Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Disney at Christmas Part 1

Recently I mentioned that we spent Thanksgiving in Orlando and while there, we visited most of the Disney hotels to see how they decorated for Christmas. Here's a couple of photos that I took during that trip. I just love how they decorate!


Aren't their decorative soaps so cute?!!


Blessings,
Jenni

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Candy Cane Apple (again!)

 Here's a blast from the past. Do you remember this candy cane apple from a few years back? I still like to make these at Christmas time for my kids.

Just wash a red apple.....

Cut up several strips...

Slice into equal parts....

Just arrange!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Candy Cane Lunch Box

Exodus 20:8
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Over Thanksgiving break my family and I took a short trip to Orlando and one of my very favorite things to do there is to visit as many of the different Disney hotels as possible to see them all decked out for Christmas. I took a bunch of photos that I'll (hopefully) share with you soon! 

Anyhow, I feel as though I'm still recovering from Thanksgiving break and getting back into the swing of things while in the midst of this crazy holiday season. I say this because this week, I just taught my kids about the 4th Commandment as I drove to our after school activities. Honestly, sometimes I think it works best this way because there's not much for them to do in the car but listen to me, no distractions-yes!

For this Christmas season, I've chosen a candy cane as our theme. When flipped upside down the candy cane forms a "J" for Jesus.  The 4th commandment is about remembering the Sabbath day by resting and making sure to honor God on that day as well. So, a wonderful way to honor God is by worshiping his son, Jesus and that's how I've tied this all together.


I recently bought for my kids the book,"Legend of the Candy Cane," which I'm sure many of you are familiar with. I love how it describes the legend for the meaning of the colors of the candy cane.

Red= Christ's blood that was shed for us
White= We are washed white as snow in purity through redemption

I've put together a video tutorial on how to make this candy cane lunchbox. You can click HERE to see it or watch it below:


 It was like a candy cane workshop on my table!

Blessings,
Jenni

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Life of a Snowman

Going.....

 Going....

 Gone!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Snowy Visitor!

I could hardly believe this one....look who came to peer into my window! It's Fluffsters, the pretty wild cat that I was talking about in my recent post HERE.  So far, this is as close as she will let me come, but hey, it's a start right?!


We recently had our first snow for the winter, which is really rare for us this early. They are calling for a very cold winter here so I'll likely need to find some time to do a bunch of extra cooking and stock up our deep freeze.

With the cold coming in, it's easier to get into the Christmas spirit!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Jenni

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Lunch Tutorial

Exodus 20:7
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain

We are now working on the 3rd Commandment in pancakes and thankfulness is our theme. Since Thanksgiving is about being thankful, I taught my kids that we are to use our mouths to give God thanks and praise instead of misusing his name.

I was trying for an orange lunch theme with the orange jello and orange fruit (I LOVE themes....I can stay awake at night thinking about themes, so fun!).

This time I was able to surprise my kids with the turkeys in their lunches. Usually they find out and see me working on it, but not this time! Yeah!


You can make these pancakes ahead, wrap them, freeze them in a freezer bag and then put them in your kid's lunches the next day.  They will thaw by lunchtime.

Check out the video HERE, or watch it below:


I made enough batter for my kids to make their own turkeys after school.  I was able to freeze their lunch turkeys before they got home so they didn't know about them!

My daughter's turkey was sooooo cute! I love seeing what my kids come up with in art pancakes.

Blessings,
Jenni

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

From my Kitchen Window

From my kitchen widow you can see a bunch of turkeys running away from my camera lens! Stop running turkeys! I got out my telephoto lens to capture these guys but they always see me and I have to snap fast photos (which is hard to get camera exposure settings that fast!).  These turkeys only show up when it's not turkey hunting season. It must be deer hunting season now because all the deer have "disappeared."

These little acorns that my daughter and I found at the pumpkin patch used to be on my kitchen window...I can't find them now. Hmm???

And finally, from my kitchen window, I snapped a photo of my currently favorite cat...who does not like me much :(

This is Fluffsters, a wild cat who lives behind our house. Isn't she cute?? She won't let me get very close to her (yet anyhow).  I'll keep trying...... 

Blessings,
Jenni