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Friday, April 21, 2017

New banana bread recipe

This recipe is from our church cookbook. My oldest daughter made it for us a few months ago, and it is a huge hit in our house. It is usually gone within 24 hours of making it! The recipe was submitted by four different people, and the note on the bottom says it must be good, and it is delicious!
 I've made it several times, and we had it for brunch on Easter with fried eggs, so yummy!

Here is the recipe:
Banana bread

5 medium, over-ripe bananas
3 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup hot water
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup nuts, chopped (I've used walnuts)

Put bananas, soda and water in blender and run for 5 minutes or more until thickened. In large bowl, beat eggs; add sugar, butter and vanilla. Add flour alternately with banana mixture to egg mixture. Add nuts. Pour into well-greased large bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes.

*I've also floured the pan and it turned out better.

The last time I made it, I noticed that there are no spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice. It is still delicious, and doesn't need anything else added!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know your review!

Leviticus 24:5
“Take the finest flour and bake twelve loaves of bread, using two-tenths of an ephah for each loaf.

1 Kings 19:6
He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

John 6:35
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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Homeschool organization

 Today, I am going to show you some of the ways that I organize our homeschool room. Ever since I was in junior high,  I have used 3-ring binders to organize papers. When we began homeschooling, I bought a large 3-inch 3-ring binder for each of my children. My oldest has a binder for every year of her homeschooling. When the year is over, I put the binders in a bank storage box and into storage. I have kept them just in case a lawyer or someone from Social Services comes to my house and says they need proof of our homeschooling. Now that my daughter is graduating, I can probably get rid of most of her binders!
I usually have the kids decorate a paper for the front of the clear binder cover. As they get older, I just print one from the computer for them. They can color on it or decorate it if they would like. I just like to have the binder labeled. 
 Inside the binder, I have each subject marked with a section and a divider. At the end of each week, I take all of their papers and divide them into the subjects and put them into their binders. When I have a meeting with an advisor, I can grab their binders and go to the meeting. I have all of their papers for the year in it, and it does get quite heavy by the time May rolls around!

In the binder, there are sections for spelling, grammar, handwriting, reading (younger kids), science, math and art. We have a separate small binder for history/ geography. A lot of moms leave the pages in the workbooks for different subjects. I have always torn the pages out, partly because they have answer keys in the back, and partly because I want them stored in the binder. It is easier for me to keep track of one book than several small workbooks. I like to reuse the workbooks from year to year, so I usually copy the pages out of the workbooks to use. Then I can use them with my other kids, and sell them again when we're done using it. After I make a copy of the page, I always punch holes in it, because then it is easier to slip it into the binder when it is completed and graded.
This is how I organize their papers after they are graded each day. I try to keep up on the grading as I can, in case they have learned something wrong, it can be corrected quickly and they won't continue on working in the wrong way. This is especially important for math papers.
 I have three crates to keep their binders and other papers/ projects in. It is handy to divide their things so I can easily grab something if I need to refer to it.

This is our bookshelf with curriculum, dictionaries, answer keys, games and math books. There are math manipulative on the bottom, as well as extra spelling cards and science kits. 

I know this is not the only way to organize, but this is what works for me right now. I like the binder system, and have told several friends about it. My advisor is always telling others about my binder organization. It is much nicer than throwing a bunch of papers in a box to show the advisor!

How do you organize your homeschool papers?

1 Corinthians 14:40
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

Genesis 43:33
The men had been seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment.

Proverbs 24:27
Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lent 2017

Some of my more diligent readers may remember some of my other posts about Lent. Last year, I made a daily sacrifice of some sort, which I enjoyed. This year, I pondered about things I needed to do, different positive things that I could add in to my routine. The first thing that popped into my head was exercise. I have never been a super fit person. I'm happy to nap, read a book on the couch or play a game with the kids in my spare time. I knew it was something I needed to change, so I committed to walking and exercising more.
I got new Asics shoes as an early birthday present!

I have been walking more in the last year anyway. In our homeschool co-op, there is a mom that offers a free exercise class on Tuesday afternoons. I've attended that the past few years and enjoy that, but I felt like I needed more. My walks were pretty sporadic before, if I felt like I needed sleep more, I would take a nap.

