Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Below are some links to fun activities for Tell a Fairy Tale Day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Tell a Fairy Tale Day activities for kids on Pinterest

fairy tales for kids on YouTube

NATIONAL TELL A FAIRY TALE DAY – February 26

Fun Holiday – Tell a Fairy Tale Day

 

February 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!

This month is also know as:

  • American Heart Month
  • Black History Month
  • Canned Food Month
  • Great American Pie Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • National Grapefruit Month

Sometimes the 100th day of school will fall somewhere in February as well. **see 100th day of school for more activities

I found this list and more here:

National Freedom Day (1st)

**see National Freedom Day for more activities

Ground Hog Day (2nd)

**see Groundhog Day for more activities

Feed the Birds Day (3rd)

**see here for lots of crafts kids can make on Pinterest

Send a Card to a Friend Day (7th)

**see here for lots of crafts kids can make on Pinterest

Kite Flying Day (8th)

**see here for lots of crafts kids can make on Pinterest

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday (12th)

**see Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday for more activities

Valentine’s Day (14th)

**see Valentine’s Day for more activities

National Gum Drop Day (15th)

Random Acts of Kindness Day (17th)

**see here for lots of crafts kids can make on Pinterest

Cherry Pie Day (20th)

President’s Day (3rd Monday)

**see President’s Day for more activities

George Washington’s Birthday (22nd)

**see George Washington’s Birthday for more activities

National Tortilla Chip Day (24th)

National Pistachio Day (26th)

Tell a Fairy Tale Day (26th)

**see Tell a Fairy Tale Day for more activities

Polar Bear Day (27th)

**see Polar Bear Day for more activities

Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday (varies)

**see Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday for more activities

Leap Day  (29th)- not again until 2020, once every four years

**see Leap Day for more activities

Also check out:

It’s February (lots of fun activities listed)

Homeschool: February on Pinterest for crafts/activities related to the month of February.

Fried Apple Pies

We made these in Home Ec. class and it was the first time I’d ever had one. I loved them so much I was constantly making them at home, from scratch, but there are easier ways to make them. They could also be made with other pie fillings as well.

I will give you the instructions to make them from scratch but you can also use store bought pie dough and pie filling, if you like. I know how busy things get and how crazy life can be.

These are also fun for the kids to help with. They can help to roll out the dough and cut the circles. They can also spoon the filling in and use the fork to seal the edges.

Fried Apple Pies

Ingredients:

  • Apple pie filling or use store bought
  • Whipped Pie Crust or use store bought
  • oil for frying
  • butter (optional)
  • flour, for rolling out crust
  • 2-3 T. cold water
  • powdered sugar (optional)

Glaze: (optional)

  • 3/4 c. confectioner’s sugar
  • 2-3 T. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla (optional)

Directions:

Roll the crust out on a lightly floured surface. (Too much flour = tough crust)

Take a small bowl or saucer and cut a circle out of the crust.

Place 2-3 T. of filling on each round.

Brush the edges with water and fold in half. Take a fork and lightly press down to seal the edges.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. You can add a small amount of butter to the oil, if you like.

Carefully add the pies to the pan and fry until golden brown, turning the pies as needed, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Drain on paper towels.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Or mix together the ingredients for the glaze and drizzle the pies when cooled.

January 24, 2017

Today was an eventful day in more ways than one. We made it through and the day ended on a good note. 

I had seen a couple of posts about square dancing classes. They had grabbed my attention and upon further research I found that they were rather close to me. 

I had intended on going last week but things happened, life, and it got pushed to the back burner. Well that almost happened again this week but there was a little voice that kept nagging me to go. So I did!

Guess what? I had a blast. I’ve always loved square dancing and flat footing. It’s been a while, 20+ years, since I’ve done it but it started to come back to me. 

I’m not great, probably not even good yet, but I enjoyed myself. I probably looked like a crazy chicken but that’s ok too. I laughed at myself when I kept confusing my left from my right and the hand holding had me completely bumfuzzled the first go round. 

After a round or two it got better. But then our partners got changed! Oh my! The thing is that as long as you relax,listen to the directions, and remember to keep moving forward then you’ll be fine!

All in all it was a lot of fun and I look forward to doing it again soon! We all need to take the time to dance every now and then. Slow down and enjoy the music of life. 

So grab your partner and do-si-do!

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas

This is not the most authentic enchilada recipe but my kids really enjoy these. Pair it with a salad or rice and beans to make a complete meal. Continue reading “Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas”

January 23, 2017

My heart is especially heavy today. I am saddened by yesterday’s events. 

