Thursday, October 19, 2017

Teaching the Ten Commandments

This week I was teaching the 5th Graders about the Ten Commandments.  We did a really fun craft making the Ten Commandments on popsicle sticks.

Using extra large popsicle sticks and Sharpie pens we wrote a commandment on each popsicle stick.

I found this fun and informative coloring sheet.

I also found a wonderful word search puzzle.

I made Ten Commandment bookmarks for a take home treat.

Another take-home treat was this candy Bible.

I started packaging up the snack before taking pictures - so I quickly grabbed two cookies to show how I made Ten Commandment cookies with Milano's.  I just melted some chocolate and put it in a zipper top bag. I snipped a tiny hole and piped the Roman numerals.

The class was a lot of fun - we did some reading and the kids are really smart, good readers and so very nice. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Candy Bibles

I made some candy Bibles for my 5th grade Religion class. They are really easy to make and you just need a few simple supplies.

Supply List:

Black heavy card stock




White paper

Fine tip black marker

Hershey's Nuggets

Elmer's glue

Thin paint brush


Very thin red ribbon


Using the ruler and pencil measure the black card stock into 2.25" x 1.50" rectangle. Cut out the rectangles out with sharp scissors.

Using the ruler and pencil  measure and cut out 1.75" x 1"rectangles on simple white copy paper.

Using a thin paint brush apply a thin layer in the middle of the black card stock. Press two Hershey's Nuggets on the glue side by side. Adjust the Nuggets so that the border of the black around them is even.

You can buy a bag of Nuggets at Target or the grocery store.

Fold the rectangle of white paper in half and crease it. Unfold the paper and  with a fine tip black pen write a short Bible verse.

Leave plenty of space around the crease - because you are going to glue a red ribbon down the crease.

Using the small paint brush - paint a very thin layer of glue over the top of the Hershey Nuggets. Lay the rectangle over the Hershey Nuggets. Press the toothpick down the center to create a crease.

Cut the thin red ribbon into 1.5" pieces. Using a toothpick add a small amount of glue in the middle of the Nuggets. Apply the red ribbon and press into the glue.

These make cute treats for a Sunday school class, Religion class or a Bible study.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Teaching 5th Grade Religion Class - The Miracle of the Sun

Because we are learning about the Miracle of the Sun - I made the kids some Miracle of the Sun cookies. On October 13, 1917 many witnessed the Miracle of the Sun. This event was attended by 30,000 to 100,000 people who gathered near Fatima, Portugal and many witnessed a spinning sun in the sky throwing off great rays and fantastic colors.  So I made cookies with swirling colored chocolate and gold sprinkles.

I read the children from this book my parents brought me home from Fatima when I was a child.

The take-home treat was a Hershey bar with the Fatima Prayer.

Our craft was a decade Rosary. We put all the beads on one side of the circle and moved each bead to the other side when we said a Hail Mary.  The kids were able to make these themselves with just a little instruction. 

The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima began on the 13th of May in 1917. Our Lady of Fatima came to the three Fatima children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta on the 13th of each month from May to October.  She asked them to say the Rosary. On the13th of October the Lady promised to reveal herself and perform a miracle.

The event on October 13th came to be known as "The Miracle of the Sun."

I printed out this Rosary worksheet for the kids to color.

Of course we had some Fatima coloring sheets. On the above coloring sheet everyone has a Rosary.

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at our church tomorrow. 

On this coloring sheet the dancing of the sun is above Our Lady of Fatima.

We had a lot of fun learning about the 100 Year Anniversary of Fatima. The kids really liked the story. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Felt Turkeys For Meals on Wheels

Because i was making 50 of these turkeys for Meals on Wheels I did not follow the tutorial with the pattern that I used. She used a blanket stitch on the feathers and a running stitch is easier and takes a lot less time to execute. Also she used tiny pieces of black felt for the eyeball and I used a black seed bead. However, I think mine came out super cute. I love them - they are so cheerful. They would also make an adorable garland. And would look so cute  on top of a See's candy stick or a pencil.

Supply List:

orange felt

yellow felt

brown felt

red felt

white felt

black seed beads

yellow embroidery thread

white embroidery thread

black embroidery thread

red embroidery thread

brown embroidery thread



template from
in the finder box type in "tutorial Thanksgiving turkey finger puppets"


Cut out all of the pieces you are going to need. I was making 50 of these felt turkeys so I was cutting the felt out for days.

Sew the yellow feather on top of the orange feather with a running stitch and white embroidery thread. Then using yellow thread add a running stitch around the orange feather. Set these aside.

