Thursday, March 15, 2018

Saint Patrick's Day Crafts for Religion Class

I painted some Saint Patrick peg dolls for my Religion class.

I looked up some painting ideas on Etsy and Pinterest.

Because Saint Patrick used the three leaf clover to teach the Holy Trinity - I wrapped Three Musketeer bars in green paper and added all different sizes of three leaf clover stickers.

I also had some worksheets and I bought the kids three leaf clover pens to complete the worksheets - but I forgot to take pictures.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 5, 2018

John 3:16 Candy Bars

I made some John 3:16 patches and glued them on a paper wrapped Hershey bar for my 5th grade Religion class this week.

Supply List:

flat candy bar (I used a Hershey bar)

thick white wrapping paper



tan felt

brown felt

drinking glasses (to trace)

brown or black pen

brown embroidery thread

white embroidery thread

cross bead or button

I wrapped a bunch of Hershey bars with thick white wrapping paper. I like to leave the edges showing.

Using a glass trace circles onto tan felt. Write John 3:16  with a black or brown pen leaving room for a cross bead.

Sew over the writing with brown embroidery thread and sew a cross bead in the middle. Then sew the tan circle onto a larger dark brown circle with white thread in a running stitch.

I think they came out super cute! These patches could also be made into bookmarks by simply sewing a long piece of ribbon on the back.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Fresh Tomato Soup


1 lb cherry tomatoes

2 1/2 lbs. roma tomatoes, cut into thirds

1 large yellow onion, cut into chunks

4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into thirds

3 tablespoons minced garlic

1/2 cup olive oil

salt and pepper

2 14 ounce cans of low sodium vegetable broth

2 tablespoons balsamic 

1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a large rimmed baking sheet place the cherry and Roma tomatoes, onion, garlic and carrots.

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

Place in the preheated oven for 1/2 hour. Remove from oven and toss ingredients with a spatula.

Place back in oven for an additional half-hour.

Carefully transfer the ingredients and all the juices into a large stockpot.

Using an immersion blender, puree the the tomato mixture. 

Place the stockpot over medium heat and add the vegetable broth, balsamic vinegar, red pepper fakes and pesto. Heat for 10 - 15 minutes. 

This tomato soup has a little zing and is perfect served with a grilled cheese or green salad.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Saint Patrick Day Necklaces for Meals on Wheels

Supply List:

small round wooden disks

gold paint

small paint brush

shamrock sticker

Modge Podge

hot glue 

green pony bead

thin green ribbon


I bought the wooden disks at Hobby Lobby.

Paint the disks with gold metallic paint on both sides and the edges.

Once the gold paint is dry add a Shamrock sticker to the middle of the disk. And hot glue a green pony bead in the sideways position.

Cover the sticker with Modge Podge.

Once the Modge Podge is dry add a ribbon loop to form a necklace.

These would make a cute school or sports team craft idea. I was excited to finish this project so early!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hershey Bar with Praying Hands

I made some Hershey bars with a praying hands charm for the kids in my Religion class today.

I wrapped the Hershey bar with white wrapping paper. Then added a praying hands charm with a silver ribbon bow. 

I bought the silver praying hands charm from  the Oriental Trading website. And I had the thin silver ribbon in my craft cabinet. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Charlie Brown Peg Dolls for Meals on Wheels

I made these Charlie Brown peg dolls for a Meals on Wheels Valentine project.  I packaged them with a glitter heart and a tag that said "Good Grief it's Valentine's Day!"

I think they came out super cute - but since I was making 50 a deleted a few steps. Also because I was making 50 peg dolls I ordered them from Amazon.

Supply List:

men shaped peg dolls

yellow paint

black paint

sharp pencil

small paint brushes

black fine tip Sharpie pen


Always save pieces of cardboard to use when painting peg dolls.

Paint the body with two coats of yellow paint. Let the paint dry in between coats.

Using a sharp pencil draw the zig zag shape on the middle of the body. If you have extra time the zig zag could be moved up and a small black band could be painted on the bottom which would replicate shorts. Because I was making 50 I skipped the shorts step.

Using the black paint and a very thin teeny tiny paint brush paint inside the pencil zig zag lines. This took a really long time. 

Another step I skipped was painting the head with flesh toned paint. I used a fine tip black Sharpie to draw the face directly onto the wooden head.

Lately I have been sewing a lot of Meals on Wheels projects with felt and I wanted to do something different. And I do love a little peg doll. 

I am going to bring these to the Meals on Wheels office tomorrow and then start working on a March themed party favor.

God Bless all of the Meals on Wheels volunteers! 

Friday, January 19, 2018

I Will Make You Fishers of Men Lesson

The lesson this week was on the "fishers of men." So I made a graham cracker with goldfish snack for the kids. I used a cinnamon graham cracker - yum!

I had a coloring sheet for the kids.

And I found a word search.

And another coloring sheet.

We wrote Bible verses on one side of the card stock fish. On the other side we glued colored tissue paper.

I had a bunch of gray card stock - so I cut out bunch of fish and then cut a ton of colored tissue paper into little squares. The kids really enjoyed the craft. I have a picture on instagram of a few more fish. Instagram account roommom27_teresa_steele.

I made little goldfish cups for the take home treat.

And I made a little tag for the take home treat. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Baked Apples

Baked apples are a wonderful treat and they are so easy to make!



1/4 cup brown sugar per apple

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon per apple

1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts per apple

1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries per apple

1 pad of butter per apple


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and raisins and set aside.

Remove the core of the apple leaving the bottom area in tact. Using a melon baller scoop out an additional area inside of the apple.

Try to remove at least 1/2 cup of the apple interior. 

Pack the interior of the apple with the brown sugar mixture and press the mixture firmly inside of the apple.

Top each stuffed apple with a small pad of butter. Put some water on the bottom of the baking dish. The water should barely cover the entire area of the pan.

Bake for 30-45 minutes depending on the size of your apple. The apples should look wrinkled and soft.

For company you could garnish with a cinnamon stick, vanilla ice cream and carmel sauce. When you cut into the baked apple the inside falls out and makes such a wonderful treat.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pencil Cookies for Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa said "I am a small pencil in God's hand" so since we are learning about Mother Teresa this week in Religion class I made the kids some pencil cookies.

Supply List:

wafer cookies in cream or yellow

pink chocolate tabs

white chocolate tabs

mini chocolate chips


Using a sharp knife on a cutting board cut one of the ends into a point.

Spread out a piece of parchment paper and melt the white chocolate tabs.

Dip the pointed end into the white chocolate and place a mini chocolate chip on the end. Place the wafer cookie on the parchment paper to set.

Melt some pink chocolate and dip the square end into the pink chocolate. Set the cookie back onto the parchment paper. 

I think they came out super cute! The kids loved them. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Teaching 5th Grade Religion Class About Mother Teresa

The take home treat was a Rolo pencil - The tag says "I am a small pencil in God's hand." I packaged the pencils in pretzel bags. Pretzel bags can be found at craft stores near the chocolate molds.

I painted a Mother Teresa peg doll for all of the kids. 

I found some great coloring pictures from the Internet.

I also found this pretty coloring page.

I made some pencil cookies for the classroom snack.

I put the phrase "I am a small pencil in God's hand" on the large white board and asked the kids what the quote meant and they came up with some awesome answers.

I posted the directions to make the Rolo pencils and pencil cookies on additional blog posts.