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Kid Craft Friday

10 Jul

Well, I finally spent some time ironing perlers-the projects were stacking up.

And, of course, there are already more to iron.

BUT, I thought I would at least show you the latest and greatest of the kids’ creations!

The Little Guy
Fireworks:

Gingerbread House:

The Girlio
Unicorn and Sword:

Rainbow Star:


And my niece came over and made:

Everyone’s getting in on the action I guess! 🙂

Perler has just come out with a new product called caps, so I predict there will be a lot of those projects coming in the future. Stay tuned!

Pinterest Thursday-GF/DF Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars Pt. 2

9 Jul
Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie® Treats-used dairy-free choc. chips

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Back in May, I posted that I tried this recipe. It was good, but not quite good enough for me, so I thought I would re-post with a few of the changes I made. Now this recipe tastes REALLY good.

I didn’t like that I couldn’t taste the peanut butter enough. I was using natural peanut butter, so I switched back to regular. Also, I added about 3/4 cup of peanut butter (instead of 1/2) to the marshmallow mixture. I also tripled the amount of peanut butter in the chocolate layer-from one tablespoon to three. This made a BIG difference in the peanut butter flavor.

It can be kind of tough when using dairy-free chocolate chips as they have a pretty strong flavor, but the extra peanut butter (and using regular) really made a difference. These are SO good!!!

I am glad I tried them again, because this is definitely a recipe to add to the rotation now!

Wednesday Words

8 Jul
Actually - - - - > > you can change your PRESENT by changing your attitude - - - - > >

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June Books

7 Jul

It’s the first Tuesday in July, and I read quite a few books this month. I was thrilled that I was able to average just over one book per day last month, so I decided to try it again this month and came pretty close. I had less time, but I made up for it in picture books. 🙂

To recap, my goal for this year is 220 books. I am shooting for reading (or listening to) around 140 books on my own, and reading around 80 books with the kids.

As a side goal, I would like to read at least six books that are in the self-help/educational category, and at least one classic I have never read before.

In June, I read some really fun books to The Little Guy. The Arthur series by Lillian Hoban was a favorite of mine as a child, so I really wanted to read them to my kids. We have also been enjoying Terry Border books. The pictures are SO fun. I also started an elementary Astronomy course with The Little Guy, so we read books for that too. AND, I continued previewing books for possible inclusion in our history lessons for next school year. Not as many novels this month, but another good month of reading!

So here is what I read:
1. As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps by Gail Hartman-a good intro. for children
2. Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio-great book!
3. Snack Attack! by Terry Border-this was fun
4. Merry Christmas Peanut! by Terry Border-I really liked this one, and will probably buy it
5. Arthur’s Christmas Cookies by Lillian Hoban-I grew up on these, so fun to read to The Little Guy
6. Arthur’s Great Big Valentine by Lillian Hoban
7. Arthur’s Halloween Costume by Lillian Hoban
8. Arthur’s Honey Bear by Lillian Hoban
9. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spire-good book-great for young builders!
10. Beach Day! Patricia Lakin-this was very cute!
11. The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin-the idea was nice, but I thought the pictures were a little too risque for a picture book.
12. Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson-I am REALLY enjoying this author’s books! I think I have read them all now, so I will have to wait rather impatiently for the next.
13. The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey-just OK. I am not really a fan of Dani Pettrey. But, I hadn’t read any of her stuff for years, so I thought I would give it a try. Still not a huge fan. The book was fine, but I just don’t care for her writing style.
14. A Bride of Convenience by Jodi Hedlund-really great book!
15. Sun Up, Sun Down: The Story of Day and Night by Jacqui Bailey-a good explanation for day and night
16. Only You Can Be You by Sally Clarkson-cute!
17. The Door In The Wall by Marguerite de Angeli-FANTASTIC!!!!
18. Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks-this book has really great suspense!
19. Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border
20. Peanut Butter’s First Day of School by Terry Border
21. Snack Attack! by Terry Border
22. Circle by Mac Barnett-this was just OK. I like Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by this author MUCH better.
23. The Stellar Story of Space Travel by Patricia Lakin-this was a very comprehensive and interesting look at space for kids. The pictures are fun too.
24. Arthur’s Christmas Cookies by Lillian Hoban
25. Places to Be by Mac Barnett-just OK
26. The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer-good science explanations
27. The Reasons For Seasons by Gail Gibbons-good science explanations
28. Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter-so good!
29. Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner-great book!


For a favorite this month……it’s really a toss-up between two books:

The Door in the Wall   -     By: Marguerite DeAngeli

The Door in the Wall is a classic that is on SO many book lists, and I am glad I finally got around to it. It was absolutely fantastic, and I will be using it as a read aloud with the kids in the fall.

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Vying for the Viscount is a historical fiction novel, which is my favorite kind. I loved it. I really enjoy Kristi Ann Hunter’s writing style, and it was just a great book-wonderful!

So, that’s all of the books for June, and I have now read 128 books in 2020!

I will be back in August with a report on my July books.

Have a great day!

Card Monday-Shadow Box Birthday Card

6 Jul

Today’s card is a shadow box card. I love making these-they are so much fun!

Supplies: Dies and Stamps: Lawn Fawn; Markers: Spectrum Moir

The fish turned out a bit too dark for my liking, but I loved the die cut colors-especially the waves.

I probably would have fixed the fish, but I ran out of time to get this birthday card out the door!

I think I will try this design again as I love the color scheme-just with brighter fish next time.

That’s it for today-have a great one!