Updated: 07/27/2017 3:42 PM | Print Story |  Email

Catch and Save Summer Memories

Chances are you've taken part in countless fun activities over the summer! It’s a time of year that always flies by. Donna Erickson stopped by with D-I-Y ideas that will keep your kids busy before the school year and help your family treasure the summer memories for years to come.

1. The ultimate collection memory box
This big hardware storage box with rows of plastic drawers are perfect for pictures.

2. Space lampshade
Directions are on -- www.donnaerickson.com

3. Fresh fruit cookie tarts 
Makes 8

                   --8 large sugar cookies or your favorite plain round cookie

                   --8-ounce package of cream cheese

                   --1/3 cup white or vanilla chips (find them in the baking section of your store)

                   --assorted fresh fruit and berries for toppings, such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries and sliced peaches and plums, washed and dried

                   --1/4 cup currant jelly or powdered sugar (optional)

                   Set cookies on a work surface such as a cutting board.

                   Place cream cheese in a medium-size mixing bowl.

                   In a microwave-safe dish, melt chips, spoon into cream cheese and stir until smooth.

                   Spread the mixture evenly over the cookies. Let kids arrange the fresh fruit and berries in pretty designs on the top.

                   Meanwhile, if you would like a glaze, an adult should melt the jelly in a saucepan. Cool. Let kids drizzle or lightly brush with a pastry brush over the fruit to glaze the tarts.

                   Or, dust over each tart with powdered sugar.

                   Arrange on a serving platter.

                   Variations:

                   --Get creative with the presentation and decorate the serving platter or top the tarts with coconut flakes, sprigs of mint leaves, tiny blooms of edible flowers or fresh lavender.

                   --Make a larger quantity of bite-size tarts using packaged cookies such as gingersnaps.

                   --Instead of using cookies, make a larger single tart. Press prepared piecrust from the refrigerated section of your market on the base and sides of a 9-inch tart pan. Prick sides and bottom. Bake according to package directions. Cool. Spread cream cheese mixture on the base, arrange fruit attractively, and brush on the glaze.


4. Plaster Casting
Bring home beach memories

Make 2-inch imprints in the sand, (use a fish)
Great idea for a 'show and tell' when kids are back to school
Directions are on -- www.donnaerickson.com


5. Bottle Up music

Playing songs by blowing into bottles
Fill bottles with water in one to complete an octave
Directions are on -- www.donnaerickson.com