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My blog is from my experience as an elementary teacher, children’s pastor, mother of 3 , and grandmother (Oma) of 7! The ideas that I share have three requirements: inexpensive, fun to do and look good! All parents, grandparents. teachers or anyone that works with kids needs lots of ideas for crafts, games, and kid-friendly recipes. I hope the ideas I post are helpful and fun!

Along with having great times with grandkids, I like to decorate, cook and entertain. You will see posts that are along this line as well. Sorry, I just can’t stick to one subject. When I find something interesting, I enjoy sharing it. I like variety, don’t you?

How I got started doing this blog:

Each summer, my husband and I have held an” Oma and Opa” Camp for the grandchildren (age 4 and up). The purpose is to have a special time with them where we just have lots of fun activities, laughs and enjoy being together. It is also an opportunity to bond and form friendships with their cousins. We find that having them with just ourselves is quite different from when their parents are around. It is fun to see them become independent, responsible and helpful with what they have learned from home. At the beginning of the 4 day camp, we talk about expectations ( the teacher in me) and what they will be doing. They are so excited and look forward to coming each year. Last year, Kyle, age 4, told his mom that he had waited for Oma and Opa Camp all year!

I  build around a theme and plan activities, crafts, food, games, and Bible stories that relate to it in some way. During camp, I take lots of pictures and after camp is over, I create a photo memory book of all the memories from Oma and Opa Camp. They love these books and look at them over and over.

Many people encouraged me to share these ideas online and so I started to do just that.

I hope you’ll find some interesting things to cook, plan, create or just have a little fun with your family!

Phyllis (Oma)

(By the way, “Oma and Opa” is Dutch for Grandma and Grandpa)

 

 

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Eggs Ortega – Breakfast Casserole!

I love this easy “no-bread” breakfast casserole!!

I have a refrigerator that does not have a lot of space! UGH! When entertaining, (especially holidays) I often don’t have room to have overnight egg bakes taking up room in the frig  (especially if I need two breakfast casseroles). Well, this is a quick breakfast casserole easily put together in the morning! Also, it doesn’t have all that bread! When you put it together, you wonder how it possibly can turn out! Not only is it so-o-o good, but it is lower on carbs and calories than most breakfast casseroles. If you happen to have leftovers, it freezes well, too! Just pop a piece in the microwave for a quick breakfast. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

 

Eggs Ortega

Ingredients

8 oz. evaporated milk  (I’ve used skim evap. milk,too)

12 eggs beaten with 1/2 tsp. salt

2 small 4 oz. cans chopped green chiles (mild or hot – your preference)

1 lb. shredded Jack Cheese ( I’ve used low-fat Jack Cheese, too)

1/4 cup flour

Directions:

In separate bowl, beat evaporated milk with 12 eggs and salt

In greased 9 x 13 pan, Alternate and layer 1/2 of  flour (1/8 cup), cheese, chiles

and repeat with second layer just the same.


Pour on egg mixture

Now bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until set.

Let sit for 5 -10 minutes (It will deflate a little)

Cut into squares and serve with salsa.

Every time I have served this recipe, my guests have always asked for the recipe!

You can make this as spicy as you like by using the “hot” green chiles along with “hot” salsa.

Remember to freeze the left-overs, if there are any!

Enjoy!

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24 Christmas Table Settings

This is a little deviation from my normal posts, but I wanted to share the beautiful and creative place settings that were at our women’s event at church! Each woman decorated and set a table with a theme of their choosing. The whole room was  a Christmas wonderland! Hope these pictures might give you some ideas. I couldn’t cut out some of the room background. Hope you understand!


Red & White Table Theme

 

In between the red balls is cellophane lit with submersible LED lights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I included the sled used on my coffee table! Last year this was my centerpiece with red dishes and red sleds as napkin rings.

All the decorations become unimportant in light of the real reason for Christmas. I’ve included a cute version of I Corinthians 13.


1ST CORINTHIANS 13

CHRISTMAS STYLE
 

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, 
strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, 
but do not show love to my family, 
I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, 
baking dozens of Christmas cookies, 
preparing gourmet meals 
and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, 
but do not show love to my family,
I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, 
carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, 
but do not show love to my family, 
it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, 
attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata 
but do not focus on Christ, 
I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home 
that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those 
who are able to give in return 
but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, 
believes all things, 
hopes all things,
endures all things.

Love never fails. 
Video games will break, 
pearl necklaces will be lost, 
golf clubs will rust. 
But giving the gift of love will endure.

Which one was your favorite?

I didn’t have just one favorite as I loved them all!

Merry Christmas!

 

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Making Snow!

Attention mothers of kids in diapers! You have immediate access to all the materials needed for making snow! 

However, if you’re my age, you need to buy a couple of diapers from someone with a young child. I am writing this as I listen to the weather man and hear him predict snow for tomorrow. That kind of snow looks pretty outside, but this snow looks great inside and stays for a long time! It is less messy and looks very real.

Directions

Simply take a diaper and remove the outside covering.

Put the inside white material into a plastic bag. Just add water ( it can take quite a bit of water)  Kneed it so the water goes throughout the white material and let it absorb. It doesn’t take long.


. Place “snow” on wreaths, bows, or arrange around a candle. Be careful  and don’t place it directly on wood as it contains moisture! After it has dried out, simply put back into a plastic bag, add water,  and it will be like new again.

When the snow dries out, it still looks fine so I leave it. When the decorations come down, I pick off the dried snow, put in a plastic bag, add water and place it in the freezer for next year. Otherwise, discard the used material and simply start over next year! Simple, isn’t it?

One precaution:

Do not place “snow” on wood. The water in the material will leave a water mark on certain surfaces.

Here’s hoping you have a “white” Christmas!

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