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Birds Nests for the ER sound.

Birds Nests

1. Melt:        1/4 cup chunky peanut butter

(If using natural peanut butter add 1 Tbsp. Butter)

3/4 cup chocolate chips

2. Stir in:      2 cups chow mein noodles

3. Drop big spoonfuls onto wax paper.

4. Make a hole in the middle with a spoon.

5. Put 2 or 3 jelly beans in each nest.

6. Cool and enjoy!

Fun for Easter and for learning the ER sound. (Easter, bird, butter, stir)



  1. Use whole wheat flour or unbleached flour.
  2. Mix then set aside:
  •       2 cups flour
  •       1 t. baking powder
  •       ½ t. salt
  1. Separate 2 eggs.
  2. Beat the egg whites.
  3. Mix:
  •          2 egg yolks
  •          1 T. honey
  •          2 cups water
  •          1/4 cup oil

6.  Beat wet and dry ingredients together.

7. Fold in the beaten egg whites.

8. Cook in waffle iron.

9.  Add butter and honey and enjoy!  (It is nice to have them try something different on waffles than syrup.)

Muffins Grain-free

Grain-free Muffins


  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  • Use parchment muffin papers so the muffins don’t stick to the paper. (Order online.)


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 teas. baking soda
  • 1 teas. baking powder
  • 1 T. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup fruit (applesauce, mashed bananas, pureed apricots, etc.)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil or avocado oil


  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Beat the eggs in a bowl.
  • Mix the other ingredients then mix with the eggs.
  • Scoop into 12 muffin tins.
  • Bake until toothpick come out clean. (About 20 minutes.)
  • Serve with butter or plan.

Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy (15 minutes prep time)

              (A family favorite)

                     Biscuits (makes 12)

  • Use a fork to mix ¼ C. expeller-pressed oil, coconut oil, or avocado
  • With ¾ C. milk/ water
  • Sift together 2 C. flour (wheat or unbleached)
  • With 1 T. baking soda (aluminum-free)
  • And ½ t. salt

Mix the dough together with a fork just until mixed.   (About 20 strokes.)  Make 12 small mounds of dough on a baking pan or roll out the dough to about 1 inch thick, then cut with a biscuit cutter or glass.  Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes.

*Too much stirring will make the dough too heavy.

*This can be doubled but anymore than that, it will take too much stirring and will make the dough to heavy.

                  Gravy   (Make while the biscuits are baking.)

  • Brown 1 lb. of MSG-free sausage
  • Mix in 3 T. flour (wheat or unbleached) into the sausage.  (If there isn’t about 3 T. of fat from the sausage then add some butter.)
  • Cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly pour in 3 cups of a mixture of milk, broth, and water.  Stirring constantly until gravy starts to thicken    (It will thicken more as it cools.)
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • For a richer flavor, add about 2 T. shredded Parmesan Cheese or sour cream at the end.

Telling on other Children

     sidebar-children         Telling on Others!  

No one wants to listen to children constantly telling on other children.  This is a hard issue because children need to know they can say if something is truly wrong, but when children tell on every little thing it is very disruptive in a class or at home.  Also, children need to learn to resolve some of their own differences with children and adults.   Here are a few ideas for helping children do their own work and learn to resolve their differences:

  • Sometimes children need to be seated differently, so it isn’t so easy for them to mother the other children.
  • Have the rule: We all do our own work.
  • When a child complains about how someone isn’t sharing, etc., encourage them to use their words and ask for a turn.  Most children like to share if they are asked nicely.
  • Encourage them to make sure they are doing what they should.
  • Praise children that are doing their own work.
  • When doing cooperative play or projects, encourage them to let their friends help.
  • Have a discussion about what kind of things are important to tell the teacher or parent and what things they can resolve themselves.  Knowing this will create successful students and adults.  Bullying can never be tolerated and children need to understand that they can tell.
  • Everyone has a personal inner guide, conscience, or holy spirit.  It is good to help children find their inner guide and listen to it.  This can help children know when to tell and when to resolve it themselves.
  • Use positive words when talking about this problem.  It is best to use words that point them in the direction they need to go like, “Use your words.” “Do your own work.” “Make sure you are being a good friend to everyone.”  Negative labels never help.

