Leprechaun Handprint Cards

We are lucky that one set of grandparents are right here in Phoenix with us, but my husband’s parents live up in Wyoming. We get to see them only a couple times a year, and so I thought it would be fun to send them a little St. Patrick’s Day surprise. I had my little leprechaun’s help me make these hand print cards that I know Grandma is going to love.

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Print and download our free template which includes a nameplate so Grandma can identify those handprints. Using a foam brush, cover each child’s hand with green craft paint and stamp it onto the cut cards. Miss Modette’s hand (she is not quite two) was the most difficult to stamp (obviously!), so I had a few extra cards ready to go and then picked my favorite.

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If you have more than one little leprechaun, tape the cards together leaving a very small space between them so you can easily fold them up accordion style. Mail in a size A7 envelope.

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Reposted with permission by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com

Create a Dreamy Nautical Room

For this room, I was inspired by these dreamy nautical images. I love the idea of dressing up a classical nautical look with soft shapes, delicate lines and vintage details.

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Try it for yourself!

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Clockwise from top left:

Achievement Banner Flags, $2.95 each

Anchor Girl Pillow, $24

Oh Buoy Flag Throw Pillow, $24

Sea the Sea Calling Canvas Wall Art, $99

Dew Drop Table Lamp and Shade, $109

Sail the Ocean Blooms Banner, $79.95

Chalk with the Animals, $24.95

Good Read Book Caddy, $149

Little Twigs Wall Mirror, $219

Preppy Polka Dot Bedding, $29-$129

By Anna Passadori 

Anna develops and designs exclusive product for The Land of Nod. She hails from the west coast and has traveled the world to source product. She loves anything Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola or stripes! (So, if anyone can get a photo of Sofia Coppola wearing a striped outfit by Marc Jacobs, please send it along.)

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Fifth Avenue Pendant / Scallop Mirror / Love London Print / Bebop Bunny

Hello Love / Brass Bunny / Love Print / Bebop Kitty

Dream City Print / Sequin Heart Pillows / White Andersen Crib / Tulip Festival Bedding 

Silver Lamps / Monarch Dresser (with Handpicked Knobs) / Milo Glider

Streamline Nightstand / Ribbon Cutting Rug / X Marks the Bookcase / Purple Pouf

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Cheesy Puff Pastry Twists

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We have these twisty, cheesy bread sticks at our grocery store. They are yummy and addictive, buttery and crumbly. The kids love them and I love them. Looking at the package I note that they are imported from Switzerland – go figure! But they are expensive and buying bread sticks that travel the Atlantic to get to me does seem excessive.

While I can’t replicate them exactly, I can make a puff pastry version. If there’s one thing I love it’s puff pastry. Not only is it a buttery indulgence, but it’s also readily available at the grocery store. I made these cheesy puff pastry twists for Classic Play and thought I’d share them with you as well. I made them with the kids – easy, fun and oh so yummy! Have them as a snack, serve them at a cocktail party along with these or with some tomato soup. Enjoy!

Cheesy Puff Pastry Twists

Ingredients

  • 1 box of frozen puff pastry dough, thawed. Ours comes in two sheets, already rolled out and with parchment around it. You need two sheets that are the same size.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of roasted garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Gently unroll one puff pastry sheet onto baking sheet.
  3. Whisk egg and brush the egg wash on the rectangle of puff pastry dough (only on one side) and reserve the leftover egg wash.
  4. Mix together the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, basil, chili and garlic and sprinkle mixture over the egg washed rectangle. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Carefully brush the egg wash on the other rectangle of puff pastry dough.
  6. Place the other half of the pastry (egg side down) on top of the cheese mixture and press the two halves together using your hands or roll lightly with the rolling pin. Gently press edges to seal.
  7. Using a pizza cutter, cut the pastry into 1/2 inch strips.
  8. Working one at a time, gently twist each strip and lay on the baking sheet making sure to press down the ends so that they don't curl when baking. When all of the strips have been twisted and placed on the baking sheet, lightly brush each twist with the remaining egg wash.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the twists are golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and serve warm or cooled.

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