Category Archives: Holidays

Mock Welch’s Strawberry #IcePop Recipe

IceWabanga Ice Pop Molds Review by My Crafty ZooBefore summer is officially over, I thought I’d share this amazing recipe with you!  When I was a kid my Mom would buy Welch’s all fruit popsicles as a special treat from time to time.  This recipe tastes JUST like them.  First bite took me back years!  A quick check in the mirror revealed it was only in my head though.

The Popsicle molds pictured are IceWabanga Fill and Freeze Ice Pop Molds.  There are many reasons I’m loving these!  We’ll start with the thing I look for first: they are dishwasher safe!  I have plenty of items that can’t go in the dishwasher so I like to have the option of popping them in if I’m busy or have a houseful.  I also love that you can take each Mold out of the holder one at a time, so you don’t have to run water over the all the popsicles to get one out, you can make just a couple of ice pops if you like and you can wash them as you use them as opposed to having the top part ready to wash and waiting for the bottom.  I’m always worries about losing them!

They also came with a bonus of 2 silicone ice pop molds.  I think these are going to be great for a push pop type popsicle!  If you are on the market or just hate your current ones, you should definitely check these out.  There aren’t a ton of products like these that I feel like I must have, but these are on that list!

Now, on to the recipe!

Mock Welchs Strawberry PopsIngredients:

4 cups chopped, hulled strawberries

3 Tbsp corn syrup

3 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1.  Puree in blender or food processor all ingredients.
  2. Pour into molds, you don’t need to leave much space as this particular recipe does not expand when it freezes.
  3. Freeze until frozen (like you would have never thought that was next!  LOL)

Please Note: This will yield about 10 pops!

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Originally posted 2016-08-24 21:40:00.

Fall Lesson Planning with Let the Little Children Come @SMGurusNetwork #BTS18

The Halloween Tracts are perfect for the holidays this fall! Definitely want to order them for your classroom now!

Fall Lesson Planning with Let the Little Children Come @SMGurusNetwork #BTS18Let the Little Children Come has some great products for every classroom! They have a ton of relevant tracts that make learning lessons fun and easy! I highly recommend their selection and they have some great free resources as well!!!

In the interest of preparation, we have brought you the perfect lesson for this fall! I don’t know about you, but I prefer to have my lessons ready to go as early as I can. No stress when the time comes! Lesson planning is always best in advance!

The Halloween Tract is absolutely perfect for this fall! On the outside it asks ‘Is there anything better than candy?’ and comes on a flat sheet, with the inside of each pumpkin having a part of the lesson written on it.

Each pack comes with 20 fold-able pumpkins and comes ready to assemble with a hard piece of cardboard on the back to keep them from getting before they arrive. They were very well received and the kids absolute loved them!  We also did a Friendship Lesson with them!

Halloween Tract from Let the Little Children Come

There are two ways one could utilize the pumpkins to teach:

1.  Allow the Children to Assemble the pumpkins as a group. The students could take turns reading each of the lessons, then fold them together to form a pumpkin! Not only is it a fun way to learn, it’s something the kids can take with them for years to come!

2.  If you prefer to hand the out rather than do them as a classroom project, you can form them and place inside some of the kids’ favorite candies and treats. Either way, it’s a great product to help teach and reinforce the gospel message!

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Here are some additional free resources for your enjoyment:

Salvation Bracelet Tutorial ~ Gospel Plane Printable

Free Gospel String Magic Lesson ~ Free Bracelet Tutorial

15 Lessons You Can Teach with Paracord

5 Great Lessons Using Optical Illusions

Valentine’s Frog Card

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My daughter just loves frogs at the moment, so I made her Valentine with a frog just for her!  I got the image offline, it is a free color page.  The I traced it onto white cardstock with sharpie’s and colored it in using colored pencils.  I chalked the edges to add a little bit of more color.

 

Since her card isn’t going into an envelope, I folded it so that I could close it.  I chose this Bible verse because I think she’ll like it and wrote a little note for her on the inside.
Finally: The back.  The card folds over on itself to close up easily but I didn’t want to leave it blank, just looked too plain!  I did the hearts using my Cricut machine, but you can change up the design if you don’t have access to one.  Other than that, it’s just layered paper!  Hope you enjoyed!!!

Originally posted 2016-02-13 06:00:00.

