Apples to Apples {Slow} Day

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Slow days have been much more meaningful in our busyness lately. When I sit down to write my mind is so cluttered that to organize a post is painful at times. We’ve enjoyed several slow days lately. So much so that I didn’t even bother to take a picture. I hope you enjoy some of these photos of what we’ve been up to lately!

I wanted so much to enjoy a themed night lately. Just to be able to be with my boys more and enjoy them. So last-minute I pulled some things out and they were super excited. We enjoyed church Sunday morning together and then worked on building some monster trucks.

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I made this apple cider and we loved it so!

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Our dinner was no fuss tuna casserole with bacon and cheese salad.

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After dinner we went out to bob for apples..

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How have you been slow lately?

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Meal Plan Monday #25 Cheddar Smiley Face Soup Crackers

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Well the weather is getting colder and it is time to pull out comfort foods. One of the many reasons I love the fall season is for soup. Cream soup. I’ve never really been a fan of brothy soups but give me a good cream based soup and I’ll love you forever. The key is good though. It HAS to be good. I’ll still love you though if it is not.

My Hubby’s favorite soup is tomato soup and he’s a little bit of an Italian snob. Since he studied in Rome, anyone claiming authentic Italian food has to go through him. It’s the tomatoes and spices. They drive him crazy.

I like to can a soupy tomato broth, with the juice of tomatoes after I’ve canned salsa, as a base for my tomato soup. The juice gives the soup a great taste. I also like to try different variations of tomato soups like this one or this one. We love them both.

This is sort of a slow day post as well for October. We haven’t had much time to be very slow like the summer because of our schedules but I declare every now and then that slow be possible. It’s so tough though in a season of busy. I often feel like life just keeps going.

Back to the soup. I saw this recipe for Dracula crackers in Family Fun Magazine a while ago while at a prenatal appointment. Since we don’t do Halloween I decided to tweak these a bit to my liking. Smiley faces are a perfect additive to our dinner table. They were perfect with my creamy tomato soup recipe and a salad on the side and my boys loved them.

These crackers can be added to any soup to make it fun!

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp butter, cubed

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp salt

2 tsp-1/2 cup of cold water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Combine first four ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you get a coarse sand like texture. (1 minute)

Next add 2 tablespoons at a time of cold water and pulse until the mixture forms a dough (30 seconds). Remove dough from food processor and knead into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out to 1/4-1/2 inch thickness (depending on your preference)

Use a donut cutter or a cup to cut circles for the faces and decorate to your liking. (The dough will shrink as it bakes)

I used a straw for the eyes and cut the mouth with a steak knife. We also had pumpkin faced ones.

Lightly spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper and bake crackers for 15-18 minutes until golden and crispy.

Serve them as a side or let them soak up the juice in your favorite soup-in our case tomato.

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Here are a few pictures from our pumpkin family night. This day we decorated our traditional crazy pumpkins and spent some quiet time as a family.

First we watched Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin. I made corn dogs and the boys had a pumpkin popcorn mix in scarecrow bags. Their favorite is hot chocolate and it was cold that particular evening so I decided to give them their favorite treat.

Afterward we spent the rest of the evening whipping up a crazy pumpkin family. A quiet family evening beats TV any day.

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Do you have any family fun traditions for the fall season??

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Linking Up With:  Playdates with God,  Titus Tuesdays, Living Proverbs 31, Joy Dare

Back to School Party

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Friday we had our first back to school celebration with our cousins. I’d been planning this thing since the beginning of summer and I was determined to make it really nice for the children. The theme was seeking God’s treasures. Those things that God values above rubies. Wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and trusting him. I wanted to encourage the children attending that hard work and diligence will pay off with these virtues.

It was really fun!

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We started with a treasure hunt for school supplies. The treasure hunt was based in proverbs and each scripture gave a clue to the next school supply. Since we have a lot of open space, I hid most of the supplies in our garden. The last clue was to lunch and after lunch my sister-in-law and I set up some things that we had for a photo-op. I also made chalk board speech bubbles from foam board that we used for photo’s. My picture’s are all over the place honestly because I just snapped as the kiddos ran. I can’t believe I got any pictures worth showing.  Oh but I so can’t wait to do it again next year!

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My kid Hero took this in to his new teacher and we heard back that she loved it!

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Resources:

Leaves on straws, bus fuel-ourthriftyideas.com

Back to school sign, snack signs- catchmyparty.com

Terra cotta apple idea-733blog.com

I’m a second grader sign- iheartnaptime.net

Back to school bingo- idigpinterest.com

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Linking Up With:  Playdates with God,  Titus TuesdaysLiving Proverbs 31, Joy Dare

Welcome Summer!

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Our summer officially started a few weeks ago and I had in mind some fun things to do to encourage my Kid Hero and kick summer off right. My hubby was able to get off work early to be home for lunch which was a blessing.

