Archive | December, 2012

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Lord Peter Wimsey’s Case-Crackin’ New Year’s Eve Party

As always, our New Year’s Eve plans come along last minute.  Last year’s family Sherlock Holmes Party was such a success, that we decided to continue the tradition of having a mystery movie night this year by introducing the kids to the fabulous story-telling of Dorothy L. Sayers.  Tonight, we’ll be dusting off the DIY Detective […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Thanks for joining us for our Advent Shadowbox 2012 Calendar!  ______________________ Quick Links for Mobile Users Summer of Funner : The Lunchbox Season : In Defense of Burning

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 24, Christmas Eve Checklist

□ Make sure there are enough cookies for Santa. If not, make some more! □ Prepare the Cannoli Buche de Noel for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner. □ Go to Family Mass □ Indulge in the Feast of the Seven Fishes □ Drink Hot Chocolate and Sing Carols. □ Leave Cookies, Milk, and Maybe Even Some Reindeer Biscuits by the Fire […]

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Cannoli Buche de Noel Recipe

Cannoli Bûche de Noël

Each year, for Christmas, I make a Bûche de Noël. For the past decade, I have been making my mom’s classic, 1970’s recipe with an easy chocolate cake, a lovely mocha whipped cream filling, and a heavenly chocolate icing: Click Here for that Classic Bûche de Noël Recipe. This year, I thought I’d take it […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 20, Make a Deck of Constellation Cards

Make a Deck of Constellation Cards! The kids are really interested in astrological signs and constellations. For some time now, I’ve been admiring the gorgeous, read-it-by-candlelight constellation book on the Keep Moving Forward Blog (at left) and the lovely constellation books at Quince and Quire: Starry Drafts. So, when I found easy-print consteallation templates over […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 18, Make Silhouette Self-Portrait Cards and Send Them To Friends and Family

Today, the kids are going to make Silhouette Self-Portraits and send them to family members with handwritten holiday greetings and a few words about what they’ve been up to over the past few weeks inside. Silhouette Self-Portraits Materials Black Construction Paper White Paper White Chalk Scissors Glue OR Pre-Printed Silhouettes Made from Digital Photographs [See my post: How to […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 17, Fill A Pantry

Today, we make an online contribution to The Daily Bread Food Bank.   The kids suggest that everyone look around for food banks in their communites and support their efforts today! ______________________ Quick Links for Mobile Users         Summer of Funner  :  The Lunchbox Season  :  In Defense of Burning

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 16, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Act IV

We’ve turned the corner from tragedy to comedy! It’s time to illustrate the romantic scenes from Shakespeare’s play! I really hope the kids enjoy today’s installment of The Winter’s Tale. I’m quite looking forward to the kids’ illustrations of “TIME” and of our young lovers. [And, Act Four Scene Four is the second longest single […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 15, Gingerbread Party, Design, Build, Decorate

Today, the kids are going to have a Gingerbread Party. They’ll cut, bake, and DECORATE some gingerbread cookie cutouts. Then, they’ll use paper and charcoal pencils to DESIGN the ultimate gingerbread house. Finally, they’ll use store-bought royal icing, graham crackers, ice cream cones, some of those gingerbread men, and candies [even a few leftovers from […]

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