Saturday, November 26, 2011

Whose getting a Letter from Santa?

 I bet we are here at the Blockhouse, our Elf on the Shelf is back and he going to make sure that our kiddos are being good this year. Their letters are in that stack are yours?
The elves are busy coordinating delivery of Santa letters to boys and girls across the United States. Is your letter in the bunch? If you haven't yet ordered your letter(s), don't delay! Place your order by Nov. 30 to ensure delivery before Christmas.

Remember, Your first custom letter is only $6. If you purchase more than one, you will receive a 10 percent discount on the entire order. Use coupon code SANTA at checkout to receive 10 percent off the total.

You will be asked a few questions about your child during the ordering process. Your answers will assist Santa in creating a unique letter for your child. Letters will be printed on Santa's special stationery, signed by the jolly fellow himself, and with the help of a special elf, shipped in bulk to North Pole, Alaska, in time for your little one to receive a special letter before the holidays.

Reserve your letter(s) before Nov. 30 to ensure delivery before Christmas. We hope you'll take advantage of this terrific treat from the North Pole. Place your order now! http://www.themommiesnetwork.org/santa.html

The proceeds of this fundraiser will support The Mommies Network and your local chapter.  Please mention your chapter's name to ensure they receive credit for your purchase. Our Chapter is Centralfoothillsmommies.com it would make this mommy happy if you put that chapter down or just placed an order would be fine too. The Mommies Network is my most favorite support group in the world.

Got Turkey? Make Enchilladas and some biscuits

Oh what to do with that leftover bird....lets make a casserole of course on our Saturday afternoon. I found this fun recipe in the Centralfoothillsmommies.com recipe database online when I searched the word turkey and leftovers. Enjoy!
As I posted this on the CFM blog it looked to good not to share with my friends
here also and save for my family this week.

Leftover Turkey Enchilada Casserole
Recipe Number: 1228663126
Contributor: Amberleila
Rating: 9.00 
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Serves: 5-6
Calories Per Serving: NA
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Print Friendly Version
Leftover Turkey
1 can enchilada sauce
1-2 cups cheese (your choice)
15 corn tortillas
1-2 Tomatoes finely diced
1/4 c sour cream

Cooking Instructions:
Slice tortilla's in half and then slice in thin strips. Mix diced tomato with enchilada sauce. Put a little sauce in bottom of pan, layer a handful of tortillas, then turkey, then cheese, then more sauce. Continue till all ingredients are gone. Bake at 350 for 15-30 min. Depending on how thick you make it. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes. Put sour cream on top.( I use a dollar store ketchup dispenser to get a small squirt)
Serving Suggestions:
Serve with rice and/or beans (and more cheese and sour cream---yummy)

  • Chopped red onion
  • Chopped avocado
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream or crema fresca
  • Ice berg lettuce, sliced thin and sprinkled with salt and vinegar

 You could also pair this with those wonderful cheese biscuits I posted a few weeks ago, here they are:

 Are you drooling yet??? ha ha

These are so easy! 

 {source: Plain Chicken}

Better than Jim 'N Nick's Cheesy Biscuits

1 1/2 cups Bisquick
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 Tbps sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 425.  Stir together all ingredients just until combined.  Scoop into a mini muffin pan coated with cooking spray.  Bake 12-15 minutes, until golden.  **I used a medium cookie scoop and got 20 muffins**

These are so easy and melt in your mouth, I am not a big biscuit maker, but I can do this and the kids helped me measure the ingredients. Thank you so much Stephanie at the Plain Chicken blog for such inspiring recipes that are simple and so good.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lets Lapbook~~ Native American Study

Have you ever made a lap-book with your children, we often do these to help understand a particular topic of study or interest. What on earth is a lap-book?
This great video shows you how to make a lap-book (thank you to The Homeschool Club)  

The following article credit: lynnhsmomof2.blogspot.com/
Lapbooks are a great educational tool that are very popular with homeschoolers and are gaining in popularity with classroom teachers.  A lapbook helps a child learn about the subject and it is something they can look back on to refresh their memory later about the subject.  This article is to teach you how to make a simple lapbook.

