Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Vision Forum Wishlist!

I received my Vision Forum catalog in the mail yesterday and earnestly started going through to make my Christmas Reading Wishlist that I give to my husband each year - usually a listing of various reading materials from various places that I'd like to have.

Then today while doing the Fall Ya'll Bloggy thing I happened upon the information at Life In A Shoe that Vision Forum is giving away $250 worth of their books to 3 lucky winners this week! What a wonderful blessing!

To be considered for the drawing, you must post your wishlist totalling $250 or less on your blog and then link back to their site. Vision Forum has SO MANY excellent titles to choose from and it is hard to narrow it down, but here is my wishlist:

  • Virtuous Daughters Set ~ $40
  • Passionate Housewives: Desperate For God ~ $16
  • Family Man, Family Leader ~ $15
  • Raising Maidens of Virtue ~ $20
  • The Wise Woman's Guide to Blessing Her Husband's Vision ~ $16
  • SM Davis Family Rebuilders Library ~ $60
  • The Influence of Older Children on Younger Children ~ $10
  • Building A Family That Will Stand ~ $30
  • The New England Primer ~ $10
  • Teach Them To Your Children ~ $17
  • Before You Meet Prince Charming ~ $12

Grand Total: $246

What a blessing this would be to win! Good luck to everyone entering!

Blogger Friend School - Assignment #7

This week we're having a Pumpkin Party for Blogger Friend School! We're supposed to share our favorite pumpkin-related thing with our classmates and readers.

I'd like to share a scrumptious recipe we enjoy during the fall that I received from my mother in law:

Pumpkin Crisp

2 - 15 ounce cans of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 large can of evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 box yellow or white cake mix
2 sticks butter (melted)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Mix the pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the top. Sprinkle the chopped nuts evenly over the cake mix. Spoon the melted butter over the nuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Check at 45 minutes to make sure the nuts are not getting too brown. If they are, cover the pan with aluminum foil and continue baking.

Crisp is done when a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Delicious served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

You can also make this in 2 separate 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pans and share one!

Scripture for the week: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 29, 2007

Want To Win A Dyson?

Through The Domestic Diva blog - In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Dyson has agreed to give away one of their Dyson Vacuum Cleaners in the Pink color - this is a $400 value. Yes, Dyson is known as the vaccuum that never loses suction. From each PINK DYSON VACCUUM CLEANER that is sold, Dyson donates $40 to help Breast Cancer Research.

So hurry on over HERE to The Domestic Diva and enter for your chances to win. Contest ends on October 31st!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Fall Giveaway This Coming Monday!

Many of you might be familiar with the Dog Days of Summer giveaway carnival hosted this past summer by Rocks in My Dryer. Well, it's here again for the fall! This coming Monday, October 29th at 8:00 AM Central starts the Fall Ya'll Giveaway Carnival, you can sign up for fall giveaways to your heart's content for the whole week!

I'm participating again this fall, this time with FOUR giveaways. So be sure to check back on Monday when the sign-up time officially starts!

You are welcome to sign up for giveaways even if you don't give something away yourself and even if you don't have a blog of your own. If you want to consider participating with a giveaway, know that it doesn't have to be anything grand - last time people gave away goodie bags, books, bookmarks, cookbooks, you name it and it was there to be had.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday

We're short on time today, but I have a menagerie of little hints that might be helpful:

~ If you rub a solid block of paraffin wax along the bottoms of your wooden drawers, they will open and close more smoothly.

~ You can also lightly rub paraffin wax on a sticky zipper to help it zip easier.

~ If you store your fresh strawberries in a cardboard egg carton, they will resist mildew longer.

~ Periodically run a vinegar and water solution through your coffee machine to keep it clean inside and prevent the development of off flavors.

For other Works For Me Wednesday ideas - be sure to check out the links at Rocks In My Dryer!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Ready For A Winter Challenge?

We participated this summer in several of the challenges provided for us by fellow blogger Crunchy Chicken - Low Impact Week, Local Food Month and the Cloth Toilet Wipe Challenge. Her challenges seem to fit right along with all of the things we're trying to accomplish as a family - things that are important to us, so we have a blast participating. If you want to read more about our activities during the challenges mentioned above, you can do so here, here, and here.

