Saturday, December 13, 2008

Saturday Psalm & Praise

I watched the first couple of chapters of "Under the Greenwood Tree" on Youtube (I have seen the whole thing on DVD and it's a good clean BBC period drama).   The movie starts off on Chrismas eve and they sing an old hymn that you don't here now adays.  That song has been going through my brain ever since......even after singing other wonderful christmas songs at our church's ladie's tea this morning (which was wonderful I might add)

“Remember Adam’s fall,
O thou Man:
Remember Adam’s fall
From Heaven to Hell.
Remember Adam’s fall;
How he hath condemn’d all
In Hell perpetual
There for to dwell.

Remember God’s goodnesse,
O thou Man:
Remember God’s goodnesse,
His promise made.
Remember God’s goodnesse;
He sent His Son sinlesse
Our ails for to redress;
Be not afraid!

In Bethlehem He was born,
O thou Man:
In Bethlehem He was born,
For mankind’s sake.
In Bethlehem He was born,
Christmas-day i’ the morn:
Our Saviour thought no scorn
Our faults to take.

Give thanks to God alway,
O thou Man:
Give thanks to God alway
With heart-most joy.
Give thanks to God alway
On this our joyful day:
Let all men sing and say,
Holy, Holy!”

Here is the link to Part 1 on you tube....the song can be found around the 7 minute mark.


Friday, December 12, 2008

Getting Rid of a Bug

or a malware pop up ad in this case.  A couple of days ago, I started to get this pop up

Security center alert
Do you want to block this suspicious software?
Name: Trojan.Zlob.G
Risk Level: High
Description: Trojan.Zlob.G is a trojan program that records keystrokes and takes screen shots of the computer, stealing personal and financial information.”

It looked very official, so I followed the link (DON'T) and downloaded the program....I was just getting ready to install it when my senses kicked in and I thought to myself "Better investigate this"  Sure enough it was a malware program.  I quickly deleted what I had downloaded but still was bothered by those pesky popups.  

I then downloaded Avast free antivirus software and deleted the useless Norton software that came with the computer (should have done this months ago....Avast is the only antivirus software that I have used that has kept my computers virus free...not that there aren't others out there)

Spent all day yesterday look how to get rid of Perfect Defender 2o09, trying what was recommended with no sucess....turns out I didn't actually have that trojan.  So this early a.m.  I searched for the removal of those security alerts (wish I had taken a screen shot so I could show what they look like)  Between two different sites I was able to eradicate the pest.  Here is the combined knowledge that I learned.

1. Turn off your computer

2. Restart in Safe mode

  • click F8 after you hear the first beep when you turn it on
  • using your arrow keys, highlight "Start in Safe Mode"
  • Hit Enter ~ your computer shall now proceed to boot up.

3. Set your system to show all files.

  • Click Start.
  • Open My Computer.
  • Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
  • Select the View Tab. Under the Hidden files and folders heading, select Show hidden files and folders.
  • Uncheck: Hide file extensions for known file types
  • Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
  • Click Yes to confirm.
  • Click OK.

Then, navigate to the following folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Google

  • click on "Start"
  • click on "My Computer
  • click on "c:"
  • click on Documents and Settings
  • click on User (or username)
  • click on Application Data
  • click on Google

4. Delete the following items

  • kjzna1562565.exe
  • spcffwl.dll
  • T-Scan (entire folder)

 you can delete by holding your mouse over the item, right clicking on your mouse and hitting "delete"

5. Close out the box.

6. Click on your recycle bin

7. Empty recycle bin

8.  Reboot your computer, it should automatically start up in Normal mode.

The popup should be gone!  :)

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Breakfast Recipes

When we celebrate Christmas at home one of our traditions after opening the gifts is to have brunch.  These are the recipes I usually make:


Make the night before

6 Eggs slightly beaten

6 slices of bread diced

1 c. garted cheddar cheese

1 LB of Bulk Sausage

2 c. milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Dry Mustard

Brown sausage.  Drain Grease.  Mix together wtih all the other ingredients.  Place in a buttered 8" dish for 12 hours or overnight.

Bake 350 degrees for an hour or until firm in center.


2 lbs frozen hashbrowns ~ THAWED

1/2 c. melted butter

1 pint Sour Cream

1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup

1/2 c. chopped onion

2 c. grated cheddar cheese

Defrost Potatoes.  Add everything together.  Mix well.  put in a butter flat casserole.  bake for 1 hour @ 325 degrees until brown on top

My father was a chemist and loved to experiment in the kitchen.  He created a simple pancake recipe that is easy to remember because you just use 1 of everything.   I usually triple it for my family.

1 cup flour (I use whole wheat flour)

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt (I usually halve that)

1TBSP sugar (I usually skip this)

1 TBSP oil (I use melted butter)

1 cup milk (Buttermilk, kefir, sour cream, yogurt or any combination work great, he usually used yogurt)

1 cup bluberries (optional)

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Add oil and milk.  Mix well (I like to mix it in the food processor or blender).  heat griddle.  add ladleful to hot buttered griddle.  Flip when bubbles start to form.  finished when brown and cooked through.  Serve with syrup or your favorite topping.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I guess I should put my Enchilad recipe here too, but I never make enchiladas the exact same way twice, but tbe basics are the same.


