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Purim 2015 March 10, 2015

In this post: Crafts, treats, and Purim celebrations.

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Hello dear ones! This is how we celebrated Purim this year:

  • A Queen Esther craft~ I found this template for a Queen Esther puppet but our brown bag got thrown away. So instead we pasted it onto a paper plate and made it a centerpiece.
  • Decor~ We brought out the Haman and Esther shakers from years ago, the Haman ears cookie crafts, and a lovely vase of flowers with ornaments on it (a peacock, dragonfly, and butterfly).

Link:https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/crafty-monday-dinosaurs-purim/

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  • Peacock drawing~ Michael and I made this Purim sign using a peacock tutorial. Peacocks were special to the Persians. They believed peacocks were guardians of royalty. King Xerxes was the king of Persia.

Link:http://luntiks.com/topics/kids-drawing-painting/74.html

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    • Baking Haman Ears or Hats~ This is a beloved tradition of ours. This year we used raspberry jelly in part of the cookies and Nuttella in the others.

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    • Watching “One Night with the King”~ an embellished version of the Biblical story of Esther. It’s based on a fictional book.

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

Purim pinspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/doverette/purim/

 

 

Purim 2014 March 29, 2014

Hello dear ones! Last year we had a big Purim celebration. This year we were able to use crafts from last year. So we had a very laid back Purim. If you don’t know, Purim is a Biblical feast that celebrates how God used Queen Esther to deliver the Jews from genocide in Persia. It is an amazing story of faith and bravery. If it wasn’t for Purim then Jesus would not have been born on this Earth.

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Our favorite tradition is making hamentaschen (Haman ears or hats). Haman is the man who tried to have all the Jews murdered. In the end, Haman was hung on the gallows he had made for Mordecai, Queen Esther’s cousin.  Hamentaschen are very good cookies with various fillings. We used raspberry jam.  We usually watch “One Night with the King” for fun but this year we watched the Veggie Tale’s version of Esther.  We got this great Purim board game at the Holocaust museum last year. We finally got to play it and it was really fun. It’s called : Queen Esther: Dancing Dreidels.

http://www.amazon.com/FVQE-0810-Queen-Esther-Dancing-Dreidels/dp/B006ISXK8C

We didn’t use the noise makers this year but usually we read the story of Esther in the Bible and we cheer for Mordecai and boo for Haman. You can see that we have paper haman ears for decor. I also like decorating with peacocks and bright colors to feel like we’re in Persia.

Here’s last years post: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/my-family-rocks-sunday-purim-princess-bride-date-night/

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

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My Family Rocks! Sunday: Purim & Princess Bride Date Night March 2, 2013

In this Post: The Hubby hosts a movie themed date night with The Princess Bride (wanna peanut?), Purim celebrations, & spring has sprung here…whether it wants to or not! Wizard of Oz links at the end.

Hello dear ones! I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. I will be posting back to back posts out of necessity and taking a short blogging break.  A couple Sundays back, I shared with you The Dating Divas website and how the hubby and I have started having regular date nights every other week. I printed out the ideas and put them in an old popcorn bucket.

This past week Chris chose The Princess Bride date night. Idea found at this link:

http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/the-princess-bride/

The hubby did not decorate but the house was already looking royal because of Purim. I found that incense is messy and way too smelly. I just thought it felt Persian.

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So I found the lovely hanging flowers (both pink and purple) at Michael’s Craft Store….along with the turquoise bird cage, fake birds, and mango candle. Also if you click on the pic you will see a heart slate where I wrote in chalk “Chris + Amber=4-ever”.  I love this bird cage so much that in went in my bedroom after Purim. Hurry they may still be on sale :).

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Pink and Purple streamers made the place feel royal. Also, floating candles and a turquoise vase with exotic fake flowers. I got those flowers are the Dollar Tree can you believe it!

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You can see the mood in this pic without the flash turned on…

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Now while my kitchen looked beautiful, my craft room looked like this….I had several projects underway.

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The hubby spent a good bit of the night cooking. We had grilled chicken with potatoes and carrots and a bottle of sparkling grape juice.

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For dessert we had peanut butter cups. I was Princess Buttercup for the night and Chris constantly answered me “as you wish”.  I wore my new blue dress from Target. Dang these people should sponsor me lol. Hear that Dollar Tree, Michael’s, & Target…..I need money for advertising 😉 he he he.

