Celebrating Dr Seuss Day

I am drawn to the quirky and unusual, the things that bring newness to the ordinary.  Maybe that is why celebrating Dr Seuss day has been one of my favorite days for almost twenty years now.

The first person who celebrated this day with me was my to be husband.  We had been dating for just over a month and I invited him over for breakfast. It would be the first time I cooked for him. We can't remember if I told him what the menu was but we do know he was informed that it was Dr Seuss day. Placed along side the bowl of fruit was none other than a heaping serving of Green Eggs and Ham.

He did not jump up and say "I like Green Eggs and Ham," he may have even made a face like this:
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…but it made for a lasting impression for what would become a tradition in our home.
My children have never known a year when we did not pay homage to the man whose beginner books started them on the path of reading.

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The festivities begin with dramatic readings from our favorite Seuss collection. I will be sharing an Essential Seuss List that I think should be in every childs library, tomorrow. The only book off limits is Green Eggs and Ham, which receives special attention come meal time.

What is served on Dr Seuss Day? 

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Green Eggs and Ham!

This is one of the easiest and fun meals you will make all year! 

Whip up some green eggs.  I have prepared these two different ways:

Option 1- scramble your eggs, while in the pan add a couple drops of green food coloring. Stir and cook. Easy!

Option 2- crack eggs into a blender, add in a handful of spinach and blend it up.  Repeat spinach step until you get the green shade you are looking for. Pour into pan and cook.  Again, easy & it's a way to get spinach into a kid!

Then take sliced deli ham and roll it up and stick a toothpick in it.  Extra fun points if you print out a cute Dr Seuss inspired printable for the top.

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While the special meal is served or sometimes after the meal is finished; the reading of Green Eggs and Ham begins. The up and coming new reader would get the honor of reading aloud to everyone.  When the learning to read stage was over, it became a whose year is it to read kind of event.

Something we all still look forward to.

Dr Seuss Day is a tradition that brings together the love of books and fun food, both of which can be enjoyed by kids of all ages!

 

Book Review of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

I picked up a copy of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch, because I have been challenged and encouraged by posts on her blog. And because no parent wants to raise a selfish and entitled kid, so I wanted to make sure I was doing the right things.

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Lets talk about the book~  First, the beautiful white cover. I was worried I would have smudgy finger prints or tea stains on it before I made it past the introduction. Somehow I made it cover to white cover with no stains to speak of! I loved the texture-y feel of the book. It is like thick parchment and the gold lettering set it apart from other books on my shelf.

What is inside is even more beautiful. Written in a friendly and conversational manner the author shares her heart and vision for her family. A desire to remove the "is that all" attitude and replace it with gratitude and contentment.
With relatable stories and anecdotes of her family, which she admits is still a work in progress; she explains how serving others takes the focus off oneself and leaves a feeling of joy and gratefulness.

There are tips at the end of each chapter covering the chapters subject.  The suggestions are tailored for toddlers through the teenage years.  The last chapter is set apart for parents.  It is a beautifully written chapter on the relationship you have with your child and is full of encouragement for the journey ahead, which may not always be easy.

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World was an inspiring parenting read.

Here are quotes from the book I am still pondering.

~Entitlement didn't start with my kids. It began with me. I entitled them because I was entitled.

~We teach gratitude by living it. We are the example.

~I would love for my kids to one day say they are grateful for their lives because their dad and I were grateful in ours.

 

Anne of Green Gables

I have loved and faithfully watched the movie-Anne of Green Gables since my tween years. 
But up until now is that I have never read the book.
Even though I had a copy collecting dust on my bookshelf! 

So, I put my Anne of Green Gables copy in the car to read during my sit and wait time- a chapter here and there. 

Now I know why this book has been a favorite since 1908! 

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 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is the charming story about Anne Shirley, an orphan girl who is sent to live with the Cuthberts by mistake.  The serious and no nonsense Marilla Cuthbert and her kindhearted but shy brother Matthew, decide to keep her.
The story follows Anne on her adventures from young girl into her teen years.  There are escapedes at tea parties, Sunday School socials, even at school. Anne is always getting into mishaps.  The story also tells of friendship and the feud between Anne and a boy at school who calls her names. 

I am glad that I finally read Anne of Green Gables. 

I enjoyed laughing at Anne, as she prattles on abut things- she has a lot to say.  I underlined quote after quote quote to be used at opportune moments.

While I don't recommend this title as a boy read, it is wonderful for girls and women!

Set out the tea set and read all about this red haired, freckled girl, Anne Shirley.

My love of this movie and now the book has inspired an- Anne spelled with an "e", Pinterest Board.

 

Time to savor the flavors of Autumn

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Autumn has officially arrived! 

It’s time to sip the crisp flavor of apple cider, perhaps adding a dash of spice and heating it up for a delicious warming treat.

Spiced Chai tea, with its blend of cardamon and cinnamon is a delicious choice for the chilly days ahead. 

I look forward to reading on these cooler days and savoring the flavors of autumn.