But during Lent (from Ash Wednesday to Easter), I decided to walk or exercise every day. My goal per day is 5,000 steps. I just really never get over that, so I adjusted my goal to 5,000 instead of 10,000, because that is more achievable to me. According to my phone apps, I have met my goal way more often in the past 6 weeks than ever before. I have been using an app called "My Fitness Pal" that I can use to track steps, add in any exercise that I do each day, as well as track my diet, entering foods that I eat. My hubby encouraged me to use this app, and honestly I have enjoyed it.

So how did I do? How is this applicable to God?

Well, honestly, the results of this "exercise more" commitment have amazed me. I feel physically better ALL over. My back has hurt MUCH less. I've felt happier, and less achy overall. I've enjoyed getting out into God's creation, seeing the landscape change over the days and weeks, with Spring nearly happening before my eyes. I've enjoyed the fresh air, seeing neighbors and chatting, and getting out of the house.
I've prayed during my walks for anyone that pops into my brain. I've listened to Christian music on my headphones while I walked. I have really liked it. I've been encouraged and blessed through the exercise.

What did you do during Lent this year?

This has been a good, new habit for me to undertake. I think I will try to continue it this spring and early summer, maybe until it gets too hot...

Some verses about walking...

Genesis 13:17
Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” (God spoke to Abram)

Deuteronomy 6:7
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

On the Road to Emmaus...
Luke 24:15
As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;

Luke 24:17
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring baseball mom checklist

I have been a baseball mom for many years. I have fine-tuned my bag of items that I bring to baseball games, to watch my son play ball. If you have any team gear or team colors, wear those of course. It is spring, and the weather can be unpredictable, so I like to be as prepared as possible.

Here is my unofficial list of what I pack for baseball games (may work for soccer or other sports too)

-Hoodie sweatshirt
-Light jacket or windbreaker
-Several fleece blankets
-Bleacher seat or crazy creek chair (an investment, but worth it!)
-Snacks for the kids (siblings) who may be with you
-Cell phone for texting and camera
-Socks if wearing sandals
-Water bottle (for each person)
-Cash for concession stand (I try to keep this to a minimum)
-Hat to keep out sun and tame hair in the wind
-Umbrella (keep out sun or rain)
-Tissues in pocket or purse
-Band-aids for trips and falls on concrete

Several of these items I store in my purse (tissues, band-aids, sunglasses, cell phone) and others I put into another bag, including hat, umbrella and blankets. Usually the weather changes throughout the season, beginning with cooler days in the start of the season, and ending with shorts and no blankets or jackets at the end of the season.

Four of us crowded under our old umbrella!
Depending on the time of the game (ours are usually at 5:15 or 7:30), I may or may not bring snacks. I try to make an easy dinner that we can eat before or after the game all together as a family. I like to make sandwiches, soup, spaghetti and salad, or wraps for dinner on those busy nights. I do as much prep work as I can before the 5:15 games, such as setting out the pans, making egg or tuna salad, making a green salad, setting the table, etc.,

Sometimes the chairs can double as an umbrella!
Of course, there are always times that things get forgotten. My girls will forget a water bottle, or the bleacher seats will get pulled out of the van. Sometimes we only have one or two blankets, sometimes the kids will sit on them. We have a picnic blanket that can be unzipped and helps keep out rain. But there are days that it really pours, and we just go back to the van.

Sometimes the kids will bring their own bags with toys, balls, coloring or activity books, a sweatshirt or jacket and notebook to write in. It helps the games go by faster when they get tired of sitting and cheering. The games can get long for little ones. I enjoy when grandparents come so that they can talk to and hold the kids.

I am ready for a great baseball season, I hope you are too! I may need my umbrella for games this week...


 While it doesn't talk about baseball in the Bible, it does talk about running, which is part of baseball...

1 Corinthians 9:24
[ The Need for Self-Discipline ] 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.

Galatians 2:2
I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.

Hebrews 12:1
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...

