Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Favorites: FREE Homeschooling Resources

Some of my favorite FREE homeschooling resources, by subject:

Centre for Innovation in Mathematics: Mathematics Enhancement Programme
thorough full K-12 program w/ teacher guides, daily lesson plans, printable resources & student activity books

Scott Foresman Online Grammar & Writing Handbooks

First Lessons in Geography (grades 1-3)
Home Geography for Primary Grades (grades 3-5)

Memorable Places American History

The Lab of Mr. Q Elementary Life Science
totally free book, with both student and teacher's copies, I highly recommend his website as well

Hebrew 4 Christians

What are YOUR Friday favorites?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Chanuk b'Torah

I am pleased to announce that there is a new Facebook group for Torah-observant Homeschoolers:
If you are part of the group, here is an icon for your blog sidebar if you'd like it. Just copy the code below it.

If you would like to join us, please feel free to click on the picture-- it should take you straight to the group. We'd love to have you!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Unit Study

Been working on this Thanksgiving Unit Study-- enjoy!

Thanksgiving Unit Study

Hanukkah Unit Study

I have been collecting resources for our celebration of Hanukkah. Through our study, the boys and I have learned a lot about the "real" story of Hanukkah, and we would like to share with you what we have gathered:


The Story of Hanukkah
Books and Videos
Reproducible Worksheets/Handouts
Reference Books/ Research Resources/Maps
Bible Verses
Spelling Words
Hanukkah Crossword
Maps of Maccabean Period

Hanukkah Unit Study

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Homeschooling Goals form

Homeschooling Goals

Monday, November 15, 2010

Visits with friends and other fun things

We were blessed to be able to meet the McDaniel family today (er, technically yesterday) as they were passing through on their way to Costa Rica. Despite our first two options being closed for renovations, we had a very nice time on the boardwalk overlooking the St. John's River. It turned out to be a fabulous backdrop for our pictures. And the kids had fun playing around with the various settings on Daddy's camera phone which led to some very interesting shots :) Here are some of my faves:

I love my boys. . .

Me with the kiddos. . .

Just love these pics.
Makes everything look fake, like the boys are cut-outs...

And... I came across the most wonderful stamp the other day at Michael's. It will be perfect for counting the omer next year. And, it was only $1. Use their 40% off coupon, and it'll be $0.60. Gotta love it :) The sticker on the non-stamping side is bubbly (it was on all of them), but that makes no difference to me. Let me know if you want me to snag you any.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Homeschool Books for FREE

I've been cleaning out my bookshelves lately as I try to pare down the amount of "stuff" we have. Here are a few of the books I need to rehome. If you are interested, you can post here or email me at


All books are free, just pay media mail shipping:

-Primary Mathmatics (Singapore Math) 2B Third Edition ISBN: 9810181663

-Primary Mathmatics (Singapore Math) 4A Textbook US Edition (some pencil markings on about 10 pgs) ISBN: 9810185065

-Primary Mathmatics (Singapore Math) 4B Third Edition - 2 copies ISBN: 9810180829
-Saxon Math 54 ISBN: 1565770331

-Practical Math Skills: Situations-Strategies-Solutions (grades 1-3) ISBN: 0866534644

$2 apiece plus media mail shipping (or all three for $10 PPD):

-Classic Curriculum- Writing Series 1 Book 3 by Mott Media ISBN: 0880622180

-Classic Curriculum- Writing Series 2 Book 1 by Mott Media ISBN: 0880622202

-Classic Curriculum- Reading Series 1 Book 3 by Mott Media ISBN: 0880622024

$7 plus media mail shipping for all Shurley materials:

-Shurley English Homeschooling Grammar & Composition Level 4 Teacher’s Manual (with cd) *includes Practice Booklet (1/2 written in & in very used condition) & Student Workbook (1/2 written in) & Jingles ISBN: 1585610364

$2 plus media mail shipping:

-Literature-Based Multicultural Activities: An Integrated Approach (Grades K-3) ISBN: 0590431857

$2 plus media mail shipping:

-Clearly Social Studies Grade 1 ISBN: 0768206294

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mark-A-Roni & Cheese recipe

I have recently been digging out some of my favorite recipes to make up our family's menu for the next few weeks. There are some great ones in my box-some from my grandparents that are over 40 years old. The one below is newer. In fact, it is my brother, Mark's, creation. It was such a hit, it was adopted {and printed so cutely} at his school, Penland, to share with visitors and students. It is one of the favorites at our house as well.