Well, Crunchy's latest challenge, Freeze Yer Buns, starts 01 November 2007 and runs until 01 April 2008. In a nutshell, if you want to participate you pledge to significantly lower your thermostat this winter to save on heating costs and help the environment. You can read more details about her challenge here. We're pledging to keep our thermostat at 65 degrees or cooler during the day and 60 degrees or cooler at night.

Now, this is significant for me - as I sit here now, we're just starting to get the slightest twinge of fall here in West TN, the leaves haven't even started falling yet - and my feet are already cold! If it is below 75-80 degrees, I'm cold. Period. Heat I can stand. Cold does me in. Fortunately, my Army husband has spent several years trying to find me the best cold weather gear he could muster - warm wool blankets, warm wool socks, warm caps and hats and long-johns, great gloves - the works. So I'll plan to really put it all to use with this challenge! My 8 year old daughter will love it - she's the one who rarely even wears a winter coat!

Also, if you aren't already familiar with Peak Oil, I'm going to provide some fabulous links here that you simply MUST check out - no this isn't Al Gore's global warming debate that everyone is sick of hearing about. This is the real stuff that we all need to know about that will drastically change life as we know it:
~ Peak Ready
~ Life After The Oil Crash
~ Casaubon's Book
~ Transition Culture
~ Walton Self Reliance

Peak Oil will have a significant impact on our lives - I personally would rather start preparing myself and my family today, making all the changes we can relating to fossil fuels, than wait and end up forced by circumstance to make many changes that might not be as easy or pleasant. Stay tuned for many more posts on this issue, as it is one we are continually working on in our family.

So, without further delay, if you plan to join us for the Freeze Yer Buns challenge this winter, please leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Frugal Friday

We are busy delivering our grass-fed beef all day today, so this is a quick Frugal Friday posting!

Whenever we have extra roast beef left over from a dinner, one of the things we like to prepare is homemade beef tamales. We purchase some Tamale Masa from the grocery or a local Mexican grocery and some corn husks for wrapping the tamales in before steaming. There are directions on the package for making the basic tamale dough. These directions are simple and easy to do and make a good dough - it doesn't even take very long to make it.

First, we put the corn husks that we'll need into a bowl of warm water and weight them down so they can get soft enough to form around the tamale.

Then we make the dough and allow it to rest briefly.

Next, we use our Vitamix (you could use a food processor) to finely chop the left over roast beef. To this we add whatever seasonings we are in the mood for - perhaps some worchestershire sauce, or mole sauce or b-b-q sauce - just get it the consistency of a thick "sloppy-joe", but thin enough that you can spread it a little with a spoon.

Working on a dishtowel, we lay out a softened corn husk, press on the dough and spread it out, then put some of the meat filling in the middle. Bring the sides of the corn husk to the middle and fold under the ends. We place all of these in a steaming basket and steam them over hot water until the dough is set, then enjoy!

For more Frugal Friday ideas, visit Biblical Womanhood here.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Here are 13 of my favorite blogs that I read every day (in no particular order of preference):

  1. Rocks In My Dryer
  2. Rocks In My Dryer Bloggy Giveaways
  3. Oh My Stinkin Heck
  4. Crunchy Chicken
  5. There's No Place Like Home
  6. A Time For Everything
  7. Biblical Womanhood
  8. Amys Humble Musings
  9. 5 Minutes For Mom
  10. Training Hearts
  11. Less of Me ~ More of Him
  12. More Deliberate Every Day
  13. Casaubon's Book

You can visit more Thursday Thirteen lists here!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday

Last week my 2 year old daughter took a red Sharpie marker to my 8 year old daughter's brand new pink shirt with beautiful embroidered flowers on the front and back. She scribbled on the front, the bottom, the back, the collar - everywhere! We had just gotten the shirt in the mail that day and needless to say I had a rather distraught 8 year old. I wish I had taken some pictures of the major damage my little 2 year old artist managed on that shirt!

I immediately ordered another new shirt, knowing that it was highly unlikely that I'd ever be able to get that much permanent red ink off of her shirt for it to be anything more than probably a painting smock!