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Anywho, we had fun and after the movie we acted out a few movie quotes. The Princess Bride is hilarious and it’s appealing to guys and gals. Enjoy a few lines….

Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can *fuss*.
Fezzik: Fuss, fuss… I think he like to scream at *us*.
Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no *harm*.
Fezzik: He’s really very short on *charm*.
Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme.
Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time.
Vizzini: Enough of that.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?
Fezzik: If there are, we all be dead.
Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?
Vizzini: DYEEAAHHHHHH.

~Quotes from The Princess Bride

So I thought this cardboard chandelier would look nice but it fell. So I taped it up inside our cardboard play house with the dolls.

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Saturday night (a week ago) we began Purim preparations. I showed you a bit of that on my Crafty Monday post. Here are the Haman ears/hats (strawberry filled and brownie filled).

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Our paper plate Haman ears decorated the cabinet doors.

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Voila! The Haman ears on Purim morning :).

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For dinner I decided to practice a couple of Irish recipes that I’ll be doing when I host our homeschool group for St. Patty’s Day.

Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Beef Stew– was supposed to be lamb but not many people seem to want lamb. It tastes better than it looks. It has white wine in it and we served it over rice.

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Purim noisemakers (green guy is Haman & pink girl is Esther), the puppets, the golden scepter, Esther’s crown, and a Purim game called “Dancing Dreidels”.

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My family enjoying the meal.

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Mom (aka Nana) was Queen Esther and Michael was King Ahasuerus or Xerxes.

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As I read the Bible story of Esther we sort of acted it out. We used our noisemakers whenever I said Haman or Mordecai. We booed for Haman and cheered for Mordecai.

Here’s Michael crowning his queen.

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Michael as King Ahasuerus.

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The sparkling green cardboard doors are actually for another party but I thought they looked royal. It worked for Queen Esther’s big entrance.

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It is against the law to approach the King without being summoned but thankfully the King extends his scepter of mercy.

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Kim (Grandad) and one of our homemade noise makers.Purim2013 089

Can you guess who Kim is? He’s Haman begging Queen Esther for his life. Don’t feel sorry for the dude. He was like an ancient Hitler.Purim2013 092

The King thinks Haman is assaulting his wife.

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Off to the gallows with ya!

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Nana and Michael acted out what they had learned with the stick puppets and file folder stage. It was quite funny as they mixed movie quotes from The Wizard of Oz and Lord of the Rings!

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Well, after Purim I was ready to decorate for Easter. We are already doing Lent devotions each night though our sad Lent tree has no ornaments. I can’t keep up with all these holidays and such.  I guess the party bug bit me during our Time Machine unit in homeschool. I can’t get enough of parties!

I brought out our paper resurrection set that we made last year.

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Our kitchen window is super springy though Winter doesn’t want to leave us. It snowed for 45 seconds today but I missed it :(.

You can see our leprechaun on the left and our Easter egg tree on the right. Click on the pic and you can see the pom pom Easter bunnies. One has the cutest mini basket.  We’ve also started growing three leaf clovers. LOL I’m not confused. Everything decided to happen in March! 🙂

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Reminder: Oz the great and Powerful comes out next weekend. You still have time to read at least one of the books before it comes out. You can get all 14 Wizard of Oz books by Frank Baum on Kindle here:

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Wizard-Collection-Contents-ebook/dp/B003TU29GQ/

It’s only 95 cents! I’ve been reading several chapters to Michael every night. We’ve also watched several of the movies. Here are some movie ideas for you but I’ll have more Oz info later *wink* wink*.

The Wizard of Oz (the first movie and sooo different from the book), Return to Oz (this is more like the books), The Wiz (Michael Jackson was the scarecrow and Dianna Ross , Dorothy! It’s on Netflix), The Wizard of Ha’s (Veggie Tales), & Tin Man (Oz in the future. Also on Netflix).

For party ideas check out my Pinterest link. Remember email subscribers to come to my blog to see the links.

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

 

Crafty Monday: Dinosaurs, Purim, & the Best Burgers Ever :) March 5, 2012

Hello friends and welcome to Crafty Monday 🙂 I’m adding a recipe since I didn’t include one in my Sunday post. March is going to be tons of fun for homeschool. We are learning about dinosaurs (aka dragons), Purim (Biblical holiday celebrating Queen Esther), and St Patrick’s day. So most of our crafts, books, and recipes are centered around those subjects.

