This year we are doing Truth in Tinsel it is a great 25 day Bible an ornament advent with a special activity each day. We are doing the  Book Advent theme with some new books this year too.

I also got some great advent ideas from some of my favorite blogs like A Year With Mom and Dad and Passionate Homemaking.  I have been finding a lot of great ideas on Pinterest too! 

We are doing some free Christmas Printables from 1+1+1=1,and  Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Light Bulb Letter Match

I printed up a Holiday Bucket List from here.

Every night we will be doing our Chocolate Advent and Star Advent from My Hubbard’s Cupboard.

Star Advent

Day 1:

We made our candle ornament, wrote Santa a letter, and sang carols by the Christmas Tree.

Santa Letter

Day 2:

We made our crown ornament and some Christmas cards with fingerprints.  We visited our new favorite cupcake shop Jamie’s 14K Cupcakes and got a holiday treat:).


Christmas Lights Card

Day 3: We made our Zechariah ornament, went to see some trains, and watched a Christmas Movie. Santa Buddies was a big hit.

And a cute pic of brother and sister.



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Camping Out

Next on my to read list is: Last Child in the Woods.

My husband has enjoyed it so much, that it inspired him to camp out with our son in the backyard.

They set up the tent, grabbed a good book (Bear Snores On By: Karma Wilson), and snuggled in their sleeping bags for a father and son night.  They survived the night and my son had a big smile on his face.  He asked if they could sleep out in the tent again the next night.  Good times!


So here is our third Pumpkin recipe!  I think I am going to make them tomorrow too.

Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe from The Curvy Carrot

Servings: 2


1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon sugar (or use honey for healthy version)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup skim milk

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 large eggs, separated

2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, pumpkin puree, egg yolks, melted butter, and vanilla extract together, mixing well until smooth.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing with a spatula until just combined.

4. In another small bowl, using an electric hand mixer (or whatever you have on hand), beat the egg whites until thick and stiff.

5. Gently fold the egg whites into the pancake batter, mixing until smooth.

6. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over medium heat.

7. Lightly spray the pan with cooking spray, and, in 1/4-cup increments, cook each pancake until lightly browned on each side, about 1 minute per side.

8.  Repeat with the remaining batter.

9.  Top with your favorite syrup, and enjoy.

I am crazy about smoothie and have been trying to sneak some veggies in them for the kids.  I just like to throw a little bit of this and that in them and the kids love them!

Smoothie Recipe

Fresh Spinach Leaves




Milk and a little yogurt

Blend and enjoy!

Fall Fun

I love FALL and everything that comes with it.  We have been celebrating Fall this past month with some fun crafts, recipes, outings, etc.  I thought I would share some with you.  We have gotten a lot of ideas from pinterest.  Follow Me!

Here our some of our Fall Crafts.  We made thumbprint apples, q-tip painted trees (my favorite), tissue paper stained glass leaves, painted a pumpkin, and made a crushed leaves mosiac.

Apple Thumb Prints


Q-tip Painted Fall Trees


Fall Tree

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Leaf

Painted Pumpkin

Crushed Leaf Collage

We live close to some wonderful parks, so we took our pumpkin buckets and collected leaves and acorns, we went on a fall scavenger hunt, had a family fall picnic, played in the leaves, made leaf angels, and much more. 

Making A Leaf Angel





Talking to the Bugs


We made some pumpkin muffins, and I found the recipe at Smitten Kitchen.   We made some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies too! The house smelled so good!

Making Muffins

More Fall fun to come!

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Muffins

We have been craving pumpkin around here! 

Here are two recipes we have tried so far.

Pumpkin Muffins

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen:

Pumpkin Muffins
Adapted from the American club, in Kohler, Wisconsin via Gourmet Magazine

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (from a 15 ounce can)
1/3 cup vegetable oil*
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar**
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Put liners in muffin cups.

Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined.

Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.

Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe from All Recipes:


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup white sugar  (I used a little less about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (I used 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
  2. Add vanilla, chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm

We have already made two batches of the pumpkin cookies.  Next on our list to make: Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes and Ooey Gooey Carmel Pumpkin Blondies. Oh Yeah!