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2023 Members’ Mag Crafts and Recipes

Magnificent Mug Cakes


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar or honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


1. Mix dry ingredients into a microwave safe mug.

2. Stir in wet ingredients. When it forms a batter, mix in crushed Oreos/chocolate chips.

3. Microwave for approx. 1 minute and 30 seconds. Check on it every 30 seconds.

4. Spread cream cheese on top of red velvet and sprinkle sugar on top of snickerdoodle. Enjoy!


Pumpkin pie:

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Molasses cookie:

  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips

Red velvet:

  • 1/4 cup softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Oreo cookie:

  • ¼ cup crushed Oreos

Abigail W. and Eliza H., 12 and 11, Maine

How to Make a Toy Phone

If you have ever wanted to make a toy phone, well, now you can! Just follow these instructions below.


  • 2 paper cups
  • Ball of yarn or string
  • 2 unlit matches
  • A pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers or something else to draw with (optional)


1. To start off, you’ll need to cut some string or yarn to the length you want (recommended length is 10-15 feet). Next, poke a hole through the bottom of one of the cups using the pen or pencil. Make sure the hole is big enough for the string or yarn to go through. Now, thread the end of the string or yarn through the hole and tie it to the match. Make sure the string or yarn is securely tied to the match. Repeat the same step on the other cup.

2. Finally, decorate the cup with the markers and design any way you want. (Note: this step is optional). Now you have a toy phone! This is a great craft to do with friends and is fun to test out. Just speak into the cup at one end, while the other person puts their ear up to it on the other end. Have fun!

Hannah F., 12, Oregon

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