Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The fireflies were out in full force. There must have been hundreds glittering and twinkling. Gilli ran, no fear at all into the night. She stood there, hands raised over her head just inhaling the sweet summer night.
What a blessing to get to see Gilli's unabashed enjoyment and joy de vive. Meanwhile Lynne and I laughed, mused, and "gave each other the freaks" (Gilli quote). :-)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
What a great website for skirts!
There are even long maternity skirts! You should have seen that crazy concotions I came up with trying to make long maternity skirts that weren’t uber-frumpy (I am sure they were but don’t tell me). Put away your duct tape and thick elastic you cut off your sweats.
Happy Father’s day!
In honor of Father’s Day we made a Black Forest Torte, Hawaiian Crowd Cake and a Cheesecake. We made Pa some good ol southern peanut brittle. It was not as hard as I thought. Christian helped man the thermometer. At first it would not break into pieces and looked like a huge topographical map of the US. I thought I was going to have my first entry at the Crafting Horrors site :-)
BUTTERY PEANUT BRITTLE
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup white Karo syrup
1 candy thermometer
Cook sugar, water and Karo syrup together until temperature is 240°F degrees, then add 1 lb. nuts.
Cook until candy thermometer reads 300°F degrees. Butter the cookie pan and have ready (this is very important!):
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoon butter
Measure out and have ready:
2 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Quickly add salt, vanilla and butter, and have the 2 1/2 teaspoon of soda ready. Remove from heat, quickly add the soda (when adding the soda the mixture will fizz). Pour the (very hot!) mixture onto the greased cookie sheet or pan. Don't touch it or try to level the mixture with spoon.
I recieved a few copies of the magazine and enjoyed them. I much prefer print to digital but for free I will peruse them :-)
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I used this recipe but halved it. It only took 20 minutes including cleanup, searching for appropriate containers, halving, then quartering the recipe and
yelling at asking my kids nicely to shut off the hose, ten times.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value
4 Cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax
- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
Anybody have a huge bucket they are done with?
Friday, June 19, 2009
SUGAR - FREE STRAWBERRY JAM
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
1 env. unflavored gelatin
1 tbsp. cornstarch
Dash of salt
1 1/4 pound strawberries
Artificial sweetener equivalent to 2 c. sugar
Boil jelly jars for 15 minutes. Remove jars from water with tongs that have been boiled for at least one minute. Let stand upside down until drained. In a medium saucepan, mix together lemon juice, gelatin, cornstarch and salt. Add strawberries, stirring constantly. Heat to a full boil. Boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in artificial sweetener. (I just used a teaspoon of real sugar)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I dropped my camera so I do not have any riveting photographs.
First we caught a grey tree frog with a weird blood blister on his lip. Keith captured some pics of him. (Wait. Do frogs even have lips? I am homeschooling my children and I do not even know what the facial features of a frog are? How can I expect to educate them on the weightier subjects if I do not even know the simplest frog anatomy) I digress.
We also rescued 2 baby bunnies from the pool; after which Quinn discovered one :-<. I think he will recover.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
How many of us are set upon Jesus slaking our thirst when we ought to be satisfying him ? We should be pouring out, not drawing on Him to satisfy us…the greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service to Jesus.
The above quote gets me thinking. Surely our satisfaction and joy should be in Christ and we should be drawing on Him, for what can we do without Him? Is the problem when we are constantly petitioning God for our “needs” rather than looking for opportunities to serve and thank Him? Any ideas?
Friday, June 12, 2009
1 Timothy 6:8 Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment (clothing) let us therewith be content.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation (behavior) be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said “I will never leave thee or forsake thee”
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I love the above blog. The above post reminded me that when I want to say “I don’t have time”, I make the time to do the things I really want to do.
If that last sentence makes no sense I am sorry, exhausted mom here, going blind from painting the grout on the bathroom floor.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Gilli-bean needs to cement her basic math facts. Tonight I spend a long time coordinating a montessori style lesson with a card game. It took me 15 minutes to find the #14 card in my box (no I am not kidding). Keith is doing her regular math at night, this is a supplement. I have spent countless hours and at least $100 planning different strategies to practice the facts.
What have a learned?
The best strategy is the one that actually gets done. I have found that a small sand timer and a stack of flashcards is all needed. I have the children run through then one time daily. I have a set with the answers so Ollie can go through them too. They enjoy trying to get the whole stack done before the time runs out. Forget the $50 card games (as much as I love them and am glad I bought them) and use what you have!
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Monday, June 8, 2009
EAST LINE BOOKS PRESENTS
LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS:
NATURE EDUCATION FOR PARENTS & OTHERS
Wed. June 10th 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Speaker: Diane Shapiro
Don't Miss this Important Program!
In this essential program, local conservationist, Diane Shapiro, explains how you can prevent your child from developing "nature deficit disorder." Her talk is based on Richard Louv's book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.
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I was blessed to attend one of Diane’s programs at the Round Lake Library. The book she is speaking on Last Child in the Woods is awesome. The library has it.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
There is a ministry to parents who educate at home called Book Samaritan. You can request the books you need and they will send them or something similar. Leslie suggested we have a challenge and donate some books! We are book -a-holics and all have curriculum we are not using and probably never will.
Mim and Sophie-Kate
We enjoyed sunny skies yesterday for our picnic to celebrate Derik and Erika’s birthday. Christian planned mini-golfing first then a cookout and swimming. I am thankful for Frank and Keith manning the grill and for Christa helping in ways too numerous to list. Happy Birthday Duke and Erika! :-)
Saturday, June 6, 2009
The above link is one of my favorite projects. Something else to look out for a yard sales. :-)
You may never use your child to promote your personal convictions. The purpose of discipline is not evangelism. The purpose of discipline is shepherding your children. Using them to showcase your beliefs abuses their dignity and threatens the integrity of your relationship with them.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Today I want to introduce you to my friend and home school mom, Leslie. She sent me a great email highlighting the benefits of using living books vs. text books. Living books are books written by someone with a passion for the subject matter. For more information on living books look here http://www.amblesideonline.org/LivingBks.shtml
With Leslie’s kind permission here is her email:
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I found an old notebook and want to share some notes i need to remind myself of.
Mary’s( the mother of Jesus) Magnificat contains at least 15 quotes from the Old Testament. Mary knew God through the books of Moses, Psalms, and the writing of the Prophets. She had a deep reverence for God because she knew His Word.
As I have cried out to God for wisdom the answer I have been getting is to hide His word in my heart so I may not sin against Him. We have been memorizing James 1 as a family for too long. I have been inconsistent in practicing with the children. I implemented a simple method but it is getting done. Each day after breakfast and before I read to the children one of the older children leads us all in reciting what we have learned and a new chunk. As an aside, I found that I am consistent in doing devotions if I wolf down my breakfast and then read to the children while they finish. We are currently reading The Young Peacemaker. I pray that we will seek Him with our whole heart.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Keith finished a DVD of pictures and video I took of a memorial service. I am uncomfortable capturing the poignant moments. I felt like I was intruding on private sadness even though I was asked to take the pictures.