Tea Time Tuesday Thanksgiving Edition

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay. Today I am sharing our Tea Time Tuesday Thanksgiving Edition. With Thanksgiving just around the corner we are sneaking in all kinds of fun Thanksgiving treats and activities.

Featured Poem

Thanksgiving Day by Lydia Maria Child

Over the river, and through the wood,
  To grandfather’s house we go;
       The horse knows the way 
       To carry the sleigh
  Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood—
  Oh, how the wind does blow!
       It stings the toes 
       And bites the nose
  As over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,
  To have a first-rate play.
       Hear the bells ring 
       “Ting-a-ling-ding”,
  Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the wood
  Trot fast, my dapple-gray!
       Spring over the ground, 
       Like a hunting-hound!
  For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood,
  And straight through the barn-yard gate.
       We seem to go 
       Extremely slow,—
  It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood—
  Now grandmother’s cap I spy!
       Hurrah for the fun! 
       Is the pudding done?
  Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie!

Featured Recipe

This week we have plenty of baking and cooking to help with for Thanksgiving, so we kept our tea time simple. I broke out our November Dollar Tree STEM Boxes so we could make cornucopias, and we also made pilgrim hats. To make your own pilgrim hat snack you will need:

  • Fudge Stripes Cookies
  • Rolos
  • Yellow frosting
  • Reese’s Pieces

Pilgrim Hat and Cornucopia Snacks

These pilgrim hat snacks are super easy to make. You just need to put a little bit of frosting on the bottom of a Rolo, and press it down onto the bottom of a Fudge Stripes cookie. Then put frosting on the back of a Reese’s Pieces candy, and press it to the front of the Rolo.

Our Table

Tea Time Tuesday Thanksgiving Edition Table

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Thanksgiving Edition.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you would like to check out our past Tea Time Tuesday posts, head on over to my Tea Time page. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you would like to see more of our Thanksgiving fun.

Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition…

I am so excited that Halloween fell on a Tuesday this year. In lieu of a traditional school day, we are doing ALL things Halloween today! From pumpkin carving to trick-or-treating it is a perfect Tea Time Tuesday Halloween kind of day.

Featured Poem

Halloween by Mac Hammond

The butcher knife goes in, first, at the top
And carves out the round stemmed lid,
The hole of which allows the hand to go
In to pull the gooey mess inside, out –
The walls scooped clean with a spoon.

A grim design decided on, that afternoon,
The eyes are the first to go,
Isosceles or trapezoid, the square nose,
The down-turned mouth with three
Hideous teeth and, sometimes,
Round ears.
At dusk it’s
Lighted, the room behind it dark.

Outside, looking in, it looks like a
Pumpkin, it looks like ripeness
Is all.
Kids come, beckoned by
Fingers of shadows on leaf-strewn lawns
To trick or treat.
Standing at the open
Door, the sculptor, a warlock, drops
Penny candies into their bags, knowing
The message of winter: only the children,
Pretending to be ghosts, are real.

Featured Recipe

This week Kenten made “Puppy-Chowdaa” which is really just Puppy Chow with pumpkin candy corn. To make your own Puppy-Chowdaa you will need:

  • 9 cups rice cereal squares
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 bag of pumpkin candy corn

You can find the instructions to make puppy chow here. If you want to step things up, don’t forget to add in your pumpkin candy after everything else is mixed.

Our Table

We kept our table pretty simple this week because Jack and Julia needed the space to carve their pumpkins before trick-or-treating time.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition.

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have an amazing, sugar filled evening. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram later to see how our pumpkins turned out and to see the kids dressed up.

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Tea Time Tuesday Chocolate Chip Cookies Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Chocolate Chip Cookies Edition…

There is a briskness in the air that is letting us know that it is truly autumn time. We are in our sixth week of the school year, and we have settled into our routine. With everything going smoothly we had a day full of coziness… Cozy sweaters, snuggly blankets, and homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk! All of these things were a perfect fit for our Tea Time Tuesday Chocolate Chip Cookies Edition.