I decided to give it a try though and much to my astonishment, I found something that completely removed ALL of the sharpie marker without a TRACE.

I laid out an old, white cotton bath towel on top of newspapers on my kitchen table. I then placed the shirt on top of the bath towel and went to work. Using a NON-ACETONE fingernail polish remover, I applied the polish remover to a white cotton rag washcloth and started pressing on the ink stains. I pressed/blotted the polish remover onto the reverse side that my daughter had colored on. For example, if she colored on the front corner, I pressed the remover through from BEHIND the stain. I worked on the shirt for about an hour in a well-ventilated area, changing washcloth rags as needed so I could continually use a clean part of the rag. I mainly pressed on the stain, but in some areas where there was a large blot of stain, I did lightly rub on it. The ink stains gradually changed color from red, to orange, to a pale pink, to gone. Only in the areas where there was a lot of bleed-through of the ink did I really have to blot and blot to see results. The fabric color did not change, no holes or frays or weakened threads were noticed during this whole process.

When I was done removing all but the faintest trace of pale pink ink stain on the hardest stains, I placed the shirt in my kitchen sink in very warm water mixed with about 1/2 a scoop of oxi powder. I let the shirt soak in the oxi water for about an hour.

I then let the shirt hang to dry so I could see if there were any missed red ink spots. Much to my surprise, they were all totally and completely gone. I then washed the shirt as usual. My daughter is thrilled and so am I!

Now, the rags I used are stained pink and orange from the ink, but that is why I chose to use white rag towels. I'd much rather have ink stains on the rags than my daughter's new shirt!

For more Works For Me Wednesday ideas, be sure to visit Rocks In My Dryer!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Frugal Friday

Anytime we have leftovers, I like to try to use them so we have as little waste as possible. Fortunately, my family enjoys leftovers and the creativity that can be expressed with them!

One of our favorite things to do with leftover home-made mashed potatoes is to make potato pancakes for breakfast the next morning. We like these so much that we always make enough mashed potatoes to have leftovers just so I can make these!

To make enough for the 5 of us, I simply take the leftover mashed potatoes from the refrigerator, add an egg and mix together well. I will add perhaps a touch of flour if the mixture is too wet or a touch of milk of the mixture is too dry. I then take a heaping tablespoonful into my palm, lightly press into a pattie about 1/2 inch thick, lightly flour each side and drop into a skillet with a thin layer of hot oil. I brown these on each side and then serve them hot. We usually have scrambled eggs with these to round off our breakfast meal. Don't these sound delicious? I think we'll have to have some this weekend for sure!

For more Frugal Friday ideas, be sure to visit Biblical Womanhood here!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

These are 13 favorite home remedies and/or homeopathic remedies that I turn to in times of need.

*Please note, these links are provided so you can familiarize yourself with the products I use if you are not already familiar with them and are not intended as a recommendation for a particular retail outlet. I encourage you to purchase these products from the store or online shop of your choice that you are comfortable doing business with.

Okay, here's my favorite 13 list:

1. Umcka Cold Syrup - this is an amazing cold fighter if you start taking it as soon as you believe you are getting a cold. It works wonders for all of us.

2. Airborne Cold Tablets - I also use these effervescent tablets as soon as any of us feel a cold coming on. Between Umcka and this, we seem to knock out colds really fast - sometimes as quickly as a single day with the girls if we treat the cold soon enough.

3. Hyland C-Plus Cold Tablets - when I have a little one with a cold (under the age of 2), this is what I use first. For other minor childhood illnesses and injuries, I turn to the Hyland Kid's Kit.

4. Hyland Teething Tablets and Teething Gel - I could not have survived our teething years without these!

5. Little Remedies Teething Gel - Is similar to orajel, but with all natural ingredients.

6. Boericke & Tafel Natrum Muriaticum - The first thing I turn to when a migraine headache is trying to steal my day. If I am out of this one, I use the Hyland's Migraine Headache Relief tablets.

7. Native Remedies Pure Calm and K-Ok Kiddie Calmer - my oldest daughter tends to be a worrier - when she is anxious, especially before bedtime, this is what I use.

