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Friday, September 28, 2012

Mom's Apple Cake

This is another great fall recipe that I enjoy making with my mom. Last time we were together, she didn't remember it. I decided to post it on my blog, so we could make it again next time we are together. She made it for us at her home one time in 2006, and we've had it several times since then. I hope you will enjoy it too!

Mom's Apple Cake
Cream together:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour sifted with:
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Add dry mixture to cream mixture alternately with:
1 cup sour milk
2 apples cut into slices.

1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup nuts

Mix together, sprinkle over dough in 9 x 13" pan. Bake one hour at 350 degrees.

Sorry, no pics! Didn't get the chance to bake it this week...

Psalm 17:8
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

Proverbs 25:11
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.

Zechariah 2:8
For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches theapple of his eye...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

American Girl class: Rebecca Week 3

We had another fun American Girl class this week. We discussed book three in the series, Candelight for Rebecca. After our discussion questions, I passed out printed dreidels --printable found here. I also passed out directions on how to decorate them and how to play the game. I should have printed more of the directions for our class, since I only had one for me.

The girls seemed to enjoy playing with their new dreidels. For the first class, I had glue dots to put them together. For the 2nd class, I had run out of glue dots, so we used regular craft and school glue. It took a little longer, but they came together nicely.

 Playing dreidel together...
 Then for snack, I had a mom bring Rolos for the girls to play dreidel with as their gelt; and we made dreidels to eat! They were a large marshmallow, one pretzel stick, and a Hershey's kiss. We had a dab of frosting to put them together. The dreidels were cute! I think the girls had lots of fun making them.
 For our second craft, we made menorahs with one large craft stick (8" long), one package of Crayola Model magic (one box with various colors) and 9 birthday candles (I found cheap packages of 24 at Wal-mart). They rolled out 9 balls of Model Magic, put them on the craft stick in a row and stuck the candles in them. It is a simple menorah, but the girls got a good idea what they would be like. I wished we had a real dreidel and menorah to show in our class.

 I loved how some girls followed directions and were so slow and deliberate, and others whipped it together. The Model Magic should harden as it dries. I hope the girls will enjoy their menorah and maybe even save it for Hanukkah in December! We talked about lighting the candles, one each night and how they were light in the cold, dark wintertime.

 The 2:00 class working on their dreidels, cutting and coloring...

 Some found the cutting to be hard work!
Another cute dreidel to eat!
 Making menorahs...

Friends working together...

Here is my daughter with her menorah! I love it!

Here are three fun videos that I emailed to the moms to watch ahead of time & share with their daughters:

Lighting of the Candles

Dreidel song (Fun Jazzy Version-- scroll down on the page)

Video of how to play Dreidel

You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.

You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wordful Wednesday: Air Show!

Sorry no pictures today... experiencing a temporary glitch, I hope!

This past Saturday, my Dad was in town for a visit, and we had tickets to the local air show. We arose in the morning, and did not shower with the intent of sweating with a large group of others from our hometown out on the airport causeway. We wore our good, supportive shoes, light-colored shirts (from AWA VBS!) and comfortable shorts. We wore hats and visors to keep the sun from our eyes (hopefully!).

As we arrived at the air show, we waited in a long line of cars to travel into the airport and eventually park. After parking, we gathered our Red Rider wagon and loaded it with our camp chairs, big and small. We had armed ourselves with binoculars and a fanny pack, which was loaded with sunscreen and a few other essentials. We trudged on in to the airport, slapped a few security bracelets on our young ones and promptly got separated.

It was partly my own fault. My hubby said that my Dad and some kids would be by the crazy colored CAR and I heard crazy colored --- something. I saw crazy colored port-a-potties, so I figured that's what he meant. WRONG. We waited. We waited a little more. We found a booth that was giving out free water, and took advantage. We walked around some, but I knew my hubby, Dad and kids would not have gone far from me, my oldest and youngest daughters. After walking around "one more time," we found them. We found a spot and set up our chairs near some planes to view, and within earshot of the announcer. After an hour of arriving there and enjoying some daring planes, we decided to buy lunch.