1 pack of flour tortillas (8 large or 10-12 small) (or make your own tortillas...see recipe below)
2 cans of enchilada sauce or make your own....I do it 1 of 2 ways, buy 2 8oz cans of tomato sauce add either salsa, cumin, salt, chili powder & garlic powder or buy 2 cans of 8 oz tomato sauce and add canned chili peppers (or add cooked diced green pepper), sauted onions, stewed or diced tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, salt, garlic powde.
1 pound of cooked meat (either ground beef or chicken)
8 oz of cheddar, colby, or montery jack (or any combination of)
sour cream (optional) I usually just place the sour cream on the table for anyone who wants to add it.
I would also add corn to my sauce but dh doesn't like it.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. add a little bit of sauce to the bottom of a 9X13 pan. place 2 large or 3 small tortillas on the bottom of the pan, add 1/3 of the meat, 1/4 of the cheese and 1/4 of the sauce on top of the tortillas, add another layer of tortillas, again 1/3 of the meat & 1/4 of the sauce & cheese, another layer of tortillas, rest of the meat, 1/4 of the sauce and cheese, another layer of tortillas then add the rest of the sauce & cheese. Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until bubbling along the side. You can also take some of the meat, cheese and sauce and roll them up in the tortillas and then top with sauce and cheese. As you can see, it's pretty flexible meal (has to be for me to use it. :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Danny's Dinner & Tortillas

Danny's Dinner is a traditional meal in my family. It started when my parents & sibs went to a bachelor friends place for dinner and he made this meal (his name was Danny) It has been called that in our house ever since. It is very similar to taco salad.

Here is the original recipe, my changes are in parenthesis.


1 bag of Fritos (Tortilla chips)
1 can of Pork N Beans
1 lb of Ground beef
Salad (I usually just cut up lettuce & tomato, but my mom would use leftover salad)
Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream
Taco Sauce (salsa)

Brown ground beef (I add taco seasoning). Place ground beef in a bowl or serving dish, same with pork n beans. Everybody makes there own. Start with the chips on your place, then add the ground beef, then pork n beans, salad and any of the toppings that you wish. Pick up your fork and enjoy.

(from More-With-Less cookbook)

Combine in mixing bowl:

2 c. unsifted flour
1 t. salt
cut in with pastry blender:
1/4 c. lard or shortening
When particles are fine, add gradually:
1/2 c. lukewarm water

Toss with fork to make a stiff dough. Form into a ball and knead thoroughly on lightly floured board until smooth and flecked with air bubbles. To make dough easier to handle, grease surface, cover tightly, and refrigerate 4-24 hours before using. let dough return to room temperature before rolling out. (I dont bother with the fridge part)

Divide dough into 8 balls for large tortillas, or 11 balls for common 8 inch size. Roll as thin as possible on a lightly floured board, or between sheets of waxed paper. Drop into a very hot ungreased griddle. bake until freckled on one side (about 20 seconds) Lift edge, turn, and bake on second side. To serve at once, fold each limp tortilla around small lumps of margarine/butter. Or cool tortillas, wrap airtight, and refrigerate or freeze. To serve later, place in tightly covered baking dish and warm in oven, or fry briefly on hot shallow oil.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Go Fish, Peanut Butter & Lacto Fermented Sodas

I have discovered 2 things today. 1) I can make my own homemade Peanut Butter in a matter of minutes and 2)It is possible to play "go fish" sitting in the middle of my living room floor with a toddler roaming about. The peanut butter is easy, you just buy a jar of salted (or unsalted) roasted peanuts, put them in the food processor and in a couple of minutes, "ouila" you have peanut butter. Playing "go fish" with a toddler crawling around is a bit of a challenge. You have to be constanlty be watching him, making sure he doesn't see where you put your sets when your done, and you have to find a creative way to keep moving around the "pond" (where you keep the fish, so he doesn't pick it, all the while guessing who has what card and responding to their guesses. (I am not going to mention some of my hiding spots), but sitting on your doubles seems to work the best, or placing them between pages of a book or newspaper that is laying nearby.

As for the lacto fermented sodas, I made my starter last night and will let you know in two weeks (if I remember) how they turn out. In the meantime, here is where I got my recipe:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sherlock Holmes

I have recently finished all the Sherlock Holmes books by A. Conan Doyle and came across this on a friends site. I thought it was hysterical.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. As they lay down for the night, the fire dwindling nearby, Holmes said: "Watson, look up and tell me what you see".

Watson said "I see a fantastic panorama of countless of stars".

Holmes: "And what does that tell you?"

Watson: "Astronomically, it suggests to me that if there are billions of other galaxies that have roughly similar stellar population densities as represented by my view, that, potentially, trillions of planets may be associated with such a galactic and, therefore, stellar population. Allowing for similar chemical distribution throughout the cosmos it may be reasonably implied that life-and possibly intelligent life-may well fill the universe.

Also, being a believer, theologically, it tells me that the vastness of space may be yet another suggestion of the greatness of God and that we are small and insignificant.

Meteorologically, the blackness of the sky and the crispness of the stellar images tells me that there is low humidity and stable air and therefore we are most likely to enjoy a beautiful day tomorrow.

Why? - What does it tell you, Mr. Holmes?"

Holmes: "Someone stole our tent".