8. Native Remedies Tula Tantrum Tamer - when my middle daughter was having the height of her tantrums and acting out when Dad left for Active Duty last year, this was my backup.

9. Source Naturals Wellness Collodial Silver Nasal Spray - whenever I feel a sinus infection brewing, this is my first course of action.

10. Tea Tree Therapy Antiseptic Cream - for every cut and scrape any of us get, this is the antiseptic cream I use.

11. Boiron Arnica Cream and Tablets- seems that active children get bruises just about every day and you'd be amazed at the bruises my husband can get working on the ranch. This is the cream I use to minimize the bruising and swelling, along with Hylands Arnica Tablets. I also used the tablets for a few days after the birth of each of my children.

12. Twinlabs Yeast Fighter - A great supplement for those with occasional or chronic yeast problems for those who, like me, cannot seem to give up all the good things like desserts, breads, chocolate, etc. that would be necessary to really reign in yeast for good!

13. Garlic - Again, this is a fantastic natural yeast fighter. I try to eat as much garlic as I can in my diet. For those few unfortunate times when a yeast infection does come my way, I also use cloves of garlic as a treatment. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO DO THIS READ ON, OTHERWISE STOP HERE :-) Instead of the anti-fungal suppositories you can purchase at the drug store - I take a peeled clove of garlic, wrap it very lightly (once) in an open weave gauze, tie on some dental floss and use it as an overnight vaginal suppository. Two nights of this home remedy is very effective for me.

For more Thursday Thirteen lists, visit the TT Headquarters here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday

I'm not sure how many of you still use (or ever used :-) a Foreman grill, but we use ours quite a bit. Mainly when it is too hot or too cold to grill outdoors.
We use ours primarily for hamburgers and whenever we have bacon on hand. I found that it cooks bacon just fabulously and without all the greasy spatter that you get from cooking bacon in a regular skillet.

A friend once told me an easy tip for cleaning my Foreman grill and it works beautifully. As soon as you are done cooking, unplug the grill and place a very damp / slightly wet dishrag on the grill - then close it to allow it to steam for a couple of minutes. The steam will loosen any cooked on grease and you will be able to just wipe it clean with a sponge.

To check out more Works For Me Wednesday tips, be sure to visit Rocks In My Dryer!

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 8, 2007

Monday Meanderings

Monday Meanderings is sponsored by Less of Me~More of Him - please click over to see how you can participate!

Here's what's on my schedule for this week:

Bible Study: Chapter 10 - Mothers Are Teachers - in the Power of Motherhood Bible Study. Click here if you want to know more about this awesome Bible study!

Must Do Household Task: This week I need to finalize the fall clothing sort for the girls and clear off the desk / shelves in the kitchen where my cookbooks are - the shelves seem to always attract stray objects! Also, my husband is continuing to organize his office and has asked for help with making new file folders. Did I mention I love my labeling machine?

Train Them Up: Week 10 of our school year using My Father's World Kindergarten and Adventures in My Father's World is on schedule. This week we'll also work on supplemental spelling words with my oldest daughter.

Character Training: Daily chores using Managers of our Chores - I love this program. I found that it was easier to plan out my chores that needed to be done each day first, then use the Managers of our Homes to plan out my schedule for each week. We will continue working on good attitudes using tips from this great site about child training - our ongoing activity is "tomato staking" and working on the heart attitudes that go with service to others.

Menu Planning: Will probably go something like this and pretty much always homemade:

Breakfasts: French Toast, Scones, Biscuits, Cinnamon Rolls, Pancakes, Potato Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs or Oatmeal.

Lunches: Salmon Spread and Crackers, Hamburgers, Fruit and Veggie Platter, Crackers with Peanut Butter and Cheeses, Fried Chicken Strips

Dinners: Roast Beef, Home-made Tamales, Lamb Stew, Vegetable Medley (we try to have one meal a week that is all veggies), Grilled Steaks, Sausage and Rice Casserole.

Have a Blessed Week!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Sunday Reflections

I thought I'd take some time this Sunday to reflect back on the week as I am planning for the new week ahead and share some thoughts, ideas, neat sites I found and successful moments that now make up the memories of yesterday!

