Twelve Extraordinary Women

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2015 at 11:48 pm

John MacArthur wrote a book called “Twelve Ordinary Men”, which was a character study of some of the most important men in the Bible and how God used them to move the Gospel. Well, I can’t lie and say I read it. That would be a sin! And I’m in the repenting business these days… But I did recieve his follow up book to that which is titled, “Twelve Extraordinary Women” from my husband as a Christmas gift this year. So after I’m done reading this, I will probably go back and read the one about the men… and then the one about the Twelve Angry Jurors…heh… heh…
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This book proves to be a good supplement for Bible study. He puts the characters in such a light that you can find it very easy to relate them to yourselves and the people in your communities.


New Jersey Scrapbook

In art, Homeschool, scrapbooking on April 20, 2015 at 12:55 pm

So in order to learn about New Jersey, we’re putting together a kinda scrap book. We started it on ART day last week and it’s going to be a more long term project. We’ll add to it as we get more information. (I know what you’re thinking… isn’t every day ART day?) The answer is yes. Every day is ART day in some fashion… but since thursdays in middle school were with my fav Art teacher Mrs. Falk, I’ve just designated that day to be Art day here.

I used one of these binder handbooks that have just a kraft kinda cover so you can paint em, or glue stuff to em… really anything. You could even wallpaper em if you want.
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I honestly haven’t been to a craft store in a while, so I’m not sure if other brands make these… in this size. But you could also get one that’s already got a pattern on it… Or just use a regular old binder with the clear pocket in front to add a title. Anything!

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Eleanor decided she wanted to paint it like the beach because that’s her favorite part of New Jersey. So she made a sky… a little bit of grass… the water…

And then she got the idea to add some shells that were in the Hermit crab cage. And we actually did get em from the Jersey Shore, so it was perfect.

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And then I introduced her to modeling paste. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

SHE’S NOW ADDICTED. to modeling paste.

It started as just making some texture for the sand at the bottom… then it turned into a way to glue on the shells… it was everywhere! But that’s ok, because that’s why Grandpa made us these craft tables for easy clean up! Plus this sewing mat I have just ends up being a paint, glue, mess catcher anyway. But don’t worry too much about your kids doing any damage with modeling paste. It gets almost gummy when you wet it, so it peels off of most surfaces.

So anyway, now she wants to use modeling paste for everything. She used it in place of a glue stick in the book to attach paper to paper…

but hey, it’s her book so I let her do whatever she wanted!

And of course she topped it off with pink Color Shine and pink glitter.For the inside front page, we drew a picture of New Jersey and colored it.

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Yes, that’s modeling paste holding on that “Home sweet Home” card…

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So far her favorite thing she learned was the the State fruit was the blueberry… because she loves to eat em and one of her buddies Connor calls them Bloobs… I should ask him how he spells that.. Bluebs? Seems like I can get in trouble with that one…

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She can’t seem to remember who the Governor is, but the capital sticks a bit better. lol.

So anway, it’s a work in progress… we’ll update when we get more in there.


God Bless New Jersey!

Baked Apples

In Food Allergies, Recipe on April 18, 2015 at 2:37 pm



An old fashioned fav in our house that can be tweaked as you like. You can get as simple as brown sugar and butter, or get crazy and throw dates or raisins, apple pie spices, and some vanilla ice cream. Ok, I didn’t think I’d be mentioning vanilla ice cream so soon.

But anyway, here goes:


1. Some Apples! – Granny smith or Golden would probably be my first pick, but this time we used Gala because we already had them. I don’t think you can really go wrong, though for some reason a honey crisp doesn’t seem like the best choice. I have no idea why, but I just feel like they are the watermelon of apples… and baked watermelon just doesn’t sound good. Hey, if you try it and it’s good, let me know!

2. Brown SUGAR! – A staple in a lot of my meals and desserts.

3. Cinnamon!

4. faux Butter! – I use Earth Balance – (click for website and nutrition information) So far this is the only company I have found that I trust to be totally free of animal products. So I can be sure there are no eggs or dairy in the mix. They do make nut spreads, but there are no traces of peanuts or tree nuts in thier buttery spreads according to them so I can feel safe in feeding these to my daughter. And it’s also non-GMO and gluten free. The two spreads I use most often are the Earth Balance original and the Soy-free spread. The soy-free spread in my opinion has a slightly better taste and is great for baking pie crusts and breads! But the original gets the job done just as well.

The rest of these ingredients are optional:

Maple Syrup

Raisins or dates




Wait, except for stickers… they are not easily chewed..


Preheat the oven to 375°


Cut the core out of your apples from stem to about a 1/2 inch from bottom. Remove any seeds.


You don’t have to be neat about this… just go crazy.



Fill your apples all the way to the top with the brown sugar. Then sprinkle on your spices.



If you want to add syrup or other ingredients, do that now…

Then throw a pat of Earth Balance on top of each apple. You can sprinkle more cinnamon and spices on top of the butter also if you like.

So really, this is a “to your taste” recipe. There’s no set measurements because every apple is different! I just go by filling it up with as much of the stuff I like as I want! Remember to overdo it on the brown sugar, because most of it melts in the oven.


Fill a baking dish about a 1/2 inch with boiling water and stand up your apples in it.

Bake for 40-50 minutes depending on size of apples and that’s it!


Top with “So-Delicious” Creamy vanilla frozen dessert and you’ve got an awesome after dinner sweet tooth tamer.

So-Delicious is again another company that makes dairy and nut free ice cream that uses special equipment to ensure that there is no cross contamination of nuts. A lot of the time, people with nut allergies can’t even have regular ice cream because of the nut traces that may be in the product. So so far, this is the only ice cream I’ve allowed my daughter to have.

Here is a link to an allergen and certification chart for thier dessert products.

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You can also get coupons and recipes on thier site!

So, if you take them out of the oven, and they look like they’ve just aged 68 years, then you’re good! They will taste much better then they look. heh



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