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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 4, Discovering Education – Creating a Nativity craft

Luke 1:31 -You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.


Time for a little creativity. We are using Dollar $$ store tongue depressors and twine, paint and pipe cleaners out of our craft stash.   Every item that we used (minus the hot glue gun) can be picked up at a Dollar store to keep this craft inexpensive. 

You will need:

  • 6 tongue depressors
    (3 whole, 3 cut in half
    and one half cut again in half)
  • Hot Glue works best – But if not available, use school glue
  • Twine, scissors, 1 gold or silver pipe cleaner, sharpie marker, and paint
  1. Assemble the Manger using 3 whole and 2 half depressors. 
  2. Add Mary and Joseph
  3. Wrap twine around baby Jesus and glue together cradle and baby Jesus to the Manger. 
  4. Add angel to the top and create a halo with pipe cleaners.
  5. Paint and add faces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 3, breakfast egg biscuits

December 3:

Luke 1:30 -But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.


Try something new for breakfast. In our home, we like to make a whole breakfast wrapped up into one “sandwich”.  Once made the kids can grab and go. They will also stay good in the fridge and can be reheated in the oven or microwave (We don’t have a microwave, so I don’t know how long to put them in for.)

We start out by adding biscuit dough to the bottom of a muffin pan (I don’t know why my preference is my square brownie pan ( here is the Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2SrnAp0 ), but you can use any non-stick pan that you have. 

Then we add a single egg. I do crack the yoke, you do not have to. 

Top the eggs with cooked ham, sausage or bacon and sprinkle with cheese. 

Into the oven, it goes for about 25 minutes or until the eggs are cooked.

The biscuit dough can be either store-bought or homemade. Many times we will make a batch of freezer dough to have available for mornings like this.  There are great recipes in the 2 books in the “Don’t Panic Dinner’s in the Freezer” series.  I like this series because each recipe shows the x3, x6 and x9 to make multiples of each recipe for later.  The “More” book has a biscuit recipe in it. 

 

 

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Place biscuit dough in the pan. 

Break one egg on each biscuit

Add Cheese and cooked meat to the top of the egg.

 

Bake for 25 minutes or until eggs are cooked. 🙂

 

2018 Christmas – Advent Day 2, Nativity Craft

December 2:

Luke 1:28 – The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”


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Make a craft today. I love creating things… especially things with my kids.

Here is a 1 page print out of a nativity scene for you. We made this many years ago and still print it out every year for my kiddoes. 

The download is free. Print on cardstock,  cut out the paper dolls and tape them to popsicle sticks.  (This year we are laminating ours too). This is a GREAT way for younger kids to retell the birth of Jesus through the season.  

2018 Christmas – Advent Day 1 – 3D stars

Matthew 1:23 – “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”


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As Advent begins in our home for this season, so does the decorating. Today, we are hanging up decorations in my both my classroom and around the house. The goal is not to just decorate for the birth of Jesus and celebrate Him, but to also be together as a family. 

We are cutting out 3-D stars to hang behind me in my classroom in Christmas paper. We have included a pattern to download above. 5 cutouts make one star.  The solid lines are the cuts and the dotted lines are the folds. 

We have found that HOT GLUE works best to hold these together. Be careful with those little fingers. 

We chose to use a twine to tie around them to hang. You can hot glue a ribbon and make them into ornaments or you could make some and leave them in a bowl as a centerpiece. 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cookies – Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – These are a simple and easy dessert to take to a Christmas party. We normally make these and get them in the fridge and make cookies in the oven while these are chilling.
 
Ingredients
 
    • 2 cups peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
    • 3/4 cup salted butter, softened
    • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 package of Chocolate bark or 2 cups of chocolate chips (our preference)

 

Instructions
 
  1. Mix the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla together in a large bowl. I use my kitchen aid mixer. 🙂 Mix well. 
  2. Add in the powdered sugar, a little at a time. You may need to add a bit more or a bit less powdered sugar. You have enough powdered sugar when the mixture holds together well in one giant ball in your mixing bowl.
  3. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until th
    ey firm up. 
  4. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Cover and refrigerate again, for about 15 minutes. 
  5. Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.
  6. Dip the peanut butter balls one at a time into the melted chocolate. Place the dipped peanut butter chocolate ball onto wax paper.
  7. Let the chocolate harden.
  8.  
  9. If you are not serving right away, you can chill until ready to serve.

Christmas Cookies – Chocolate topped Toffee

KrisandLarry.com presents 6 different Christmas cookies/desserts for your cookie exchanges – Chocolate topped Toffee

Another tasty treat in our house, Although we do not make it terribly often as it is very rich.