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Saturday Psalm & Praise Meme

Before The Throne Of God

Before the throne of God above I have a strong,
a perfect plea A great High Priest whose name is
Love Who ever lives and pleads for me

When Satan tempts me to despair and tells me
of the guilt within Upward I look and see Him there,
Who made an end to all my sin

Because the sinless Savior died my sinful
soul is counted free For God the Just is
satisfied to look on Him and pardon me To look on Him and pardon me

Before the throne of God, I come
Before the throne of God, I come

Behold Him there, the risen Lamb my perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I Am, the King of glory and of grace

My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in Heaven, He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart

One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased with His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God

Saturday, August 30, 2008

First/Second Week of School

I started school with my girls this week and this was my second week of school with the boys. I am using the Heart of Dakota curriculums ( , Little Hearts for His Glory with the Boys & Preparing Hearts for His Glory with the girls. School with the boys is going really well, while we have not gotten into a scheduled routine, they seemed to have gotten into the groove of things and we are finishing school in 1 hour...YEAH. While not perfect our first week of school with the girls, it went relatively well. I think Abigail should really be in Bigger, but because of financial restraints that is not possible right now. She is doing well; however, and I simplify for her. I think I should have her checked out for a visual learning disability. She still struggles with "b" & "d", reverses numbers (12 for 21) and writes almost all her numbers backwards. She is a smart girl though but easily frustrated and a "Perfect Paula". My sociable sue is thriving with school and I really think we are going to enjoy this year. I am reteaching handwriting this year. I never spent the time to make sure it was done well before and we are going back to italic so my 6, 8 & 10 year old are all on the same page. Well nothing really exciting to report still need to figure out what to do with my toddler, but I have some ideas rolling around.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Therese's Muffins

These are soy free, egg free and dairy free and absolutely yummy.
2 cups flour (I use whole wheat flour)
1/3 c sugar (I use sucanat)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (I recommend 1/2 tsp salt)
1 c milk (T uses goat's milk for her ds)
2 Tbsp oil of your choice
4 Tbsp natural applesauce (or you could use 1 egg)
3/4 c blueberries (I use frozen)
1/4 scant cup dried cranberries

Oven at 400 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in smaller bowl. Mix dry and wet together just until moist. Stir in fruit. Spray or grease muffin tin or muffin liners. (They will stick to the paper.) You can substitute orange juice for the milk but it will make them alittle rubbery - but tastey nonetheless.

Bake regular size muffins at 400 degrees for about15-25 minutes? Sorry. I can't remember. I wait until they are slightly brown on top and see if they spring back in the center of the muffin. If so, they are done.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Organizing my School Room

Someone in my Little Hearts for His Glory Yahoo group is creating a website to help homeschoolers get organized, learn about curriculum etc. Since I have been reorganizing my school room, I thought I would post some pictures and talk about how I have organized. I know, yawn, yawn.

Our school room is actually what used to be our dining room. We have a large kitchen with and eat-in area, so don't really need a dining room. Here is a picture of my husbands and my computer desks, because the lamp was on the flash didn't go off. My desk is to the left and my husbands desk is to the right. (If you click on the pictures you can see a bigger version of them)

To the right of my computer desk is a two drawer filing cabinet with my printer/copier/scanner on it (a must for every homeschool if you can). Before this year I had a notebook that I would put my daughters' work in, but sometimes it wouldn't get in it promptly and would get lost, dirty torn etc. Since I have to hand in a portfolio to the school district every year, this is important. This year I made up a file for each subject and then put a folder for each child in that file. Then as they finish their work I can file it (more likely to do) until I am ready to assemble their portfolio.

I love to look at people's bookshelves. It is probably one of the first things I do when I go to someone's house, so instead of a distant shot of my bookshelves I thought I would try and get some closeups in case you want to try and check out titles (I did do a couple of distance shots for a couple of my bookshelves. I have four 6' to 7' bookshelves in my school room.

You can't see the titles to clearly in the above picture but this is my landmark book collection. Great history reads for the 5th -8th grade age.

This is the top shelf of one of my bookshelves. it contains student Bible materials & books, homeschool & child help books and Christian biographies.

The second shelf of this case contains the books that we are using this year (LHFHG, PHFHG & Handbook of Nature Study, MUS). The Teacher books are laying on their side in a stack. The rest are texts. My children each have their own bin in which they keep their school supplies and workbooks. ( I haven't organized that desk yet so don't have a picture) in which they keep their particular books.

The third & fourth shelves contains other years Teacher's manuals (again on the side) and then the my history and geography books as well as atlases and dictionaries. I did have my books organized dewey decimal but that just wasn't working for me. So this time I organized them by era (which we will be studying them by) All Ancient resources, craft books, biographies and other books on the era are together, same with Middle Ages & American History. I see now that I have taken the photo that my children have already started to mess up my shelves again.

This shelf is under my landmark books. It is my science shelf organized by types of science: Physics, Chemistry, Earth & Sky, Biology, inventors ( I decided not to include them in the history section) and field guides. They are very tight and I definitely need more room.
Here we have our Character Sketches (because I haven't found a good bplace for them yet) alon with my art books, folklore, poems, and music books (again biographies of the composers are included in this section rather than the history section to make it a bit simpler)

This bookshelf is my reading bookshelf. It contains my literature books (Dickens, Austen, Alcott etc) my Junior Fiction and Easy readers. The bottom shelf are my husbands books and I told him he needs to build himself a bookshelf because I will soon be kicking them off ;)

Here is my ever important set of World Book encyclopedias. I used to have a set of Britannicas (they had belonged to my husbad when we got married), but did not like them (I grew up with World Book)

This used to be a pass through window to our kitchen which my husband blocked off (he is a contractor by the way). Here I keep more of my paperback books as well as CD's & tapes (and there is a puzzle in that can).

