Smile Tips for All Parts of Life from a Mom, Wife, and Dentist

December 25, 2017

M&M Sugar Cookies | Merry Christmas

Santa Clause is coming to town! This year, my son has been eagerly anticipating Christmas! He's been on his best behavior all season long, even highlighted his gift list with fun as well as educational value, and of course wanted to leave Santa a batch of cookies for his long journey from the North Pole. 

M&M Sugar Cookies

My dad bakes the best cookies and one of my patients gave me a great idea to make them kid fun by adding M&Ms to the mix!  

  1. 1 cup unsalted butter
  2. 3 cups flour
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. ¼ cup granulated sugar
  6. 1 cup brown sugar
  7. 1 egg
  8. 2 tablespoons milk
  9. 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup M&M candies (my Dad always suggests semisweet chocolate, so we used Dark Chocolate)

  1. Melt the butter and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Mix together the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat together the melted butter and both sugars on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla extract in small bowl. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the egg mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 
  7. Scoop the dough into 1½-ounce portions onto parchment-lined half sheet pans, 6-9 cookies per sheet. (My son tried to make cookie cutter designs but were had little success!)
  8. Place 4-5 M&Ms on each cookie. 
  9. Bake for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. 

Each of our M&M Sugar Cookies were unique! However, there were crumbs in front of the fireplace, so I think Santa enjoyed the batch! Happy Holidays!

October 30, 2017

Space Exploration | Happy Halloween

Youth Astronaut Costume

All systems are go! Bouncing off the walls, racing up flights of stairs, and providing cost-benefit-analysis of bedtime protocol---my preschooler is now navigating full course and preparing for lift off!

Our Astronaut Halloween costume by Aeromax was 3-2-1 fun. Outfitted with an adorable youth astronaut helmet and authentic USA spacesuit, it even tops off with an embroidered NASA cap.

Treepenguin Space Wall Decals

Finally, our space decorating expedition with wall decals from Treepenguin was out of this world. Learning how the stars align and the Earth rotates on its axis was a trick and a treat. Warm wishes to you and yours for a Halloween that is happy and sweet!  

September 4, 2017

Fun Things for Kids to do in DC | Huntley Meadows Park

FIELD TRIP! With working overtime as the theme of our summer, I was so excited to finally have a opportunity to take a day off to attend my son's summer camp field trip to Huntley Meadows Park.

Huntley Meadows Park

This 1500 acre reserve of wildlife and beauty is located just 10 miles south of Washington, DC in Fairfax County's Hybla Valley.

The 1/2 mile boardwalk through the wetlands is a perfect trail for young minds to observe and appreciate this brilliant landscape.  

The majestic park is home to beavers, frogs, and dragonflies as well as over 200 different species of birds. 

Wetlands are a huge wonder for young minds, as they purify polluted waters and help to control the destructive power of floods and storms.

Much a part of its historical significance is that the wetland is naturally shaped by the drifts of the Potomac River.

With a solar eclipse and a hurricane, this summer alone showcased the spectrum of how natural wonders can cause both fascination and devastation. It's never too early to start learning about the importance of preserving and protecting our natural resources and Huntley Meadows Park is a great place to start. Happy Labor Day!

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