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Family FunSpot: Crunchy Pasta Snacks

Crunchy Pasta Snacks

Welcome 2022 with these air-fried pasta snacks—the alfredo and marinara dipping sauces make them irresistible! Be sure to make enough of these tasty treats–they’ll go fast!



  • Bow tie pasta – cooked al dente
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Seasoned salt and pepper
  • Air fryer or oven*
  • Pot to boil pasta
  • Colander
  • Paper towels to dry pasta
  • Marinara sauce
  • Small serving bowl dipping sauce



Cook pasta according to box directions for al dente (firm) texture

Remove pasta from pot, drain with a colander, blotting with a paper towel until the pasta is dry

Lightly toss the pasta in olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and spices

Place in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 18-30 minutes—stirring on occasion until golden brown

Remove from the air fryer and place into a bowl lined with a paper towel

Let cool slightly, blot excess oil from pasta pieces, and transfer to a serving bowl

Spoon sauces into small bowls and warm in the microwave for one minute


Serve fried pasta with dipping sauces, stand back, and collect the compliments! You can experiment with other delicious dips like curry-flavored sauce, beer cheese, or jalapeno queso for a Mexican twist.

*If you don’t own an air fryer you can make this snack on a cookie sheet and increase the cooking time to 40 minutes. Stir frequently to get a nice golden-brown color and crunch.


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Marbled Spray Paint Ornaments

Marbled Spray Paint Ornament

These ornaments are so beautiful and so easy that even the kids can make them. You can choose from a wide variety of spray paint colors and dress them up by choosing to add metallic paints. Invest in some nice ribbon for hanging these beauties, and you’ll have a wonderful one-of-a-kind holiday gift. Just a head’s up: do this craft in a well-ventilated area as the spray paint is smelly! As a precaution, I use a fan as well to move the fumes away from the workspace—it also helps the ornaments dry faster.

You will need:

  • Spray paint
  • Large plastic bowl or container from the dollar store
  • Water
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Plastic gloves
  • Portable fan
  • Egg carton
  • Clear plastic ornaments
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Glitter (optional)




Fill your plastic container about halfway full with water

Remove the metal caps from ornaments and place a wooden craft stick in the ornament

Spray layers of color on the water and glitter (optional)—it will sit on top and marble together

Place a gloved finger inside the ornament and gently dip it into the water pulling the layers of paint against it, dunking it, and pulling it out—the paint will adhere to the glass

Let it air dry for a few minutes before carefully pulling your finger out of the ornament top and placing it in the egg carton so it can be cradled while it finishes drying

Once dry to the touch, replace the ornament cap and thread a ribbon into the loop, and tie

Hang your masterpiece on the tree, set it in a tabletop bowl, or box it up as a gift


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Candy Cane Clay

Candy Cane Clay

Besides smelling heavenly, this play dough is actually edible! This is a fun activity when you have a house-full of guests with children. You can make it ahead and then divide it up for play on a snowy day.


You will need:

  • 1 8-ounce tub of whipped topping
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp Peppermint Extract
  • 10-15 drops red or green food coloring
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon/spatula
  • Ziploc bags




Mix whipped topping and food coloring

Add Cornstarch

Cornstarch together-the mixture will be crumbly

Add the and peppermint extract and vegetable oil

Color only half of the dough red or green and leave the other half white

Roll pieces into a peppermint spiral and let the kids enjoy-store in a Ziploc bag air-tight jar

Lasts about 1 week in the fridge


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Tealight Snowman

Tealight Snowman

I love a great dollar store craft—they’re fun, inexpensive, and always clever! Light up the season with these tealight-inspired snowmen!


You will need:

  • Battery-operated tealights
  • Sharpie permanent marker
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Mini pom poms
  • Black felt
  • 1/8” Holiday ribbon
  • 1/4” Holiday ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors



Use hot glue gun to glue on googly eyes

Create mouth with the sharpie marker

Use a 3” piece of the 1/4″ holiday ribbon to make a scarf

Cut a 21/2” piece of pipe cleaner and glue it to the top of the tealight for earmuffs

Glue a pom-pom on each side of the pipe cleaner

Cut a rectangle 11/2” by 1″ out of the felt

Cut a 11/2” piece of the 1/8” holiday ribbon for the brim of a top hat

Glue the ribbon onto the top hat and then the top hat onto the snowman

Trim up the ribbon scarf


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1 Comment
| 12.15.2021 at 1:45pm
Great news