Archive | December, 2014

Feature New Years Eve 2014

The Lunchbox Season’s Family New Year’s Eve : The Hitchcock Edition

If you knew how much I loved Hitchcock films…and, in particular, the way that Hitchcock treats both FOOD and ARTWORK in those films, you’d know how easy it was to say YES to Bea’s suggestion that we have a Hitchcock-themed New Year’s Eve Party this year. This summer, the kids got hooked on Rear Window and The […]

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Merry Christmas 2014!

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas 2014! Thanks for Making our 2014 Family Advent Calendar Such a Success!!! Here’s what we did this year: The Lunchbox Season’s Sweet Shop: Our Best Holiday Recipes Kick-Off Party: Stir-Up Saturday: Make a Twenty-First Century Canadian Christmas Cake 0 Sketch-It Sunday: Re-Illustrate Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas […]

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Christmas Eve Checklist and a Gingerbread Bûche de Noël

Christmas Eve Checklist Turn on the Tree Lights and Meditate! Glaze and Slice our Twenty-First Century Canadian Christmas Cake! Bake Cookies for Santa! Mass at the Cathedral! Light a Candle for a Loved One! Indulge in the Feast of the Seven Fishes! [at a Chinese restaurant] Drink Egg-Nog and Sing Carols in Front of the […]

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Feature Day 23 Advent 2014

Tonic Tuesday: Give to Forests Ontario

Tonic Tuesday Give to Forests Ontario Today, we’ll donate to an organization that supports the health and sustainability of Ontario’s tree canopy. Who doesn’t want to breathe well and breathe easy? It’s difficult to plant trees during winter, so we’ll let Forests Ontario take of that for us. To learn more about this great organization, […]

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Feature Day 21 Advent 2014

Sketch-It Sunday: Read and Illustrate Much Ado About Nothing, Acts III-V

Sketch-It Sunday Read and Illustrate Much Ado About Nothing, Acts III-V Today we’ll read and illustrate the second half of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  [One could also watch or listen to the play and illustrate along.] Don’t forget to draw a “cover image” for your collection! I’ll post the finished illustrations as they become […]

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feature Day 20 Advent 2014

Stir-Up Saturday: Reverse Chip Brookie Cookies

Stir-Up Saturday Reverse Chip Brookie Cookies The kids have been dying to recreate a cookie they often choose from a local bakery – a half-chocolate white chip and half-vanilla chocolate chip cookie. Their bakery cookie of choice is just fine, but it’s a bit high on the shortening and a bit too crispy for my […]

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Festive Friday: Fish and Chips and a Quadruple Feature!

Festive Friday Fish and Chips and a Quadruple Feature Everyone’s home from school by now. It’s time to stay up late and go to town! Tonight, we’ll pick up some fish and chips from our favourite local shop. [Although, if you’re interested in DIYing dinner, check out our Calamari and our Fries with Feta from March […]

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Feature Day 18 Advent 2014

Throw-Back Thursday: Play Holiday Floor Scramble and Christmas Clue, Revive the Holiday Shadow-Puppet Theatre and Make Butterbeer Blondies

Throw-Back Thursday Play Holiday Floor Scramble and Christmas Clue, Revive the Holiday Shadow-Puppet Theatre and Make Butterbeer Blondies Today, we are revisiting ALL of the homemade classics. We’ll be playing with our Holiday Floor  Scramble and our Christmas Clue Board Games. We’ll get out our Holiday Shadow Puppet Theatre and Christmas Shadow Puppets and improvise a […]

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Feature Day 17 Advent 2014

Write-It Wednesday: Holiday Haiku Challenge

Write-It Wednesday Holiday Haiku Challenge Haiku: a 17 syllable poem, typically written in lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. Today, we are going to go all “twelve-days-of-Christmas” and try to write 12 holiday-inspired haiku in a hurry. Check out the prompt below for some possible topics. I’ll post the results as they become available! And, […]

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Feature Day 16 Advent 2014 final

Tonic Tuesday: Donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank

Tonic Tuesday Donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank* Today, we’ll be gathering canned goods, dried beans, and pasta to give to the Daily Bread Food Bank box at our local grocer. We’ll also be making a contribution online. Who’s on your giving list today? _____________ The Food Bank supports more than 200 Food Programs across […]

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Feature Day 15 Advent 2014

Make-Ahead Monday: Hot Chocolate Bombs and Microwaveable Mitten Warmers

Make Ahead Monday Hot Chocolate Bombs and Microwaveable Mitten Warmers It’s been COOOOLLLD this winter. Today, we’re making “bombs” to toss into a glass of warm milk to make hot chocolate as well as these awesome patterned microwaveable hand warmers to keep our fingers cozy in a storm. Both are great for stocking stuffers and hostess or holiday […]

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Feature Day 14 Advent 2014

Sketch-It Sunday: Read and Illustrate Much Ado About Nothing, Acts I-III

Sketch-It Sunday Read and Illustrate Much Ado About Nothing, Acts I-III You didn’t think we’d go without reading and illustrating Shakespeare during Advent, did you? After 2012’s Winter’s Tale and 2013’s As You Like It, and March Break’s adapted Bearicles, you couldn’t possible have thought we’d go without?  Of course, we’re back!  And we’re in […]

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Feature Day 13 Advent 2014

Stir-Up Saturday: Cherry and Pistachio Studded Shortbread Cookies

Stir up Saturday Cherry and Pistachio Studded Shortbread Cookies The kids were so excited by the flavours of last year’s Chewy Christmas Nougat that they asked for more Cherry and Pistachio treats this year. Add one more recipe to the Holiday Treats Recipe Round-Up! Here’s an easy cookie to prepare ahead of time and slice and bake at the […]

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Write-It Wednesday: Use a Line from ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas as the Inspiration for your own Poem or Story

Write-It Wednesday Use a line from Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” a.k.a. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” as the inspiration for your own poem or story! Today, we’re doing some free-writing based on a Christmas classic.  Using the prompt above, the kids will create their own Christmas or not-so-Christmas poem or  story. […]

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