This is hard skill to master, but it is an important part of growing up.  No one wants friends that are continually complaining.   It doesn’t work well in the job world.  It is also important to know when to say something to stop bullying and abuse.  Please comment with ideas you have for working on these issues.

MiXed Pumpkin Cookies for the X sound

jayden (1 of 1)This is a fun cooking project to go with the X sound.

MiXed Pumpkin Cookies

1. MiX:

  • ½ cup oil or butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 cup pumpkin

2. MiX:

  • 2 ½ cups flour
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    ½ tsp. nutmeg
    ½ tsp. salt

3. MiX:     ½ bag of Chocolate Chips

4. Drop on greased cookie sheet.

5. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Cool!

6. Frost with Frosting or eat plain. Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Frosting (Optional)
Mix or beat 8 oz. cream cheese – softened, 1 stick of butter- softened, 2 T. milk, 1 t. vanilla and
About 3 cups of powdered sugar until it is thick and smooth.

Dinner in a Hurry

Dinner in a Hurry

  • Brown Ground Beef or Chicken Sausage cut in chunks.
  • Add chopped vegetables, onions, celery, peppers. etc.
  • Cover and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Uncover and add stewed or fire roasted tomatoes and simmer out most of the liquid.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Make as much or little as you need.

Can be served over toast, biscuits, rice, potatoes, or eaten low carb.

Oatmeal Kindness Cookies

kindness cookies (1 of 1)(Fun to make and share for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.)

1. Mix:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4  t. soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg

2. Beat in:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1  1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • for 2 minutes.

3. Stir in:

  • 2 cups regular oatmeal
  • Optional 1 cup chocolate chips

4. Roll in balls or use a small ice cream scoop.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

6. Eat and share!

Taco Seasoning


  •    2 tsp. instant minced onion
  •    1 tsp. salt
  •    1 tsp. chili powder
  •   ½  tsp. corn starch
  •   ½  tsp. crushed dried red pepper
  •   ½  tsp. garlic powder
  •   ½  tsp. ground cumin
  •  1/4 tsp. dried oregano

Add ½  cup of water and add to 1 ½  – 2 lbs. of cooked ground meat or cooked chicken.   Simmer until the water is cooked out.

Raspberry Pretzel Salad

Raspberry Pretzel Salad (Holiday Family Favorite)   

This is a family favorite holiday dish.  I have altered the traditional recipe to eliminate artificial flavoring, coloring and hydrogenated oils.  I usually make it the day before a big dinner.  Hope your family enjoys it.  


  • Mix in a sauce pan a 12 oz. can of frozen berry juice or raspberry/cranberry juice and 1 can of water (12 oz.).
  • Sprinkle on top 2 gelatin packs (Knox) and let it dissolve for 1 minute.
  • Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and stir.
  • Cook over low heat until gelatin and sugar are dissolve not more than 2 minutes.
  • Pour into a glass container and put in the refrigerator to cool and start to jell.  (This mixture will go on top at the end.)


  • 1 1/2 cups of pretzels crushed.
  • 3 T. brown sugar.
  • 1 cube of melted butter.
  • Mix together in a 9×13 glass baking dish and spread out on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Bake in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes.
  • Then put in the refrigerator to cool. (about 20 minutes.)


  • Whip 1 cup of whipping cream until it starts to peak.
  • Add 1 T. instant vanilla pudding and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, then mix.
  • Add 8 oz. of cream cheese then mix on low.
  • Spread on the cooled pretzel crust and cool in the refrigerator. (about 20 minutes).

Put on the Topping:

  • Put a 12 oz package of frozen or fresh raspberries on the cream cheese filling.
  • Take the partially jelled gelatin topping and spread on the raspberries.
  • Chill until set.  
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