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Simple Homemade Holidays

Contributed by: NAPSA

A Taste Of Holiday Fun-Mock Toffee Bars are an award winning, easy-to-make holiday treat.

(NAPSA) - You don't need to be gifted to unwrap new kinds of family fun this holiday season-just creative. From making holiday cards and gifts to holding decorating parties and holiday family cook-offs, there are a number of activities that can help you and your whole house ring in the season with smiles and laughs.

The good news is you don't have to do a lot of shopping around for fun ideas. You can find them in newspapers, magazines, on TV and online. For example, FamilyFun.com offers a number of holiday suggestions in its "Activities and Crafts" section, like the ones that follow:

Get Crafty

Families can make Baby-Sock Snowmen to decorate their homes. The project is easy enough for a kindergartner to do with help, but aan be fun for older children as well.

  • Fill the foot of a baby sock with batting, tie it shut just above the ankle and trim off the cuff.
  • Divide the sock into a body and head by tying ribbon (the scarf) around it.
  • To make the hat, gather a colored sock together at the ankle and tie it with string. Leave enough string for a hanging loop. Cut off the foot, roll up the edge of the sock like a stocking cap and glue it on the snowman sock.
  • Glue small buttons on the snowman's chest and draw his eyes and mouth with a marker. Cut a one-inch piece of pipe cleaner and poke it in for the nose. For earmuffs, wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around the head and tuck it under the hat. Glue on mini pompoms for ears. To see the adorable snowmen, go to www.familyfun.com.
  • After you've made your snowmen, celebrate with a delicious holiday treat.

Cook Up Fun

This recipe for Mock Toffee Bars took first place in the Web site's cookie contest. Here's how to make it:

  • Saltine Crackers
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips

Line cookie sheet with foil; butter heavily. Place crackers side by side to cover cookie sheet, salted side up. Combine butter and brown sugar and cook until it boils and bubbles (3 to 4 minutes). Pour over crackers and bake 7 minutes at 375 F.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Spread chocolate with a spatula. Sprinkle with nuts and press into chocolate with a spatula. When cool, break into pieces and serve.


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