Saturday, January 23, 2010

Highlights from "O" Week

~ Letter Formation ~

In addition to their Modelling Wax letter O's, the girls also worked on making the letter O using Handwriting Without Tears Hands-On Materials and Kimberlee's Grey Block Paper.

~  Orchis Fairy Coloring Pages ~

From this Coloring Book
(While looking at the Flower Fairies Alphabet book and listening to the CD!)

~ O is for St. Odilia ~

Our Painted Saint Odilia
for with An Alphabet of Catholic Saints

I finally painted a couple more saints to add to our collection:  Saint Odilia and Our Lady of Altagracia (pictured below).   MUCH harder to do with a little baby who wants to be fed constantly, so this was a HUGE success!  ;)

Saint Odilia Coloring Pages from Our Saints Alphabet on CD

(You can print the one I made here.)

~ O is for Our Lady of Altagracia~

A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of AltagraciaWe read A Gift of Gracias, which is about Our Lady of Altagracia.  We then discussed the book using the discussion questions in Catholic Mosaic, colored the beautiful picture found in Fenestrae Fidei, and then made homemade Orange Smoothies!

I didn't know until after posting the recipe at Catholic Cuisine, but this particular drink is very popular in the Dominican Republic, where Our Lady of Altagracia appeared, and is called "Morir Soñando!"

We also colored Lydia's lovely coloring page on Obedience
and talked about "Offering" from God's Alphabet.

~ Picture Book Science :: O is for Ocean ~

Reading Rainbow: Ocean Life


An Ocean Octopus Lunch

Cook your hotdog and then cut it lengthwise into eight parts (legs) leaving an inch or so for the head. (I only had Hebrew National Hot Dogs, so was only able to cut it into six legs.)

Break apart 1 graham cracker and use peanut butter to “glue” the four pieces together. Fill the “Treasure Chest” with anything you want. I used raisins and fruit snacks.

Drape Mr. Hotdogtopus over the Treasure Chest. Cut a raisin in half and use the sticky side to adhere it to the hotdog for eyes.

Or rather we PLANNED to make 
Octopus Handprints
but never did get around to it... 

~ O is for Owls ~

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

Owl Coloring Page

Mini Spotted Owl Finger Puppet by Folkmanis

The rest of our "O" Puppets came out including:
River Otter Finger Puppet

I had a few ideas for owls from our Garden of the Good Shepherd Activity Plans, and I also considered making Charlotte's adorable Owl Cupcakes, but we ended up making Cookies and Sandwiches instead.  It was such a HOOT! ;)

Owl Cookies

(I love the "OWL" on the fridge -- I didn't notice until taking the picture!)

I found these yummy cookies here.
Owl Cookies
  • 1 1/3 cup shortening, (or margarine) soft
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 2/3 all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 1-oz envelope no-melt chocolate (I use 6 tbs. of cocoa powder mixed with 2 tbs. of oil or melted butter instead.)
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Whole cashews
Combine shortening and sugar; beat until creamy. Add egg, vanilla and peanut butter; blend thoroughly. Sift (or just combine) flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to creamed mixture; blend well. Stir in oatmeal. Divide dough in half. Shape one half to form two rolls, each 8-inches long. Add chocolate to the remaining dough. Roll out chocolate dough on waxed paper to form two 8-inch squares. Place one roll on one square of chocolate dough. Wrap chocolate dough around roll; pinch seam together. Repeat for the other roll and square. Wrap in waxed paper; chill for at least 1 hour. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting. Cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Pinch chocolate dough to form 2 ears for each owl face. Use 2 chocolate chips for eyes and 1 cashew for beak. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for about 12-15 minutes.  Don’t stack until the eyes have hardened!

Owl Sandwiches

"Make any sandwich you would like and then cut the sides off as shown. Take the pieces and flip them backwards to make them fit as shown.  Cut a large marshmallow in half for the base of the eyes. Cut a raisin in half for the eyes, and another raisin for the beak."

* I was out of  Marshmallows, so we used Oreo's (Golden and Mini) instead, which I think turned out even cuter!  

~ Other ~

We also had Oatmeal, Omelets, Cherri-O's, Oranges and Olives!

OH!  And our little Rose turned One Month Old!


  1. LOVE It! Looks like it was a blast!

  2. this is one of my favorite weeks of yours. I love the food ideas. little Rose looks beautiful.

  3. Your painted saints came out beautifully!!! I hope you linked them to the rest of the painted saints so I can copy them later ;) Your Oreo improvisation on the sandwiches is great!

  4. The owl cookies and sandwiches are so cute!! And the octopus hot dog brought back memories for me from when I used to make those for my little brother (except I could only figure out four legs instead of eight!)... I used to make him hot dogs shaped like canoes, too, and sandwiches shaped like cats... fun times!

  5. Fantastic as always, Jessica! Thanks so much for all the inspiration. And your little Rose just keeps getting more beautiful by the day. :)

    God bless!

  6. I love visiting your blog. I get so inspired and get so many ideas. I was wondering all the books you use, are they yours and where do you get them or do you get them from the library. Thanks and God Bless you and your beautiful family.


  7. You are *so* very clever!!

    Also, Rose is one of the most beautiful, precious, and lovely babies I have ever seen! Your pictures are just wonderful.

  8. I love the food too, especially the octopus sitting over the treasure chest, hehe. We are going to start our own Alphabet Path after this baby is born, I hope you don't mind if we borrow ideas from you!

  9. Your St. Odilia and Our Lady of Altagracia are so pretty! What a wonderful collection of saints you are accumulating!

  10. Thank you everyone! It is really fun to be doing the Alphabet Path again!

    Ana ~ All the books/videos/etc that we used this week were ones we already owned, except for Underwater Counting which was from the library. A while back our libraries closed due to lack of funding, so at that time, I started building quite the large home library, and now, even though our libraries are open again (with limited hours) I still prefer purchasing and pulling books off of our shelves, than borrowing from the library although I am starting to use the library a bit more to preview books to make sure I want to purchase them, when possible.

    Mel ~ Of course! Most of what I do with my children was borrowed from someone else already. That's the beauty of the internet and blogging, so much inspiration can be found everywhere!

  11. How fun to see your Alphabet path up and running again Jessica! Love your little wooden Saints, all so cute! The owl and octopus ideas were fabulous, sharing with my grandbabes (wink).

  12. Could you please tell me where I can get a copy to the Coloring Pages from Our Saints Alphabet on CD?? Your link is dead.

    Thank you and God Bless.

  13. Catholic Artworks recently updated their website and all my links no longer work... I'll have to try and update them sometime. In the meantime you can visit

  14. Catholic Artworks recently updated their website and all my links no longer work... I'll have to try and update them sometime. In the meantime you can visit


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