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Gifts from the Kitchen
Pittsburgh Light Up Night Gingerbread Houses

You can make iTwixie’s Gingerbread and make a gift they’ll remember and love.
Thank you, CBS Pittsburgh, for this great picture of Gingerbread Houses from Light Up Night!

Now, grab a parent or an adult to help, and here is what you’ll do:

Heat in a sauce pan until well melted and blended:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup syrup (molasses or pure maple)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
Add in a large bowl:
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix in gradually:

3 1/2 cups flour (make a thick dough, may not take all of the flour!)

Cover and refrigerate overnight!
Roll out the very cold dough and cut with gingerbread cookie cutters (you can poke a hole in the cookie to make a tree decoration to eat later!)
Bake the dough in a very hot oven (450 F) until the pieces are just turning a little bit brown. This dough makes a very stiff cookie that stays fresh without a cookie jar.
Great source of: fun, holiday cheer and creativity!
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Vote for the May Blogger of the Month
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Share your voice with iTwixie girls around the world! Tell us, your story! Start writing blogs about your life; what you care about; how you think. We want to hear from you!

When girls write, the world gets to hear their voice. We need to hear the voices of girls around the world. We make up half of the planet! So ask for and give advice. Share ideas. Be silly! It’s all amazing! iTwixie bloggers ROCK! That’s why we award a Blogger of the Month each and every month. We want to celebrate your unique and awesome way of looking at the world! Don’t you agree that it’s time that the world stopped to #ListenToGirls? Maybe if more girls shared their ideas, stories and solutions, the world would be a better place. We think so. Don’t you?

If so, get blogging, girls! And get voting!!! Let’s choose our Blogger of the Month for May!

How iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month Works
Each month, we take nominations for Blogger of the Month and then iTwixie girls vote for the winner. We make sure there’s a new winner each month. It’s our way of recognizing the cool bloggers that make iTwixie so cool.

Vote for your favorite blogger today!!! We’ll announce the winner next week :)

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ALL Welcome for the UPMC Writing Contest
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Hey girls! You can still write a blog post about how a woman or a girl has made a lasting impact on history or is changing the world today. The deadline for this contest has been extended! And you could win some CASH! Just send your entry to “info@itwixie.com” by March 11, 2016! You could win 1 of 3 cash prizes! That’s right, a cash prize of $100, $50 and $25 will be given to 3 lucky kids!

Be sure to:
- keep your blog post to less than 1,000 words
- use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as your inspiration (see the quote below)
- email your entry to “info@itwixie.com” by March 11! Make sure you include: your first and last name, age, grade, school, contact name, phone number and email address of parent (Your information will NEVER be shared with anyone, anytime, apart from getting you your prize, if you are our winner! Here’s our privacy policy)

Thank you, UPMC, for this amazing contest! What a terrific way to celebrate February as Black History Month and March as Women’s History Month!

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Consider this quote from Dr. King:Cash prize listing

…this refusal to be stopped, this courage to be, this determination to go on in spite of, is the hallmark of great movements.

 

 

 

 

iTwixie is a proud member of the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania and is delighted to support this amazing contest!

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Announcing our Blogger of the Month for January
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Congratulations, @floppysnowflake123! You won iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month for January! Wow, girls, what a dramatic vote!

Now, @floppysnowflake123, we are going to create a custom avatar just for you! All we need you to do is send in a picture of your face to “info@itwixie.com” so that our artist, Lea, can create an avatar for you. Send in a picture that shows a 3/4 view, like this:

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Let us know if you have any questions and congratulations to you! Way to go!

Stay tuned, girls, we’ll be taking nominations for Blogger of the Month for February, beginning next week!

How iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month Works
Each month, we take nominations for Blogger of the Month and then iTwixie girls vote for the winner. We make sure there’s a new winner each month. It’s our way of recognizing the cool bloggers that make iTwixie so special.

About Lea
Lea always wanted to an artist and has always drawn pictures. But only recently did she understand where her artistic gifts might take her. She would make shaded portraits cartoon drawings of her friends. She loved seeing how happy they are when they see them. She says that it fills her up with joy to see how her art can put a smile on their faces and make them feel good about themselves. And now she’s ready to put this amazing gift to work for iTwixie… and YOU! We are proud to have Lea join the iTwixie team, as she finishes her undergraduate degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Thank you, Lea! You rock!

Check out the avatar she created for our founder, Rebecca:
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We cannot wait to see YOUR avatar,  @floppysnowflake123! And congratulations again!!!

Keep up the amazing writing, girls! Happy blogging!

 

 

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Smart Girl Challenge
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Congratulations, @grlsrule! You are this week’s Smart Girl Challenge winner! Woo hoo! You are absolutely right, @grlsrule! The next number in last week’s Fibonacci sequence, was 55! That was a tricky, STEM challenge and you solved it! Way to go! So proud of you, @grlsrule! Let’s all congratulate @grlsrule! Now, just send in your parent’s mailing address to: “info@itwixie.com” and we’ll send a surprise to you!

Ok girls, here’s the Smart Girl Challenge for this week. Good luck! Maybe YOU will be our next winner!
What is Ag in the periodic table?

How the iTwixie Smart Girl Challenge works:
Just be the first Smart Girl to successfully answer the question above and you’ll get a surprise from iTwixie! All answers will be posted next Monday. So be sure to check back and see if YOU were our next Smart Girl Challenge winner! Remember, we’re looking for new winners each week. So if you’ve already won in the last 6 months, we will likely award the prize to another girl. Good luck girls! Hope you are our next winner for 2016!

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