Luck O’ the Irish Shamrock Paper Plate Craft

Friends: Here’s a fun quick craft for St. Patrick’s Day! Make a lucky shamrock out of a paper plate. Materials: 1 paper plate 1 green crayon Scissors Directions: First, fold the paper plate into quarters. Next, with the point at the bottom, cut out the shape of a heart. The paper plate’s point is the […] Read More

Categories: Children, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Holidays, Kids, Spring Craft
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Kid Chef Eliana Cooks and Signs Books at Barnes & Noble in Metairie, LA – Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friends: My 11 year old daughter, Kid Chef Eliana, did a cooking demonstration and book signing at Barnes & Noble in Metairie, Louisiana. She demonstrated her 2X2 Chicken Fajita Soup from her cookbook, Eliana Cooks: Recipes for Creative Kids. People were lining up for samples and bought lots of books. She even inspired some teen […] Read More

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Kid Chef Eliana Cooks at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum – Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friends: On Saturday, Kid Chef Eliana demonstrated her “Perfect Pesto” and signed books at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. The basil was picked fresh from my mom’s (her Nana’s) garden the evening before. She also cooked Italian-marinated chicken with fresh sage and oregano, garden rotini, pesto cream cheese dip, and sparkling pomegranate punch. It […] Read More

Categories: Children, cuisine, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, Kid Chef Eliana, Kids, Kids Cooking
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The Cajun Cornbread Boy Arrives – Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friends, I am so excited! My first picture book for children, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, came in! My publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, is based in New Orleans so my husband picked up a case of books for me today. The books are beautiful! They are scheduled for a Spring 2009 release so getting the books […] Read More

Categories: Author, Books, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Christmas, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Kids, Louisiana, Puppet
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Craft: Turkey Wooden Spoon Puppet; Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Turkey Wooden Spoon Puppet Supplies: Large wooden spoon Construction paper (for feathers, beak and wattle) Scissors Glue gun Large googly eyes Markers Directions: Color the flat side of a large wooden spoon with a brown marker. Color slightly down the handle for the turkey’s neck. On four different colored sheets of construction paper (yellow, orange, […] Read More

Categories: Children, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, Kids, Puppet, puppetry, Stories, Storytelling, Thanksgiving
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Eliana’s Spookover – Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friends: Saturday was a blast! The night of my 8 year old daughter, Eliana’s Spookover, finally arrived! Eliana was ready for some swashbuckling fun. Argh, matey! We worked all day cleaning, decorating, and cooking. I set up my spooky backdrop and decorated the table full of frightening food – bloody pigs in a blanket, petrifying […] Read More

Categories: Children, Cooking, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, food, Games, Halloween, Kids, Party, Stories, Storytelling
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Jump, Jiggle & Jam! Friday, April 11, 2008

Friends: Today, I performed my “Jump, Jiggle & Jam” program for a PK-5 elementary school in the Metro New Orleans area. I had so much fun with the students. I saw about 600 students in two assembly performances in the gym. The show is a rousing and energetic performance of favorite folktales “remixed with rhythm, […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children, Folktales, Games, Kids, Kids SHow, Language Arts, Literacy, Performance, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 8; Thursday, April 10, 2008

Friends: Today was my eighth day doing my Stories on Board Residency at a school in the Metro New Orleans, Louisiana area. Every day this week, the library has been hosting the Scholastic Bookfair. Of course, I can never get away from a book fair without spending any money. There was no shortage of top-notch […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Kids, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 5; Monday, April 7, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 5 of my Stories on Board Residency. For the lower grades (K-2), I told the story of “The Littlte Red Hen Makes a Pizza” and sang my original song, “Pizza Party.” Then the students played the game I created based on the story of “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza” […] Read More

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Stories on Board Residency: Day 4; April 3, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 4 of my “Stories on Board Residency.” I had so much fun today. My first class was first grade. They had a blast. Here is a picture of some first grade boys playing “Gingerbread Jam.” It was wonderful to witness the teamwork and camaraderie between the students. First grade set the […] Read More

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