The past couple of weeks have been a bit rough around here. Mr. Awesome was sick and then the internet has been down for a bit. (I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks now but couldn’t post it.) Then my computer died… eek! Thankfully all seems to be better now and I am trying to learn the ins and outs of my new computer.
Valentine’s day is just around the corner so I wanted to share a couple of ideas and deals that I’ve found and some that I have tried out myself. (This post does contain affiliate links.) I’ll update this list if I find any other really good deals too!
You can also check out my previous post here ,which I will be updating soon, for more ideas and activities.
Cute Valentine’s Cards:
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January 25th is Opposites Day which is the perfect day to teach our kids about opposites, or is it? Anyway below are a few fun ideas to celebrate this day in your house.
Things To Do
Books to Read
Did you know that January 24th is Compliment Day? I didn’t until here recently but now that I do I want to be prepared. These would really be good for any day of the year though and the smallest compliment can really turn a bad day around. Continue reading 101 Compliments To Really Make Someone’s Day Better
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I know, I know it’s already the middle of January and I’m just now getting this list out and I do apologize. I promise I’ll do better! I kinda dropped these posts a while back but I know I like to find all of the fun and unusual holidays to celebrate with my kids so I am determined to start doing these again!
I do have the monthly links on Kirby Kid’s page or you can click this link January Holidays.
Continue reading Fun And Unusual Holidays To Celebrate In January (2018)
Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet? I haven’t, well I have a few things in mind but I haven’t actually sat down and put pen to paper or anything like that. I want to be more organized… some people laugh when I say that as they think I am already really organized… this recent move still has been in a tizzy. I’d also like to lose a little weight like many of us. Most importantly I just want to be a better mother, friend, and person in 2018 than I was in 2017. Hmmm… not too much to ask is it? Continue reading Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet?
Well 2017 is almost at an end which means we need to get ready for the New Year. Many families have a traditional meal that they serve and below is what we normally serve.
New Year’s Meal:
I’m not really sure what our meal is going to be yet, as we have been starting some new traditions here in the little house on the pond, but I’m sure it will be delicious.
Happy New Year’s!
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I know that many of you have been so super busy and may not have had a chance to check out the Precious Moments website that I linked to in our post last week but seriously you need to go check them out right now!
Their After Christmas Sale just started today and it includes almost all of their Christmas items with the exception of most of the Nativity Sets. This is a special sale so you don’t need a coupon code of any sort.
Some of these items are up to 90% off! Here are a few examples of sale items: Continue reading Precious Moments Sale!
Ok, so I’m not entirely sure what the real name for this should be but this is the name we came up with last night. Papa D has been talking about this dessert that his Granny would make and how much he enjoyed it and would love to have some. The only problem was no one had the recipe nor did anyone know the real name for it.
When he explained it to me I thought it sounded similar to the Blackberry Dumplings my mom-mom always made. Yummmmmmmy! So for the past few months I have been researching and trying to find this mysterious recipe. I’ve went through some of my old cook books and then looked online too. I’ve found many similar recipes but nothing that seemed to fit what he was describing so I figured I’d just kind of ‘wing it’ and make my own recipe.
This was a bit scary as I’ve never tasted nor seen what this was and I didn’t want to ask Papa D any more questions as he might figure out what kind of surprise I was planning. I did manage to talk to Mr. Awesome’s mom who had made this before and got a little bit more information but she wasn’t really certain about all of the ingredients or amounts either as it had been a long time since she had made this too.
Here is the recipe I came up with. I may still tweak it a little here and there but it was really good just like this. You may also want to add a little cinnamon or spices but Papa D isn’t too crazy about cinnamon. (I’ll try to remember to snap a picture of this treat the next time I make it to add to this post.)
Blackberry Pig in a Poke
For the Dumpling Dough:
- 2 c. self rising flour
- 2 T. Shortening
- 1/2 c. – 1c. milk, (maybe a tad more) just enough to get the dough soft
For the filling:
- 2-3 c. blackberries
- 1 c. sugar
For the glaze:
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
- nutmeg, optional
You will need a large pot with boiling water and a cheesecloth or flour sack. (I used a large flour sack towel.
Gently mix the blackberries and sugar together, let sit.
Mix the shortening into the flour until crumbly. Add the milk to form a soft dough. Roll the dough out, on a lightly floured surface, into a rectangle. Get it about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
Now take the blackberries and spread them onto the dough leaving about 1/2 inch from the edges.
Carefully roll the dough up, like a jelly roll, and form into a circle.
Be very careful and place this onto your cheesecloth or flour sack. Tie the ends up tightly.
Now drop this into your boiling water and let cook 20-25 minutes. Watch closely to prevent boil overs.
While the dumpling is cooking you can mix the glaze.
Whip the butter with a fork or mixer and then gently stir in the brown sugar.
When the dumpling is finished cooking remove it from the water. I let mine sit in the colander for 5-10 minutes.
Then carefully open it up and slice it or spoon it out of the sack. (You could try to transfer it to a pretty platter but mine didn’t make it that far when they found out what I had made.)
Then spoon some of the brown sugar glaze on top, it will melt into the dumpling.
Gently sprinkle, or grate, a bit of nutmeg on top.
I think this would also be good with some vanilla ice cream.
If you aren’t crazy about the brown sugar glaze you can try this one:
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 2 c. powdered sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2-3 T milk
Whip the butter until fluffy.
Gradually add in the sugar.
Add the vanilla and mix well.
Add just enough milk to make it spoonable.
Serve over the dumping or your favorite dessert.
We survived Christmas! However the house is a complete wreck. I’ll post some pics below. This Christmas, actually this whole year, has been unlike any other before. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it has been hard because we’ve been knocked out of routine so many times. However we always get back on track, eventually, and find our normal again. (Our normal varies from day to day with so many kiddos and their special needs.) Continue reading Anybody Else Have The Day After Christmas Blues?