Sunday, February 28, 2010

To be alive is to be broken...

"To be alive is to be broken. And to be broken is to stand in need of grace. Honesty keeps us in touch with our neediness and the truth that we are saved sinners. There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are." ~Brennan Manning

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More Vintage Reading Lists, Classics

A nice general reading list for children of all ages from Dorothy Canfield's, What Shall We Do Now?, 1922. Many of these wholesome classics can be found at Google Books for free download, public libraries, and very inexpensively at Dover Books, a good number are under $3.00 each.

See here for reading list, pages 369-385.

What Shall We Do Now?: Over Five Hundred Games and Pastimes; a Book of Suggestions for Children's Games and Employments
Author Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Publisher Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1922
Length 415 pages

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Old Fashioned Reading Lists : Grades Four - Eight

Wholesome classics. From Everyday English, Book One and Two published in 1912:

Seventh - eighth, pages 327-330.

Fourth - sixth, pages 234-236

Printable by right clicking on the image of the page at links, "save image" or "view image" and print.

Homeschool Helps: Discovery School Ancient Egypt DVD

We checked out a Discovery School Egypt DVD(grades 3-5) at the library last week. My son is in sixth, but it was a great review of what he learned in fourth grade social studies. I pretty sure that was the grade which covered ancient Egypt in Rod & Staff. It's part animation and part actual footage of Egypt. If you are looking for a children's video which shows the Nile flood plains and explains irrigation, this is it.

About this Product

"Includes: Ancient Egypt: Land of Abundance: Learn about the geography of the Nile, and see the development of irrigation and agriculture in Egypt through the writings of Ahtet, a young Egyptian boy. We'll see Papyrus harvested and made into paper, and hear stories about the origin of some hieroglyphs. Beautiful Nile wildlife images will inspire Ahtet to recount the timeless story of Isis and Osiris, and Ancient Egypt: Constructing Civilization: Experience the grand pyramids at Giza through the writings of Ahtet, a young Egyptian boy. We learn about Egypt's first Pharaohs and Imhotep, the visionary architect of the Great Pyramids. Ahtet goes on to recount the many ways in which Egyptians are master builders, and shows us how huge obelisks are created, transported, and raised. " More here.

Lesson plans and classroom tools for Discovery School DVDs here.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Free Printable Catholic Booklets

Includes a mini-catechism, prayer booklet, spiritual advancement guide, etc.

Click here to go to Saint Joseph House Publishers.

"Since 1999, St. Joseph House Publishing has offered free Catholic educational booklets and brochures as printable downloads for handout. Parishes, RCIA, CCD, campus and prison ministries all may find our publications useful, inspiring and cost effective. Our online catechism and prayer booklets may also be downloaded, printed and reproduced in any quantity, on short notice, on any office copier.  "   

Nice for Lent!

Free ebook: Homestead Simplicity: A Primer

Homestead Simplicity: A Primer –Learn about natural cleaning, cooking from scratch, planning and stocking your pantry, and easy ways to provide loving care for your homestead and those in it.

HT to Pawpaw Holler

2/16/10: Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is a term commonly known in English-speaking countries associated with the United Kingdom and its Anglican traditions, especially Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of the United States for the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian season of fasting and prayer called Lent.

The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of confession and doing penance. During the week before Lent, sometimes called Shrovetide in English, Christians were expected to go to confession in preparation for the penitential season of turning to God. Shrove Tuesday was the last day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, and noted in histories dating back to 1000 AD. The popular celebratory aspect of the day had developed long before the Protestant Reformation, and was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent. It is analogous to the continuing Carnival tradition associated with Mardi Gras (and its various names in different countries) that continued separately in European Catholic countries.

Also known as Pancake Tuesday:

In the United Kingdom and many other countries, the day is often known simply as Pancake Day. Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.

~ Wikipedia

Hillbilly Housewife pancake recipe. Yummy! 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Printable Cupid Paper Chain

Right click and save, or for a larger version click on image.

Christian Valentine's Day Craft

My preschooler collaged this together, inspired by Lacy's post here. My husband came home to this on the refrigerator and loved it.

