Jelly, Jelly, Jelly! – Yummy Jelly Roll Recipe

PB & J sandwich…….ahhh.  Scrumptious!  What is your favorite part of the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich?  The peanut butter?  The bread?  Well, mine is the jelly!!!  But of course, I get sick of only eating jelly on a sandwich or a biscuit.  So, I love jelly rolls!  A jelly roll is simply a cake/bread with jelly and powdered sugar………..My mouth is watering!  I’ve tried so many recipes and this is BY FAR my favorite!

Jelly Roll

Ingredients (yields about 8-10 servings):

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
  • Powdered sugar (estimated 3 handfuls for coating and sprinkling)
  • 3/4 cup of jelly

How To Make Jelly Rolls

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.  Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.  Grease parchment paper with shortening.                                                                                                                                 parchment greased
  2. In an electric mixer, beat eggs  on high power until thick.  Beat in sugar gradually.  On low power, combine baking powder, salt, and flour.  (It is good to have the bubbles in it).  Pour into pan.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of cake comes out clean.                                                                                                                                                            angle raw jelly rollcooked jelly roll
  4. Sprinkle powdered sugar all over a kitchen towel (Don’t rub in).  Remove cake from parchment paper, and flip onto towel.  Starting from the narrow side, roll the towel and cake in a tight spiral.  Let cool for 25 minutes.                                                                          roll the rolltowel jelly roll
  5. Unroll the roll. 🙂  Remove the towel as well.  Spread the jelly everywhere around the cake!!! (This is fun for me).  Roll the cake back up and sprinkle the top with powdered sugar for decoration.                                                                                                             roll the jelly
  6. Slice and enjoy!!!!!!!

I hope you enjoy the jelly roll as much as I do!

rolled up and done

strawberry jjj roll

 

BTT: Scripture Memory Book

Yes, it’s Wednesday.  Sorry about the late post.  This week, we memorized a verse of scripture.  I am very forgetful…..very…  Kids can be, too (especially if it’s “boring”).  I have come up with a way to get kids involved in a craft while memorizing scripture at the same time.

Scripture Memory Book:

I used the following verse –

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”  -Psalm 19:14

You Will Need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Staple or Metal Circle Clips (If you do this, you will need a hole puncher)
  • Markers

How To:

  1. Break the verse up into parts (you want to be able to draw pictures about each part).  This is how I broke up my verse:  Let the words of my mouth (BREAK 1) and the meditation of my heart (BREAK 2) be acceptable (BREAK 4) in thy sight (BREAK 5) O LORD (BREAK 6), my rock (BREAK 7) and my redeemer.
  2. Draw the pictures!  We drew a mouth for our first part, a heart for part 2, a square with positive words for part 3, “God’s eye” for break 4, a letter ‘o’ with Jesus written across it, a rock with the word ‘my’ written on it, and finally a cross with ‘my’ written on it.  The pictures explain them better.  🙂                                                                                         mouthheartacceptableeye paperJesus omy rockmy redeemer
  3. Put ’em all together!  Align your pictures in order, and staple or hole punch them.  Have fun memorizing!

flip bookscripture book

Kids’ Resolutions – Making and Keeping

Starting off, I hope you had a Merry Christmas!  Now, it’s time for 2016….and with the new year, comes resolutions.  *sigh*  Resolutions (at least for me) typically last 1-2 weeks.  For kids, though, resolutions can be fun!  I’ve created 3 ways for you and your child to keep track of their resolutions.

First, talk to your child about what a resolution really is.  You make a resolution when you take a not so good part of your life, and replace it with a good thing.  Resolutions are different for everyone and don’t have to be huge.  Resolutions don’t have to be you doing something (Ex: doing chores), but it could also be not doing something (Ex: quit biting nails).  Have your child do some soul searching and come up with one or multiple things they would like to try to improve on.  Agree on something reasonable and encourage your child.

Next, it’s time to keep track of their progress.  One of the easiest ways to do this is with a chart.  I have 3 examples of charts that you and your child could make to show their improvement.

