All this talk of marmalade and Paddington this past week had me thinking about marmalade and jams.  How could I make a grown up version of Paddington’s favorite spread?  I went onto trusty old Pinterest to see what ideas were out there.  I could have made a homemade version of the traditional orange marmalade. But, I already have a big jar of the store bought stuff and really need to use that before making more. Besides, orange marmalade is kind of summery and bright. But, its cold and yucky out right now.  I need something that fits the season and my mood. So, I stumbledRead More →

The thing about Paddington is that he has a very iconic look. Red floppy hat, blue toggle coat. Little suitcase and a tag that says “Please Look After This Bear”. When you think of Paddington, a clear picture comes to mind. This makes crafting him super easy, especially since his clothes are primary colors. This activity is very easy. You can add more details for older kids, or fewer for littler kids. I cut out all the shapes, but only because we couldn’t find the safety scissors. Definitely, let your child cut out the shapes, if you are comfortable doing so. Here are really theRead More →

This recipe comes to you from my 96 year old aunt, Rainy.  When she moved into an assisted living space a few years ago, she let me have her recipe boxes.   She loved to entertain, so they are crammed with interesting things, though some are definitely very vintage.  This one, titled “Dainty Tea Cookies”, seemed like the perfect base for Paddington’s Bearprint Cookies.  It is a very simple recipe. And only 6 ingredients (7 if you add salt)!  They bake up quick and yummy.  They are great with a glass of milk or a cup of tea. If you are familiar with Paddington, you know thatRead More →

I’m sure you know all about Paddington.  He’s kind of a big deal right now with a new movie and what-not.  Did you know he is one of the Top 3 Classic Bears from Children’s literature?  Okay, maybe I made that up.  But, I’m pretty sure he is.  The ranking would go: Pooh Paddington Corduroy Just saying. These are may favorite bears but to be honest Paddington and Corduroy are the only ones I actually remember having read to me as a child. I didn’t read Winnie the Pooh until I was in Fourth Grade. But, he is the first classic bear to come toRead More →

  Welcome to Mommy’s Corner.  This is a space where I hope to share recipes, books, crafts, and other things geared towards you.  I’m going to try to coordinate the recipes and activities to go along with the kids version, but let’s face it, that won’t always happen.  Sometimes, I will just post what I want because I can.  And coordinating everything makes my head hurt.  This may be evident in the kids section, too. It’s hard to find a perfect activity and recipe that go with a book and my that my kid will actually do.  So, some weeks, the activities or recipes mayRead More →

This is the easiest STEM project you will do this month.  But, it teaches your child some great skills like observation using more than one sense, as well as, pouring and mixing. We used our super cute Learning Resources Science Kit for this activity, but you can use whatever you have handy. In the book, “Lulu’s Party” by Kit Chase, Lulu, Oliver, and Charlie all learn what happens when salt gets added to their hot chocolate.  It made their drink taste yucky.  Lulu knocked the salt into her teapot by mistake. But, what if you wanted to put sugar in your tea and you saw two containersRead More →

So, we all read “Lulu’s Party” by Kit Chase, right?  Yay, if you did. No biggie, if you didn’t.  This recipe and the activity I’ll be posting tomorrow can be enjoyed even without reading the book. These scones were inspired by Lulu herself. In the book, Lulu has a sad little tea party with her dolls.  I decided she needed a special snack to brighten up her tea party.  These Rainbow Scones are the perfect tea-time snack. And, I can really see Lulu whipping these up for Oliver and Charlie.  Plus, they are perfect for a rainy day party.  Everybody wants to see a rainbowRead More →

I love this book! It was sent to us in our Bookroo box last year and quickly became a favorite. We, sadly, had to cancel the subscription service but it is a great service. I recommend it to anyone with young children. You can find out more about Bookroo on their website.  You can purchase this book on Amazon. Ok, back to Lulu. The colors in this book are gorgeous. They are soft and soothing, perfect for bedtime. It’s a nice, quiet story that helps my son calm down. The characters all look so sweet and cuddly.  It’s really an adorable book.  I love readingRead More →