The Advent Adventure ~ Week 3

The Advent Adventure

Welcome to week 3 of this Advent season. I’m sure that your household is hustling and bustling as we prepare for Christmas. One of my favorite things to do this season is to bake. Actually, I really like being in the kitchen all year round, This is just an excuse to be there even more. haha!

One of the signs of Christmas that I chose to feature in The Advent Adventure is the special family tradition of baking lots of yummies to share with family and friends. I’m sure that you all have your favorites. It may be cookies, candies or breads… But, as we share these gifts with others we are reminded that Jesus is the true Bread of Life!

Did you know that Bethlehem literally means “House of Bread”? What a perfect name for the birthplace of our savior, the Bread Of Life.

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.

Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

Christmas Cookie Sacks

For today’s activity I decided to go a little retro. I like making things that remind people of their own family memories. I used my grandma’s cookie press to make Spritz cookies.

Cookie Press

It is an easy recipe and if you don’t happen to have a cookie press, no worries. Just hand form into balls and flatten with a fork. Spritz cookies are similar to the little cookie you get in the tins around the holiday season. I have included two recipes. One for cinnamon orange and the other chocolate.

Christmas Cookies

Cinnamon Orange

1 c. shortening                                                        
1 tsp. orange zest
3 oz. cream cheese – softened                          
2 1/2 c. flour – sifted
1 c. sugar                                                                  
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg yolk                                                                  
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Cream sugar, shortening & cream cheese.
  2. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla and orange zest.
  3. Gradually add in flour, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add dough into cookie press and form cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove at once to cooling rack.


2 oz. milk chocolate – melted and cooled                
1 egg
1/3 c. shortening                                                                
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 oz. cream cheese – softened                                      
 2 1/2 c. flour – sifted
1 c. sugar                                                                                
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
  1. Cream sugar, cream cheese, and shortening together.
  2. Add chocolate.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add in flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Place dough in cookie press and form cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove to cooling rack.

The Advent Adventure ~ Week 2

The Advent Adventure

Wow, I can’t believe that the second week of Advent is already upon us. I hope that you had a blessed first week. We are striving to keep Christ at the center of our season. As a way of doing that we have studied a different sign of Christmas each day and thought of ways to apply it to our life and hope in Christ our Lord. In case you missed last week it isn’t to late to check it out!

This week we are studying Peace, Doves, Greeting Cards, Caroling, Christmas lights, Snowflakes and Poinsettias. Make sure to click over to The Hoggatt Homeschool to get all the corresponding devotionals and crafts.

The feature craft for this week is the Poinsettia…


“They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11a

Over 100 years ago, Dr. Joel Poinsett, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, brought a wild plant called “Flame” back home. This poinsettia became so popular, that it has earned the title “Christmas rose.” The real Christmas Rose is Jesus.In fact, the old Christmas carol “Lo, How A Rose Is Blooming” reminds us of that.

Did you know… The leaves of a poinsettia turn their bright red color as they die? Jesus is like that also. As Jesus surrendered His life on the cross as an atonement for our sins, His blood flowed. At Christmas we celebrate His birth. But, we must also remember that He came to die and rise from the dead so that we may have everlasting life with Him. This is the word of our testimony! The red poinsettia can add meaning to the celebration of Christmas and brighten our lives with the hope we find in Him. Through God’s love we are empowered to brighten the world.

How to make this week’s craft…

Poinsettia 3


  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Red Tempera Paint
  • Craft Glue or Hot Glue
  • Assorted Jewels
  • Cord for hanging



First paint toilet paper roll red, inside and out, with tempera paint. Allow to dry completely.

Poinsettia 2


Next, cut painted roll into at least five sections. (about and inch wide) Place sections together forming a flower shape. Glue points together with either craft glue or hot glue.

Once the glue dries, glue a jewel to the center of the flower and attach cord to hang.


