Ms Molly tells many stories during the week at A Place to Create. After many requests, her stories are now available for purchase right here on her website. She decided on first offering her Fairy Jewel Stories. Fairy Jewel is a fairy who wants nothing more than to learn to cook! Each story follows Fairy Jewel on her quest! Fairy Jewel stories became popular with the children during Lunch Bunch classes at A Place to Create, told to the children as everyone was eating their lunch. At home, these stories could be listened to while eating, drawing, painting, or having a good rest and daydream.

There will be a new Fairy Jewel story available for purchase every month – by the end of this year there will be 12 in total. If the popularity of these stories grows – there will me more and more and more – as Ms Molly loves to tell stories!

Each Story includes the recipe that Fairy Jewel learns to cook on her cooking adventure. The recipes are simple enough for the children to cook with grown-up family members and caregivers.

Happy Listening and Cooking!

(x) Fairy Jewel Discovers Orange Polka Dots - Chapter 1

Teacher: Ms. Molly

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Fairy Jewel Chapter 1:

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Download this engaging story by Ms. Molly about... Fairy Jewel learning to cook Pumpkin Pie. The pumpkins look like great big orange polka dots as she flies over a green field.... What happens next - I wonder?

These stories could be listened to while drawing, painting, eating or having a lovely rest and daydreaming. The recipes offered don't have to be made for the children to enjoy the stories - but they could offer a fun activity for a weekend afternoon. 

Each story is approximately 15 minutes long.

Fairy Jewel Learns to Make Pumpkin Pie

Mary’s Pumpkin Pie

(This Pumpkin Pie Recipe is from my Mother’s church cookbook. My mom had written in the margin “The best – creamy”)

Makes 2 pies

  • 2 9” unbaked pie shells
  • Mix Together:
  • 1 ½ c. brown sugar
  • 2 T. flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg

Add:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pt. pumpkin (canned or freshly made)
  • 1 pt. milk

Bake at 425 degrees, for 10 min.; then 325 for 40 minutes – or until set (test with a silver knife in the center until it comes out clean)

(x) Fairy Jewel Follows her Nose- Chapter 2

Teacher: Ms. Molly

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Fairy Jewel Chapter Two:

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Download this engaging story by Ms. Molly about... Fairy Jewel learning to cook Apple Crisp. There is the sweetest smell enticing Fairy Jewel away from her morning cup of tea  .... What happens next - I wonder? 

These stories could be listened to while drawing, painting, eating or having a lovely rest and daydreaming. The recipes offered don't have to be made for the children to enjoy the stories - but they could offer a fun activity for a weekend afternoon. 

Each story is approximately 15 minutes long.

Ms Molly’s famous Apple Crisp

Not too sweet and I love it with goat milk yogurt!

(This is a gluten free recipe – as I am gluten free)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

  • Wash, core, slice and cut into small bits - delicious baking apples
  • Fill a 9” glass baking dish ¾ full with the cut up apples
  • Pour some real maple syrup over the apples (about 1/3 cup)
  • Cut up 1 1/2 Tbs. of cold butter and sprinkle on top of apples

In a bowl mix together the topping:

  • 2 cups gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 Tbs. Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbs. of butter – melted (depending on how buttery you want it)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (pour it into the melted butter before mixing with dry mixture)

Pour oat mixture on top of apples and press down with the back of a spoon

Bake for 40 minutes or until the oak mixture is golden brown

Serve warm with plain yogurt or vanilla ice cream

Yum!

(x) Fairy Jewel Cooks Strawberry Pizza- Chapter 3

Teacher: Ms. Molly

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Fairy Jewel Chapter Three:

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Download this engaging story by Ms. Molly about... Fairy Jewel inventing a special dish for her Gnome friends who live at the bottom of her tree. What do gnomes love to eat???? - Strawberry Pizza perhaps?

These stories could be listened to while drawing, painting, eating or having a lovely rest and daydreaming. The recipes offered don't have to be made for the children to enjoy the stories - but they could offer a fun activity for a weekend afternoon. 

Each story is approximately 15 minutes long.

Strawberry Pizza

The children who attend Ms Molly's Lunch Bunch have made this easy recipe and we all loved it! We hope you enjoy it also.

