Friday, October 27, 2006

Apples, apples, apples and wait for it.....apples.

So, we ended up with 40 pounds of apples in the kitchen. It didn't seem like that many when I we were picking/sorting them - funny how that happens.

Thanks to my handy-dandy apple peeler/corer/slicer from Pampered Chef, I now have a sweet smelling house. The two crockpots are working hard - making apple butter and chunky applesauce. I am also drying out a big batch for cookies, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. The rest will be eaten plain, put in pancake batter or whipped into pie filling (and frozen for later use).

The kids had a blast using the apple machine and playing with the ribbons of apple peel. I thought about drying that out a bit for Christmas ornanment crafts, but I came to my senses......

Speaking of apples, if you haven't played Apples to Apples, do it! What a fun game.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Crafts, creativity and chaos (cause that is what happens when the kids talk me into a craft day)

I am gathering new ideas for fall/Thanksgiving crafts, for both home and church. Family Fun magazine helped a bunch! If you have some neat ideas, let me know in the comment section, or better yet - share pictures/instructions on your blog!


This is one turkey that won't get eaten this Thanksgiving. Your kids can make a flock to decorate the dinner table -- or for all the kid guests to take home as favors.
Tom Cone instructions

Use your imagination (and some paper, glue, and a pen or pencil) to turn ordinary backyard leaves into a whimsical menagerie.
Fall Art

If you want to hatch a novel holiday dessert that your kids can help make, these tasty turkeys fit the bill. They're also great for a classroom party
Cupcake Thanks

Your kids will go nutty for these clever fall treats, which look like acorns but taste a whole lot sweeter.
Fall Do'nuts'

This project makes a wonderful annual tradition that your family can really grow into.
Thankful Tree

I have a wonderful winter/Advent/Christmas list of goodies to share at a later date!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Five years ago...

We welcomed identical twin boys into our world. They were born 8 weeks early. The next few months would be filled with fear, dangers, tears, prayers, and love. Lots and lots of love.


Caleb, one day old, yawning (4 lbs. 3 oz)

Jacob, one day old (4 lbs. 13 oz)

And now....

The super wonderful Cars birthday cake celebrating 5 years.

Lord, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the blessing of these two young men. Even when the days were dark in the beginning, Your love and mercy was visible and powerful.
Happy Birthday boys. You rock our world!