17.9.14

The Virtual Refrigerator, A Glimpse Back

This week has been all about organizing. "My office" is shaping up; we even had our school lessons in there today. I'm continuing to sort through clutter and change things up. These frames, filled with each of my children's art, have been on my office walls for about eight years. It is past time to update them with some of their newer creative endeavors, so sharing these treasures before they are changed seemed like a way to preserve them. 



Close up in case you missed that precious fact... I'm the best mom in the world!


And this is just a little glimpse of one thing that we've been working on with the laser cutter.

Welcome to another week of the Virtual Refrigerator. Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Angels of Heart, Every Bed of Roses, Homeschool Coffee Break, and a Glimpse of our Life. Link up your art tutorials or projects that your children have been working on. Then pin the same to our virtual fridge by joining our group pinterest board, just ask any of us to add you.

Don't miss the opportunity to download the free ebook by Kathy from WeDrawAnimals.com.





Jennifer
Join us at the blogs of any of the four bloggers who are hosting the Virtual Refrigerator. Link up, visit others who join us, try something new, then come back and share that, too.

Click these links to visit the co-hosts' blogs.



Jennifer

16.9.14

Unplugged

We have been online way too much lately. My son has even requested unplugged time for the family, so this Wednesday will be honoring his request. If you are interested in joining us, check out the Tech Timeout challenge started by Foresters which encourages families to take a daily break from technology. Participating families are encouraged to disconnect from all things electronic with the goal of helping spouses, parents and children build stronger bonds, communicate more personally and get more involved in each other’s lives. See more on Facebook


This is a Glitter Network campaign. 
Jennifer



15.9.14

The Star-Spangled Banner

music Star-Spangled Banner

Several years ago our family vacation included a trip to the top of Pike's Peak. Beside one of the beautiful overlooks are the words which were in a small part inspired by that view. 

view in Star-Spangled Banner

Sunday was the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner which was written by Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814. My children are studying American history this year, and I plan to share this video with them today as we discuss this song and the war when it was written. Our country has a Christian heritage. "The faith of our fathers" and our freedom was worth fighting for. There is so much more to this song than one scenic overlook. 

Can you and your children sing the Star-Spangled Banner by memory? Below are all four stanzas of our national anthem.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Rachael at Adventures in Wunderland compiled these related flag activities and recipes

Carolyn Kisloski shared this unit about teaching the Star-Spangled Banner

I also found this vintage song sheet from Duke University and violin sheet music that I'll have the girls play for us. 

The Smithsonian has even more Star-Spangled Banner resourcesI'd love to go back and spend a few days there with my family. 



13.9.14

Scripture And A Snapshot


"Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.  1 Chronicles 29:11 


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September Sensory Focus ~ Temple Grandin Shares Insights About Learning Styles



Dr. Temple Grandin's article is this month's featured free share from Sensory Focus magazine


10.9.14

The Virtual Refrigerator ~ Tiny Glimpses of Nature

After a bumpy start to my morning, changing things up seemed like a good idea. The kids ate their biscuits with very runny muscadine jelly, read their Bibles, brushed their teeth, and started chores. You get the picture of our morning routine. Instead of diving into our lessons as usual after that, we took our American History books outside and had school under the arbor. We read together of the Native American tribes that were close to our house hundreds of years ago. We laughed together as the cats climbed the vines covering the arbor and drank our water. We took a break together and played on the swing my husband built and a few years later rebuilt for us. I had the kids each pick one tiny treasure that God created, then they traded with each other. When we came inside, they grabbed their sketchbooks and drew what they had found. 



Welcome to another week of the Virtual Refrigerator. Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Angels of Heart, Every Bed of Roses, Homeschool Coffee Break, and a Glimpse of our Life. Link up your art tutorials or projects that your children have been working on. Then pin the same to our virtual fridge by joining our group pinterest board, just ask any of us to add you.

Don't miss the opportunity to download the free ebook by Kathy from WeDrawAnimals.com.





Jennifer
Join us at the blogs of any of the four bloggers who are hosting the Virtual Refrigerator. Link up, visit others who join us, try something new, then come back and share that, too.

