Day of Love

I am a little behind on my Valentine’s post but I thought I would still share with you the fun that the kids had for our Valentine’s festivities. Our preschool lesson for the day was about fruit. We learned about which foods are considered fruits and that fruits grow on plants. We talked about the different colors and shapes that fruits grow in. One of our favorite fruits around this house are strawberries and that went perfectly with Valentine’s Day. So we made some strawberries of our own.

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I cut out the strawberry shapes for each of the boys and gave each of them a little spikey ball to paint the strawberry seeds.

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Now you are supposed to use paint for that but I didn’t have any paint so we used food coloring.

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It worked really great except that the papers got a little wet. Once they dried out though the seeds looked really great.

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After we got the seeds painted on and let the paper dry they helped me tape the leaves on to the top.

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After we were done making our strawberries we decided we needed to make some Valentine treats. So we made my mom’s recipe for sugar cookies with butter cream frosting.

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This is my favorite recipe for Sugar Cookies, the same one I helped my mom to make when I was a little girl.

Sugar Cookies

3/4 C shortening and butter mix

1 C sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 C flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Blend dry ingredients and add. Chill at least 1 hr. Roll dough 1/8 inch think on lightly floured board. Cut with cookie cutters, place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 6-8 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen.

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Butter Cream Frosting

1/3 C soft butter

1/8 tsp. salt

3 C powdered sugar

1/8 (about) milk

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Cream thoroughly butter with salt, then add 1 C sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the rest of the sugar and milk, alternately, in small amounts beating until smooth, spreading consistency, then add vanilla.

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I love making cookies, I love the whole process of mixing the ingredients and forming the cookies and baking them. Of course I especially love the end result.

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I hope that you will enjoy them as much as we did and that everyone had a Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Preschool Time

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My kids are getting so big I can’t believe it. I’ve been trying to figure out what I need to do to get them excited about starting to learn. I am a nanny as well as having two kids of my own.

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I watch a little boy who is almost three and I have a two and a half year old. Then I have an eighteen month old boy and I watch a one year old little girl. I want to get them learning and doing crafts but I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole process. My sister told me a long time ago about this program that you could order preschool supplies that comes with lesson plans. So I looked it up and found the program and got really excited about it. It called Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum.

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You can order it per child for one month at a time or up to a year at a time. They send you a lesson plan for everyday and all the supplies for the activities and crafts that go with that lesson. I just got our box yesterday and I am really excited to start teaching all these cute kids some preschool lessons!

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Valentine’s Hats

Valentine's hats

Inspired by all the cute Valentine’s day crafts I have seen everywhere lately I decided that I should do some Valentine’s Day hats. My nephew asked me to make him a hat and said he didn’t care what colors they were so i started making his red and gray and liked it so much I decided I wanted to make one with pink. So once I was finished I thought they made a great matching set and gave it to his wife. Now they have great matching Valentine’s day hats. I hope you like them guys because I sure enjoyed making them!

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I’m sorry about the pictures. I am working on learning how to take better pictures. And I just realized I look crazy in these…