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Be My Valentine

Start getting into the Valentine Mood!  It’s Just Around the Corner…

There are SO many ideas out there for valentines!  The list is endless…

It isn’t hard to get creative.  You can even find fun and easy gifts for your children to make as well!  Some great ideas can be found at: 

http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/kids-valentines

…just wanted to get you in the mood. lol :)

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Español ñews

I have really been enjoying my Highschool Spanish class.  I am learning the language quickly and it seems to be so easy.  I chose spanish as my highschool language mainly because I wanted to learn it for a purpose.  That purpose was to learn enough spanish to be able to write a letter in it.  I sponsor a little girl from Mexico with Compassion.  We send letters back and forth. Of course someone in between me and her must translate the letters.  I have a goal:  to be able to write all of my letter in her language, Spanish.  I think this would be very special to her.  If you have been thinking about sponsoring a child, think no more.  It has been a great experience.  I enjoy sending her not only letters, but fun goodies as well.  Stickers, drawings, bracelets, etc.  She always loves to receive pictures of me and my family.  It is a joy to receive her letters in the mail every few months.  Once she wrote, “I am so glad to have you as my sponsor and to know you think of me.”  In every letter she likes to tell me what is going on in her life.  She writes about school, celebrations and family.  She always thanks me for her Christmas gift and tells me everything she received.  I am thankful I have the opportunity to sponsor her.

Another part of my Spanish class I love is projects.  My teacher assigns projects to us and I have a lot of fun creating them.  Recently I had to make Peruvian Beads.  They turned out really well.  You can visit my tutorial and view the pictures.

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Felt Cuisine

Yes, I know I haven’t blogged in quite a while.  I have had so much to do that keeps me busy!  Hopefully, I am back to blogging!  This post is full of yummy felt foods!  When my dad decided to build a wooden play kitchen for my little sister, my mom’s search for safe kitchen play foods began.  We found plastic, wood, even crocheted!  Then we found these felt masterpieces!  They look like real foods and they made my mouth water!  A lady from Australia has been making them for her kids for years.  If you go to www.feltcuisine.com you will find more information on how to make them and also find some YouTube videos with endless pictures of her creations.  But I have included pictures of these delicacies. 

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And go to this website, http://www.feltcuisine.com/home, and sign up and she will email you a free pattern for one of her felt foods!  Also you can buy her beautiful books and make many more of her felt creations!  Her instructions are step-by-step and easy to follow!

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Valentine Snow

Yes…I realize that I have failed to write during the past few weeks.  I apologize.  Trust me, I wanted to write, but battling with the business of life controlled my attention.  Why babble about the overwhelming plot of everyday life though?  Now that winter break has begun, my schedule has started to slow its pace.  Winter break brought snow!  The flurries didn’t cease until Friday night, and as I pulled on my boots and squeezed on snow gloves, the sun blazed and a blue sky replaced the gray.  The thick powder would not last forever.  Building a three 1/2 foot snowman, arranging surprise “snowball wars” and watching my little sister sled for the first time, helped me to realize how much I love the “not-so-frequent” snow.  Sadly, the world of white has disappeared and now as I glance out my window all I see is the ordinary yellow grass and bare trees that comes along with winter.  At least I can keep the pictures I took.  Here are some of them.

Besides the snow, my weekend was greeted by Valentines Day!  Not only was it a day of candy, valentine cards, and a happy little sister, but it was a day of relax.  As I descended the stairs that morning, I was greeted by a kitchen primed for the holiday.  A candy “soda pop” sat at my place at the table.  It was so cute.  My brother received one as well.  And of course, we each got many pieces of our favorite candy from it!  I have included some pictures.  I think that you will have to agree.  They are so cute.  I knew that you would be longing  to make one yourself.  They make the perfect gifts!

You will need:

  • a vase or ice-cream cup (glass)
  • candy
  • two straws
  • a dome of Styrofoam
  • glue dots and/or teacher’s putty

These are not exact instructions.  You really have to put this together whichever way works best for you.   These steps are really just basics.

Fill the glass with candy.  As you can somewhat see in the picture, my mom filled the glass with Dove dark chocolate hearts.  Attach the Styrofoam dome to the top of the glass and slowly begin to attach the pieces of candy to the foam in a circular motion.  Slowly build up.  Stick two straws out of the foam dome.  This makes the masterpiece look like a sweet drink.  Maybe a root beer float!

These are the ones my brother and I received for Valentines Day!  The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup one is mine. :)

Well I hope that all of my readers had a delightful Valentines Day!  Nearly a year has passed since I begun this blog.  I hope to write again soon of this year’s adventures, experiences, and creations!

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Sugar, Cinnamon Spice, and Everything Nice

Can you smell the spicy smell of cinnamon or feel the warmth of cocoa?

Greetings Readers!  Let me make you jealous…as I type, the scent of hot cocoa finds me in my room.  And I mean homemade hot chocolate made with Hershey’s cocoa and cold milk.  Oh how I love that smell!  Soon I will be sipping it from a large mug.  Speaking of delicious foods, that is what this post will be all about.  In this post I have decided to compile a few recipes that bring coziness and the feeling of warmth to a home.  I will also include a comfort-food recipe for this week-Potato Soup.