Step 1:  Choose a subject to use.  The subject you're doing your lapbook on should be broad enough to have many sub- categories, but not too broad that the subject goes on forever.  The category "animals" may be too broad, but "animal classification" or "horses" would be ideal.  The category "history" wouldn't be so good, but "pirates" or "pioneers" would be great.  Just make sure the category is broad enough that you can have at least 8-10 sub- categories.

Step 2:  After you choose the subject, choose mini books and printables to go along with the subject.  Don't overwhelm your student by doing to many mini books in one day.  Your student may need a lot of your help, especially if they are younger.  Store the mini books that have been completed in a large plastic baggie ( I use the 2 gallon size) until you have them all done.  You can check out this page if you need help finding resources for your lapbook: Lapbook Resources

Step 3:  After you have finished the study and the mini books and printables are complete, you are ready to assemble the lapbook.  Take a file folder and open it up so you are looking at the inside of it holding it so its width is longer than its height.  Fold the outside edge inward so that the edge is touching the middle and crease the fold.  Then do this to the other side so that both of the sides are now in the middle and the file folder opens like a shutter from the middle.

Step 4:  Arrange the mini books on the inside of the file folder (now a lapbook) so they all fit on.  Glue them into the lapbook only after you have the arrangement that you want.

Step 5:  Decorate the front.  There are many ways to decorate, some of my favorite ways are to use die cuts, stickers, coloring pages, or have your student draw on the front.
Your lapbook is now done.  Your child will probably enjoy looking back over it and remembering all that they have learned.


Now lets lapbook about Native Americans:

 Create a Native American Lapbook along with your Native American studies. A lap-book is a very education, but fun addition to any American Indian study.
Kidinfo.com - Your Guide to Native American Histories and Native American Facts
Quality Sites that contain information about Native Americans, First Nations of Canada, Native Americans Important to History, Documents Important to Native Americans, Native American Historical Events, Native American Legends,Native American Treaties, Native American Arts and Crafts, and Important

North American Indian (DK Eyewitness Books)

Amazon Price: $9.89 (as of 11/22/2011)Buy Now

Things you can add to your lapbook.

1. Clipart- Its good idea to have a good source of clip. Not only is it great for lapbooking, but it can be used in other homeschool projects too.
2. Stickers
3. Scrapbook Paper
4. Mini Books
5. Die Cuts
6. Coloring Pages
7. Games
8. Puzzles
9. Drawings

Native American Worksheets

Printable Native American Tribes Alphabetical Order Worksheet | Native American Heritage Month Worksheets
Interactive printable Native American tribes worksheet. Place the names of Native American tribes alphabetical order. This activity can be done online or printed out.
Printable Native American Word Search | Native American Heritage Month Worksheets
Printable Native American word search worksheets - learn vocabulary words associated with Native American Heritage Month.

Native American Printables and Lapbooks

Native American Lapbook Resources
Printable mini books that can be used for any American Indian tribe.
Printable Indian Paperdolls
These Indian boy and girl cutouts will be fun for children to dress up in different Indian clothes. There is coastal, desert, plains, and woodland clothing to choose from.
Free Squanto Lapbook | Albright News
Free lapbook printables about Squanto.
Native American Lapbook Achejeman Juaneno Indians -Homeschool Bin
Native American/ American Indian lapbook
Coloring pages Native Americans - Free, printable, realistic. Coloring book pictures, sheets.
Coloring pages Native Americans. Free realistic colouring pictures. Educational coloring sheets to print and download. Coloring book pictures. Online coloring pages.
Native Americans - Dynamic 2 Moms
Free units/lapbooks and notebooks for homeschoolers. Scroll down for lapbook pages.
If You Lived With the Iroquois Lapbook
Lapbook for the book If You Lived With the Iroquois            
D'Aulaire Pocahontas Lapbook
Lapbook for Pocahontas           
Native Americans - Dynamic 2 Moms
Free units/lapbooks and notebooks for homeschoolers.

Native American Coloring Books

Coloring pages can add a lot of interest to your Native American Lapbook. Coloring pages can also be a good teaching tool.

