To make this fun REading Igloo out of milk jugs we used 430 milk jugs, a giant card board box, a 80 inch round rug, hot glue guns and hot glue. We used high temperature hot glue guns with high temperature glue sticks.  We also supplemented with 6 half milk jugs, to fill in.   To prep for our build, we glued the milk jugs together in two’s.  When gluing milk jugs together make sure you glue the handles together. You will need to hold the milk jugs together for about 60 sec.

When you start gluing the sets of together, glue the top of the milk jugs together so there is a little space between them. The rows will start to get smaller.

Some rows will need a half gallon milk jug. This will very on how big you are making your igloo. We added our first half gallon on the fourth row. About the 5th row you will need to start pushing the milk jugs in a little bit.By the seventh row you should start to see it start to curve inwards.

 We started our door way on row 6.  We added a support milk jug on the right side of the entrance. On the 10th row the milk jugs should be pointing down.  We ended up with a total of 12 rows. We did run out of milk jugs, so we had a sky light.

 Which actually worked out well – gives some air and circulation to the igloo and the igloo can get a tad be stuffy. You can leave a hole or cover it completely that’s up to your preference.

.We finished the look with buffalo snow, snow flakes and a Re-Play sign.   You could also decorate it with cut outs for winter holidays!

This Igloo took 4 people around 5 hours to assemble.  We put the pairs of milk jugs together over time.   It was a ton of fun and we encourage you to try this at your local Library or School Library.   It’s a great way to teach little ones about recycling and how they can help make a cleaner world. Kids and adults will sure to love this fun reading Igloo.

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Pineapple, warm butter, gooey brown sugar and cherries are the delicious flavors that make up a pineapple-upside down cake. Now you can have all those amazing tastes in a cupcake. And you can eat the whole thing yourself. How great is that!? 
Let’s get started! First, you will need Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix, butter, brown sugar and, of course, cherries.

Cut each pineapple slice into four pieces; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, oil, eggs and reserved pineapple juice with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally.

In a small bowl, stir together melted butter and brown sugar. Spoon 1-1/2 teaspoons into each muffin cup.

Top each with two pineapple pieces. Place a cherry half, cut side up, in the center of the pineapple pieces.

Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each cup.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes.

Run a knife around the edge of the cupcakes to loosen. Invert the pan onto a cookie sheet and lift up.

Serve warm and enjoy one or two cupcakes yourself!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes

Prep Time:
20 min

Total Time:
50 min



  • can (20 oz) sliced pineapple, drained, juice reserved
  • box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 12 maraschino cherries, cut in half


  1. 1Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 24 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. 2Cut each pineapple slice into 4 pieces; set aside. In large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, eggs and reserved pineapple juice with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  3. 3In small bowl, stir together melted butter and brown sugar. Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons butter mixture into each muffin cup. Top each with 2 pineapple pieces. Place cherry half, cut side up, in center of pineapple pieces. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each cup.
  4. 4Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Run knife around edge of cupcakes to loosen; invert onto cookie sheet. Serve warm.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes

Rice Krispies Treats are a fun dessert to make any time of the year. It is a simple food that creates open-ended possibilities.Now that Christmas is quickly approaching, I wanted to come up with a fun and unique idea to celebrate this beloved treat. These Rice Krispies Treats Presents with a Surprise are sure to delight the oldest, youngest and everyone in between this Christmas. 

One of the things I love about this creative food idea is that kids can help with every step. It’s a no bake idea and is easier to create than it might at first seem. Everything is done in the microwave, and I’m going to give you step by step instructions to make it happen. It’s easier than it looks.

I picture these given as classroom treats for students or teachers. They could also be part of your table setting as you gather to feast together. Perhaps you could deliver them to neighbors to spread Christmas cheer or invite them to a service at your church. Maybe you are a man looking for a creative way to propose to his sweetheart this season. Whatever the purpose, these little edible surprise Rice Krispies® Treats presents will be enjoyed by many. These can also be adapted for any time of the year and filled with any number of candies or surprises.

Materials Needed to Make Rice Krispies Treats Presents with a Surprise

Remember that the base Rice Krispies® Treats is a 3-ingredient recipe AND can be made in the microwave. I’m adding a few more needed ingredients to spice things up for the holidays. This recipe yields 8-10 Rice Krispies Treats Presents.

Rice Krispies:
  • Butter
  • Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
  • 2 Jelly Roll Pans
  • Parchment Paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Red and Green Candy Melts
  • Candies or Gift to Set Inside
  • Squeezable Bottle, Pastry Bag or Ziplock with a Small Hole Cut in the Corner
  • Square Cookie Cutters
  • White Ribbon

How to Make Rice Krispies Treats Presents with a Surprise

Make sure to have your kids helping with every step. The chocolate covered Riced Krispies Treats require a bit of pressure, so you might need to help a little with that step.

Make two batches of Rice Krispies Treats according to recipe directions. The only change is that you will put your treats in a parchment paper lined jelly roll pans rather than the typical 9x13.

When adding them to the pan, put Crisco on your hands to prevent sticking. Once spread, you will want to use a rolling pin to roll these to about an even 1/2 inch thickness. One pan should be full and the other pan should be 1/2 full. Allow Rice Krispies Treats to cool completely.