The Advent Adventure – Week 1

The Advent Adventure

A few weeks ago I did a post about our Advent learning plans on this site. The title of the post is “The Advent Adventure”. We always find a way to keep the focus on Christ during the Christmas holiday season. This year we have a set of 25 boxes. Each box contains an item that is often seen around this time of year. Things like Christmas trees, lights, bells, carolers, etc… Each item is meant to be a conversation starter to discuss the birth of Jesus. An example is,

 The Stocking is a symbol that God directs our day-to-day “steps.”

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6

From this post a daily family devotional has been born. Each day there will be a verse and a craft that correlate with the Christmas item in the box. Sunday’s are an exception, their will be a scripture reading followed by lighting of that week’s Advent candle. I encourage you to use that day as a family prayer day. I will post the verse, craft ideas etc.. at The Hoggatt Homeschool each Sunday in December. Monday’s the craft “How-to” will be posted on the Homeschool Survial site in more detail so make sure to visit both sites!


This Week’s Feature Craft is…

Dec. 4 – Angels… The significance of the angels is great. An angel announced the good news to Mary, Joesph and the Shepherds.

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14

Christmas Angel

For this craft you will need:

  • Paper lace doily
  • Tongue depressor
  • Cotton ball
  • Pipe cleaner cut in half
  • Tacky craft glue or hot glue (use only hot glue with close adult supervision)
  • Markers

Begin by drawing a face on one side of the tongue depressor. Then glue on the cotton ball to form hair. Next, make a loop in one side of the pipe cleaner leaving a longer stem on the other side (see picture below). The pipe cleaner will then look kind of like a bubble wand.

Angel 1

Glue pipe cleaner “stem” to the back side of the tongue depressor and bend circle over to form the halo of the angel.

You are now ready for the wings and skirt. Start by cutting the paper doily in half. I used a heart shaped doily left over from valentines crafts but a circle or oval shaped would work well also.

Angel 2

Using half, (I used the top half since mine was heart shaped) fold and tack down in the middle. This will become the angels wings. Glue tongue depressor angel body to the middle that was tacked together. Make sure that the face of the angel is in front. Use the bottom half as the angels skirt. Let children decorate as the wish with markers, paint, glitter etc… You could also add a loop of yarn to create a Christmas ornament for your tree.


Make sure to check out more Advent Adventure crafts at The Hoggatt Homeschool!

Thankful Turkeys – an Easy Craft for Thanksgiving



I love having monthly themed craft projects for my kids. Last year, I started the “Thankful Turkey” and once November arrived this year, I was more than excited to start our well-loved craft project again!

I used my Cricut cutter and cut out 3 turkeys (1 for each child that’s old enough to participate). I have a stash of colored printing paper in my school supply closet so I grabbed yellow, green, red, orange, blue and purple. Just cut strips from each color and that becomes feathers for the turkey.

We start our lesson each morning by going around the table and listing a few things we are thankful for and why we feel thankful for them.  Once they each hear what the other has to say, it can become quite the event! “Oh wait! I’m thankful for that too!” or “Well…can I change mine? I forgot about that!” So I quickly remind them we have 28 days, and 28 feathers to fill.

After each child decides what they want to be thankful for that day, I write a one word description on their feather. “Family”, “Friends”, “Home”, etc.  They then glue the feather onto the back of their turkey (so you can see the wording on the front) and anxiously wait for our event the next day.

I date each child’s turkey and once Thanksgiving has come and gone, we put it in our art folder. It is so fun to look over these every year! When my first son started doing this as a little toddler, he was thankful for “Milk”, “Car”, “Mama”, “Dada”, “Ball”, etc….and now he REALLY knows what it means to be thankful and has listed things such as “God”, “Love”, “Faith”, “Health”. I love seeing how each child progresses through the yearly craft project!

This is not only a fun project for the kids, but it is a daily reminder to them that we have so much to be thankful for!

Blessings and warmth to you and your family!


Tammy CarrollTammy is the owner of The New Farmer’s Wife blog.  She and her husband recently decided to give farming a try and she’s blogging all about their adventures.  Take a moment to stop on by!