Click these links to visit the co-hosts' blogs.


Free E-Book of Superfood Breakfast Recipes

The following is a sponsored post with a freebie for my blog readers.
Free E-Book of Superfood Breakfast Recipes


Ksenia from the superfood blog Breakfast Criminals has put together an e-book about the Life-Changing Power of Superfood Breakfasts. 


Get a Free E-Book of Superfood Breakfast Recipes 
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I downloaded my copy to iBooks. This ebook is filled with healthy breakfasts. It is also filled with mouthwatering color pictures of each recipe. A friend shared with me about making homemade almond milk and almond meal. I was delighted to read that process in this book. 















My kids and I enjoy making smoothies with frozen bananas. The coconut paypaya oat smoothie recipe in the book takes smoothies up a few notches and shares which ingredients are good for beautiful skin and how soaking the oats is for more enzymes.

We have all but one ingredient for the Healing Blueberry Ginger Oatmeal. I want to try that recipe soon.

Download it and then come back and leave a comment with what recipe you want to try first.



Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post by Abe's Marketing
Jennifer


Not Quite How I Planned To Start The Day

Two days ago my husband came home from work with a big box of muscadines from his boss. We all ate a few, but jelly seemed like the right thing to do with the majority of them. Yesterday, after finishing our lessons, two of my kids went next door to spend the rest of the afternoon with my parents. Heather stayed home with me and helped me start the process of turning muscadines into jelly. She helped locate and then sterilize jelly jars, mash the fruit in the pot, gather lids and canning supplies, and then we just stopped. The jars weren't quite done in the dishwasher, so after straining the fruit we turned the pot down, and I forgot all about making jelly for a few hours.

Fast forward to much later last night. I noticed my husband frying liver (something he cooks for himself  as no one else favors it; the rest of us had homemade pizza.) But seeing him cooking made me remember the jelly. So both girls helped me turn that beautiful plum colored liquid into jelly. Our late night snack was what didn't fit into the jars on top of sliced homemade bread, and it was so good.

My plan all along was to wake up early this morning and cook breakfast. We have made a lot of different kinds of jelly this summer. Earlier this summer after I sent freshly made biscuits with a jar of homemade jelly for my husband to share with his coworkers, he got a raise. Not that I'm at all taking credit for that fact, but his boss did share this fruit. It just seemed like a good plan to send biscuits with jelly to work with him again.

Imagine finding the perfect recipe. Simple. Only four ingredients. Fast. Delicious. I found it. Just search for four ingredient biscuits and you'll see the one. That was my plan. I hopped out of bed and immediately tripped over the plastic crate I had filled while cleaning yesterday. Y'all, I've never seen a bruise happen so fast. A lump the size of a grapefruit and an ugly blue bruise popped up before I even made it to the kitchen. My sweet husband checked on me and filled a bag with ice, but I was still determined to make those biscuits. Step one-- melt butter in baking pan. Now I know I saw butter in our fridge last night when I planned biscuits. I asked my husband to look, and he told me he used it in the liver he cooked then he handed me the Crisco. Sigh. This was not my plan. 

I found everything else, mixed it all up, and then Mitch even filled the paper plate to take with him while I tested out his homemade ice pack. They look good. I'll find out after the kids wake up. 



Not exactly following the recipe...

Ingredients:
  • 6 oz. plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups Bisquick mix
  • 1/2 cup 7UP 
I melted a generous spoonful of shortening in the pan while mixing everything else. Just stir it all together. The actual recipe has you roll out the biscuits, but I rushed this morning and just dropped spoonfuls of dough into the hot pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

There are still plenty left for the kids' breakfast when they wake up. Until then I'm keeping the ice pack on my leg.
Jennifer


Audio Review: "Under Drake's Flag"

The following CDs were provided by Heirloom Audio Productions for the purpose of this TOS Schoolhouse Crew review.
We live way back in the woods, lovingly dubbed "the middle of nowhere." It is quite peaceful, but the location means when we get in the car to go almost anywhere it takes nearly an hour. In part because of that, our family enjoys listening to audio books. Our favorites are the ones that include sound effects and different characters instead of one voice reading a story. Under Drake's Flag is such a treasure. More than just an audio book, it is truly an audio drama. Under Drake's Flag is the very first dramatization by Heirloom Audio Productions and is produced by Bill Heid. Marketed as "ideal for ages 6-adult," our entire family (10 years old and older) has enjoyed listening to these CDs over and over. 