"...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Now those who belong to Christ have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. Let us not be conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another." ~ Galatians 5:22-26 NAB

The Catholic church teaches 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit:

Charity: Love for God and for others
Joy: Happiness in living the Christian life
Peace : Inner calmness, even in difficulties
Patience : Kindly putting up with the faults of others
Benignity (Kindness) : Sympathy and concern for the needs of others
Goodness : Giving good example for the needs of others
Longanimity (Longsuffering): Extraordinary patience in enduring suffering
Mildness : Being gentle in our words and deeds toward others
Faith (Fidelity) : Loyalty to God and the people we are committed to, such as one's parents, spouse, good friends
Modesty : Respecting ourselves and others in conversations, dress, etc.
Continency: Proper balance in our desire for pleasure
Chastity: Proper attitude toward others and control over our sexual desires

The 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost are the result of the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost.

The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit are:
Fear of the Lord
Based on Isaiah 11:1-3

We'll probably do this next.

Vintage St. Valentine's Day Children's Stories, Cards, and Lesson Plans

Click here. Free to download or print.

Printing tips: Make sure that the pages are set to HTML mode. Look to the bottom of the sidebar at the page(s) you want to print. Also make sure you right click on the actual page you have selected, otherwise you'll get a print of the entire Google page.

Bumped up from 2008.

Printable Lenten Calendar for Children

Click here. An original by Lacy...sharing her gifts of art and creativity for the glory of God.

Family Movie Night: Flywheel

Flywheel (Director's Cut)
Jay Austin (Alex Kendrick) wants to sell you a used car, but watch out! Many victims have fallen prey to his smiling face and hasty promises. Austin does everything his way until his dishonesty and manipulation are repeatedly exposed. Like many men, the masks he wears and the lies he tells disgust him. While having a classic convertible repaired, Austin begins a humorous and powerful journey to win back the hearts of his wife (Janet Lee Dapper), his son (Richie Hunnewill) and his community. In every man's life, there can be a turning point. Jay Austin takes it, and he never looks back. ~

Inspiring Christian movie by the folks who brought us the movie, Fireproof. We watched it this past weekend via Netflix.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Moist Banana Cake Recipe

Putting some brown bananas to good use(giggle). My daughter has been asking for cake all week.

* 1 1/4 cups white sugar
* 1/2 cup butter
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 cup sour cream
* 1 cup mashed bananas
* 1 1/2 cups cake flour
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

See here for remaining recipe. I substituted yogurt for the sour cream, and oil for the butter. A very moist and delicious cake!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

By His Grace

Before we head into Lent to reflect and refine our souls...

There’s always more for each of us to do.
But that’s not the end of the story of how we stand before God.
And it’s not the beginning of that story either.

The fact that I’m not yet doing enough
- and the reality that I’ll probably never do all that I possibly could -
doesn’t for a moment change who I am in God’s eyes
and in the eyes of God, I am never worthless,
no matter how great my failings…
in the eyes of God, you are never worthless…
no matter how great your failings…
In God’s eyes each of us is, always, the beloved…

Most folks have a hard time with this.

Isaiah had a problem with it, too.
After actually seeing God with his own eyes, his first words were
“Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips…”
And the Lord’s response?
He sends an angel to cleanse Isaiah’s lips
with the sweet kiss of an ember glowing with mercy.

Peter had the same difficulty.
After hauling in, with the Lord’s help, the greatest catch he’d ever made --
Peter falls on his knees and says,
“Get away from me, Lord -- I’m a sinful man!”
And the Lord’s response?
Jesus says, simply, “Peter, don’t be afraid of me…”

In both these scriptures
the Lord is calling someone for a particular task:
Isaiah to be a prophet, Peter to spread the gospel.
But in both stories the Lord has to break through
how Isaiah and Peter see themselves
so that they might begin to see how God sees them.

The greatest mistake any faith or religion can make
is to lead its followers to believe
that there could be moments when God doesn’t love them,
or to believe that God’s love must somehow be earned.
The first error denies the nature of God for God is love.
The second error denies the nature of human beings
since nothing we do
can earn, merit or deserve God’s love.
God’s love is a pure gift, freely given, to all, always,
because God is love.

