“It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were of no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer; whilst the truth is, in order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain a spirit of prayer is to continue praying; for the less we read the word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.” -George Mueller
I love to try new things, which sometimes leads to random ingredient purchases that I am not quite sure what to do with. Last year I bought 1/2 cup of amaranth from the bulk bins at the grocery store, and I loved it. So I ordered the five pound bag online, and now find myself with a surplus of amaranth sitting in the pantry. Continue Reading Ancient Grain Pilaf…
Refreshing treat during the 10 hot summer months we experience each year here in the south :-) Its quick and easy to toss together. You will need an ice shaver. I like it really tart, you can make it milder by adjusting the amounts of sugar and lime juice.
- 6 -8 ice cubes
- 3 teaspoons sugar (or splenda)
- 3 teaspoons lemon juice or 3 teaspoons lime juice
- Shave the ice in an ice shaver, into a cup.
- Sprinkle the sugar on top of the ice.
- Pour the lime juice on top of the sugar.
- Using a spoon, incorporate the gooey lime-sugar mixture into the ice. Enjoy!
A rich tomato bisque – which makes a nice change from salsa and pasta sauce with an overabundant tomato garden. A bisque is thickened with cream, which results in a rich, smooth texture and makes for a satiating meal. The original recipe (from Fine Cooking) recommended mint as a garnish, but I thought basil might be a more appropriate herb. This recipe could really work with any color ripe tomato – but the yellow/orange tomatoes make a stunning soup. I used 2 cups of stock because I like thicker soups – use 3 if you prefer it thinner. Continue Reading Grilled Yellow Tomato Bisque…
Tags: corn husk craft, corn husk doll, history, printable directions, thanksgiving craft
I love hands-on activities for school – it is much easier to remember learning something if it is fun. Corn husk dolls are a fun way to learn a little bit about the handmade toys used by native Americans, so they are a great project for making around Thanksgiving. The dolls are pretty easy to make, and are surprisingly durable. It took my seven year old son 15 minutes to make his doll unaided.
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Tags: articulated puppet, banana leaf puppet, indian craft, kids craft India
This week we are learning about India in the home school co-op that I participate in. Since I am teaching that class, I went to postcrossing.com and wrote to someone in each country we will be “visiting” to see if we could exchange postcards. As postcrossing is a postcard exchange site almost everyone I contacted was happy to exchange cards, and the member in India exchanged souvenirs as well as postcards. One of the souvenirs was a set of banana leaf puppets. I looked for information about banana leaf puppets online (I even used google translate to search in Hindi and Urdu) and was absolutely amazed that I couldn’t find anything.
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Tags: redo 70's kitchen, wallpaper over soffit in kitchen
is was my kitchen. Wasn’t it lovely? I suppose the dark stained cabinets and wallpaper might have looked ok when they were first done, but by the time we bought the house last year it was pretty bad. I was absolutely thrilled last month when I found a great deal on 3 gallons of paint in almost the exact color I wanted, and after I painted the rest of the living areas there was almost a gallon leftover, more than enough to do the kitchen. Continue Reading A fresh coat of paint and a little bit of caulk…
Tags: independant activity, melt crayons, rainy day fun, summer fun, upcycle
Melting old crayons isn’t anything new. I picked up a set of clearance silicone ice cube trays just so we could melt crayons. Being my weird self I decided to try and melt them in the sun, just because I could. And wouldn’t you know, it worked. My son absolutely LOVED doing this activity – it took him an hour to peel and arrange his crayon pieces in the ice cube tray (he was being very particular) and he spent at least an hour after they were finished, admiring them and eventually coloring. Continue Reading Melted crayons southern summer style…
Tags: garden, newspaper seed starter pots
In December my family moved from a small 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom house on 1/2 an acre. I was thrilled to finally have a yard, and had just enough time to get seeds started for a summer garden. Being the cheap person that I am, I decided to make my own seed starter pots from newspaper. Since buying a $30 gadget to make my own newspaper pots hardly seems cost effective, I used a toilet paper tube as my mold.
My husband is a geek, and constantly updates all our technology. As frustrating as I find it to be constantly relearning things as they change, most things do actually work better once you get used to the new versions. A month or so ago my husband upgraded our desktop to Windows 8, which I think is still in beta mode. I found that my sure cuts a lot program wouldn’t work with my cricut, but it turned out to be pretty much the same problem we had with windows 7. Continue Reading Using Sure Cuts a Lot with Windows 8…