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From my notebook…

A verse for lighting your Advent wreath…

Winter is dark,
Yet each tiny spark
Brightens the way
To Christmas Day.

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From my notebook…

Cheese Pretzels

1 cup warm water
1 package (2 1/4 tsp) dry yeast
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
3 cups flour
3/4 cup grated cheese (cheddar, American, or parmesan)

Proof yeast in water. Mix in remaining ingredients, adding cheese last. Knead well and divide into 18 portions. Roll into worm shapes, alphabet letters, pretzel shapes, etc. Place on a cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

4 Comments

  1. Oh these look yummy too! lol. I think we are going to have to make these this week.

  2. Wow, really? That’s it? Even I could do that!

  3. WOW! that seems way easier than I ever imagined. I think we might shape ours into letters to encourage some letter recognition :)

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From my notebook…

Instant Oaties

These yummy no-bake cookies are from Parents Magazine (January 2000)

3/4 Cup oatmeal
3/4 Cup dry milk powder
3/4 Cup creamy peanut butter
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 Cup wheat germ (honey crunch if you’d like)
And, if you really want to do it up, raspberry gumdrop candies

1. Spread oatmeal on a large plate and microwave on high for 4 minutes or until lightly toasted. Stir twice during cooking time. You can also toast them in the oven– watch carefully!

2. In a medium bowl, mix dry milk powder and peanut butter until blended. Stir in oats and honey.

3. Form mixture into walnut-sized balls. Sprinkle with/roll in wheat germ.

4. Press candies into centers, slightly flattening. Refrigerate at least one hour or until firm.

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From my notebook…

Mr. Owl perched in a tree.
Place hands under arms like wings.
“Whooo goes there?” he asked of me.
Point to self.
I looked high up in that oak,
Look high.

But could not find the owl that spoke.
Shake head “no”.
In the sky I saw that bird.
Pretend to look up.
“Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!” was all I heard.
Place hand behind ear.

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From my notebook…

From My Notebook

I’ve seen lots of people in the blogosphere sharing their google notebooks lately. I have one of those too (although I’m not quite sure how to use it or what to do with it!) but I also have another, low-tech notebook. 12 more actually. One for each day of the month.

Since before Michael was born, I’ve been collecting ideas and pasting them in monthly notebooks. Some are educational ideas, left over from my teaching days. There are recipes, fingerplays, craft projects, things I’ve found online, songs, and my own thoughts. Many of the months now have two or three notebooks or folders. Some of them have doodles on the pages from my little ones. One or two are even recycled from my husband’s seminary days, and the magazine clippings are glued over top his old Hebrew notes!

I’m going to start sharing some ideas from my notebook. Here’s a little rhyme to start off. It makes great copywork for an older child!

The fish lives in the brook.
The bird lives in a tree.
But home’s the very nicest place
For a little child like me.

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