In case you cannot read the above recipe, here it is in plain text:


~1 lb macaroni pasta

~16 oz container of sour cream

~16 oz container of cottage cheese

~2 cups grated sharp cheddar

~1 1/2 cups grated parmesan

~1 tube Ritz crackers

~3/4 stick of
melted butter

Other Options:

**I'm skipping the nonkosher meat ideas**
diced tomatoes or spinach


~Preheat the oven to 350.

~Boil water and salt to taste.

~Cook pasta until al dente (slightly firm).

~Combine with cheeses, sour cream and cottage cheese, saving 1/2 cup of parmesan for topping.
~Add salt and pepper to taste.
~If dry, add more
sour cream.
~Pour into a casserole dish, and flatten with a spatula.

~Crush the tube of Ritz crackers and combine with parmesan and butter.
~Spread over the top.

~Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

ENJOY! And let me know if you make it how it turns out.

I will leave you with a picture of my brother and me. Hopefully it makes you smile.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Little Things

I'd have to say the single most important thing in my life that keeps me sane and peaceful is my contact with HaShem. It is the air I breathe. There are a few other things that I rely on to get me through the day and keep me sane, and I thought I'd share them with you.

I wake up early and have alone time with YHVH

The Lord answered her, 'Marta, Marta, you are fretting and worrying about so many things! But there is only one thing that is essential. Miryam has chosen the right thing, and it won't be taken away from her.'" (Luke 10:41-42)

There is something quite profound about quiet time, especially in a house always filled with noise, especially in the morning before I start my day. When I wake up before everyone, I can catch my breath, collect my thoughts, and most importantly pray—this makes for a saner day :)

I make my bed as soon as I get out of it.

There is something about a made bed that 1. makes the whole room feel a bit neater and, 2. reminds me I am up for the day. I am less likely to lay back down and more likely to keep the rest of the room cleaner. I can't quite explain why this works, but it does. Just try it {and let me know}.

I do something active each day.

If I do not watch myself, I end up being quite sedentary and lazy. I have seen the consequences of this choice, in fact right now I am cleaning up the messes of my laziness, and I know I feel better, look better and act better when I have exerted myself. The same is true for my children.

We do not watch t.v.

I could write a whole post on this topic alone, but to summarize: I have no intention of competing for my childrens' attention and loyalty with the flippant attitudes and gimme-buy-me-entertain-me attitude promoted by the media industry. It is hard enough to train my children to be righteous and pure with the worldly influences in our own lives; adding activities that support what I am working against will do nothing good. Now this is not to say that we never watch anything, I am just very choosy.

When I buy something I give something away.

By nature, I'm a hoarder. I love to acquire, accumulate and collect. I'm also quite scatterbrained. These two serve as a lethal cocktail poisoning all of my dreams of having a clean, organized home. So, if I must buy something, or my kids must, I discard something already in my home. Many times the new item serves as a replacement for the old, so the exchange is simple.

My children have chores.

I was raised to believe that I did not have to contribute anything to my family other than my charm and intellect (*wink). I had no chores; my room stayed messy until my mother cleaned it; I was only required to focus on school so work could certainly not interfere. I could not do my own laundry when I moved out. I could not cook, iron, pay bills, or do any of the things a wife and mother {which I was at this time} should know. And I am worse for wear. I am determined to not make the same mistake with my children. And, as they will one day be providers of their own homes, I must prepare my boys to have a good work ethic and sense of duty. And, of course- division of labor is a bonus-- more able hands make less work for Mama.

I pray for those I love (and those I'm having trouble loving)

I cannot stress enough the importance of prayer. Prayer is more powerful than any words spoken, punches thrown or wars fought. I am a worrier by nature, so prayer comes almost naturally—instead of worrying, I pray :) My mind is a breeding ground for all sorts of crazy and obsessive thoughts so I just give them to the Lord.

"This is the confidence we have in [YHVH's] presence: if we ask anything that accords with his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - then we know that we have what we have asked from him." (1 John 5:14-15).

"Don't worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. Then God's shalom, passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua." (Philippians 4:6-7)

I clean the sink before I go to bed.

I gleaned this from Flylady, and it really makes all the difference!

I set things out for the next day the night before.

