Poppins Book Nook In The Kitchen

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The theme for this month's Poppin's Book Nook is "To The Kitchen."  

My son loves to cook and equally, to eat, so this was a theme he could sink his teeth into, literally.

He will wake up early in the morning so he can make canned biscuits for everyone, but he likes trying new recipes, too. Omelets are his specialty.

This month Joseph found an updated version of the classic Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book at the library. He has already tried one new recipe; he made snack crackers for all of us. He wants to try chicken fingers next. 

Another thing we enjoy in the kitchen is science experiments. Be sure to check back for our January "To The Laboratory" post. There will not be a book club in December.

Visit the other Poppins Book Nook bloggers and read their kids responses:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual MayhemPreschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~  My Bright Firefly ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~  The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

November’s giveaway will be for a copy of Feed Our Small World: A Cookbook for Kids. Visit Enchanted Homeschooling Mom and some of the other participating bloggers to enter this month's giveaway.


Scripture And A Snapshot

However, as it is written:
What no eye has seen,
 what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived
 the things God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)
Emily loves caring for animals. While we were vacationing in Branson, we all had the opportunity to feed baby animals at the Promised Land Zoo. (Watch for my review soon.) She loved it! We all did, and when Emily heard we could go back and feed the animals again that afternoon, she said she wanted to feed the baby camel. It was so fun seeing the excitement of my kids experiencing something so rare. I think I got just a glimpse of heaven...that we can't even imagine the things God has prepared for us! 

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Scripture and Snapshot

Random 5 on Friday

The Pebble Pond

  • At our family meals as a child, my dad would often share with us about someone he stopped and helped that day. This week, I'm thankful for the stranger who stopped and helped him. She said God told her to help the old man. The old man part, though, is kinda sad. 

My sweet girl, to me, as she drove home "Tell me where to exit."
Me "you tell me. Where do we live?" 
Her "the woods." 
She has my sense of direction. And my succinct way of stating the obvious. 
  • Chicken stock is simmering in the crock pot again. It makes savory recipes taste so much better than adding water. 

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  • My kids made homemade noodles last week. I'm ready for more. They would pair perfectly with that chicken broth. 

  • We are having fun creating new things in the Cuts by Laser shop. Tonight's latest creations were a name puzzle and a robot ornament. Please click through to my Facebook page and let me know what else we should try to make. 
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Isn't this the cutest robot? My son designed it! 

This is linked with my friend Lynn's thankful post and with Miranda's Random 5. 


The Virtual Refrigerator

Since vacation, our art has been limited to what we are creating with the laser. Heather, my oldest daughter, is branding her creations Jelly Fish Designs. At a yarn shop in Branson, we watched a lady making a shawl on a tri-loom. Heather even tried it.


Soon after we returned home she started designing a doll sized version. The completed shawl is smaller than the inside of the loom, so she is adjusting her plans to make it fit an 18" doll. She looked through all of the dolls in the house and found one it fit perfectly, this sweet gift that her Dad brought back from a mission trip to Guatemala years ago. You could say that she is creating art with which to create art.


Its Thursday again already which means it is time to welcome you to another week of the Virtual Refrigerator. Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Angels of Heart, Every Bed of Roses, Homeschool Coffee Break, and a Glimpse of our Life. Link up your art tutorials or projects that your children have been working on. Then pin the same to our virtual fridge by joining our group pinterest board, just ask any of us to add you. Join us at the blogs of any of the four bloggers who are hosting the Virtual Refrigerator. Link up, visit others who join us, try something new, then come back and share that, too.


Click these links to visit the co-hosts' blogs.      

November link:


Hot Tea in Disposable Cups

Tea with my mom (Grandmommie to my kids) is a longstanding tradition.

We tool a few DVDs with us to watch while we were on vacation, but found out there was no DVD player. Grandmommie to the rescue!

We watched The King's Speech on her laptop, leaning on piles of pillows in bed. Hot Herbal Tea, popcorn, and pillows transformed the room into a theater. Sort of. 

I loved my mom's comments throughout the movie. "His wife is so supportive." And again.., "I love how she stands by her man." Her words echo my feelings about the wife in another semi factual movie A Beautiful Mind.

