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Greece
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Greece

Aug 21, 2016 by

After eating our way through Italy, we are cruising to the beautiful country of Greece and exploring it’s many islands.  Besides Italian, I just love Greek food too…. so looking forward to this learning journey. PASSPORT and MAPPING Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. Print out and label Greek map with National Geographic MapMaker Greek Flag and Coat of...

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Finland
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Finland

Jul 27, 2016 by

photo from GoogleMap – somewhere in Finland We have studied Sweden and Norway and now must learn all about their Scandinavian neighbor to the east – Finland! The kids really wanted to not skip over Finland – though I was tempted….. but boy am I glad we didn’t!! What a beautiful country!  Funny story about Moomins – we had never heard of this but were in...

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Norway
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Norway

Mar 25, 2016 by

We have finished studying Sweden – now we move west to learn about their Scandinavian neighbor – Norway! As usual we’ll locate Norway on the map – stamp our passports and start diving into what makes Norway unique.  MAPPING NORWAY Print out Map for Norway – National Geographic MapMaker Stamp passports with flag, continent, country name, capital, languages, crest coloring page for Norway with...

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Italy
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Italy

Aug 22, 2015 by

We took the summer off from our geography adventure, but we’re back it at with our exploration of ITALY!  The last country we studied was Germany.  Before that we trekked through the tiny and fascinating country of Andorra – nestled in between France and Spain. PASSPORT and MAPPING Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. Print out and label Italy...

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Germany
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Germany

Jun 30, 2015 by

Heading North East from the little country of Andorra which we just completed our study on – we are ready to explore Germany! MAPPING and ABOUT GERMANY Germany Travel website Stamp passports with flag, continent, country name, capital, languages, crest coloring page for Germany with flag and facts Fill in blank Germany map LANDMARKS and LANDFORMS Black Forest Fairy tale castles! Inspired Disney movies...

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Portugal
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Portugal

Mar 3, 2015 by

We couldn’t visit Spain without heading west to explore Portugal!  My hubby enjoys sipping port…. but there’s much more to this beautiful land than that. Let’s find out. PASSPORTS Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. MAPPING Learn about the meaning of Portugal’s flag and coat of arms Explore Portugal with Google maps. Print out and label Portugal map with...

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#30daysInspiralized
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#30daysInspiralized

Mar 2, 2015 by

We’re joining the #30daysInspiralized Instagram contest from Ali Maffucci over at www.inspiralized.com !  I bought a Paderno Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer for myself after visiting her awesome website and falling in love with turning veggies into NOODLES ! SO FUN! I might have already shared my new passion upon chatting with you about trying to cut carbs, increase veggies etc. I’ve had some ‘fall...

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Spain
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Spain

Dec 26, 2014 by

Starting to get momentum going in Europe now…. just finished FRANCE and now we’re headed SW to sunny SPAIN! PASSPORTS Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. MAPPING Learn about the meaning of Spain’s flag and coat of arms – both symbolism and colors. Also here. Cruise around Spain’s coast, climb the mountains and run around the olive groves with...

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France
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France

Oct 17, 2014 by

Crossing the English Channel we head over to FRANCE which will be our 5th country studied after England, Scotland, Ireland and Iceland. When I think of France I think of vineyards, wine, cheese, baguettes, croissants, the Eiffel Tower, old castles, elegant churches, farm cottages and the French Riviera – oh, and my husband’s annual favorite… Le Tour de France. Can’t wait to explore! PASSPORTS:...

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Iceland
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Iceland

Aug 23, 2014 by

Heading north from studying England, Scotland and Ireland to chillier waters to explore ICELAND! Super excited about this one because it’s one of the countries that I really don’t know much about at all.  I remember seeing slides that either my mom or grandma had purchased of an aerial view of Iceland back in the 60s?? and had a mental picture of volcanoes and...

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Foolproof Shortbread
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Foolproof Shortbread

Aug 11, 2014 by

When studying Scotland we wanted to make real shortbread.  Being long time fans of everything that America’s Test Kitchen makes… naturally we turned to them for advice on making shortbread.  Followed it perfectly… even grinding the oats to flour in our Vitamix. Cutting out the center with a cookie cutter and baking it in an open spring form pan top did the trick.  I...

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Republic of Ireland
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Republic of Ireland

Aug 10, 2014 by

We’ll be exploring the Republic of Ireland next on our geography adventure. On my paternal family tree side our ancestors were originally from Ireland, County Wicklow area before they left for Yorkshire, England back in the ? 1800s?  Pebbles would fit right in today in Ireland with her bright copper red hair for sure. I don’t know very much about Ireland so will be...

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Key Lime Pie
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Key Lime Pie

Jul 30, 2014 by

My hubby LOVES Key Lime Pie so for his birthday I made him one.  Our recipe of choice is from Martha Stewart with a minor adaptation. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups graham-cracker crumbs (crushed crackers via food processor OR rolling pin over a ziploc bag) 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 5 tablespoons brown sugar (never white!) 1/2 cup freshly squeezed key-lime juice (best...

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Scotland
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Scotland

Jul 28, 2014 by

After learning about England we go north to explore another country within the United Kingdom – SCOTLAND!  One thing I’ve learned about visiting the first country is that it is more helpful if I use these blog posts and update them with resources live as we go so that Pebbles can link off and use it rather than just document what we did! This...

