Friday, August 9, 2013

School Cone DIY

Zuckertuete (literally, "sugar bag" or "candy bag"). This is a German tradition played out every September at the start of the school year. The First Day of School, (First grade) is a very special event in Germany that symbolizes the importance of a child's formal education. The Zuckertuete - a special cone-shaped container that is about three feet tall filled with candy, toys and school supplies - is a gift from the parents to their children so they feel special on this important day.

September 1. 1980       (My first day of School. This is me on the right, in front) 

The history of the Zuckertuete (School cone) dates back to 1810 when parents in the Eastern part of Germany gave their children for the first time little sweets and gifts at the beginning of their school year.  

If you want to make for your  child something special on the first day of school, surprise him/her with a Zuckertuete (School cone).

Here are some fun things to put in the bags: crayons, stationary, erasers, watches, yo-yos, hair clips, gum and stuffed toys.

DIY School cone instructions:

  • Poster board paper
  • glue stick or staples
  • tissue paper, or fabric
  • goodies to fill the cone
  • embellishments if you want to decorate the cone

1. Color Poster board paper (or glue fabric on top of heavy card- stock)

2. Using a pencil and string like a compass (tie your string to your pencil) Hold one end to the bottom left hand corner and draw a quarter of a circle across the rest)

3. Cut out your quarter circle and roll.

4. Glue shut and hold in place with elastic bands.

5. Glue your tissue paper, or tulle fabric carefully to the inside.

6. Add your ribbon and other embellishments.... done...

Now fill with sweets and school supplies, and make your little one happy :)

How about you?  Any fun traditions in your family?  Country?  I would love to hear them!

(If you make one, I would love to see your creations. You can share them here with us

Have a great weekend everyone!!

xoxo Diana

Back to School Lunch box ideas + Veggie- Turkey Wrap recipe

Back to school is in full swing now. The kiddos are starting Monday, and once again I find myself scanning the fridge and pantry for quick and easy foods to pack for their lunch box. My goal for this year is to find some healthy alternatives that are easy to fix, inexpensive, and can survive being crammed into a backpack for hours. 
After brain storming, this is what I've come up with. I made this cute little food chart. Feel free to print it out, and hang on your fridge:) 

What are your favorite lunch/ snack ideas for your kids?

P.S. Don't forget to send your sweeties a little note that makes them smile!

Veggie-Wraps with Turkey

Makes 4 Wraps

  • 1/4 Bunch Chives
  • 2–3 Sprigs Cilantro
  • 1 glove of garlic (minced)
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2–3 Tablespoon Milk
  • Salt und Pepper
  • 1 small can Corn 
  • 2 medium Carrots (coarsely grated)
  • 1/4 Iceberg salad
  • 4 Wrap-Tortillas
  • 150 g Turkey deli slices 
  • Parchment paper

1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse Chives and Cilantro with cold water. Dry and chop finely, then mince garlic. In a small bowl, add creme cheese, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Whisk everything up.
2Add chives, cilantro, and minced garlic to the cremed cheese. Strain the corn, wash salad and carrots, coarsely grate carrots, and chop the salad. Set aside.
3Place Tortillas on a baking sheet and bake for  ca. 1 minute. Time for the filling: Evenly spread the herb cream cheese mix on the tortillas, spread salad, carrots, corn and turkey slices on top.
4Now roll tortillas tight together. Cut rolls in half, and wrap int parchment paper.
That's it. Enjoy!