Feb 172012

Candlemas has a rich and diverse history. Known as the Festival of Lights, Candlemas has been celebrated for hundreds of years. It is celebrated on February 2nd. In Gaelic, this holiday is known as Là Fhèill Brìghde nan coinnlean which translates as “The feast day of Brìghde of the candles”. Bìghde is Bridget of Kildare, […]

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Feb 162012

Phil Predicts Spring is Coming Celebrate the last days of winter with a warm meal and a dessert with a groundhog popping out. Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Stew Quick & Easy Homemade Bread Groundhog Pie Slow Cooker Beef-Barley Soup 1-1/2 pounds ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2/3 cup pearl barley […]

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Feb 162012

skill level: easy cost: under $5 craft time: 20 minutes 11×14 inch piece of black paper or larger 11×14 inch piece of white paper or larger strong light source or good flashlight sharp pencil Tape the white paper to the wall about level with your child’s head. You child will need to either sit or […]

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Feb 162012

skill level: medium cost: $5-$20 craft time: 20 minutes plus the baking time egg carton cup 2, 1-1/2 inch brown pom-poms 6, 1/2 inch brown pom-poms black felt googely eyes Glue the two larger pom-poms to the bottom and side of the egg carton cup. Glue on the smaller ones for ears and legs. Cut […]

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Feb 162012
Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is the United States version of Candlemas. Some countries believed that a burrowing animal, usually a hedgehog, would come out on this day to judge the quality of the weather. This tradition came with settlers to the New World. There were no hedgehogs to be found, but there were lots and lots of […]

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