Monthly Archives: November 2013

Reindeer cookies

Christmas is just around the corner and we have some great baking recipes for you and your family to make together this holiday season! Check out these adorable reindeer cookies we found!

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

These might very well be the cutest Christmas cookies we’ve ever seen. From the chocolate antlers to the adorable little faces. It doesn’t get any more festive than this. These are perfect for taking to a Christmas party if you need something fun, fast and easy to make!

3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
Chocolate-covered mini pretzels
Mini brown M&Ms
Regular-sized red M&Ms


Preheat oven to 375°F.

1. Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.

3. Form dough into 1-inch balls. To make reindeer-shaped cookies, pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point, then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown.

4. Remove from oven and immediately (and gently) press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer’s antlers. Press two mini brown M&Ms in for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose.

5. Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely.

Makes about 40 reindeer cookies.
If you don’t like peanut butter cookies, substitute peanut butter for sugar cookies–either will work great!


Field Trip Forecast for Nov 19th-29th

Field Trip Forecast for Nov 19th-29th

Nov 19th: Group Free Tuesday
Nov 20th: 120 kids, 10-12:30 pm
Nov 21st: 40 kids, 11:30-2 pm
Nov 22nd: 40 kids, 10-12:30 pm

Nov 26th: Group Free Tuesdays
Nov 27th: Museum closes at 2 pm
Nov 28th: Museum Closed. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 29th: None


The Museum is CLOSED on Mondays

Countdown: 4 Days Until Mallard Mania!

Our Elon University students have been working hard to get the word out about this great event and have been distributing rubber ducks throughout local businesses in downtown Graham! Have you seen their work?

Mallard Mania is an adults-only evening of dinner, drinks, a DJ and raffle prizes! At the end of the night we will raffle off a 2013 Ford Fusion! Buy your ticket before Saturday!

Mallard Mania Tickets $25 per person, ages 21+
Ford Fusion raffle tickets $100 each available at CMAC & County Ford in Graham
Call for more details (336) 228-7997 OR visit our website >>>>

National Readers Day

National Young Readers Day is an annual event that was created by Pizza Hut and Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Schools take this day to invite celebrity guest to come in and read for the children. Celebrities consist of local officials, fireman, parents and other guest. This day recognizes the benefits and joys of reading.

Reading is a fundamental learning process for growing and learning. The earlier a child has a love for reading, the better. Start reading to your child as early in their life as possible. Children love hearing stories. Not only reserve a time throughout each day or week to read to them, but let them pick out a book that they want to be read, or that they want to try and read themselves.

Continue encouraging your child to read by joining your local library! Joining a library is a cost effective way to encourage your child to read and gives them more variety and fun.

You’re invited to Craft Time at CMAC!

In honor of our special craft time tomorrow on artist Piet Mondrian, we have a few interesting facts about the man behind the beautiful paintings!


Piet Mondrian

1. Piet Mondrian was born on 7th March 1872 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

2. From a very young age, Piet Mondrian was exposed to art. His father was a qualified art instructor and his uncle was an artist.

3. Piet Mondrian became a school teacher and painted in his spare time.

4. His early paintings were mainly landscapes, featuring fields, rivers and windmills.

5. Mondrian moved to Paris in 1911. He was immediately influenced by the Cubist style of Picasso and Braque, and his work started to incorporate more geometric shapes, moving away from being purely naturalistic.

6. Piet Mondrian returned to the Netherlands for the duration of the First World War. He met the artist Bart van der Leck, who only used primary colors in his paintings. Mondrian started to develop his own painting theory and style.

7. After WW1, Mondrian returned to Paris and he began to produce the grid-based abstract paintings for which he is best known.

8. Mondrian left Paris in 1938 to escape the inevitable advance of the Nazis. He moved to London and then to Manhattan.

9. In Manhattan, Mondrian started to develop anew technique using pieces of paper tape to create small rectangles of color.

10.  Piet Mondrian died on February 1, 1944 of pneumonia.

Check out some of Mondrian’s most famous paintings below!