Tag: Just4Fun

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Themed Halloween costumes for families

Over the last dozen years, we have been adding and adding to our family. Take a look at our themes of costumes over the years. All but this year’s Halloween costume was homemade or repurposed. Check out some of the Halloween costume ideas! 2008 – Pirates – The pirate costumes…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 8, Spend time and look at lights

Luke 1:38 – “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Family is so important to us here at krisandlarry.com. We live for each other. Every year,  we go out to dinner and then drive around to look at…

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Posted in 2018 Advent Christmas Crafts Crafts and more Crafts December Advent Calendar holidays homeschooling Just Being Family Kids

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 6, Nativity Color Sheet

Luke 1:37 -For nothing is impossible with God. [download id=”5949″] Every day, I try to take time out for me. …. Reading a book or magazine, writing a note to a friend or even coloring. (Yes, mamas can still color and this one does. Here is a FREE download of…

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Homemade Chai Tea

I love the taste and the smell of Chai Tea… I hate the price tag at coffee shops…. So, Let’s make our own!!   Chai Tea: a beverage that is a blend of black tea, honey, spices, and milk.   I simmer 3 black tea bags in a pot with 4-6 cups of…

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Posted in Crafts Crafts and more Crafts recipes Time for fall

The smell of fall – simmering potpourri

I love having a wood stove. I grew up with them at my parent’s house as well. When Larry and I looked for a stove to have put into our home (Yes, our huge house only had “fake” heating  fireplaces – Propane burning ones and a chimney for a pellet…

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Posted in Breads & Desserts Family In my kitchen

Favorite Circus Cookie Recipe

One of my all-time favorite cookies is the Circus cookies. This is a recipe that we have been using for years. LOVE that the kids can help out (and since the littles are getting older, they can even do this one themselves) and make these as well. I picked up…

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Posted in Discovering Education homeschooling Just Being Family Kids

Discovering Education – Field Trip to Jerome, Arizona

 Watch us this week as we Discover Education in Jerome, Arizona and find something special on the dirt back road that we took.  Discovering Education – Visiting Jerome, Arizona and traveling the back roads, Verde Valley, Jerome Historical Museum, Haunted Hamburger   www.DiscoveringEducation.us   KrisAndLarry.com, homeschooling, homeschoolers, krisandlarry  …

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Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff (or Solar Oven)

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 pounds Beef Stew Meat or Ground Beef 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour Ground Black Pepper and Salt to taste 4 cup Beef Broth 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce (I substituted Teriyaki sauce the last time that I made it because I was out of Worcestershire) 1 whole Onion, Sliced (I tend…

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Cricut Explore Air 2 – Game Changer for our homeschool and other projects

I have always been a crafter, but most of that has gone the wayside with 7 kids in the house and working, homesteading, etc. And not wanting to scrapbook and see all of the memories of Breckin. That was way too hard in the beginning of the grieving process. Pictures…

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Ringing in the New Year! Welcome to 2017!

Welcoming in the new year at our homestead is a fun event. We are not really “party animals” and do normally spend New Year’s Eve with our kids at home.  We play games the entire day and eat homemade finger foods (like homemade egg rolls, meatballs, chips and dips, etc). This year,…

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Posted in Breads & Desserts Gluten Free In my kitchen

Gluten Free Lemon Zucchini Bread

Ingredients 1 TB Tapioca Starch or Corn Starch 1 TB Xanthan Gum 1 cup Brown or White Rice Flour 1/2 cup Almond Flour 1/2 cup Coconut Flour 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking powder 3 eggs 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted) 1 1/3 cups sugar Juice of one lemon (zest first) 1/2 cup…

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Posted in Crafts Crafts and more Crafts Summer-time FUN

Pool Noodle “Stick” Horses – Summertime activities

I love Dollar Stores!! I found $1 pool noodles… I don’t have a pool… What am I going to do with them? I am going to make pool noodle HORSES! My little LONE RANGERS need these!!! These were so easy to make. We ended up making 15 of them for…

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Natural Dye Easter Eggs!

I LOVE finding interesting articles online. THANKS AUNT DONNA for sending this to me! This article was on What’s cooking America. Every year we use different items like the follow list to dye our eggs. Looking forward to the weekend to do it again. 🙂 As most of you know, Elwyn…

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He’s 12… And was supposed to stay LITTLE! Happy Birthday Griffen

12 years ago (just after midnight) I delivered a VERY little baby boy who was 6 weeks early and not breathing very well. That scared us so badly!! 9 days in NICU he came home… all 4 pounds 14 ounces of him. __________________ Griffen, today, you are turning 12. I…

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Afterschool Organization

Over the last year, we have had our ups and our downs with everything. Their therapist and I have been trying to work through the food hoarding and stealing and we think that we have found what is working. With my trusty Cricut Machine and vinyl that I picked up…

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Posted in Just Being Family Organizing

Getting Kids organized for school

Keeping 7 kids organized is a task in itself. I am often asked how can I manage to get all kids where they need to go. I have a calendar… actually I have MANY calendars. I have an online calendar that my husband can access through google. This allows him…

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Summertime activities – Positive Behavior System – Quarters

We have had SO many views of our POINTS AWARD SYSTEM (Click here to see information on this) that I wanted to share another system that we have been using this summer in our home. Quarter Reward System On the first of the month (or what ever day works best…

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A larger family dynamics

After the adoption of our 2 boys, I have been asked MANY times if Larry and I are finally done having children. We are told OFTEN that 7 kids are a lot … A HUGE family!  I have to disagree with them. We are not finished if God wants us…

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Posted in Just Being Family Summer-time FUN

Summertime Activities for Kids… Hop Scotch

With 7 kids at home during the summer time (Yes, I know that we homeschool 4 of the kids but that does leave 3, all special needs, that are normally gone all day!), I have been finding activities to do every day with them. As a child, I loved playing…

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Fun Summertime Foods… Hummus

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about HUMMUS… My sister is amazing and for the last 3 years has been trying to get me to even try hummus. It is UGLY and (I think) smells FUNNY. But, then I gave in and now, for the last 6…

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Posted in Dehydrating Gardening In my kitchen Summer-time FUN

Summertime Foods – Saving your herbs

Summertime is such a great time to not only grow your own gardens with vegetables but also herbs to use in your kitchen! I have a pretty large herb selection in my garden as well. I store all of my bulk herb that I dehydrated in quart sized mason jars….