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Let them be Little // Easter Nests

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Yay! It’s Easter Weekend. We made some Easter nests yesterday when it rained all day and we were dreaming of Spring…

I love these little traditions I get to do with my girl! I’m also pretty proud of myself for letting Summer at it with the chocolate, clearly SHE HAD A BALL and went straight to the bath afterwards!!

So it’s pretty obvious but here’s what you need:
8oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces
2 tbsp golden syrup
2oz butter
3oz cornflakes
36 mini chocolate eggs

1. Line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases. 2. Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl. Stir the mixture until smooth. 3. Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate. 4. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set. ENJOY.



Preparing for Christmas

The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year… and 2015 is no different for us! However, since Advent gives us four whole weeks to prepare for Christmas, I wrote down a bunch of ideas to encourage us to have giving hearts this season and focus on the significance of the Christmas Story (a new take on our 12 Dates!). It’s going to be a great opportunity to teach Summer about patience….waiting and hoping for something that would change the world forever, the arrival of the newborn King!!!

So here’s our list of 24 things we wanted to do together and I’ve included a Bible reading/verse for each day. There’s some pretty great resources out there for kids at Christmas, unfortunately a little older than our Summer but I’m soooo looking forward to reading those with our kids too!

Dec 1: John 1:14 -16 Decorate a tiny tree!

Dec 2: Luke 19:10 Pinecone Paint

Dec 3: Hebrews 13: 20-21 Start reading the Nativity Story

Dec 4: Mark 10: 45 Make Christmas cards and send to friends near and far!

Dec 5: 1 John 3:5, 8 Visit the Christkindlmarket

Dec 6: John 12: 27- 28 Make Christmas shapes with cookie cutters and play-doh

Dec 7: Acts 3: 22-26 Wrap up and go see the Christmas lights in Millennium Park

Dec 8: Acts 3: 22-26 Mummy and Summer’s secret Christmas shopping date for Daddy ;)

Dec 9: John 1: 51 Make heart ornaments for family

Dec 10: 1 John 3: 8 Bake some Christmas cookies for the neighbors

Dec11: John 3:16 Build a Snowman (weather permitting!!!)

Dec12: John 1: 1 Visit Santa Claus!

Dec13: Acts 3: 24 Homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows!

Dec14: Romans 15: 8-9 Pancake picnic for dinner

Dec 15: Matthew 2: 10 Clear out toys and donate to a local charity store

Dec16: Mark 10: 45 Read a favorite Christmas Story

Dec17: Mark 10: 44 ummm…fly home to Ireland for Christmas!

Dec18: Romans 3:25-26 Sleepover at Nana and Papa’s!!

Dec19: Acts 17: 24-25 Help wrap presents

Dec 20: Romans 5: 11 Carol Service

Dec 21: Matthew 16: 15- 17 Starbucks Date with Mum and Dad

Dec 22: Hebrews 8: 4- 10 Go see Cinderella at the Waterfront!

Dec 23: Micah 5:4- 5 Watch a Christmas movie…

Dec 24: John 6: 51 Open a special Christmas Eve Package

Dec 25: Luke 2: 11-14 

* These Bible Readings have been taken from ‘The Dawning of Indestructible Joy’ by John Piper. Something we look forward to reading together at dinner, keeping Him at the center of our Christmas.

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Cinnamon Iced Coffee


How to add a little spice to your coffee (with a little help from my sous-chef Miss S:)

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1/2 cup coffee beans, medium coarsely ground

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 cups boiling water

1 cinnamon stick

ice cubes, for serving

heavy cream, for serving

Place the ground coffee and cinnamon in a French press coffee pot. Add the boiling water, stir, cover, and allow the coffee to steep for 4 minutes. Then insert the plunger and push it down. Transfer to a pitcher and add the cinnamon stick. Allow to cool, or refrigerate overnight. Serve over ice, adding cream or milk (I used almond milk…super yummy!) to taste.

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* just one of the yummy recipes from ‘Sunday Suppers’ by Karen Mordechai

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