It is a GREAT gift wrapped up in a bag with a bow for a last minute gift for someone this Christmas. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/4 Cups  (2-1/2 sticks) butter
  • 1-1/4 Cups  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt (I use pink Himalayan)
  • 2 Cups  semisweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1 Cup  toasted chopped almonds, pecans or peanuts (or a mixture – )
  • Pink Himalayan or Flaky sea salt, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

 
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Do not skip this step or you will be stuck to everything!!!!
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Let butter melt and sugar dissolve and bring to a boil, then cook, stirring constantly with a whisk, so the butter and sugar don’t separate, until mixture turns a medium amber and is thick, 12 to 15 minutes. 
  3. Pour toffee mixture onto a prepared baking sheet and immediately top all over with chocolate chips. Let sit 2 minutes so chocolate begins to melt, then spread chocolate all over with a spatula to create a layer on top of toffee.
  4. Sprinkle all over with almonds and pecans (use chopped crumbs too for nice texture!) and salt.
  5. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour, then cut or break into pieces and serve.

Christmas Cookies & Desserts – Missouri (No Bake) Cookies

KrisandLarry.com presents 6 different Christmas cookies/desserts for your cookie exchanges – Missouri Cookies (No Bake)

This is my favorite childhood cookie. My grandmother always made these and even would make and bring during visits into my adulthood. This is the recipe that she gave me on my wedding day. 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3T Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1t Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Milk

Stir together above ingredients in a pot on the stove. Cook on high for exactly 5 minutes. Stir constantly. 

At 5 minutes, remove from heat and stir in the following: 

  • 1/2 Cup peanut butter
  • 3 Cups instant or quick cook Oatmeal

Stir until mixed well. Spoon into “cookie-sized” bites onto wax paper and let cool and set. 

 

 

Discovering Education – Grand Canyon

Discovering Education – Grand Canyon

We love to take field trips and learn about new (and old) places. This week on Discovering Education, we took a trip up to the Grand Canyon. 

 

Meet me on the homestead – Kunekune pigs

Our baby “War Pigs” have grown up and that includes Haka, the littlest runt from the litter of December 2017.

 If you were at the Heights Church for the Christmas Eve services in 2017, you were able to see a litter of 3 day old baby kunekunes. (I added a few photos below)

So here is a picture of Haka, Our “little War Pig. ” And guess what? His first book children’s will be out soon. We will keep you updated!

Kunekunes are an AMAZING breed of pigs that we have had on our homestead for over 5 years now. We use them often when people request us to come and share our animals as part of a “petting zoo program.” Mama Pumpkin is one of our most requested animals to share. 

Our family jokes that they are called “War Pigs” because they were (extra buffed out via CGI) in the war scene for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. See the clip below that we found on youtube.

 

Kunes are a very docile and gentle pig, making them a great addition to a homestead. They are more like having big hairy dogs than having pigs.
 

Originally from New Zealand, the pigs have made a comeback here in the US as well as the UK. Their name means “fat and round” in the Maori language. They come in a variety of colors including black and white, brown and white, solid ginger, solid cream/fawn, solid brown, solid black, and ginger and black. 

These hairy pigs can reach 300 pounds or more however, making them the largest of the miniature breeds or the smallest of the meat breeds. They are a pasture pig that eats primarily grasses and fresh fruits and veggies. We do not feed our kunes any commercial pig feeds and we have rescued a few of our kunes who were being fed dog food. Not a great choice for these gentle giants.  Being that they are pasture pigs, ours like to graze in the same field as our horses. And they love tomatoes, strawberries and other fresh goodies. 

Turkey Leftovers – Thanksgiving Eggrolls

I love that I can gather ingredients and make something completely new with items that I have already cooked.  And I love having leftovers after the holidays. 

We love our air-fryer and like to make items in it for a quick lunch. PB&J gets old when you homeschool. But PB&J egg rolls are fun and different.

The best part is that you can use any combination of left overs.

For ours, we spread our hot spinach artichoke dip on the egg roll wrapper and layered turkey, potatoes and green bean casserole. *Note: use less than you think for each layer or your eggrolls will overflow and not be able to close up.

Roll these and either oil or air fry. Our air fryer cooks a pan of these in 6 minutes. We roll them over at 3 minutes.

For the dipping sauce, I mixed together cranberry sauce, some cracked black pepperand a few tablespoons of apple juice. Stir in a pan over low heat.