Family Fun- BUBBLES!!!!!!

This is a no-brainer and you probably make this regularly but just in case, have you made bubbles with your Bishop’s Storehouse Order? Hours of fun for the kiddos and for you!

1 cup dish soap
12 cups water
if you have it, add 1 tablespoon of glycerin (it adds staying power to the bubbles)

Mix it and make bubbles to your hearts content! The bubble solution gets better with age so do not throw it down the sink after a day of fun. Keep it. I store it in a five gallon bucket, a small trash can or my mopping bucket. You could also store it in recycled peanut butter or jam jars. That way when the kids spill it, it is less mess.

Tuna Quesadillas

2 cans of tuna, drained
1 red or green pepper, diced
1 1/2 cup grated cheese
8 tortillas
butter or oil
Sour Cream

Mix tuna, pepper and cheese in a bowl. Heat butter or oil in a skillet. Spread tuna mixture on a tortilla and top with another tortilla. Brown the quesadilla on both sides until cheese is melted and both tortillas are browned. This is great with a salad.

Tuna Melts

2 cans of tuna, drained
8 sliced of bread
4 slices of cheese
2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise like salad dressing

Mix tuna and salad dressing in a bowl. Melt a bit of butter in a frying pan. Make a sandwich of tuna with a slice of cheese. Brown the sandwich for 2-3 minutes each side until it is browned to your liking. You will be amazed at how tasty this is. Even my non-tuna lovers ate this!
Makes 4 sandwiches

Feed the birds! Hummingbird food

Do you know what I love to do? Feed and watch birds. It is so calming for me to sit out and watch the birds. I like being a reliable source of food for them. It really stinks and effects my groove when we can not afford to buy bird food. Did you know that you can made hummingbird food with your Bishop’s Storehouse order? Sometimes when you are down in the trenches, you forget the obvious. So just in case you have missed the obvious like I did, this one is for you. Go feed the birds, it will do your heart good.

Hummingbird food

1 cup of white sugar
4 cups of water

Combine in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil until all of the sugar has dissolved. Cool and fill your hummingbird feeder. You do not need food coloring. The feeders will need to be cleaned out once a week, if not more frequently and the nectar refreshed. It might take awhile for the hummingbirds to find you. Be patient and keep it fresh. Once they know you are a good stopping stop for a sip, they will rely on you all spring and summer. I have even had a few through the winter but I live where it stays relatively warm in the winter.

Have fun and enjoy the birds!

Christmas Tree of Books

I found this idea on the internet. It is a Christmas tree made of books. It is pretty self explanatory by the picture. Christmas trees are expensive unless you can cut one down for free! I thought this would be a fun idea to do as a family.

When making my Christmas tree out of books, I found that it helped to organize the books by size and thickness before I started assembling the tree. There are a few places where I double stacked books to achieve the desired thickness. I love antiques so used many of my antique books but any book will do.

Another activity that we have done is make ornaments out of pine cones. We live in a place where we have a plethora of pine cones. We made families of pine cone people to hang on the tree. I have always wanted to make a pine cone wreath but I have not tried that yet.

Please share ideas that you have heard of or done to decorate for the Christmas season on a budget.


Dutch Baby Apple Pancakes

2 tbsp butter
3 medium apples (cored and chopped into 1/4-inch dice)
6 eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 425.
Melt butter in a cast iron skillet over a medium heat, then toss in chopped apples. Fry the apples in butter until they become tender when pierced by a fork, about 6-8 minutes.
Beat eggs and milk together in a separate bowl until smooth and uniform, then beat in flour, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Continue beating the batter for the Dutch baby until it is smooth with no lumps. The batter will be very liquid.
Remove the skillet from the heat, pour the Dutch baby batter over the cooked apples and bake in an oven preheated to 425 degrees for 35-45 minutes until puffed and golden.
Serve the Dutch baby pancake immediately.