Under Drake's Flag is available as a 2 CD set for $29.95. Though we have several Henty titles (written over 100 years ago) on our bookshelf and Kindle, only one had been read by my son and none by me before listening to this audio drama. Listening to this has made us want to read and listen to more of "The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty." 

In addition to the CDs, each set includes a study guide and copy of the prayer of Sir Frances Drake inside the case. Access is also provided to a larger downloadable PDF study guide which includes questions, vocabulary, bibliography, and a Bible study guide. A recommended reading list for parents is also included. 

The background sounds of this production enrich the story with waves crashing, doors squeaking on old hinges, and even little noises like a letter being opened. G. A. Henty had an engaging style of weaving boys he knew into historical tales as he shared with them stories of war. Ned and Gerald are his main characters in this particular story. This production combines a quality historical story with modern technology to make the timeless tale a format even digital natives enjoy. The drama is recorded in London, and the British actors lend even more authenticity to the characters. 
"Histories most daring expositions and greatest adventures...
From the shimming sands of ancient Egypt to the misty wildwoods of Patagonia, 
discover stories of daring and determination, 
character and courage
from history's master of storytelling, 
the extraordinary adventures of G. A. Henty." 
Depending on your heritage you may know him as "The dreaded English Privateer Sir Frances Drake" or as the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. Knighted by the Queen, Sir Frances Drake is a pirate worth studying. 

This audio book set in the 1500's has increased our understanding of history during that time period. These CDs have been added to our library of family favorites. 
"It's a story that pits faith against fear."

Henty's story teaches loyalty and courage but it is not without violence. Famous historical figures are woven into the story. The time period covers The Spanish Inquisition which is made real through the characters' experiences. A Spanish princess was even a frequent element throughout the story. Ned and Gerald's adventures on and off of the Golden Hind make history come to life. The story includes intrigue and answered prayers.

The inspiring prayer of Sir Frances Drake is included in the case and available as a download to print. 

"Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly...
...And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love."

Bill Heid shared one of his favorite quotes by Frederick Douglass "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." He wrote that Henty books are a very good place to start to "take the role of active parenting during "the critical years" (so that) we can grow strong children with godly moral compasses."

We were excited to learn just this week that Heirloom Audio Productions is currently recording their next Henty audio drama: In Freedom's CauseFollow Under Drake's Flag on Facebook to find out more about this upcoming release. It is already on my wishlist. Although Under Drake's Flag was reviewed through TOS Schoolhouse Review Crew, I think any family, homeschoolers or not, would enjoy listening to this production. 


 
Under Drake's Flag Reviews
Jennifer 

9.9.14

Harvest Snaps




I was delighted with the opportunity to review Harvest Snaps products and share with you.

Two weeks ago we received a delicious Harvest Snaps Snack box filled with six varieties of Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps. If you and your family like trying healthy snacks, you won't want to miss these.

We quickly opened our box, and the first one we tried was the bag of Tomato Basil Lentil Snaps. Tomato Basil soup is one of my favorites, and these crispy snacks are now a favorite, too.

Harvest Snaps are an easy addition to lunch boxes. We took the last two bags with us on our long road trip over Labor Day weekend, and they were a guilt-free and convenient answer to our need for snacks in the van. Our whole family (kids and grandparents, too) enjoyed these.


 
Visit the Harvest Snaps website for Lunchspiration.

  

Harvest Snaps are:
  • baked
  • gluten-free
  • high in fiber and protein
  • low in sodium and fat

  • Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


    6.9.14

    Scripture & A Snapshot



    Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Proverbs 4:26 KJV
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