Featured Poem

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Edward Kofi Louis

Chocolate chip cookies!
In the land of your muse;
Eating and drinking your tea with the muse of your love.

Plain, rain!
Coarsely;
Plain, lain!
With brown sugar;
But, with love in the land of your muse.

Chip, hip!
Eating and drinking tea in th eland of your muse;
Cook, cookies!
With the muse of your breakfast.
Pose, purpose!
With your chocolate chip cookies.

Featured Recipe

This week Kenten made us homemade chocolate chip cookies. To make your own cookies you will need:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips


You can find the instructions here. Since Kenten completed his work before we the rest of us were done, he baked and cleaned everything up by himself. His cookies were perfect, and we were able to eat them fresh out of the oven when they were still warm and gooey (yum).

**This recipe calls for walnuts. We skipped the nuts because I don’t care for them.**

Our Table


Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Chocolate Chip Cookie Edition! I hope you were able to have a cozy afternoon just like us. Want to check out our past Tea Time Tuesdays? Head on over to my Tea Time page.

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Tea Time Tuesday Confetti Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Confetti Edition…

This week we talked about nature’s confetti–leaves! Usually this time of year in Michigan is full of beautiful colors on all the trees, but sadly a lot of the trees in our yard have lost their leaves. That didn’t stop us from talking about all about them though! I found a sweet poem on Hello Poetry that shares my opinion that leaves are nature’s confetti, and it is absolutely beautiful. I just love that I get to share my love of poetry with my children every week, and that is especially true with this Tea Time Tuesday Confetti Edition.

Featured Poem

Autumn in the Park

I watched my neighborhood park
undergo a transformation
on a warm autumn morning

You can find the rest of this lovely poem on “Hello Poetry”.

Featured Recipe

This week Julia made Funfetti Cupcake Cones. To make your own you will need:

  • 1 package Pillsbury Funfetti® Premium Cake Mix
  • Additional ingredients to prepare cake mix per package directions
  • 24 ice cream cake cones (about 2 3/4-inches tall with flat bottoms)
  • 2 containers Pillsbury Funfetti® Vanilla Flavored Frosting


You can find the instructions here. Julia has wanted to make these cupcakes for ages, and is beyond excited that she finally got to try them out.

Our Table

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Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition…

If you have been following along you know that last week we took a break from Tea Time Tuesday because my nephew passed away. It has been a rough couple of days, but with the end of September approaching we are trying to get back into the swing of things. This week in math Jack is working on calendar activities, and has been struggling with how many days each month has. I figured it was the perfect time to bring out an old nursery rhyme for our featured poem this week. In addition to our featured poem, we also read all of our BookShark poems for this week.

Featured Poem

Thirty Days Hath September by Mother Goose

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap year, that’s the time
When February’s days are twenty-nine.

Featured Recipe

This week Kenten helped Jack make sugar cookies. To make your own sugar cookies you will need:

  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • powdered sugar (to sprinkle on top)

You can find the recipe here. This is a very easy recipe to follow. Kenten has made these cookies a few times over the last couple of weeks, and everyone loves them. I am so thankful that my sweet boy stepped in for me today so we could still have Tea Time Tuesday.

Our Table

This week we had Tea Time Tuesday in our school room. You will notice that we did the bare minimum for preparations, but it was still nice to change our setting. I definitely see us using our school room for this more often.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition!

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Tea Time Tuesday- Pumpkin Edition

Welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday

This week we are continuing our tradition of ALL things fall! And that tradition called for a Tea Time Tuesday Pumpkin edition. What is fall without pumpkin treats? There is just something about this time of year that we can’t resist… I am loving all the cozy family times we have been having lately, and all the homemade snacks.

Featured Poem

The Pumpkins in the Corn by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

Amber and blue, the smoke behind the hill,
Where in the glow fades out the morning star,
Curtains the autumn cornfield, sloped afar,
And strikes an acrid savour on the chill.
The hilltop fence shines saffron o’er the still
Unbending ranks of bunched and bleaching corn,
And every pallid stalk is crisp with morn,
Crisp with the silver autumn morns distil.