Monday, March 27, 2017

School room renovation

A few weeks ago, we got a new desk for our school room. We had a huge desk before, and it was just particle board, not real wood. We always wanted a smaller, all wood desk. We found one on Craigslist, and my hubby picked it up a few hours away on a Saturday. My goal for this Spring Break was to tear the wallpaper down in our homeschool/ dining room. It was the last bit of wallpaper in our house, and it was a light green and blue paisley type of pattern.
 I posted this photo (below) on social media and asked for a color opinion for the walls. We decided on gray. We looked at Lowe's and picked out several. When we got home they all looked darker than in the store. We ended up choosing a light gray-blue called North Star.
 Here is the school room before painting, after all of the wallpaper was removed. When we moved all of the furniture, I realized how terrible the carpet looked too. We did move the computer desk too.

 After scraping wallpaper glue off of the walls for a day, we began taping, spackling and priming.
 We cut in the edges...
 After we painted the tip part gray, we painted the bottom section bright white. (it was off-white)

 We love the contrast of the gray and the wood!
 Since we were mostly finished by mid-day Tuesday and had extra paint, we decided to paint our kitchen too! (We had been talking about it for a few months!)
 The kitchen walls after one coat... we painted the ceiling too!
 This is the kitchen after we put it all back together. The blue paint was leftover from a bathroom renovation a few years ago.
Loving the brighter blue-gray on these walls!

And here is our new school room set-up!
 We rearranged the room, putting the table on a wall, getting smaller maps, and using command hooks (removable, no nails!) to hang everything so far. We are liking the set-up and the brighter walls too!

I also cleaned the carpets in the school room and adjoining living room. They were gross! I cleaned carpets upstairs too. It was a lot of work, but it is looking so nice!

What did you do over your Spring Break? Hopefully we'll travel this summer...

1 Chronicles 28:10
Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”

Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish thework of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working forthe Lord, not for human masters...

Friday, March 24, 2017

School funding...

In our area, we have lots of homeschoolers. There is an "Umbrella" school that we are under, also called a charter school. We are accountable to the program for the work that we do each week, set goals for the student's school work each year, and then we receive funding from them for school resources. We receive $2000 per child at this point, for approved school related items, such as paper, pencils, crayons, staplers, tape, ink cartridges, binders, and some curriculum. Since it is a non-Christian entity, they will not pay for any Christian items, or anything by a Christian publisher.

We have enjoyed it, because the kids get tested there, and I don't have to do it. Caleb's drum lessons and baseball fees have been paid for. They changed some of the funding guidelines this year, so they don't cover most sports-related clothing, any more furniture (last year we got two big bookshelves!) and several other things. They will pay for most educational games, books, math curriculum, construction paper, and more. I like that I can get most school supplies paid for. They even have paid for Rebekah's college classes this year. That is a HUGE help!

Usually at the end of the year though, the younger girls especially, have funding left over. We already have lots of books and curriculum from the older kids, so it can be a small challenge to utilize their funds. I have gathered a list of items that we have gotten before to help other homeschool families in my area gather ideas.

Here is what we have gotten before:
A set of 100 colored pencils
Solar system kit, paintable to hang
pencils/ scissors organizer for the desk
pencil cases, erasers
A local trip (within 350 miles), one night hotel stay
A ball to sit on (great for my ADHD kids!)
Scissors, crayons, glue, glue sticks, markers, rulers, Sharpies
pencils (mechanical too), pencil lead refills
dry erase boards and markers
Sticky notes, index cards
Large pack of construction paper (300 sheets? Maybe 500?)
Scotch tape and dispenser
a case of paper
a magnetic/ white board for our spelling curriculum, eraser
Educational puzzles, esp. maps
Computer, printer, ink
IPAD with case
swimsuits (no longer fundable), dance clothing, baseball pants, etc., (may not be fundable anymore)
Drum/ piano lesson fees
Crossover class fees (classes taken at a local school, such as band)
Magnet kit, butterfly kit, ant farm
Many, many, many books!
Great books with a historical emphasis!
Trebuchet kit
Drawing books
Large binders to organize papers, page protectors, subject dividers
Art supplies- paint, paper, brushes, watercolor paints
Money kit, calculators
Tangram puzzle/ game cards
Handwriting books
Books for Five in A Row curriculum
Math, reading curriculum, spelling curriculum/ magnets, workbooks (secular only)
Museum admissions, art museum, pool punch cards, pool admissions
Swim lessons
Bicycles, bike helmets
A new stapler, staples
Clay for art
Pencil grips for pencils
Internet fees (but not cable)
Mileage to/ from classes
ACT or SAT assessment (one per year)
Class fees outside the home- choir, speech, dance, etc.,

