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 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

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Confetti Edition. Head on over to my Tea Time page if you would like to check out our past Tea Time Tuesdays.

 

 

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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