Monthly Archives: November 2015

Peanuts Crafts Part 1: Fluffy Snoopy

Today, I begin my mini series called “Peanuts Crafts.”  We recently saw the Peanuts Movie and loved it!  It was so cute and a lot like the cartoons.  Definitely will be buying this one!  Anyway, I wanted to do a 3 part mini post series on 3 crafts to do with the Peanuts Movie!

Fluffy Snoopy

I love Snoopy!  He’s my favorite character!  Using household items, you and your child can make a Snoopy head that can be used for many things.  Of course, you can hang it up as a piece of artwork, hang it on the door, or give it away as a gift.

You Will Need:

  • Glue (regular white glue)
  • About 30 cotton balls
  • Black paint
  • 2 paper plates
  • Scissors

How To:

  1. Squeeze some black paint into one of the paper plates.  On the other plate, trace an outline of Snoopy’s head.  Look at a picture of him if you need to.
  2. Fill in the outlined shape with cotton balls and glue them down.  Save about 12 cotton balls at least.                                                                                                                                      snoopy outline
  3. Using the paint, dip the tops of the rest of the cotton balls.  Set them out to dry.             black balls
  4. When dry, glue about 10 cotton balls to the back of Snoopy’s head to look like an ear.
  5. Use the next cotton ball to make the eye.  Glue it in the middle of the face.
  6. Next, put the last cotton ball on the tip of the face to make the nose.
  7. Lastly, using your finger, dab a smile on the bottom of one of the cotton balls.

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Tada!  There’s Snoopy!  Feel free to cut it out and hang it.  I pray you had a great Thanksgiving!  Happy Friday!

BTT: I (Eye) Can

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”     – Philippians 4:13

YES!  God makes all things possible.  But there is a catch (an amazing catch)!  Jesus gives us the strength we need to do great things, if we believe in Him!  So, this craft was born.

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Eye (I) Can:

For This Craft You’ll Need:

  • Can (I used a can of diced tomatoes :-])
  • White Construction Paper (Also, one other color if desired)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Black Marker
  • Scissors

Steps:

First, peel the label off your can.  Then, plug in your hot glue gun to ensure that it’s ready when you are.  Using the white construction paper, cut out an oval.  Draw a large circle/oval in the middle of your “eye” to be the pupil.  Hot glue this to the front of your can.  Then use the rest of the white (or colored) paper to make a nutrition label.  Mine was more on the simpler side.  It said, “Contains God!” because we need God in order to do all things!  That’s the whole point of this verse! I NEED GOD!  Hot glue this to the back of the can and you’re done.

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eye can contains

Keep this can around the house in a central location to remind your family that with God’s help we can do great things!

Have a great Tuesday!

Tater Tot Casserole

Honestly, I had never tried this recipe until this month, and let me tell you…it is a BIG hit in my house!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb Package of Ground Beef
  • 32 oz Package of Tater Tots
  • 10 oz Cream of Mushroom Soup Can
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheese
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • Salt and Pepper to Season to Preference

***Also: 9×13 Pan, Cooking Spray, Pan to Brown Meat, Measuring cup (for cheese), & Whisk***

tater tot side

How To:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray your 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Brown ground beef on the stove, seasoning to desire.  Then drain.
  3. Spread the ground beef evenly in the sprayed dish.  Whisk together sour cream and soup (kind of a funky blend).  Spread your mixture over the ground beef.
  4. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese on the mixture.  Finally, lay your tater tots over the cheese.  *Personally, I’m not a giant cheese person, but don’t do much less than 3/4 cup.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the casserole (This is where I would go easy on the cheese).
  6. Bake another 5-10 minutes until the tater tots are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

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I Love This Meal!!!  Have a Magnificent Monday!

Veterans Day: Thank You Letter

Today is Veteran’s Day!  As Americans, we owe our safety to God and to those people that put their lives on the line for their country.  Your children, most likely, know someone  (Anyone!) that is or was in the military.  So today, we’re writing a thank you letter!

