Monday, March 27, 2017

A Few More Egg Printables

Just a few more quick printables. I wrote a little poem about red eggs last year, and put in on a few new cards. They're pretty plain, but I think they teach what the red egg-dyeing is all about. I also made a coloring page so kids can decorate 12 eggs, too. Remember you can check out all my printables and pascha cards with these tags. 

Dozen egg coloring page with Red Egg Poem 
Red Egg Poem printable cards

Red Egg Poem printable postcards

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Christ is Risen! (New Egg and T-shirt Designs)

We're starting the 5th week of Lent, and I'm wearily looking forward to Pascha. I made some new printable cards for the kids to give or mail to friends for Pascha (check out all my Pascha cards). I also uploaded these new simps edesigns to Zazzle just for fun. Last year, I ordered myself a t-shirt with one of my red-egg designs, and I think I may get a new one this year. I was having fun playing with the designs and dazzle and made a ton of options. Printables and links below!

Postcard-style Pascha cards: print at 100% on card stock
and cut apart. Write notes on the back


Postcard-style Pascha cards: print at 100% on card stock
and cut apart. Write notes on the back

Greeting card-style Pascha cards: print at 100% on card stock,
cut apart along black line, and fold on gray line. Write notes on the inside.


Greeting card-style Pascha cards: print at 100% on card stock,
cut apart along black line, and fold on gray line. Write notes on the inside.


Greeting card-style Pascha cards: print at 100% on card stock,
cut apart along black line, and fold on gray line. Write notes on the inside.


Greeting card-style Pascha cards: print at 100% on card stock,
cut apart along black line, and fold on gray line. Write notes on the inside.

Greeting card-style Pascha cards: print at 100% on card stock,
cut apart along black line, and fold on gray line. Write notes on the inside.




The designs on Zazzle can be customized and printed on any of their products, so you can put these designs on tee shirts, mugs, totes, stickers, and other stuff. Click customize it!

Christ is Risen! Red Egg T-Shirt in 4 Languages
Christ is Risen! Red Egg T-Shirt in 4 Languages
by orthojack

Red Egg T-Shirt

Lenten Clam Chowder

We listened to some of the Boxcar Children audio books during our summer vacation last year, and everyone was especially drawn to the descriptions of their yummy meals. We were delighted to find a Boxcar Children Cookbook, and tried some of our favorites over the next few months.

The clam chowder is my favorite, and I knew I needed to adapt it for Lent. (Orthodox Christians fast from animal products during Lent, but shellfish is allowed.)

It is a big hit. The instructions say serve immediately, but I have also made ahead and reheated in a crock pot for potluck (and reheated leftovers) with no problem. The original is in the image, but my adaptation is below!


Lenten Clam Chowder


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • optional: 1 celery stick and 1 carrot stick, diced
  • 1 cup peeled/cubed potatoes
  • 2 cups water (or clam juice)
  • 1 6.5 oz can minced clams
  • 2 cups coconut milk (1 can + enough water or clam juice to make 2 cups)
  • 2 TBSPs coconut oil
  • 2 TBSPs flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil in large saucepan over low heat. 
  2. Add onion (and optional celery/carrots), and cook until soft.
  3. Carefully add potatoes and water. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium and cook until potatoes are done, about 20 minutes.
  4. Add clams and cook 2 minutes.
  5. Add coconut milk and cook 5 minutes.
  6. Melt coconut oil, and mix with flour, salt, and pepper. Add to chowder. Cook, stirring constantly until the chowder is thick and hot. Serve immediately. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Pagan Easter?

Each year, as Easter approaches all the people make all the comments about the pagan origins of our feast. It drives me batty. Last year I tried to positively channel the crazy into an informative, interesting, and happy post about the origins of Easter celebrations: Celebrating Christ on Easter (with baskets!) Most of this blog is printables, so writing it was a little out of my comfort zone, but it was something I really wanted to share and hoped people would read. I still do. Go read it.

But... I also poured some of the crazy into a series of sarcastic comics that made me giggle. If you don't like sarcasm, just read the other thing. :)


It's that time of year... 

Nothing like throwing out the baby and keeping the bathwater...


Rumors > sources


The consequences of existing in the world...


It's all in the timing.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

40% off Painting Sale!



I'm cleaning house and saving money for a summer workshop. On Etsy, use the coupon code: WORKSHOP to get 40% off until Easter. Thanks for your support!





Thursday, March 2, 2017

Church Quiet Book

I haven't sewn any children's toys in a while, but wrangling a toddler during Liturgy with Clean Week impending gave me some motivation. I made this "quiet book" type toy (although, not actually a book), full of activities that little ones can actually do in church (well, mostly, we don't actually have a lot of bunnies at church).
Church Quiet book!

Outside the church, a bunny hides in the grass.
A pocket is full of flowers to put by the icons.
(There's also a heart in the pocket, that we use to "kiss" the icons.)

She can ring the (sorta-muffled) church bell.
Inside, she can drop coins in the money box.


Take candle sticks from the box, and put them in front of the icons.
Turn pages of the book at the kliros.

Father can swing the censer, and the little girl can bow.

The royal doors open to show the holy gifts.

Take antidoron from the bowl. (Definitely the favorite!)

An angel worships with us!

I think a book format might actually help her focus on one thing at a time a little longer.  But it was fun to show her how the priest swings the censer, and then say, "Look, her comes Father!" - and then pick her up to see the real Father emerge to cense the church. It has only been so-so successful at actually being a quiet and entertaining toy, as these things go; but the the big kids and I are all enjoying it, too. :) 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Clean Week Coloring Pages for the Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew

I just remembered I made these coloring pages last year in a bit of hurry, and I am digging them out again for tonight. Initially, I found coloring pages from other websites with stories mentioned in the canon, but then my daughter specifically asked for the words of the verses to help her identify the stories as we went through the canon. The first two pages include troparia from the canon on Monday night, the other pages are more general.

Also, I've created a page with all of my printable in one place (or at least linked to) for your/my convenience - so I can't find my coloring pages next year!
Canon of St. Andrew (Odes 1-5, Monday night)

Canon of St. Andrew (Odes 6-9, Monday Night)