I am perpetually late {a trait of DH's that has rubbed off on me}, so I can't afford to not have things together. Trust me, though, I spent years trying to fly by the seat of my pants. And sometimes I flew, but I did it with a stain on my shirt ;) I have just found that getting things together with plenty of time to spare saves more unnecessary headaches than you can imagine.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Kosher Menu Plan (pre)Monday #3

BREAKFAST: fruit smoothies (strawberries, blueberries, bananas, coconut, blueberries-- the options are endless ;)
DINNER: chicken squash bake
SUPPER: stuffed & topped baked potato (w/ sour cream, cheese, turkey bits), corn on the cob, garden salad

YOM SHENI (Monday)
BREAKFAST: blueberry muffins
DINNER: personal homemade pizzas
SUPPER: veggie burgers, french fries, fruit salad

YOM SH’LISHI (Tuesday)
BREAKFAST: eggs, apples and peanut butter
DINNER: bbq chicken sandwiches
SUPPER: beef stew, chef salad

YOM REVI'I (Wednesday)
BREAKFAST: breakfast tortillas (tortilla w/ turkey sausage, onions, potatoes, eggs, cheese, peppers)
SUPPER: grilled philly cheese steak sandwiches
DINNER: lasagna, garlic bread, salad

BREAKFAST: cereal & fruit
DINNER: homemade mac & cheese
SUPPER: orange or sweet 'n sour chicken, green bean casserole

BREAKFAST: yogurt with homemade granola
DINNER: turkey& cheese melts, veggie sticks w/ homemade ranch

salmon potato casserole

mozzarella stuffed mushrooms (or peppers)

caesar salad

Christian's chocolate mousse
BREAKFAST: challah french toast (*prepared ahead of time)
SUPPER: leftovers :)
DINNER: **fellowship dinner potluck**

BREAKFAST: challah french toast (*prepared ahead of time)
SUPPER: leftovers :)
DINNER: **fellowship dinner potluck**

Saturday, September 4, 2010

WHY? Planning Your Homeschool- Part Two

"These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up." ~Deuteronomy 6:6

Why do you homeschool? What beliefs, experiences and lessons do you want to impart upon your children? I invite you to enjoy a lovely post written for Keeping Them H.O.M.E. by Heather of A Titus 2 Woman. I hope you can glean from her 8 years of homeschooling experience. Be blessed!

I used to really hate that question. My standard answers would range from "Haven't you read Deuteronomy 6?" to "I can't imagine doing a worse job than some public schools" to "Ummmm......."

But, as I have homeschooled through the years, (we are starting the 8th year!) I have learned a lot of things. Humility, for one. And let me tell you how much that hurts some days! I don't have all the answers like I used to think I did. My children spend most days teaching me now, and I love it.

My oldest, who is 12 and would be just entering 7th grade this year came to her father and I one night with her laptop and a list. She had spent time researching requirements for graduation in our state, and came up with a list of classes for an "honors diploma", as well as a plan for completing those 47 credits in the next 4 years. We were astounded, to say the least! While most girls her age are worrying about the latest fashions, cell phones, or the opposite sex, my daughter was thinking about her future!

My oldest son, who is 10, recently went on a discovery flight in our area, where he spent 1/2 hour flying in a Diamond plane. He has spent his days since then doing math on his own, studying airplanes, piloting techniques, and researching which branch of the armed forces would be best for being a fighter pilot. (so far, he's all Navy...)

My youngest child, who just turned 6, has been taught math by his older brother. He knows all his addition and subtraction facts, and has been drilled on his multiplication tables as well. Hard to think that this would be kindergartner knows 3rd grade math like the back of his hand and is learning binary math and PHP programming from his father! Doesn't have much interest in reading on his own yet, since having his siblings read to him is sooo much easier, but he knows and uses words like "interesting" and "quizzically".

My children have also seen their mother all day, and have come to appreciate what I do for them on a regular basis...laundry, dishes, cooking, shopping, ect. They have learned first hand how to budget, grocery shop, compare prices, and even put things back when the amount has gone over. They have seen their father work hard at his job, and yet still have time for them whenever they needed him. They have seen both their parents hit their knees during good times and bad, and rejoiced over answered prayers.

They have and are learning how to run a house with their chores, manage money with their allowances, and learn responsibility with their schoolwork. I know that all kids can learn that, regardless of where they go to school, but the difference is that they are learning it right beside me, day in and day out. I would miss this chance to help shape and mold them if they were in school for 8-10 hours a day. (figuring busing, school time, and after school activities). I have been blessed to be able to homeschool them and watch their faces light up in wonder as they learned new things and grasped them wholeheartedly. Most importantly of all, I have been able to teach them my faith, and learn things about the Lord together. I have witnessed my children grow and learn more about Yeshua, and do it on their own. That has been the best!