This was at Office Depot, I found it cheaper on
X-Acto school Pro heavy duty electric pencil sharpener
Many games: Ticket to Ride, Ticket to Ride Europe, expansion packs for Ticket to Ride,  Sum Swamp, Math Dice, Rory's story cubes, Wordplay, Flag Frenzy, Timeline, Sequence, Blockus, Bananagrams, Quiddler, Set, Speed multiplication, Spelling Bee, and many more. We love playing games!

Here are other ideas that we have not purchased, because we either already owned them, received them as gifts, or don't need them:

jump drive for computer
math manipulatives
teaching clock
Flash cards
Boggle Jr. game
Scrabble Jr. game
Educational camps (science, art)
Kindle for reading
Organizational items- bins, etc.,
Storage boxes for spelling cards or flash cards
Clipboards (useful for not working at a table)
Twistables colored pencils
Mr. Sketch markers
Poetry books
Science kits- Magic School Bus or Young Scientist
Magazine subscriptions- National Geographic, Highlights (?)
Art supplies, or art curriculum
Blue tooth speaker (unsure of funding for this item)

I am unsure yet what we will spend the rest of our money on. We will probably go to a museum or two before the end of the school year. We may buy more books for the summer reading.

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.  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.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 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.

Matthew 21:15
But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rebekah's 18th birthday!

We had a great party celebrating our beautiful blessing, Rebekah for her 18th birthday! We had family and friends join us for dinner (wings, fries, asparagus, soda) and cake/ ice cream this past weekend. Two of her long time besties joined us for the first time in many years. They are all grown up! 
Here are a few photos of the gift opening and candle-blowing! We sure love our girl!

 She got a fun card from Auntie Allison, with Belle on it. The new Beauty and the Beast movie just released. When Auntie Allie and Nana were at Disneyland recently, they met Belle at a meal in the castle. Auntie Allie recorded a personalized video message to Rebekah from Belle. So sweet! <3 p="">
 A new infinity scarf...
 A LuLa Roe dress...
 A new comforter/ sheet set...
 Sweet earrings from her buddy...
 Another LuLa Roe dress, in addition to the one she is wearing that we gave her in the morning, with leggings. Now she has FOUR dresses! (I'm a little jealous! They are SO comfy!)
 A shamrock necklace from her Great Uncle!
 She received several gift cards and cash!Even to her favorite store, ULTA!
Blowing out the candles on her cupcakes that she made... chocolate with peanut butter frosting.. DELICIOUS! What a fun party!

Happy birthday to our ADULT daughter!?! (I still feel 25, so I'm not sure how that can be!)

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Genesis 24:15
Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.

Genesis 25:20
... and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring allergies

Allergies. Some people get them in the fall. Others get them in the spring, like me. Some people get them in both seasons, others not at all.

My allergies usually show up the 2nd week of March. Some years they arrive around March 15. It begins for me with the itchy eyes. Then more sneezing than usual. Then the nose starts to itch on the end. Sometimes it runs more. I feel tired. Sometimes when my allergies are really bad, my eyes are swollen and my sinuses are really stuffed up. Occasionally my throat itches. It is not fun!

I've tried lots of over the counter medications, and I've found only a few that help. I take Claritin year round to help with allergies. During allergy season, I have taken Zyrtec for many years, but it makes me sleepy. All day long. Ugh. I've also taken eye drops (I like Zaditor) and prescription nasal spray, which I should have started already, but I ran out this spring!

