Monthly Archives: November 2013

My Little Superhero

I was already excited for Christmas but finishing one of Dieter’s gifts brought my excitement to a whole new level. I don’t think I need to talk about the need for every three-year-old to have a superhero cape. It’s part of their wiring to want to save the world, fight the bad guys and save their mommy. My little guy will be well-equipped to carry out all his superhero duties.

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Here are the links to the patterns for everything:
cape
cuffs
mask, and the template


Chilly Mornings

Usually breakfasts are fairly boring and monotonous at our house. Today I switched it up a bit.

Nearly every morning I have a blender breakfast. Smoothies are Jeremiah and my weekday breakfasts because I can make them the night before and they are a great way to start the day out with a good dose of fruits and vegetables. But there are so many things you can use a blender for so I went through the cookbook that came with my blender and picked a couple things out for breakfast this morning (that wasn’t a smoothie). I made some juice by blending two parts grapes to one part strawberries. I also made a five-grain hot cereal and cooked some of that this morning. So good and just what we needed on a chilly morning.

5-Grain Cereal
-1 cup oat groats
-1/2 cup millet
-1/2 cup whole flaxseed
-1/2 cup brown rice
-1/2 cup cornmeal

Add ingredients in order listed and blend for 10-12 seconds on speed 4 (if you have a Blendtec).

To prepare add one cup water for every 1/3 cup serving. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a summer until the cereal is thickened. Sweeten with honey and add milk if you want.

I like that this cereal is more nutrient rich than plain old oatmeal and it’s gluten-free!

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24 Days of Christmas

Yay it’s that time again! Last year we did this for the first time and it was very successful. Even though Dieter was only two I think he still grasped some of the activities and he even remembers visiting Santa! So without further ado here is our list for Christmas this year with links to some of the activities (in no particular order). I hope you enjoy making the season special and are reminded why we celebrate. Taking time each day to savor Christmas is also a great way to pass down traditions to the littlest ones in your family.

24 Days of Christmas
1. Thread pompoms to make fake snow
2. Bags of kisses for neighbors…Merry Kissmas!
3. Go to the movie theater (it will be Dieter’s first time).
4. Ice skating
5. Swimming at Shoreview Community Center
6. Watch Charlie Brown Christmas next to the tree, this was a highlight from last year.
7. Read If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie and bake a batch of cookies.
8. Sledding at Knox Hill.
9. Make a food shelf donation at the local middle school.
10. Visit a nursing home.
11. Read the book Night Tree and make a garland for the birds.
12. Make salt-dough hand ornaments.
13. Holiday celebration at the Anoka County Fairground.
14. Morning in Bethlehem at Constance Free Church on December 7th.
15. Make Christmas card for a soldier, make sure you do this by December 6th!
16. Leave a gift for the mailman. Last year he even gave us a thank you note written on one of our pieces of mail!
17. Decorate the Christmas tree.
18. Watch The SnowmanThis has been a tradition since I was little.
19. Go to our church Christmas concert.
20. Make an ice wreath.
21. Make red and green play dough for friends…scented with peppermint of course!
22. Open one present early.
23. Make “Winter Tea” and read a Christmas story while you sip it.
And because I learned to have back-ups last year here are a few extra:
25. Buy a new Christmas outfit.
26. Build a snowman.
27. Make cards for family members.
Make sure to take lots of pictures! Here’s some from last year…
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Heart Patches

Because sometimes you just need to spruce up your pants with some hearts. And also to cover the holes in your favorite jeans that were caused by too much crawling on the ground with your three-year-old.

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What I used:
Steam-a-Seam to attach patch to pants
Red denim
Embroidery thread