Below are a couple of drawers in my four drawer filing cabinet. They each have a large plastic bin (with a lid if I can find them) and a metal bin. In these drawers I keep my craft and basic school supplies.

The last of my book shelves in my schoolroom contain the "adult" section of our home library. This has our Bible Reference, herbal medicine, sewing, Christian Fiction, christion living and field guides.

I hope you have enjoyed touring our school room. I will try to get a picture of the children's area when I have it organized.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Lemon Pepper Filets on a Bed of Mushrooms & Spinach

2 Gortons lemon Pepper or Garlic Butter Grilled Filets (I use just whiting or talapia with my own lemon pepper or garlic butter on top)
2 TBSP butter or margarine
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 packge (10oz) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp groun black pepper

Cook fish according to package directions.

Meanwhile in a 10 inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat and cook onion 2 minutes.
Add mushrooms and garlic and cook 4 minutes or until tender.
Add spinach, salt & pepper an continue cooking 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve hot fillets over spinach mixture.

Makes 2 servings.

30 Minute Taco Bake

30 Minute Taco Bake
from Kraft

1lb of ground beef
1 pkg Taco Bell Home Originals Soft taco dinner kit OR
1 pckg of soft flour tortillas, packet of taco seasoning & taco sauce
1 pckg Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Brown meat; drain. Add Seasoning Mix and 3/4 cup water. bring to a boil, reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occassionaly.

SPRAY 12X8 inch baking dish (I use a 9X13) with no stick cooking spray. Line baking dish with 6 tortialls; sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese; top with remaining tortillas. drizzle with taco Sauce.

BAKE at 350 degree F, for 15 minutes. sprinkle with remaining cheese. bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Where's Nathanael

I think I now know why (after 5 children) that young children only think you can see them if they see you. We teach them that at an early age....I was playing the game where you throw a towel, washcloth, small blanket (something light that won't suffocate them) etc over your 1 yo face and say "Where's Nathanael?" you or he pulls it off and says "There he is?" and they love it, but they also can't see you and probably think that you can't see them. Well it's a theory anyway!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Catching up!

It has been ages since I have blogged and my readership (large as it was ;) ) has probably disappeared (except for Jen, she is always so faithful....waving at you Jen) Anyway, our summer is winding down to an end and we will be starting school in a little more than 2 weeks.

I did something drastic regarding school this year. I am always a planner in this area and usually have all my curriculum picked out and purchased before the end of May. I had that done this year. I was going to use MFW for Em & Ab, something I had always dreamed of doing, I had everything purchased, it looked like a great curriculum except for a couple of things (no curriculum is perfect) For some reason I was not excited. I am going to use Little Hearts for His Glory by Heart of Dakota for my boys (1st & K)....very excited about that and I kept looking at the curriculum that was coming out this year....and it looked great, but that would mess up my 4 year history cycle. Well I kept reading the HOD boards and learning about the new curriculum that was being planned for next year and it sounded wonderful (almost perfect), so I prayed about it, consulted my dh and ds (dear sister) and did something I never did before....3 weeks before I am to start school, I sold my dream curriculum and purchased the HOD curriculum !!! I am VERY EXCITED about it! Can't wait until it gets here and when we can start.

We finished our Summer Reading program on Monday. They had a huge party with a game show. My daughter Em & Son Zach were both contestants (they did it according to grade, so they weren't contestants at the same time). Emily did very well, her only problem was she wasn't quick on the button. It was Zach who surprised me most (although it shouldn't have). He was not shy at all, quick on the button and knew the answers and he won his round! It was so funny to see my little boy (okay he is 6) just holding his own.

Not a very good picture, but you get the general idea (he is the one behind the green triangle all the way up front on the left

I did end up having a garden this year, not a huge one but we have some corn, green beans, tomatoes & cukes. I also have some herbs, mint & dill that grew back from last year, echinacea...did extremely well, lemon balm, calendula & basil.

I did get all my state requirements for homeschool done this year, so we are all ready for the coming season, both girls have to be tested for their grades so we will be doing that in the fall.

Not much else comes to mind. Hope you all are having a good summer.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I am still alive

just haven't been in blogging mode! Hope all is well with my friends and readers!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

10 Homeschooling Tips

I found this in the save file of my email from 3 years ago, I thought it had some good advice (not that I follow all of it LOL).

1) Keep everything as simple as you can. Jesus wrote with a stick in
the dirt, and He was the greatest teacher that ever lived. He used
no curriculum or flannel graphs or lesson plans. Homeschooling can
be made far more complicated than it should be. A simpler approach
is much more effective.

2) Stick to the 3 R's. They form the foundation of life-long
learning in every field because they are the tools of study. There
will be no need to formalize any other subject if the children are
doing their best in these 3, because people who are well grounded in
reading, writing and math will approach other subjects boldly,
independently and confidently.

