Raising Memories

Saturday, March 28, 2015

March 2015 Sharing Time - Week 3

Welcome to March's Sharing Time Linky!

Before we get to the party, here's a quick recap since the last Sharing Time:

Yesterday, I shared this delicious soup recipe!

On Monday I shared a True Meaning of Easter poem that Ken & I wrote,
along with a free printable.

Until the end of the month, there are giveaways happening at the Kinder facebook page!
Details Here.

The doTERRA Introductory Kit giveaway is open until the end of the month!

I wrote about my experience with doTERRA and some of their products here.

Now, on to the link party- I can't wait to see what you share! :)

Please join the Raising Memories Sharing Time & add a link to your latest and greatest blog posts
about activities to do with your children or fun projects that you have done!
If you're participating, please share the button on your blog & "hop over" to at least one other blog post that's been linked up- let's support each other!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cheese Broccoli Soup Recipe

My mother-in-law is a fabulous cook.  Today I want to share with you one of our favourite recipes that she makes- Broccoli Cheese Soup!  (It can be made the same way with cauliflower or a mixture of cauliflower & broccoli).  This is a pretty easy recipe and everybody in my family likes it.  I'll share a recipe today that makes the perfect amount for our family of 4, but you can double it for a larger group or (my favourite) leftovers!

Here's What You'll Need:

- Broccoli (or Cauliflower) .. can be fresh or frozen, I used this bag of broccoli florets this time
- 1 Can of Chicken Broth
- 2 cups Milk
- 2 Tbsp. Butter
- 2 Tbsp. Flour
- 1 cup (shredded) Ivanhoe Old Cheese

Here's What You'll Do:

1. Steam broccoli (or cauliflower- or both)

2. Melt butter and flour in large pot and whisk until clumpy

3. Add milk, a bit at a time.  Then add cheese and stir until melted.

Did you know Gay Lea’s Ivanhoe Cheese is the oldest cheese company of its kind in Canada? They've got a reputation for their high quality aged cheddar and specialty cheeses and even offer Kosher and Halal varieties.

4. Add broccoli/cauliflower and can of chicken broth (and pepper to taste)


You can check out the Gay Lea Website for great recipes and more information on their products. They also send out monthly newsletters featuring great tips and coupons!

Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own."

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Monday, March 23, 2015

True Meaning of Easter Poem (Easter Symbols)

Yesterday I taught a lesson at church, to the Primary children, about Easter.

Here's What I Used:

- 12 plastic eggs from a True Meaning of Easter Egg Hunt
- 3 extra plastic eggs
- a candy bunny, egg, and chick for each child
- a pkg. of small ziplock bags
- cardstock

Here's What I Did:

I hid the eggs around the Primary room before the kids got there (including 3 extras, each with a candy egg, chick, or bunny in it)

When it was time for the lesson, we took turns finding eggs. We would open each egg and talk about what the item inside had to do with Easter. When someone found one of the candies, we would talk about how that item represented new life and that is how it relates to the true meaning of Easter.

At the end of the lesson time, each child got a little bag with one of each of the 3 candies inside as well as a copy of this poem:

Ken and I wrote that poem together at 11:30, the night before church! Thankfully, it still made sense to us in the morning ;) haha If you're interested in using the poem, you can save a copy for yourself by left-clicking on the image above (to see it full-sized) and then right-clicking on it and choosing "save image as", to save it to your computer.

The large one above is 8.5x11".  If you'd like smaller ones for hand outs, you can save the one below (it's 8.5x11" as well, but has 4 of the poems on it)

I'm curious to know if you have any special ways that you've brought the true meaning of Easter into your Easter celebrations- I'd love for you to share any in the comments of this post!

Hope you're having a lovely Monday!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Easter Fun & Giveaways with Kinder Surprise!

We have been very busy with March break activities at our house this week so I have been quiet on the blog, but I wanted to stop in today to let you know about a contest that's happening over on the KINDER® facebook page! As you all know, now that St. Patrick's Day has passed, the next fun day to come is Easter!

Since we became parents, Ken and I have felt that it is important for our kids to know why we celebrate Easter (and not have the true meaning of Easter fall into the background of the Easter Bunny). That said, we totally love all of the fun of the Easter bunny and didn't want to lose that! So, we've tried to sort of categorize the Easter Bunny and those things as more of a "Spring" celebration than an Easter celebration (I mean really that's what bunnies and eggs and chicks and things like that are all about!)  So, with the first official day of Spring approaching (just a couple of days away!), we've had that special bunny and his treats on our minds!

Easter 2013- cute mini Katrina finding a large KINDER® Surprise Egg during an Easter hunt :)
Did you know that you can Instagram your Easter-themed pictures and tag @KinderCanada and they just might re-gram your photo!

To help celebrate this special time, KINDER® Canada has created a fun online contest called "Unwrap the KINDER® SURPRISE® to Win"... and if you ask my kids, it's pretty fun just to play, even if you don't win! :)

How it Works:

From March 16-31, 2015 you can open the new "KINDER® Easter" app tab on their Facebook page. Then you can digitally "tap to unwrap" the egg! When you unwrap your egg, you could find instant prizes or the option to try again.  You'll be entered automatically for the KINDER® $3,000 “do-something-fun-with-the-family”grand prize gift card!  How awesome would that be?!
You could also win one of two daily KINDER® Easter gift baskets valued at $50.

More Easter Fun:

Aside from the fun prizes up for grabs, you can also explore the Facebook page to find games, crafts, recipes and more fun things to do, all inspired by Easter!

Of course, KINDER® has a whole line of fun Easter products for 2015 that are always a hit with kids.  Here are a few of our favourites:

And although they don't have toys inside, I'd have to say that my personal favourite are the mini eggs- sooo delicious!!

What is your favourite treat at Easter time?

Disclosure: I’m a #KinderMom who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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