  1. Basic Monthly – This chart is quite generic.  It is a monthly chart with a space for each day.  If your child practices their resolution on that day, they could put a sticker on the box, mark it out, or get your signature.  There are no rewards except the encouragement you give and the success they feel from making you proud (This can be a good thing).                                                                                                                                             basic monthly
  2. Decked Out Monthly –  This monthly tracking calendar definitely has goals.  It has to “Prize Days” where your kids can get a little treat (Nothing huge).   The goals are clearly outlined.  It is extremely similar to the first example, except the reward.  *Don’t use the prize as a bribe.  It’s supposed to be their decision to make a resolution.  It should be an encouragement.                                                                                     decked out calendarresolutionsstickers on calendar
  3. Yearly Check Up – If you don’t want to keep track daily, use this yearly check up.  This requires a little less effort, but provides a the same amount of encouragement.  Month by month, you will check each box and comment on your child’s improvement (I like writing improvements).                                                                                     yearlycomment3 resolution

Hang these (however many you do) in a central location and have a Happy New Year!  See you in 2016!

My Christmas Prayer

Merry Christmas!  I hope you and your loved ones feel God’s loving presence this holiday season.  Here is my Christmas prayer.

Heavenly Father,

I come to you this Christmas with a thankful heart.  Lord, you have given me so much! Thank you for sending your Son to this world today.  Thank you for sending Him in the lowliest way, a baby.  Yet, from this little baby would come a Savior.  A Savior for the whole world.  Father, help us this Christmas season, to better understand your extreme love for each one of us.  Love so amazing that you sent your only Son to die for me!  Bless us all, Father, and pour out your message into our hearts, so that we may spread the Good News of Christmas to all the world!  Holy God, let this Christmas be more than just presents and lights.  Let this be a celebration of Jesus, our families, and all our other blessings!  I love you, Lord!

Amen.

peppermint bowl

nativity

Wishing you and yours a blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

Holiday Treats: Pretzel Sticks

It’s Christmas Eve Eve!  I couldn’t be more excited!!!  And of course, I love the sweeeeeet treats…..a lot!  My awesome neighbor invited us over today to make these pretzel sticks and they were amazing!  Easy and tasty – that’s my style!

To Make Pretzel Sticks, You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bag of Pretzel Rods
  • 2 Bags of Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Bags of Vanilla Chocolate Chips
  • Decorations (sprinkles, peppermint flakes, etc.)  I recommend anything red or green
  • Paper Plates

How To:

  1. Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave.  Then, melt the vanilla chips the same way.                                                                                                                                                         choc
  2. Lay out the pretzel rods on a paper plate, and lay the melted chocolate in the bowls next to it.
  3. Dip the pretzel rods into the chocolate (either one), soaking about half of the rod in chocolate.  Allow the excess chocolate to drip off before transferring the now chocolaty rod over to the “decorating station” (just another plate).  Let your kid go nuts here!!!  Be creative while dumping sprinkles everywhere!                                                choc pret

This is really an independent food craft.  Don’t be afraid to get messy and make memories (I did)!  Merry Christmas!

choc pretzel collection

peppermint pretzel

Pretzel Snowman
Pretzel Snowman
Our mess!!! :-)
Our mess!!! 🙂

Holiday Treats: PBC Crackers

Ho! Ho! Ho!  Yes, that’s right!  Christmas is upon us!  I couldn’t be more thrilled.  The family, celebrating Jesus, the gifts, the tree, the music, the games.  All of these things help to make Christmas in my house.  But one of my favorite things, of course, is the food!

Holiday food is always super scrumptious (My mom and I make a pretty great kitchen team, but of course I learn from the best).  Aside from Christmas dinner, dessert is the main event!  The sweet chocolates and yummy pies!  Ahh!  My mouth is watering. *sigh*

I have compiled my top three favorite holiday treats this year.  Starting with PBC (Peanut Butter + Chocolate) Crackers.  This cracker combo is delicious and sure to be enjoyed by all!

ritz snack

To Make PBC Crackers, You’ll Need:

  • 1 Jar of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Box of Ritz Crackers
  • 2 Bags of Chocolate Chips
  • Kids Ready to Work

How To Make PBC Crackers:

First, lay out all the sleeves of crackers in pairs.  Take a little spoonful of peanut butter on a knife (I know that makes no sense.  Spoon…knife.. You get the amount I’m getting at).  Spread the peanut butter on one side of one cracker.  Then, stick the other cracker on top of the cracker with peanut butter to form a “sandwich”.  Repeat this with all the pairs of crackers.  Then, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave (Stir every 20-30 seconds).  Using a fork (balancing the “sandwich” on the fork), dunk the sandwich in the chocolate.  Flip it around until the “sandwich” is covered in chocolate.  Lay the chocolate covered “sandwich” out to dry on a cookie sheet.

choc ritz

ritz open

Once dry, eat up!!!  To take a holiday spin on this, place some holiday sprinkles on the “sandwiches” while they are drying.  For kids, the best part is probably the chocolate dipping part.  Don’t be afraid to get messy!  That’s the fun part about Christmas!

