The Mommy Bloggy

Reflections of a Mother's Heart

The Simplicity of Daisies May 25, 2013

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:35 pm

Yesterday, Lindsay came into the house with a handful of tiny white daisies with yellow-button centers and said, “Look what I found for you!”  I hardly had a chance to respond before she found an old bottle under the kitchen sink, filled it with water, and arranged her bouquet to adorn my kitchen counter.

Later, as I was washing dishes, I was struck by the beautiful simplicity of those little white flowers.  So simple, yet they brought cheer to my kitchen and my heart!  God’s creation never ceases to amaze me!  I love my Lindsay for thinking about me while she was at play!

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An Apple for the Teacher

Filed under: Homeschooling — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:23 pm

This is the time of year moms scramble to come up with a new idea for teacher gifts.  We want to show our appreciation in some small way, knowing we can never completely repay them for the time, effort, and love they have poured into our children during the past school year.  At our home school co-op, my children have three teachers we wanted to give a small gift to on our last day of class last week.  They say you should always give a gift you would want to receive, so we like to give food!  At Christmas, we gave our teachers chocolate truffles and at the close of this school year, we gave them caramel apples.

IMG_7662They are so simple to make, not to mention inexpensive,  and they are big enough for sharing!  I think they would also make great birthday party favors!  I melted two bags of Kraft caramel candies to spoon over jonagold apples.  Then we rolled the apples in m&m’s.  You could roll the caramel apples in just about anything you want:  chocolate/white chocolate chips, crushed peanuts, crushed pretzels, crushed toffee and chocolate bars, cookie crumbs, sprinkles, red hot cinnamon candies, candy corn, marshmallows, or you could drizzle chocolate or white chocolate over the caramel.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

We placed our cooled apples in plastic treat bags, tied with a ribbon and a homemade card with a personal message inside written and signed by my children.  These apples are also fun to make and keep for yourself!  Enjoy!