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Sunday, December 06, 2009


We really enjoyed this Muffin Tin Monday...I made Brayden's "Christmas Morning" dinner and Dad made omelets for us. WIN WIN!

I made his breakfast with eggs in a nest but I used a gingerbread cookie cutter instead of ripping a hole in the bread. These are my favorite way to have eggs too! :) I cut up "extra" (other wise go as it didn't go as planned)bread reindeer, snowmen and a christmas tree and placed them with marshmellows. He also had peaches, bacon and a cupcake snowman that we bought at the store this morning for 2.99...ONLY for muffin tin monday! I could have made a dozen for that price but my little goosey is so spoiled! Then he had what was my favorite looking thing on the tray chocolate milk with whipped cream and snowflakes. He hate hot chocolate...go figure! I bought the snowflakes at Rite Aid for 1.99 for about 100 of them to a bag. I figured I would do something with them. Hope you enjoy and I can't wait for next weeks theme. Christmas Stories

The little Present on the table is from my countdown to christmas tree Check it out HERE

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Super Easy Advent Tree

A house can never have too many trees! I finshed this wonderful tree in no time. I have been buying little toys and treats for a couple of weeks now and stockpiling them, hidden from my 2 year old son of course. I bought all of these wonderful boxes at the dollar store. What a find 4 for a dollar!!! Then I just filled them and took extra ribbon from around the house that I found and attached it on the handles with numbers. Every night we plan on reading the passages below with our son and making this one of our new traditions in our home. I hope you will do the same.


24 boxes or tiny bags

24 numbers I looked and looked for them on the internet and decided to just use word to make my own they are fancy enough. :)

12 feet of ribbon

Tree + decorations

24 goodies, I used Matchbox cars, candies, soap, chapstick, any kinda tiny stocking stuffer.

Stories about the Advent (see below)

Table of Scripture Readings for the Story
Date Persons Events/Themes Scripture Symbols
First Sunday
Introduction of the Jesse Tree 1 Sam 16:1-13
Isa 11:1-10 The Tree Mon
Wk 1 God Creation Gen 1:1-2:3 Dove
Tues Wk 1 Adam and Eve The First Sin Gen 2:4-3:24 Tree with Fruit or Apple
Wed Wk 1 Noah The Flood Gen 6:11-22, 7:17-8:12, 20-9:17 Rainbow or Ark
Thur Wk 1 Abraham The Promise Gen 12:1-7, 15:1-6 Field of Stars
Friday Wk 1 Isaac Offering of Isaac Gen 22:1-19 Ram
Sat Wk 1 Jacob Assurance of the Promise Gen 27:41-28:22 Ladder

Second Sunday Joseph God's Providence Gen 37, 39:1-50:21 Sack of Grain or Coat
Mon Wk 2 Moses God's Leadership Exod 2:1-4:20 Burning Bush
Tues Wk 2 Israelites Passover and Exodus Exod 12:1-14:31 Lamb
Wed Wk 2 God Giving the Torah at Sinai Exod 19:1-20:20 Tablets of the Torah
Thur Wk 2 Joshua The Fall of Jericho Josh 1:1-11, 6:1-20 Ram's Horn Trumpet
Fri Wk 2 Gideon Unlikely Heroes Judg 2:6-23, 6:1-6, 11-8:28 Clay Water Pitcher
Sat Wk 2 Samuel The Beginning of the Kingdom 1 Sam 3:1-21, 7:1-8:22, 9:15-10:9 Crown

Third Sunday David A Shepherd for the People 1 Sam 16:1-23-17:58,2 Sam 5:1-5, 7:1-17 Shepherd's Crook or Harp
Mon Wk 3 Elijah The Threat of False Gods 1 Kng 17:1-16, 18:17-46 Stone Altar
Tues Wk 3 Hezekiah Faithfulness and Deliverance 2 Kng 18:1-19:19, 32-37
Wed Wk 3 Isaiah The Call to Holiness Isa 1:10-20, 6:1-13, 8:11-9:7
Thur Wk 3 Jeremiah The Exile Jer 1:4-10, 2:4-13, 7:1-15, 8:22-9:1-11 Tears
Fri Wk 3 Habakkuk Waiting Hab 1:1-2:1, 3:16-19 Stone Watchtower
Sat Wk 3 Nehemiah Return and Rebuilding Neh 1:1-2:8, 6:15-16, 13:10-22 City Wall

