Conversations with our 4 year old Tuesday, Feb 27 2007 

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Her scissors were spray painted gold:

"Who goldened my scissors?"

She wants to crack her own egg:

"Can I crack this egg? Anna learned me how last week."

This is what she gave up for Lent:

"I’m not giving up the good stuff that I like, but I’m giving up the bad stuff that I don’t like."

Lent activity for children: Farewell to the Alleluia Sunday, Feb 25 2007 

Dawn at By Sun and Candlelight has a wonderful post on celebrating Ash Wednesday. One of the crafts she made this year is saying farewell to the Alleluia. I really love her craft. It is so beautiful.

Here is our attempt at this wonderful tradition. This is a great Lenten activity to make with the children.

I bought wooden letters and a paperboard box and spray painted them gold. Then the kids glued some glittery flowers on them. This is our Alleluia before we put it away:

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Here is the box with the Alleluia wrapped in purple tissue paper. We will open the box on Easter morning to reveal the Alleluia, which we will display during the fifty days of Easter.

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The box will sit on our altar until then.

1 cup vanilla? Saturday, Feb 24 2007 

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Please join Cheryl at My Thoughtful Spot for the Loveliness of Baking Fair on Monday. It’s sure to be a lot of fun! Here are some ideas for the Fair:

favorite recipes
fond baking memories
baking failures you can laugh about now
your best baking tips
pictures of your set-up
how you organize your baking supplies
how you learned to bake
baking traditions in your home

I’ve chosen to write about "baking failures you can laugh about now." I’m not much of a baker. So it’s no surprise that the first cake I tried to make from scratch did not turn out that great.

I decided to make a cake for one of our children’s feast day. I had all the ingredients laid out, or so I thought. I had never heard of "vanilla sugar" before this day. So, when I read 1 cup "vanilla sugar," I somehow did not see the word sugar, and put a whole cup of vanilla in the cake batter. You can imagine how incredible the house smelled after the cake was done. The cake looked more like a chocolate cake, instead of vanilla. We were only able to eat very tiny pieces at a time, becaus it was so rich.

Here is our famous "vanilla cake" recipe. : )

1 c. vanilla sugar
6 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. sifted cake flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. dairy sour cream
4 stiffly beaten egg whites
Fluffy white frosting

Prepare vanilla sugar. Cream together 1 cup vanilla sugar and the butter. Add vanilla. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating just until mixed. Fold in beaten egg whites. Turn into 2 greased and lightly floured 8 x 1 1/2 inch round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool thoroughly and frost with fluffy white frosting. Spread top and sides with tinted coconut.

Here is our favorite cookie recipe. This is the easiest, and very inexpensive cookie recipe ever, and they are so good:

Fluffy Lemon Drop Cookies

1 box lemon cake mix

1 tub Cool Whip

1 egg

2 cups powdered sugar

Mix cake mix, Cool Whip, and egg together until a sticky batter forms. Spoon drop into powdered sugar and roll into balls. The balls should be small because they spread out as they bake. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until light brown. They will feel like they aren’t done, but they harden as they cool.

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1 cup vanilla, you say? Saturday, Feb 24 2007 

Old_lady_baking

Please join Cheryl at My Thoughtful Spot for the Loveliness of Baking Fair on Monday. It’s sure to be a lot of fun! Here are some ideas for the Fair:

favorite recipes
fond baking memories
baking failures you can laugh about now
your best baking tips
pictures of your set-up
how you organize your baking supplies
how you learned to bake
baking traditions in your home

I’ve chosen to write about "baking failures you can laugh about now." I’m not much of a baker. So it’s no surprise that the first cake I tried to make from scratch did not turn out that great.

I decided to make a cake for one of our children’s feast day. I had all the ingredients laid out, or so I thought. I had never heard of "vanilla sugar" before this day. So, when I read 1 cup "vanilla sugar," I somehow did not see the word sugar, and put a whole cup of vanilla in the cake batter. You can imagine how incredible the house smelled after the cake was done. The cake looked more like a chocolate cake, instead of vanilla. We were only able to eat very tiny pieces at a time, becaus it was so rich.

Here is our famous "vanilla cake" recipe. : )

1 c. vanilla sugar
6 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. sifted cake flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. dairy sour cream
4 stiffly beaten egg whites
Fluffy white frosting

Prepare vanilla sugar. Cream together 1 cup vanilla sugar and the butter. Add vanilla. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating just until mixed. Fold in beaten egg whites. Turn into 2 greased and lightly floured 8 x 1 1/2 inch round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool thoroughly and frost with fluffy white frosting. Spread top and sides with tinted coconut.