A few years ago when I began to get into essential oils, I found the TriEase soft gels by doTerra. They were created to protects against seasonal and environmental elements. They help maintain clear breathing and healthy immune system function. They take a few days to kick in, and if I don't take them with lots of water, or eat afterward, I'll get heartburn.

Another natural supplement that my husband and I found that helps is a dissolvable pill called AllergieMittel. It helps very quickly.

I was tested for allergies about 17-18 years ago (my oldest was a baby) and found that I am allergic to juniper, which is in  75% of the yards in my valley. Sigh. It blooms in the spring, putting off a fine yellow powder. That powder is what I am allergic to. My allergist had a picture of it that he showed me when I visited his office.

I am also allergic to some animals: dogs, cats, horses and rabbits. So we do not have pets besides chickens that stay outdoors. I am also allergic to dust mites. So I vacuum our mattress at least once a year and wash our bedding frequently. Spring cleaning comes at the perfect time to coincide with my allergies. I have been cleaning a lot lately, washing bedding, curtains, dusting...

My family is allergic to many of the same things that I am. I am pretty sure that a few of my children are allergic to juniper too. I know a few are allergic to cats and dogs. We've only had our youngest daughter tested because she has eczema as well as allergies. My doctor told me that allergies, asthma and eczema are all tied together. Of course my husband had all three when he was younger.

My mom and one of my older brothers had more severe allergies than me and went through rounds of allergy shots. My brother was allergic to several kinds of grass and trees, but not me. I am thankful that my allergies are not worse.

So those allergy sufferers out there, I can sympathize with you. For those who have no allergies, I am jealous of you. I wish I could understand why God made some people allergic to things while others are not.

I have tried eating local honey too, that helps a little. Anybody else have any great helps? I'd love to hear your ideas! I'm not super desperate yet, but I do have a roller bottle of lemon/ lavender/ peppermint oils in my pocket. That reminds me, I need to refill that one...

Daniel 2:21
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

Acts 14:17
Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

Galatians 4:10
You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A time I got "lucky"...

When I was younger, I didn't get much money. We didn't get allowance, and didn't have any way to work for money. That was ok, my mom would give us coins to spend at the corner store for Bazooka bubble gum. It was 5¢ for a piece, and it had a little comic wrapped around it. We didn't go shopping a lot, except for groceries, so I didn't have a chance to spend much either.

I had two older brothers, and they had paper routes. My oldest brother loved the Hobby store, and they bought lots of rockets and supplies there. My brothers also had model trains, and they made a huge board for it, with little trees, rocks, and even a volcano that worked. It was pretty cool. I was content to ride my bike, play at the park, and play Barbies with my friends. I did like being with my older brothers, but they usually liked to have me run bases for them. They could throw their baseball much faster than I could run between them, so I got winded pretty quickly.

One summer when I was ten, my brothers got an opportunity to deliver a bunch of papers to apartment houses. I think the papers were mostly classified ads, but if we delivered a bunch of them, we got paid for it. They got me to help them, and gave me a little bit of the money. (Which I probably spent on gum or candy at the corner store!)

We were walking outside the apartments, between the apartment houses with my mom's friend Lynn. We walked across this one driveway, and there was some cash lying on the ground. I picked it up and fingered through it, it was ELEVEN dollars, that was a lot of money back in 1983. ;-D I gave it to my mom's friend, and she said she would see if she could find out who it belonged to, and return it. Well, after several days, nobody claimed the money. So Lynn gave the money to me!

I felt so lucky! I had not been alone when I found the money, but just happened to be the one who found the money! I don't remember what I spent the money to buy, I may have put it into my savings account. My parents placed an importance on saving money, so I bet that's what happened with all or most of the cash.

I told my kids and nieces and nephews, it pays to look down! ;-D You never know when you will find some money lying on the ground, even if it is only a penny. You save your pennies, someday you'll be rich!

What about you? Have you ever found money? Share about it in the comments!

This post is linked up with Mama Kat's writer's workshop
#5. Share a childhood story about a time you got lucky.

Matthew 17:27
“But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

Luke 15:8-9
[ The Parable of the Lost Coin ] “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’
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