Chrismas jokes for kids

Posted On November 28, 2009

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Christmas Jokes for Kids

What do you call an old snowman?


What do you sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
Freeze a jolly good fellow!


To find more great jokes and activities for kids follow the link below…


Christmas Jokes for Kids 


I love a good novel

Posted On November 22, 2009

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I love a good novel and it also makes a great Christmas present.  Most bookstores have gift cards in a variety of ranges.


Novels see the hundred best novels click here


i like this image

Posted On November 20, 2009

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Thanks to everyone who posted ideas to the blog this week… the images are a great compliment to the recipes and craft ideas…

Just thought I would share with you an image a friend emailed. It made me laugh and thought it appropriate for our Shoestring Xmas blog….

Have a look at the light show for the house on the right…its an environmentally friendly way to keep up with the neighbours…


Yvonne Rose… c u in class…

Fruit and Marshmallow Skewers

Posted On November 18, 2009

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Fruit and Marshmallow Skewers

This is a great idea to get the children involved, it’s also yummy and fun to do. You can use any fruit you wish.



kiwi fruit





bamboo skewers or chopsticks

  1. Cut fruit into bite size pieces
  2. Place a marshmallow onto the skewer followed by a selection of fruit, end with another marshmallow
  3. If you want to be really wicked and indulgent, you can drizzle chocolate over the skewers.
  4. Enjoy!

(you can use as many marshmallows in any combination as you desire)

Happy and  Healthy Christmas – Gianetta

Chocolate Logs

Posted On November 18, 2009

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250g plain sweet biscuits, crushed

60g glade cherries, chopped

125g walnuts, chopped

60g hazelnuts, chopped

125g almond meal

2 tsp cocoa, sifted

200g tube sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup liqueur of your choice (or orange juice)

200g dark cooking chocolate, chopped

Combine biscuit crumbs,glace cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts,almond meal and cocoa in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, add condensed milk and liqueur, stir until ingredients are combined. Shape 1 cup of mixture into a 2.5cm x 15cm log. Repeat to make 3 more logs. Place on a plastic wrap-lined tray, cover and chill until firm. Place chocolate in a heat-resistant bowl over a pan of simmering water (don’t allow water to touch base of bowl) and stir until chocolate is melted.  Spread chocolate over logs and chill until set. Cut into slices to serve.

enjoy your chocolate logs, mery xmas from jamo.

Hand Made Holiday Crackers

Posted On November 18, 2009

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Holiday Crackers

Holiday Crackers 
 Time Needed: 1Hour

These simple candy-filled cardboard tubes, modeled after traditional British crackers, are a snap to mass-produce for a classroom holiday party. Your child can personalize them by adding mini handwritten notes or drawings along with the candy or add some noise by tying a jingle bell on one end.

  • Scissors
  • Wrapping paper
  • Empty cardboard tubes, trimmed to desired lengths
  • Clear tape or glue stick
  • Ribbon or string
  • Wrapped candy, toys, or treats
  • Jingle bells (optional)


  1. Cut a piece of wrapping paper that’s 6 inches longer than the tube and wide enough to wrap completely around it at least once. Center the tube along one long side of the paper and use tape or glue to hold it in place.
  2. Your child can then wrap the paper tightly around the tube and secure the seam with tape or glue. She should then twist the excess paper at one end and tie it closed with ribbon or string.
  3. Fill the tube with candy and other tiny surprises, then twist and tie closed the open end.
Merry Xmas: Yasemin Shawket


Beauty Beaded Bookmark

Posted On November 17, 2009

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Beaded book mark (for reader)

These elegant (but so simple) beaded bookmarks make great props for Get Caught Reading for Xmas


  • Beads
  • Hemp thread (or heavy jeweler cord)      



  1. To make one, first tie a bead onto one end of each of three 2-foot lengths of hemp thread or heavy jeweler cord.
  2. Add a few more beads to each strand, and then knot the strands together 1 to 2 inches below the last beads
  3.  Braid or knot the threads as you like, then knot them all together again about 5 inches from the ends.
  4.  Add more beads to each individual strand, and then tie on an end bead, like the first, to keep them in place.


