Monday, February 28, 2011

Read Across America 2011

Who has a birthday on March 2, 2011?

Dr. Seuss (known to his family as Theodor Seuss Geisel).

The National Education Association has been using his birthday for the last 14 years to build a larger group of young bookworms. So, be sure to pick out a good book or two and take the time to read to your children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren!

To have even more fun you can go to Seussville to download some fun Read Across America activity pages and get some fun ideas for the day. You can also visit NEA for more information.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Can We Grow an Apple Tree?

That's the question my children asked me one day after eating a Granny Smith apple. I told them I didn't know, but that we could sure try. I never expected it to actually work. Here is what we did:

I just put the seeds in a jar with some wet cotton balls. We "planted" six. Only one grew.


How it looked after I transplanted it.

How it looks today. It is growing so well.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Camo Hat

I have been doing some crocheting lately. I found this really cute camo yarn to make my son a hat out of. He likes it.

Even though I did make it too big!


Friday, February 18, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake Roll

What you will need for the cake batter: 3 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup hot water, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Confectioner's Sugar for rolling the cake up.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a jelly roll pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. (I just used my cookie sheet and it worked just fine). Beat the eggs until thick and lemon colored (about 5 minutes is what I recommend). Gradually add 1 cup white sugar, beating constantly. Add water and vanilla extract. Fold in flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour batter into pan.
My son enjoyed "cleaning" the bowl when I was done.

Bake for 15 minutes. The cake should be "springy" to touch and pulling away from the pan at the edges.

Turn upside down on powdered (confectioner's sugar) kitchen towel.

Roll it up and let it cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the filling. You will need: Cool whip or 1 cup heavy whipping cream (whipped till it forms stiff peaks), 1 Tablespoon strawberry gelatin, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and fresh strawberries cut into small pieces.

Unroll the cake carefully so that it doesn't crack. It may crack some, but you don't want the cracks going all the way through the cake.

Spread filling on the inside and roll back up. Let chill in the refrigerator.



I got this recipe from, but I changed it some. I am thinking I am going to tweak it a little more and add some softened cream cheese to the filling to make it a little thicker. It was pretty airy and wanted to squeeze out of the roll too easily.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Pre-K

He's working hard and learning so much!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Raspberry Apple Danish Spread

This recipe was on the back of the Ritz Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Cracker box. It looked so good, I had to give it a try.

The Recipe:

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 apple, chopped
2 Tbsp seedless raspberry jam (I couldn't find seedless jam, so I used preserves)
1/3 cup granola (I didn't have any granola, so I crushed a couple of the crackers on top)
Ritz Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crackers

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread cream cheese onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate or 1 quart casserole. Combine apples and jam; spread over cream cheese. Top with granola. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with crackers.



Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine Fun - Candy Bar Pop Up

The kids and I sat down and made some Valentine's Day gifts to pass out this weekend. I got the idea for this craft from my friend Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue. Tammy has a tutorial on this project here.

Let me just start off by saying that I do not do scrap booking. Therefore, I didn't have much in the way of scrap booking tools or embellishments. I bought the paper and ribbon from the store specifically for this project. I already had one pair of scissors that would make a fancy edge and I had some really cheap stampers of my daughters that I could use.

Here is what we came up with:

I cut the paper to size with my rotary mat and cutter.

Pre-cut the ribbon. Set the stampers, ink, and candy out.

What we made.

This is one of my pieces of work. Turned out okay after all.

One of Sparrow's. Can't you see the doubled stamp at the top? So sweet! He really tried. He made a complete mess with the glue and had such a hard time not stamping more than once.

One of Chickadee's packages. She did really good. I didn't have enough ribbon so I resorted to cutting up some toile I had in my scrap material box. It worked rather well!

So pretty! If you are interested in how to make your own, just click here.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Grandma

I got to see my grandma at Christmas. My children call her G.G. She is 84 and in pretty good health for someone her age. She has Alzheimer's, but thankfully she hasn't forgotten who any of us are. I am so blessed to still have my grandmother!


Homeschool Article on Fox News

I just wanted to share this article from Fox News. It is a good article to read.

Read it by clicking here.

The only part I didn't like about the article was the statement, "Chard said he worries home schooled students may be lacking in less tangible subjects, things like developing social or coping skills."

I hear the "What about socialization?" question more than any other as a home schooling parent.

First, let me just say that my children are active in our church where there are other children. I also try to take them on field trips and spend time with other homeschooling parents and their children.
Secondly, if you look up the definition of "socialize", I don't want my children meeting some of those definitions.

1. "To place under group ownership or control". I don't want that for my children!

2. "To make fit for companionship with others". My children can learn this without going to public school. I don't know where the idea came from that my child HAS to go to public school to learn how to be friendly and get along with others, but that is very false! They, once again, go to other places with other people.

3. "make conform to socialist ideas and philosophies." I think this definition explains itself. I DON'T want this for my child at all! Enough said!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Learning to Crochet

My daughter has started learning how to crochet. My mom-in-law taught her the basics while we were there for Christmas. She is doing pretty good for being a rookie at it. She is making this blanket for her new My Twinn Doll.


Friday, February 4, 2011

My Twinn Doll

My daughter's "My Twinn Doll" arrived Thursday. Let me just say, we are VERY pleased. The doll's hair looks and feels like real hair. The body is well made. And, above all, my daughter loves her! She does look like my daughter. From the hair color, to the freckles, and the eyebrows. You can tell that the face is hand painted with the best of care!

The doll is 23 inches tall. The eyes had a little film on them (possibly glue from them gluing the eyelashes on). This easily cleaned off with a baby wipe. The eyelashes even had a hint of red to them to match the strawberry blonde hair. There is an engraving on the back of the neck to show that it is an authentic My Twinn. It arrived in a really nice box and was "fastened" down with ribbons. No zip ties, screws, or plastic coated metal twist ties. It was delicately packaged, which I appreciated. It gave it a very special feel.

I would like to say a HUGE thanks to Beth over at Happily Domestic for hosting the My Twinn giveaway! I hope to buy some accessories and matching outfits for my twin girls that I now have running around under foot.

I also intend to sit down and sew some matching outfits myself because I think I can make matching clothes for less than purchasing them. The prices for the girls outfits can be pretty steep at $50. The doll outfits run about $29. I am just picky when it comes to buying/sizing my daughter online without some actual measurements to go by, especially at those kind of prices.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

I've Been Busy

I'm sorry I haven't blogged a whole lot since Christmas. I have been working on some projects, but specifically a BIG one! Here's a sneak peek:

I will hopefully be finished with it at the end of this month or mid March. I can't wait to show it to you!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I just found this humorous. My mom took this picture not far from their house and sent it to me.

Linked to The Misplaced Midwesterner & 5 minutes for mom