferably in cowboy costumes….

You need:

2-3 apples – 1/2 lemon – marmalade/preserve of your choice (we tried apricot, peach and raspberry) – frozen (thawed) puff pastry sheet – corn starch or flour for rolling out dough – powder sugar for dusting

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I like my kids to try things and be independent, but sometimes they need a little help like cutting an apple in half. After I cored the apples, my cowboy helped slicing the apples as finely as possible. Just like rose pedals, all the slices looked different and were different sizes. To get them evenly sliced, you could slice them yourself or use a Mandoline slicer.

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We just used the perfect slices and put them in a bowl and ate the rest 😉

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We covered the apples with water and added the juice of half a lemon. We microwaved the apples for about 1-2 minutes to make them softer and pliable to roll later….

In a separate bowl, Giorgio and Luca mixed the marmalade with 2-3 teaspoons of water and stirred the mixture to make it smooth.

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We unfolded and rolled out the dough on a starchy surface, which was the favorite part of Luca.

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Giorgio also rolled out the dough and I cut it into 6 equal dough stripes. It is optional, but a lot of fun to poke extra holes in the dough or make some other design.

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We covered the dough stripes with the marmalade and the apple slices making sure they overlapped to make the roses look real.

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We folded the dough to make an apple pocket and rolled them carefully to make the shape of a rose. We were really careful to make sure the apples didn’t fall out and sealed the edges in the end. The roses were placed in muffin cups and were baked in the oven until the puff pasty turned golden brown. (we baked them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour)

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The cooled roses were dusted with powdered sugar and were all gone the day after Mother’s Day.

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Here is our inspiration recipe and a great “how to” video:

http://cookingwithmanuela.blogspot.com/2015/03/apple-roses.html

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