Ingredients:

  • One Bag Whole Wheat pre-made Pizza Dough from Trader Joes (in the refrigerated section)
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Flour

First, mix the cinnamon and sugar together as if you were mixing it for cinnamon toast. Then slice the strawberries, about 1/8th inch thick. Sprinkel a little cinnamon sugar and flour on the table. Grab a small handfull of pizza dough and place it on the cinnamon/sugar and flour. Have the children roll out the pizza dough with a rolling pin. Add cinnamon sugar and extra flour to keep it from sticking to the table. The children can turn the pizza dough several times while they are rolling it out. They are finished when the pizza dough is rolled out flat as a pancake.  Sprinkle the pizza with more cinnamon sugar and then place the straberries on top. Bake in a 375 degree oven for approximately 15-20 minutes.  Let the pizza cool and serve. Some children love to eat it with butter. Enjoy

 

(x) Fairy Jewel Cooks Over an Open Fire - Chapter 4

Teacher: Ms. Molly

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Fairy Jewel Chapter Four:

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Download this engaging story by Ms. Molly about... Fairy Jewel flying all the way to Oaxaca, Mexico while her nose is following the smell of homemade corn tortillas!

These stories could be listened to while drawing, painting, eating or having a lovely rest and daydreaming. The recipes offered don't have to be made for the children to enjoy the stories - but they could offer a fun activity for a weekend afternoon. 

Each story is approximately 15 minutes long.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups corn masa mix (see Note)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

Preparation

1. Combine the masa mix and warm water in a medium bowl, mixing until a soft dough forms. You can use a wooden spoon for mixing, but you will have better results if you use your hands. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until it is smooth.

If the dough seems dry, add more water, a tablespoon at a time, as necessary.

2. To form the tortillas, one at a time, pinch off small handfuls (about 3 tablespoons) of the dough and roll each one between the palms of your hands into a ball. Cover the dough balls with a damp cloth as you form them, to keep them from drying out.

3. Cut a quart-size resealable plastic bag open down both sides, to form a rectangle. Use the bag to line a tortilla press as you shape the tortillas, so they do not stick: Lay one side of the plastic over the bottom of the press, place a ball of dough in the center, and fold the other side of the plastic over the dough. Shut the top of the tortilla press firmly down on the dough to shape the tortilla. (See Note.)

4. Heat a griddle until hot. Place a tortilla on the griddle and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Using a spatula, flip it over and continue to cook, flipping it occasionally, until both sides are covered with small brown spots. Transfer to a plate and cover with a kitchen towel to keep warm while you cook the remaining tortillas, stacking the finished tortillas on the plate. Serve immediately.

NoteIf you can't get your hands on a tortilla press, a clean countertop will do. You will still need the plastic so that the dough does not stick to the counter. Place a dough ball on one side of the plastic, cover with the other side, and use a heavy skillet to press out the tortilla. Masa mix can be found at Latin markets and some larger supermarkets.

(x) Gnomes Discover Halloween

Teacher: Ms. Molly

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The Gnomes Discover Halloween:

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Download this engaging story by Ms. Molly about... How a group of gnomes discover the magic of Halloween! 

Some suggested activities for the children after listening to this story: Making baked apples, making caramel apples or sewing your very own Trick-or-Treat Bag. 

These stories could be listened to while drawing, painting, eating or having a lovely rest and daydreaming. The activities suggested don't have to be done for the children to enjoy the stories - but they could offer a fun activity for a weekend afternoon. 

Each story is approximately 15 minutes long.

(x) Fairy Jewel Celebrates with a Birthday Cake! - Chapter 5

Teacher: Ms. Molly

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Fairy Jewel Celebrates with a Birthday Cake! - Chapter 5:

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Download this engaging story by Ms. Molly about... Fairy Jewel flying to visit Ms Molly to make her a delicious Birthday Cake! 

These stories could be listened to while drawing, painting, eating or having a lovely rest and daydreaming. The recipes offered don't have to be made for the children to enjoy the stories - but they could offer a fun activity for a weekend afternoon. 

Each story is approximately 15 minutes long.

