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
Assemble the Manger using 3 whole and 2 half depressors.
Add Mary and Joseph
Wrap twine around baby Jesus and glue together cradle and baby Jesus to the Manger.
Add angel to the top and create a halo with pipe cleaners.
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.
Living with a larger family full of kids and critters and homeschooling the whole crew, a house can get in disarray and fast.
Here is an age-appropriate chore chart to help get you back on task. We recently re-implemented this with even our older kids as a reminder of what we can all work on together. (We did not add any pet or farm responsibilities here.
****Note: It is a RIVER OTTER, not a SEA OTTER in the video****
What a fantastic time we as a family had up in Williams, AZ visiting Bearizona for their fall homeschool day. Bearizona is an amazing zoo type park in Northern Arizona. It is on 160 acres and comes in 2 parts. The first is a 3-mile drive through where you can see many animals in a more natural environment. The second part is a zoo where you can walk through.
Check out our adventure in video and photos below. This park gets a 2 thumbs up from our homeschooling family! And we plan on going again!
Start with taping the googly eyes on the umbrella. Then, tape the battery pack to the umbrella and wrap the string of lights around. Then hang and wrap the ribbons, tulle and streamers to make the tentacles. This is a fast and inexpensive costume. Many items can be found at the dollar store.
Don’t get me wrong, I love summertime and spending it outside with my family and friends. I love the sound of the cicadas in the trees of Arizona. I love eating freshly picked watermelons from the garden and swimming in the pool with the kiddlings…
But my favorite time of the year is the fall when we start to can (applesauce is my favorite) and bake. Hoodies and apple pies!! Fires in the fire place. I love baking bread and biscuits. I love the smell of cookies coming out of the oven. (My waistline, however, doesn’t love that part! 😉 )
I love the approaching winter season when we celebrate the birth of our savior.
Every day in the fall, I try something new in my kitchen. I attempt new cookies or bread. I love making dinner in the crockpot. I love creating new soups for my family.
This morning in my area, we woke up to the first day of frost on our windshields. It was 34 degrees out when I got up at 3:30 for my classes to start. And our high today isn’t supposed to get over 55 degrees. It is a crockpot kind of day!
On the list for the week –
Chicken and Dumplings, Biscuits, Crockpot beef stroganoff, homemade noodles, and animal circus cookies.
We have beautiful purple cabbage coming out of the freeze dryer this morning and apple slices going in.
We plan on having a road trip if it doesn’t rain at the end of the week
Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies
Peanut butter, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
PREHEAT oven to 375°F.
COMBINE together butter and peanut butter until well blended. Add sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and soda. Beat until combined. Next, beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Add flour, oats and chocolate chips.
Drop on cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees
*This recipe doubles fantastically – We add 1 bag of chocolate chips to a doubled batch.