Have a wonderful Christmas!  Remember the true meaning – Jesus!!!

BTT: My Kid Is Bored At Church

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”   – Exodus 20:8

Sundays.  Sundays are wonderful days because we go to church and worship our Lord!  Church can be enjoyable for adults, but for kids, church can be boring!  That’s ok!   Church doesn’t have to be painful for kids.  Church should be a fun time of getting to know Jesus.  If your child needs something to do, try these suggestions.

  • Draw What I Hear – Have your child use a prayer journal (notebook specifically for church) to draw what they hear the preacher saying or reading.  Maybe they write down some key words or phrases and find what it means for them.

    Drawing of the Ascension
    Drawing of the Ascension
  • Bible Study Book – There are so many good devotionals and study books out there!  These books have Bible related activities and many good verses to meditate on.  For some of my recommended books, click HERE or HERE or, for my absolute favorite, click HERE.
  • Join A Small Group – Most churches offer Bible study small groups for kids.  These groups may be offered during the church service or before.  Either way,  a small group of children all talking about Jesus is a great way to keep your child interested in church.
  • Daily Prayer or Meditation – Using a prayer journal (as described in previous bullet), have your kid reflect on a verse of the Bible relating to the message.  Also, a prayer to say can develop a reverent spirit in your child, so maybe they can pay better attention in church.                                                                                                                                      prayer

The most important thing about church is your child’s relationship with Jesus.  As young children, it’s hard to pay attention when someone is saying words you don’t understand.   Yes, as your child gets older, it is important to pay attention in church.  My theory is: as long as they are learning about Jesus and strengthening that relationship, it’s all good.

This can be a hard issue to deal with.  Keep Jesus in the center always!

How Do You Celebrate Christmas?

Is your house loud and full of people on Christmas day?  Or are you at a family member’s house with just a few people?  However you celebrate Christmas, the important thing is to remember Jesus’ birth!  Take this poll to see how other people ‘do’ Christmas!  Happy Thursday!

Peanuts Crafts Part 3: My Favorites

This is the final post in the mini series: Peanuts Crafts.  Now that you’ve seen some of my crafts, I’d like you to see other people’s crafts.  Have a great day!

My Favorite Peanuts Crafts:

And of course, don’t forget to check out my other Peanuts Crafts.

Part 1- Fluffy Snoopy

snoopy craft

Part 2- Striped Kite

kite

Peanuts Crafts Part 2: Striped Kite

Sorry I haven’t written in a while.  You know how the holidays get!  Our next Peanuts craft is a kite like Charlie Brown’s shirt.  If you’ve ever seen a Peanuts comic, you know that Charlie Brown tries very hard to fly a kite.  He typically fails, but never gives up!  It’s important that your kids know that if they set their mind to something, they shouldn’t give up!

Striped Kite

Materials:

  • 1 Sheet of Yellow Construction Paper
  • 2 Pencils (optional)
  • Hot Glue (only if pencils used)
  • Crayons or Markers
  • 1 Sheet of Blue Construction Paper
  • 1 Sheet  of Purple Construction Paper
  • Tape

How To:

  1. Cut a large diamond out of the yellow construction paper.  Draw a large black zig-zag on the diamond.                                                                                                                                              kite front
  2. Glue two pencils to the back of the kite to be the support.  I didn’t do this because it made it hard to hang.
  3. Cut a long strip of blue construction paper and tape it to the back of the kite.                   kite tail
  4. Cut out 6 triangles from the purple construction paper.  These will be the bows on the kite’s ribbon.
  5. Tape the triangles on the kite’s tail.  Place to triangles opposite each other.  Cut out three purple circles and tape them where two triangles meet.  I outlined the circles so they are easier to see.                                                                                                                                bows
  6. Write some encouraging words on the kite.  They should be to the effect of, “Follow your dreams and never give up.”  You can also write words on the circles.

kite

This craft is inspirational and fun to make!!!