Indian Tribes of North America Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

Amazon Price: $1.80 (as of 11/22/2011) Buy Now

Native American Masks Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

Amazon Price: $1.51 (as of 11/22/2011) Buy Now

North American Indian Design Coloring Book (Dover Design Coloring Books)

Amazon Price: $1.40 (as of 11/22/2011) Buy Now

Wigwams, Longhouses and Other Native American Dwellings (Dover History Coloring Book)

Amazon Price: $1.38 (as of 11/22/2011) Buy Now

Great Native Americans Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

Amazon Price: $1.50 (as of 11/22/2011) Buy Now

Native American Indian Tipi Coloring Page

Tepee Clipart Public Domain Drawing

Here are some more resources for your lap-books~

Lapbook Booklet Templates

Lap-booking templates are really great lap-booking resources. With a lap-booking template you can add so much to your lapbooks. These are blank lap-booking templates for you and your child/ students to fill in. They can be used in a variety of ways and for multiple projects.
Homeschool Share
Lots of blank booklets.
Lapbook Template Pack
Basic lapbooking template pack that can be printed out for any lapbook subject.
Notebooking Pages
Free templates
Lapbooking Needs
Thatresourcesite.com - Free learning resources for homeschoolers - Free Lapbooks, lapbook templates, and more.
Minibook Master Template Download « Practical Pages
Lapbooking templates
Minibook Master Template - Lapbook Lessons
When I create new minibooks or a lapbook, I use my Minibook Master Template with all my favorite minibooks and my handy lapbook planner. You may have to join the site to see this.
Enjoy making lapbooks with your kiddos and be creative! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Six Points of Light for Healing Hearts

 My wonderful friend Carrie Draher, whom I work with and share the same passion for saving kids from the risks of youth behaviors, sent this to me in an email today and I had to share with others. The Six Points of Light for Healing Hearts applies to anybody that has lost a loved one or those that live on and share the gifts of love with others.
It takes a special heart to think about others so much, to share hope and send it out into the world, not expecting anything in return.
Thank you Lord for the chance happening that brought me together with the team that is Ed4Ed4all, Carrie, Lyndi and Ken inspire me daily and make me proud to be a part of something so important. Education about youth risk behaviors is something we all need to be doing at home with our children, they are never to young to learn how to be safe, thus staying alive so you can hug them every night. 
For free education and more information check out our website here
See our blog here

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thankful for the word No

Strength comes with experience I have found out the hard way, today I am thankful for those who let me do for myself, step out in Faith and let God lead my path.
Every year Thanksgiving has new meaning, new challenges and new horizons. 
Praising God today for the blessings that are bestowed upon us, no matter how small.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday's child is a Thankful Helper

Tuesday's child is a thankful helper with this cute little chart from DJ Inkers, use this chart to encourage those helping hands to be more independent and help mom and dad around the house.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Taco Dip Heaven

 ~~Source: Plain Chicken~~

Taco Dip (Heaven in our house)
adapted for the Blockhouse crowd

1/2 lb ground beef (Or I used shredded chicken also)
1 can refried beans (I use fat-free)
1 packet taco seasoning
8 oz sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used Mexican mix cheese)

Preheat oven to 350.

In a skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat, drain. Mix beans, cooked ground beef and taco seasoning. Spread bean mixture in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread the sour cream on top of the beans and then top with cheese.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes - until cheese is bubbly. Serve with Fritos or your favorite chip, scoop or your fingers...lol.
Watch it disappear, better make 2...

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Which one are you Determined or Stubborn ? a strong will or not? think about that one and how it applies to your everyday life, relationships and your view of yourself.

Have a determined day! not a stubborn one!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Night To Remember.....BOO!!

How was your Halloween? spooktacular? Ours was full of mischief with vampires, ninja warriors and teenagers! What more could a momma ask for? Her youngest daughter transforms into a Vampiress( she called it a "Monster High" girl) that is out to eat all the
candy in the land of BOO!! (or trunk /treat and the mall). My middle daughter steps out to save the night as the "Blue Ninja Warrior", the Zombie daddy walks the mall in a really wonderful mood, an escort for the Vampiress of the night. And the teenager is a typical teenager with his ipod blasting rock music, texting and chatting away via the wonderful cell phone.....
At least the night ended on a good note with a trip to eat (not zombies) at Chili's, where we had lots of family giggles about our night on the town....I do cherish making memories that will last a lifetime.....even with the vampires, ninja's and grouchy zombie daddy's.
Enjoy our pictures via my "Storie" app, click to see each slide..

Leslie~~ aka Vampiress Mommy

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