Saturday, November 17, 2007

Homeschooling Tuesday

Good Tuesday Morning!!!
I hope this beautiful Tuesday finds you all happy and in love with the life God has blessed you with!  I know I am… no my life is by no means perfect… we have our share of problems, but God is good and His Way is perfect! And I am grateful! Yesterday we had a slow day with many of the littles not feeling their best… Thank the Lord today they seem much better and feeling more like themselves!  
This morning has went really well thus far.  We have worked on our AWANA work together and the kids are reciting verses right and left and doing really great.  
Eli has been wanting to know about Paul a lot lately… I found him drawing pictures of Paul during different stages of his ministry today! Talk about precious!  I might try and snap a picture of the one of him in jail and he is singing Glory to God in the Highest!!  SO cute!
Ok, I got one… here it is! 

Cameo has been studying  up on Lottie Moon today.  I am blown away by this little woman.  She is truly a testimony of giving her ALL for the gospel of Jesus.  
Abe and Carlie… well this is what they are up to this morning!
Abram and his new hat… a treat bucket!

Carlie in the new hat… OH and that is one of the Land’s End dresses I got at Goodwill for $1.25!! WOO HOO!!!!

Have I ever mentioned how much this family LOVES theJonathan Park Series? Oh my! WE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! We have the first two volumes and the children like it so much that they have asked for another one for a joint Christmas present! I am so pleased when they ask for something that is not junk, you know!?!?!   It is so great and it is JAM PACKED with good Creationism facts! I LOVE that! We give Jonathan Park a hearty !
Another great homeschool item we love is Drive Thru History. 
Dave Stotts is hilarious and the videos are so full of good history and it ALL is tied in with the Bible… the way history should be taught! WOO HOO!
In other news…
I made some pickled garlic the other day… let me forewarn you… Your house will be pungent!!!!!   If like us, you kinda like that smell, then no big!  BUT… if you are not fond of garlic, you might want to clip a clothes pin to your nose for a few hours! HA ha!
Here are the 12 bulbs of garlic pre-roasted! 

It is a good possibility that I roasted them for too long, but I just wasn’t sure… they are still great and work just fine… and it makes a beautiful jar!
We have already used  some for pizza sauce when we made a batch last week.  It works terrific, and I am so glad to know exactly how this garlic was put up.. unlike what I have heard about the jars of garlic you buy in a store! 
This recipe is out of Nourishing Traditions and I highly suggest you getting the book for yourself… not only does it have some incredible recipes, but it has some AWESOME eye-opening reading to preface the recipes!
Well, I must run… my husband has been requesting some pumpkin bread for snacks around here.  I will get him a couple of those loaves baked up as well as our chili for tonight and tomorrow nights supper.  
Have a great day everyone!!!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Yee-haw Birthday

Good Morning Dear Friends! What a day we had yesterday!!! So fun, exciting and tiring!   The family worked all day getting things clean and prepared to have our friends and family over for the celebration of Eli’s 5th birthday!
We had a good turnout and I think the children had a great time!
Yesterday I baked the The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Sheet Cake she claims it is the BEST ever… I haven’t had many chocolate sheet cakes, but it was VERY good! I also used the same cake recipe for Eli’s cake and then a cream cheese frosting for the outer.  I figured the children would be crazy about the birthday cake but they were more interested in the Chocolate Sheet Cake! 
Here is our little buck-a-roo’s cake! Decked out with a Wild Bill figurine and all! 

Gathering around the birthday table!

My wonderful son!

We had such a great time and I do love having people over at my home, it may be cramped but it is cozy and I hope to have friends over again soon!


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Thursday, October 25, 2007

French Toast and Answers to Questions...