And that my dear friends, is the WHY of "Why I Homeschool"....

Friday, September 3, 2010


I have loved you since I first met you. You are so special to me, and I am incredibly blessed to be your Mommy. You have brought joy to my life these past 8 years, and I look forward to many more years of snuggling, laughing and enjoying life with you. I love you more than you could ever know, my lovey boy.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Our 2010 Home & School Plan

Our 2010 Home & School Plan

This is the basic outline for our year. It is not set in stone, and, as always, YHVH has the final say. We just try to live our lives to serve Him, using everyday duties and experiences to learn vital life skills. I try to involve my children in my life as much as possible as I teach them the joy that comes from serving and loving one another. I am not perfect, and many days I truly feel like a failure, my house and spirit disheveled, but our Elohim is faithful, and by His grace we get by.

I use many resources I've found free on the internet. There is such a wealth of information out there, and if you enjoy public domain texts (older, copyright free), you will find you have TONS of resources available to you.

Christian (7/99)

Bible- daily Scripture study- Torah Explorers, weekly Torah Parshat at gdashdcast's youtube channel

Proverbs study: Hidden Treasures, Plants Grown Up

Language Arts- Writing Strands 3, Daily Grams, daily journaling, letter writing

Math- MCP D Mathematics, modern mathematical applications with Daddy (building, fixing, mechanics)

Science- Outdoor Hour

History/Social Studies/ Geography- living and learning ;), This Country of Ours written & audio & America, The Story of US

Spanish- Hooked on Spanish!, Spanish learning videos on youtube

Hebrew- Hebrew 4 Christians, youtube Hebrew learning videos

Independent Reading List: Number the Stars, Robinson Crusoe, Tom Sawyer, Oliver Twist

Following his own interests:

computer programming/website design, drumming, animal husbandry


Keegan (9/02)

Bible- daily Scripture study- Torah Explorers, weekly Torah Parshat at gdashdcast's youtube channel

Math- MCP B Mathematics, modern mathematical applications with Daddy (building, measuring, weighing...)

Science- Outdoor Hour

Language Arts- Writing Strands 2, Grammar-Land, daily journaling, Scripture copying, phonics workbooks

History/Social Studies/ Geography- living and learning ;), Pilgrim's Progress- audio & text ,This Country of Ours written & audio & America, The Story of US

Spanish- Hooked on Spanish!, Spanish learning videos on youtube

Independent Reading List:

Farmer Boy, Five Little Peppers and How The Grew, Boxcar Children

Following his own interests:

comic book creation, chemistry


Dalton (1/06)


learning alphabet, numbers

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons


I hope there is something here from which you can glean.

Shalom B'shem haSar Shalom

Peace in the name of the Prince of Peace

Monday, August 23, 2010

YouTube homeschool resources

So, YouTube is good for something other than funny videos? Who'da thunk it???

I have spent a bit of time compiling some playlists on YouTube I wanted to share with you. You can also just visit my YouTube page to see everything.

For American History, we are going to watch America: The Story of Us.

On the World History playlist, you can watch a documentary on WWII.

On the Grammar playlist you'll find SchoolHouse Rock videos covering the parts of speech.

There are tons of videos on the Hebrew Learning playlist covering everything from numbers to animals to foods.

There are more School House Rock and Multiplication Rock videos in the Math playlist. I remember the Multiplication Rock songs from my own childhood. They are great for nailing down the facts.

Do you use YouTube in your homeschool? Have any good resources to share?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Kosher Menu Plan Monday #2

Shalom, dear friends. Last week I wrote a bit about our Kosher diet. This week, I want to direct you to one of my favorite blogs for Scripturally sound meal choices, Tammy's Recipes. I highly recommend you hop on over and check it out. But then come back, of course ;)

BREAKFAST: banana pancakes
LUNCH: turkey BLTs w/ homemade onion rings
DINNER: spaghetti & meatballs w/ garlic bread

YOM SHENI (Monday)
BREAKFAST: breakfast tortillas (tortilla w/ turkey sausage, onions, eggs, cheese, peppers)
LUNCH: bagel sandwiches with cream cheese & green peppers, corn pudding
DINNER: fried whiting, cole slaw, baked potatoes

YOM SH’LISHI (Tuesday)
BREAKFAST: breakfast bars & smoothies
LUNCH: quesadillas
DINNER: mini hamburgers w/ homemade buns, french fries, corn

