The Letter “J” & Pies in a Jar Tutorial!

The Letter “J” & Pies in a Jar Tutorial!

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted last.  Seems to be what happens when life gets busy around here :)  There has been a lot going on – homeschooling, ministry (more to share there :), photography, and of course the never ending pile of laundry!

Anywho, I wanted to do some catch up on our homeschooling venture.  Here’s what we did for the letter “J” including a sweet tutorial on making some pies in a jar!

Okay, first some schoolwork…

Such an awesome verse…the Lord is constant and faithful!

Schoolwork with sippy cups :)

Some handwriting practice.

Silas started doing some puzzles, super simple and related to the letter we’re studying.  They are part of Erica’s curriculum which we love :)

He’ gets very excited when he completes them!

Ethan is a boy after my own stomach heart.  He loves all things food :)

Okay, now for those pies in a jar!  Mine were blueberry with crumble topping, but you can use any pie recipe you love.

No supply picture, but here’s what you’ll need:

Half pint canning jars (I got mine from Walmart, but they’re everywhere)

Pie dough – enough for a 9 inch pie (store bought or homemade.  I don’t mind taking some help from the store :)

3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

3/4 + 1/2 cup white sugar, divided

1/4 + 1/2 cup flour, divided

1/4 cup butter

Okay, here are my canning jars after being washed with soap and water.

Get pie dough to room temperature and unroll.  If you’re making your own, you don’t have to roll it as you’ll just be pressing it into the sides of the jar.

Press into bottom and sides of the jars.  One 9 inch crust made 5 pies in a jar for us.

Alrighty, mix together blueberries, 3/4 cup white sugar, and 1/4 cup flour.

Divide blueberry mixture between jars.  We filled them to the top of the crust, about 3/4 of the way up on each jar.

Aren’t they pretty :)

The boys begged and begged to eat some blueberries.  We had just enough for the recipe, but managed to spare a few.  Here’s them cleaning the bowl.

They got a little excited :)

Now that you’ve got your jars filled, it’s time to make the crumble topping.  You can add another layer of crust if you’d like, just make sure to cut slits in it.  You could even make cute little designs!  I love crumble topping because it adds a little crunch!

To make it, combine a 1/2 cup sugar and a 1/2 cup flour in a bowl.  Cut in 1/4 cup butter (not melted).  Sprinkle mixture over filled jars.

You can bake them right away, or freeze them like we did.  Just replace the lids and place them in the freezer…right above the fish sticks :)

Okay, baking instructions:  These can go from freezer to oven.  They will not explode since they are canning jars, but if you’re nervous (I kinda was), let them heat up with the oven.  Place the open jars on a baking sheet on the middle rack.  Remember to take the lids off first!

Set the oven to 375 and bake, once oven is completely preheated, for 50-60 minutes or until filling is hot and bubbly.

Let them cool a little, then enjoy right out of the jar!

This is how happy we get around here over pie :)  These make a great single serving treat, or as a thoughtful (and yummy) gift when you group 3 or 4 or 10 together!  Seriously, if anyone wants to make me some of these, I will do my happy pie dance!  That’s right, I have a dance just for pie!

Okay folks, until next time!  Enjoy some pie!


Funnel Cakes and Greed!

Alright, I know I’m a little behind, but I wanted to post on our latest homeschool studies of the letters “F” and “G!”  Here we go…
Our memory verse for “F” was Psalm 103:3 which says, “He forgives all my sins.”  Such a simple and incredible verse!  My goal with these verses is to have ones that either give the kids a direct command from the Bible, or ones that speak about about God and His character!
Ethan’s stink face :)  He makes this face regularly

Time for some handwriting practice

I got some great stuff for homeschool at garage sales this summer, including this patterning game 
made from Discovery Toys.  Love Discovery Toys!

Ethan did pretty good right?

Okay, highlight of the week…drumroll please…FUNNEL CAKES!!!  
(And time in the kitchen with Daddy…not many things in life cuter than that right?)


Okay, seriously, these were so so easy and tasted just like the ones at the carnival stand…and it didn’t cost me $6 a cake!

And after you submerge it in oil, cover it with powdered sugar!!
If your mouth is watering, you can find the recipe here!


Okay, moving on to some real work, fish patterning complete with fishy lips :)

Alright, we didn’t get to everything planned for the letter “G,” but here’s what we did get done…
Luke 12:15 says, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.”  Silas always says “greeds” since he doesn’t quite understand one word being singular and plural…seriously, time to get with the program right?

I love that he’s wearing these pajamas in these pictures :)

We did our regular handwriting worksheets, but also did some work in these new workbooks.  
I got them at Target in the $1 area!  Cheap and cheerful is what I like!

While big brother did handwriting, Ethan used those developing motor schools to build towers!  
Blocks also from a garage sale – $2!  Can’t beat it right?!

I love that he’s comfy in this position :)

I could just kiss these little fingers and toes!

Okay, friends, that was “F” and “G!”  On to hop scotch and hunting!  See you soon!!


Doughnuts, Dinosaurs & an Egg Farm!

Today’s post is a double since I wasn’t able to do a letter “Dd” post (and I’m late on this “Ee” post!)  We’ll start with “Dd” :)  Our verse was 
Matthew 7:12 which says, “Do to others what you would have them to do to you.”  This is a great verse for kids any age!
Love that tongue :P

Then we made dinosaur D’s!

Apparently, dinos make good masks!

Then on to some handwriting practice!  He’s doing so good :)

Both the boys got to do new games this week.  Ethan matched dino pieces by color.  He can match them even though he doesn’t quite know his colors yet

Silas attached clothespins to each dino card according to the number on the card.  He really enjoyed this!  
Love practicing counting and those fine motor skills :)

Okay Friends, doughnut time!  This is the EASIEST doughnut recipe you’ll ever find!  My mom used to make these for my sisters and I 
when we were little (littler :)  They are so yummy; here’s what you’ll need:
Oil for frying
1 can  refrigerated homestyle biscuit dough
Cookie cutters (it’s good to have two sizes of the same shape)

Step 1: Press cookie cutters into dough, first the bigger shape, then the smaller on the inside, like a real doughnut!

I promise he was having fun, but he looks super angry pressing the cookie cutter into the dough here :)

Step 2:  Once the pieces are cut, fry them in oil over low/medium heat.  I burned the first couple on medium/high :/

Step 3:  Drain oil slightly and roll in sugar ~ yum!  Looks like the cutest little homemade doughnut ever right?

Step 4:  Enjoy with you brother (or whoever you’d like to share with :)

Okay, on to the letter “Ee!”  Our verse was Philippians 2:14, “Do everything without complaining or arguing.”  This is a great verse for my kids, seriously!

Elephant time…love that tongue :)

Handwriting time

I love telling stories with pictures.  This is really how our boys are right now, handwriting practice with little brother playing with the Batmobile! 
 I’m gonna miss this stage one day :(

For the letter “Ee” I wanted to do something with eggs.  Our very very sweet friend, Ms. Debi, has a few hens.  
She let us come over and gather, scramble, and eat some eggs!

Of course my littles, in true boy fashion, tried knocking on the eggs to see how hard they could hit them without breaking them!  
Here’s Ethan attempting gentleness, something they need to practice daily!

Time to beat them; this was probably their favorite part.  Messiness makes everything better I guess!

Then Ms. Debi cooked them up for a good afternoon snack!

Well, that was “D” and “E!”  This week is the letter “F,” then we’re off to our staycation, exciting!!  Stay tuned for some Treu family memory making!

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