Monday, August 31, 2009

Today's Memory Verse

Reading from Ecclesiastes 2

Memory Verse is-
"If we please God, he will make us wise, understanding, and happy. But if we sin, God will make us struggle for a living, then he will give all we own to someone who pleases him."
Ecclesiastes 2:26

And a bonus that spoke to my heart this morning-

Romans 13:11-14
You know what sort of times we live in, and so you should live properly. It is time to wake up. You know that the day when we will be saved is nearer now than when we first put our faith in the Lord. Night is almost over, and day will soon appear. We must stop behaving as people do in the dark and be ready to live in the light. So behave properly, as people do in the day. Don't go to wild parties or get drunk or be vulgar or indecent. Don't quarrel or be jealous. 14Let the Lord Jesus Christ be as near to you as the clothes you wear. Then you won't try to satisfy your selfish desires.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Today's Memory Verse

Reading from Psalm 146:3-9

Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
He gives justice to the oppressed
and food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
He cares for the orphans and widows,
but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

Memory Verse- "But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God."

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Breakfast Recipes

I get so frustrated when I see the Eggo and Poptart commercials. I know lots of parents feel like they don't have time to make their kids a good breakfast, so they turn to those quick and unhealthy fixes.
But really there are lots of things you can make and save time doing it.

Breakfast #1

Crock pot Oatmeal

•2 cups steel cut oats (not instant or rolled oats)
•6-8 cups water, depending on how long the oatmeal will cook
•1 tsp. cinnamon
•1/2 cup brown sugar
•1 tsp. vanilla
•2 apples, peeled and diced
•1 cup raisins
•1 cup sliced bananas
•1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Spray crock pot with nonstick cooking spray. If you're planning to cook the oatmeal 8 hours or longer, use 8 cups of water. If you want to cook it less than 8 hours, use 6 cups of water. Put first seven ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low. Just before serving, Stir in bananas and walnuts. Sprinkle with additional brown sugar if desired.

Serves 8, Iv cut this recipe in half and it serves my family of 4 perfect.

Breakfast #2

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour (for a healthy alternative use whole wheat flour 1 1/12 cups and 1/2 cups wheat germ)
2 tablespoons white sugar (healthy alternative- honey)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
3 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, milk, eggs and melted butter. Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to cook.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. You can flick water across the surface and if it beads up and sizzles, it's ready!
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, using a wooden spoon or fork to blend. Stir until it's just blended together. Do not over stir! Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake (for smaller pancakes) and 1/2 cup for large pancakes. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

This batter is also great for waffles if you have a waffle maker.

Now make these ahead of time and freeze between sheets of wax paper inside a ziplock bag. Then when its time for breakfast just pop these in the toaster and they are ready in minutes! Also serve with real Maple syrup instead of the "pancake" syrup.

Breakfast #3

I loved this one here.

And the great thing about granola is that you can add or take away lots of things. Don't like nuts, don't add em! You like cranberries? Add em!
My kids love granola, Iv made many variations, but this one is always a hit. They eat it with milk,like a cereal. Or they love to eat it over plain yogurt with a side of fruit.

Breakfast #4

Strawberry Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie-

1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 tablespoons peanut butter
1 banana
6 fresh strawberries, hulled
10 ice cubes (or no icecubes if you use frozen fruit)

Blend all ingredients well and enjoy!
Note- this is obviously only for one serving, so double or triple if necessary. This is great on the go breakfast.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Today's Memory Verse

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today's Memory Verse

Philippians 4:12-13
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

The memory verse is- "I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength".

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Menu Planning Monday


This weeks menu includes-

Breakfast- Pancakes, eggs, bacon, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt

Lunch- Sandwiches, leftovers, homemade mac & cheese, cheese and fruit

Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken Noodle Soup
Baked Beans and Brown Rice with Honey baked Carrots
Spaghetti on Thursday (its what the girls like to eat when Dad is gone)

I have a bunch of okra and peppers that need to be used up this week, so I thought Jambalaya would be a good way to use those.
The baked beans and rice with the carrots is what we will do for our "meatless" night. I think it saves a little money if we go meatless one dinner a week.

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Today's Memory Verse

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness.
Psalms 103:8

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Today's Memory Verse

Although we keep a 4 day a week homeschool schedule, we still have prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and bible study on Fridays.
Its the one from my sidebar today.
Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
"Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you."