YOM REVI'I (Wednesday)
BREAKFAST: homemade raised doughnuts
LUNCH: chicken salad w/ grapes
DINNER: homemade pizza (maybe we'll try grilled pizza)

BREAKFAST: griddle cakes (turkey sausage & pancakes)
LUNCH: chicken nuggets & seasoned french fries
DINNER: steak/ chicken fajitas (with leftover steak & chicken) w/ homemade tortillas

BREAKFAST: homemade granola bars with dried fruit


stone soup
-chicken & dumplings

-(the best!) chocolate chip cookies

BREAKFAST: challah french toast (*prepared ahead of time)


leftovers :)

DINNER: **fellowship dinner potluck**

Friday, August 6, 2010

Planning Your Homeschool- Part One

WHO WHAT WHERE WHY WHEN & HOW-- The Questions to Ask

Remember 3rd grade book reports-- recapping the book answering the classic questions- Who? What? Where? Why? When? (and don't forget the obligatory 'How?') Well, I have found that this simple method works for much more than book reports, and it has been an ideal way for me to organize both my thoughts and papers when I'm planning for homeschool. So, I thought I would share it with you all.

Below is a basic summary of the types of questions you should be asking yourself as you plan your year. I will expound on these 6 individually in subsequent posts.

Unlike the old book report setup, these steps begin with 'Why?' Perhaps we would have gotten more out of what we read had we taken the same approach in third grade ;)

1. WHY?
WHY are you homeschooling? What are your goals? What are you trying to accomplish by bringing your children home? Sit down with your family and create a family mission statement. What experiences do you want to share with your children? What beliefs and values do you want to impart on them? What does Scripture teach about rearing and discipling our children and how can that manifest in your homeschool?

2. WHO?
WHO are you teaching? Evaluate each child's strengths and weaknesses. How do they learn? What are their interests, what are their dislikes? What about you, as the teacher? Ask yourself the same questions. Do you want to have to plan your schedule or do you want that built into the curriculum you choose? Do you want to spend more time teaching or having the children work independently? Considering these variables is crucial to deciding which resources to use. Much of homeschool is trial and error, but much frustration can be avoided with a little prayerful planning ahead of time.

3. WHAT?
WHAT are you trying to teach your children? What subjects? Which topics? And, just as importantly, what do they already know? Again, consider each child's strengths and weaknesses This is the time to sort out the nuts and bolts-- what will your child's weekly planner (and yours) look like?

Check out World Book's Typical Course of Study and your state's standards if you need help getting started. (Florida's are here). Another great resource is the What My ___ -Grader Needs to Know book series, which you can find at most libraries.

4. HOW?
HOW are you going to accomplish this? After assessing your children's needs and your beliefs about homeschooling, you must choose which resources you will use to teach each subject. Curriculum Choice is a fabulous resource to learn more about homeschooling methods and philosophies. Make sure you know the homeschooling laws in your state so to make sure you meet their requirements.

Try and connect with like-minded homeschoolers in your area. While the socialization issue has been beaten to death by critics, it is still important to have fellowship, and for your children to have fellowship with people with whom you and they can share the struggles and joys. It will also allow you a wonderful outlet to discuss, share and trade resources.

Other great places to find resources cheaply: Homeschool Classifieds, Amazon, Paperback Swap, thrift stores, and of course, your local library.

5. WHEN?
This is the time to schedule. What time parameters do you want to give to your homeschooling day? Account for events such as naptime and meals. Do you want to get everything done in the morning or would you not mind having lessons spread out over the day?

Donna Young has fabulous printables for all areas of planning and organization, including subject and scope & sequence planners.

This is the fun part--WHERE are you going to be schooling? This is the time to choose a room or space, to decorate, make it your own. Do you want your children at desks? A community table? Do you need a chalkboard or shelving? Containers? Your space will be most useful if it is both inviting and effective.

And, there you have it. I pray this helps bring a little method to the mayhem. ;)

On to PART 2. . .

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Favorite Chicken Salad (with grapes!)

There is a lovely little French restaurant near my parents' house. On occasion, when I felt like splurging, I would purchase a 1/4 pound of their fabulous chicken salad for about $6. That chicken salad spoiled me-- I haven't been able to find anything better, and until recently I never tried to recreate it.
But, there is hope. For my wedding I received How to Cook Everything, which is in my humble opinion the BEST covers-all-the-basics cookbook ever. And I've been attempting recipes I was too intimidated to try before. One evening (yes, I admit to being a late night cooker ;) I decided I WOULD make a good chicken salad.