Willie's Favorite Lemon Cake

(This was the cake my mother always made for my brother Willie for his birthday celebrations. We grew up in the 60's so you will recognize the old school ingredients, i.e. yellow cake mix and a box of Jell-O!)

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 box lemon Jell-O or 1 box of lemon pudding mix.
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup water

Lemon Glaze

  • 1/2 (1-pound) box of powder sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. water

Preparation

  1. Beat the cake ingredients for 4 minutes. Pour into a 9 X 13 baking pan. Bake at 325 F for 40 – 50 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched. (Cover it with foil if the cake is getting too brown.) 
  2. Make the lemon glaze by combining ingredients and beating with a mixer until smooth.
  3. When the cake is finished baking, poke holes in the cake and drizzle the glaze onto the cake while the cake is still warm.

(x) Fairy Jewel Flies Across the Big Blue Ocean! - Chapter 6

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Download this engaging story by Ms. Molly about...Fairy Jewel flying across the big blue ocean. What did she find this time? She finds herself in a foreign land – learning to make a delicious treat!

These stories could be listened to while driving in the car, drawing, painting, eating or having a lovely rest and daydreaming. The recipes offered don't have to be made for the children to enjoy the stories - but they could offer a fun activity for a weekend afternoon. And – of course all recopies can be made with play dough or mud.

Each story is approximately 15 minutes long.

Crepes (French Pancakes)

When I was growing up I lived next door to the Walker Family. Their mom was a wonderful cook! I learned how to make crepes at her house. I am not sure if this is just like her recipe – but I found one from my mother’s cookbook – that looks to be similar. Enjoy

Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter

 Preparation

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, flour, sugar and salt until smooth. Or, many recipes say you can whirl the ingredients in a blender for a few seconds. Let the batter stand in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Butter a flat or slightly curved edge pan to coat the bottom. Pour in just enough batter to coat the bottom of the pan – about 1 ½ Tablespoons. These pancakes should be thin. Cook on both sides until lightly brown. Now you can fill them with powdered sugar. Nutella, fresh fruit, and more!

    (x) Fairy Jewel Flies West - Chapter 7

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    Download this engaging story by Ms. Molly about...Fairy Jewel flying west! She discovers a new tree filled with bright shinny yellow fruit….listen and discover the surprise.

    These stories could be listened to while driving in the car, drawing, painting, eating or having a lovely rest and daydreaming. The recipes offered don't have to be made for the children to enjoy the stories - but they could offer a fun activity for a weekend afternoon. And – of course all recipes can be made with play dough or mud.

    Each story is approximately 15 minutes long.

    Fresh Lemonade

    When I was growing up we had quite a few fruit trees in our California backyard. During the long days of summer – it was always a special treat to discover activities and recipes we could make with the abundance of fruit. Lemonade was one of those activities. Enjoy.

    Ingredients (6-8 servings)

    • 1 cup sugar (reduce to ¾ cup if you prefer less sweet)
    • 1 cup of water
    • 1 cup of lemon juice
    • 2 to 3 cups cold water

    Preparation

    First make a “simple syrup." Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir so that the sugar dissolves completely and remove from heat.

    While the water is heating for the simple syrup, juice your lemons. Depending on the size of the lemon 4 – 6 of them should be enough for one cup of juice.

    Pour the juice and the simple syrup sugar water into a serving pitcher. Add 2 to 3 cups of cold water and taste. Add more water if you would like it to be more diluted (also note that when you add ice – it will melt and naturally dilute is as well). If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste – add a little more lemon juice to it. When you have finished – refrigerate.

      (x) The Gnome Makes Forest Friends

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      Download this engaging story by Ms. Molly about... How a very lonely gnome makes some wonderful forest friends! 

      Some suggested activities for the children after listening to this story: Recreating the story through imaginateive play, or with art supplies like cardboard, clay, glue and jumble (lots of wonderful stuff to collage). Enjoy!  

      These stories could be listened to while drawing, painting, eating or having a lovely rest and daydreaming. The activities suggested don't have to be done for the children to enjoy the stories - but they could offer a fun activity for a weekend afternoon. 

      Each story is approximately 15 minutes long.