How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Dried Orange Slices Make Beautiful Natural Christmas Decorations One of my favorite natural Christmas decorations is dried orange slices. Not only are they beautiful for Christmas, but they have many other uses as well. You can use them to add color and flavor to drinks, to top salads, to add to baked items, like scones, […]

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How to Make Paper Star Lanterns | Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Festivals of Light No matter what culture you are from or what religion you belong to, most holidays at this time of year have one thing in common and that is light. Whether it is a menorah for Hanukah, Christmas lights for Christmas, lights for Diwali, a crown of candles for Santa Lucia Day, or […]

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Kid-friendly Thanksgiving Tablescape | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

The Kids Table Dilemma Where do your kids sit during Thanksgiving Dinner? Do they sit at a kids table or do they sit at the main table with the adults? Regardless of where they sit, a major stress for parents can be just trying to eat their Thanksgiving dinner without any crises. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving dinners, […]

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Seasonally Inspired Learning - Celebrating Saint Nicholas Day With Kids | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Saint Nicholas Day is December 6 Next week is Thanksgiving, so I will be taking the week off to enjoy the holiday with my family. When we come back, Saint Nicholas Day will be on December 6th. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the holiday: Children in families who celebrate St Nicholas’ Day […]

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Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

It Is Pronounced \ˈklōsh\ Have you seen all the adorable Christmas cloches and terrariums on Pinterest? (And while we’re having this conversation how do you pronounce “cloche” anyway? Good question! It ends up that people in the UK pronounce cloche kind of like “claus” with an “h” at the end and people in the US […]

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