~ Concord Pastor

Homemade Pancake Syrup

I ran out of syrup today, but no worries, I used Hillbilly Housewife's Pancake Syrup recipe. I've made this recipe before to extend my all natural(expensivo) maple syrup. It's surprisingly good.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Homeschool Freebie: Marie Antoinette Paper Doll

Part of an 1890's queen series issued by McLaughlin Coffee " featuring Martha Washington, Isabella of Spain, Mary Queen of Scots, Crown Princess of Sweden, Marguerite of Italy, Czarina of Russia, Elizabeth of England and Marie Antoinette of France." See here for more. Graciously made available free to download and print.

Unusual in that it shows the queen bound for execution. This would be great for a time line, notebooking, or just something a little extra(enrichment) for history studies.

Frugal Quick Potato Turnip Casserole

We had this easy casserole a few nights ago.

Prepare potatoes and turnips as you would a chunky mashed potato.

Line the bottom of a pan with some frozen mixed veggies, season with seasoning salt, layer on top sliced sausage, and then mashed potato/turnip. Sprinkle Parmesan on top and cook in oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. A little broiler time gives it a nice browned top.

Have a little extra time? For a stronger flavor, cook the veggies on the stove top first in some butter and seasoning salt . If you use a cast iron pan, this extra step can be done in one pan from stove top to oven.

Ham and Beans Tonight

I use a version of this recipe for Ham and Beans at Read the comments at the link for other versions and tips - very helpful. I serve this over rice with a side of veggies. Sometimes I'll toss canned and seasoned collard greens into the ham and beans. And of course, you don't need to use ham, any meat will do, but pork tastes best. I'll be using up some German sausage that my mother-in-law left behind during her last visit.

Image from

Sunday, February 07, 2010

DIY: Vintage Tins & Free Labels

see here

Because He Loved Us..

he set us free.

"For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
~ Romans 5:8

Being at peace with yourself is a direct result of finding peace with God. And the Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 4:7. We are all sinners in need of His mercy. Through Him we find healing, peace, and restoration.

May the peace of the Lord be with you.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Heavy Rains, Flooding, and More Snow

I haven't seen our backyard this flooded since Hurricane Isabel. Thankfully, our power has held, and we are not in the dark and without heat. If it gets much colder, we may have a skating rink tomorrow!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Free Japanese Paper Craft for Spring

PDF download here for Japanese plum blossoms and bush warbler. There is also a goldfish.

Christian Valentine's Projects For Children

Christian Bible Verse Valentine's Cards

and also see:

John 3:16 Valentine Craft(Using the letters in Valentine)

Homeschool Freebie: Hopi Indians

Kwahu, the Hopi Indian boy
Author George Newell Moran
Publisher American Book Company, 1913
Length 237 pages(color illustrations)
Download or read online here. Free and in public domain. Reading level about middle school and up.

Hopi paper dolls(1922) here.

For younger children, The Indian Primer, 1906. Readable online and downloadable.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Homeschool Freebie: Canterbury Tales for Children

Canterbury chimes, or Chaucer tales retold for children
Authors Francis Storr, Hawes Turner, Geoffrey Chaucer
Publisher Roberts, 1896

Readable online and available for download as an e-book, free and in public domain.

Printable Chaucer paper doll here.

Kale-Squash Gratin Recipe

This recipe turned out so delicious and was quick and easy. Click on the recipe card to see the recipe. I picked up this free recipe card in the veggie isle of Walmart today, and had it for dinner tonight. Gratin recipes can be used for any veggie, but sometimes I need inspiration on veggie combinations. This was a nice mix of flavors.

I picked up a few other recipe cards as well. I don't usually shop Walmart for food, preferring Food Lion and Save-A-Lot, but today I am glad I did.

Reposting from last year for the kale fans...I need to make this again.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Nunc Dimittis(The Canticle of Simeon)

"Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
Your word has been fulfilled.
My eyes have seen the salvation
You have prepared in the sight of every people,
A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel."
Simeon the Righteous
Luke 2:29-32 
Nunc Dimittis

Candlemas Eve

Candlemas Eve.