Purple the narrowing alleys stretched between
The spectral shocks, a purple harsh and cold,
But spotted, where the gadding pumpkins run,
With bursts of blaze that startle the serene
Like sudden voices,—globes of orange bold,
Elate to mimic the unrisen sun.

Featured Recipe

This week Julia chose to make pumpkin muffins for her Tea Time Tuesday Pumpkin theme. These muffins are one of our favorite fall snacks, especially to bring with us to partnership classes. To make your own pumpkin chocolate chip muffins you will need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 (16 oz) can of pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 14 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

You can find the instructions here. These muffins are very easy to make. A lot of the time we will make a double batch because we just can’t get enough of them.

Our Table

As you can see we kept our fall table decor out from last week. That didn’t stop Miss Julia from rearranging things multiple times. She informed me that we need to buy some new tablecloths so she has more options in the future (ha).

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Pumpkin Edition.

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Tea Time Tuesday- Apple Pie Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Apple Pie Edition!

The weather has taken a turn here in Michigan, so we are enjoying all things “fall”… from fun fall decor to apple pie. We have lived in this house for a little over two years now, but never used our original wood burning fireplace before this week… I can’t believe we waited this long to fire it up! It has been amazing snuggling up in front of the fire with Ryan, the kids, and our two fur babies. Julia and her dog Henry even fell asleep in front of the fire the other night, which just melted my heart.
I couldn’t ask for a more amazing start to September! A girl and her dog certainly make for so many amazing memories, and I am so thankful I get to witness them.

Featured Poem

After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.

Featured Recipe

This week Jack decided he wanted to make apple pie with the apples he picked from our friend’s yard! (Thank you Miss Tracy for sharing the apple wealth.) To make your own apple pie you will need:

Dough and Filling:

  • Dough for a double crust 9-inch pie (homemade, frozen, or refrigerated)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cups peeled, chopped cooking apples
  • 1 (16 oz) jar applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Crunch Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

You can find the instructions for Paula Deen’s Crunch Top Apple Pie here. This is the most amazing apple pie ever!
Word of caution: if you use homemade applesauce you may need to use a little less than the recipe uses… It won’t ruin the pie to use the amount called for, but it is a bit runnier when we use my grandma’s homemade applesauce.

Our Table

This morning we broke out some of our fall decor. It is always fun changing things up a little in the house. We also rearranged our sitting room so we could all be around the fire, which meant our fern (that by some miracle I have not completely killed in over a year) had to find a new home in our dining room.
Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Apple Pie Edition!

I really hope you try out this recipe. I promise you will NEVER want to go back to another apple pie recipe again after devouring this one!

Did you miss our other Tea Time Tuesday posts? Not to worry–You can find them all on my Tea Time page, so head on over to take a peak!

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Tea Time Tuesday… Back to School Edition

Welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday… Back to School edition!

Our dreary summer has come to an end, and the Raiche kiddos are getting back into the swing of things! I am very excited to kick off our 2017-2018 school year. This week I have chosen a poem talking about how a traditional classroom can take away the joy of learning. Homeschooling is NOT for everyone, but it certainly is the best fit for our family. I am thankful that I am able to be home with my children, so they can thrive in their own environment.

Featured Poem

School Boy by William Blake

I love to rise in a summer morn,
When the birds sing on every tree;
The distant huntsman winds his horn,
And the skylark sings with me:
O what sweet company!

But to go to school in a summer morn, –
O it drives all joy away!
Under a cruel eye outworn,
The little ones spend the day
In sighing and dismay.

Ah then at times I drooping sit,
And spend many an anxious hour;
Nor in my book can I take delight,
Nor sit in learning’s bower,
Worn through with the dreary shower.

How can the bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?
How can a child, when fears annoy,
But droop his tender wing,
And forget his youthful spring!