  • Melt green candy melts according to package directions. I do mine in the microwave, and it is easier than it looks.
  • Once melted pour green chocolate over the jelly roll pan that is half full of Rice Krispies® Treats. Smooth with a spatula. Put in the refrigerator to harden.

  • With the other tray of cooled treats, use the large square cookie cutter to cut out the base of your box.
  • Next, cut out another large square. Centered in that square, cut out a small square. You should have a picture frame looking piece that will go on top of the base of your box. Repeat. You will need two of these per box. Stack these 2 “picture frame” pieces on top of your base and press slightly as you go to bond to the piece underneath.
  • Repeat this process until you have all of your boxes in place.
  • Remove the green chocolate covered Rice Krispies® Treats from the refrigerator. Using the large, square cookie cutter, cut out the lids for your boxes. This step requires a bit more pressure, so you will have to help the kids. Another option is to press in the cookie cutter to give the size and then use a knife to cut the rest.
  • Melt the red candy melts according to package direction.
  • Using a squeeze bottle, pastry bag or ZipLock page with a hole cut out of the corner, squeeze chocolate, quickly moving back and forth and zig zag to create a design on each individual chocolate lid. Note: You might be tempted to do this before you cut the chocolate into individual squares. I did this, and I had to redo many of them because the red chocolate wanted to break off in the cutting process. I highly recommend doing them individually.

  • Fill box with desired treat. If filling with something inedible, make sure to warn the receiver of the gift so it is not swallowed. You can fill the boxes with small candies, an edible chocolate made from a mold, a piece of jewelry, a small ornament, an encouraging quote or scripture, or another small gift. As you can see, we made some with small candies and others with little, chocolate teddy bears.
  • Once boxes are full, add the lid to the top and tie in place with a thin white ribbon.
I hope you are inspired by this unique approach to the classic and loved Rice Krispies Treats. I hope your family has a very Merry Christmas.

Rice Krispies Treats Presents with a Surprise!!

Frozen madness continues! This Elsa inspired hair idea is all over the internet on crowns and on hats but I couldn't find a pattern for exactly what I wanted. After looking around, I found a great free crown pattern. I changed it up a little so that I could add the hair and I'm sharing it with you! 


I used the Toddler Princess Crown pattern from Hatting Madly Crochet found here and modified it a little. You must visit Hatting Madly Crochet and reference this pattern, the changes I made are listed below.

The suggested starting chain for this pattern is is 84. It states in pattern, you can adjust beginning chains by multiples of six. I reduced the size because I wanted it to fit pretty snug(for a 7 yr old) since I was going to add hair and I didn't want it falling down. Originally I reduced to ch 78, put the whole thing together and still felt it was too big. Oh NOOOO! I sure did take the whole thing apart and started over. Don't mind me and my OCD!

Red Heart Yarn Super Saver(hair is Aran, crown is a turquoise blue, don't know exactly because this was in my stash not labeled)
Hook 3.75(original pattern says 3.5, but this is what I had)
US crochet terms

Ch 72(white yarn), join to first chain
Row 1: ch1, sc across in white, join(72)
Row 2: Change to blue, ch1, hdc around, join
Row 3: ch1, sc around, join
Row 4: ch1, hdc around, join
Row 5: ch1, sc around, join
Row 6: begin V stitch(row 3 of original pattern)
Row 7: option 2 shell(row 4 of original pattern)
Row 8: join to top of beginning chain, sc in same, sc, hdc, ch2, sl st in first ch, hdc in next stitch, sc, sc across the top of shell. Skip over the sc in center of shell from previous row and continue across top of next shell(sc, sc, hdc, ch2, sl st in 1st ch, hdc, sc, sc) Join and tie off.

Cut strands of yarn for hair twice as long as desired length. This will be folded in half. The length will depend on how long you want your braid. The length I cut was approximately 75-80 inches(you can trim this later). I know Elsa's hair isn't this long, I just thought it was fun to make it super long. Also, think about when you pull the hair to one side for the braid. You'll want to make the strands that are far away from the braid longer. That way the end of the braid won't be as uneven and you'll have less wasted yarn to trim.

Take two strands of the yarn and fold in half, giving you the center point. Insert hook through two loops at the base of crown. Grab the two strands folded at the center point and pull up. Now pull the rest of the yarn up through loop, pull tight. I started doing two strands in every stitch but it was getting way too thick. I thinned it out a little by pulling just one strand of yarn through about every 3rd or 4th stitch. It's up to you how much hair you want.

Now just twist and braid hair. It's very helpful to have a head to put this on while you're styling! I secured with a rubber band(a real rubber band, not an elastic hair tie) this way it's very secure but I could take it out and make adjustments if needed. Snowflakes are sequins I found at Michael's, sewn on with needle and thread.

This pattern is from : overtheappletree

Crochet Elsa Crown With Hair

We gathered up over 31 of the most Creative Christmas Trees to share with you today! All of these are so unique…everything from beautiful trees, outdoor trees, and fun tress. We have got you covered! We can’t wait to try out a few of these ideas this year for the Holidays. Let us know which one is your favorite!

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