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Fall is here….

I would have to say that fall and winter are my favorite seasons!  I love this time of the year!  So much fun for homeschooling as well!  There is nothing like a fall hike/walk.  So many colors, sounds and I would have to say it even smells like fall.  If your child loves science or art, then mixing nature into it during the autumn season can be an extra burst of fun!  Here are some ideas that you can do for fall…

-Our kiddos love a great nature hunt.  They can collect all kinds of treasures and leaves to use for all sorts of things.  Have them take a small sketch book and each time you go out have them sketch something in nature that they see adding detail.  Start a nature journal with them of different kinds of pressed leaves, seeds, or other things you collect along the way.  Do leaf rubbings, paint the items you collect and press onto paper, turn leaves and seeds into things (ex. make a leaf man out of different sizes of leaves).  Press leaves and make cards or bookmarks.

-So many great fruits and vegetables to use for fall.  You have your pumpkins, gourds, indian corn, apples.  Bake up some fun or paint a pumpkin/gourd, find some indian corn that you can pop for a tasty snack.  Take a trip to a farm/orchard to pick some apples or pumpkins.  I have to mention again about baking.  Yum! 

-Search the web for some great fall crafts.  One of my favorite sites is www.familyfun.go.com.  There are so a many sites on the internet with creative ideas.  It’s fun to just take some time and search them out! Another one I use from time to time is www.education.com.  If you go to the right section on it it leads you to ideas for whatever grade/subject you pick. 

-Have your kids write down things that they are thankful and put them up as a paper chain, collage, a writing project.  Or they could write a letter to a family member or friend and let them know why they are thankful for them.

-They could be their own author and illustrator and create their own book about fall or write a poem.

-Have kids make up their own games that have to do with fall objects or themes

-Have kids write spelling words, math problems, or other learning things on fall colored paper in the shapes of fall items (pumpkins, leaves, acorns, etc…).  One of my kids did this today.  We 100 pumpkin shaped post its for a buck in a dollar bin at target and they worked perfect to write fall words on and glue onto a half sheet of poster board

There are so many fall ideas out there!  Most of all relax and enjoy the time that you are spending with your children.  I know for me, sometimes I let the stresses of life interfer with my day.  I have to step back, take a breather and give it to God being thankful for the family and children he has placed in my life!  One of the things that I love the most about fall is that it seems to remind us to be thankful for so many things!

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Cooking with the kiddos!

 I cannot tell you how much fun the boys have cooking at home.  It saves money and brings the family together at the   table!  Plus things just taste better with some love added into the recipe!  My boys are big fans of homemade pizza! We like to add whole wheat flour into the dough to make  it more healthy and we make our own tomato sauce to give it more flavor.   You can also make extra sauce and freeze it for next time.  I’ve also made extra dough for the freezer as well and it saves time later on when you need to get a meal ready with less time on your hands.  I like to look up recipes at www.allrecipes.com because it rates the recipes so you can choose the ones that are higher rated for a better taste.  I have used dough and sauce recipes from there.  The only difference is that with the dough I swap out some whole wheat flour for the white.  Also make sure to read the top tips from others who have tried  out the recipe for some great suggestions! 

  Recently we also made fruit leather from www.weelicious.com.  Just type in strawberry fruit leather in the search bar.  Really make sure to watch the recipe at the end because it can burn and did with our batch, but the part that didn’t burn was very tasty!                                                          

           I just want to encourage everyone to take the time to make some yummy creations in the kitchen!  It’s such a great way to make memories with your little munchkins!

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Easter Fun!

 

Well Easter came and went, but not without a time of remembering and celebrating Jesus!  Our new recipe that we tried this year was resurrection rolls http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Resurrection-Rolls/Detail.aspx.  We also did some other things as well.  Did you see some little chicks hanging around? 

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Fun With Food!

Well tonight I guess I felt a little creative spark while I was thinking of what to make for dinner.  I had just gone grocery shopping yesterday so I had lots of veggies.  This is the mini veggie forest that I came up with…

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A new favorite snack!

     I discovered a new favorite snack for the kids….okay for me, but the kids love it too!  It’s healthy, easy, and yummy!  APPLE CHIPS! 

Here are the directions to make these…

1.) Preheat oven to 225 degrees

2.) Wash whatever kind of apples you choose.  You really only need about 2 maybe 3 apples to make two trays of chips.  Then slice with a mandolin on #2 (you can do this by hand if you slice super thin).  You can leave the skin on.

3.  Put on parchment paper lined baking sheets.  You can leave them plain, sprinkle with cinnamon or a cinnamon sugar mixture.

4.  Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on your oven, how crispy you want them and how thin you slice them.  Flip them half way through.  When they first come out they will still feel a little soft (not much though), but will get crispier the cooler they get. 

5.  Eat up!

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