Each year, Christmas becomes less about Christ and charity and more about shopping, decorating and catching that great deal. We may not be able to change Christmas throughout the world, but we can change Christmas in our homes.
In a society that’s moving more and more toward a sense of entitlement and instant gratification it’s so important to really celebrate Thanksgiving and gratitude. We’ve really tried to emphasize the holiday in our home this year. I know it’s only a week until Turkey Day, but it’s not too late!!! Here are just a few ideas of ways you can help your children think about gratitude this Thanksgiving season.
Our friend Tim Johnson, author of the “Bosley the Language Bear” books is offering a free copy of his new book, “Bosley Builds a Treehouse” to a Pink Apron Blog reader. The Bosley books are not only fun stories but are a GREAT way to help kids learn a new language. Each story is written in English with translations in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Russian or Japanese.
My mom made these candy corn pots for us last year using terracotta pots and I think they’re adorable. They are one of the things my kids get most excited about when it’s time to put up the Halloween decorations.
This week, the kids and I made Mother’s Day presents for Grandma. Because I lack the gene that carries on it the ability to sew, knit, or cut on a strait line, I needed something that didn’t require a lot of crafting ability. We decided to paint terracotta pots and fill them with seeds and gardening tools for Grandma.
In our family, we love to hunt for eggs and eat way too much chocolate and marshmallow bunnies during Easter time, but we try to spend some time focusing on the true purpose of Easter. This can be difficult with kids who get very excited about dying eggs and hunting for candy, so this year, we combined both versions of Easter and made an Easter Advent.
I love peppermint bark at Christmas and I think it’s a shame we don’t eat it year-round. So when I heard about an idea for Valentine’s Day peppermint bark, I had to try it!
Last week, I posted a variation on my favorite chocolate chip recipe. Since I just can’t get enough of this recipe, I decided to do one more variation. I took the traditional Hershey’s Kiss cookie, but gave it a Christmas twist.
My kids wanted to make presents for their grandparents for Christmas. Rather than buy a craft, we decided to use what we had and make them something meaningful and something they can use.
I started these cookies off with my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. The only change I made was, I left out the 2 cups chocolate chips and instead used 1 cup mint M&Ms and 1 cup Nestle winter dark chocolate and mint morsels. The effect was wonderful!!!