My son and I are enjoying the book below immensely.

http://www.christianbook.com/dragons-legends-lore-of-dinosaurs/9780890515587/pd/515587

“Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs” has a creation science view of dinosaurs. I believe dinosaurs lived with humans & a few may still be alive (in the depths of the Ocean & in unexplored places in the jungle). I believe a large amount of them were wiped out in the Biblical Flood and that explains all the fossils etc. I also believe what people all over called dragons were really dinosaurs (note the word dinosaur didn’t come about until the 1800’s). There are dragon stories all over the world. Most regard these as myth but there are also eye witness encounters (even by missionaries). It makes sense that the dragons were killed off by humans and most went extinct like many species that are going extinct today. Anywho, if you want to read about the history of dragons this is the book for you :).

In keeping with our theme I bought a cheap dinosaur set from Walmart and then I put some moon sand in a plastic tub: hence the dinosaur box (for sensory play). I put the moon sand in Ziploc bags so it won’t be messy.

I used the same dinosaurs to make chocolate fossils but it didn’t turn out so well…..

I did teach my son that real life fossils are often found in pieces and have to be put together like a puzzle. So it worked out. The blog I got the idea from actually used biscuits for this. They probably had a proper mold. Oh well…..

I found these cute window clings at the Dollar Tree 🙂

Also, this week we are learning about Purim. Purim is the Biblical holiday celebrating how God saved the Jews from being annihilated, through the bravery of a Jewish girl turned Persian Queen, Queen Esther (Hebrew~ Hadassah). Jesus was a Jew so what happened affects Christians as well as Jews.

The King of Persia (Xerxes) exiled his Queen because she refused to let him show her off in front of his drunken friends at a party. So the King took all the virgins in his kingdom & they were prepared to either be chosen as his Queen or to become concubines. It wasn’t a happy situation…especially for a good Jewish girl like Hadassah. In the end Hadassah was chosen to become Xerxes’ Queen. Hadassah’s cousin (who raised her) Mordecai urged her to hide her heritage & to use a Persian name, Esther.

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The plot thickens when the King’s adviser Haman (an Agagite & an enemy of the Jews) decides to annihilate the Jewish people on the 13th day of Adar. Queen Esther is begged by her cousin to stand up and save her people. It’s tricky though. No one, not even the Queen, can approach the King unless invited or they may be killed. The King had not summoned the Queen in awhile it seems as well. Esther is scared but she asks her people to fast and pray and so does she. When she is done fasting she dresses in her finest & approaches the King. By God’s grace the King extends his royal scepter to Esther (pardoning her) and he offers her whatever she wants…even up to half of his kingdom. Esther invites Xerxes & Haman to a feast. Strangely she doesn’t expose Haman the first time. Instead she invites them again to a 2nd feast then she exposes Haman and begs for her life. Haman is then hung on the gallows he had actually intended for Mordecai (since he wouldn’t bow down to him). There is so much more to this story but you can read it for yourself in the Book of Esther in the Holy Bible.

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There are several movies about Purim. I recommend reading the story in the Bible first though. Many of the movies are romanticized and not completely accurate. History shows us that Xerxes was not a nice man. So it’s hard for me to believe that Esther had a romantic experience. The Bible says little in that regard. We do enjoy Purim movies though like “One Night With The King” and Veggie Tales: Esther. Also Beth Moore has a great Bible study on Esther.

http://www.8x.com/onenight/

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Last year we incorporated Purim into our geography project on Iran (Where Ancient Persia was)

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Usually for Purim we make Hamantashen AKA Haman Ears…..sounds gross I know but they actually taste good….just don’t think about the ear part. I’ve misplaced my recipe but you can Google it :).

We’ll also be making noise makers, masks,  and crowns. Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar….the day after Haman had planned on killing all Jews. Purim is sometimes celebrated like carnival. Some people have issues with that but I feel it’s innocent as long as you don’t dress up as something evil. I feel the same way about fall festivals. I don’t let my son dress up like a rapist or ax murderer…..that would be glorifying evil & we don’t do that. There’s nothing wrong with good clean fun though. I am not in the Hebrew Roots Movement (though I was at one time) but I still enjoy celebrating certain feasts & holidays for the fun & the education.

Moving on, here’s the recipe I promised. These burgers live up to their name.

http://www.littlemissmomma.com/2011/10/best-burger-ever-recipe-with-secret-sauce

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