Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I don't remember where I got this recipe. It's been so long, it was just one of those "hey, I think I'll try this" recipes and they turned out so well. I've done them several times. Jeremy loves them. And kids can help, too. My three-year old helped last time.
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup peanut butter
Coat a small cup muffin tin with cooking spray. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate with butter and oil, stirring often, until melted, 1-2 minutes. Pour about a tablespoon of chocolate mixture into each muffin cup.
Melt peanut butter in microwave 30-40 seconds. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of melted peanut butter over chocolate in each muffin cup. Top with another tablespoon of chocolate.
Chill in refrigerator 30 minutes, until set.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
We Telfords like to find reasons to celebrate. Jeremy's been working on a whole calendar of holidays for every day of the year. Some of them are more well known and you might see them on a wall calendar, such as Groundhog Day, and some of them are a little less well known and you might just hear about them from people celebrating, such as Talk Like a Pirate Day. And sometimes we just celebrate something that is special to us. But we love reasons to celebrate.
This week we celebrated two special days, President's Day and Jeremy's birthday.
For President's Day, we helped Nichole practice knowing what values coins had and who are on the coins (and some of the paper bills). We even taught them a little bit about some of the past presidents of the United States. For example, Franklin D. Roosevelt's head is on the dime because he started the March of Dimes. Did you know that? At one point I asked the kids to each get a teddy bear out so we could talk about the teddy bear being named after Teddy Roosevelt. Nichole grabbed one that belonged to me, but Jr. couldn't find one very easily. Our sweet hearted daughter handed him her special Build-A-Bear bear and said he could use her. That was such a sweet thing to do. She was definitely praised for that and her little brother was so grateful.
Then the kids made sugar cookies with Daddy (which we'd been meaning to do since Valentine's Day, but hadn't gotten around to it yet).
So there you have it. Some of our reasons to celebrate.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Mommy: Ummm... I don't know.
Nichole: I'll take that as a Yes.
Nichole: I'm going to bring a picture home. A Valentine for you. But I'm not going to tell you because it's a surprise.
Jr.: Your eyebrows are brown... like eyebrowns.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Daddy: It’s like a baby giraffe.
Jr. and Nichole: No. It’s a mommy giraffe.
Daddy: It’s too small to be a mommy giraffe. It’s just a baby.
Jr: No. It’s big. It’s a mommy.
Daddy: We need to get you kids to the zoo.
Jr: No. Animals go to the zoo!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I sent Daddy on a treasure hunt to find his peanut butter cups Jr. and I made for him. He was nice enough to share with all of us.
The ornament she made at the party for her family.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
It had seeds for oregano, basil, and parsley. I showed the kids what the dried store-bought herbs look and smell like. We determined that oregano smells like pizza, basil smells sweet, and parsley smells like... hay or grass.
We put in the dirt pellets, added water, and waited for the dirt to grow.
Then it was time for the seeds. Nichole first with the parsley seeds. Next, Jr. with the teeniest tiniest oregano seeds. Last, it was Mommy with the not so small basil seeds.
Squirt them again with water and place them on the windowsill next to our avocado pit which by the way never sprouted. Sigh. Oh well, next time we have avocados we'll try again.
It only took a few days before we started to see progress. The first to push up out of the soil- the oregano. From those teeny tiny seeds. Amazing.
It wasn't long before the others started poking up as well.
The parsley grew fast.
Pretty soon we had a whole container full of plants.
I think I got more out of the lesson on faith than the kids. All we have to do is start with the smallest bit of faith, but we try. We nurture it with scripture study, prayer, church attendance, Family Home Evening (just like nurturing the seed with light, water, soil to grow in), and it will grow. The more we work on it, the stronger we get. Even from something as itty bitty teeny tiny as an oregano seed. Seriously, those things are ti-ny.