And, I think I did. Let me know whatcha think.

  • 3 cooked chicken breasts, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 or 2 stalks celery, chopped- about 3/4 cup
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c seedless grapes, cut up
  • pecans (if you want nuts)
  • 3/4 c mayonnaise
  • 3 T cole slaw dressing (click the link to see my favorite homemade recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon each- paprika and seasoning salt
  • pinch ground pepper

Mix. (Not too hard, huh?) Serve on lettuce, in avocado slices, on toasted bread, french bread, pita, crackers, croissants, whatever :)

So there ya have it, simple simple simple. And even yummier. Shalom~

Monday, August 2, 2010

Kosher Menu Plan Monday #1

We are a Scripturally Kosher family. Our diet is guided by the food laws in Leviticus & Deuteronomy. I do my best to make both healthy and well-rounded food choices for my family, but this is a new process, and I am not infallible. Our family continues to grow in our faith and learning.

You may not notice any change in most of our meals, as the changes are slight, however, there are some things to be noted. I use kosher salt or sea salt. We do not eat pork (or products containing anything made from a pig), and shrimp, lobster or any other bottom-feeding sea creature. All of these things we had grown accustomed to eating, some were certain family member’s favorites, but we are adjusting, and I especially (as the main grocery shopper and cook) enjoy learning creative, healthy ways to cook.

BREAKFAST: challah french toast
LUNCH: meatball subs
DINNER: beef hotdogs w/ chili, breadsticks

YOM SHENI (Monday)
BREAKFAST: baking powder biscuits with pb, honey or jam
LUNCH: “Mark-aroni & cheese” (my brother's yummy recipe)
DINNER: lasagna, garlic bread

YOM SH’LISHI (Tuesday)
BREAKFAST: apples and cinnamon oatmeal
LUNCH: homemade corn dogs, tater tots
DINNER: bbq chicken, baked potato, green bean casserole

YOM REVI'I (Wednesday)
BREAKFAST: Homemade cinnamon rolls
LUNCH: quiche
We do not use ham. Instead try veggies, turkey or beef, potatoes, cheese- I will put my recipe up soon but I use turkey sausage, onions, mozzarella, and mushrooms.
carrots with homemade ranch dressing
DINNER: roast beef & cheese melts, tomato soup

BREAKFAST: homemade granola and yogurt
LUNCH: chicken fingers and fries
DINNER: tacos

BREAKFAST: blueberry pancakes & eggs
LUNCH: chicken salad w/ grapes (**my favorite- let me know if you are interested in the recipe & I'll post it)
-Chicken spaghetti
I sometimes substitute fresh diced tomatoes, green peppers & onions for the cans of tomatoes & green chilis called for in the recipe. The chilis create a spicier dish. I like the taste of both equally, but prefer using fresh veggies.
-apple pie with this crust
Learn how to make a lattice top.

BREAKFAST: challah french toast (*prepared ahead of time)
LUNCH: tuna noodle casserole (*prepared ahead of time)
DINNER: leftovers :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for many, many of HaShem's blessing this week. I am constantly amazed how I can feel so blessed when nothing the world considers a blessing has occurred, even when disaster comes (worldly and personal disaster), even when I feel like the world is crumbling down, when I've failed. The peace that comes with abiding in the Lord is unmatched, and even to have experienced once is enough blessing for a lifetime. And He wants us to abide in him for eternity? That is almost unfathomable.

I am thankful for the friends I have, the ones who share my beliefs and the ones who question it out of love. Edifying conversations, heartfelt words, and a little healthy debate will always be met with appreciation. I am so tired of arguing for argument's sake, with comments doused with pride, which result only in anger. For my friends who care enough to ask, to question and then to listen, I thank you.

I am thankful for my husband, who is different than me in every conceivable way, who challenges me on a daily basis to be a better mom, wife and woman. I am thankful for my boys, who inspire me to be that mom, who taught me about love, and who are absolutely a blessing from my Father :)

I am thankful for my renewed crafting passion. I love yarn. I love fibers. I want to own sheep. I haven't felt this rejuvenated in a long time, PTL!

It has been a crazy week, perhaps more in my mind than in my house, but realizing (again) you've mixed up your priorities and feeling convicted to change things is never a fun process. But, YehHowWey is good, and He is full of grace. For that I am truly thankful!