Friday, November 21, 2014

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen #100: Surprise Kisses

Time for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen
(A weekly linky to share what you and your children have created in the kitchen.)


The linky is at the bottom.

This week we read a book called Surprise Soup by Mary Ann Rodman for our Poppins Book Nook unit. The other day, we made two "surprise" recipes for daddy. Yes, I actually did find a recipe for surprise soup, though not like the one in the book. I will be sharing that another time. Today I would like to focus on these scrumptious, irresistible cookies called Surprise Kisses that I found over at I did have to make some adjustments as the original recipe left the dough too dry. However, these will definitely be made again soon. I think they are perfect for the holidays.


1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Hershey's Kisses
Powdered Sugar

If needed:
2 extra Tbs softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
splash of milk

First we took 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter and softened it in the microwave for about 15 seconds on medium power. I checked after 10 seconds and it wasn't quite soft enough, so I put it back in for an additional 5 seconds.

We combined the softened butter, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl and creamed together til fluffy.

We gradually added in the flour and chopped pecans. The dough was definitely too crumbly with 2 1/2 cups of flour. Next time I make these I plan on trying 2 cups of flour, or maybe even 1 3/4 cups of flour. However, I was able to improve the workability of the dough by softening 2 more Tbs of butter and adding that plus another tsp of vanilla and a couple of splashes of milk.

We then rolled the dough into balls, about 1 Tbs per cookie. Then the balls are flattened by pressing down on them with your hand. We placed a Hershey's Kiss in the middle of each and wrapped the dough around it. We then rolled them into balls again.

Here is a step-by-step illustration:

We placed them on an ungreased cookie sheet.

We continued until all the dough was gone. I think a bag of Kisses could do at least one more batch, if they don't get snitched.

We baked them for 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven. The bottoms were starting to get golden brown, but you couldn't really tell from the tops if they were done. We left them to cool.

Then we rolled them in powdered sugar.


1- Cream together softened butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. (We use an electric mixer.)
2- Gradually add in flour and chopped pecans.
3- If the dough is too dry and crumbly add in 2 extra Tbs softened butter, 1 tsp vanilla, and a couple splashes of milk.
4- Roll 1 Tbs of dough per cookie into balls.
5- Press down with hand, place Hershey's Kiss in the middle.
6- Wrap dough around Kiss and roll back into balls.
7- Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-11 minutes.
8- Cool and then roll in powdered sugar. 
9- Enjoy! (They are best enjoyed right away as the chocolate is still soft.)

Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?
I'd love to see your posts, whether you have done something this week or some time in the past. Just link up below. This is a weekly linky.

I am linking up to:
PhotobucketMore the Merrier MondayFull Time Mama

Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Try a New Recipe Tuesday at Home to Four Kiddos
The Gathering Spot at Mamal Diane
Friday Food Frenzy at Close to Home
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Foodie Friends Friday at Robyn'sView
Family Fun Friday at Happy and Blessed Home
Find a New Recipe Friday at Almost Supermom

And here is my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #23: November 20, 2014

Welcome back to... 

I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around November 20th from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook. 

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below.

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here is my Throwback Thursday post:

Originally posted November 21, 2013
Penguin File Folder Learning Activities

Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Jennifer from Homegrown Hearts Academy shared her post:

To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

If you would like to help spread the news:

Tots and Me
Happy Throwback Thursday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Workbox Wednesday- November 19, 2014

Welcome to Workbox Wednesday! 

The girls' workboxes have remained about the same through the weeks.

As a reminder:

Workbox #1- 100 Chart and occasionally they get Number of the Day worksheets
Workbox #2- Copywork, which can be our memory verse, Character trait copywork, or cursive practice
Workbox #3- Math worksheets or workbook
Workbox #4- This is the one that has changed. They used to have manipulative work in there. Now they have their Bible Notebook and Time Line pictures.

I also have some new Learning Trays to share with you. We are reading a book called "Surprise Soup" for our Poppins Book Nook unit this month. Here is a sneak peak of the learning trays. Please stop back on Monday to see details of how we used these trays and all the other fun we are having. 

If you use workboxes, tot trays, or anything similar, feel free to post a link to your blog post or a picture (pictures can be from facebook, but please make sure they are PUBLIC so we can see them, or use a host like to get a URL for your photo) that shows WHAT IS IN YOUR BOXES!

Please don't forget to visit my co-hosts at Chestnut Grove Academy and Line Upon Line Learning.

Visit others that link up, leave comments, follow, etc. The favors will be returned! Feel free to grab a button too, so others can find the link up and join in the fun!

What is in your workboxes?

Chestnut Grove Academy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: November 19, 2014 (w/linky)- Snowy Day Play

He was not very happy to have fallen in the snow and gotten his gloves snow covered.


My name is Olaf...

And I like warm hugs!

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.


Toddler Ideas Tuesday: November 18, 2014

Welcome back to Toddler Idea Tuesdays! I hope you will join with me again in sharing the fun activities, crafts, and lessons that you are doing with your young children. 

Today I would like to share some of the toddler-friendly Thanksgiving crafts we have done in the past.

Christian Preschool Printables provided some fun activities for the girls 5 years ago. Thankfully, the site is still there and is chock-full of fun Thanksgiving activities. We made a paper plate Mayflower and a Cornucopia of Blessings that year. We also made a couple of other fun crafts.

The Paper Plate Mayflower is from Christian Preschool Printables.
The Cornucopia of Blessings is also from Christian Preschool Printables. 
The Spice Hand Turkeys are from a site called, from their Thanksgiving page.
The Paper Collage Turkeys were an idea I had. I just printed out a turkey and had them tear paper to glue on. (Yes, torn paper collages are a favorite activity of mine.)

We also enjoy making countdown charts. Here is the one we used 5 years ago.

Now onto:

Toddler Idea Tuesday Features

On my last Toddler Idea Tuesday post, there was 1 wonderful post linked up. 

1- Christianity Cove shared Daniel's Dancing Lion.

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your toddlers and preschoolers? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas board and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up. Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our toddler time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your toddler, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

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