Lunch in and of itself was a chore. You see, three kids wanted hot dogs. My hubby and I went and stood in the hot dog line. It was not toooo long. We ordered, waited a few minutes and were given three burned hot dogs. All of the hot dogs were the same way. Okay... the kids will eat them up anyway. We delivered them to the kids and my dad, and went back to the lines. We bought my dad a cheeseburger and brought it to him with a drink. Then we bought Rebekah a small personal pizza. All of the lunch lines were not too long until we stood in the Navajo Taco line. We stood in line there, to get lunch for Joshua and I for five- ten minutes without moving in the line! We nixed that idea and decided to get chicken sandwiches. One problem-- chicken was gone (it was only 12:30!) so we both opted for rib sandwiches (think McRib type with a decent squirt of BBQ sauce!). We got more waters, cokes and finally sat down to eat. After a few minutes of Mallory nagging, we found a freebie dog tag necklace from the Marines for her, since her brother had gotten one. All of this was in between watching planes and helicopters fly around us.

The kids wanted to walk around to see more of the sights in the air show and go inside some planes. I was still kinda tired from standing in the lunch lines! The rest of the crew left me and went to see some other sights. After resting on my own in the heat, and applying more sunscreen, I ventured to some shade in the shadow of an airplane wing. After setting down again, my hubby and Dad came over and we moved our chairs to the shade.

After setting in the shade near some old cars to view, I relaxed a little more. It was nice to be out of the sun. Joshua took our kids and walked down a ways where he saw some friends and more airplanes, touring some with the kids. My Dad came back after a few minutes, claiming his back hurt, and found respite in a camp chair. The problem with the shade was that we couldn't hear the announcer anymore. We didn't know what was going on as much, but we knew the Blue Angels were to appear around 3:00. The kids were getting tired. I was getting tired. After a few trips to the bathroom, Daddy bought some iced orange juice to share. A refreshing treat! Then finally vrooom.... the Blue Angels were firing up! Oh the excitement! Then they took off... swooooommm! After another minute, "Where are they?" Then a vrooooosh!! Over out heads in surprise! So exciting! Within the first few minutes, each of the kids said, "THIS IS AWESOME!" We enjoyed the Blue Angels for over 45 minutes, and "They rocked!" as Mallory wrote in her journal the next day. Suddenly all of the waiting, enduring and perservering was worth it.

We enjoyed our freedom that in our country we can have incredible planes that can fly like this, in an air show for fun, for us, Americans. We thanked God for our country and the great land we live in. We were proud to be Americans.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Galatians 5:1

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:13

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Good Shepherd

Lately in our homeschool, we have been reading the book, "The Tanglewoods' Secret" by Patricia St. John. I have really enjoyed listening to my husband read it to our children several nights a week. In the book, one of the main characters, Ruth meets a pastor who gives her a picture of the Good Shepherd and leads her to salvation in Christ. This is the picture that he gives to Ruth:

This picture is of great intrigue and interest to Ruth, who knows a shepherd and knows how much a shepherd will sacrifice for his sheep. She knows a shepherd who lost a sheep in the story, and how his hands were so cut up by the brambles in which the sheep was ensnarled when he untangled the sheep. She sees in this picture how the shepherd is nearly risking his life for the life of the sheep, who got himself stuck on a precipice, with a large bird ready to take it's life.

Isn't that how our good shepherd is to us? He loves us so much that He sent His son to die for us, even when we don't deserve it! Even when we have sinned against Him! What a precious gift of grace!

Grace as I learned is:

So we can experience God's riches because of Christ's sacrifice for us-- for YOU and ME! It still is unfathomable to me how BIG that gift truly is! I hope you have accepted it, if not, please do so today. You can find out more info here.

John 10:1-10

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

Do you know the Good Shepherd and the depth of His love for you? I hope so!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Music Monday: 10,000 Reasons {Bless the Lord}

The past month or so, we've heard this song on the Christian radio station often. It quickly became one of my favorite songs. I think Matt Redman is one of today's best Christian songwriters. This song speaks of my own desire to praise God in each and every day, a great reminder of what Psalm 118 says, "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." A reminder to sing and praise God even when things are not "going my way" and I don't feel like praising God. God is so good, and we need to praise Him each day with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. Are you praising Him today?

10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman

Bless the lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship his holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship you holy name
The sun comes up 
Its a new day dawning
Its time to sing your song again
What ever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes
Bless the lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship his holy name
Sing like never before 
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name
You're rich in love and you're slow to anger
Your name is great and your heart is kind
For all your goodness I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find
Bless the lord oh my soul

Oh my soul

Worship his holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing your praise unending
10,000 years and then forever more
Bless the lord oh my soul 
Oh my soul
Worship his holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name
Bless the lord oh my soul 
Oh my soul
Worship his holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name (repeat 3x)
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name (repeat 3x)

( From:,000-reasons-lyrics.html )

You can listen to this song sung live on YouTube here.

Psalm 103:1-2

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—

Psalm 108:1
My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul.