Fourth Sunday John the Baptist Repentance Luke 1:57-80, 3:1-207:18-30 Scallop Shell
Mon Wk 4 Mary The Hope for a Future Luke 1:26-38 White Lily
Tues Wk 4 Elizabeth Joy Luke 1:39-56 Mother and Child
Wed Wk 4 Zechariah Anticipation Luke 1:57-80 Pencil and Tablet
Thurs Wk 4 Joseph Trust Matt 1:19-25 Carpenter's Square or Hammer
Fri Wk 4 Magi Worship Matt 2:1-12 Star or Candle
Dec 24 Jesus Birth of the Messiah Luke 2:1-20 Manger
Dec 25 Christ The Son of God John 1:1-18 Chi-Rho Symbol

Above information found here

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Changes of the season walk

Over the last couple weeks we have been going on walks where I have the Goose pick up a leaf or two. I thought this idea was great to show how the leaves have been changing. We live in Pa and the leaves are so colorful in the fall, it is one of my favorite times of year.

First we gathered leaves over the last couple of weeks. I put them in a cookbook to dry and flatten them.

I then numbered the leaves just incase some would be close in color.

Putting them all together and seeing the changes in the leaves thoughtout the season.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Muffin Tin Monday Kabobs/Columbus Day

After the Flu sweeping through our house, countless birthday and baby showers over the last three weeks, and the activation orders that my husband will be going over seas for the third time now since we we got married, my blog just got put on the back burner for a while. I am up and ready to blog again. We completed although I forgot it was Monday when I went shopping yesterday so I just through this together. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Apple Picking with the Goose

These pictures are from this past weekend when we went apple picking and to the farm. I love how one of the gourds looks like a "GOOSE"!

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs MTM

Well I finally made a muffin tin on Sunday. (Shhhh!) I always am so busy on Monday's I never get home from work till about 6:30pm. It is just too much work! (even for a muffin tin meal)

On to the Tin: I wouldn't say I love this tin, it is okay sometimes it is harder to think of something to do when the book has food in it. Does anyone have that problem too?

The Town was created by searching miniature buildings on ABOUT.COM. They have many buildings on there that you can download or purchase. I also made two signs from the book (Meat Street, and Welcome to Chewandswallow). I just placed them on straws and taped them to the top. The height was created by taking a box of tin foil and placing the "grass" scrapbooking paper over it.

Now for in the tin:

Jello Mountain- I bought these today when I went to the store. I don't know how they work because when I made jello it never fully set but he ate it anyway. ??? I will have to test it out again later. Do you leave the lids on or keep one off???

Giant Meatball

Big Noodles in a Tomato Tornado

Cream cheese and jelly on bread circles

Giant Pancake (thank goodness I make a whole box of mix once a month because I was in no mood to make pancakes. Yup that's right! I take one day a month or every two months and make a hole box of pancakes then place them each in a bag and freeze them. Then just microwave and they come back to life ;) They taste just as good as if you made them that morning. I also put a little mashed banana and syrup in the batter so that it is a bit more moist.

Oreos- mainly because I would want them to fall out of the sky if I had a choice.

Craft: Cloudy With a Chance of Food Falling From The Sky

I just printed out a picture from the book and cut around it. Also I cut food out of the sunday ads so that he could paste them on the paper above the umbrella.

It really came out cute, I will have to post a finished picture.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Apple Themed Printables

This week I found this GREAT website that has a "bushel" of Apple stuff. I didn't get to make all of these that I planned for the week due to my Goosey being sick. I hope you enjoy!

Click the link below each picture to print your own.

Apple Feelings Printable Book

emergent reader Apple feelings -

Parts of an Apple Worksheet

parts of an apple -

Picture to Picture or Picture to word Match!! All Apple things.

Very Cool!! Even with the chinese apple juice.<
apple_stuff_no-labels.doc -

Apple Picking Book with Recipes and Crafts!!!
It's Apple Picking Time! -

Apple Calender Numbers (I was thinking number match with these)
Apple Calendar Numbers thevirtualvine com apple graphic by tickledpinkgraphics -

Apple Craft
apple craft template -

Apple Unit
Apple unit -

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

FNCCC #3 Alexandra Guarnaschelli- Linzer Cookies (sort of)

The chef for this week's Food Network Chefs Cooking Challenge is Alexandra Guarnaschelli.

