Thursday, May 7, 2009

Water bottles, dirt and worms...oh and some really good cookies!

(Children will add plant to the water bottle Sunday)

An advance Mothers Day wish to all my Mom friends this week end! I have been a little pre occupied with my Sunday school class for the past couple weeks now and thus is the reason I have been missing in action from the bloggy world as of late.

Up above there in the picture, is my moms day project I will be working on with my Sunday school class this coming Sunday. I thought it was pretty clever myself, although I am running on very little fuel here. In other words, everything looks good to me when I am running on empty =O)

I saved up some water bottles and cut them in half, actually I cut them all at just a little under 3 inches high. I then bought some cute paper and wrapped it around the bottle and taped it together. Sunday I will have the kids plant a little flower in their bottles and have them tape the paper onto the bottle. We are studying the "Parable of the Sower" and talking about the four different soils, so this little moms day gift is
perfect timing for our Sunday school lesson. I found some really cute fuzzy pink brackets to add to the middle of the brown paper as well.

The card is simple and will be easy for the kids to do as well. I cut out all the cards and added the green stems. They will paste the poem inside of the card, sign them and then add the tissue flowers on the front of the card. For the tissue flowers I cut little squares out of pink and white tissue paper (The wrapping tissue paper you add to gift bags) wrapped it around the bottom of a pencil, dab it into glue and attach it to the card.

The kids in my class are about preschool age to 2
nd graders, and they are just precious!

Last weeks snack was chopped up Oreo cookies, sweet tart candy and gummy worms. Since we are working with the good soil theme here, I thought it would be fun to feed them dirt, seeds and gummy worms. One of the little girls in my class asked if I'd help wipe the dirt off her gummy worm so she could eat it. She told me she doesn't eat dirt but was happy to pass it off to her little brother!

Gooey Cookie Pie Bites
I have been meaning to post this cookie recipe for the longest time! I found it a while back on, "Our Best Bites" blog and we all love them here. I have made them more than once and they are dangerous and don't last long!

Gooey Cookie Pie Bites


1/2 C butter (that's 1 stick), melted and cooled
1 C sugar
1/2 C flour
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 C chopped pecans, toasted
1 C mini chocolate chips (if you're using another flavor of chips that doesn't come in mini,give them a rough chop so they will distribute evenly)
9" unbaked pie shell (I use store-bought, but you can make your own if you want)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl combine the butter, sugars, flour, eggs, and vanilla. When combined stir in chocolate chips and toasted nuts. Set aside.

Right out of the box the pie crust is way too thick. Lightly flour your rolling surface and roll out crust so it's about 13-14" in diameter. (See pictures on blog for example). Just remember you want it pretty thin, and it will expand while cooking. You will need to cut out some circles and then re-roll the pie crust.

A 2.75" circle fit my mini muffin pans perfectly. So use a cookie cutter, or grab a cup from your cupboard. Chances are you have one that's the perfect size!

Mix all ingredients and pour into pie shells. Bake 20-25 minutes. The tops will get crinkly and golden brown. Let cool for a minute and they should pop right out of the pan.

I am heading over Friday morning and picking up the daughter from College to bring her home for the week end. Two hours up and two hours back...need to plug in one of my books on CD.

We will head over and visit with mom and dad Friday evening and a family friend who just had a beautiful baby boy,
Bon fire at Alki Saturday evening, Church on Sunday morning, Moms day lunch at Alki and back on the road to drop the daughter off for her last little stretch of school finals. I swear we are busier now than when these kids all lived at home!

I am heading out of town Tuesday to spend a week with Penny, another blogger friend on here, in Sunny Santa Rosa California. She is actually here now on a visit and staying with my mom. Asked her where she hid the hide-a- key just in case I get there before she does!

Guess I'll see ya all back at the Blog ranch the 21st, thus giving you all
plenty of time to make up a batch of them cookies!

~ enjoy


Nina Diane said...

and I think the class project is very cute

Karen said...

Oh your Sunday school project is darling
I've missed you! The 26th? That's FOREVER AWAY! :(

I baked brownies yesterday, so there is just no way I'm baking those cookies for at least a few weeks. Ugh! Golly they sound good . . .

Have a wonderful Mother's Day and a safe trip and we'll talk to you when you get back!


Karen said...

Ooops. 21st. Well! That's still FOREVER AWAY!!!

Carol said...

Your Sunday school class is going to enjoy making gifts for their mothers. Very cute ideas!

Thanks for sharing the yummy recipes!

Happy Mother's Day,

Melissa Miller said...

Oh so yummy Christine!
The cookies look amazing.
You post some of the best sounding recipes in Blogland. MMMM.

Thanks for visiting today and your kindness.

Have a blessed and beautiful Mother's Day.
~Melissa :)

Angie said...

Oh your projects for Mother's Day is just too cute! I wish I was in your class! How awesome for God to bless those kids through you! I have been wanting to volunteer more at my church as well. Have a great weekend! Angie

Bonnie said...

Chris, all the moms that have kids in your sunday school class sure are Blessed. To have such a gifted teacher and one to do so many neat crafts and gifts. The kids will really feel good about giving their moms the gifts they made. Have a happy Mothers Day and enjoy your time in sunny Cal. I'll miss ya.

Karen said...

Christine! Send me your Email! I have the PERFECT joke for you right now! you have to read it before Sunday! (hehehe)

winterwood said...

enjoy your Mothers Day and trip Christine! the things kids say are so cute arent they? re little girl and gummy

southerninspiration said...

What lucky students (and parents) you have in your Sunday school class.....and what a yummy looking recipe!! Thanks for sharing!


Sarah said...

Hi friend! Man, I want you to be my Sunday School teacher - you are a wonderful woman! What a blessing those gifts will be both to the kiddos and to the moms. Well thought out and such a great idea.

Sounds like your weekend will be filled with fun and love. Glad you can have your daughter with you. Happy Mother's Day and we'll wait to hear from you when it slows down a bit!

Happily Ever After said...

I bet the kids in your class are always anxious to see what you have in store each Sunday. You have some very creative ideas. It's all so cute.

Happy Mother's Day to you!!!



Ms. Tee said...

It all looks great! I can't believe you have the energy you do! I hope you have a great Mom's day, sweet friend :)

Connie said...

You are a super fun Sunday School teacher. I can tell you love it and you are gifted at making it fun. Wish I was closer to Santa Rosa to come see you. We will have to plan a future meeting time with Karen. Would be fun! HAPPY MOTHER"S DAY! Connie

Joyce said...

The cookies sound wonderful. I've saved the recipe since I can't really justify making a batch to eat by myself. Believe me I could but I won't!

Happy Mother's Day to special to celebrate with your mom and your daughter.

Carrie said...

Your project is so cute! I love the recipe!

Lynette said...

Wow you are a wonderful Sunday school teacher. Thank you for the lovely recipes and I hope you have a great Mothersday!

Jeanneoli said...

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Your Sunday school ideas look great...and that dirt...I love that stuff.

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from Carrie's to say hi!

Jackie said...

Hey Chrissy, Are you having fun with Penni (without me!)? :) Hugs 2 U both, Jax

jenjen said...

Hi Christine!
Just checking in to say hello. I hope things are going well for you! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!


Sit A Spell said...

Very fun! So glad you're there for the little ones.

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