Monday, August 2, 2010

Celebrate August 2

Today is August 2nd and I can think of a few fun excuses to celebrate!

  • First Income Tax Congress enacts first income tax in 1861.
  • National Ice Cream Sandwich Day 
  • Dinosaurs Day
  • Discovery Day (Trinidad)
At our home today we will be celebrating National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and Dinosaur Day!

It just so happens that today I am celebrating my son's Birthday he is turning 3.  I'm so excited to incorporate Dinosaurs and Ice Cream Sandwiches into our traditional Birthday Celebrations.

Today I will be making Dinosaur Cupcakes (I'm going with simple) I will be layering the cupcake with green and blue cake, topping it with white frosting dipped into green sugar and placing a gummy dinosaur on top. These cupcakes will be eaten this afternoon while we make the following craft!

For our craft today we will be making our very own fossils with Salt Dough.  This is such a simple and fun craft.  You probably have everything for this craft laying around the house.

What you will need:
  • Salt dough (recipe below)
  • Paint brushes (optional)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Dinosaur Toys (optional)
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Rolling Pin
  • Clear Varnish Spray (optional)

Salt Dough Recipe
  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 and a half cups of water
  • Bowl

  • Mix the indgredients above in a bowl until a dough forms. Add extra water a little bit at a time as needed if the dough is too dry.
  • Shape the dough however you'd like or use it for your craft of choice.
  • Place the dough creations on a cookie sheet and bake for one hour at 350 degrees. Keep in mind the thickness of the items will affect the amount of time you cook them!
  • When the baked dough has cooled it takes paint quite well.
Now how to make your Dinosaur Fossil
  • Make salt dough according to the recipe above. Roll the dough flat with a rolling pin.
  • Make one of the fossil ideas listed below, or come up with one of your own!  Bake your fossil at 350 degrees for one hour.
  • Once it is cool, you can paint the finished fossil. To preserve it, you'll need to spray it with polyurethane or clear varnish spray. (but, you don't have to do this, the spray is only needed if you would like to keep your fossil for a long time) 
Fossil Idea's 
  • Press a dinosaur toy into the dough. Remove the toy to see the imprint or "fossil" left behind.
  • Press the foot of a dinosaur into the dough to create a fossil.
  • Have your own child press their foot into the dough to make their own fossil! This is a great way to preserve how little they are now!
  • Press your child's hand into the dough so that their hands mimic a three-toed dinosaur footprint. 

To commemorate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (and to celebrate my son's Birthday) I will be making a ice cream sandwich cake!

This recipe was found on  I have modified the recipe to make it (well, to make it better)

Here is my recipe for FUDGE ICE CREAM CAKE

Fudge Ice Cream Cake

What you will need

  • 1/2 C. Hot Fudge (Warmed)
  • 1 Tub (8oz) COOL WHIP, thawed, divided
  • 1 Pkg. (3.9oz) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 12 Regular Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches or 6 Fat Boys
How to make the cake
  • Pour fudge topping into medium bowl.  Whisk in 1 cup COOL WHIP. Add dry pudding mix and stir for 2 min.
  • Arrange 4 ice cream sandwiches, side-by-side, on 24-inch-long piece of foil; top with half the COOL WHIP mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sandwiches. Frost top and sides with remaining COOL WHIP. Bring up foil sides; double fold top and ends to loosely seal packet.
  • Then freeze for 4 hours or until firm.  Or if you are like me serve immediately because I'm not patient!
Okay I want you remember it does not have to look perfect! You can hide any imperfections with COOL WHIP!!

Happy August 2nd!!!

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