Celebrate the everyday with Donna Erickson cooking, crafts, activities

Heart Candy Pocket Valentines

By Donna Erickson | 02/12/2021

Grab your school-age kids and make these eye-catching see-through “sewing card”-style hearts filled with sweet treats to share the love on Valentine’s Day. Here’s the stuff you’ll need for several heart pockets:–Clear acetate (find by the sheet at art-supply stores or by the foot at hardware stores)–4 1/2-inch-wide heart-shaped cookie…

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Make Paper Strip Hearts

Make Paper Strip Hearts

By Donna Erickson | 02/03/2021

The heart shape is a traditional and enduring symbol of love when celebrating Valentine’s Day. Why not display a beautiful heart with creativity in your home starting this week with this easy to make eye-catching version using easy to cut paper strips and a stapler? That’s all you need to…

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Grow Paperwhites Indoors

Grow Paperwhites Indoors

By Donna Erickson | 02/03/2021

You don’t need warm weather to enjoy a fun gardening project this month. Grow paperwhites indoors and watch them bloom! Plant several in a variety of small flowerpots or vases you have stashed away from last summer. Enjoy the cheerful white blooms in your home, and share with others on…

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Ice decanter

Ice Decanters Make Parties Magical

By Donna Erickson | 02/02/2021

Planning an outdoor winter party? On a budget? Fill an easy-to-freeze ice decanter with a fruit bevearage for your next neighborhood party and get ready for the ooh’s and ah’s when friends see the icy wonder. It’s a frozen party asset that won’t break the bank. Easy, fun, magical and…

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Grow wheat berries indoors KLM souvenir cup tulips

Grow Green Indoors and Get a Jump on Spring

By Donna Erickson | 02/02/2021

As winter comes to an end, there’s nothing like seeing and smelling fresh, green plants peeking out from the earth. Create that feeling indoors to get a jump on spring with these easy and gratifying “grow green” sprouting activities. Make it super easy by growing wheat berry or rye grass…

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Ice Cakes for Winter Birthday Fun

By Donna Erickson | 01/30/2021

Last month during our preholiday, 
subzero cold snap, the daily temperatures in Minnesota were so miserable that not even my most jovial friends could crack a smile through the numbing wind chill. With my husband’s birthday right in the middle of the worst of days, the cold weather inadvertently became…

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Heart-y Family Living for Valentine’s Day

By Donna Erickson | 01/30/2021

When Valentine’s Day is around the corner, thoughts naturally turn to heart-shaped candies and cards. It’s also an ideal time to nudge one another to take a closer look at how we care for our hearts.Our health care systems encourage us to be mindful about living heart-healthy lives, especially during…

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Swedish Toffee Shortbread Slices

By Donna Erickson | 12/25/2020

Holiday cookie baking time is here. There are so many tempting possibilities, like classic sugar cookies as well as favorite recipes handed down from generation to generation. Celebrating our family’s Scandinavian-American heritage, we prepare a variety of traditional sweets from the old country, most notably tasty spritz cookies. We fill…

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‘Sew easy’ fleece neck warmers

By Donna Erickson | 12/22/2020

Feeling a little chilly around the neck this time of year? An odd question, maybe, but not quite so out of the ordinary — especially in Minnesota, where I live, and where we have to be conquerors of bitter winds and snow. Even in moderate climates, a little added warmth…

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ABC Postcard Game

By Donna Erickson | 09/08/2020

If your child’s grandparents or aunts and uncles live far away and you get together only a few times a year, develop an entertaining line of communication with a postcard game. Your family will have fun finding just the right postcard to send, while reinforcing alphabet skills at the same…

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Celebrate the everyday here at my Donna’s Day website. Find tasty recipes, easy-to-make crafts, and lots of do-together activities that stir up creativity and fun for you and your friends and family. There are ideas for all ages and abilities. So jump in and get creative with me!

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