August 29, 2015

8 Easy Minion Crafts for Kids

Summer is almost over but it is still Minion Madness
here in the Hood household! 
Of course, we've seen all the movies, have the toys and dolls, the shirts and hats, and all the Minion brand snacks. But on rainy days our favorite thing to do is craft together, so I thought I would come up with some fun Minion crafts for Ava and I to make.
Ava at The Minions movie
Here's a list of our favorite 8 Minion Crafts to make at home. 
Do you know some other fun Minion crafts? Please comment with the link below!


Minion Paper Tote Bag

My friend Molly made this for Ava's Minion Birthday Party.
Just cut out colored cardstock and glue onto a yellow paper bag 
in the shape of Minion eyes, mouth, and overalls. 

Minion Paper Lanterns

I made these for Ava's Minion Birthday Party and now they are hanging in the playroom.
I bought a 3 pack of yellow paper lanterns at Hobby Lobby and hot glued on black and white card stock in the shape of Minion goggles, hair, and a mouth. Attach string to hang (or drag around the house like Ava does).

Minion Thumbprint Necklace

Pick up a a yellow cord or string and a white plaster pendant at the craft store and loop and tie them together. Then paint some yellow on your little ones thumb and press their thumb to the pendant. Not use a sharpie or paint pen and draw blue overalls and black hair and goggles and you've got a easy DIY necklace!

Glitter Minion Mason Jars

I came up with this fun project when I spied all the empty mason jars I had laying around.
All you need is yellow acrylic paint (I used glow in the dark neon yellow), dark blue glitter, mod podge, tape, foam brushes, stick on google eyes, and paint pens. I also like to seal the glitter with a sealer spray. See the step by step pics below.
I paint a few coats of paint then let dry overnight. 
Tape off the bottom of the jar, paint on Mod Podge and sprinkle on blue glitter. 
Let dry and remove tape. 
Then stick on a google eye and use a paint pen to draw goggles, a mouth, and hair. 

Minion Jell-O Molds

I found these fun jello molds at Wal-Mart and had to get them! 
The inexpensive kit comes with 2 boxes of blue and 2 boxes of yellow jello along with 2 Minion shaped Jell-O molds. Ava loved making (and eating) these!  
 

Funny, jiggily Jell-O Minions!
My little helper- and Minion lover!
See how to make her awesome kitchen stool here

Minion Paper Dolls

I love bonus crafts! These paper dolls were on the back of the Minion Jello Molds box.
Easy peasy, cut out and your set! This is a fun craft to take with you in the car or to restaurants to entertain your little ones. 

Minion Cut Out

Ava made this cute little guy at the craft booth at the movie theater before we saw The Minions
They had all the shapes already cut for the kids: yellow paper body, arms, and legs and blue overalls.
Give the kids a glue stick and let them glue it together then glue on google eyes (or eye!) and black pipe cleaner hair and use a black marker for adding details. 

Minion Coloring

Minion stuff is everywhere, which I'm sure you've seen. I pick up Minion sticker pads, coloring books, crayons, paints, pretty much any Minion coloring items I see. Even better most are around $1-2! I found these at Target and Wal-Mart.  
Ava and Stella love Minions!



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August 28, 2015

Vintage Kentucky Bourbon Black Fruit Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

Southern Bourbon Fruit Cake with Pecans
One thing you will notice when you walk into my house, is my large collection of cookbooks. 
I have rows and rows of cookbooks, some new and some vintage, some written by my favorite chefs and some that I have even been featured in! 
Needless to say, I was delighted when my Aunt and Uncle from Paris, KY sent me a vintage Kentucky cookbook called Out of Kentucky Kitchens to add to my collection. I eagerly browsed through the pages, searching for the first recipe I would make from the large collection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Then I found it: Kentucky Black Cake. I have a plethora {we're talking bags and bags...} of dried figs from my previous posts with Valley Figs so this fruit cake filled with bourbon soaked dates, figs, and raisins along with blackberry jam and pecans, was just what I had in mind!
This recipe does take some time and calls for quite a few ingredients but the end result is worth it. I also toasted the flour in my cast iron skillet to give the cake a more nutty flavor and mixed up my own Cinnamon Glaze to go on top. 
 I was out of Maker's Mark {shhh don't tell my Kentucky family!} so Ashton even let me use his Woodford Reserve for soaking the fruit! 

Hope you enjoy this vintage recipe as much as I did. 

Ingredients:

Makes one large bundt cake or two loaf pans.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried figs, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp crushed cloves
  • 1/2 cup blackberry jam
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
For the cinnamon glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

Directions:

  1. Add 2 cups flour to a large dry skillet (I prefer a cast iron) until it becomes golden brown, about 6-7 minutes.
  2. Stir from time to time to prevent sticking.
  3. Set aside and cool then sift.
  4. Mix the raisins, dates, and figs in a small bowl.
  5. Pour the Bourbon over the fruit and mix well. Let stand 2 hours or until the liquor has been absorbed.
  6. Cream butter with brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add the eggs and sour cream.
  8. Sift the flour once more adding the baking soda and spices.
  9. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry, stirring constantly to keep from lumping.
  10. Add the jam and chopped nuts then the bourbon soaked fruit.
  11. Pour into two greased and floured loaf pans or a bundt pan.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes to 90 minutes (depending on the pan size) or until browned and a toothpick entered in the centered comes out clean.
  13. You can tent aluminum foil over the top if it becomes too brown.
  14. Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from pan, setting on a platter, and adding glaze.
  15. For the glaze: in a small bowl mix together glaze ingredients until smooth. Add additional tbsp milk if needed. 
  16. Using a spoon, drizzle glaze all over the top of the cake.
  17. Slice and serve.
Cake recipe adapted from Out of Kentucky Kitchens by Marion Flexner.
All these ingredients along with the toasted,
 flour, nuts, and spices make for a moist and flavorful cake!
Add 2 cups flour to a large dry skillet (I prefer a cast iron) 
until it becomes golden brown, about 6-7 minutes.
Stir from time to time to prevent sticking.
Set aside and cool.
*Toasting flour cooks out the raw taste so that it has a nutty, 
more complex flavor to baked goods.
Sift the cooled, toasted flour into a bowl and set aside.

Mix the raisins, dates, and figs in a small bowl.

Pour the Bourbon over the fruit and mix well.
Let stand 2 hours or until the liquor has been absorbed.

Cream butter with brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Add the beaten eggs and sour cream.
Sift the flour once more adding the baking soda and spices.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry, stirring constantly to keep from lumping.
Add the jam and chopped nuts then the bourbon soaked fruit.
Pour into two greased and floured loaf pans or a bundt pan. 
I did a small bundt and a loaf pan. 
Smooth down the top and bake Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes to 90 minutes (depending on the pan size) or until browned and a toothpick entered in the centered comes out clean.
My cake did get pretty dark on top before cooking all the way through. You can tent aluminum foil on top to make sure it doesn't get too dark. The good thing about bundt cakes is once you flip it out of the pan, the top is now the bottom and you can always trim away any dark pieces!
Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from pan, 
setting on a platter, and adding glaze.
For the glaze: in a small bowl add 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon,
 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1 tbsp milk.
Whisk together until smooth. Add additional tbsp milk if needed. 
Using a spoon, drizzle glaze all over the top of the cake.
Slice and serve.
This Kentucky Bourbon Black Fruit Cake with Cinnamon Glaze is delicious and flavor packed and as you can see it feeds a crowd!
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