Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spots of Green 'Round the House

1828 Webster's on the desk.
Necktie for Kylen.  Earlier in the day, I got to pinch him.  :)

Fake palm in the corner with white lights.

Cards, calendar page, cardboard initial, and kit from B&N.  Think I'll get a four-leaf clover?
Spots of green are extra welcome when yearning for spring!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I always like to listen to Loch Lomond by John McDermott on St. Patrick's Day.  It just seems so Irish!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Pi Day!!

Some friends of ours have a son who was born March 14th, and they got us warmed up to Pi Day last year with their fun celebration.  The mathematical term "pi" is a number that begins 3.14, hence March 14th or 3-14 being designated as Pi Day.  Well, I found out from my uncle's family that today is an extra special Pi Day that only comes up once every 100 years.  If you go out several more decimal places, pi is equal to 3.141592653.  This means that March 14th, '15 9:26:53 is a very special moment!  Happy Pi Day!!!  (Where will you be at 9:26:53?  Or where were you?  Better make note of it!  ;-)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Elimination Diet: "Taco" Dinner

So how do you have a taco dinner when you can't eat tomatoes, corn, or flour?  Here's how, and it's one of my favorite meals.  :)

"Taco" Dinner

Onion, chopped and divided
1 lb. ground turkey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
Beanitos black bean chips
Avocado, diced or mashed (optional)
Fresh cilantro, 10 sprigs or to taste
Green onion, sliced

Cook part of chopped onion until translucent.  Add meat, and cook through.  Add garlic.  Cook a few minutes.  Stir in seasonings.  Heat a few more minutes to blend flavors.  Adjust seasonings to taste.

Wash and dry cilantro.  Pull off leaves and tear into pieces.

Break up chips, and place on plate.  Top with meat, onion, avocado, cilantro, and green onion.
In the picture below, I topped the meat with a cabbage slaw that needed to be used up.  You just mix sliced cabbage, cilantro, green onion, olive oil, and Herbamare.

Monday, March 2, 2015

February Update

It's March!

February flew by in a whirl of school and driver's ed.  Kylen was VERY happy to have his last classroom session Thursday (final drive with instructor tomorrow).  I don't think the poor kid has ever experienced such a demanding schedule.  It was rough!  But he took the written portion of the test and passed.  Woo hoo!  Now he just needs to keep practicing driving with Greg, and he should be able to get his license on his 16th birthday.  :)

We also had our last day of co-op for the trimester and are officially on break (although school will continue without co-op!).  I will not be teaching during the spring, as I will be aiding in two classes as backup for a friend who has a lot of health challenges.  I won't need to spend the month of March preparing a class.  Yay!  I'm starting to feel almost guilty about having a calm schedule for so long . . . almost!

But I'm not completely idle!  Researching new recipes for my restricted diet (and even trying a few out now and then ;) . . . researching curriculum for next school year, since we'll be changing what we use for at least three subjects . . . researching college info.  After spending a full day looking into options for becoming a writer, Kylen told me he really feels the Lord directing him toward ministry.  He had told me not long back that he is interested in becoming a minister, but I didn't know how serious he was about it.  Apparently, pretty serious!  I'm excited!  I feel like he's going to learn all sorts of awesome things I'd love to know.  :)  I'm not sure where the Lord will take him, but I'm so, SO incredibly proud of him!!!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I like these!

Saw them in the latest Guideposts magazine.  :)

What if you woke up today with only the things
 you thanked God for yesterday?
~Brad Johnson


The most important lesson of friendship is also the most basic:
In order to have a friend, you must be a friend.
~Ruth Soukup


Pain is a gift.  It puts us in a position where we're quicker to be desperate for God.  When we seek him, we will find him.
~model Lauren Scruggs, who lost her eye and hand in an accident


When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things
 a chance to catch you.
~Karen Lorimer


For it is not failure that stops most people, but rather the belief that failure is permanent.  Failure is nothing more than a storm in the weather forecast for the week -- it comes and it goes, and it waters next season's yield because it teaches us where we can improve.
~Jake Ducey


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Homemade 3-D Valentine's Card

For several years I've been participating in Valentine card exchanges with Christian homeschool moms from an online forum.  It's a lot of fun sending and receiving cards for my favorite holiday.  Reminds me of the card exchanges we did in public school when I was a kid.  Anyway, I had to take a picture and post about one of the cards.  This gal makes her own, and I was very impressed!  It arrived flat for traveling through the mail, but it opened up to form a little box with hearts and mail popping out.  So adorable!