It has been a crazy week around these parts. With the insanity of Christmas winding up and Moose having a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy earlier in the week, we were up for a) something calm yet fun to do together and b)something that wasn’t going to take Mum hours to set up and take down. The kids have been dying to bake something, since we haven’t done any baking in over a week, but I really didn’t have the energy to completely destroy the kitchen with three bundles of fun. Plus, I put away their aprons accidentally into a box for storage.
Sooooo, what’s a Mum to do? Check the pantry to see what we can scrounge together is what THIS Mum does! I found various melt able chocolate chips, sprinkles, broken candy canes and mini marshmallows, so naturally, I decided we’d make some delicious bark!
The kids were pretty jazzed, but I wasn’t too fond of the idea of having no aprons while dealing with stainable chocolate et al. Gah! Why did I pack the aprons away???
So I did the only natural thing…I rifled through my DiSaStEr of a sewing area and found a huge piece of stretchy, knit, non-fraying fabric. Perfect for some kind of quick and (soon-to-be) dirty no-sew, one piece aprons!
Armed with a crayola marker and a fleeting idea, I drew out a quick apron pattern on the wrong side of the fabric and crossed my fingers. (I don’t have an official pattern here because I sort of just fly by the seat of my pants when I get creative. It’s as daring as I get!
Turned out that the creation I came up with worked beautifully for what I needed. I adjusted the length for each of the kids, tied them on so we could get to work!
Finished product looks ok. Not stunning but gets the job done! I cut out an extra strip of fabric to tie around their middles.
Cut-out apron for baby bird (taken after she’d worn it…hence the chocolate stains!)
Now, back to the bark. I’ve always been a purist and melted the chocolate on the stove, but this year, for the sake of time, I tried the microwave technique. It worked perfectly! Sooo, we started with melted chocolate chips, spread out into parchment lined dishes. After we had some nice spreading going on, I gave each kiddo a wood skewer and a few lobs of melted white chocolate for them to swirl.
Then, because we had them, we added blobs of melted blue candy melts!
After this, we went crazy (CRAAAAAAAZY) with sprinkles!
They were so proud and couldn’t wait to grab a piece!
I will say that sometimes you have to get messy to make memories. Heck, our house is testament to that every day of our lives! But, it’s nothing to stress over. Just go with the flow, run with it. Everything will work out fine! If you can get away with ‘no-bake’ baking, do it! Same with no-sew sewing! Makes everything super easy and fun!!
Enjoy the chaos that are the holidays, whichever one(s) you celebrate!