O father and mother if buds are nipped,
And blossoms blown away;
And if the tender plants are stripped
Of their joy in the springing day,
By sorrow and care’s dismay, –

How shall the summer arise in joy,
Or the summer fruits appear?
Or how shall we gather what griefs destroy,
Or bless the mellowing year,
When the blasts of winter appear?

Featured Recipe

This week Kenten has taken on Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls. To make your own cinnamon rolls you will need:

Dough
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk warm
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine I used softened unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
Filling
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup margarine softened
Cream cheese icing
  • 6 tbsp margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

You can find the instructions here at Jo Cooks. I give Kenten props. I personally hate making cinnamon rolls (probably because they NEVER turn out right when I make them). They are a lot of work, but they taste so yummy. Hopefully this boy will take on the task of making us cinnamon rolls from here on out!

Our Table

To celebrate our first day of school I made the kiddos a “selfie wall”. I absolutely love how it turned out… Even if it did take me almost two hours to get it all hung up and another 15 minutes this morning to hang up a few things that fell down over night.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday-Back to School Edition! I hope all of you have/had an amazing first day back to school. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see pictures of the kiddos on their first day back to school!

Did you miss our other Tea Time Tuesday posts? You can find them on my Tea Time page.

Tea Time Tuesday-End of Summer Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday... End of Summer Edition!

Although there are still a few weeks before summer is officially over it truly feels like the end of summer to us... In a few days we will be starting the new school year, the weather has changed, and some of our trees have already lost their leaves. It has been a strange summer to say the least, but we are excited for all the fun things that fall brings.

Featured Poem

End of Summer by Stanley Kunitz

An agitation of the air,
A perturbation of the light
Admonished me the unloved year
Would turn on its hinge that night.
 
I stood in the disenchanted field
Amid the stubble and the stones,
Amazed, while a small worm lisped to me
The song of my marrow-bones.
 
Blue poured into summer blue,
A hawk broke from his cloudless tower,
The roof of the silo blazed, and I knew
That part of my life was over.
 
Already the iron door of the north
Clangs open: birds, leaves, snows
Order their populations forth,
And a cruel wind blows.

Featured Recipe

This week we are switching things up a bit- My children are going to take turns selecting and making the recipes for Tea Time Tuesdays. Miss Julia is up first and she chose M&M Cookies. To make your own M&M Cookies you will need:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M's

You can find the instructions here. It has been ages since we had these cookies. I forgot how yummy they are!Save

Thank you for joining us for another Tea Time Tuesday! Want to see more of our tea times? You can find them on my Tea Time page.

Tea Time Tuesday-Brownie Edition

Welcome to  Tea Time Tuesday!

This week for Tea Time Tuesday we are talking all about “brownies”… The kind you eat and the folklore! Do your kiddos know what a brownie is? Mine didn’t, so we read a little about them here. Since a lot of our featured poems are fairly short, we are also reading a few selections from Emily Dickinson or Edgar Allan Poe each week. I think during our next library run I will pick up a few different poetry books to switch things up a bit.

Featured Poem

Brownie by A. A. Milne

In a corner of the bedroom is a great big curtain,
Someone lives behind it, but I don’t know who;
I think it is a Brownie, but I’m not quite certain.
(Nanny isn’t certain, too.)

I looked behind the curtain, but he went so quickly –
Brownies never wait to say, “How do you do?”
They wriggle off at once because they’re all so tickly
(Nanny says they’re tickly too.) 

Featured Recipe

The kids made my favorite brownies this week. I found this “Bombshell Brownies” recipe a few years ago, and it is the ONLY brownies I will make now.

To make your own Bombshell Brownies you will need:

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

You can find the recipe here on allrecipes. They are so easy to make and taste way better than a boxed mixed… And don’t forget about how amazzzzzing your house smells while they are baking (yum)!

Our Table

As you can see we kept our table very simple this week (and I snuck in a few pictures of ALL of my kiddos-shh!). We like our brownies fresh out of the oven, so we served up in the kitchen to avoid making a big mess.

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