December Holidays

I will try to update this list with some fun activities as well. Feel free to click the links to find out more about the origins and meanings behind these special days. I plan to incorporate a few of these into our normal homeschool routine to add a little fun and excitement to our days. Have fun and maybe make up your own personal family holiday or tradition for the month! Continue reading “December Holidays”

Advent Studies (Updated)

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Updated 12/5/18 I know Advent has already began but its never to late to learn about the true meaning of Christmas and to prepare ourselves for the coming of our Lord. Check out this old post with updated links for ideas on how to bring the joy of Christmas into your home this holiday season!

As I mentioned on the Holidays page I am attempting to do an Advent study here at our house. Sometimes I get so many ideas going in my head that I just can’t seem to get them in order in time to use them. This year I have went ahead and began ordering a few books and researching a few ideas on Pinterest. (I set a reminder on my  Cozi Calendar to research Advent. Yes, if I hadn’t I probably would have forgotten. Sad but true.) Continue reading “Advent Studies (Updated)”

St. Nicholas Day (12/6)

December 6th

This is the day we have decided to put up our Christmas tree also. I will try to incorporate this into our lessons for the day.

When is St. Nicholas Day?

Books:

Santa Who? (This book has some wonderful illustrations and helps teach children about how Santa came to be a symbol of Christmas.)

The Saint Who Became Santa Claus

Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend

The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale, with Bonus Cookie Recipe and Pattern for St. Nicholas Christmas Cookies (15th Anniversary Edition)

 

Crafts and Activities: (Links will take you to other sites.)

Easy Peasy Saint Nicholas Crafts for Catholic Family Activities for St. Nicholas’ Day

Family Activities for St. Nicholas’ Day

Word Search

St. Nicholas Day on Pinterest

Christmas Crafts 2018

 

Foods/Snacks:

A Recipe for Saint Nicholas Cookies

Santa Pancakes

Gifts:

I like to give coloring books and other small ‘stocking stuffers‘ for the kids.

Color & Cut Christmas Decorations Activity Book

St. Nicholas Pin

St. Nicholas”Be Giving” Mug

St. Nicholas Figure

St. Nicholas Figure

 

Videos:

Welcome to the What’s in the Bible? Video Archive

Story of Saint Nicholas – Part -1 | English | Story of Saints For Kids

Story of Saint Nicholas – Part -2 | English | Story of Saints For Kids

Who Is St. Nicholas? – JellyTelly Christmas 5 Minute Family Devotional

The History of Santa Claus: St. Nicholas and the Origin of Santa – FreeSchool

 

See also:

St. Nicholas Day 2016

Deluxe Santa Suit

Oriental Trading

Wooden shoes on Amazon

Christmas Stockings on Amazon

December 5, 2017

Good morning ya’ll! Today is a work in progress for me. I woke up with a bad case of vertigo and then both of my legs were asleep! This made it quite a difficult, and probably hilarious, trip to the bathroom as I really had to pee. Anyway I am feeling much better now, Thank you Jesus!, and our morning is going along quite smoothly. I am almost afraid to say that as I don’t want to jinx myself.

I have the Christmas music playing, the kids have had breakfast and are playing quietly in the play room, there has been no tattling, and the kitchen is clean. DS4 brought the hamper to the laundry room (without being asked), loaded the washer, and took the hamper back to his closet. What is happening here? Did I mention that DS21 was home and carried the trash out to the road? I really hate doing that task and I am so thankful he was here and that he took care of it.

Instead of questioning, I will just thank the good Lord for his blessings and enjoy this moment of blissful peace. These moments are few and far between but I am thankful for each and every one of them. What are you thankful for today? Take a few moments and think of at least five things to thank God right now for. You will feel so much better. Often times we remember Him when we need something but we forget to thank Him when things are going good.

Is there someone in your life that you are truly blessed to have? Let them know how much they mean to you. Do a little something special to show them how much you appreciate them. This will not only make you feel better but it will also encourage them and lift them up. The holidays can be really stressful for everyone for a variety of different reasons and you never know when your actions or words can be just what they need to go from having a bad day to having a great day!

In another note, I am also working with a couple of different companies to receive some products for our homeschool activities and for my special needs son. I will be reviewing these items and hopefully showing how we use them in our daily life here. I am so excited for these opportunities and pray the God will continue to bless our family and use our lives to bless others.

 

Snacks & Other Goodies

We usually have a couple of snacks during the day. Snacks help to keep the grouchies away!

I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the table. Our favorites are apples and bananas. I will also try to buy whatever else is in season or on sale to give them a chance to develop a taste for other fruits.

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November 27 – December 3, 2016 meal plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Banana Crumb Muffins

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Free Day (USE PANTRY/FREEZER ITEMS TO MAKE A MEAL.)

Snacks:

Cinnamon Toast


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Hamburger Casserole, Salad

Snacks:

Muffins


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches

Dinner:

Chicken Tacos, salad

Snacks:

PB Toast


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Chicken Taquitos, Spanish Rice, Salad

Snacks:

PB Crackers


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Hot dogs w/mac n cheese

Dinner:

Sloppy Joes, French Fries, Cole Slaw

Snacks:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, fresh veggies or fruit

Dinner:

Beef Tips and Gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans (we had egg noodles instead of mashed potatoes this time around.

Snacks:

Sugar Cookies


Saturday

Breakfast:

Dutch puff and fruit

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches

Dinner:

Meatball Sandwich Casserole, Chips, Salad

Snacks:

No Bake Cookies

PB Toast

Simply toast your bread and spread with your favorite peanut butter. Goes well with bananas.

Cinnamon Toast

Cinnamon Toast

Cinnamon Toast

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices bread
  • butter
  • 1 T sugar (I have been using Stevia or Monkfruit in place of the sugar)
  • 1 t. cinnamon

Directions:

Mix together cinnamon and sugar. Toast your bread, butter it, sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.

I usually keep an old, clean, parmesan cheese shaker full of cinnamon sugar.

Use 2 T cinnamon to every 1/2 c sugar to make it in larger batches.


kids learn to cook


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Banana Crumb Muffins

We have muffins several times throughout the month. They are so easy to make and can be eaten for breakfast or snack throughout the day. This is a good way to use up those overripe bananas sitting in the fruit bowl too!

The kids really like this recipe and refer to it as them as Banana Cinnamon Muffins. I changed the original around a little as I was running low on supplies one day and surprisingly enough it worked out just fine. You could also add some chopped nuts to the batter if you like. Continue reading “Banana Crumb Muffins”

Cheddar Muffins

Cheddar Muffins (not sure where I found this recipe)
Makes 12
Ingredients
•1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
•2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
•1 cup 2% milk
•1/4 cup unsalted butter
•1 egg
•1 tablespoon baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon cayenne
•1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions
1.Preheat oven to 375º F and spray muffin tin with non-stick spray.
2.In a large bowl, mix together the egg, milk and butter.
3.In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and cayenne.
4.Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and fold in cheddar cheese.
5.Fill your muffin tins 3/4 full with batter and place baking tin in oven.
6.Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
7.Remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm.

Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

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Briarpatch Casserole

I always made this for our church dinners and all of the kids would devour it within minutes… always a favorite! Continue reading “Briarpatch Casserole”