Posts Tagged ‘Family Fun’

Tuesday Recipe: Dirt and Worms (the edible family fun dessert)!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

In honor of National Gummi Worm Day (July 15th), we at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop are sharing a long loved childhood treat: Dirt and Worms!  Many of you have most likely enjoyed this treat with your children or grandchildren.  If you have yet to try Dirt and Worms, now is your chance!

This delightfully fun dessert is full of Mud (chocolate pudding), Dirt (crushed cookies), and Worms (gummi worms).  For easier serving, make the dessert in individually sized cups for each person.  You could even serve this recipe at a bug themed birthday party!  This is a very simple dessert that can easily be made with children.


  • 1 pkg.  (3.9 oz.) Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Whipped Topping (ex: Cool Whip), thawed
  • 15  Cream sandwich cookies (ex: Oreos), finely crushed
  • 10  Worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks or gummies

To Assemble:

Combine the pudding mix and milk in large bowl and whisk for 2 min. Let stand 5 min. Stir in the whipped topping and 1/2 cup of the cookie crumbs.

Next, spoon the pudding mixture into individual cups and top with the remaining cookie crumbs.

Lastly, refrigerate the desserts for 1 hour.  Place gummi worms inside each cup just before serving.

Finally, enjoy!  Did you try this recipe?  Let us know what you think!

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Make your own Easter Basket!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

White Rabbit Wonderland Collectible | Lori Mitchell | Sturbridge Yankee workshopHere are some eggs-tra special ideas on crafting your own Easter basket that are fun for the whole family!

Rope and fabric basket:
You will need: long strips of 1/2- to 3/4-inch-wide cotton cloth torn across the grain, a blunt, wide-eye tapestry needle, and approximately 7 yards (21 feet) of 3/8-inch stiff rope.

  • Thread the needle with a strip of cloth but do not tie a knot in the cloth. Starting at the very end of the rope, wrap the free end of the cloth strip around the rope, making sure to overlap the cloth each time around to hide the rope.
  • Once several inches of the rope are covered, begin coiling it into a tight disk. Bind the coils together by passing the needle and cloth strip through the inner coils of the rope and pull the cloth taut. Make a second wrap over the first to secure it.
  • Continue wrapping the rope with the cloth strip, binding the covered rope to itself every inch or so. To add a new color, simply begin wrapping a new strip around the rope, covering the previous strip by one inch.
  • When the coiled disk reaches an acceptable diameter, build up the sides of the basket by stacking the covered rope on top of previous coils, securing it in the same manner as before.
  • When you’re ready to make the handle, secure the rope in place by binding it to the last coil of the basket. Then arch the wrapped rope over the basket to the other side. Form a small loop to sit just inside the rim of the basket and secure it in place by binding the cloth to the top coils of the basket. Reversing direction, arch the rope over the basket again, twisting it around the first part of the handle. Cut the covered rope, leaving it long enough to make a small loop at the end, like the one on the other side of the basket. Bind the rope to the basket and secure the end in place, tucking in any stray fabric ends.

Use a recycled gallon milk jug to make a ‘green’ basket.
You will need: an empty gallon-sized plastic milk jug, poster paints, cotton balls, construction paper, pipe cleaners (optional) and glue.

  • Cover your work surface with old newspaper. Cut out a large hole in the milk gallon container. Take the container, and put it in front of you, with the handle facing away from you. Cut out most of the front portion that is facing you. The piece you cut out should be pretty large.
  • Cut black or brown construction paper into circles for eyes. Cut black or pink triangles for noses. Cut green construction paper into thin strips. Also cut out bunny ears.
  • Paint the outside of the jug however you want; let dry. It is not necessary to paint the bottom or the inside.
  • Use the cotton balls for tails or spots, pipe cleaners for whiskers, the pre-cut triangles for noses, and the pre-cut circles for eyes. Use shredded green construction paper, for grass on the inside.

Make a fluffy bunny basket:
You will need: a box that’s about 12” x 8,” cotton balls, pipe cleaners, cardboard, and a stapler. You can use google eyes, construction paper cut into circles, or draw eyes.

  • Re-seal any opened edges of the box you are using and cut out the top face of the box. Use this piece of cardboard to draw and cut-out bunny ears.
  • Cover each side of the box and both sides of the bunny ears with cotton balls using glue. Then glue the ears to one end of the box. Color two cotton balls to use for the nose and tail.
  • Cut a long strip of cardboard and staple it to two opposite sides of the box to make a handle. Then attach a construction paper nose and pipe cleaners for whiskers. Line the inside of the basket with tissue paper.

Have fun crafting your special basket!

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Fall Family Fun – Outdoor Movie Night

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Colonial LanternsOutdoor movie nights in your own backyard can be a way to watch a great movie while enjoying the great outdoors. Here are a few ideas to turn your back yard into your own place to view that favorite movie. Invite friends and neighbors for some outdoor fun. Have the adults bring a lawn chair and the kids bring blankets to sit on the ground.

Option/Idea One: Simply take an extra T.V. and move it to the backyard in a suitable location for sitting or lying on a blanket. Or use a card table. If you have a small portable DVD player or an old VHS player, this will have to go out with the T.V.

A spare set of speakers to go along with the T.V. will make the experience even better. However, remember that not all of your neighbors may agree, so make sure the audio portion is appropriate.

Option/Idea Two: relocate a computer that plays DVDs. With the proliferation of flat-screen monitors they tend to be light and easy to move. A good solid table or stand are probably the main considerations so as to limit the exposure of your pricey computer system to the elements.

Sturbridge Braided RugFor those that have a laptop, consider locating the laptop and a decent viewable screen to the desired place in the backyard as laptops are portable and offer much more flexibility. A flat screen or standard T.V. may work depending on your laptop’s monitor output capabilities. Most modern laptops offer several options to put the screen on TV’s for photo viewing and that can be extended to allow DVD player software to be viewed as well.

Option/Idea Three: An overhead projector. If you don’t have one at home, you may be able to rent one. Connect a laptop or portable DVD player to the projector system on a table and prepare a surface for projecting the image. The best and quickest way to get the movie projected is to either shoot it onto the side of the house or strategically place a large white sheet in an appropriate place.

For a screen, here’s where you can get creative. A white or light surface is the desired area for any projection. Using a white sheet gives you limitless options. Throw a rope between two trees and drape the sheet or if your house is of a darker color, tape or secure the white sheet to the side of the house.

Make hot apple cider and kettle corn as snacks. Kettle corn is simple to make with popcorn kernels, sugar, oil and a dash of salt. Eating popcorn outside means no clean up!

Outdoor movie night can add excitement and make the ordinary a little more extra-ordinary. Kids love being outside and an outdoor movie could top off any movie night as well as make it special.

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