Down with the rosemary and bays,
Down with the mistletoe ;
Instead of holly, now up-raise
The greener box, for show.
The holly hitherto did sway;
Let box now domineer,
Until the dancing Easter-day,
Or Easter's eve appear.
Then youthful box, which now hath grace
Your houses to renew,
Grown old, surrender must his place
Unto the crisped yew.
When yew is out, then birch comes in,
And many flowers beside,
Both of a fresh and fragrant kin,
To honour Whitsuntide.
Green rushes then, and sweetest bents,
With cooler oaken boughs,
Come in for comely ornaments,
To re-adorn the house.
Thus times do shift; each thing his turn does hold;
New things succeed, as former things grow old.

~ Robert Herrick, English Poet, 17th century(pre-civil war England)
The English poets: selections with critical introductions, 1905

A small duet found in Enjoy Your Recorder by the Trapp Family Singers (Sharon, CN: Magnamusic Distributors, Inc., 1954, p. 43) titled "It Was Candlemas Day."(opens to midi )

Feast of Candlemas/Presentation of the Lord


SWEET flowers of our Lady, sweet Candlemas bells,
I listen and listen—a mystery dwells
In your white, drooping petals, my Candlemas bells.

By -wild, chilly streamlets, reflected so fair ;

I wonder and wonder, how first you came there,

And lighted your candles to lighten my care.

'Mid the coarse, winter grasses, like points of pure light,
You rise from the dark earth, to give me delight—
To speak to my cold heart, of things out of sight.

Very softly you peak, so tender and low,
I listen and hear you, I listen and know ;
My dull eyes are opened, my spirit doth glow.

Sweet, sweet is the vision, the Mother and Child—
Our Lady close clasping within her arms mild
The fair Light of the World, the Babe undefiled.

"With doves, lighted candles, I see them go by ;
And bright is the glory that gleams from on high :
Our Lord and his Mother! The angels draw nigh.

Far off I am kneeling, my lamp gives no light,
Yet may I not feed it, at radiance so bright ?
The Lord will still hear me, and quicken my sight.

The fair Light of the World, my Lord and my King !
May I wash my soiled robe,—once more my love sing,
At Thy feet, in Thy sight, this new-budding spring ?

Sweet flowers of our Lady, sweet-Candlemas-bells ;

I listen and listen—a mystery dwells

In your white, drooping petals, my Candlemas bells !

~ Irish Monthly, 1895

Feast of Candlemas(February 2):

Candlemas Day.
The forty days of the Christmas season end on the feast of the Purification, or Candlemas Day, thus called from the custom of blessing the candles brought to the church by the people.
According to the law of Moses, a woman who brought forth a man child was to be separated from the rest, and remain for forty days like in a retreat, and then go to the tabernacle or temple, and offer a sacrifice for her purification. The sacrifice was a lamb to be wholly consumed with fire, and a turtle dove and a pigeon as sacrifices for sin. When they were too poor to offer a lamb, they were to bring two doves or two pigeons in its place. There was another commandment given by God that the first born was to be offered to the Lord, but the parents could redeem the child by giving five shekels, according to the weight of the sanctuary. That sum is a little more than five dollars. Mary was not obliged to fulfill that law, for she conceived and brought forth her Son by the power of the Holy Ghost, and not by the ordinary laws of nature. What relation was there between the brides of men and the spouse of the Holy Ghost, between common women and she who was a Virgin in her conception, in her bringing forth and always remaining a Virgin? The most chaste of all, she brought forth the God of chastity. Nevertheless the Holy Spirit, who dwelt within her, revealed to her that she was to fulfil the law of Moses, and we see the august Mother of God coming with the common crowd, and mingling with the mothers of Israel.

~ The Festal Year, 1838.

Homeschool Freebie: Rimbles: a Book of Children's Classic Games

Games and the history of those games written for children. I had no idea Hopscotch had Greek origins.

Rimbles: a book of children's classic games, rhymes, songs, and sayings
Author Patricia Evans
Publisher Doubleday, 1961
Length 157 pages

Free and in public domain. Available to read online or download.