First, get the address or find a time when you could drop off the letter to this person.  If you don’t have a person in your life who was/is in the military, there are many organizations that will send your letters to deployed soldiers.  My favorite organization is Operation Gratitude!

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How To Write A Thank You Letter To Veterans(Layout):

Dear Hero,  – Yes!  Veterans are heroes!  Make this known to your kids and ask them why these people are to be respected.  This is also a great way to compliment these people on their gift of the time and lives.

Thank you for your service to your country.  – Thank these Veterans for their bravery.  Have your child tell the veteran how they have impacted their lives.  Tell your child to speak from their heart.   For me, that would be, “You are a true inspiration and a blessing to our country.”

I hope you are doing well and I pray for you everyday. – Send the veteran well wishes.  What a great way to spread Jesus’ word, too.  Even if this person already knows Jesus, who doesn’t like to know that someone is praying for them!

I am forever grateful. – We are!  We owe our freedom and safety to these people (and God).  Have your child tell them that they appreciate them!

Love,  Your Child

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Here’s An Example Letter:

Dear Brave Veteran,

Thank you so much for your service to your country.  You are a great role  model for me and I look up to you.  I pray that you are having a great Veteran’s Day and I really honor you.  I am forever thankful for your courage and selflessness.  May God bless you!

Love, {Insert Name}

Have a blessed Veteran’s Day!

BTT – 5 Tips To Help Your Child With Math

“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”  -1 John 3:17

This Bible verse, to me, means that if someone has a skill and doesn’t share it with someone who needs it, then how does God’s love shine in him?  A great example of this is school.  More specifically – math.

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I used to love math!  I mean LOVE math!  And then I hit…algebra.  Of course, it wasn’t easy, but with the help of my mom, I made it through.  You, too, can help your child with their math struggles.  Follow these simple tips to get started:

  1. Relate – Instead of just laying out math rules and problems, relate the equation to something in real life.  Many kids think math is literally to ruin your life at school.  It’s not!  Math is everywhere in life!  Show your kids examples and ask them how they can relate it to their lives personally.
  2. Ask Questions – If your child understands the subject, don’t be too pushy.  BUT, ask questions about their knowledge.  Give them some challenging problems on concepts they have learned.
  3. Work Through It – If your child is struggling with a concept, don’t get upset.  Use kind tones and try to explain the concept in a different way.   Help your child – don’t show that you don’t trust them!  Don’t do everything for them!  Be patient and give them some space.  If they ask for help….help them, but don’t linger over their shoulder telling them when they do something wrong!
  4. Check It – Review your child’s homework!  Circle the ones they got wrong and work it out with them.  The point of this is to make sure your child understands the concepts.
  5. Study – Take a little time out of every day (10 minutes) to review math.  Go through some flash cards or make a little mini quiz.  Don’t make a big deal out of it, but have some fun with it!

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Your child should not dread math!  Enjoy it and have fun learning!

My Favorite Rainy Day Activities

A rainy day can be a bummer for all members of the family.  Moms need to run errands and kids want to play! But with these fun activities from other bloggers, you’ll never have a boring rainy day again.

My Favorite Rainy Day Activities:

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Chocolate Candy Corn Bars

This is a great fall snack that’s fun to make and no-bake!!!  Hopefully you love candy corn as much as we do!

You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bag of Candy Corn
  • 1 Bag of Chocolate Chips
  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Pan
  • Peanut butter

How To Make:

  1. Pour your candy corn in a bowl and melt them in the microwave.  Every 30 seconds in that the candy corn is in the microwave, give it a stir.  Once the candy corn is melted, stir in a heaping cup of peanut butter.
  2. Spread the mixture in the bottom of a baking pan lined with parchment paper.  Let the mixture cool until it is firm, but not hard.
  3. Cut your orange mixture into 2 inch rectangles.  Meanwhile, melt your chocolate chips in the microwave in the same way you did the candy corn.
  4. Dip the bars into the melted chocolate.  Roll them until they are covered.  Put them in the fridge until they are done dripping and ready to eat!

drying choc

choc bars

To have a little fun, we even carved our names and designs in the drying chocolate with a toothpick!  Have a great Monday!