Lately I have been getting up with Shannon and it makes my day run so nicely! It is amazing how much can be accomplished by getting up a little earlier every day, that and during that time getting in a Bible Study! That is starting your day off GREAT!!   By doing that, I get my Bible time in, I have my coffee with my husband, we are now going to move our devotion time from late at night till early in the morning, I blog and shower and get dressed, make beds, start laundry and whatever else needs to begin before the children usually are awake.  They are normally awake by say 7:30 or so.  
So after all that good stuff yesterday morning the children awoke and I tickled them by saying we were going to make French Toast! One of their favorites and THEY were going to help me!
Here we are, with pj’s and all, scrambling the eggs, cream, cinnamon, and vanilla up for the toast to be dipped in…
Elijah and I are slicing the bread for our yummy breakfast…
(People I rarely let myself be in photographs so there you  go… so consider yourself special! hee hee)

Eli took the rest of the pics of the French Toast but I didn’t realize he had it on movie so he recorded it instead of taking pictures… so the rest of the pictures didn’t make the cut! But you can take our word for it, it was great! 
Updates on Aunt Lynda… 
Her surgery was delayed almost 4 hours yesterday… grr…
Being w/o ins… she is tossed around. 
She made it through surgery, although it was terribly painful… Zach (her husband) said it was much worse than last time according to my mother.  In the last surgery they cut a lot around her eye and it has bothered her because she can not keep it from running and oozing and hurting so this time they sewed her eye shut while they were in surgery cutting the place out of her forehead!  I don’t know for how long either, they said because it was such an irritant that it wasn’t healing because of all the rubbing and itching and scratching so this would help it to heal.  
They will know on the pathology hopefully in a few days and I will continue to pray that they were able to get ALL of it and she will NOT have to go through any more torture!  Please, if you keep a prayer journal, please add her to it, if you just whisper a prayer as you pass my way please do, I appreciate it so much!!!
I have been asked many questions and I am going to try and answer them here…
Mrs. Mo.. nope I don’t have a tuffet so I guess I will have to eat my curds and whey somewhere else! 
Kombucha tea! My husband LOVES the stuff… I like it and will drink some now and then, but if we have it he drinks a bottle daily.
I will try and put together a whole blog entry on how to and what I do and even if you need a scoby, I can try and get you one as I grow them! 
Crockpot Enchilada’s!
One of my faves!!! And super duper easy!
This is the recipe…
1 lb ground beef
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 T. flour
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp of cumin (I think I use more like a tsp, I like cumin!)
1/4 tsp of ground sage or coriander
1 can of corn (drain this)
1 can of black beans (rinse these with water)
1 can of black olives (drain this too) 
1 package of flour tortillas
1 package of colby-jack cheese or whatever
Enchilada sauce (recipe will follow)
Brown ground beef with chopped onion and garlic, be sure not to burn your garlic!  Drain and add spices and let the spices infuse the meat, set aside.
In your crockpot smear a little enchilada sauce on the bottom, then lay two tortillas (you will probably have to overlap some) across the bottom of the crock.  Add a little ground beef, a little black bean, a little corn, a little olives, a little enchilada sauce and then a little cheese! Do this until you run out of all your stuff besides tortilla shells, sauce,  and cheese.  Top your enchiladas with another 2 shells, a little more sauce and a good helping of cheese.  I set my crock (which PLEASE note it is old and doesn’t get NEARLY as hot as your newer models!) at  high for about 4 hours… I can get this ready at lunch time and it is ready at supper! In the meantime mix you up some guacamole, get out your sour cream, and pico de gallo if you like and get ready for a fiesta!!!!!! YUM-O
Enchilada Sauce Recipe
2 cups tomato sauce
1 T. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. ground coriander or sage
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Add seasonings to tomato sauce and mix well to combine! Use in place of canned enchilada sauce anytime!!!
Have a great day everyone!!!!!!


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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Chicken Stock Part 2


Alrighty, my stock simmered ALL night and some of the morning because I went yard sale-ing  so here is what happened when I got home!
Let the stock cool a little so I could handle the pan…
Straining the stock into my bowl…

My finished stock, 2 gallons and about 1 pint…

I am about to start some NT Chicken Rice Soup for tonight (pg. 199).  It will be a perfect quick supper before the birthday party!
It truly is fall here!!!
Thank you Lord! 
My Cup Runneth Over…Chas



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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Chicken Stock Part 1


Well, I finally got started with my cook-a-long project today!  I got a bit of a late start but I am well on my way to some healthy stock tomorrow!
I went to Walmart this morning with my Mom and picked up a few things I needed around the house and also went in search of a roasting pan, They did not have any in stock at this time and it was a bummer but I found one that I was able to borrow! YEAH!!
I also found some little chickens on sale too!!! I got one for $2 and one for $3! 
Here is the roaster and my rinsed chickens…

Setting the temperature…

A picture of the roaster doing its thing on top of my washing machine!  I really liked it that it didn’t heat up my house and it was on for a few hours!!