It was crazy at our house and we tried to be as prepared as we could be. The storms were forecasted to be some of the worst in a decade and I believe they lived up to the predictions. 

Life is returning to normal for us here. The kids are calming down and the closet has been returned to it’s normal state. As I pulled the crock pot out and looked for the missing knob I was reminded of how blessed we were yesterday. 

Just an hour or so north of us is a different story. The pictures of the devastation brings tears to my eyes. I also get goosebumps when I see the pictures of the tornadoes and funnel clouds. 

There are people who lost everything. They lost houses and belongings that will never be found in all the debris. More importantly some of them lost family members who can never be replaced. 

It will be a long while before life returns to any kind of normal for many of them. 

So I’m asking that everyone please take a minute and pray for all of those affected by the deadly storms that swept through the south over the weekend. Also take a few minutes and count your blessings, name them one by one, and thank God for everything He has done for you and your family. 

Thank you!

The Two Frogs Tale

This is one of those kinds of stories that I love to read to my kids. A story with a moral that teaches an important lesson. It can be so important for us grown ups to refresh our own memories on some of these morals as well.

One of the traits of being a Godly Woman is learning to control your tongue. Yes, this can be an almost impossible task at times. Sometimes it is best not to say anything at all if you just can’t say anything nice.

We need to remember the importance of using kind words. Words that can encourage others to help them succeed. This story is an illustration of just how damaging words can be and shows how they can indeed make the difference between life and death in certain circumstances.

The Two Frogs Tale

A group of frogs was walking through the woods when two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” As it turned out this frog was deaf and could not hear what they had been saying. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

So we what do we need to learn from this story? We need to see just how powerful our tongue and our words can be. If we speak an encouraging word to others it can possibly be the motivation that they need and help them to get through a difficult time.

However, if we speak the wrong words it could send them into a downward spiral.

Make a conscious effort today to use your tongue and your words to encourage someone around you. Ask God to help you choose your words and to help you keep your mouth shut when you can’t. Make your words count and use your tongue to bless others in a positive way each and every day!

Pull-Apart Cakes (Cupcake Cakes)

Lately, I have been making pull-apart cakes for birthdays. They are so much easier to serve and so much fun. They can also be a little bit of a challenge to design. Below are some of the cake designs we have attempted so far. Continue reading “Pull-Apart Cakes (Cupcake Cakes)”

Sunflower Pull-Apart Cake

This was the cake I made for Caitlyn’s 10th birthday party. It was a rough day with tornado watches/warnings, lots of wind, and power outages. We needed a little something to brighten our day when the weather was so gloomy. Continue reading “Sunflower Pull-Apart Cake”

Weenie Roast

What is a Weenie Roast you may wonder? Well, a church that we went to in NC would have a Weenie Roast every Fall. They had a small fire and the men would go find some nice twigs for the kids to use to roast their hot dogs and marshmallows on. It was something we always looked forward to and we love the memories that we have from those times.

My older kids wanted to recreate those memories for the younger ones so we have a Weenie Roast set to repeat on the meal schedule. Of course we also include a Weenie Roast as a camping activity. If the weather is nice I may even let the kids camp in the back yard.

We just plan it like a cookout or BBQ. We will have hot dogs, chips, potato salad, and whatever sides anyone else wants to bring or make. It is not meant to be anything fancy, just a little break to sit and relax around a fire and to make memories. I love the way a wood fire smells and that alone can trigger some wonderful memories for myself.

Those are the kinds of memories that I want my kids to have and I find that I have to be intentional in my planning of some things. If not, life gets in the way and things get so busy and hectic that I don’t feel I have time. By having it on the calendar I can plan for it and be ready for some FUN!

Here are some ideas that I have found online that can help you to make your own Weenie Roast, if you like.

Weenie Roast Party Ideas

How to Host a Weenie Roast

Weenie Roast ideas on Pinterest

weenie roast ideas via google search

Laura’s Sweet Pork

This is another favorite from the Real Mom Cookbook. I have included the link to the original recipe as well as we have changed the recipe a little bit.

My kids like this with Cheesey PotatoesCole Slaw, and some rolls. The leftovers are delicious when used for Sweet Pork Quesadillas. Continue reading “Laura’s Sweet Pork”

Pumpkin Muffins

This is a great way to use up any frozen pumpkin you may have in the freezer. You don’t have frozen pumpkin? Am I the only one with an overabundance of frozen pumpkin? Don’t answer that, please. If you don’t have the frozen you can use canned pumpkin.

I have also added the instructions for a crumb topping which is optional. My kids love muffins, especially Cinnamon muffins, so I add this to them to keep them happy. Continue reading “Pumpkin Muffins”

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