Saturday, March 30, 2013

Resurrection Rolls

Like our Easter story cookies, these resurrection rolls are turning into a tradition for Easter lunch! All you need are some of those pre-made crescent rolls and jumbo marshmallows!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Pie-Day: Loquat Pie

We have a loquat tree in our backyard. Some years it doesn’t do much, but this year the fruit on it was abundant! So much so that we decided to make a pie. (Our family has a thing for pies.)

Now loquats are tiny, tasty little fruits, also known as Japanese plums, and they have several seeds in the middle. The recipe I found called for 4 cups of loquats, but I doubled that, wanting to fill the whole pie dish. Needless to say, even if you do have easy access to loquats, this recipe is not for the faint of heart.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Story Cookies

These cookies have become a tradition for our family, and I hope they will be for yours too! I don’t know where this recipe originated from, but what a wonderful opportunity this presents to further teach the truth of Easter!

Begin this recipe on SATURDAY, the night before Easter.

Easter Story Cookies

1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon or wooden meat hammer
duct tape or packing tape

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Make Your Own Resurrection Eggs

If you’ve never heard of Resurrection Eggs, they are definitely worth investing in. Inside each Easter egg is an object for kids to handle that symbolizes a part of the Easter story. Our class used a simple devotional book to go along with it and opened a few every day. 

At the end of the week, we made our own for the students to take home and share with their families! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday Meals: Waikiki Meatballs

I’m not sure where we got this recipe; I just found it in our cookbook, and my mom made it for our “family potluck” last summer. (Yes, one day our family of 6 had a “potluck” where we each made a different dish to share for dinner.) Anyway, since then we have made this dish several times.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Pie-Day: Banana-Berry Pie

When I saw this beautiful pie in my Taste of Home pies book, I knew we had to make it! We finally got around to it March 2012 (last year) for our pie of the month, and this double-layered pie was so fun to make and very tasty!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

4 More Easter Activities for Preschoolers

I’ve shared ideas for Easter crafts and Easter displays; here follows a conglomeration of ideas from the 3 Easters I’ve spent as a preschool teacher.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter Displays for Children

Last week, I shared several Easter crafts to make with preschoolers. Here are 3 ideas for ways to brighten up your classroom or home and display the real meaning of Easter (and a nonreligious one too).

Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Meals: Basil Orange Pork Chops

It’s another awesome recipe that we originally found in the Taste of Home Busy Families cookbook. As is evidenced by the title, the primary flavors added to these pork chops are basil and orange! The flavors come together in perfect harmony to create something unique and delectable.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Pie-Day: Butterscotch Pie

It all started because we had some butterscotch chips left over from a cookie recipe. They sat in our fridge for months before we finally went on All Recipes and looked up ways to cook them.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

4 Easter Crafts for Preschoolers

It’s hard to believe I’ve already spent 3 Easters as a preschool teacher. Easter is one of my favorite holidays, and I look forward to incorporating it into the school year. Of course the kids are excited about Easter egg hunts and the gifts they’ll receive in their baskets, but it’s also a special time when we have an opportunity to share the salvation message with youngsters. Here are 4 of my favorite Easter crafts to make with preschoolers.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Meals: Chicken Pot Pie

Besides its spectacular taste, this recipe brings back wonderful memories for me. During my 4 years as a student at Bryan College, I was very active on the yearbook staff. I spent countless hours each week designing layouts, gathering photos and copy, editing pages, and helping to produce a meaningful record of the school’s year. Our staff advisers, Jon & Karin Carpenter, shared wisdom, encouraged us, and supported us through all the deadlines and in spite of our issues with “ladders.” And… oh yes, they fed us!

As I recall, it was a weekly ordeal. We would gladly shirk our cafeteria duties, traipse down to the Rankin building, and inhale some homemade delicacies, which would give us energy to work long into the night. Of the many marvelous meals I ingested, this one was my favorite. Before I graduated, I begged Karin for the recipe, and she gladly obliged. Every time we make this recipe, we think of her, and I share it here with her blessing.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Pie-Day: Key Lime Pie

The real adventure with this pie started a couple weeks before we made it in March 2010

The key lime tree in our front yard was sagging with the weight of fruit, and I wanted to make sure it would still be fresh. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pom-Pom Color Fun for Toddlers

All year we’ve been having fun with colors, but these past few weeks we had a fun pom pom center! This included a pompom drop and a place to sort the pompoms by color.

I came across some great ideas for pompom drops on Pinterest, but this was just a quick throw-together. I would love to attach these to wood instead of just paper!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Pie-Day: Perfect Pie Crust

I am not against using pre-made crusts. (I learned my lesson with the Oreo pie crust, and I’ve used graham cracker pie crusts many times in the many pies we've made.) But some pies cry out for a homemade crust, and this is an easy recipe we’ve used successfully for more than 4 years. Since March has 5 Fridays and I only have 4 pie recipes to share for the month, it is now finally time to reveal our classic and simple pie crust recipe, shared with us by Aunt Betty.

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