Friday, November 21, 2014

a fall craft.



I am always on the look out for fun ideas to try out with my kiddos. I stumbled across quite a few images of painted leaves this fall.  I thought we would give it a try, and it was a simple easy task that all three kiddos enjoyed. 

Of course by enjoyed, I mean one child took their time with every little detail, one child finished in two seconds and spent the rest of the time mixing paint colors, and the last child opted out of painting the leaves in favor of painting her body. good times, good times

By good times I mean I left these outside to dry and forgot to bring them in...and it rained that night. The child who took their time with their art work was not happy, the child who mixed the colors thought it was neat to see what had happened to the paper, and the last child who painted all over themselves still loved their masterpiece all the same.

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Top 10 FREE Christmas Events in the Kansas City Area!





1.) Crown Center : Walking around and enjoying Crown Center's shops and amenities is fun all by itself, add Christmas to the mix and there is something captivating about this area. A few events they offer that cost NOTHING include:   visits with Santa, Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa's Crayola Christmas Land, Meet the Snow Queen, North Pole Communication Center, and multiple music events

2.) Union Station: Step back in time and get in the Christmas spirit with a trip to Union Station. Be sure to hit up the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, free to the public. Union station is also partnering with Project Warmth so bring a gently used coat or blanket, and receive up to two free tickets to the planetarium.

3.)Plaza lights: It doesn't really feel like Christmas if you don't visit the plaza at least once to view the lights. The 85th Plaza Lighting Ceremony begins at 5 pm on thanksgiving day. Also, enjoy good old fashion caroling every weekend in December.

4.) Zona Rosa: Zona Rosa also has a lighting ceremony. They offer free visits with the Fairy Princess and Santa. Please note: photos cost money and personal cameras can not be used during visit.

5.) Downtown Parkville: Parkville offers a fun way to kick off the Christmas season with Christmas on the River. This event offers holidays sounds from local choirs and fireworks!

6.) Bass Pro Shop: Bass Pro Shop puts on an amazing replica of Santa's Wonderland! Santa's wonderland offers crafts, color pages, and even a FREE 4X6 photo. Note: If you go on a weekend be prepared to wait sometimes up to two hours.

7.) Holiday Express Train: The annual Holiday Express Train roles into town December 18th-21st. 

8.) Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake: Get ready to see a HUGE display of Christmas lights!The Park is open daily starting November 26th. Note: Go early to be the first ones in line and go during the week when it is less crowded. Weekends trips can involve up to a two hour wait. 

9.) Whoville Holiday at the River Market: Enjoy a visit with the Grinch. Enjoy kid friendly activities and great photo opportunities. Whoville comes to life every Saturday leading up to Christmas 10:30 am - 1 pm. 






book review and giveaway.



Seeing the crowds, he up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. // Matthew 5:1

" He sits down. God sits down. He's not to busy. He's not too rushed. He doesn't have too much to do. This is his important thing. To sit and speak words that will heal whoever will sit still enough to listen. " Maggie Paulus

The above is take from the very first read in this book. This book is so raw and real and honestly...oh so refreshing. The words don't feel forced or scripted. The words feel real and full of life. 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

apple pie.



Are you looking for a pie recipe...for Thanksgiving...for the upcoming Christmas party season...for gatherings...for any day ending in the letter y? Look no further. This is the BEST apple pie I have ever eaten. ever.


Pie crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, very-cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 to 8 Tbsp ice water
*I like to freeze my butter for at least an hour.

put flour, sugar, and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times // add  half of the butter to the mixture and pulse a few more times // then add the rest of the butter and pulse a few more times // add 1/4 cup of ice water ( be sure not to add the ice ) and pulse again // then add more ice water, about a  tablespoon at a time...mixing just enough to make a crumbled mixture.

Form dough into two balls and place directly into the fridge, for at least one hour but up to two days. Dough is now ready to use.




1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup  sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
6 sliced and peeled honey crisp apples 

preheat oven to 425 degrees // melt the butter in a saucepan. // mix in flour to form a paste // add water, sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil //  reduce temperature and let simmer // layer bottom of pie pan with crust, fill with apples, then layer top of pie crust // gently pour mixture over the top of the pie crust // mixture will seep down over the apples //  

Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.


Now enjoy. If your feeling generous share your pie...that doesn't happen in our house...if we have to share the pie...we make two.  




Monday, November 17, 2014

weekend recap.


 


weekend recap // doctors check ups and 13 lbs // waiting for snow // outdoor adventures // visits from grandpa and a movie // sleeping through the night // christmas decorating // anticipating the snow // train track building // pjs all day long // seeing snow flurries // asking where is the snow // hot chocolate and shirley temples // asking why the weather man was wrong about the snow //coloring by the fireplace // snowflakes!! // going outside at 8pm to play // decorating that took 6 hours // chilli // sleepovers // waking up to a dusting of snow // shoveling the driveway // good coffee // worship and sunday school // more chilli // birthday parties // suckers and treats // playing with cousins // cereal , cheeze-its, and pumpkin bread //


How was your weekend?

Friday, November 14, 2014

book review/ giveaway.



I Can Learn the Bible might be one of the cutest books I have seen to date.  The illustrations are adorable...and the book is filled with 52 scriptures...one for each week. This book would make a great gift, tool for homeschooling, or would be perfect to use for Sunday school classes.


I have started reading a short devotion with my school aged children...you know fill them with a little Jesus before they head out to public school. Most mornings we get to it, but in all honesty sometimes the business of the morning rush gets the best of us...you know the kind...i can't find any socks...the baby is screaming for a bottle...someone just spilled an entire bowl of milk all over the floor... I have been revaluing our mornings and I think focusing on the same scripture for one week might benefit the season of life we are currently in.

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