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England
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England

Jul 28, 2014 by

The first country of our global geography adventure is ENGLAND! This was a great country to start because this is where my parents were born and the majority of our relatives live today.  I remember visiting England a couple of times when I was little and have a few strong memories.  The double decker red buses.  The cobble stoned streets. Tall skinny brick homes....

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July 4th, 2014
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July 4th, 2014

Jul 5, 2014 by

Some of our favorite July 4th activities are pretty run of the mill…. but we like them.  Dressing in red-white-blue… looking for kitschy crafts, BBQing burgers, making fancy desserts… and of course our little street side fireworks.  In the AZ heat… the last thing I want to do is drag the family to a parade.  There are fireworks here at Tempe Town Lake (funny...

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fashion party
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fashion party

May 16, 2014 by

For Pebbles’ 9th birthday party last year she chose to have a FASHION PARTY and sleepover. We had a ton of fun coming up with crafts for the girls to make along with creating a photo shoot complete with keepsake magazine cover. Decor was hot pink and black – streamers, balloons, tablecloths, bowls etc.  Invitations were designed by me and emailed out.  Signs and...

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an impromptu Passover Seder
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For the very first time ever, I decided that we would attempt to pull of a Passover Seder dinner this year.  Didn’t know much about it.  Didn’t plan it. Was just on my heart to try it out!  I knew that while it’s a prominent annual Jewish holiday – I also know that many Christians do observe it as well.  After all…. Jesus celebrated it...

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family favorite spaghetti with meat sauce
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T he “inevitable but always delicious” spaghetti with meat sauce. It’s our family favorite and loved by everyone – but it never used to be so thoroughly enjoyed. We used to always buy the huge Prego sauce at Costco and regular ground beef. Everyone liked it except Pebbles. She HATED it. Literally until maybe 8 years old… she would just have plain spaghetti noodles...

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review: Camp Chef Artisan Pizza Oven 90
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Making fresh pizza is something that we’ve done as a family for many years. The kids love making it and we love rolling out the dough and personalizing the toppings. Up til now, we either try grilling it or pumping our oven up to max heat and pre-heating our pizza stone for a long time. So far…. our most favorite ingredients have been from...

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yummiest banana bread
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yummiest banana bread

Dec 22, 2013 by

We have made this MULTIPLE times…. this is a decadent, moist and light textured banana bread. Stay away if you’re trying to eat healthy. 😉  This is a very very slight adaptation from a recipe we found online called “Prize Winning Banana Bread” at GroupRecipes.com. Pebbles has made this 100% on her own as it’s really easy.  We count this as “home economics.” 😉...

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igneous rock is delicious !
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In science this week (R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey – Earth & Space) we read about igneous rock – and one of the labs included the making of our own – chocolate marshmallow fudge ! The chocolate chips and marshmallows represent rocks and minerals that are pulled into the molten mantle.  The heat within the mantle melts these and turns into magma. Magma if it moves...

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Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares
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Don’t like pumpkin pie? Get ready for a surprise. I live in a family that is 50/50 on pumpkin pie. Hubby and Pebbles L O V E anything pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggnog while BamBam and I really either don’t like it much – or at all – or MAYBE with whip cream of ice cream will be tolerable. Let me just say, that BamBam...

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free & flexible meal planning
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While tempted to try the groupon for emeals I know that it won’t work for my ultra picky family. It is guaranteed that 50% of the suggested recipes someone in my family will not touch. Until they all become more flexible people and willing to try new things I have to use recipes from our own cookbooks, family recipes or many of the billions...

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meringue cookies
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meringue cookies

Jul 16, 2013 by

Since we had so much fun making lemon pudding with the fluffy egg whites – Pebbles and I tried making meringue cookies for the first time! Two types – vanilla and strawberry.  This is a hybrid recipe between her kids baking book from the library and searching online for adding Torani syrup.  Not only did we have both strawberry or raspberry Torani in the...

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Auntie Ivy’s Lemon Pudding
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Pebbles was doing FaceTime with her Grandparents in Vancouver, BC today and watched Grandma make my Auntie Ivy’s Lemon Pudding from start to finish. She was inspired and asked if we had all the ingredients – with our frozen Meyer lemons that we picked from our trees back in January – we were ready !!  I also wanted to make it out of nostalgia...

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patriotic sandwiches
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patriotic sandwiches

Jul 5, 2013 by

Digging through our cookie cutters for a fun way to cut our simple sandwiches for lunch that was festive — but easy — since we spent a while making the July 4th yogurt pops. I found, what I thought to be quite old…. “patriotic cookie cutters!”  They were given to us by my mother-in-law, who deals in antiques and likes to collect fun items....

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july 4th yogurt pops
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july 4th yogurt pops

Jul 5, 2013 by

We love to make fun food for special holidays.   We found a pinterest link to someone who made 3-color white chocolate pudding pops – but we didn’t have any pudding! Isn’t of giving up…. we did have yogurt – plain Greek and a tiny bit of leftover Yoplait Vanilla yogurt. The Greek yogurt was a beautiful thicker white actually but less sweet of course...

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