Here in Arizona, summer rains are a welcome sight. Along with that can come harsh wind, thunder and lightning and flash floods (Yes, it does rain that much at times). Trystan and Grayson absolutely love the trampoline. Warm summer rain + trampoline = summer afternoon fun until lightning is spotted. So enjoy this slow-motion video! I hope that you are able to take off your shoes and go outside to be a kid in the rain.
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter and flour 12 (3 inch) madeleine molds; set aside.
- Melt butter and let cool to room temperature.
- In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs, vanilla and salt at high speed until light.
- Beating constantly, gradually add sugar; and continue beating at high speed until mixture is thick and pale and ribbons form in bowl when beaters are lifted, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Sift flour into egg mixture 1/3 at a time, gently folding after each addition.
- Add lemon zest and pour melted butter around edge of batter. Quickly but gently fold butter into batter. Spoon batter into molds; it will mound slightly above tops.
- Bake 14 to 17 minutes, or until cakes are golden and the tops spring back when gently pressed with your fingertip.
- Use the tip of the knife to loosen madeleines from pan; invert onto rack. Immediately sprinkle warm cookies with granulated sugar. Madeleines are best eaten the day they’re baked. Leftover madeleines are wonderful when dunked into coffee or tea.
- Variation: Chocolate Madeleines: Omit lemon zest. Increase sugar to 1/2 cup. Substitute 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for 2 tablespoons of the flour; sift into batter with flour.
Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up ahorn[a] of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
Take a timeout to take a family photo. Every year, we take a photo for my wall and I have it printed on a canvas. I love to see how much my kids have grown from year to year.
Walgreens and Walmart are always having sales on their canvases to print your photos too. My preference is Walgreens. I have bought canvases, metal printing, ornaments, cards and mini scrapbooks through them in the past. GREAT GIFTS!
I just noticed that they have some coupons good through Dec 22, 2018 too!!!
- BOGO Free Wall and Desk Calendars Must use code BOGO2019 to receive one Wall or Desk Calendar Free when you purchase 2 or more through Walgreens.com/photo online or the mobile app.
- 50% off Photo Books Must use code MEMORIES2018 to receive 50% off photo books through Walgreens.com/photo online or on Walgreens mobile app.
- 40% off Custom Floating Frames and Canvas Prints Must use code FALALAWALL to receive 40% off Custom Floating Frames and Canvas Prints through Walgreens.com/photo online or mobile app.
Luke 1:78 – because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
I am a firm believer that everyone needs to do something positive for themselves at some point. This could be a simple think like taking a bubble bath or getting your hair cut. Or cooking yourself your favorite meal (Extra points if your spouse cooks your favorite meal for you).
In our house this week we added a new family member. Meet Loki, our new Livestock Guardian Dog.
Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
This is a fun and expensive project for your little kids. I found clear plastic Christmas ornaments at the dollar store packaged 2 for $1 and I already had the paint.
Open the top of the ornament and squirt in your paint (2 or 3 colors work best) Add a drop or 2 of water to thin out the paints slightly. Add the ornament toppers back on and SHAKE.
If your kids are very little you and tape the topper back on while they shake so they do not get paint all over their hands (Grayson did! 😉 ) My big kids even made one each!!
Luke 1:45 – Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”
Every day we have a choice. I choose to homeschool. It isn’t right for everyone. But, it is right for us. We are surrounded by an AMAZING group of young people in our community who are also homeschooled.
The different groups that we are in host field trips to all over. Yesterday, I had put together a field trip to our local bowling alley. This was not just any field trip, this was a behind the scenes one. I don’t know if all of the parents were as impressed as I was. The bowling alley machines are AWESOME!
Luke 1:49-50 – for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
We have started a tradition in our house… Christmas became so commercialized. And we fell into that habit years ago when Shelby and Griffen were little. Once we started adding kid after kid into the household, it began to look like
So, each child in our home receives 4 gifts – a WANT, a NEED, a WEAR
Gift #1: SOMETHING THEY WANT
Bible Verse: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Gift #2: SOMETHING THEY NEED
Bible Verse: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Gift #3: SOMETHING TO WEAR
Bible Verse: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Gift #4: SOMETHING TO READ
Bible Verse: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Luke 1:38 – “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Luke 1:33 -And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his
kingdom there shall be no end.
One of the things that I like my children to know is that you are never too old to try something new. Our Advent message for the 7 is exactly that. Try something new today. This could be trying a new activity or craft. Try a new style or a new recipe in your kitchen.
Today, Rowan tried out a new online class with
So for today, have you or your kids try something new. Start reading a new book series, or a movie series. Or have them try out an online class or a new recipe. Do it together. After all, that is what Christmas is all about TOGETHER! (And her pumpkin butter and hot chocolate that she made was GREAT!!!)