3) Let the children teach themselves as much as they are able to.
This teaches them responsibility, intellectual independence, and
builds confidence. It's also better for the parent/child
relationship because you can focus on parenting instead of playing

4) Use the most direct method available. For reading, read. For
writing, write, for math, do it, and for Bible, read it. Don't fall
for catchy curriculums or methods that are really just something
else for you and your child to learn.

5) Don't worry about your child's age or grade. Just let him do the
best he can each day. Children grow intellectually like they do
physically: in spurts. Although we may have an audience of skeptical
relatives, homeschooling is not a circus, and we refuse to train our
children to do tricks for people.

6) Minimize distractions in the home. Watch for excessiveness in
entertainments, snacking, outings, phone conversations, internet and
computer time, and the like. These sorts of things can easily get
out of hand and compete with the effectiveness of a homeschool and
sap the family of time and energy.

7) Seek quality over quantity. A few tapes of great music, a small
case of carefully chosen books, a few special play mates, and an
occasional outing is better than a large, but poor quality

8) If you must document your school activities, do it after the
fact. This way you will not make promises you cannot keep. If you
are required to make lesson plans, be as vague as permissible. Don't
let transcripts, diplomas, records and tests determine your academic
plans. Focus on learning and the rest will follow.

9) Put the needs of your youngest, most vulnerable children first.
If an older child gets a little behind in school, I'm sure you can
forgive yourself, and catching up and regaining ground is not
impossible, and simply is a part of life, and that in itself will be
a valuable skill taught to them! But if something happened to the
toddler while you were busy homeschooling, or if you'd missed
precious nurturing moments for those who need attention the most at
the moment, it's harder, if not impossible to regain those things!

10) Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul and
don't neglect to seek him him the first fruits of
your day and teach your children to do the same. I know that you are
tired and that there aren't enough hours in your day, but we serve a
God who can make the sun stand still.

Monday, April 21, 2008

On the Subject of Art

I am not a very creative type person, and definitely am not artsy. I have difficulty thinking outside of the box, so when it comes to teaching art, I need help and lots of pictuers (I am a visual learner). With 5 children, I also need something that is not consumable (except supplies of course) that I can use over again. Here are some books that I have found very helpful.

For learning art techniques:

Evan-Moor's "How to teach Art to Children"
This book teach's color, line, texture etc. It also has a section of books recommended for art appreciation and then projects that you can do to imitate that artist. Evan-Moor also has a good book called "ArtWorks" that are projects that you can do with your children.

Another good book for children to learn art by styles & artist is "Discvoering Great Artists: Hands-on Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters" by MaryAnn F. Kohl & Kim Solga

There are seems to be a lot of good books on art appreciation being published for children. One series that I recently discovered (I had heard of it before, but not checked it out until recently) is "Come Look with Me". We are currently using there book on Art in Early America. It contains about a dozen pictures from different well known artists. Devoting one picture to a page and on the opposite page it contains some questions about the picture and then a short biography on the artists life.

For very young children (preschool to early elementary...although my 9yo loves them to) are the "Katie" series by James Mayhew. They include: "Katie and the Impressionists", "Katy and the Sunday Afternoon", "Katie and the Mona Lisa" just to name a few. They are cute stories about a girl named Katie and her grandmother who go to the art museum. While they are looking around (Grandma is usually dozing on a bench), it shows Katy going inside the pictures and having an adventure.

If you want to read about individual artists check out the "Anholt's Artist Books for Children" by Laurence Anholt or "Getting to Know the World's Greatest Arists" series by Mike Venezia.

The National Gallery of Art has an extension program where you can borrow their resources for only the cost of return shipping. We used this at the beginning of the year and it was great. We would watch the DVD about the artist, then look at the pictures by that artist that was included and then have my daughter try to imitate something in that style.

If you want a packaged art curriculum here is a list of some that I have seen recommended.

How Great Thou Art
which includes (but is not limited)
God & The History of Art (4 year program)***
I can do all things
Lambs Book of Art

***you can purchase the pictures postcards as well as the painting/marker cards from Millers Pads and Paper (great art supplies resource).....

Artistic Pursuits

Meet the Masters

Artelier (this is a neat art program....I couldnt find it, but there used to be a sample of one of the demo's)

Art Websites:

Masterpiece Art Instruction

Garden of Praise

Every Day Art

National Gallery of Art

Monday, April 14, 2008

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Is the Phantom a Good Guy or a Bad Guy?

We just watched the movie "The Phantom of the Opera" this week, and while I didnt think my children would enjoy an opera, I was actually surprised at there response. The question I kept getting from my children at the end of the movie was "Is the Phantom a Good Guy or Bad Guy". While you not sure you want Christine to end up with him, you are caused to feel sympathy for him.

My boys are typical boys, they love to play firement & army them there are always good guys and bad guys. I try to teach them that God does not want us to kill the bad guys, but teach them about Jesus so they can become good guys.

So my answer to them is that he was both. He was human. He loved Christine, but he let jealousy and anger and bitterness consume and control him and it turned her against him. In the end he shows repentance and asks for forgiveness, which is what God wants us to do.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Hundred Year Lie

Anyone who knows me, knows that despite my inconsistent eating habits, I am very interested in health and nutrition and the affect of processed foods on our body. I recently read the book "The Hundred Year Lie" by Randall Fitzgerald and thought it was one of the best books that I had read for showing a correlation between the introduction of processed foods and synthetic drugs and our nation's current downhill decline of health. Randall Fitzgerald is a newspaper reporter who became interested in the patterns of disease and food through various family members and friends becoming sick.