Revelation 15:4
Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Friday, September 21, 2012

Creative (crazy) sandwiches!

Recently, my son had a creative sandwich. He made two peanut butter and cinnamon sugar sandwiches, put PB between them, stacked them, and put PB on top. Think he likes peanut butter much?

On another day recently, my daughter Bethany wanted a peanut butter sandwich. I asked her what else she wanted on it, and she looked in the fridge. She pulled out the black olives, one of her favorites. I said, "No, that's not for a sandwich!" But she was not swayed, and stuck the black olives into the PB. She ate every last bite. I guess it was salty... I was not convinced it was as delicious as she said!

My kids really like alternatives to strawberry or grape jam on their peanut butter sandwich. Some favorites are honey, and cinnamon sugar. I remember having a lot of peanut butter and cinnamon sugar sandwiches growing up. PB and agave nectar doesn't always work-- it's too runny!

I remember one time when I was growing up that my mom let us have crazy sandwiches for dinner. We put together all different combos, and some were good. But some were bad. Very bad. Peanut butter and ketchup, anyone? Ew yuck! Oh well, at least we learned and tuned up our taste buds!

My hubby when he was growing up tried peanut butter and popcorn sandwiches. My son likes PB and chips. They were all good sandwiches! We like BLATs- Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato sandwiches-- delicious!

We like grilled cheese with tomato soup for dinner sometimes. Sometimes instead of grilled cheese, I'll do string cheese (1/2 a piece or whole) crescent rolls with a slice of pepperoni in there too. It is pretty yummy for a quick dinner with soup on a baseball night!

So maybe if you are bored with your everyday sandwich, you just need to spice them up! You never know when you just might find a delicious new combination!

Luke 11:3
Give us each day our daily bread.

John 6:33-35

For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Acts 27:35
After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

American Girl class: Rebecca Week 2

We had another fun American Girl class this past Tuesday!

We discussed our second book in the series, Rebecca and Ana.  Each girl got an American flag, which I got on July 4th clearance! Then they waved their U.S. flag just like Ana did in our book!

We went on to our craft, which was quite an undertaking for 12 girls ages 6-11 to accomplish in one hour or less! We painted Russian nesting dolls, or Matryoshka dolls. I found sets of 6 at our local Hobby Lobby. I looked online and found a better deal per set, but the shipping was the same as the subtotal amount! The local craft store ended up being the less expensive option. I also bought acrylic paints and cheap paintbrushes at Wal-mart. I had a  box of my own paints, so I went through them and added to the stash with new colors I needed-- such as a flesh color. I did bring my own samples of Matryoshka dolls for the girls to see too- some whimsical snowmen and some realistic Russian painted ones.

I had red plastic bowls for the paint to go in, and that helped contain it to the bowl. Most of the girls painted with flesh colored paint first, and painted all six dolls that way, then added hair and facial features. A few took a while to paint them slowly, and several girls painted them quickly. It was interesting to see the difference in how they painted.

 Love seeing the dolls all lined up...

 The tables got messier-- I should have brought newspaper to cover the tables and a smock for myself to wear. I did bring aprons from home for the girls to wear, and the girls brought paint shirts too. Hopefully nobody ruined any clothes-- I tried to warn the moms in advance! (If you did get acrylic paint on clothes, Pine-Sol in a scrub will get it out.) I know I need to do that on some of my daughter's clothes!
 Painting pants and shirts-- such detail! We had bagels for snack, the girls loved them! The mom who brought them also brought cream cheese and cinnamon sugar butter- it was a hit!
 The 2:00 class....

 I had cups for water to rinse the brushes...
 The tables are getting messier... wish I brought wet washrags to wipe the tables!
 My daughter (above) painted her dolls all one color each, and then added eyes with the bottom of her paintbrush. It makes the perfect dot! She has carried them around ever since they dried. :-D
I loved how cute they are and how the girls worked on them. I know some girls didn't have time to finish them in class, so hopefully you can find some supplies at Wal-mart to allow them to finish painting the six dolls. I think they will be a treasure for years to come! Many of the girls took a red bowl full of drying dolls home with them. It worked ok to have some of them left on a shelf for a few hours to dry.

I am thankful that we did it, even though it was messy. I learned from it, and will change a few things for next time. I am thankful for the moms who helped me and scrubbed the tables with cleaner at the end of class. I hope the girls all enjoyed it too!

Genesis 1:27, 30-31

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ...And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Exodus 16:29
Bear in mind that the LORD has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Joshua's birthday!

