#14 Dress Up Fun for Families

#14 Dress Up Fun for Families

#14 Dress Up Fun

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Here is Anne’s recipe for basic non-dairy fudge. I just had a piece, and it was delicious.

Non-Dairy Fudge

3 cups non-dairy semi-sweet chocolate chips (Cost
1 can coconut milk
1/8 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 dropper of liquid Stevia (Sweet Drops is Anne’s favorite)
1 1/2 chopped walnuts (optional)

Open coconut milk and drain off 1/4 can of the separated, clear liquid. Put chocolate chips, remaining coconut milk, and cocoa powder in a sauce pan. Heat on low until all is melted. Stir continuously. Add Sweet Drops and vanilla. Stir well. Add chopped nuts if desired.

Pour into 9 X 9 square pan lined with parchment paper. Let set in refrigerator overnight. Will be solid at room temperature after that.

 

Here are links to recipes to Jolene’s favorites, Balkan Meatballs and caramel rolls.

Jolene and Anne took a trip down memory lane by unearthing Anne’s favorite dress up from the old costume box. We hope these pictures give you ideas of how to stock yours.

Left: The beloved peach nighty purchased by Anne’s grandma at a thrift store

Right: Royal robe made by Aunt Jacque. Has been used as Mrs. Santa Claus cape and Queen of Hearts

Left: Blue lame cape with silver and glod rick rack trim

Right: Zoro cape that was Allen’s Halloween costume in kindergarten

Left: Crochet shawl perfect for pioneer and old lady play

Right: Dalmation fleece fabric often pinned into a cape or turban

Left: Hooded red cape perfect for Little Red Riding Hood and any story requiring a disguise

Right: Pink gigham dress Jolene wore to a high school dance.

#13 Getting Ready for Baby

#13 Getting Ready for Baby

#13 Getting Ready for Baby

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Everybody at Home Again is getting ready for Baby Lewella’s imminent arrival. Below you’ll find links to products and establishments that have made getting ready for baby easier. Let’s start with the Pumpkin Patch book and toy store where Grammy Jo found rhythm instruments she and Tad will use to march around the house singing Jingle Bells until the snow melts.

Other businesses and stores mentioned in today’s podcast:

Once again, we’d love it if you would share your gluten-free and soy-free healthy snack recipes we can make ahead and freeze for Tad. You can scroll down and click on the “Contact Us” link to share them or send an email to homeagainpodcast@gmail.com any time you like.

#12 The Long Winter Begins

#12 The Long Winter Begins

#12 The Long Winter Begins

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

This episode is named after Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book The Long Winter. We highly recommend the entire series for reading aloud to kids, though winter is not the time to read The Long Winter. Save it for when the weather improves.

Anne also mentioned The Enchanted Chronicles, Dealing with Dragons series as a good winter read aloud.

Jolene and Anne recommend these products for combatting depression when the long winter begins:

Finally, here’s a list of DVDs that make us happy in winter:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • 30 Rock
  • Longmire (rather dark)
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Parenthood (Anne thinks this one is too emotional)
  • Psych
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
  • Father Brown
  • Pushing Daisies
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show

#11 Combining Christmas

#11 Combining Christmas

#11 Combining Christmas

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

We promised links to many of the products, recipes, and crafts mentioned in the Combining Christmas podcast. Let’s start with crafts. First up, is the paper cup/jingle bell ornament that is Tad’s favorite. All you need is a small red or green paper cup, a jingle bell, curling ribbon and a pair of scissors. The pictures below show what to do.

Check out links to some other fun and simple craft links:

Next up, links to recipes that will part of our Christmas celebration:

And finally, here are links to some of the products we mentioned:

Anne’s favorite Christmas CD: John Denver & the Muppets–A Christmas Together
Anne’s favorite version of Dicken’s Christmas Carol: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Our favorite family game: Carcassonne Basic Board Game

#10 A Closer Look at Boundaries

#10 A Closer Look at Boundaries

#10 A Closer Look at Boundaries

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

These pictures show favorite Christmas memories Jolene and Anne shared at the beginning of this podcast.

L: Jolene (in fur stole) playing wedding dress up with cousins.

R: Anne and her cousins searching for the American Girl dolls hidden by Uncle John.

Healthy Boundary Resources mentioned in Home Again Podcast #10:

The Four Kinds of Boundaries & How to Build Them at the Psych Central website.

Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by  Henry Cloud.

#9 Christmas Shopping Without Going Overboard

#9 Christmas Shopping Without Going Overboard

#9 Christmas Shopping Without Going Overboard

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Anne and Jolene mentioned Grandma Dorothy’s Chex Mix early in the podcast. It is also known as That Fabulous Franklin Chex Mix in honor of the school where  Grandma Dorothy taught for decades and where she first sampled the recipe in the teacher’s lounge. Whatever you call it, the secret ingredient (bacon grease) has made it a delicious and decadant holiday treat for generations at our house.

Anne and Jolene talked about selecting toys that encourage creativity in kids and “grow” with them. This list features many of their favorites.

  • Legos
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Play-Doh
  • Costume and dress up boxes
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Miniature work bench & tools
  • Kids’ cooking supplies
  • Sewing box stocked with notions and fabric
  • Dolls
  • K’nex
  • Robotic kits
  • Books, books, and more books