Look at all that chicken! Yum!

And the veggies are in and it is time to let it go for the night!

I will be working toward getting me one of these roasters, it was so handy! I liked how I could put it in the laundry room and it doesn’t take up my counter space and that it didn’t heat up the house! That was a big one with the weather we have been having lately! I think possibly it is finally starting to cool down… I hope!
In other news, I finished my first quilting project earlier today!
HOORAY!!
It is by no means great, but I am very tickled that I have actually done it all start to finish! 

I put a little rick-rack around the edges…

I loved sitting and stitching… it was so relaxing…
I stitched while Shannon and I watched a movie last night,
I stitched for a few minutes before breakfast this morning, 
I stitched while Abram was laying down for his nap, 
So fun and handy to tote with you!

It is time to turn in for the night! 
I hope everyone has had a wonderful day and I hope you have a terrific tomorrow!!!!!
My Cup Runneth Over…Chas


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Friday, August 10, 2007

This and That and my baby has a birthday...


Friends… I am so sorry I have been away for so long!  I do intend on blogging every morning, but there are occasions where life gets too busy and this past weekend was one of those occasions!
Friday was my baby boys birthday!!!!  He is now 2 and I am in awe at how this little fella has grown!! I can hardly believe 2 years have gone by since his birth.  Here is a little about his birth.  Cameo and I went to the doctor.  For some reason Dr. Roberts (my ob) wanted to wait until 39 weeks instead of his normal 38 week c-section.  I went in at 38 weeks and a few days and was indeed READY.  My blood pressure was slightly up, my hands and feet were swollen terribly… I had pregnancy carpal tunnel, I was a bit of a mess!  We went in and saw Dr. Roberts and he said that he would put me in but he wanted me to have a amniocentesis performed before he delivered me that afternoon.  I was soooo scared and Cameo and I prayed all the way there and I called and had my family praying as well.  I was sent to a Doctor that had actually saw my Sister when she was labeled as ‘high risk’.  I went in still praying that this would NOT happen.  A U/S tech did a scan and then the doctor came in.  He said…"Now tell me why is it you are here."  I went through the story that Dr. Roberts wanted to go ahead and deliver me but he wanted to make sure that my baby was ready so he thought I should have the amnio done to make sure.  The high risk Dr. laughed… He said, "Honey, Go and have your baby.  You are at 38+ weeks, you don’t have enough fluid around the baby to have an amnio and he is PLENTY ready!"
Praise the Lord!!! We were so thankful for that answered prayer.  So I was admitted to the hospital with Cameo in tow with me! She was there for the whole process!  The blood work, the admittance, all of it! She was even the one to call and tell her Daddy we were going to have the baby today! It was such a special memory! 
Well, that afternoon I was taken into the O.R. and had a bit of a hard time.  The spinal block that is given for sections was not doing quite right.  I was stuck 3 times! Now 1 time is MORE than enough to be stuck in the back with a needle…3 times was a great excess!!!  I panicked a couple of times because a sensation shot down through one side of my body and I thought I was going to be paralyzed!! But thank the Lord, the anesthesiologist was able to work it out and get it right.  I had never done well under anesthesia and I as usual, began to get sick pretty quickly.  I was being cut open on one end and gagging on the other.  But it wasn’t too long before I had a unbelievably beautiful and red little boy!!  He was 8 lbs and 14 ounces and sooooo cute! 
My little man isn’t that red anymore, he is quite blonde and adorable!!
Happy Birthday my littlest love!!!
To celebrate his birthday we went to Lake Winnie!  It was the last week day that Shannon had off before he would start his new job.  So we doubled up on school work on Thursday so we could have Friday to go and play.
It was terribly hot and so draining that we split our day up into two parts.  We went first thing that morning and stayed till 1.
Then we went home and rested and went back that night about 7.  Yes, we are insane!!!  The night time was sooo much more enjoyable!  We were all dog tired but we had a great time!
That afternoon, my sister and bro-n-law and nephew came with us, so that added to the enjoyment! 
We stayed till after dark and was sure that we had had enough Lake Winnie to last us a good long while!

