The Traveling Sisterhood: March 2014

Friday, March 7

Moulin Roty Castle Shadows... Enchanting Nighttime Shadow Puppets!

The Theatre
Bedtime stories may never be the same thanks to Moulin Roty, the 40-year-old French toy company, that is "casting a light" on its Les Petit Merveilles line of Nighttime Shadow Puppets. Instead of reading from a storybook, we spent the evening making up fairy tales with our new Shadow Puppets.  They come in a variety of themes--Castles, Paris, Circus and Dinosaurs--to create magical tales for sweet dreams! Magicforest is a wonderful toy company and I can't wait to see more from them!

If you've ever made hand shadows on the wall or have seen shadows cast by a flashlight on a camping tent, then you already have an idea of how shadow puppets work. Each of these little sturdy works of art come together to entice storytelling. The Paris Shadows set shows the Eiffel Tower, airplane, moon, sleepwalker, and others. The 9-piece Castle Shadows include a dragon, a fairy, royalty, a witch, and more (this is the one we have). If dinos are more your style, the Dinosaur Shadows pack of 10 puppets feature a stegosaurus, brachiosaurus and more prehistoric shapes! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take unique pics with this one.  My camera just doesn't have what it takes to take decent photos in the dark. But trust me, these are so neat!
 




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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Moulin Roty for providing us with this review opportunity!

Wednesday, March 5

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes are Ah-mazing!


These are my favorite pancakes in the whole entire big huge wide world!  They are amazing!  And they're being published in a magazine (I'm getting paid for it--woohoo!) so thought it was a good time to reblog. ;)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped


Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Combine the eggs, milk, honey and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in apple. 

2.Pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto a hot griddle coated with cooking spray. Turn when bubbles form on top; cook until second side is golden brown.

3. Serve warm. I topped mine with walnuts and Marzapan's apple dip.  Yeah, it was like dessert.  My hubby had his with syrup.  His loss.  hehe  Still, whatever you throw on top, these will make you wish for more.  

Makes about 10 to 12 regular-sized pancakes.

Of course, you don't have to use a Granny Smith apple but those have amazing flavor so if you use something else and don't get utter deliciousness, don't blame me. ;)