Sunday, July 26, 2015

Primary Pioneer Singing Time Trek

We’re going on a Pioneer Trek-Singing Time Style! 

Our Primary's Sacrament meeting program is scheduled for late September this year with a long list of songs to sing.  I thought it might be fun to plan an activity that would allow for lots of review time.  But in a fun and interactive way.

We started the activity by choosing two "Trail Bosses" to organize the Trail Map on the blackboard. I used Camille's map in several puzzle pieces and asked the trail bosses to organize and then call out WAGONS HO!

As we reviewed our program songs our covered wagon moved along the trail.

"We need to reach Salt Lake before the end of singing time...for some must push and some must pull!"

I explained that I had a wooden box filled with things that pioneer children loved.  If we could get to the end of the trail before singing time was done we would find out what was in the box.  The incentive worked wonderfully!

Our pioneer trail had some pretty important places on it.  We stopped briefly to learn just a bit about them before we moved on.  At each stop we sang one of our program songs.

#1. Challenges in Missouri HERE
#2.  Exploring Nauvoo HERE
#3. The Nauvoo Temple & Carthage Jail HERE
#4.  Waiting in Winter Quarters HERE
#5.  Martin's Cove HERE
#6.  This is the Place HERE
(The links are on Camille's website)

"Listen closely because you just might need to know something important at the end of the trail to receive an authentic (or not) piece of Pioneer candy."  

We talked about how important it must have been for Pioneer children to play games at the end of their long day of walking.

As EVERY CHILD sang the review songs the Hooey Stick's propeller would get faster and faster.  When we were singing a reverent review song we had to sing so softly that we could hear the buzz saw buzz!

We arrived safely and on time with most of our songs having been reviewed.  And we had fun along the way.  

Pioneer children sang as they walked and walked...and walked!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

De-Constructed Trifle

I love Trifle.  
This is a very simple way to include all the trifle ingredients without all the trifle work.

Buy (or bake) pound cake and/or angel food cake.  Wash and cut blueberries and strawberries, or whatever fruit you love.

Add a little dollop of your favorite whipped cream creation.
(My whipped cream recipe below)

Same taste, a little different look and you have a tasty trifle.
I also found that my guests liked the trifle bar of choices.  

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream
1 (3 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl with mixer on low speed until smooth.  Beat in whipping cream on medium speed until stiff peaks form.  

Can use as trifle topping or spread on a brownie or shortbread to make a great fruit pizza.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jen's Limeade

Jen’s Limeade

1 can Limeade concentrate
2-2 liter bottles of Sprite
Lots of pebble ice
Slices of Lime

Mix limeade per directions on can.  Right before serving add Sprite, pebble ice and lime slices.

Enjoy a cool, refreshing drink!

Recipe can also be doubled and served from a beverage dispenser.  Just remember to add ice right before serving.

And don't you love the frosty glass made from a squat mason jar and a dollar store candle stick holder!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie

Beat the summer heat with this frozen treat!

We love the recipes that come from Six Sisters' Stuff !  I recently made this for a family dinner dessert, on a very hot day.  Oh so satisfying and delicious.  And so easy to make.  It makes 2 pie pies (one to eat, one to share) and only a few ingredients required.

Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie

2 Pre-made Graham Cracker Crust
1 quart (4 cups) vanilla ice cream

6 oz or 1/2 can of a 12 ounce frozen pink lemonade concentrate

1 container (4 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed (I used light cool whip)

Red food coloring, if desired

Lemon or lime peel, if desired


In a large bowl, mix ice cream, lemonade concentrate, whipped topping and a few drops food color. Spoon and spread ice-cream mixture into the crust

Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. Let stand at room temperature a few minutes before cutting. Garnish with lemon peel.
For yellow lemonade pie, replace pink lemonade concentrate with regular lemonade concentrate, and add a few drops of yellow food color.

Bring on the heat!

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