On the front brown piece sew the white felt dot with a black seed bead on top using black thread and a small needle.

Sew the waddle onto the right side of the brown piece using red thread.

Using yellow thread sew the yellow beak over the top of the waddle.

Put a plain brown piece to cover the messy part of the front piece. Using a whip stitch tack both brown pieces to the front of the feathers. Leave the bottom of the brown pieces open, only sew the sides.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Teaching 5th Grade Religion Class

Today is the feast day of Saint Francis and I was substitute teaching a 5th grade Religion class. So I made the kids some Saint Francis peg dolls. And we learned a lot of fun facts about Saint Francis.

Since Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals we had an animal cracker snack

For a take home treat I made some Saint Francis Hershey bars.

I found a picture of Saint Francis and sized it to a Hershey bar. 

I wrapped the Hershey bar in gold wrapping paper and taped the picture of Saint Francis on top of the  candy bar.

Each candy bar has a  little dove glued on the hand of Saint Francis and a little cross bead glued on the bottom.

I found this awesome coloring sheet and printed out a big stack.

And I found this fun Saint Francis word search and printed out a big stack.

We also made some bird feeders in honor of Saint Francis and I am so mad at myself that I didn't take any pictures of our bird feeders. 

The Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord. make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
Where there is sadness, joy

Oh Divine Master
Grant that I may not so much to seek to
be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
to be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned 
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Felt Candy Corn For Meals on Wheels

I made 50 of these little felt candy corns for Meals on Wheels. I thinks they would make an awesome banner on a long ribbon or tied onto a gift box for an October birthday gift.

Supply List:

white felt

orange felt

yellow felt

orange thin ribbon

yellow embroidery thread

white embroidery thread

orange embroidery thread



stuffing or cotton balls

template from


Cut out all of the pieces using the Halloween template from Felt with Love Designs.  She actually  sewed a happy face onto her candy corns.  Since I was making 50 candy corns I  had to delete that step.

 Using the orange thread sew the orange piece onto the front piece of the candy corn using a running stitch.

The sides of the orange don't need to be sewn - just the top and bottom.

Sew the yellow piece overlapping the orange piece. Just sew the top of the yellow piece using the yellow thread and a running stitch.

Since I was making 50 of these little candy corns - I worked in batches.

Once the front piece is sewn with both the yellow and orange - you will need a solid pice of white triangle felt, a 8-inch piece of ribbon and a little stuffing or cotton ball.

Sew the front piece to the back piece using white thread  and a blanket stitch- before sewing the candy corn shut sew the ribbon into a loop and add a little stuffing or a cotton ball.

I feel so organized that I completed the Meals on Wheels Halloween treat in September!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Super Soft Snickerdoodles

These Snicker-doodles are so soft and covered in cinnamon sugar.


1 cup butter, room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tatar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 3/4 cup flour


1.2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cover the cookie sheets with parchment paper. I bought parchment paper that is pre-cut in the exact size of a cookie sheet at Ralph's. It's awesome!

Combine the sugar and cinnamon topping ingredients in a shallow bowl and set aside.

In a stand mixer beat the butter and both sugars for about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla, egg and yolk and beat on medium for an additional minute.

Add in the  baking soda, cream of tatar, salt and cinnamon. Beat for additional minute. Slowly add in the flour and mix until everything is just combined.

Using a cookie scoop make a round  ball and roll it in the cinnamon sugar. 

Place the cookie ball on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 2-inch apart.  I placed 6 cookies on each cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 -12 minutes. 

When the cookies come out of the oven they are a little puffy. After a minute or two they flatten out.

These Snicker-doodles are so soft  This wonderful recipe made 18 cookies. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Zucchini and Goat Cheese Tart

I made a delicious and flavorful Zucchini and Goat Cheese Tart. It is a perfect lunch with a small side salad. Or it could be the vegetable side dish served with dinner.


1 1/2 lbs. zucchini and yellow squash

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

8 oz. goat cheese crumbles

1  refrigerated  or homemade pie crust


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut zucchini and yellow squash 1/8-inch rounds. Throw the rounds into a bowl and toss them with the salt, pepper, oregano, red pepper flakes and 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Roll out the pie dough and place in into rectangle or round tart pan. Spread the goat cheese over the pie dough.

Layer the green and yellow rounds overlapping tightly- because the zucchini shrinks when baked.

Drizzle with the tart with the extra 1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Bake for 30 -35 minutes. The edges of the tart should be golden brown.

Serve warm and refrigerate the leftovers.

The zucchini came out so flavorful.