The German Table/Thursday Doors

Returning this week to Thursday Doors posts. Just want to say I’ve missed the Thursday Doors gang but I’m glad I participated in the A to Z again just the same. Couldn’t miss its 10th anniversary now could I? If you’re curious about my contribution, you may click the 2019 AtoZ tab above to see the posts. There will be a reveal for the Reflections post that hopefully includes my sampler quilt top. Look for it May 6.

So we had a surprise birthday party for the brother-in-law. And the location couldn’t have been more charming. You might drive by it if you’re not looking goin’ down Missouri state highway 52.

Before the honoree arrived, I got a shot of these farmhouse style tables. Bestill my heart!! Oh, and there’s the inside door view.

The ambiance was wonderful, food was outstanding and no complaints on service. The only thing lacking was the company of a couple of our children…..my niece(& her hubby) and my eldest. But already making plans for a return when everyone is back home. Til then, I’ll share the rest of the photos for this Thursday Doors from Cole Camp, Missouri.

Did I mention the dessert??!! Bavarian Cream filled and layered German Chocolate cake. Oh my Word!! No pics to taunt you with but I’ll be trying the duplication of this one. No doubt about it!

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Icing/Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

While the world is trying to ice up outside this morning here in Mid-Missouri, I’m going to show you a little recipe from yesterday. It was the hubby’s birthday and I wanted to change up the typical cake result. What better way than with the frosting??

The recipe below is from a 1st edition of America Cooks, my Etsy find and a wonderful reference in case you care to look one up. Be prepared to pay. They are highly sought after and I am grateful to have found mine.

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Before the toppings begin though, you naturally have to have the cake. So, whipped it up, poured it into 3 pans, and baked it.

Love- The Main Ingredient

Do you know how much a difference an extra cake layer can make? Trust me, it elevates flavor to a new level. No pun intended.

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Very sloppy appearance here but I had only a teeny window of opportunity for the picture taking. Had to work fast to keep the cake layers from sliding and breaking.

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And there you go, a little glazed on the sides but it didn’t disappoint the samplers. Mission accomplished, a keeper recipe and another birthday for the books. Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

 

Happy Birthday Mom!/Summer

Summer

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Mother, far right Mother-in-law, middle Youngest daughter, Kirsten, far left

Mother turns 73 today! This year it’s on the first day of summer and on the lunar/solar event. Since she has a great view of the horizon at her rural home, we’re hoping for some great photo ops 🙂 Of course they would call for rain today after weeks of none. So we’ll see.

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One thing is for sure, Mother wants no big birthday bash. So a quiet visit this evening walking around her garden and enjoying a vanilla shake will do just fine!

And that’s just how a lovely first day of summer will begin.

April’s Flower/Letter F

It’s April. It’s the A to Z Challenge. Why not give a little crochet in Flowers? As the tradition goes, daisies are for April. I made this one with a plan for a future project.

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The size is a bit bigger than the chart.

The thing about granny squares is that they are a good yarn stash buster.

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Mine measured a generous 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 inches

 

Not planning to use exact matches in colors except for the daisy. Rainbows of color are in right now. And it is spring!

For other great A to Z blogs click here.

Boundaries: WPC

Time to do a little test.

Do you know anything about VWM? (Vanishing White Matter disease)

My family has learned a lot about it since my daughter befriended a mother and son dealing with this disease. They have both endeared themselves to us with their continued smiles and enormous amount of courage through this whole journey.

We went to a little extra effort this morning to support mom, Bethany, and son, Isaiah. A little west of us (78 miles to be exact) there was a walk event…..

Isaiah’s Walk to Cure VWM. There was a very supportive turnout and we are so honored to have been a part of it. In Bethany’s words,

“If you do not know anything about Isaiah, he is a 4 year old boy living with a rare brain disease called Vanishing White Matter Disease. He is 1 of 129 people in the world living with the disease. VWM is caused by a mutation in the DNA, which is a result from the parents passing on mutated genes. Isaiah has 2 mutations in his DNA. It is believed he is the only person living with those two types of DNA mutations, individually and combined. We are doing this event to raise awareness and funds to support VWM research to find a cure for Isaiah and the other 128 people.”

Today we celebrated his 5th birthday……one he wasn’t predicted to see.

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Love holds No Boundaries.

When it came to helping a child, there clearly were no boundaries today.

Happy 5th Birthday Isaiah!

On the Occasion of Hudson’s 1st Birthday

There are many ways to celebrate a birthday party these days with all the cool themes out there. I have 3 boys in my daycare who are smitten with the movie “Frozen” and those chics Elsa and Anna. But little Hudson is still none the wiser and so I had a clear-cut advantage to have a theme of simple “PlaY”.

We got out the parachute and proceeded to learn some new ‘moves’.

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Here we’re trying to turn the parachute round and round…..