Let me begin with a “spice-up” recipe for cinnamon-apple tree ornaments.  This recipe will not only fill your home with the sweet smell of spice, but will also make many beautiful Christmas tree ornaments for next year!  Never too early to start planning!

 

  • What you will need:

1. 2 cups of applesauce

2. 2 cups cinnamon

3.  tacky glue (optional)

4. a pencil or a straw to poke holes into the ornaments

5. cookies cutters

6. colorful ribbon

Mix the applesauce and ground cinnamon  in a large mixing bowl.  Once thoroughly mixed, roll out the dough on wax paper about 1/2-1 inch thick.  Cut out fun shapes with various cookie cutters.  I recommend shapes like stars, gingerbread men, christmas trees, or candy canes.  Poke a hole in the top of the shape with a straw or pencil.   Once the shapes are formed, you can let them air dry for 3-5 days or you can bake them in the oven at 200 degrees until hardened.   If you bake them make sure you flip them over often.  I recommend air drying them.  Ours turned out better that way and they didn’t crack or break.  Once dried, string a piece of colorful ribbon through the hole and give as a gift or hang right on your next Christmas tree!

Another recipe I especially enjoy on winter mornings is a warm, soft, buttery slice of my mom’s pumpkin bread.   It is the best sweet bread that I have ever tasted.  I thought that I would share this delicious recipe with you.

Pumpkin Nut Bread

  1. 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
  3. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 3/4 cups LIBBY’S 100% natural solid pack pumpkin (15 or 16 oz. can)
  9. 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  10. 1 cup packed brown sugar               
  11. 1/2 vegetable oil {my family replaces the vegetable oil with 1/2 cup of melted butter}
  12. 1/2 cup water                                             {my family replaces the water and Evaporated Milk with 1 cup milk}
  13. 1/2 CARNATION Evaporated Milk
  14. 1 cup chopped pecans

Combine flour, oats, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  Beat eggs, pumpkin, sugars, water, oil, and evaporated milk in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until combined.  Beat flour mixture into pumpkin mixture on low-speed until blended; stir in nuts.  Spoon into 2 greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans

Bake in preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 65 to 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.  Makes 2 loaves. 

Is your mouth watering yet?  Now we come to our final recipe for this post; Potato Soup.  I found this recipe creamy, calming and delicious.  I hope you will too.  Just the thing to end a busy day.  This recipe is not only extremely easy, but will leave everyone satisfied.

Potato Soup

  1. 6 medium potatoes {washed and cubed}
  2. 3 1/2 cups of milk
  3. 4 tablespoons or 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  4. 3 tablespoons butter
  5. 2 tablespoons flour
  6. Cayenne pepper (be careful while adding cayenne pepper; don’t use too much.  Cayenne pepper can be very strong!) , salt and black pepper to taste

Boil and lightly mash potatoes (leave slightly chunky) using potato water.   Brown the onion in butter, add flour, then potatoes, milk and seasonings.  Stir and heat until smooth.  Serve sprinkled with grated cheese.  Serves 5. 

I hope you rest this weekend and try out some of my new recipes!  Bon Appetit!

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Autumn Brings a Brand New School Year

Autumn Days should be filled with golden leaves, maple syrup, and times with our family and friends.

I apologize for not writing for a while.  As you probably know, things get a little mixed up when school starts again.  Now that everything seems to be flowing, I should be able to post more often.

I am writing this post for several reasons.  In this post, you will find a couple of cute videos to start off your school year.  I will also be sharing a few things you can do to enjoy your autumn.

A couple days ago, my brother and I wanted to attract footprints from an animal.  We went to the bottom of our hill with “a ton” of sand, and a couple spoons of peanut butter.  Now you can only imagine what we did with it all.  We smoothed the sand onto a “not-so-grassy” spot. (Now of course we couldn’t carry all that sand at once, so it resulted in “many” trips up and down the hill.)  Once the sand was smoothed we placed a lump of peanut butter in the middle.  It was just getting dark as we ran inside.  The next morning, we rose early to find peculiar looking tracks in our pool of sand.  We still haven’t been able to find out exactly what ate up all of that peanut butter, but at least we attracted one hungry animal!  Two Tracks                                                                        Many tracks in the sand

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully you can see the tracks well enough in these pictures I snapped!  I really enjoyed this experiment even if it was a lot of time and effort!  I think you should try it if you haven’t already done something like this.

A week ago, while playing Playdough with my younger sister, my brother and I were feeling creative and made a cake out of Playdough!  Playdough is not just for toddlers!

We spent a lot of time on this “cake”.  It took a long time for us to get this gingerbread man balanced on candy!  We held him together with toothpicks. (I don’t know if you have noticed the toothpick point sticking out of his knee LOL)

Gingerbread cakeGingerbread Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just thought I would share a couple of things we did at the end of this summer.  And now I would like to post these two classic videos from School House Rock.

Rememer to enjoy your autumn!  Notice the fall colors, do plenty of exploring, and enjoy your adventures!

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