Homemade Pop Tarts

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Lets just say YUM!  Really.  One of my goals this last Christmas season was to do a lot of fun things throughout the month.  Pack it full of fun activities leading us up to Christmas Day.  One of our activities was Homemade Pop Tarts.  It wasn’t something I would have thought about making myself but a friend was so excited about we just had to try it out.  I am SOOO glad I did.

What to do:

1. Make pie crust dough.  And please…Use butter.  Divide in half and let it chill in the fridge to make it easier to handle.

2. Once chilled roll out half in a rectangle.

3. Visually divide your dough into 6 rectangles.  Get your favorite jam (we used raspberry and blackberry) and put a nice sized TBSP in the center of each rectangle.  Spread it out a little but leave a 1/2 in edge to seal it.

4.  using your finger or a pastry brush put some water around the edges of the tarts.

5. Roll out your second dough in the same shape and size and put it on top of the first.

6.  Use a pizza cutter to cut out your tarts and crimp the edges with a fork.  Poke some steam holes in the top.

7. Put on a cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees doe 7-8 minutes until golden brown.

8. Cool and drizzle with a powdered sugar/milk glaze if desired.

(Note: Let me know if something doesn’t make sense.  There were a few, lets say, interruptions during the making of this post.)


Here is a picture midway for all you visual people.  And what did the kids think?

All thumbs up

And one index 🙂

Winter has arrived

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The snowman hat is one I knitted a few years ago.  I started it while pregnant with Ezekiel and finished it after his 2nd birthday.  It was my first and last hat.  It’s huge.  Really huge.  But it fits this snowman perfectly.  His head was made from a 3 gallon bucket. 

Winter has finally arrived!  Monday Zoe was outside all day.   I was mean and made her wait until it was light outside before she went out.  About 8am she was in the snow and stayed out until 2:00pm.  At one point I served up some hot chocolate and asked her if she wanted some.  She hesitated saying “I do but….”  I assured her she could go back outside when she was done but she asked if she could have it outside.  Sure, why not.  Zeke was even enjoying it this year which Zoe enjoyed greatly.  What a difference snow pants make.  Oliver played outside for a little bit but was also happy in our nice warm house.  Tuesday gave us more snow and Zoe was out in it again trying to use up all the snow.  She started using a bucket to pack the snow in and made a tall snowman and Snow City complete with sky scrapper.  And what did Abigail decide she needed to do while I was outside taking some quick shots?

Kitchen Lessons

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Zeke has been helping in the kitchen a lot more recently.  Something I love.  Yes, it makes the prep work take longer but that is just temporary.  I am already seeing the fruits of that labor with Zoe as she has struck out on her own on so many recipes.   As with many three year olds, I’m sure, he likes to taste everything.  Most time this is not a problem for him as one of his favorite job is cutting olives.

Today in particular though Zeke learned some important lessons.  As I was measuring whole peppercorns one fell and rolled across the floor.  Quickly he grabbed it and popped it into his mouth before I could say anything.  After a few crunches it hit him (honestly, it took longer than I expected).  Then a yell and a run into the bathroom for a towel.

But if that weren’t enough he was helping me peal garlic.  I’m sure you can guess what happened.  This time he waited till I was out of the kitchen then popped it into his mouth then came running around the corner to show me (he hadn’t bit down yet).  Yes, I smiled to myself and down he bit.  The garlic hit him a lot faster than the peppercorn as he spit it out after just one chomp.  Hey, I’m all for hands on learning.

On the move

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Our little Abigail has started to crawl.

 The kids had so much fun watching her get closer and closer each day. The anticipation was almost too much for some. I think Oliver was in the background here biting his nails as we cheered her on.

Many chants of “Go Abby Go. Go Abby Go” were heard in our house. Now we hear things like “No, Abby No!” as she makes her way around the house.

Way to go Abby!

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Out of Retirement!

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And making a come back…well that is yet to be seen but we’ll give her a go.  So, lots have happened over the last couple of months so lets get started.

Our first update takes us to Zoe. WAY back in October our little girl turned 7!  She loves to dress up and change the earrings in her newly pierced ears but is just as eager to run through the mud and splash in puddles.  She loves to watch the show Dirty Jobs.  I always laugh at this but she loves it.  Out in the chicken house one day she was overheard saying “Yep, this is a dirty job.  This is Zoe Thames and this is my job.”  She continued on narrating each step as she cleaned.  She also thinks the host, Mike Rowe, should take a vacation so she can host the show.

This last year brought much growth in height, shoe size (a women’s 6!!!), responsibility, school, and eagerness to learn about the Lord.  Over Christmas she was found sitting around the dinner table with 4 men engrossed in conversation (and yes she was conversing) about Christ.  It was a blessing to witness.

Another new thing we are experiencing with Zoe is sarcasm!  I don’t know where she gets that from but it has been a funny development in her humor.  Just the other day she had changed her shirt midday and I said “oh, did you change your shirt?” She very nicely and naturally replied “No, it just shrunk and turned pink.”  After I picked my jaw up off the floor I bust out laughing.  Yep, I had opened that door wide open and she just waltzed right in.


That’s all for today.  You wouldn’t believe how long it took for this one to get posted today so I’m not going to embarrass myself by telling.  Plus, I need to start building up a little suspense :O)