I'm very thankful to have found Kelli's blog at There Is No Place Like Home. This week I made her Cinnamon Rolls and her Maple Cookies. Both were a great hit with the family and are now written on recipe cards, which means they are keepers! I altered the cinnamon roll recipe slightly to use kefir instead of milk which made them rise even more. The girls have already asked if these can be their Christmas morning breakfast treat!

So far I've made two loaves of sour dough bread this weekend using my new dough bowl. I love the bowl, although I'm not too excited about my sour dough starter. It is not very aggressive, and while the loaves have been good, they haven't had the "airiness" that I would like. We made the starter ourselves from scratch and I think I'll begin my search for a better one for future loaves! If you want some terrific tips for making bread, be sure to follow the blog of Farmgirl Fare!

I learned this weekend from Rocks In My Dryer about a Jesse Tree - apparently an old tradition of putting biblical-based ornaments on a tree during Advent season. A corresponding reading teaches the meaning and story behind each ornament - the tree is meant to teach and reaffirm God's faithfulness through the lessons that go with each ornament. This website - Jesse Trees - has more info and lots of ways to make the ornaments or order them that I encourage you to check out if you're not familiar with a Jesse Tree. And Rocks In My Dryer has a great Jesse Tree giveaway here. We will definitely incorporate this into our family traditions this year.

Another blog you might want to keep handy is Janne's Jaberwocky - she's keeping a Homeschool Curriculum Exchange listing going - you can list curriculum you want to buy, sell or trade and check others listed in her sidebar to see if anyone has what you need or need to get rid of!

I'm asking you to keep fellow blogger Crunchy Chicken in your prayers - her husband is still struggling with his newly diagnosed blood cancer.

Blessings in the new week ahead!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Show and Tell Friday

Show and Tell Friday is hosted by Kelli at There Is No Place Like Home. Be sure to visit her - you will be blessed!

Today I'd like to share my new dough bowl! It is an antique replica that I purchased yesterday at the Pink Palace Crafts Fair here in Memphis. It is unfinished buckeye wood, which will make a wonderful heirloom one day for one of my daughters! Unfinished wood used as a dough bowl will absorb the yeasts of the bread doughs and over time will season like a wonderful, old cast-iron skillet! It will only require a little food safe mineral oil on the outside to keep it healthy and prevent any cracking.

I cannot wait to use it this weekend! We've been experimenting with different sourdough starters since we've started making our own kefir and are having a great time with our efforts at making artisan breads!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Blogger Friend School - Assignment #5

This week we're supposed to say it all with pictures! All of the pictures here represent a little part of me - trying to capture moments of each day to remember for tomorrow! See if you can learn a little more about me by the pictures I've chosen - I can't wait to visit other BFS friends to see what they've selected this week! If you want to know more about BFS or perhaps join in - visit Training Hearts here. - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Visual Poetry -

Scripture Reference This Week: Psalm 34:12-15
Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Homeschool Curriculum Exchange

Janne's Jabberwocky is helping homeschoolers wanting to buy / sell / trade or give away curriculum by providing a one-stop place to shop! For more information, please visit her site via the button on my sidebar or the link here.

Here's what I'm seeking:

Draw-Write-Now Art program ~ Books 2 and 5

My Father's World - Exploring Countries and Cultures (for next year - the complete set if you have it)

Singapore Math ~ US Edition ~ Teacher and Student Books for 3A and 3B

Singapore Science ~ Early-Bird Start-up Series 1, 2, 3, or 4

God's Design Science ~ God's Design for Life - all 3 (animal kingdom, world of plants and human body)
If you have these items to sell or trade, please let me know at capturingtoday [at] gmail [dot] com.

Works For Me Wednesday ~ Shoe Help!

For today's Works For Me Wednesday, instead of posting something that works for us, we're supposed to ask a question that we'd like our readers to help us with! Perhaps something that "isn't" working for us that we would like some help with. Sounds like a great plan to me!

This week, I'd love to have some suggestions for keeping all of the shoes for my girls organized. My girls are ages 8, 5 and 2. We've done a good job of passing shoes down when possible, but my mom is always picking up cute ones on sale when she's out shopping, so we always end up with a few more!