Valentines Day Love Jar In Every Language

 LoveJarElizabeth Barrett Browning wrote:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise,
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints -I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
While I am not personally talented in writing poetry, the closest way I could think of to point out the many depths of my love was to tell him in every language I could find.  Though I didn’t count them I think I got the point across.  I wanted to tell my husband how much I loved him for Valentine’s Day, so I did.  The craft is completely simple but it gets the point across.  You could also write  I took a glass jar (I use old ones but you can buy them at craft stores if you like) and used my Cricut machine to print off little hearts.  I then wrote on every heart ‘I Love You’ in a different language and wrote what language it was underneath.

 

These are a few of the hearts.  I used Pink, Red, and White cardstock.  In order to fit them in the jar, I had to fold the hearts, but it turned out very well.  Here is a link so that you can save time from looking up all of the different languages.

Originally posted 2016-02-12 06:00:00.

#SantasHelperSwap Gift Reveal

giftHey everyone!  I was super excited about participating in the Gift Swap hosted by Mrs Tee Love, Life & Laughter and Phenomenal Mama!  Shopping for just the right gift was a blast (and hopefully she loved it) and getting my own in the mail was fabulous too!  I always love getting things in the mail, this one was extra fun!

I had the pleasure of receiving a gift from Mrs. Tee!  She sent me a beautiful calendar (which I almost bought for myself when I was out Christmas shopping!), an adorable picture for my coffee themed dining room, a magnetic to-do list (she must be psychic, I’m a list fanatic!) and a cute little stocking with my initial on it!  😀

I loved my gifts and am so thankful for them!  Glad we could help Santa out!

Mrs. Tee, thank you so much!!!

If you missed out this year hopefully you can get involved next year!  You’ll be glad you did!!!

Originally posted 2013-12-16 09:59:40.

4 Simple Ways To Preserve Christmas Memories

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Every year there seems to be a new ornament that is special come into our house.  The one pictured was to celebrate our engagement, though not every one is celebrating such milestones they are all so very special.  We have ornaments that simply have a story, like the one we bought because it reminded us of some family joke for that year or the one that is a representation of the year Monkey was on Swim Team.

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Little Notes

Regardless of the reason that an ornament is special, I want to know that in 60 years I can remember exactly why that one was chosen.  So, in order to remember that special story I have taken to writing each story down on a piece of paper and sticking it into the box.  Every year when I take the ornament out, I re-read the note and smile.  The greatest way I can think of to remember our blessings each year is by starting out reading each one on our little notes!  It also helps motivate me to take a break when it’s time to put them away again.  LOL

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Ornament Book

Another great way to remember these things is an ornamental book that you can write in.  I have one that I write about our Christmas in every year.  I write about funny moments or whatever memorable events happen each year.  I also write about special decorations that don’t necessarily stay in boxes, like the village that my Granny gave me or the bunny rabbit that was my Dad’s favorite toy when he was little.  I love these things so much and I hope that they one day become special to my kids also.  Having the little book helps with that!  Plus, it hangs on the tree so that we remember to not only write in it during the Holidays, but also can pick it off and re-live each story written inside!

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Pictures!

I am a picture fanatic, right now I have far more pictures on my computer, flash drives (yeah, plural, don’t judge!), and even on my husband’s media storage stuff to count!  Another great way to preserve memories is to get or make ornaments that display your family.  We have some store bought ornaments that hold our family pictures and we also have some that I’ve made to display other pictures.  Regardless of how you do it, you’ll cherish them as you take them out each year and remember that bad haircut, those lovely braces, or the year that you burned your eyebrows off over the grill!!  (Yep, that one was me!)

Sound Bites

With technology advancing year after year, sound bites are even on the table these days!  You can get record able ornaments to record your little one saying ‘Merry Christmas,’ singing their first Christmas carol, or even the joyful sound of your family’s laughter.    Just remember, no matter how ridiculous it seems at the moment you will treasure it for years to come!

Originally posted 2013-11-30 00:01:00.

Giblets Impossible: A Cloak & Dagger Mission

Giblets Impossible: A Cloak & Dagger Mission

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, not particularly stormy…but it was dark…minus the streetlights…and the cars…it was night. It was the type of night that screamed…turkey swap. The street was quiet and empty. The houses dark as everyone had retired to bed, comfortably ignorant of the intrigue and action that was set to take place.

