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James and the Giant Peach Study July 7, 2015

Hello dear ones! Michael did a study of the book James and the Giant Peach. Join me for a peachy craft and some Southern peach cobbler.

 

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Michael and I made this sun catcher using contact paper. I drew a peach and he filled it in with orange tissue paper and silhouettes from James and the Giant Peach. He made clouds from cotton balls. The birds are hanging strings.

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Michael also watched the movie. Now, here’s a recipe that we didn’t get a chance to make.

Southern Peach Cobbler

From the Odum Community Cookbook

by Jeanette Bass

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 cup self-rising flour

1 stick butter

1 can peaches (sliced with juice)

3/4 cup of milk

Melt butter in baking dish. Add sugar, milk, and peaches, mix well. Add flour and mix until well blended. Bake in 350 degree oven until top is golden brown. Serve with or without whipped cream; you can also sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

 

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Well, God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Dr. Seuss Day 2015 March 10, 2015

In this post: Dr. Seuss crafts, eats, and a lapbook.

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Hello dear ones! Here’s how we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday this year:

  • We read all the Dr. Seuss books we own. Here’s Nana reading Green Eggs and Ham.

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  • A lapbook with Dr. Seuss’ biography, a Meet the Artist questionnaire, and a cartoon tutorial.

Links: http://readyteacher.com/learn-to-draw-dr-seuss-characters/

http://makingartfun.com/htm/f-maf-art-library/theodor-seuss-geisel-biography.htm

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  • “My Favorite Dr. Seuss Book” birthday cake writing assignment~  I was inspired by this blog:  http://meanmygang.blogspot.com/2012/02/dr-seuss-birthday-cake-craft.html   but I  found the cake printables elsewhere online. Michael colored three layers, put them together, and then added construction paper candles. I printed out the assignment with a nice font.

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  • Cat in the Hat hat~ I got the idea from this blog:

http://joyfullyweary.blogspot.com/2011/11/easy-seussian-hats.html?spref=pi

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  • Dr. Seuss decor~  I found the Dr. Seuss plates at Target last year. I found the quotes online. The truffela tree and Dr. Seuss sign are from our Dr. Seuss celebration 2 years ago: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/my-family-rocks-sunday-dr-seuss-birthday/

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  • A movie~ Horton Hears a Who.

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  • Green scrambled eggs and ham with grits~ for supper.

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God bless & remember the High King lives!~Amber Dover

PS: Here’s a regular pic from a school day. Michael drawing a city on his trampoline.

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More Seuss inspiration:

 

Marie Antoinette Party May 18, 2014

In this post: An original and glamorous Marie Antoinette party as we learn about the French Revolution! Come join us!

Dear ones, I hope you are well. I’m thrilled to share this fun party with you. We ended our study of the French Revolution with a Marie Antoinette party. Marie never said “Let them eat cake”, but her over the top fashion is great inspiration for a glamorous party…and delicious cake ;). Here’s how I did it:

The Set

  • Black and White fancy table cloth & plates. I bought the table cloth at Walmart and the plates at the Dollar Tree.
  • Pink napkins with fancy clock napkin holders. I took tulle and wrapped it around the napkins. For the clocks, I printed out old Victorian looking clocks and I taped them into layed cupcake holders. I stuck that on the tulle.
  • Marie Antoinette project board~ I bought the project board and the girly French stickers at the Dollar Tree. My Mom miraculously had some black and white tissue paper that she gave me. I modge podged it on and put a paper doll of Marie on top of it. Then I made designs with black and pink paint.
  • Fancy clock~ this was a thrift store find that I also used for Hannah’s baby shower.
  • Vase of pink flowers and black and white flowers. I found the flowers on sale at Michael’s craft store, 50 cent each!
  • An old key, pearls, vintage looking bags with crown designs on them. I believe these were on sale at Michael’s awhile back.
  • Marie Antoinette shadow box frame~ I bought the frame and the wooden chandelier and chair at Michael’s. I painted the frame black and pink. I painted the wooden chair and chandelier black. I cut out a paper Marie and modge podged her. I used the black and white tissue paper to encircle her. I glued on fake pearls in a heart shape. I glued on a feather. I cut out paper butterflies and modge podged them on both sides so they would shine. I wanted them to be 3D.
  • Marie cage lantern~ It’s hard to tell what this is but in person it lights up. I took a small cage from the craft store and put a fake candle in it. I put a Marie paper doll on a popsicle stick and stuck it in the cage. Then I took black and white tissue paper to form her dress.

I loved this set so much. I had a hard time taking it down. I did keep the shadow box for my office. 🙂

Food

  • Pink cupcakes with pearls on top~ I used a box of strawberry cake mix and a can of pink frosting. I found edible pearls also at Walmart.
  • Salmon patties and mac n cheese for our fancy candle lit dinner.
  • Apple juice in fancy goblets.

The Costumes

  • Marie Antoinette (mua)~ My Aunt’s prom dress from the 70’s. Yeah, I’ve taken good care of it. My hair did not get as puffy as I’d hoped but I had two fake hair pieces under it. I think next time I’ll put them closer to the front. I’ll include my Pinterest link at the bottom. I put fake pearls in my hair so it’d drape across my forehead. I took a paper mask and glued a pink feather and fake gems on it. Then I attached the mask to a dowel. My makeup looks a bit funny because I powdered my face with very light powder. You can’t tell as much in these pictures but I put concealer on my lips and then drew a heart shape with lipstick. I put on a good bit of blush.
  • Michael~ He wore a nice black shirt and pants. We got his purple hat at the Dollar Tree. He also wore a paper mask which he decorated purple with shapes.

Activities

  • A Candle Lit dinner
  • The Marie Antoinette movie from the 30’s
  • A waltz...sort of.
  • A funny video on the secrets of Marie Antoinette’s hair

I hope you are inspired! 🙂 Links are below the pic…

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Marie Antoinette ideas on Pinterest (about half way down)

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

More Parties by Me

The 1700’s Week 3: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/the-1700s-week-3-australia-the-french-revolution-lord-byron/

 

Media Saturday: Courageous June 16, 2012

Hello folks 🙂 Tomorrow is Father’s Day so I wanted to repost my review of this wonderful movie about Dads.

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“Courageous” is a film that challenges men (mainly fathers) to step up to the plate and take responsibility… to be REAL men…to be courageous.  It is a call to integrity…..it is a call to protect, provide, and serve your family. The story line follows five different men with different families and situations. Four of the men are cops and it also follows the struggle the cops have with drugs in the community. You see the trials each man deals with and how their lives mix together. You also see how the lack of proper fathers affects the people in gangs. There is a statistic given about how people without a good father are more likely to get into drugs, teen pregnancy, crime, and are more suicidal. The statistics are sad because there aren’t many courageous fathers out there. Some may be “good enough” but it takes a man of excellence to inspire his children to be people of excellence. This movie was tasteful, well-made, and had several funny, sad, and exciting scenes. I loved FireProof but I think “Courageous” went even to the next level. Here’s the website and a preview. I hope you get a chance to watch it.

http://www.courageousthemovie.com/

God bless and remember The High King Lives!~Amber Dover