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

Monday, November 10, 2014

The last of Fall

Fall is on it's way out...and definitely the prettiness of it has faded from our backyard.  Here's a few photos that I'll have to hold on to and remember until next year....



Blessings,
Jenni

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Frog Pancake Art Tutorial

 Exodus 20:4
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image

We have been working on the 2nd Commandment now and I made these little green frog sandwiches to represent it. Ok, so this doesn't make a whole lot of sense off the bat of course, but stay with me here.....

My Sunday School class had a stuffed animal picnic party recently where we talked about the 2nd commandment. My daughter used to have a frog stuffed animal that she loved and the frog pancakes are to represent a stuffed animal.

So we talked about how we love and hold our stuffed animals at night when we're scared and how they are comforting. Being comforted by our stuffed animals is good but if we believe that our stuffed animal can take away our fears and we put our faith in that instead of God, then they we are making it an idol. 

I Samuel 4:1-11 is a wonderful reference to read because Israel put their faith in the ark of the covenant instead of God himself and by doing so, it was captured.

My kids LOVE The Action Bible. I highly recommend it and I read the above story to my own kids and my class from it.

If you can't see the video player, click HERE

For my own kids, I made Jolly Rancher green apple jello in their lunches (to stay with the frog green theme-I just LOVE themes!).



Since I made up a batch of frog pancakes for my kids lunches in advanced, I froze them to keep them fresh. I do this by individually wrapping each little sandwich with plastic wrap, then I placed them all in a freezer bag. I take them out and put them in their lunches still frozen because they will thaw by lunch time.

This isn't the first time I've made frog pancakes.  Years ago I made this for my daughter when she was home from school not feeling well. "A frog with lily pads" is what she requested. You can see the original post HERE.

Blessings,
Jenni

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pumpkin Scrubber

I have one very dedicated pumpkin scrubber who lives at our house.  My little gal worked on cleaning her pumpkin after visiting the pumpkin patch with great diligence! I mean, it took at least 30 minutes for her to clean this very small pumpkin (Heehe!) but it's super clean now..............

Oh wait, more soap just for good measures......
Ok, Ok, I think it's clean now....time to rinse the poor pumpkin and maybe paint it some fun colors!

Happy November :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I Can

Philippians 4:13 
I can do all things through
Christ which strengtheneth me.

I have a decorated can in my Sunday School class (that we call our "I Can") to encourage my girls that with Christ, we can do all things. It's been a great way to encourage positive attitudes with my girls as well as myself (I mean, if I'm teaching this lesson, I need to be working on it myself too in my daily life!).

I currently use our "I Can" for our SS offering so that it has a purpose to sit out on the table every week. However, when I first introduced this lesson to the girls, we made clothespin flower clips to put on the can. Now I use their flowers clips as a way to hang up their artwork on the wall. Fun!

Blessings,
Jenni

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Recommended Book for Girls


If you have a daughter, I have a fun book to recommend to you today. It's called Brave Girls Bible Stories (I bought it HERE on Amazon). I originally heard about it from my blog friend Christina over at the Olive Tree.

I am going to use this book for my Sunday School class of girls but also at home as well. It's awesome! The illustrations are very beautiful and I really like how it has modern day characters who introduce each Bible story and how it relates to modern day girls and tweens today.  It reads like a devotional so it's something that you could read every night. Very awesome. I'm guessing that I'll be talking about it on my blog when I find ways to incorporate the stories into my SS Lessons.

My daughter has been reading this a lot on her own lately. Also I read it to my daughter for 30 minutes the other day, she begged me to read more. I told ya, it's really good!

Blessings,
Jenni