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But it’s much more fun to try and sit in the middle, or so Hudson decided. After all, he’s the party czar of the day. And after exhausting the parachute fun, we moved on.

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Bean bags became the mode of entertainment. We danced with them, played “musical freeze” and tossed them into a tub. Lots of large muscles moving.

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       Tracing Hudson required a little assistance from my daughter.                                   (Thank you Kirsten) When you’re 1, you don’t quite understand why anyone would make you lie down on a piece of paper. A spatial experience is what I’m going with educationally here. A time capsule for Mom and Dad is the goal.

Big Birthday Hugs and Blessings Hudson!

Super Hero Party 101

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In previous posts, I’ve mentioned the popularity of the Don’t Eat Pete game. We’ve made various versions to go with different parties and this one is no different. Introducing the Don’t Eat the Super Hero game. Alphabit cereal pieces go on each picture and while one of the children hides his/her eyes, we choose which one is it by pointing. “It” gets to eat a cereal piece one at a time while we wait for them to pick our choice. We can name the letters as they eat each cereal bite for our letter/sound recognition. Makes learning fun. We then holler “Don’t Eat the Super Hero/Pete/Cat/ or whatever our theme is. They A.D.O.R.E. this game! Lots of smiles and great chance to eat a little snack. What does it teach??  Taking turns, memory, speaking in unison, teamwork, color recognition, picture recognition (after all we sometimes don’t remember Thor from Flash Gordon for example).

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This is a photo of our Shields. We upcycled cereal boxes and in the next photo you’ll notice the handle I fashioned for each one. This creates a one size fits all and there’s no taping anything to mess with. Simple is the best way for Early Childhood.

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On the back of each Shield is a super hero movement suggestion. You may need to improvise when someone isn’t developmentally ready to do a somersault for example. The Children are very quick to make a suggestion for their friends in these instances. It’s such a sweet thing to observe humanity at its best.

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We drew a circle on the sidewalk as well to jump in and out of for the jumprope rhyme. You don’t have to have a jumprope. Improvise these great childhood rhymes and make them your own. We jumped in the door, out the door, did a wave out the door, flew out the door. The possibilities are huge.

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With my phone tunes (usually Elvis or Hank Williams Sr just because that’s who soothes the baby. tee hee) we marched around holding our shields and stopping when the music mutes. It’s then that the actions on the shields come into play.

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Here’s the crab walk. Our birthday boy led the group with the ‘dark green’ cape. It’s his favorite color in case you didn’t know 🙂

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Using some chalk, they decided to do some tracing on different surfaces. My young friend here chose to try out the landscape timber to trace his shield. He’s 2 by the way. Capes, shields, chalk, stickers, cereal, music, and a camera. That’s all you need to be a SuperHero!!!

Camping Party

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A June highlite for all you partiers out there! This one is for preschoolers so you may move along if it doesn’t appeal to your age group 🙂 We came upon our theme with the purchase of Flat Stanley Goes Camping.

IMG_2516 (2)This creation was our impromptu ‘campfire’. There was much safety talk before the festivities began as we took a time for that Teaching Moment.

Games to be played around the campfire…..

  • Campfire stories of course
  • Marshmallow toss (we used cotton balls)
  • Musical campfire

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A little outdoor play with the parachute is mandatory when weather permits with our rendition of “How Many Do You Want to Be?”(a counting game) As well as our “Weather of the Day”, after all, camping is greatly impacted by the weather, right?!

IMG_2528 (2)We have to send a big THanK YoU! to Weston’s mommy for providing our camping-style treat. Ice Cream Sundaes. Topping choices were chocolate, strawberry syrup, whipped topping and sprinkles. Yummo!

 

Under the Double Eagle

Hope you enjoy our Photographic moments of Easter Sunday 2014.

This is a post I have saved for the A to Z Challenge and finally decided it fits here since balloons go Up 🙂 IMG_2194.jpgaa

It was a busy party month at our home! There was St. Patrick’s Day and then Ben turned 2!! Ben’s birthday is my focus today.

We chose to do a Balloon theme. Our weekly topic was Weather and since ‘wind’ fills balloons, it seemed perfect.

Let me educate you just a tad bit…..

What can you learn from ‘play’ at a party in early childhood?

Language Development:  Speaking and communicating/Listening and Understanding(Giving and receiving directions during games)

Mathematics: Spatial Sense & Geometry(balloons come in many shapes)

Science: Expand knowledge of ‘how it works’ (keeping balloon in the air and Not popping it. We lost 2 balloons that day.)

Music: Increase interest and enjoyment (How to help you feel good)

Movement: Express through movement/ Develop muscles

Social: Developing friendships/listening with comfort in accepting guidance from an adult

This is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak.

But the children don’t know they are learning smiley

Finding Ben beneath the parachute holding the balloons was our photographic challenge.IMG_2197.jpgaaNow you see him

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Now you don’t!