The Printed Word

Forgive me Madonna for hijacking your song but... "You know that we are living in a digital world, and I am a digital girl." Obviously, I spend a hefty chunk of each day using digital devices. Running our Wee Folk Art blog and Facebook page, means I'm at my computer a lot. Also, I do download books to my Kindle and I listen to books on Audible. It just suits my busy lifestyle.

However, no matter how digital I've become, there is still something magical about holding printed materials in your hand. Often, date nights for Tim and I involve a lovely dinner followed by a leisurely visit to Barnes and Nobel. Is there any scent more intoxicating than a book store? I think not. Tim and I kiss at the entrance, than go our separate ways. I head off to the craft books, peruse that latest best sellers, make a not-so-quick tour of the children's section (where I'm as apt to buy a book as anywhere else in the store) check out some favorite magazines, and then locate 2 open chairs next to each other and plop down. Soon, Tim will...Read more

Blueberry Crisp

In Michelle's home, Friday is baking day and it is incorporated into their school day. This Friday, Pixie wanted to make Blueberry Crisp. Blueberries are Pixie's all-time favorite... well, maybe strawberries... actually, it's probably a tie! Anyway, Friday was baking day, and Pixie wanted to come to Gammy's house to bake. Whenever I cook with wee ones, I always like to use my prettiest bowls and spoons just to make the experience extra special. Here is the recipe we used, with plenty of topping, of course!

BLUEBERRY CRISP

Berries:

  • 4 cups fresh of frozen berries (if using frozen, make sure they are completely thawed and well drained)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup flour (can substitute a gluten-free flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups oats (regular or quick cook)

When cooking with children, I always like to have all my ingredients and supplies on hand before I begin.

Evenly spread blueberries in your baking dish. We used a deep-dish 10" pie plate.

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Meet Our Sponsors :: September 2014

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Autumn Cinnamon Ornaments

Scents play a huge role in our seasonal celebrations. We love the smell of lilacs in spring, roses in summer, evergreens in winter, and spicy cinnamon in autumn. No autumn is complete without making a new batch of Autumn Cinnamon Ornaments to add to the delicious aroma of baked apples and pumpkin pies! Below is the recipe we like to use. Next week I will share some ideas of how to use your Autumn Cinnamon Ornaments.   

Recipe for Cinnamon Ornaments :: Makes 12 - 15 ornaments

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground cinnamon 
  • 3/4 cup applesauce (smooth NOT chunky)
  • optional - a few drops essential oils for more aroma
  • autumn cookie cutters 
  • straw
  • waxed paper or plastic wrap
  • rolling pin

Gather your supplies.

I just bought these Wilton Cookie Cutters. Perfect for autumn!

Mix your applesauce, ground cinnamon and essential oils together. Note: I about an 1/8 a cup short of ground cinnamon. I added some ground allspice, nutmeg and ginger to make my 1 cup. Smells wonderful! If the dough...Read more

Harvest Time Second Edition

Harvest Time Second Edition
Harvest Time is a 12 week long, literature based, hands-on curriculum that has been designed to be used with 4-6 year old children as a gentle introduction to their school years. This seasonal based unit includes literature, social studies, art appreciation, crafts, and science. It is the first term of a 3 term schedule that focuses on the rhythm of the seasons with a special emphasis on holidays and nature. To complete your 36 week school year,…

 

It is finally here! The updated, edited, and hot off the presses Harvest...Read more

Autumn Candlesticks

Back from our week's little break. Did I get everything done I wanted to? Ha! Did I rest? Ha! Did I have a wonderful time? Absolutely! So, I didn't finish organizing the craft room. And, I didn't finish the baby's stroller blanket. And, I didn't get time in the garden. As a matter of fact, I find myself sitting here now wondering where did the time go? But, no worries. There's always tomorrow, right? And, although I did have a wonderful time with family and even managed to see a few friends, I really missed you guys. I'd see something on Pinterest and think, I have got to share this! Then, I'd tell myself, No... you're on a break so break! Anyway, we're back, and all excited to jump into autumn with both feet! 

I did manage to start and finish one project I have been wanting to do. I got these awesome unpainted wood candlesticks from Casey's Wood Products. I also got some of their brass plated inserts. Then, I just pulled out my acrylic paints and got busy. It only took me a couple...Read more

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