My hubby had a birthday this past Saturday. On his birthday, he did a "Mud Run" also called the "Filthy 5K" locally. His younger sister ran/ fielded obstacles alongside him, and they came out all in one piece, with only a few scrapes and aches! I was super proud of him for running in a race again, for finishing, and for being brave enough to get filthy! His sister made him a shirt which said, "I'm with awesome" and she had one to match! On the back, it said, "41 years of awesomeness!" I *may* have mentioned to the DJ there that it was his birthday, and everyone sang to him! Here are some photo highlights:
 Starting off clean and white....
 The muddy water pit at the end...
 Getting ready to run...
 Not so clean and white anymore...
41 years of awesomeness!

Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

1 Corinthians 9:24-25
 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Galatians 5:7
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from 

obeying the truth?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

First grade lapbooks

We have been using the Five In A Row (FIAR) curriculum this year with our first grader. The curriculum is a little simple, and needs something extra to fill the time each day. Lapbooks are the perfect time-filler and curriculum enchancer!  I have found a bunch of FIAR lapbooks on the website They have lots of FIAR resources for each manual (there are four), and for each title that is discussed each week. I like the notebook titles, which I have printed, laminated and use on our calendar in the "Book of the Week" section. I also like the copywork which has one sentence to trace from each book. Each book also has a related lap book, which I have been printing each Friday, doing some prep work of cutting, and then working on a few mini-books each day to complete one lapbook each week!

I also like the Draw-Write-Now go-alongs, showing in the Draw-Write-Now books how to draw different people, animals and things from the books. I have ordered a few of the manuals and hope to use them more this fall!

So far the first three that we have done are:
Madeline by Ludwig Behmelmans
Lentil by Robert McCloskey
Who Owns the Sun by Stacy Chbosky
Madeline- cover
Body Organs chart
Benefits of Exercise pull-tab
And the smallest one was Madeline- size ratio booklet
Clean Hands tab book
Center of lapbook- open (I don;'t know why it is turned!)
Rhyme Time tab booklet
Tour de France- a photo tour of the main attractions in France
Remembering My Manners
How can you be Polite?
Say Hello when...
Where is the World... is France?
In an old House in Paris... twelve little girls go in pocket
Right flap-
Symmetry booklet
Flag of France
France info booklet

Back cover- illustration to color from the book

Lentil lapbook
Front cover:
Notebook title (with lemons)
Illustration copied from book

Inside center open:
Harmonica Info
She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain lyrics/song booklet
Patriotism- definition
Whole equal to... half/ quarter booklet
Ohio info page book
Small Town Life/ My map of Alto (an activity from Monday)
Right flap:
Dogs/ cats in book
Ohio direction from Colorado
Gifts and Talents mini-book
Back cover:
Where is Ohio? coloring page

Who Owns the Sun lap book
Front cover:
Three min-books with definitions for squint, windmill and wanderer
The Sun booklet
"I wonder" questions booklet
Center open:
Big Jim descriptions
New Colors included in book- mauve, chartreuse, etc.,
Where is Mississippi? info booklet
Food Groups with illustrations
Southern States
Question mark or period book/ sentences
Simple Machines booklet- illustration and definitions for lever, wedge, pulley, etc.,
Back cover:
How I can show love- My daughter wrote/ dictated:
help them up
give a band-aid
give a present or a card
make a meal or food
give candy
draw a picture

I love how each of them turned out, they are great! I love all of the learning that took place too!

1 Kings 3:3Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.

Psalm 17:7
Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.

1 John 4:9
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Music Monday: Crazy ABC's

You may know Barenaked Ladies for their song, "If I had a Million Dollars." We discovered that they made a kids music CD, and there is a funny song on it that teaches a new kind of ABCs. My teacher heart thinks it is so funny! I hope you enjoy a good chuckle too!

Barenaked Ladies - Crazy ABC's Lyrics

  • Songwriters: Steven Page, Ed Robertson
Hey Steve, hey Ed, that sounds nice, what is it?
Thank you, it's a, it's an alphabet song I'm working on
Oh great, a whole new alphabet, I just learned the old one

A is for aisle, B is for bdellium, C is for czar
And if you see him would you mind telling him?

