Make a Gingerbread House

Gumdrops, lollipops, chocolate squares, jelly bears, and peppermint candies. The sky is the limit as far as decorating your own gingerbread house. They are a ton of fun to decorate, but first, you need to make the house itself. You can put it together fast from graham crackers and store-bought icing, or you can make…
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Fun with Bubbles

It's time to break out the pans of soapy water for a wet and wonderful outside Bubble Party. You can buy bubble solution, but it's cheaper to make your own. Take a cup of water, 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup, 4 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, and mix them together gently. Do not mix it…
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Create a Cornucopia

Brimming with the fruits of the harvest, the cornucopia has become an important symbol of American Thanksgiving. Its origins go further back in time to the ancient Greeks. According to their myths, young Zeus gave his foster mother Amalthaea a goat's horn that could be filled with whatever she wished. Through the years, the cornucopia…
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A Visit to Fairyland

Magical weather is a perfect reason to spend the day in the company of the little people. Find a friend, and fill baskets with things to enjoy a special morning outdoors among flowers or autumn leaves. Before starting out, you can make fairy wreaths and prepare a picnic fit for the wee folk. Fairy Bread is easy…
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Dying for Tie-Dye

Feel like putting a little free spirit in your summer? Get on your oldest clothes, grab some buckets and rubber gloves, and head for the backyard to create beautiful tie-dye crafts. You can use natural or artificial dyes, depending on whether you want your design to be a real eye-popper or something subtler that bespeaks…
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Take a Hike!

Sometimes, it seems like everybody goes hiking and camping in the great outdoors in the sticky, sweltering summertime. Those are the days when the bugs are at their worst, and the heat alone can leave you panting on the side of the trail before an hour is done. For an easier time of it, grab…
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Let’s Go Fishing!

Ponds, lakes, streams, and, of course, the Rappahannock River - there are lots of places to drop a line in the area. Whether you’re new to fishing or want to wade back in, we have suggestions on where to fish locally and books that will help you get your lines cast and your lures tied. Try…
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