Wednesday, July 30, 2014

toasted almond ice cream

Well, as of tomorrow I am on my annual blog summer break! I love blogging, and I love y'all, but I always look forward to my month-long break in the summer to focus on my family and fun! As a "see ya soon!" gift, I have a delicious treat to help keep you cool for the rest of the hot summer!

When the hubs and I got married he introduced me to Fenton's and toasted almond ice cream, and my life has never been the same. :)

If you don't happen to live near a Fenton's or Leatherby's, don't worry, you too can experience this miracle of dairy right at home!
Dry roast some almonds and toss them into some almond ice cream and what have you got (besides the need for an EpiPen if you happen to be allergic to nuts)...
..deliciousness, that's what. Pure and utter cool, tasty goodness.

Mike and I both agree the best way to enjoy this treat is with caramel topping. REAL caramel topping, not some cheap imitation from your local supermarket. Homemade is good, but if you can get your hands on some Fenton's or Leatherby's caramel then you are in for a real treat.

Click {here} for your ticket to ice cream heaven! :)

Well, that's it for me until September! Feel free to email me regarding special orders, I'll still be filling them; and I've already been planning fun things to share with you so don't stay away! Some ideas I have swirling around in my head are:
  • a camping post
  • details about a "favorite things" party
  • some house updates (fingers crossed!)
  • more tasty recipes!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

nursery singing time

I thought I would share some ideas for singing time in Nursery (the children of my church 18 months-3 years old). We basically do the same seven songs every week because I believe repetition is the best way for young ones to learn music. It takes us about 10 minutes, which includes trying to get the kids under control (although, usually they're pretty good!) and sometimes singing one of the songs twice.

1. We start with the welcome song, Here We Are Together (in our Nursery). 
2. Next we do a wiggle song, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
3. We do another action song, Popcorn Popping. By this point they'll usually have worked enough wiggles out to sit for the rest of the time. :)
4. We use our popsicle sticks for In the Leafy Treetops. These are simple visual aides I made, with basic clip art of a bird on one side, and a flower on the other side. I'll need to be replacing them soon and either laminate them, or I've been thinking about making finger puppets.

5. Now, we start getting into more "doctrinal" songs. We start with Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam (just the first verse).
6. The next song is a new addition, the chorus to Follow the Prophet. I got this idea from Camille's Primary Ideas and I really loved it because each year I like to try and teach the nursery kids a song that the Primary kids are also learning.

7. I like to always end with the first verse to I Am a Child of God. The kids LOVE this one and ask for it the whole singing time. I found these great visual aides on Sugardoodle. Each kid has a different favorite picture to hold. :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

easy fairy dress-up gift

I pulled together an easy last-minute birthday gift for a sweet little two-year old this week.

I started with a pair of store-bought fairy wings and added a couple of homemade items to complete a fairy dress-up set. A gorgeous and over-the-top flower hair clip and a ribbon magic wand make accessories that any fairy would love to have! :)