This books is worth the read for chapter 3 alone which goes through a timeline which shows the low rates of death through cancer, diabetes and asthmas in 1900 and it's gradual rise through the introduction of refined sugar and other processed foods, chemical pesticides as well as the push of drugs from the pharmaceutical industry. While Mr. Fitzgeralds book does focus on the negative effects of these foods/drugs/chemicals in our lives for a majority of the book and some people may call him an alarmist, he does open our eyes to these danger and show us the road on how to detoxify our bodies and set ourselves on the road to health.

If you want more information on eating a healthier diet good book is "What the Bible says about Healthy Living" by Rex Russel, MD.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Be a Pioneer to Mars!

Think I am joking, then check out this link to google's Virgle.

Oh by the way happy April Fool's Day (there really is a link on google)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Wishing everyone a Happy Resurrection Sunday! HE IS RISEN!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Homeschool Freebies

Here are some free websites that I have come across in my travels or have been recommended to me. They include missions curriculum, kinder games, reading quizzes etc.

Wycliff Kids

Kinderweb Free Children's Games

TVO Kids

Book Adventure

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

CPR & First Aid

Yesterday, my dd's and I took a first aid/CPR class. This has been something I have been wanting us to learn, especially the CPR. Having looked at classes that cost almost $100 to attend, I was blessed to have something for FREE, although it was not certified. I know others may not have this opportunity so I thought I would share some resources for being able to do this inexpensively:

You can order the Manikin and DVD here for $30, this will teach you child/adult, they also have an infant course for $45.

Here is a website I found for helping to teach first aid:

NOTE: Snuff's Girl whose husband is a fire fighter also left this comment, which I thought was good to know:

"Check with the fire dept in your area and ask them when they have CPR classes....

Quite a few of our firefighters are certified to teach CPR/First aid if you check with the FD they can probably get you in touch with some of these guys, find out where they are teaching and you should be able to go. FREE, or just the cost of the card which is 5-10 bucks."

Monday, March 10, 2008

Homemade Birthday Candles

Since we are learning American History, one of our projects for homeschooling was making hand dipped candles. They didnt come exactly like we expected, but they made some cool birthday candles.



Wednesday, March 05, 2008

King of the Jungle

This is my latest upload to Youtube about our trip to the Bronx Zoo in 2005

Monday, March 03, 2008

Mozilla Firefox

Does anyone else have this problem? I have been using Mozilla Firefox browser for several years now. When I first started using this it was great! But for the past 6 months (or longer) I have noticed that every couple of months when it upgrades (and it seems to upgrade almost every week) everything gets deleted. My bookmarks, my tabs that I have saved etc. Am I the only one that Mozilla does this to, or are there others? It is very frustrating! Maybe I should switch back to Internet Explorer.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Saturday Psalm & Praise Meme

We sang this song at church on Sunday and then again at the ladies Bible Study and it has been on my mind ever since!

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Thursday, February 28, 2008

David Attenborough Videos

My sister told me about these fun clips of David Attenborough, naturalist on You Tube....embedding as been disabled, so I will send you there by link....

Check these out, my kids loved them. They are great for a nature study if you can't make it outside.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Above Rubies Auction

I am auctioning off 7 of my back issues of the Above Rubies magazine. All proceeds (minus expenses) will be donated back to the Above Rubies ministry.

Here is the link if anyone is interested:

Thursday, February 07, 2008

A Story of Two Girls

I was cleaning out some stuff and I came across this story that I had written for my daughters last is a "Choose your own ending" type of story.

A Story of Two Girls

Once upon a time, two girls were playing contentedly. One was being creative with her coloring book, crayons and scissors. The other didn’t seem to know what to do with herself, so she started playing with the curtain rod that the boys had left in their wake. Suddenly mom awakened from her preoccupation and asked the dreaded four word question, “Is your room clean?” “Ah, um,” said the girl who wasn’t busy creating a game book. She knew if she didn’t come up some sort of distraction quickly that mom was going to give that dreaded four word command. She couldn’t come up with anything and mom said “Go clean your room” “Yes mommy” came the humble reply and she went to obey. The other daughter thought her occupation would keep her from being involved in the command, to her disappointment it did not.


Ending #1) So the two girls went up and cleaned their room as mommy said and lived happily ever after.

Ending #2). The two girls went up to clean their room, but were soon distracted and started playing, and weren’t allowed to have dessert so there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Which ending will you choose?

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Little Hearts for His Glory

It is the time of year for me to start thinking about next years curriculum. I have already decided to do "My Father's World: Creation to the Greeks", but was unsure what to do with my younger boys. I wanted to do MFW for them to, but the cost of both Kindergarten & 1st grade put me off. I then discovered "Little HEarts for His Glory" . So far it seems perfect, not as expensive as MFW and I can use it for both boys. I am so excited I went searching for a yahoo group. Not finding one, I decided to start my own. So if any on is interested, check it out:

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Easy Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Nice simple recipe that I got from


1 c. peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix ingredients and roll walnut size balls. Bake at 325
degrees for 13 minutes.

