Friday, February 16, 2018

A Peg Doll Exchange II

Last weekend, a group of moms in our homeschool group exchanged peg dolls.  This is the second time we've done the exchange, and the creativity is always fun to see.

One (hard-working) mama has coordinated it both times.  There were 20 who participated, but not everyone had there's completed in time, so pics of those will come later on.  For now, here's the newest group ::

St. Kateri and St. Jacinta

Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Jude Thaddeus

St. Maria Goretti and St. Anne

St. Monica and St. Dominic

St. Joan of Arc and St. Dymphna

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Thomas Aquinas and Archangel Rafael

St. Rose of Lima and St. Peter

St. Martin de Porres and St. Francis de Sales

Aren't they beautiful and creative?!  I look forward to adding the remaining ones soon and will share a photo of each when I receive them.

Our first saint peg doll exchange was in December of 2015.

She was more then thrilled to play with the new dolls.  (They were lined up here to meet Pope St. John Paul II - ha ha!)

All you holy people, pray for us!


Biscuit Poppers

Any When Calls the Heart fans out there??

We LOVE that series.  MiMi received all the seasons on DVD for Christmas and recently found a When Calls the Heart app for her phone.  On the app, they have Abigail's Cafe tab which hosts a delicious variety of foods one may have eaten "back then".

She made these Biscuit Poppers a couple of times now.  They are crazy easy to make (only 3 ingredients) and even easier to eat ;)


1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sour cream
2 1/4 cup Bisquick


1.  Melt butter and let cool a few minutes.

2.  Add 1 sour cream, stir.

3.  Add Bisquick and stir until combined.

4.  Use a small cookie scoop and place on scoop in a well-greased mini muffin pan.

5.  Cook in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes.

6.  Once cooled, you can drizzle a little honey over each (or as Miss Mabel did, pour a little honey in a bowl and hand-dip the top of each - as to not waste too much of the honey).



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January Recap - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Thunderstorms (the nice kind)

Slugs (all the way up on the second story window)

I am thankful for ~

* brisk, early, morning walks where the quiet allows me to enjoy time with God

* youth who are pro-life : defending the rights of the most vulnerable; women (and men) in the womb as well as the sick and elderly.

* cheap airline tickets!  (I'm taking three of the kids to go visit my mom mid-Feb.)

From the school room ~

A look into our Chemistry class (Homeschool Connections)

For labs, Miss Ester first watches the teacher complete the lab on a YouTube video and then performs the lab herself.

 (At that point, I put the camera down and asked where the plastic table protector was??)

From the kitchen ~

I really dislike meal planning.

I try not to complain since we do have food at least.

Last year, I took the challenge of preparing a monthly menu for each month.  I had so many recipes that my monthly plans rarely resembled one another.  The best part is that I remembered to actually keep each one.

What I just read ~

SO good!

In addition to that, I  recently finished the book, Winter Garden, and I do not recommend it.

The story lines (there were two main conflicts going on) were real however, the one was so different from the other that my brain had a difficult time adjusting from one conflict to the other.  There was sex, and the sprinkling of elicit description really was unnecessary and kind of ruined the book for me.  I would not want my daughters to read this because of the descriptive sex scenes.

My plan is to read 25 books this year.  We shall see!

Around the house ~

I ordered our newest peg doll from my favorite shop on Etsy.  He is nearby as we read our St. Valentine books.

These two marched in the March for Life (Dallas).

A recent date with my man that consisted of Capri pizza and Pinot Noir.

We recently celebrated Miss Clementine turning 6!!  Oh my!!

I am listening to ~

the hum of the furnace.  Our mornings are chilly, but the afternoons are gorgeous.  Tomorrow, we are going to the zoo for the day.

Coming down the pike ~

Wednesday - Field trip to the Dallas Zoo

Thursday - ice skating lessons for Miss Mabel and Miss Clementine

Friday - basketball tournament for Stan the Man

A last photo to share ~

Bike rides.  Lots and lots of bike rides these days!

Can you believe that we are at the end of January?  Already?!

~  Patty ~

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Be a Unicorn in a Field of Horses!

How can it be?!  Our sweet and sassy Texan turned 6 years old! 

Her brother gave her a unicorn puzzle.  Miss Ester bought her some unicorn pajamas.  That adorable, unicorn wallet was given to her from Miss Mabel.  Mommy and Daddy gave her the unicorn purse and necklace as well as some new doll furniture and play food.

And since it wasn't a birthday party year, she invited just one friend to help her celebrate her day. :)

Miss Clementine LOVES Cheddar's and that was her choice for a birthday lunch.  (We were unable to go out for dinner since Stan the man had a basketball game that night.)  Her favorite parts of the restaurant are the large fish tank and the huge, "fancy ceiling fan".

Back at home, we played a fun game of pin the horn on the unicorn (and her friend was in a fit of giggles when David played with them).

She had such a fun day! 

(Unicorn birthday supplies came from Target except for the cupcake toppers which I found on Etsy.)

At the end of the day, she put on her new nightgown from Grammy and snuggled with her new doll (from Grammy as well), Ruby.

Happy birthday, sweetie pie!  Mommy and Daddy love you so much (southern sass and all)!


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Sweet Day

The weather has been back to its balmy mid-60's.  The kind where blue skies reign and sunshine pours down.  No jackets by mid-morning kind of days.

Miss Clementine met up with a few playmates at a park for play time and a picnic.  Then we headed over to shop at an old-fashioned candy store.

The littles had so much fun filling their baggies with all kinds of bulk candy.  The smell of popcorn  and home made fudge filled the air.  Goodness!

We also popped in at Emporium Pies for mom-sized treats.

Aren't the carry-out desserts wrapped up so sweetly?!

I brought home a piece of Snowball for myself :: creamy coconut custard topped with crunchy toasted coconut.

For David, I brought a piece of Melted Snowman :: cookies and cream custard in a chocolate cookie crust.

Hoping your winter days are finding you all healthy with a bit of sweetness on the side!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Our Snowy Day

The weathermen were talking about it for days and days in advance.  I was receiving weather alerts five days out on my phone.  The day before, I ran to the store to stock up on coffee, deodorant, and Cottonelle flushable wipes!

The clouds blew in.  The temperature plummeted quickly.  Shortly after dinner I heard a bit of freezing rain pinging against the window.  I had a little one who went to bed hoping and praying for snow.

This is what we woke up to ::

While reading books on snow, I remembered that I had some painted snowflakes artwork that the older kids painted way back when.  As I was hanging them up on the bulletin board by Miss Clementine's desk, we decided that she, too, should have one on the wall!  So off the the craft store I went.

While the paint dried, we gave her little finger nails a snowy effect ;)

Then it was time for some, "Frozen", while we continued to wait for the painted snowflake to dry.

Ta Da!  Just like her big brother and sisters' painted snowflakes.  She was SO excited to do this art project!

All of this activity called for a special snack.  I found these cute chocolates right after Christmas and hid them away for a special, snowy day :)


At the end of the day, after waiting and waiting for what seemed like forEVER, we pulled out the snowballs for a friendly fight.  (My mom sent these to us a couple of winters ago - so much fun!)

And I am now exhausted!  I don't have the energy in me that I use to, but how I love having a little one in the house that brings so much joy!

Happy winter days, friends!



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