Pasta Dough!

Pasta Dough!

Weekly Little Treehouse Family Recipe: Pasta Dough Pasta isn’t expensive enough to justify making your own for economic reasons–but it’s worth it for sheer deliciousness and fun. Kids like making the dough itself, but the real fun is making pasta shapes. Farfalle, fusilli, garganelli: They can all hand-formed, even by little ones (though they may need some assistance). Click here for pasta shapes how-to’s. Below, a recipe for a sturdy pasta dough. Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 1 teaspoon...

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Kids’ Collections

Kids’ Collections

Little Treehouse’s Weekly Fun and Stressless Project: Showcasing (Storing) Kids’ Summer Collections  Children are natural collectors. A simple walk in the park with your preschooler can leave you carrying an unwieldy armful of sticks, pinecones, and rocks. Your six-year-old loves to save every shell she finds on the beach. Ten-year-olds may love to scoop up promotional postcards at coffee shops. It seems sad to ditch all this stuff, but you don’t want to end up on Season Three of Hoarders either.  Reigning in collections...

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Family Vacation?

Family Vacation?

Tired But Happy Mom Contemplates the Contradiction of “Family Vacation” The family vacation: It always sounds like so much fun! You and your brood get to indulge in relaxed, summertime QT with their aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, all at some lovely spot carefully chosen for its lake, beach, woodland beauty, gorgeous countryside—or, if you’re lucky, a family place where you yourself spent summers, enjoying the same kind of family vacations. Then you get there. And hits you that “family vacation” is an oxymoron on...

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Get Kids Cleaning!

Get Kids Cleaning!

Little Treehouse’s Weekly Fun and Stressless Project: Cleaning with Safe, Homemade Cleansers   Getting your children to clean up their toys is one thing–and that thing is difficult. But give them homemade, non-toxic cleansers to wipe down windows, countertops, even bathtubs, and chores are tranformed into Mary Poppins-like fun. (Well, maybe not quite that fun–but fun!)  Making homemade, non-toxic is incredibly easy. To make a surface-cleaner, simply fill up a clean, empty plastic spray bottle with equal parts water...

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Pizza Dough At Home!

Pizza Dough At Home!

Weekly Little Treehouse Family Recipe: Pizza Dough The Little Treehouse is now offering a new weekly feature: Family Recipes. It might take a little longer to make–and things might get a whole lot messier–but everything seems to taste better when everyone has helped make it.  It takes some waiting time as the dough rises, but pizza dough is easy to make, and kids love being given their own “blob” to knead and roll. Ingredients 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour  1 teaspoon sugar 1 envelope instant dry yeast 2...

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The Batman Dilemna

The Batman Dilemna

Tired But Happy Mom Asks: How Should Gun and Superhero Play Be Handled? It might not bear repeating, but then again, maybe it can’t be said enough: The recent mass shootings in Colorado were unimaginably horrific. The excitement of a midnight movie premier interrupted by completely defenseless, unsuspecting people–including a baby–suddenly gunned down in the dark, frantically running for their lives, some dying on the movie theater floor. It is a scene of Hell itself. As the nation continues to process it, as the trial...

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