Tea Time Tuesday Reindeer Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Reindeer Edition. Recently I have been questioning doing Tea Time Tuesdays EVERY week, but this cozy afternoon reminded me how special these times are. We broke out one of our favorite poetry authors, Shel Silverstein, and focused on all things reindeer. Grab a cup of tea and your copy of Shel Silverstein’s poetry and join us for some reindeer fun.

Featured Poem

Santa and the Reindeer by Shel Silverstein

“This is the hour,” said Santa Claus,
“The bells ring merrily.”
Then on his back he slung his pack,
And into his sleigh climbed he.

“On, Dancer! On, Prancer! On, Donner and Blitzen!
On Comet and Cupid!” cried he.
And all the reindeers leaped but one,
And that one stood silently.
He had pulled the sleigh for a thousand years,
And never a word spoke he.
Now he stood in the snow, and he whispered low –
“Oh what do you have for me?”
“I have games and toys for girls and boys,”
Said Santa cheerily.
The reindeer stood as if made of wood –
“But what do you have for me?”
“The socks are hung, the bells are rung!”
Cried Santa desperately.
The reindeer winked at a falling star –
“But what do you have for me?”
Then Santa reached into his beard,
And he found a tiny flea,
And he put it into the reindeer’s ear,
And the reindeer said, “For me? Oh gee!”
And into the blue away they flew,
Away they flew with the flea.
And the moral of this yuletide tale
You know as well as me.

Featured Recipe

This week Julia made us Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies. To make your own Reindeer Cookies you will need:

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate-covered mini pretzels
  • Mini brown M&Ms
  • Regular-sized red M&Ms

Tea Time Tuesday Reindeer Cookies

These cookies are so incredibly cute! Miss Julia made them on her own while Jack and I were completing his partnership homework, and she said they were pretty easy to make (just a little time consuming). You can find the instructions here.

Our Table

Tea Time Tuesday Reindeer Table from Homework and Horseplay

Tea Time Reindeer Table

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Reindeer Edition…

Jack and Julia found it incredibly hard waiting to eat their reindeer cookies until Kenten was done ice skating with friends, but we laughed more than a few times reading Shel Silverstein’s poetry.

Waiting for Reindeer Cookies can be so hard

Did you miss our past Tea Time Tuesday posts? Head on over to my Tea Time page to check them all out. What fun Christmas projects and treats are you making this year?

Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Edition

We are early Christmas decorators here, but with Thanksgiving officially past it is finally time to break out ALL things Christmas. What better way to kick off the Christmas season than to have a Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Edition.

Featured Book

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Featured book from Homework and Horseplay

This week we are switching things up and skipping the poetry… We always start the holiday season by reading this book and doing some baking, and I wanted to share that tradition with all of you.

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Featured Recipe

One of our favorite things to bake for Christmas is “Grinch Cookies“. To make your own Grinch Cookies you will need:

  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix 
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 6 to 8 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup  Andes Mints, chopped
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • Red Runts candy

Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Cookies from Homework and Horseplay
You can find the instructions here. We do NOT add the mint extract because my children find them to be too minty and we add “hearts” to add that extra Grinchy touch. Otherwise we follow the instructions. We were super excited to find that you can now purchase Andes Mints bits now… No more chopping!

Our Table

Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Table from Homework and Horseplay

Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Table Setting

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Edition…

We are off to watch “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”, and relax for a little bit before heading to Julia’s chorus performance. She had a performance last night as well, but I was one of the chaperones in the waiting room with the children. I can’t wait to hear her sing tonight.

Would you like to see our other Tea Time Tuesday posts? Head over to my Tea Time page.

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 Pink Lady Edition

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay! Today I am sharing our Tea Time Tuesday Pink Lady Edition. Grab a cup of tea and join us for a cozy evening.

Featured Poem

Nature, Poem 2 by Emily Dickinson

Pink, small, and punctual,
Aromatic, low,
Covert in April,
Candid in May,

Dear to the moss,
Known by the knoll,
Next to the robin
In every human soul.

Bold little beauty,
Bedecked with thee,
Nature forswears
Antiquity.

Featured Recipe

This week Julia made us a beautiful cake that she has named “Pink Lady“. To make your own Pink Lady cake you will need:

  • 1 box Devil’s Food Cake (and ingredients included on box)
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Strawberry Waffy Wafer Rolls
  • Pink Pearl Sprinkles (optional)

Tea Time Tuesday Pink Lady Cake from Homework and Horseplay
Instructions:

  1. Mix your cake batter as instructed on box.
  2. Pour into 2, 9-inch round cake pans and bake following the box recommendations.
  3. Let cakes completely cool and then remove from pans.
  4. Place one cake on your cake stand and frost the top. Add the other cake on top and frost the entire cake.
  5. Cut Waffy Wafer Rolls in half and place around the edge of your cake.
  6. Decorate as desired with sprinkles.

Our Table

Pink Lady Poetry Tea Time from Homework and Horseplay

 

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Pink Lady Edition…

Did you miss our past Tea Time Tuesdays? You can find them all on my Tea Time page.

Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Edition… We spent the weekend helping my parent’s cut and stack wood to prepare for the upcoming winter, so it seems the end of fall is already here (especially since I’m a fanatic and have started preparing the house for the Christmas season). After such a couple of busy days, Tea Time Tuesday was exactly what I needed.

Featured Poem

Gathering Leaves by Robert Frost

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use.

But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?

Featured Recipe

This week Jack decided to make us Harvest Trail Mix. To make your own trail mix you will need:

  • 7.5 oz bag original Bugles
  • 15 oz bag Chex Mix
  • 8 oz bag Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
  • 10 oz bag Reese’s Pieces
  • 11 oz bag Candy Corn

Homework and Horseplay Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Trail Mix IngredientsSimply pour all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix! This is a super simply sweet & salty snack that Jack came up with on his own.

Our Table

Homework and Horseplay Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Trail MixIf you follow me on Instagram, you know that #reallife has taken over. Our dining room is currently covered in boxes and cleaning supplies, and our school room is not much better. Due to my mess we decided to move into our living room for tea time, and it worked out perfectly. After reading our poems we snuggled up and watched a movie together.

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

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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.

Did you miss out on our past Tea Time Tuesdays? Head on over to my Tea Time page to see what you missed.

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Tea Time Tuesday Monster Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Monster Edition…

It is a cold and gloomy day out, and the wind is blowing EVERYTHING away… So it was a perfect afternoon to stay inside, eat some yummy treats, and tackle all of our STEM challenges.

Featured Poem

The Monster Mattress Superstore by Kenn Nesbitt (Copyright © 2011. All Rights Reserved.)

The Mattress Factory Superstore
is owned by dear old Fred,
or, as he’s better known,
the Monster Underneath Your Bed.

His beds are cold and clammy
just the way a monster likes.
He also offers beds of nails
and mattresses with spikes.

His waterbeds are filled with sharks,
piranhas, eels, and squids.
But, just in case, Fred also carries
comfy beds for kids.

And Fred makes sure that every mattress
always feels alright
by checking every bed he sells you
EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.

Featured Recipe

This week we decided to switch things up and made an edible craft rather than bake something. Julia came up with this idea on her own and has called it “Monster-Mallows”.

Suggested Supplies:

  • Marshmallows
  • Edible marker
  • M&M’s
  • Icebreakers Mints
  • Red piping gel
  • White piping gel
  • Black piping gel

In addition to making Monster-Mallows, we also broke out our STEM Boxes. If you are not sure what a STEM Box is, you can read about them here. We had a blast creating some spooky monsters!
Our Table

I found these super cute “Monster” plates, napkins, and tablecloth at the Dollar Tree, and I couldn’t resist! I was planning on saving them for Halloween, but when Julia told me about her Monster-Mallow idea I knew we had to use them.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Monster Edition!

If you would like to see more from our STEM challenges, head on over to my Instagram. I shared a bunch of pictures of the kiddos (and maybe even a few of me) hard at work earlier today.

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

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Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition…

This week our friends from Joyful Wife Life joined us for poetry tea time. I think Amanda and I may have went a little overboard with all the treats and decorations, but it was worth it to see the excitement on their faces.

Featured Poem

Spooky Tea Time Tuesday rewritten by Roxanne Raiche

Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fires burn, and cauldrons bubble…
Calling all witches, wizards, and ghosts
The Raiche Family will be your host…

Stop on by for a cup or two,
Watch out for the goblin goo…
Spooky Tea Time Tuesday begins at quarter past one
Wear your costume and be ready for fun!

I can’t take full credit for writing this poem… I found my inspiration here, but wanted to change it up to fit our Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition invitation better.

Featured Recipe

This week Jack decided to make dirt cups. To make your own dirt cups you will need:

  • 1 package (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 15 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 1-1/4 cups), divided
  • Gummi worms
  • Tombstone and bone candy


As you can see, we switched things up a little bit and made tiny grave yard dirt cups! We found our candy pieces at Walmart. You can find the instructions to make these yummy treats here.

Our Table

Under each of the children’s plates Amanda and I wrote some questions and Fun and Freaky Halloween Facts. Some of the questions were:

  • Why are pumpkins a Halloween tradition?

  • Why do we don masks and silly costumes for Halloween?

  • What’s with the door-to-door begging for candy? 

     

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

I think ALL of the children are suffering with gut rot, and may need a visit to the dentist immediately… But we had a spooky spectacular time! Want to see more from our party? I am uploading an album on my Facebook page in just a few minutes.

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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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Welcome to Tea Time Tuesdays from Homework and Horseplay!

You can find all of our tea time posts here. Grab a cup of tea, a book of good poetry, and join us for a cozy afternoon. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram to see us in action!

Strawberry Jam

Wind

Brownie

End of Summer

Back to School

Apple Pie

Pumpkin

End of September

Confetti

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Halloween Party

Monster

Halloween

Harvest

Pink Lady

Thanksgiving

Grinch

Reindeer