We have VERY limited closet space, so I don't have room for those closet floor systems or for stacking plastic shoe boxes. We've tried the over the door hanging systems, but I want the girls to be able to get their own shoes, not depend on me to get them. We've tried a basket at the front door for everyone, but that was just chaotic. Right now, I have a basket at the end of each bed for my older girls and the ones for my little one in a drawer of her dresser. This is still not quite ideal.

Any ideas to help? I appreciate them all~ thank you for stopping by!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Frustrating . . .

I found out news this evening that has me both irritated and frustrated. It appears that this past Friday evening, around 1 A.M., someone made the rounds in our cove breaking into cars and attempting to break into homes. We are right in the middle of the cove; there are 2 houses to my left and 3 to my right. The house on the left had her car gone through - she'd left the doors unlocked. To one of the homes on my right he tried the backdoor ~ the children heard, woke up their dad (who happens to be a policeman); he saw nothing and went back to bed. Turns out they broke into his car, but that was it - they got nothing. The house next to theirs, however, the man was successful in actually entering the home, but was scared off by the homeowner. She called the police, 4 cars responded and chased the guy a few blocks before they lost him. I've been told that she has refused to file a police report, which makes no sense to me. She has even been our past "neighborhood watch" captain.

Now, I have no idea if any of our things outside our home were gone through. I'm in a state of frustration at the moment already with dear hubby, as most of the items he moved home from his apartment at Ft. Knox are still residing under our carport. I have no idea if anything of his is missing and he hasn't had the time to check to see. We keep our cars locked at night and nothing appears to be missing from either of them. We do have a huge watchdog in the backyard and our smaller dog sleeps by the front door at night. I also have no qualms about our ability to protect our family if needed should an intruder breach our home.

What has me irritated beyond the fact that we live in a society where people freely think they can take from others, is the fact that no one in the neighborhood bothered to tell us about this until TONIGHT. Yes, Tuesday evening, 4 whole days after the fact. And this was just because my husband happened to step over to the police-officer's house to share some info about his military rifle tournament this past Saturday.

I know that we all lead busy, busy lives. Many people do not even know their neighbors these days. But we do, we have young children that are out playing all the time with neighbor children, and no one mentioned it this weekend.

I'm really not sure what to think ~ when you make the effort to know your neighbors and even speak to them almost daily and they fail to mention something so important for almost a week ~ what is a solution?

Monday, October 1, 2007

Monday Meanderings

Monday Meanderings is sponsored by Less of Me~More of Him - please click over to see how you can participate!

I wasn't sure I would make this one, as my little one started a mild fever last night and continuing into this morning. No other symptoms, just a slight fever, so I'm sure it is probably just a bug she's picked up by having her hands in her mouth all the time!

Here's what's on my schedule for this week:

Bible Study: Chapter 9 in the Power of Motherhood Bible Study. Click here if you want to know more about this awesome Bible study!

Must Do Household Task: I actually did get quite a bit done last week the 3 days my husband was out of town. The end of the week saw all household tasks put on hold when we unexpected received 75 quarts of muscadine grapes that had to be processed! So I'm carrying over from last week living room movies/cds and kitchen desk.

Train Them Up: Week 9 of our school year using My Father's World Kindergarten and Adventures in My Father's World is on schedule.

Character Training: Daily chores using Managers of our Chores - I love this program. I found that it was easier to plan out my chores that needed to be done each day first, then use the Managers of our Homes to plan out my schedule for each week. We will continue working on good attitudes using tips from this great site about child training - our ongoing activity is "tomato staking" and working on the heart attitudes that go with service to others.

Menu Planning: Will probably go something like this and pretty much always homemade:

Breakfasts: French Toast, Scones, Biscuits, Cinnamon Rolls, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs or Oatmeal.

Lunches: Grilled Cheese, Salmon Spread and Crackers, PB&J, Fruit and Veggie Platter, Crackers with Peanut Butter and Cheeses, Fried Chicken

Dinners: Grilled Steaks, Grilled Hamburgers, Roast Beef, Cheeseburger Pie, Salmon Croquettes, Vegetable Medley (we try to have one meal a week that is all veggies), Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Have a Blessed Week!