Okay so I noticed that the "deadline" was today for this challenge, I already had dinner in the crock pot and I was thinking I am not going to the store AGAIN today. I made these cookies with a slight variation as you can see. I had no jam or anything or time to make any, and as you remember from the perogies I lost my big circle cookie cutter to the hands of the Goose. I wanted to keep with the Apple theme that I am doing all this week for my son, so the apple cookie was born. This dough is so buttery and the nutmeg and cinnamon make it the perfect "fall" dough. For my variation of the cookies I just did everything mentioned below except before I baked them I rolled the edges in red sprinkles, when they came out I put 4-5 chocolate chips and piped on some green icing for the leaf and brown for the stem.

Linzer Heart Sandwich Cookies
Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli
Prep Time: 40 min Inactive Prep Time: hr min Cook Time: 15 min Level:
Intermediate Serves:
2 1/2 to 3 dozen cookies, about 1 1/2 inches Ingredients
2 1/2 sticks butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional flour for rolling the cookies
1/2 cup slivered almonds, ground
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup seedless raspberry jam
Powdered sugar, optional
Special Equipment:
2 heart-shaped (or round) cookie cutters: 1 about 1 1/2 inches and 1 about 3/4-inch
Waxed paper (or parchment)
Rolling pin
3 baking sheets
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and continue mixing until the mixture becomes light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. In another bowl, combine and mix the flour, almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Note: because this dough has a good amount of butter, it needs "resting" time and needs to be rolled fairly quickly. Lay 3 large pieces of waxed paper in a single layer on a flat surface. Sprinkle each with a light coating of flour. Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a rubber spatula, blend the flour mixture in with the butter. When the ingredients are fully integrated, place 1/3 of the batter on each piece of waxed paper. Coat dough with a light layer of flour, and top with another piece of waxed paper of the same length to make 3 batter "sandwiches". Place 2 of them in the refrigerator and work with 1 at a time.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll the first batch into as neat a shape as possible. What matters most is avoiding creases or cracks and getting it to about 1/8-inch in thickness. When the first is rolled, refrigerate it and repeat the same process for the other 2 pieces of dough.

Make the cookie bottoms: Remove the first rolled sheet from the refrigerator and cut as many 1 1/2-inch hearts (or rounds). Reserve the scraps in the refrigerator. Arrange them neatly in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Repeat with the other two sheets, reserving any scraps.

Make the cookie tops: Cut a heart, with the smaller cutter, out of the center of half of all the cookies to create a heart outline. Roll the scraps in between 2 pieces of waxed paper and cut additional hearts, if desired.

Bake the cookies until they are lightly brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the trays from the oven and allow them to cool slightly for a few minutes before gently transferring them to a flat surface. In a small pot, pour in the raspberry jam and bring it to a light simmer. Remove from the heat to cool slightly as well.

Spoon about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon raspberry jam on each bottom and place a "top" heart on each. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

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"NO BAKE" Apple Pie

Last night I was thinking of things to do with Apples hmmmmm.... I was putting away the dishes and moved the paper plates and it hit me Paper Plate Apple Pies!!! I really like how these came out and so did the Goose.

Now here's what you need:

2 paper plates

Something to color the plate brown, (crayon, paint or this bingo markers that the goose is in love with)

Red construction paper or tissue paper ( oriental trading has them cut already for you for a really cheap price)

Cinnamon and or nutmeg


String or ribbon ( I left the string long so we could hang it in the kitchen.

hole punch

Directions: Take the two paper plates and hole punch them, ( Hint make a mark of where they line up because you will have a hard time finding the way the holes line up or save till end. ;) Then crumble paper and paste on bottom "crust". I cut holes in the top so it looks more like a pie, just fold "crust" like you would cut out a snowflake. Paint top and apply extra glue to "apple pie filling" and sprinkle with cinnamon mixture and string them together. Enjoy!!

Shaking on the cinnamon mixture.

Smelling the cinnamon and nutmeg! Yummy!

Putting the Apple Pie together.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We are going on a APPLE hunt!!!

Look what the "apple" really a cherry tree left for us this morning!!! I bought these pictures at the dollar store a couple years back and thought they would be perfect for this theme. We had alot of fun collecting all the fall apples, gourds and pumpkins.

For more Apple theme lessons and ideas keep checking back all week long.