Here is our favorite cookie recipe. This is the easiest, and very inexpensive cookie recipe ever, and they are so good:

Fluffy Lemon Drop Cookies

1 box lemon cake mix

1 tub Cool Whip

1 egg

2 cups powdered sugar

Mix cake mix, Cool Whip, and egg together until a sticky batter forms. Spoon drop into powdered sugar and roll into balls. The balls should be small because they spread out as they bake. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until light brown. They will feel like they aren’t done, but they harden as they cool.

Lent activity for children: 14 Stations of the Cross Friday, Feb 23 2007 

This craft is very easy to make and also inexpensive. The total cost was about $12.00.

I started with a piece of wood, which a dear friend gave me, and hot glued 14 glass votive candles on it.

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Then I printed black and white images of the 14 Stations of the Cross. The kids cut them and used a glue stick to paste them on the glass votives.

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We light all 14 candles. After we read each station, we blow out a candle, and when we get to the last station, the room is dark and somber. It has made meditating on the stations very real to us.

For the little ones, I found these printable Stations of the Cross coloring pages.

This website has online Stations of the Cross for children.

This is a great chidren’s book: The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children

Meatless Recipes for Lent, week 2 Friday, Feb 23 2007 

Here are the latest recipes submitted by our dear friends from 4Real Learning. I can’t wait to try these delicious meals with my family. I’m definately expanding my cookbook. 

Here are the recipes for this week:

Kim posted a wonderfully creamy Potato Soup on her blog. I actually had some of her soup this past Friday. It was so delicious!

Andrea has submitted 3 delicious recipes, including one of my favorites from Rachel Ray.

Meredith submitted the greatest Salmon recipe. It’s actually a whole meal, including a salad.

Philothea’s recipe is Black Bean and Guacamole Burritos with Spanish Rice. She even has photos of the whole meal. What a beautiful place setting.

And here is my recipe for this first Friday in Lent:

Pasta and Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, broken into small florets
½ cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

¼ teaspoon garlic powder
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1-pound Ziti

Directions

1 Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente.
2 Meanwhile, steam frozen cauliflower until tender. Alternatively, break cauliflower into flowerets, and steam until tender.
3 Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion and sauté until golden. Add garlic, and sauté until golden brown. Stir in cauliflower and seasonings.
4 Drain pasta, and transfer to a large serving bowl. Toss with onion and cauliflower mixture, and top with cheese.

Meatless Recipes for Lent, week 1 Friday, Feb 23 2007 

Here are the latest recipes submitted by our dear friends from 4Real Learning. I can’t wait to try these delicious meals with my family. I’m definately expanding my cookbook. 

Here are the recipes for this week:

Kim posted a wonderfully creamy Potato Soup on her blog. I actually had some of her soup this past Friday. It was so delicious!

Andrea has submitted 3 delicious recipes, including one of my favorites from Rachel Ray.

Meredith submitted the greatest Salmon recipe. It’s actually a whole meal, including a salad.

Philothea’s recipe is Black Bean and Guacamole Burritos with Spanish Rice. She even has photos of the whole meal. What a beautiful place setting.

And here is my recipe for this first Friday in Lent:

Pasta and Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, broken into small florets
½ cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

¼ teaspoon garlic powder
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1-pound Ziti

Directions

1 Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente.
2 Meanwhile, steam frozen cauliflower until tender. Alternatively, break cauliflower into flowerets, and steam until tender.
3 Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion and sauté until golden. Add garlic, and sauté until golden brown. Stir in cauliflower and seasonings.
4 Drain pasta, and transfer to a large serving bowl. Toss with onion and cauliflower mixture, and top with cheese.

Purple for Lent Thursday, Feb 22 2007 

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Jajo’s latest artwork Monday, Feb 19 2007 

This is Jajo’s latest picture. I’m  not sure how he came up with it, but he’s always coming up with new creations.

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Jajo and my husband played around in Photo Shop, and came up with this:

Elf

Jajo’s latest artwork Monday, Feb 19 2007 

This is Jajo’s latest picture. I’m  not sure how he came up with it, but he’s always coming up with new creations.

Soldier1_1

Jajo and my husband played around in Photo Shop, and came up with this:

Elf

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