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Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss has a birthday in early March.  I've actually been learning a lot about him lately as we gear up for Relay for Life season.  He died of cancer and some of his phrases fit very well with cancer awareness/prevention.

Having his birthday to celebrate was a fun way to make a regular play date a little more unique.  I had a couple of small snacks, craft and photo booth.  It's not easy getting the 2 and 3 year olds in a 'proper' photo booth picture.  I'm sure if you were watching us try and saw how many photos I deleted you'd be laughing.

For the snacks I made Green Eggs and Ham and then little Cat in the Hat treats on a stick.

The Cat in the Hat treats are just strawberries, bananas and marshmallows layered on the stick.  The Green Eggs and Ham I used my usual deviled egg recipe except I swapped out most of the mayo for avocado.  The recipe is my grandma's and I'm surprised there weren't onions in it because she said they belonged in everything.  Something happened to that gene in me because I can't eat onions and everyone in my family loves them.  I seriously gag and get nauseous.

Grandma H's Deviled Eggs:
-1 dozen eggs
-2 Tbsp. Miracle Whip
-1 tsp. brown mustard
-Lawry's salt and Pepper to taste

Boil and peel eggs.  Cut in half and take out the yolks.  Mix the Miracle Whip and brown mustard with the salt and pepper.  Gradually add to the mashed egg yolks until the consistency is right.  Fill the egg whites with yolk mixture and sprinkle with paprika.

My substitution was a whole avocado and just a dollop of mayo.  I haven't tried the DIY mayo yet but did find some in the store with not so many 'bad' ingredients so for now that's what I use.  Just add mayo/Miracle Whip to get the right consistency with the avocado and yolks.  It didn't turn out as green as I'd envisioned because an avocado ripe enough to mash isn't very green, it's more yellow but oh well, it was still good!  Sometimes things turn out much better in my mind ;)

Whenever I have a craft I do it before hand with JP just to make sure I have everything and that it will work ok.  As I got doing this with him I realized that kids with bigger hands than his would have to overlap their fish a little.  I barely got his hands on a standard 8.5 x 11 paper they are so big.  

Supplies for 1 Fish 2 Fish Red Fish Blue Fish hand print craft are:
-Paper (light blue, neutral, white would be best in my opinion)
-Paint (yellow, green, red, blue)
-Paint brushes
-Paper plate/tray, something to put the paint on
-Wipes, towels for cleanup ;)

I started at the bottom with the blue fish and worked my way up from there with JP and thought it worked well.  Once the paint dries you can use the markers to add the eyes and lips and wording.  

I found a photo booth printable on etsy from ChoosaRoo.  It was perfect. For the backdrop I just used the craft paper in a roll that I have and some red string to give it some color.  

I can't believe I didn't notice the strap from my camera hanging down.  It's a good thing I'm not paid for taking pictures! 

This was the best I could get with these two funny guys.  I guess it's a lot to as at that age to stand still, look at the camera and hold props the proper direction all when there are other kids around.  Their mom was smart and dressed them to the theme.  There's always something I forget!

Before everyone came I did manage to get a good one of JP. 

As they get older they understand how it's supposed to work and model all of the props!


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