Lizzy the Lioness

If you turn on the TV or computer, you may sometimes see the news stories and headlines of current events around the world that may cause fear. There are natural disasters, diseases, wars, and so much more that can make us afraid. Even adults are scared of uncertain times, and we may need a reminder that God is in control even when things seem to be a mess. Lisa Bevere’s children’s book Lizzy the Lioness gives us a glimpse of what it means to be brave. – Joyce (Mom)

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Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Lisa Bevere / Kirsteen Harris-Jones
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
Page Count: 32
Ages: 4–8

*Lizzy the Lioness

Review by Emily, age 8

Lizzy is very brave. She meets a girl. She rescued the girl from baboons. Instead of attacking the baboons. They fiercely roared the baboons away. That is why I think she’s brave.

If you’re not sure about a situation, it is good to ask for help before you act.

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More info :: Powerful Bible teacher and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere has authored her first children’s book. Boys and girls will love the story of Lizzy, a little lion who must learn what it truly means to be brave in the face of hard things. With a unique spin on the concept of bravery, Lizzy the Lioness is a timely picture book in an ever-changing world. Children will see that bravery is so much more than big muscles or loud roars but often is found in the tiniest people who have the courage to speak up when no one else will. By asking God for help and then bringing grown-ups into the picture, Lizzy shows kids that being brave doesn’t have to happen by yourself—it happens with help!



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The Three Bears [Afternoon Art]

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears is the story for the third art project for the Afternoon of Art Summer Series . (This post is by Emily.)

An Afternoon of Art

We were excited about our third art project from Home Art Studio (2nd Grade) because it had many parts – drawing, cutting, painting, and gluing.

Supplies + Materials

These are the things you need for the project.

Things you specifically need

What We Did

We started drawing.

Design Time! Bowls…

…and spoons!

Sharpie Trace!

This is me sharpening the design.

And CUT!

My sis cutting out her spoons and bowls.

Next, we paint!

And done!

One lesson that I learned is to use a lot of water and a little paint.

Note from Mom: With the watercolor, a little goes a long way. Not much was needed for painting the bowls. Just use a teeny, tiny, little “drop” of paint. You can see in the pic that we used Lakeshore glue. That is all we have, but we highly recommend Elmer’s glue instead.

Here are the materials we used:

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Dog Art Project [Afternoon Art]

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Our second project for the Afternoon of Art Summer Series is a dog painting. (This post is by Emily.)

An Afternoon of Art

We had a full Memorial Day weekend, so we opted out of going to the park in the morning. We had a chill morning and then jumped into doing our second art project from Home Art Studio (2nd Grade) on an oddly chilly May day. The teacher on the video read a European (link says German and I think she said Russian) folktale called The Three Dogs. And the art project was inspired by George Rodrigue’s blue dog painting.

Supplies + Materials

These are all the things we used for this dog art project. (You can see a list at the end of the post.)

There were the specific materials.

What We Did

We started drawing the basic shapes of the dog.

Then you erase some of the lines to create the outline of the dog’s body.

Then we started painting. I’ll tell you why later. 🙂

We painted eyes and nose yellow. I have no idea why they use yellow.

Then we started painting the other parts.

Then we mixed red and yellow to make orange. You don’t have to mix them together if you have orange paint.

You paint the background orange because on the color wheel it is across from blue. That makes it a complementary color!

One lesson that I learned is not to use too much paint because it can come out too dark. And don’t mix the colors too often because it will come out a different shade every time.

Note from Mom: This project was a little more involved than the watermelon project from the previous week. We had to “rewind” the video a handful of times to see exactly what she was doing. I wish there were a few more tips on how to get into the smaller spaces when painting. We did use flat brushes instead of round brushes since it doesn’t give the exact supplies you need for the project, but I think it still would have been hard for a newer art student to figure out on their own how to do some of the steps. And we couldn’t tell from the video if she had used orange paint or if she mixed red and yellow together, but we mixed it.

Here are the materials we used:

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Mini Lasagna Cups [Kid Food]

First in our Kid Food Summer Series is Mini Lasagna Cups. We originally found another recipe but decided to go with this one, so the ingredients aren’t exactly the same as the link in the bottom of the post. (This post is by Emily in case anyone was wondering who lovepeaceandstyle was.)

The Ingredients

I read the list of ingredients out loud and my mom got out all the stuff. (As you can see, we like to go to Trader Joe’s.)

We measured out all the stuff and it was really fun. The wonton wrappers were really flour-y.

The Process

Mommy was browning the meat.

I’m putting in the marinara sauce.

Jie (pronounced ‘jeh’ Chinese for ‘big sister’) is grinding the salt so the ricotta cheese will be tastier and more flavorful.

I did the same thing as Melody but with pepper.

