Monday, January 14, 2013

Simple Strawberry Creation

I was going to make shortbread cookies from a box. I read the directions butter only or it is not as good.  With no butter in the house this was plan B.

I took refrigerator crescent rolls cut them into six squares.  I put them in the little custard cups.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.  When golden brown put strawberries in the cups top with cool whip.

The boys loved it.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

More Summer

Dad wanted to go to Hershey Park with the family for his birthday. So six months after his birthday this was his birthday fun.  The kids had a bunch of firsts and we enjoyed a picnic lunch.
 Here are four of them on the twirly ride.  They thought it was great.  There is not a picture but the 3 A's tried out a mini drop ride and they thought that was great,  They also enjoyed the water show and checked out the little zoo.  But I think that their absolute favorite was the mini and grownup log ride.

A good time was had by all.  And the day ended with a stop at Hoss' which is one of Andrew's most favorite places to eat because they have all different kinds of soup and ice cream.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Summer adventures

 I am so far behind that I am just now sharing some of our summer adventures.  The boys and their cousins enjoyed a trip to the local ballpark.  This is diesel dog.  Grandpop introduced them to the play section.
 To tired boys from too much fun at the grandparents in NC.
 Uncle Gabe creating a rocket.
Aaron cheesing it up.
As it has been snowing and cold.  It is fun to remember when it was warm and they wanted to be outside more then inside and played hours in the water.  I will be bringing you some more warm summer fun.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Peanut Butter Fudge

I thought I would share my peanut butter fudge recipe.  I can't take credit for it.  A gentleman named Merv that I worked with in McConnellsburg made this fudge ever year.  He gave us the recipe the year before he died.  Since then it has been my job to make the fudge.

2 sticks of margarine
4 cups of sugar
1.5 ounces (3 Tablespoons) corn syrup added to evaporated milk to equal 1 cup
1 teaspoon vanilla
18 ounces peanut butter
7 ounces marshmallow creme

Melt margarine and add sugar and corn syrup/milk mixture.  Bring to a boil stirring occasionally.  From a rapid boil time 5 minutes.  Remove heat and add vanilla, peanut butter and marshmallow creme.  Stir until you can find no more white creme.  Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.  Cool and serve.

Notes: Can double without a problem use a jelly roll pan
             Can add nuts if you like.
             Crunchy peanut butter can be used
             Evaporated skim milk works just fine
            Butter seems to affect the texture but it is still good.
             Have used some splenda in a pinch but never for the whole thing

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bible School Adventures

Last year at Andrew's school a gentlemen brought a race track to school that he uses as a ministry.  It is called word of life FASCAR.  He brings the track and kids bring their matchbox/hotwheel cars and they race.  At the end he presents the gospel message.  We used this event to build a 3 day bible school.  Our theme verse was Hebrews 12:1.  Our theme was running the race.  Our bible stories included Paul - perseverance;  Nehemiah -Team work; Gospel Presentation - Finishing the Race.  We used Auto-B-Good DVDs to supplement and reinforce the theme.  We had wonderful help to lead groups, lessons, crafts, recreation and music.
Here is one of the races in action.
 Here is Mom leading music.
Here are our group winners.  
The kids really enjoyed this adventure and 3 days is longer than we have been doing recently but it worked well.  We will see what next year brings.