The swap had been set in advance, the parties had agreed on the amounts. Two shady miscreants were set to meet and exchange their clandestine goods. One was comfortable in knowing that she would double her investment, the other willing to trade two for one to have a more convenient package.

One whistled the all clear, the other gave a nod to confirm. Large birds in hand, they walked as softly as possible across leaf covered yards, glancing ever so slightly in a constant motion until they met quickly in the street.

They walked away, both smiling at a deed well done. One grinned with the knowledge that she had proved false the old adage of “bigger is better”. The other chuckled to herself knowing that yes…”A bird in hand is worth two in the bush”.

-A special thank you to my fellow Secret Agent

 

Originally posted 2013-11-27 18:49:39.

Coming Home For Christmas

viewerI am just going to start this review by confessing: I am a Christmas junkie.  I love it, all of it, the Christmas specials, the feelings they bring, holiday gatherings, decorating, all of it!  The thought of having a perfect Christmas drives me all year long!  This year I have had the privilege of reviewing Christmas stuff- I’m in way up to  my ears with happiness over this one!!!

Now, on to my thoughts!  The movie has a great story!  Having seen probably a hundred Christmas movies, I can honestly say that I haven’t seen this story before!  I loved the story and the message behind it!  The set designers did a great job of making it a believable little town and homes!  The actors could use some work, but then perhaps the fact that they aren’t household names is what makes this special.  The film makes you feel good and even amidst mediocre acting you want to watch, to hear the story, to see it unfold.

Overall, I can’t turn down any holiday movie, good or bad.  This one has a great story, an actual unique one which is a rarity.  While this probably won’t be your new holiday favorite, it is one you will feel good watching.  Personally, I enjoyed it.  I am a sucker for a good Holiday story!

About The Movie

After their parents separate, two estranged sisters who haven’t been on speaking terms reunite in hopes that having a family Christmas all together for the first time in years will bring their Mom and Dad close again. They plan to do this in their old family home… the only problem is someone else lives there now.

The DVD includes a limited edition Norman Rockwell print!

Who is Norman Rockwell?  Rockwell was famous for his famous American culture illustrations and artwork. He was born in the late 1800’s and died in the mid 1900’s.

Director: Vanessa Parise
Cast: George Canyon (Christmas Miracle, Dawn Rider, Man of Steel), Aaron Pritchett, Britt McKillip (Dead Like Me), Carly McKillip (Hot Rod)
$14.99
Available at Walmart
Soundtrack also available featuring holiday songs performed by George Canyon
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Originally posted 2013-11-22 00:01:07.

7 Tips To Make Thanksgiving Easier

  1. thanksDo everything you can in advance!
  2. Many recipes can be made ahead and frozen (like cheeseballs, cookies, cakes)
  3. Slice and chop vegetables you’ll need for recipes up to 3 days before you need them, just seal them in an air tight container
  4. Pies can be prepared ahead of time then frozen until a couple of days before you want to bake them.
  5. Use your crockpot!  Find a side dish that can be cooked in your crockpot and you’ll have one less thing taking up your oven and stove.  Plus, most crockpot recipes can be prepared the night before then you just have to start it when you are ready!
  6. If something messes up, don’t worry!  It’s not that big of a deal, it won’t be remembered, and that one thing isn’t the reason you are celebrating anyway!  Take a deep breathe and remember that!
  7. Remind yourself that your guests didn’t come because your house was somehow rumored to be perfect, they came because they love you!  So if you forgot to deep clean something, or clean it at all, don’t feel bad or even apologize for missing it!  They don’t care, and that’s one other thing no one will remember!

 Do you have any tips or shortcuts?

We’re all ears!

 

 

Originally posted 2013-11-18 00:35:37.

DIY Rainbow Treats

Not only are rainbows beautiful, they were sent as a promise from God.  These quick and simple little treats are perfect for Easter, March, or even Rainbow themed parties!

DIY Rainbow Treats: Quick & Simple

I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. Genesis 9:13

On a recent trip to Sam’s Club, a demonstrator was making these adorable treats and they were so perfect, they had to be shared!  The entire month of March we see rainbows with a pot of gold at the end.  During Springtime, they are prevalent throughout Easter and frequently seen across the clouds in the sky.

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