Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Currently: November 2015

We are having a fabulous and unusually warm Fall here in Indiana!  Yeah, we've had a few winter coat days, but really it's been perfect sweatshirt weather.  And it's going to be in the 70s all week!  So you will find us taking advantage of this beautiful sunshine while we still can!

So what have you been up to lately?  Here's what I'm currently:

Creamy shrimp pasta.  Good old fashioned spaghetti.  Pork chili verde.  White chicken chili.  Enchilada casserole (picture above).  I love to cook!  I've really hit it out of the park with new recipes lately.  What about you?  Any I should add to my to do list?
Talking and learning about the saints while we color!  (All Saint's Day coloring page by Audrey Eclectic)

To focus more on our family's spiritual lives.  It's always on my list!  This month, we're working on learning about some holy role models in the saints, the kids voicing their own personal prayer intentions, and preparing for Advent and Christmas (see Anticipating below!).

Cookies!  I don't bake often but I've been on a kick lately.  This chocolate chip recipe is my fave - it's full of dark chocolate chips, made with whole wheat flour, and it's egg and peanut free.  Delicious!  Next, I'm going to try this Apple Cider Donut recipe...

And I see more baking in my future!  I just got a ton of new, amazing cookie recipes from the Cookie Swap link up we had this week for Tuesday Talk.  What is your favorite cookie recipe?  Please add it in the comments below or link it up here!

Homeschooling moms' Pinterest boards.  Thanks for doing all the really hard work for me!  I don't know how many hours of research this has saved me.  It only takes me about 1 - 1.5 hours to plan each week.  A total lifesaver.

Advent.  I'll admit that I haven't put much emphasis on Advent...ever.  We've done little things, like celebrate St. Nicholas Day and light the Advent wreath each week.  But this year Jim and I decided we're going to put a lot more effort into preparing for the Nativity of our Lord.

I got this awesome devotional / craft book called Our Family's Jesse Tree by Jen Frost of Faith and Fabric.  It has fun activities that draw the kids (and parents!) into the Bible story, insightful reflections on how the Scriptures reveal Jesus' saving work, and beautiful (and versatile) ornament crafts to create your own family's Jesse Tree.

I am really looking forward to using this book to help us prepare for Christmas this year!  (I wrote a little more in depth about how we're using Our Family's Jesse Tree for Advent here.)

And I'll leave here with a fun picture from our weekend...Happy Belated Halloween from Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, and Tick Tock Croc!

Happy November!


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