I was stirring it together so the salt and pepper will not just be on top.

We were putting in the won ton wrappers after the muffin tin was sprayed with cooking spray. We like the coconut oil one from Trader Joe’s.

We put in a spoonful of ricotta cheese.

Melody put in the meat.

We put in the mozzarella cheese.

We added another layer of won ton wrappers and repeated the steps above with the cheese and meat sauce.

It’s ready for the oven!

Let’s eat!

We added a side of salad.

The Result


Our Thoughts

  • Dad – Added a bunch more meat sauce because of a bad experience with ricotta as a kid.
  • Mom – It was okay. Would have it again.
  • Big Sis – They’re okay.
  • Little Sis – They’re good.

We didn’t have a strong opinion about this recipe. It was super simple to make, but nothing fantastic. We’ll take or leave the salad too.

Recipe + Next Time…


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ground beef (probably only used a little more than a quarter pound of meat)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (depending on the thickness, I think we could use a little less)
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese (if you don’t like cheese so much, decrease the amount of this one)
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 24 2-inch wonton wrappers (I don’t think ours was 2 inches)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (sounds good to us!)
  • nonstick cooking spray or oil to grease the muffin tin
  • chopped parsley, optional (the other recipe we were originally going to try didn’t have this on the list so we didn’t buy any)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Lightly oil a 12-cup standard muffin tin or coat with nonstick spray.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add meat and cook until browned.
  • Drain excess fat from meat.
  • Stir marinara sauce into meat.
  • Season ricotta cheese with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside. (You can skip the seasoning or season each lasagna cup layer lightly if you don’t want to measure out all the ingredients.)
  • Fit wonton wrappers into the tins.
  • Fill each cup with ricotta cheese, sauce mixture, mozzarella cheese.
  • Repeat for another layer.
  • Place into the oven.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the wonton wrappers are golden brown.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Bolded instructions can be done by younger chefs!

We probably won’t measure ingredients out next time since it is super easy to just put the ingredients in the muffin cups. Add more of what you like or use less of what you don’t like. It’s a customizable recipe! 🙂 The meat could be done ahead of time if an even quicker meal was needed.

What are you and your kiddos’ favorite recipes to make or foods to eat? Do you like sweets, savory treats, exotic flavors? Do tell!

We used this recipe. There’s a cute little video. Hover over the link before clicking on it with kiddos around in case you don’t want them to say that word.

Denica’s Real Food Kitchen


2723 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA 94546

We were there because we thought it would be fun to go. And we were having a lazy morning.


There is a parking lot, but it was full. We parked in the back.

You don’t have to make reservations. There’s no greeter in the front. There is a paper menu or you can look at the menu thing.

It is cafeteria-style ordering, and then you find your own seat. They will bring your order to your table.

The wait was actually pretty short. We thought it would be a long line because of the parking, but it was short.

The restaurant was great for the number of people coming in, but it was kind of hard to find a seat because you have to wait for tables to be cleared.

We didn’t play there, but there is a play table with trains, dinosaurs, and other small toys for kids who are tired of waiting. It is on the left back side of the restaurant.

I love the smell of the baking and the chocolate and pancake-y smell. It did not take the food too long to get to us.


The presentation of the food was good. The dishes were big so you can share, but we each ordered our own.

My dad had California Benedict (3 poached eggs, avocado, English muffin, house made hollandaise served with potatoes). My dad thought it was yummy.

Melody: I had Lucky Boy Crepes. It had bananas, strawberries, Nutella, real whipped cream, and caramel. It was really good and really sweet. I recommend this to people who like sweet stuff. Also, I like crepes.

I had Cookie Dough Waffle (chocolate chip cookie dough baked into homemade waffle batter). There was syrup on the side. It was topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar. It had glazed Nutella. It had a strawberry on top too. It was really, really yummy. I recommend this to people who like sweet stuff and breakfast.

Pictured at the top of this post: My mom had Denica’s Scramble (sautéed mushrooms, green onions, Andouille sausage and eggs topped with melted pepper jack cheese, served with potatoes and toast). She thought it was really yummy, but she ate it right away because she was hungry. We ate late, it was for brunch. She said kids might not want to order this one because the sausage is peppery.


Everyone was really friendly when we were ordering.

We had to pick our own seats, but they gave us a number so they can bring us our food.

No one comes by to check on you. You can serve yourself fruit-flavored water and refill your drink at the buffet-style food area. You can also get your own chips and bread.

You can also grab your own box(es) from the buffet area if you have leftovers.

If people step away from their table to refill drinks, it is hard for the workers to know if they should clear the tables. It looked like some people had a hard time finding a seat.



Children’s Menu [Y] (can be found at the restaurant)
Changing Station [?]
Highchairs/Boosters [Y]
Stroller Access [minimal]


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