Okay, hang on a second, yeah aisle, bdellium?
Yeah, aisle like a, like a theater, alright, okay and bdellium?
Bdellium, it's a gum like tree resin, it starts with a silent B
And then czar? Yeah, it's uh like a Russian czar

You know everybody knows apple, ball and cat
I wanted to get into some, you know some stranger words
Right, I see what you're doing

D is for djinn, E for Euphrates
F is for fohn, but not like when I call the ladies

I thought phone started with a P like a Ph
No, it's F O H N, it's a, it's a kind of wind
Yeah, I know what you mean by wind

G for gnarly, I for irk, H is for hour
J for jalapeños, good in either corn or flour
Tortillas, let us rhyme

K is for knick knack, L is for llama
Pramma, llama, ding, what's so strange about llama?
Llama, it starts with two L's, what's the second one for?
No idea, I know loser

N for neumonic, M is for mdomo, O is for ouiga board
P for pneumonia, pterodactyl and psychosis, Q is for qat

Okay, Q qat? What? Yeah, it's uh Q A T, it's an evergreen shrub
It's a perfect scrabble word because it's a Q with no U
There's not many of those, you have too much time on your hands

R is for argyle , no it isn't
Okay, you're right, I couldn't find a good R word
S is for Szár, a lovely German river
T for tsunami, a wave that makes me quiver

U is for urn, but not like earning money
V for vraisemblance from French and therefore kind of funny

W for wren, wrinkly and who
X is for Xian, an ancient Chinese city, true
Ancient Chinese city, huh? My guitar player, some hotshot

Y is for yiperite, a very nasty gas
And zed's the final letter and by final I mean last

Okay, when you say zed for the benefit of our American friends
You really mean Z, right?
No, I mean zed, like, like Zed Zed Top, Zed Zed Top?

Yeah, you know the guys with the big long beards
Well, except the guy whose name is Beard, he has a mustache
I always thought that was interesting

You done with the alphabet?
No, extra letters I haven't heard of? I think so
This was a great help, I think
With the contribution you made to world literacy

Well, I'm just saying, kids I'm just saying
Think outside the box a little bit, box with an R
Yeah, well, no box with a B A L K S like a pitcher
Ah, as opposed to B A C H S

Right, think outside the box, get into some Rochmaninov
That's Rochmaninov with a W

You can listen to this song on YouTube here.

Psalm 34:11
Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Apple- Oatmeal Cookies

We've been busy at our house making applesauce, dehydrating apples, freezing apples, making Apple Pancake, Apple Crisp, and even baking cookies! I found this recipe in the newspaper this past Sunday, and Rebekah tried them. We really liked them!

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Here is the recipe:
Beat together:
1/2 cup softened butter,
one cup sugar,
2 eggs,
and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until creamy.

Stir in:
1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal,
1 1/2 cups flour,
1/2 tsp baking soda,
1/2 tsp baking powder,
1/2 tsp salt,
and 1 tsp cinnamon.

When completely mixed, stir in:
1/4 cup milk
1 finely chopped (we used our hand chopper)
and 1 cup raisins.

Drop dough by the teaspoon onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cookies are set. Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this recipe, we'd love to hear your review!

Proverbs 7:2
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

Proverbs 25:11
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.

Song of Songs 2:5
Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

American Girl class: Rebecca week 1

This week was our first class this fall for American Girls! We are going to be studying Rebecca and Kit, and I'm excited! We had a great first class, and we got a lot into our time there! 

First, we discussed the book Meet Rebecca, and I asked questions to the girls about it. Then we made "doilies", which was a piece of beige muslin measuring 6" square, and a piece of crocheted lace that was 24" long. The girls took a needle and thread, and sewed the lace onto the muslin, doing a straight stitch around all four edges. 
 Some of the girls had a very easy time with this, and most found it to be kinda challenging. But lots of the girls finished it during our class!

 Stitching... so thankful for my mom helpers!
 This girl finished first-- in about 20 minutes!
 Cute dolls setting on the table-- the one on the left is a Rebecca doll-- well-loved!
 For snack, we had Challah bread, you can find the recipe here. In the first class, we had honey and butter on it. In the second class, a mom made a dip for it, and it was delicious! Here is the recipe:

Challah Spread
8 oz Whipped Cream Cheese (whipped is easiest to stir! can buy at store)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients together until well blended. Dip hot (or cold) Challah in it. Enjoy! 
 We also worked on our geography notebooks. You can find the U.S. map here.
You can find the Russia flag page here.
You can find the New York page here.
I was so glad I remembered crayons this time! :-D
 The 2:00 class, beginning to hand-sew...

 Sisters doing their hand-sewing...
 My daughter Mallory gets to be in my class this year! She is (above) working on her geography pages.

It was a great first class! I did not have a Jewish speaker, like I originally thought, but read a story about Shabbat from The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays, by Malka Druker and Nancy Patz. The girls (and moms) seemed to enjoy it! It went by too quickly, and I am looking forward to discussing Rebecca and Ana next week!
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