I have a request, to all those who read this day.  My husband has started a new job this morning and he is a be nervous.  A brand new field and a brand new start. I got up this morning very early to help him get on his way…
And we sat together and I shared Phil 4:6 with him to quiet his fears…

Philippians 4:6 (King James Version)

 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
So if  you remember today, whisper a prayer for him and I appreciate you all so much!!!


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Friday, August 3, 2007

Remembering...


This morning, I am writing about someone dear to me.  I have been inspired to blog about this for many reasons.  July 31st was the 10 year anniversary of my Grandmothers, whom I lovingly call Nannie Red, death.  Jewels posted about people who were dear to her from childhood and then posed the question, Who inspired you…, also a very dear friend of mine lost her Grandmother and she was buried on the anniversary of my Nannies death.
My Nannie Red… what can I say about this woman to give you a glimpse into how wonderful she was while she was here on this earth? 
She LOVED to laugh… I am often told of how I am likened to her because of my silly sense of humor and love of laughter.  She and I would laugh at the same things, the same movies and so much more… My Uncle Simon also has this crazy sense of humor, and when we are together we are usually talking and giggling throughout the visit. 
She LOVED her family… nothing suited her better than for us all to gather together for a family day.  I remember those days like they were just yesterday… We would go over rather early and we would start preparing for lunch.  Which was usually a large lunch and it usually wasn’t until 2:00.  So there was many "MOM… when are we going to eat???" questions, and many taste testers running in and out of the kitchen grabbing a bite of this and that.  We were all so close that I felt as close to my cousins as my immediate family and to this day we are, well some of us, are still very close. I remember that one of my jobs was the slaw.  When I got to help in the kitchen I made the slaw… I made it on one of these…

 I wish so bad I had my Nannies, I have been looking for one at yard sales forever it seems like, and I still haven’t found one.  So I ended up buying one on ebay. 
 There was lots of horse-shoe pitching, story telling, walking through Nannies garden… something I didn’t treasure as much then as I would now.   We would sometimes have to take naps when we were younger and it was a time getting so many to lay down in a pallet… while we laid there we knew that the grown-ups had to be having so much fun, and we ACHED to be out there.
Another thing my Nannie loved dearly was homemaking.  Cleaning, gardening, canning, sewing, quilting, crocheting… on and on was her list of abilities.  
It seemed every time we went for a visit the house was re-arranged and always clean.  She could take a room and even if it seemed that there was NO way you could fit something else in there, she could rearrange it to make it fit and look fabulous! My Mom now possesses this gift and I hope to have it one day as well! 
One of my favorite memories is when we would go over to Nannies to pick and break and can beans.  I remember such lively conversations while breaking the beans and I remember her pressure cooker with that little jiggle knob going off, and I remember the tongs to remove the hot jars, and I remember the BEAUTIFUL jars of bright green lovely beans sitting along the counter cooling.  
My Nannie taught me my first bit of crochet, I am still NO expert, but I have crocheted blankets, pot holders and scarves!    I also remember her sewing room.  Tons of scraps of fabric, her sewing machine and her serger humming away…. tables for cutting and piecing and just an allurement for me, that I believe gave me such desires that I now have for sewing and crafting.  I have a few of the things Nannie made me, that I use in my home NOW!!! I received this little doll more than 16 years ago… 
Even then I knew what I wanted my kitchen to look like and how I sooooo desired my own home!  I wanted to be many things throughout my life, but one constant was a wife and mother.  
Another item that still graces my home is on my bed.  Nannie made me several sets of embroidered pillow cases.  I have a set on my bed and my youngest daughter is sooooo fond of them, she HAS to have one on her pillow so she can rub the handiwork as she sleeps….

This particular set was given to me on my 18th birthday… many moons ago eh?? I will be 32 this November.  
I have such fond memories of my Nannie, and many times I think of how much I wish that she had met her great-grandchildren and how much she would have loved to see them and how I wish they knew the wonderful woman whom I miss so much.  But I know that she is with our Lord… and that makes everything so much easier.  
***So Georja…. remember, relish and reflect on the beauty that was Mrs. Grant and know that you will ALWAYS keep a special place in your heart for her, and know there is a glad reunion day a’coming.


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