 Student: Yasemin Shawket

Xmas Ceative Candles

Posted On November 17, 2009

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Candle Jars                              

While melting and pouring wax is best left to adults, the creative parts of this candle-making project (choosing the perfect crayon to colors the wax and decorating the glass holder with beads) are meant for kids                   


  • Large saucepan
  • Metal canning jar lid rim
  • Coffee can  
  • Paraffin wax                                                                   
  • Crayons                                                
  • Paint stirrer
  • Candlesticks (one for each jar)
  • Thick wide mouth glass jars
  • Metal tongs
  • Plastic beads
  • Tacky glue


  1. Set up a double boiler to melt the paraffin. Fill the bottom of the saucepan with 4 to 5 inches of water and drop in the canning jar lid rim. Then pack chunks of paraffin into the coffee can, setting it on the jar rim so that it doesn’t directly touch the bottom of the pot.
  2. Melt the wax over medium-high heat, carefully adding more chunks until the can is about two-thirds filled. To colors the melted wax, break half of a peeled crayon into pieces. Add them to the wax and slowly mix with a paint stirrer, then turn off the heat and let the paraffin cool for about 10 minutes (this will help minimize shrinkage when the wax hardens).
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut the candlesticks 1/2 inch shorter than the jar heights (adults only). Now, heat the jars by running warm water on the outsides but not the insides (this will help prevent cracking when you pour in the hot wax).
  4. With metal tongs, dip the bottom of each candlestick into the melted wax and stick it to the inner jar bottom. When the candlestick ends have hardened enough to hold, carefully pour enough wax into the jars to cover the candlestick tops but not the wicks.
  5. Once the candles cool completely, your kids can glue beads to the outside of the jar, arranging them in a border around the rim, perhaps, or creating a multicolor pattern all the way around.

 Student: Yasemin Shawket

My favourite salad

Posted On November 15, 2009

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Caesar Salad (serves4)

Our version of Caesar salad, with its low-fat dressing will leave you feeling super satisfied

4 slices white bread, crusts trimmed

2 (400g) small chicken breast fillets

4 short-cut bacon rashers. (Cut into thin strips)

1 cos lettuce

2 tblsp light sour cream

½ cup light French dressing

1 small clove garlic, crushed shaved parmesan


Preparations:  (fresh is best)

Cut bread into 1cm squares.

Spread bread pieces over an oven tray and bake in 200c preheated oven for 10 minutes or until crisp and light golden.

Spray a heated, large non-stick frypan with cooking spray,

Add chicken fillets and pan-fry until golden on both sides and cooked through.

Remove chicken from pan, cover and set aside.

Add bacon strips to same frypan, sauté until just crisp, then remove from pan and drain on kitchen paper.

Tear lettuce leaves into large pieces, divide between 4 serving bowlsand to with sliced chicken breast, bacon strips and croutons.

Whisk together sour cream, French dressing and garlic, drizzle over salad, then top with shaved parmesan and season with freshly cracked black pepper.


hey its nearly christmas – is your heart sinking at the expense??

Posted On November 5, 2009

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Welcome to our blog.  We are a group of students learning about computers, blogging and marketing ourselves online using Web.2 tools.  We would like to share some tips, recipes, for the festive season.  We are interested in researching ways to keep the expenses down during the Christmas holidays.  If you have any ideas your are welcome to leave a comment.  Merry Christmas….

Here is a quick recipe to start us off:

Christmas quiche

4 eggs

1/2 cup milk

2tbsp cream

1/2 cup grated tasty cheese

pinch nutmeg

sheet of shortcrust pastry

salt and pepper


Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved

Handful of feta crumbled

Basil leaves

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  Line a 20cm flan tin with pastry.  Blind bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle base with grated cheese. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, seasonsing and nutmeg and pour into pastry case.  Bake for 30 mins or until set.  Top with tomatoes, feta and basil.