Maybe a difficult idea for a 5 year old to soak in, especially when she wants everything she sees in the stores and on TV. But all I need to do is plant that seed:-)

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend. We will be tending to a much neglected yard and garden over the weekend and spending some much needed down time with each other. Maybe a few movies and some front porch sittin' will be in store for us too:-)

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Today's Memory Verse

Philippians 4:6
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Also reading Romans 1:16
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Memory Verse

Today's reading is from Proverbs 2:6-8

"For the Lord gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones."

Memory verse is-
"For the Lord gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding."

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Today's Memory Verse

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)

Memory verse- "..for without Me you can do nothing."

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Monday, August 17, 2009

First Day of School

So happy to be a homeschooling family!

"Clearly there is an appropriate kind of sheltering. When those who are opposed to homeschooling accuse me of sheltering my children, my reply is always, 'What are you going to accuse me of next, feeding and clothing them?"

---R.C. Sproul Jr.

"In not mentioning God, my public school teachers preached a thundering sermon every day. By implication, they taught that God is not relevant to most areas of life...with every lesson, in every class period, all day every day for twelve years, I was being taught to think like an atheist in the academic realm. And I didn't even know that I was being indoctrinated."

---Christ Schlect, Scriptural Worldview Thinking

Here is our daily memory verse. Its a good one, especially for my Little's-

Matthew 7:12 "Treat others as you want them to treat you"

This is an example of our schedule. Which we hold very loosely. Well not "very", but we have flexibility. I don't force things. I try to work with Cheyenne to bring out the best in her. So if she just isn't "feeling" her mathematics one day, we might switch to writing or reading some more instead.
Th times are just a general pace for me to keep, we don't adhere to them strictly.
This was what we are doing today. Starting at 9 am running through 2 pm.

9:00 Math- Spectrum grade 1 and we also supplement math with manipulatives.

10:00 Handwriting - My Printing Book

Break-time/snack time happens around 10:30 to 11:00

11:00 Telling time and counting by 5's (this is the time after snack time that I teach her whatever extras I feel she needs to work on)

11:20 Bible study- today we read about the Tower of Babel

12:00 Lunch

Free time

1:00 Nap Time for Madi. Cheyenne does arts & crafts or she helps me in the kitchen.

2:00 End day.

I still have some curriculum on order, so once those arrive we will add that at the 1:00 time slot and push arts and crafts to the end of the day.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

5:16 club

Ephesians 5:16 says, "making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."

Good Morning!

Iv been getting up early all this week and I have to say, although those first few moments are almost unbearable, once I get ready for the day and make that first cup of coffee, I feel happy to face another day.
Go Here to join the club!

Today I decided I would post the thing that inspired me this morning.
This hit me were it hurt this morning. I read it and thought "this is exactly what I did this week to my girls." Everything under the sun was more important then stopping to talk or laugh with my kids. And that isn't right people!
Im planning this years home school curriculum and schedule this week and also the garden. So everytime my girls had something they wanted from me, it was like "not right now, Mommy's busy". But the silly thing is that the things Im doing are really for them, but they can't see that. They certainly won't remember it like that later either. They are the one who are the most important to me, my family comes right after God. I would never put God aside to do other things.
Or wait would I?
We all would like to think that we always put God first (same with our Family) but when we get caught up in "doing" we forget to stop and pay attention to who we are really "doing" for.
Housework, laundry, gardening, homeschooling, cooking...those are all things that are an important part of my daily family life, but they are not what my life is all about. I must remember to focus on whom Im really living and loving. Instead on focusing on all the "doing".

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Preparing for the Fall Garden

We are planning our fall garden. So far this is what we are going to be planting this weekend:

Snap Beans
Pinto Beans
Sweet Corn
Butternut Squash
Pumpkins (maybe, we are a little late)

Then come September we will plant

Swiss Chard
Butterhead Lettuce
Romain Lettuce
English Peas
Spinach (but only a little)
Garlic (mid Sept.)

So Im excited I think it will be a lovely fall garden. I would also like to plant some herbs, Im just not sure which (if any) I can plant in fall. Maybe a window herb garden will be in store for me:-)

So anybody planting a fall vegetable garden? I would love to hear about it and if you've got any tips please feel free to share!

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