Saturday, August 29, 2009

More History Fun

We have History on M,W, and Friday’s… Friday is usually a wrap up and quiz. On last weeks wrap up we were supposed to make a cake map of the Nile!  What a fun project for us…
We started with just a boxed cake mix baked in a sheet pan so we would have more of an area to work with.
At the top of course is the Mediterranean Sea and then we attempted to mimic the Nile… we know that if you are in Egypt or know anything about the area, the Nile appears to run UP instead of down. 
And that Upper Egypt is actually much more Southern than Lower Egypt (The Egyptians named the areas that because of the elevation).
Eli is mixing up some more ‘sand’ frosting.
Then we marked off important places in Egypt…. 
The Great Hall at Karnak
Abu Simbel (where Ramses the Great built a HUGE tomb)
And several more!
It was a really fun project and it helped the information stick… 
I LOVE it when that happens. :) 
I gave them an A+… great fun, great learning! :) 


Thursday, August 20, 2009

We're still here...

I’m still around… 
Yesterday was my Sweetheart’s 34th birthday! The kids and I decided to make him a cake that looks like his favorite meal.  
Pretty cute, huh?  
Just wanted to pop in and say hi and thank you so much for your prayers… they are felt in a mighty way. God is so good and faithful and He never leaves or forsakes us, I am so thankful for that and for each of you.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Arts of Virtue~How to Knit

Knitting has been one of the arts that I have been afraid of... not quite understanding the many different needles, or using two needles at a time thing
I have been a mediocre crocheter for as long as I can remember so knitting has been uncharted territory.
But since it is an art that seems to have been made 'popular' again, I will feature it today.
Nope, you will not see a video of me clumsy-ily fingering through casting on and knit 1... but rather I am going to point you to a fine set of videos teaching the art better than I ever could.
How to Knit
This site has some very basic and easy to follow videos that really do help you begin to get the feel of knitting. I can't tell you that I prefer knitting needles over my handy crochet hook yet, but I can tell you that I love a challenge and so I am eagerly learning. :)
Dishcloths are a favorite handmade item of mine...
A- because they whip up rather quickly
B- because you can use them for SO many things
C-can you really ever have enough???
Above is one of my first knitting projects and a bar of handmade soap from a dear, sweet cousin of mine :).
If you haven't tried your hand at knitting yet, give it a go. Learn something new...
If you are like me and it just hasn't completely become second nature, come along and try with me... Challenge yourself. :)
If you don't care to learn, visit me at my etsy and send me a request and I can make you something. :) hee hee, shameless plug, I know, but really... email me! :)
Blessings and happy stitching!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Proud to be 4

Birthday’s are pretty great…
Especially, when you are four…
When you are four, you are big enough to do all kinds of things…
Run, jump, climb, play, defeat the bad guy, save your family…
And still small enough to curl up with Mommy and your blankie when you start getting sleepy or when your feeling scared…
Yeah, four is pretty great.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Farmer Abram has a cake!

E. I. E. I. O.
Happy Birthday little man!


Moma's baby turns 4!

Is that even possible?
That four years ago this day I welcomed my blonde baby boy into this world?
What a wonderful four years it has been… Needless to say, you are a handful my son…
But what a precious handful I have… 
You, my little ‘surprise’ have added such joy and excitement ;) to our family.
And I thank God every day for it… I love you deeply Abram Jerome…
You will always be Moma’s baby… like it or not. :) 
What a blessing… I *just* found this picture while going through my desk… what a sweet treasure to find on his birthday… sniff, sniff…


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Arts of Virtue~Granola


        * 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
        * 1 cup brown sugar/sucanat
        * 1/4 cup water
        * 1/4 teaspoon salt
        * 4 cups rolled oats
        * 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
In a large 4 quart saucepan melt the butter, sugar and water together.  Stir it well and let it simmer for a few minutes (2 or 3 minutes should be enough).  Add the salt, oatmeal and cinnamon to the big pot.
Remove the pot from the stove and stir up the granola.  You want to coat the oats with the brown sugar and butter, so keep stirring until everything is moistened.
Pour the granola onto a cookie sheet.
Bake it at 350° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir slightly. Return to oven and bake another 10 min... by this point, it should be a nice golden brown. 
Remove the pan from the oven and allow the granola to cool right there in the pan.  When it is cool, break it up into small pieces and place in air tight container.
Add the nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips whatever you fancy,  when you put it into the canister.
Serve with yogurt from prior lesson or eat with milk like cereal! :)

***Special thanks to my Cameo (12 years old) for filming this weeks video :) ***

Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Homeschooling 2009/2010

Our first official day of the 2009/2010 Heritage Acres Homeschool year.
All smiles…
So far. :) 
Blessings on each of you as your school year begins also…