The Ten Commandments

I thought this was a good way to help your children learn the 10 Commandments.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I was complaining to my mother the other day how much I liked oatmeal raisin cookies but couldnt find a recipe to my liking. She said that my sister had made her cookies for Christmas and they were very good. So I called my sister for the recipe and have just tasted the results....this is the recipe I have been looking for!

2/3 c. white sugar
2/3 c. brown sugar
1 c. butter (or 1/2 c. butter & 1/2 c. shortening)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Large Eggs
3 c. oats
1 c. flour
1 c. raisins (nuts, dates or choco chips)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together everything but the oats, flour & raisins. Add remaining ingredients. Place 2 TBSP cookie dough 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Quickly move from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

My batch made about 3 dozen (but they were slightly bigger than 2 TBSP)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Winter Time Blues

We actually got a couple inches of snow yesterday.....which I am glad my children took full advantage of. I let them play outside until bedtime, being in the dark didnt seem to bother them. Nnow the rain come and turn it into slush. I think I need to start taking my iron supplement again (I usually only need it when I am pregant). I have really been lathargic the past couple of months. I am not sure if it is because I am lazy, not getting enough sleep at night (baby is still getting up during the night, I think he is teething), to many carbs or I need more iron. Maybe it is just the January blues. I have been taking my vitamins and while I can see the difference when I take those and when I dont....I still feel unmotivated. Perhaps this is just something God is trying to get me to feelings....doing things whether I feel like it or not. I just seem unmotivated to do more than the basics. Well "Mind over matter will make the Pooh unfatter" is probably the best advice I have gotten from Winnie the Pooh and I need to take it. Some prayer, attitude adjustments and sleep will probably help to as well as walking away more of those pounds.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Homeschoolers Mock Poll



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Monday, January 14, 2008

Oatmeal Raisin Scones

Trying to get back on track with excercising, cleaning house and homeschooling (homeschooling is going pretty well actually). Here is a yummy recipe I came across this weekend:

1 cup flour
3 TBSP brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 c. butter
1 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. raisins or chocolate chips
1 beaten egg
1/4 c. milk

In a bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon. Cut in butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and raisins. Combine egg and 1/4 c. milk, add to flour mixture. Stir just till moistened (will be sticky). On a lightly floured surface, pat dough into a 7 inch circle. Cut into 12 wedges; place on a baking sheet. Brush with milk. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until light brown....Serve warm. Makes 12

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Attention Jane Austen Fans

Masterpiece Theatre
The Complete Jane Austen
Premiering Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Complete Jane Austen, beginning Sunday, January 13, 2008, features all new productions of Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility. The lineup also includes the acclaimed Emma staring Kate Beckinsale, and the Emmy Award-winning Pride and Prejudice that made Colin Firth a leading man. Four of the titles -- Emma, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility -- were adapted by celebrated screenwriter Andrew Davies.

January 13, 2008

Northanger Abbey
January 20, 2008

Mansfield Park
January 27, 2008

Miss Austen Regrets
February 3, 2008

Pride and Prejudice
February 10, 17, + 24, 2008

March 23, 2008

Sense and Sensibility
March 30 + April 6, 2008

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

More on Ron Paul

I occasionally read comments about Ron Paul's view of things.....some of which I believe are misunderstood.....I recently read a comment on Home Where They Belong's blog that articulately answers some of the questions that people have asked or made in regards to him. I am unable to get in contact with the writer of these comments....but am giving links to her/his comment on the blog as well as copying it here.

"A concern early on in this blog was raised about the apparent lack of any overt mention of Christianity on Ron Paul's site.

Hearing or reading Paul answer these questions himself far exceeds my attempt to answer for him (;;;, but I'll try my best.

(1. He doesn’t mention faith or being a Christian anywhere on his issues page).

Somebody has already posted his statement of faith on this blog. (Kay inserting here: here is the comment that is being referenced "
t has been questioned whether Ron Paul is Christian and according to him he is. Here is a quote from Ron Paul, "I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do. I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God. My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator." This can be found at:

Keep in mind that he's not running for pastor - he's running for President. The President swears to uphold and defend the Constitution - which means making sure you have the right to worship anyway you want to. As long as he follows this, his faith is irrelevant. (Even an atheist could defend my right to follow Jesus if s/he was a Constitutionalist). Paul even said Romney should not have had to address his Mormonism - unless he plans on forcing his beliefs on us, it's irrelevant.

Again, that's not to say Paul believes his faith is irrelevant. But it's reflected in the way he lives his life rather than verbally having to tell you (our works prove our faith, not the other way around).

He believes we walk a slippery slope when we start using our Christianity as a way to 'get votes.' Especially since the President represents all the people.

Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas said recently that he doesn't rule based on his faith (or his gender or race). He rules based on what he believes is Constitutional. But his faith validates what he does.

And ruling based on the Constitution sometimes means not following how one 'feels.' (The church could learn something if we applied following God's Word as written rather than how we 'feel' about it)

(2. He says he’s pro-life).

As a baby doctor, Paul has delivered 4,000 babies in his life, and has never seen a need to perform an abortion. He is 100% pro-life.

