Holiday Craft: Potato Prints

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Potato prints

This is a lovely craft for little ones- I enjoyed making gift wrap and cards with my girls when they were small and just last weekend with Milena and her son Mateo.


Small Sharp Knife

Several large Potatoes (each will make 2 potato stamps)

Small Cookie Cutters (this is a cute set)

Washable Non-Toxic Paint (like this kind from Crayola)

Paper or cards to print on


Step One: Cut the potato in half.
Step Two: Push a cookie cutter almost entirely into the cut half of the potato.
Step Three: Using a small knife, cut all around the edge of the potato about 1cm down through to the cookie cutter. This should allow you to remove the potato from around the cookie cutter.
Step Four: You can then pull off the cookie cutter – leaving a raised area of potato in that shape.
Step Five: Using a paintbrush, apply paint to the potato.
Step Six: Press on to paper to create a print.


Smaller children may need some help with learning how to gently place the potato stamp on the paper without moving it around to get the best print. It doesn’t matter if they don’t get the hang of it (the potatoes are pretty slippery) – the resulting pictures will still be great.

It is useful to have some paper towels handy so you can dry the potato before applying the paint, otherwise, the paint will not stick well. They are also useful for wiping excess paint from the potato in the event that you would like to reuse with a different color.

Easy Holiday Sides

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The holidays should be about family and so we’ve gathered six sides that will make your holiday plates festive without taking you away from the celebration! (left to right- click on the link for the recipe)

Spicy Roasted Broccoli with Scallions: Toss the roasted broccoli florets with finely chopped anchovies if you like—they’ll add a tantalizingly briny bite.

Crispy Roasted Mushrooms: Roasting the mushrooms brings out their deep, earthy flavors, making this a simple yet standout side dish.

 Glazed Carrots with Ginger: Perk up classic glazed carrots with grated fresh ginger and a hit of sherry vinegar before serving.

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes with Sage: Top the creamy mashed potatoes with brown butter to make them extra rich and delicious.

Cauliflower Gratin: Instead of baking this dish in the oven, you’ll cook it entirely on the stovetop for quicker results.

Beet and Ricotta Salata Salad:  If you can’t find ricotta salata—a deliciously salty, crumbly cheese—use Feta or goat cheese instead.



The Hartshorn’s Holiday Plans

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Holiday Plans

It’s that time of year! Preparation for the holiday season! I want this season to last as long as possible so we get our tree at the beginning of December. Mac likes the tree to reach the ceiling, so we purchased and decorated a 10′ tree this weekend and arranged the nativity scene underneath.

We lit a balsam and cedar candle (this one comes in a lovely mercury glass jar) that reminds the girls of the holidays. Amazingly our daughters remember whose turn it is to place the angel on top of the tree from year to year and they can now get up there without help from Mac. How time flies!

As a mother I still want to make our home and the season as magical as possible even though we have disillusioned teenagers. That includes baking sausage rolls and mince pies, purchasing Christmas crackers (like these from Paper Source) for the table on Christmas Day.

I write the schedule for December on the wall so that everyone knows the plan. Next weekend we are going into NYC. We plan to start at Bryant Park, eat and wander around the Christmas market that reminds me of Europe. Then up to 5th Avenue to see the windows and finally ice skating at the Wollman Rink in Central Park.


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