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National Craft Month: Spring Training Crafts
Macaroni Kid, online is a spring training craft contest. Subscribe to their newsletter by visiting www.macaronikid.com, choose the territory where you live, and then submit a picture of your best spring training craft by Wednesday, March 7 to LaurenS@macaronikid.com. All submissions will be posted in the ALL of the Valley's Macaroni Kid weekly newsletters the following week with the winner announced for the BEST craft!
Winner will receive a family four pack to an Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training Game.

Baseball cupcake recipe:

Ingredients:
- Choose your favorite cupcake recipe and bake them as you normally would
- Frost the cupcakes with vanilla frosting. To get a baseball shape, put the frosting in the refrigerator and once its nice and cold, scoop out with an ice cream scoop.
- Choose your family's favorite red candy (we choose M&M's) and use them to make two angled lines on each cupcake (to resemble the stitching on a baseball)
**As an added bonus, be sure to choose cupcake liners that go with the baseball theme- in the above picture, the baker chose to use red checkered cupcake liners!

Noisemaker Craft:

Materials:
Small Soda or Water Bottle
Rice
Beads, Charms, Glitter, Sequins, Other Small Items
Small Kitchen Funnel
Craft Glue

Instructions:
Start out by cleaning the bottle well and removing the label. Make sure the bottle is totally dry before you start this project.
Place the end of the funnel into the bottle and start filling it! Start out with about a cup of rice. You can add more or less if you like. Then, start adding any small items you would like to 'search' for in the bottle. It can be beads, charms, small toys, etc. Make sure if young children are helping you that they do not put any of the small items in their mouth. You can also add some sparkle to your bottle by adding glitter or sequins.
Once you have everything you want in your bottle, spread some glue around the threads on the neck and replace the cap tightly. This will prevent the cap from falling off or being removed by small fingers.
In the bottle above, I added several shaped beads. They are shaped like a variety of items such as dogs, boats, hearts, starts, etc. If you add special shapes like this, your noise maker can also be a game. Challenge your child to find specific shapes or colors by rolling the bottle around to reveal hidden treasures.

Paper Plate Baseball Player
Materials:
Dessert-sized paper plates
Construction paper
Markers
Craft glue
Stapler

The baseballs were constructed by stapling the edges of dessert size, white, paper plates. The children went to the scrapbox and decorated their characters. We followed with a creative writing activity in which they wrote about an adventure that their character had.

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Sunday's Sweetheart
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Chef Dad
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Chef Dad's Cheese Dogs in a Blanket

INGREDIENTS:
4 All Beef Hot Dogs (1/4 pound size), quartered lengthwise or 8 Reg. dogs cut in half
3 Slices of American or Cheddar Cheese
1 Package of Puff Pastry (from your grocers freezer section then thawed)
1 Egg
1 Tbsp. Water
Salt & Pepper

COOKING:
1) Pre heat oven to 400 degrees.
2) After puff pastry has thawed in your refrigerator, lightly flour your work surface.  Unfold your pastry sheets then sprinkle the top side with a light dusting of flour.  Use a rolling pin to get the sheet an extra 4" inches wider and taller.  Use a pizza cutter to cut pastry into pieces that are almost as wide as the width of your hot dog and about 3" high.
3) Slice your cheese so that you end up with 16 pieces that are 1/2" high.  You don't need to be exact, but we are looking to make our cheese into pieces about the same height as the sliced hot dog.
4) Beat your egg and water together in a small bowl then use a pastry brush to paint the top of your pastry with the egg wash.  Lay the quartered hot dog on the bottom portion of the square then a piece of cheese along side the hot dog.  Roll the pastry around the hot dog & cheese covering it completely.  Place wrapped hot dog (seam side down) on a baking sheet.  Repeat until done.  Paint the top of each dog with the egg wash then sprinkle with a very light dusting of salt & pepper.
5) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until nicely browned on top.  Serve with any condiment (mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce) of your choice or the following dipping sauce.

This recipe makes 16 appetizer servings.

Cooks Note: If your butcher doesn't carry "Chicago" Style ¼ lb. hot dogs, you should be able to find the kosher brand (Hebrew National®) ¼ pounders in the hot dog section.  For an easier cleanup, use parchment paper (not foil or wax paper) on the bottom of your baking sheet.

Optional Dipping Sauce:

1/2 Cup Yellow Mustard
2 Tbsp. Ketchup
1 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
1 tsp. Hot sauce

Mix well together.