You may not know that Congress has the ability to override rulings of the Supreme Court. (I think it's more complicated than that, but that's the essence of it) More than once, Paul has introduced legislation that would overturn Roe vs. Wade, establish the fact that the Fed Govt recognizes life begins at conception, and remove the Fed Govt from the debate (sending it back to states to decide). This would also eliminate use of all funding of abortions with Fed tax money (our money).

My understanding is that at least 40% of the states would almost immediately put restrictions on abortion - something they can't do now because Roe vs. Wade was a Federal decision.

If you've never heard of Paul's legislation, it's because it never makes it out of committee. None of the so-called pro-life Congressmen nor President Bush have seen fit to support this legislation.

And we see how much progress has happened in terms of getting an amendment banning abortion. An amendment is not going to happen - it's just convinient for candidates to say that they support one..

(3. He doesn’t even talk about gay marriage at all. That’s a bad sign if you ask me!)

He has talked about this. In fact, when asked about a constitutional amendment defining what marriage is, he doesn't see a need for it - because marriage is already defined as a man and a woman. The fact that people want to redefine it doesn't legitimize it.

He believes marriage should return to the jurisdiction of the churches, completely out of the hands of the government. The fact that the govt is involved right now is a big reason why gay marriage is becoming 'acceptable' - the govt is redefining it.

Paul also believes the Fed Govt doesn't have a right to be a moral judge and jury - again, this issue also goes back to the states.

One other note about amendments. Paul has stated we need to approach amending the Constitution very carefully. When the government starts telling others what they can't do, the same principle applies in that they can also start telling us what we can't do as well.

(4. He wants to withdraw all troops from the Middle East immediately. He’s trying to repeat the disaster that happened in Vietnam and wipe out everything we’ve worked for in the Middle East. He wants to leave the terrorists alone. Then, they can develop nuclear power and kill millions.)

Actually, quite the opposite. He wants to bring troops home from the Middle East so we can avoid another Vietnam... it's too late to avoid a disaster.

According to former CIA terrorist analyst Michael Scheuer (among others), the US is not in the Middle East to defend our freedoms - we're there because of business interests like oil. And being there is helping Al Quida recruit more people.

Even Benazir Bhutto - killed in Pakistan 12/27/07 - said that she believes US military involvement has helped to promote terrorism in Pakistan.

US foreign policy either installs and/or gives money to governments like Pakistan, and then when they don't do what we ask, we go to war, remove them from power, and start over. It happened in Iran, it happened in Iraq, it's happening in Pakistan.

Where in the Constitution does it give the US the right to do any of this?

And if you think we went to war with Iraq because of 9/11, think again. It has been the policy of the US to have 'regime change' in Iraq since 1997. Both the CIA and people on the ground in Iraq before the war started said there was no real evidence pointing to WMD's in Iraq. And now plans are for us to be there another 20-50 years - our embassy being built right now is as large as the Vatican and will cost $1.5 billion yearly to operate.

And if you think we need to fight them over there instead of over here - not only is it a fallacy to believe those are the only two options, the fact that 'they're' already here shows how wrong that thinking is.

We're doing nothing to protect our borders. And our defense is the weakest is been in a long time. Shouldn't this be our priority - rather than forcing democracy down the throats of a sovereign country using the barrel of a gun?

There was a concern raised about Paul's apparent lack of support for Israel. Let's first look at current US policy.

We do not respect Israel's sovereignty. They can make no decisions without checking with us first. They can't defend themselves... they can't enter into peace treaties unless we approve it. I believe they have to purchase all their weapons from us. And they have started asking us to fight their wars for them.

And we give more money to Israel's enemies than we do to Israel.

None of this sounds like 'support' to me.

And the Fed Govt doesn't have the right to 'support' anyone financially. That's our money. The Fed Govt is supposed to protect my right to support Israel - or not support them.

Please remember that the same type of 'support' the Fed Govt gives Israel is the same type of 'support' they give to performing abortions - our tax dollars at work as they see fit.

Let me - my group - my church - support Israel. The Fed Govt is only there to protect my God-given right to do this.

Paul believes we should be friends with as many as possible (harder to go to war with friends), free trade (not managed trade like NAFTA) with as many as possible, and set the good example. But stay out of entangling alliances. Let countries deal with their own problems. And if Congress, representing the people, wants to declare war, they can.

Remember that US foreign policy has typically been non-intervention, fighting only when necessary to defend yourself. To protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. We've allowed ourselves to be convinced that there's a terrorist behind every door, an 'undefined enemy,' and we'll have to give up some of our liberties to be safe. Because of that, Benjamin Franklin said we will have neither.

Outside of saying he's pro-life and pro-marriage, Mike Huckabee's record is not 'conservative.' He has the support of the New Hampshire NEA. He believes he can decide 'what is right' (an answer in a debate) rather than follow the Constitution. He believes it's okay for the Fed Govt to ban smoking in all 50 states.

Regarding homeschooling, Ron Paul believes that:
1. Parents should make decisions about their children (defending life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness).
2. The Department of Education should be eliminated (same position as Reagan prior to his election), sending all Ed. decisions back to the state and local levels.
3. As long as there is an Fed Income Tax, homeschooling families should receive tax rebates for homeschool expenses.

And he has stood up for these rights consistently.

It doesn't get much more pro-homeschool than that.

Thanks for letting me share,

Happy New Year

I hope everyone is having a happy new years day!