He Has Risen free printable

He-has-risen

Holy Week is upon us and I am thinking of different ways to make it special for our family- especially in these two days before my oldest leaves for Hatteras with Grandpa.  I absolutely love this He Has Risen free printable from Desiree and thought you would as well.  The only trouble is that you have to pick a color and all three are pretty awesome!  My home loves red and turquoise decor, so it was fairly easy for me.  Enjoy!

Teaching Kids in the Kitchen at Easter: Resurrection Rolls

Easter resurrection rolls

Resurrection Rolls have been around for a while, but we just started making them a few years ago and this tradition is a keeper!  Just what are Resurrection Rolls?  Very easy to make as a matter of fact- and a teaching tool, as well.

Quite simply, crescent rolls are wrapped around large marshmallows, and, as they bake, the rolls become hollow.   When you peer inside and break them open you will find that they are empty inside to represent the tomb of Jesus on Easter morning.  This makes such an impression on my children- they are always amazed and they excitedly tell everyone they see that day!

Easter Resurrection Roll Recipe

Serves 8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert
Misc Child Friendly
Occasion Easter
Resurrection Rolls are easy to make and a teaching tool, as well. As they bake, the rolls become hollow to represent the empty tomb of Jesus on Easter morning.

Ingredients

  • 1 tube refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (10 oz)
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons white or brown sugar

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and lightly grease baking sheet.
Step 2
Unroll and tear crescent rolls into triangles.
Step 3
In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar.
Step 4
Dip a marshmallow in melted butter, roll in sugar mixture, and place in the center of a dough piece, with marshmallow aligned along one edge of dough (front of the “cave”.)
Step 5
Wrap dough around the marshmallow and pinch seams together to seal. Place on a baking sheet and repeat for all marshmallows and dough triangles.
Step 6
Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Reveal in the empty tomb and enjoy!

For more values-based holiday ideas, check out In the Way They Should Go…Teaching Kids Values.

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New life

birds Matthew 6:25

We have new life on “the farm”.  Chicks have been hatching over the past week and, five made it, but over the course of the 21 days and the hatching process, sadly, six did not.   My son and I walked almost 26 miles in Washington, DC… and the morning of the last day, I was struck with a flu-like virus that my family at home was weathering!  My only thought as I climbed the bus was, “I will live” (later, I lay in the first-aid room at Mt. Vernon, missing all the lovely gardens.)

I must share more from our quite adorable chick photo shoot, with the disclaimer that we separated them from the mother since she led them to a death-defying fall outdoors and I do not profess to being a good new baby chick groomer…

counting chicks

chick in violets

chicks in a basket

chick with girl

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?…Matthew 6:25-26

5 Ways We Saved This Week: thrift stores, travel foods, and more

5 Ways We Saved

1.  Made my own makeup remover using this easy recipe to refill the container from what is likely the last store-bought remover.

2.  Shopped Goodwill (but we call it “the boutique“) for leather Nike cleats, a new roll of Scotch brown kraft paper, and craft leaflets to group with others on ebay.

3.  Filled the gas tank at a service station that gives out free car wash tokens and used free two tokens to do a hand-washed number on our ever-salt-encrusted vehicle.

4.  Made, bagged, and froze homemade snacks and purchased some dollar store pre-packaged snacks for a trip with my son (we’re all over Washington D.C.!)  These will also help the rest of the family left at home easily get their own [cheap] snacks and breakfasts.  My husband gets home late most nights, so I also froze a meal and organized a section of the freezer with previously frozen meals for their dinners while I am away.

5.  Splurged on a dozen clear shoeboxes from the dollar store.  The common rule I was trying to follow- to not buy more organizational products- no longer applied, as our craft closet avalanche was not going anywhere.  The labeled shoeboxes uniformly stack on the shelves and hold exactly the right amounts of organized glue/tape, thread, paints, etc.  Right away, we set out using our craft materials instead of wondering where they were in the mess (and heaven forbid, buying more of what we already have.)  We make a lot of cards and gifts to save money.

Please do share all the ways- big and small- you saved this week!

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Gardening for free (or almost) – Part 2

gardening for free

Gardening for free or on the cheap is not a new idea- in fact, this is how our ancestors grew everything!  Even if you feel you do not have a green thumb or anything close to it, I encourage you to try and try again.  Some free gardening techniques are nearly no-fail, as long as you follow sun and watering requirements.  This is what has worked in my southeastern US yard, but these tricks should get the job done in many areas:

1.  Plant “reseeders”

Plants that reseed themselves are great fun to have about!  I received starts of reseeding plants and each spring, I spy plenty of black-eyed susans and vinca popping up here and there and I begin moving them wherever I like.  Last year, some of the vinca were moved into pots once spent petunias were pulled out.  They can also be used to bless others’ gardens!

vinca Vinca blooming wherever they choose to reseed!

 

2.  Collect seeds

I confess, I have not ventured into harvesting more than a few zinnia and sunflower seeds-  my husband’s farm supply makes just picking up what we need too tempting!  For the flower seeds, I have allowed some blooms to simply dry on the stalk in the garden and then scraped the dry seeds into paper bags to store in the outbuilding.  There are techniques for drying other seeds that I have not attempted.  My grandfather always dried tomato seeds on screens to continue his line of heirloom tomatoes- in other words, tomatoes with no modifications of any sort from the original plant.  This article from Little House Living has a list of how to save seeds from several vegetables.

 3.  Gifted plants

No, my plants are not any smarter than yours, but several of mine were gifted to me!  With a spring birthday, over the years, I have been given gardenia and camelia bushes, leyland cypress trees, blueberry bushes (from my children), and the hibiscus and mandevilla plants as shown in the photos.  The latter two have lasted nearly three years by simply moving the pots to the crawl space under our house where I forget to water them the entire winter!  They are brought out into the shade after the last frost date and later moved into full sun.

Yes, I have been blessed by these gifts and, no, I do not ask repeatedly for gifts!  However, when someone asks what you would like as a gift and you know they will give something no matter your answer, consider letting them know that you would like something for the garden.  Plants are wonderful to give and receive- they truly are the gift that keeps on giving!

clematis The mandevilla I have saved under the house for two winters, with black-eyed susans that reseed like wildfire

4.  Gift cards

I earn gift cards regularly simply by using Swagbucks as my search engine.  I know that others (with speedy internet service) use extra Swagbucks features such as watching videos to earn them much faster.  Amazon is my gift card of choice for these points and I have seen several plants and bulbs available on Amazon, as well as plenty of gardening supplies.  I have also received gift cards as gifts or from store returns and sometimes use these on plants and pots.

5.  Rescue plants

I almost did not include this one, as I think there could be a chance of introducing disease.  However, I should let you know that I have had success purchasing plants on the discount rack.  There are some beautiful Lenten roses (see them here) blooming in my shady front yard as I type this.  They were saved from a dying group of forgotten plants at the back of my husband’s farm supply.  We know that their only troubles were an employee who could not remember to water them, so I felt safe bringing them to our yard.

Other times, plants are simply beyond the seasonal window and are outgrowing their pots.  My blueberry and blackberry bushes were purchased at a large size from a nursery at a discount since it was fall (which is actually a great time to plant them!)  Find out the story on discounted plants and use this tip at your own risk!

In case you missed it, be sure to see these tips on gardening for free from Part 1 and please do share your free gardening tips and tricks in the comments!

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