"Darling" his wife says, giving him her complete support. His wife the new Queen "I'm sure you'll be splendid." followed shortly after his successful speech by a gentle "I knew" and then she kissed him. 

Funny, looking back, one of the highlights of our vacation, to me, was listening to my mom as my girls and I watched a movie with her, snuggled together in her bed with our styrofoam cups of hot tea. 


Christmas Gift Guide for Sisters and Friends as Close as Sisters

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Gift Guide for Sisters and Christmas Blessings Giveaway

If you need a gift for your sister or a friend who is as close as a sister, maybe some of these ideas will inspire you. A well chosen gift is easier the better you know someone, so theoretically a sister should be one of the easiest people to shop for. Finding just the right gift can be as special as the gift itself. 

Does she have a unique hobby that she enjoys? A special tool that she might not be as likely to purchase for herself would probably be greatly appreciated. Or maybe you'd prefer to give her an ornament that features that hobby. Sewing, music, sports, whatever her special talent, Cuts by Laser can make an ornament that fits her perfectly and can even personalize it for a one of a kind decoration. 

One of my favorite gifts from my big sis is a simple photo album. Each time I open it it plays a song from our childhood. This Vintage Camera Photo Album is original. We explored antique shops while vacationing, and my mom showed me a vintage camera like her very first one. It was a Brownie. 

Lighthearted gifts can be fun. Almost every time she visits, my friend who is as close as a sister and I play the Blokus Game. Sometime we let the kids join us. I gave her a mini version (just for two people to play) one year for her birthday. 

What is your sister's favorite candy? I've enjoyed Lindt Lindor Truffles since my boss gave me a mug full of them during college when I worked as a babysitter (but the girls called me their sister.) My other favorite chocolates are York Peppermint Patties and GODIVA Open Oysters which are even available on Amazon! You can rarely go wrong with chocolate. 
Does she like to cook? Consider a gift of lessons to a special class you can attend together. Cake decorating and candy making classes are frequently offered at craft stores. A chef and teacher at our local community college teaches seasonal cooking classes. You could include tickets with an apron, a copy of your own favorite cookbook, or a fun kitchen gadget like the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer which has intrigued me since a friend told me about it. 
Sometime a homemade gift shows how much you have thought of the receipent. My girls and I enjoy making gifts in jars. From special seasoning mixes or artfully layered ingredients for cookies to scented sugar scrubs, jar gifts can be pretty and functional. Have you seen the lovely blue and green vintage style Ball canning jars? Choose your favorite cookie recipe (or find one in these free cookbooks from Betty Crocker or Pilsbury,) layer all of the dry ingredients, then create a lovely tag showing preparation instructions including what else needs to be added (eggs, vanilla, butter, and water.)

Baby it's cold outside! Scarves are popular right now as well as a welcome layer of warmth in this frosty weather. Pair a lovely Lilla Rose flexi clip or O-ring with a matching scarf in her favorite colors. http://www.lillarose.biz/prettyhair

Pictured from left to right: first is my personal favorite which is called Tidepool Treasures. Visit my PRETTYHAIR website, click "go shopping" then search by title in the keyword box or by size. A video on the landing page can help with sizing, too. Each month Lilla Rose offers an exclusive Flexi-of-the-Month. The second picture is the Peacock FOTM. Third is the Open Heart flexi-clip, and the fourth one is perfect for this season: the Sparkling Snowflake. 

Another thing that can be comforting in this cold weather is a hot drink. Does she prefer coffee or tea? A friend introduced us to our new favorite Sweet & Spicy Organic Caffeine Free Orange Tea. It doesn't even need sugar! A special mug or a teapot may mean more than you know. My cousin gave me a mug last Christmas, and I remember our special time together and pray for her every time that I use it.

Come back later this week for a Stocking Stuffers guide and a special giveaway and gift list from Family Christian Bookstores.

Christmas Blessings Giveaway     

We are blessing a family this Christmas, with CASH! What family couldn't use a little extra cash around the holidays?! Whether it's for Christmas gifts, to pay off bills, or to save for a rainy day, this giveaway is sure to bless a family this holiday season. The giveaway will run from November 17th - 23rd so that it ends just in time for Black Friday shopping!

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