When Kid Hero got off the bus he ran into a banner that I handmade, Hulk smash surprise squirt him and we broke out in a water fight. I didn’t capture everything because I didn’t want my camera wet but there are a few good snippets I did catch. Some of our games included a popcorn relay race, water balloon baseball, and water drop. My hubby didn’t have time to stay and paint faces so I think next year we will plan better for that.

All in all we wanted to intentionally encourage our boy that hard work and diligence do pay off when you work for the Lord and that there is a time to play after you have applied yourself faithfully. The boys were surprised to see us acting silly and having as much fun as they were. We hope to continue this every year to give them something to look forward to.

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What creative ways do you encourage your children to hard work and diligence?

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Linking Up With:  Playdates with God,  Titus TuesdaysLiving Proverbs 31

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Memorial Day Fun

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We had a four-day weekend for Memorial Day. So my hubby and I set out to make this an eventful weekend filled with fun and food. We BBQ’d all weekend for lunch and dinner, slept out on our deck and played down at the creek where I could practice some photography skills. It truly was most relaxing and we were sad to see it go so soon.

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Picking Dandelions for Jelly and tea..

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Remember these!! I’m surprised I remembered how to make one.

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Life: Down at the creek..

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Experience: Sweet Hunney Suckle. Tastes so sweet!

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Nature

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Beauty: Red eggs from an insect…..

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Fears: Overcoming

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Caring: Rocky

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Creating: Captain America Shields

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Creation: identifying

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Loving: Rocky

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My Joy Filled Life- Learning to Seek the Slow Around Me

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged much in a week in a half. As bad as I have been feeling I probably should have not even had blogging on my mind but somehow I couldn’t help thinking of what I’m going to share here.

I heard someone say to me before that I shouldn’t want God to really slow me down and that I’d better take the chance when I can. Just thinking about that this week made me chuckle. Why? Because in his own way God has stopped me from the doting task of being the girl who has her hands in everything, and I’ve been forced to slow down. But Daddy knows best and I’m making my efforts to learn.

Living slow is a lifestyle, a mindset and a gift.

I came across this scripture in my reading this week that reminded me that I don’t always have to be doing something; that God delights in rest. Though that is not an excuse to be lazy, God values hard work and gifts rest to his children because of it.

 

Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.
It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat;  for God gives rest to his loved ones.

    Psalm 127: 1-2

 

For the mama that is always doing something, this scripture encouraged me so. I’ve found slow many times to be a unacomplishable task but somehow for the past few weeks it’s been easier for me to not freak about stuff that can wait. Here I want to share some things that have given me joy in this time, things that I have recognized as God’s smile and hand around me.

 

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Tree burning and family time. Look at that fire…imagining God in the burning bush to Moses. How much more beautiful was that?!

 

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Trying my hand at stewed crackers for my hubby. Gifting my family things that warm their hearts.

 

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Science Fair with my Kid Hero-Mixing colors for people ( His project was Color Theory! Proud Mama 🙂

 

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A Celebration for Jesus – a symbol of grace and how sweet it is

 

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Mason jar drinks and paper straws make me happy 🙂

 

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Raised to life with Jesus Christ!

 

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Our Favorite Resurrection Scavenger Hunt I got a few years ago. Taking time to hunt eggs in our yard with our family.

 

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A recipe for meal plan Monday! I love this picture. Lots of times we show perfect pictures of a finished product and we want people to believe that our efforts to make that dish was flawless. Well, my favorite Italian made dish cracked straight down the middle in the oven. This represents my flaws and more on this day my heart. Here’s to making mistakes and letting them encourage you!

 

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looking in nature to find God’s signature. A Robin took the dead willows from our garden and made a nest for her babies right on our gutters. Birds Make me happy! What an honor to be her nesting place of choice!

All of these things have gifted me with an opportunity to further seek the Lord. Seeking the Lord has gifted me the opportunity to keep finding these precious things and learn more about God’s Character.

What things have you found lately to inspire your daily living?

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Slow Day: Valentine’s Day

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Our morning began with heart-shaped pancakes and bacon. We had so much snow here that there was no school for my oldest. My hubby immediately went out with the snow blower and I went out after him.

Funny story: when I came back, the 15 pancakes and pieces of bacon I made were all gone. Growing boys huh?

For Valentine’s Day I set up a nice dinner. After dinner we played some minute-to-win-it games, which are my favorite. I couldn’t get a good picture of all of the games but some included were: conversation heart stacker, marshmallow flop, heart a stack, suck it up, chopsticks. My boys had so much fun and hubby and I did too and at the end I made rice krispie treats with white chocolate. (Chocolate wasn’t finished hardening when I snapped the pic).

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How was your Valentine’s day?

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