Happy New Year! Usually this is the time of the year, where blogs post about which posts have been the most popular during the year, so we wanted to be different. Instead we are going to post about which posts have been the most popular during the year! What a concept! We are rebels over here at Glittering Muffins, so let’s see what you, our readers, were the most curious about in 2014:
(Dec. 24, 2014) Alex was supposed to work on Christmas day so our delivery to thank the public servants was unsure. But on the 22nd, when someone agreed to switch shift with him, we were back on! I racked my brain to figure what Nico could make 12 of in a short time that didn’t require too much work (He’s in a “we don’t do enough crafts but won’t take longer than 5 minutes to do one” phase!). Last year we made “Cinnamon Ornaments” for them. This year I wanted something totally different, he’s been into spin art a lot this year, but a cardboard ornament is cheap. Last idea was plastic Christmas balls put in the spinner. Last night Alex got the last twelve at the dollar store (Not a fan of gold, but they were already putting up the New Year’s and Valentine’s Day stuff, so we couldn’t be picky) and this morning we got spinning!
Inspired by Crafty Morning, I showed Nico this craft and asked him, if he wanted to do a Halloween card version of this for his friends. And he said yes But I’m a little OCD when it comes to erasers on pencils and there is no way that I am wasting a good eraser on paint, so we used q-tips. Weset out to make them, following what Craft Morning said to do, so I printed out the template that she suggested. Nico picked out who was getting which ghost and also the ghost color to match the friend (yes, he’s thinking outside the box, folks).
Ah, Croatia… Been there many times as a child, my grandmother was born in the then-Austro-Hungarian Empire, which now is the northeast of Croatia, eaten Croatian food countless times, so I was really looking forward to this one! Instead of usually doing research for what recipes there are for a country, I put down recipes I knew and liked and then tried to discuss what we should make and what might also have a chance for Nico to actually eat.
(Delivered Aug, 14, 2014) We’ve used the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank before due to several months of unemployment, EI not coming in on time etc, and we wanted to give back whenever we could, but not by donating food, since they already get that from some major grocery stores (and that is pretty much all they get). After checking their site, I did not see anything for school supplies and thought that this could work for the end of summer, since I did not want to wait until Christmas, and everybody donates around Christmas anyways, so I wanted to do it at a time, where they receive less. School sales rolled around in early August, so off we went.