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MD Anderson Children’s Art Project: Gifts That Keep Giving

9 Dec

20131209-120723.jpgTis’ the Season of Baking and Gingerbread House decorating!  Every year we make Gingerbread Houses and bake Holiday cookies for teachers, parties, friends, family, and Holiday dinners.  My mother-in-law loves to bake and my girls love baking with their Babcia (granny in Polish), especially my oldest.  Last Christmas, my oldest spent an entire afternoon cutting cookie dough, filling them with jam, and watching them bake in the oven with her Babcia.   This Holiday season my mother-in-law will be visiting and my oldest is ready to bake with Babcia.  It’s a great way for the girls to bond with their grandmother and they will have lasting memories, not to mention her cookies and cakes are AMAZING! My girls have been in the Christmas spirit for quite some time and are anxious to make Holiday cookies and decorate gingerbread houses. Our Elf on the Shelf, Snowflake, left adorable aprons and a santa plate designed by two pediatric patients at the MD Anderson Cancer (Children’s Art Project) Center along with an Elf on the Shelf Gingerbread House to use for their afternoons baking and decorating! What a great way to celebrate the holiday spirit!


The Children’s Art Project began in 1973 at the MD Anderson Pediatric Cancer Center.  A volunteer had an idea to use a child’s artwork for a Holiday card.  Since then it has grown from Holiday cards to other products including decor, jewelry, stationary, iPhone covers, Christopher Radko ornaments, clothing and lots more.  This Holiday season you can purchase gifts that keep giving from the MD Anderson Cancer (Children’s Art Project) Center.  Through worldwide sales of young cancer patients’ original artwork featured on seasonal note cards and gift items, the project has returned more than $30 million to programs that benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families. The Children’s Art Project’s highest priority is ensuring young patients have opportunities to live a more normal childhood. Each year, the programs funded through sales touch more than 26,000 pediatric patients and families.  For more information about MD Anderson Cancer (Children’s Art Project) Center click the link or follow them on twitter and facebook.

About the products we received:

The Deer Trio Apron designed by Caitlyn is available in sizes for Grandma (or Mommy) and Child.  A great gift or stocking stuffer this Holiday season!  The aprons tie at the neck and waist. Machine washable!  Click the link to see Caitlyn’s story and other products with her artwork.


The Santa Fluff Plate by Agostina is great for displaying snacks or cookies for play dates and Holiday gatherings.   Leave some cookies and carrots out on Christmas Eve for Santa and his reindeer.  You can also use a plate wall hanger to make this cute plate part of your Holiday decor.  A great gift to go along with the aprons for all the grandma’s who love baking with their grandchildren.  The plate is 11-¾” x 9-¼” made from translucent, fused glass. Hand wash.  Not for microwave! Click the link for other products designed by Agostina!

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As we use our plates and aprons, pictures will be posted on Instagram.

Cherish the Season!

Disclaimer:  I received products for the purpose of this post.  All ideas and opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics came from the MD Anderson Cancer (Children’s Art Project) Center!  

An Afternoon of Baking

16 Dec

For the past 2 years I have been class parent for Maddie’s school.  As class parent I was in charge of organizing a holiday gift to the teachers, from the families.    Last year I shared duties with another mom.  She picked up coffee and donuts for the teachers in addition to a gift card for each of the teachers.  I wanted to do something edible but different because I knew there was no way I could get both girls ready, go to Dunkin Donuts and still make it to school by nine.  I can barely get Maddie there on time as it is.  Since Maddie loves to bake, I decided that we would bake cookies.  While Pela napped, we spent the afternoon baking six dozen cookies.  We had Betty Crocker Oatmeal and Sugar cookie mix that you just add butter and eggs to, so we used that.  I wanted to add a special touch to the cookies so I let Maddie pick ingredients to add to them.  We ended up with Sugar Cookies with Peppermint (crushed candy cane) and Chocolate Chips, Sugar cookies with M&M’s, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and S’more Oatmeal Cookies.  The girls and I tried each type of cookie when they were finished. They were delicious.  We will be making them again next week when my friends come over for a holiday dinner with the girl’s.

I found adorable clear candy cane bags at Tribeca Treats to package the cookies once they were cool.  Each teacher got two of each kind of cookie.  While, I was at Rite Aid the other day getting M&M’s, I stumbled across individual holiday Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate ornaments that I decided would be great add to each bag of cookies. I had been really worried about it but it turned out to be a great addition to the gift card.  It would also be a great gift for your child’s friends if you want to do something small for them.

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie:

Crush 4 candy canes

Mix crush candy canes and chocolate chips into sugar cookie mix.

Follow baking instructions

S’more Oatmeal Chocolate Chip:

Add Chocolate Chips to Oatmeal Mix

Place on cookie sheet and bake for 5 min

Meanwhile, cut large marshmello into slivers

After, 5 min, take out  cookies and add sliver of marshmellow

Sprinkle crushed graham cracker on top

Continue baking for 5-7 min