Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Time for Everything

Fall has arrived and the trees are all changing colors.  Thanksgiving is on the horizon and this year will soon be ending.  As I think about the time quickly passing by and what I may or may not be accomplishing, I am reminded that there is a time for everything.  You see, I go through these moments in my mom life every so often where I wonder what I should do next.  As if it isn't enough to be a wife and a mother and a homeschooler, I contemplate what I should add to my daily list of tasks.  Should I take a class?  Should I teach a class?  Should I pursue some freelance writing gigs?  Should I finally start writing that book I so often talk about?  There are so many things that can be done, and I already do so much.  I find myself wondering what season God wishes me to be in...

iPhone 5s/Instagram/Fall Colors in Sacramento, California

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: 
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace. 
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

As these seasons are changing and time is passing by, what do you find yourself wondering about?  Are there things you have considered doing that you now wonder if it is the time to actually start doing them?  I know that I am currently in a season of becoming the wife God wants me to be, being the teacher God has called me to be to my kids, and growing more in His Word in the process.  I guess now I am just wondering if this is the season to add to that... Prayer and time seeking the answer will guide me.  I think about where it says "a time to be silent and a time to speak" and I guess when you are looking for answers that is a great time to be silent.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cinnamon Sugar Breadstick Twists

What's that? You have left over pizza dough and you're in the mood for something sweet? Easy peasy!


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Roll out the dough onto a flat cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Melt up some butter, about two tablespoons should do for a large amount of dough, less for a smaller amount.  This isn't a perfect measurement kind of thing.  Brush the butter all over the dough.  It smells great!

Mix together some cinnamon and sugar.  Try about 1/4 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon - again, exact measurements aren't necessary.  Just give it a taste and see if it is to your liking.  If it is, sprinkle in onto the dough.  Thick or thin, it is up to you - your sweet tooth will dictate the sprinkling.

Use a pizza cutter (or knife) to slice the dough into strips and then twist the strips and lay them back on the cookie sheet.

Bake them for about 15 minutes, or until they are that perfect golden brown.  Mmmm...

Once out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes while you prepare a lovely glaze to sugar them up just a little bit more.

Use 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a tablespoon of milk.  You can use more milk if you want it thinner or less milk if you want it thicker - taste it and see what you think, go from there with the measuring.  

Once you get that glaze to your liking, drizzle it on top of the twists.  Then gobble them up - they taste best when they are warm.  You can even reheat them!

You're welcome!

Monday, November 3, 2014

National Housewife Day

Stay-at-home moms, homeschoolers, grandmothers, women who don't have children yet and still choose to stay home, whatever you are...



You matter.  Your job matters.  Your job of caring for a home and a family matters.  It may well be the most important job on earth.  Don't ever let anyone make you feel inferior for the choice you made to care for your family.  Your family matters and your love for them is everything.

3 Skills Teens Can Teach Themselves

Learning self-reliance is an important skill for anyone to have, especially our thriving and growing teens. Those who are actively engaged in self-directed learning are more curious and willing to try new things. Take an active stance in giving your teens the right resources to teach themselves new skills via online resources. After all, just because you are a work-at-home mom, doesn’t mean you have the time or capacity to do everything for your kids, especially as they grow and start branching out in search of their own, independent identity.

Cooking

Once your teen knows the basics of the kitchen such as proper use of electronics and major appliances, measuring, cutting and recipe lingo, set him loose to discover and expand his talents. KidsHealth.org is a great resource for your teen to discover new recipes. Challenge your teen to attempt one new recipe per week and share it with the family. As he gets more comfortable in the kitchen and expands his repertoire of recipes, he can further explore the kitchen and start a collection of his own favorite and go-to recipes.

Driving

Driver’s education classes can be a great resource for teens aspiring to obtain a driver’s license, but what if your teen doesn't have a free elective slot to fit the class into his schedule? Or if he does, maybe the set hours of the class aren’t enough for your teen to feel truly comfortable getting behind the wheel for the driver’s test? Online resources provide DMV practice tests that help kids further their knowledge about road safety. Through interactive simulations and DMV practice tests, your teen can gain a better comprehension of driving independently and on his own time. He can be relieved of pressures to learn the rules of the road according to a structured class timeline and gain additional practice in making split-second decisions via a variety of real-life scenarios he may face while behind the wheel, before he actually is.

Technology

As our society become more and more dependent on technology, careers within this industry, such as IT work, website coding and graphic design will continue to grow and thrive. If your teen has shown interest in technology and enjoys spending time in front of a computer screen, encourage him to explore potential career options and interests via online tools and resources. For example, if he is interested in learning coding techniques, for website development and maintenance, he can visit Code Academy to interactively learn to code. From HTML to Javascript and more, he can get hands-on experience in using code to develop interactive and functional websites and landing pages.

While each of these skills are great for teens becoming independent adults, the most valuable lesson from these self-reliant resources is instilling a sense of self learning. The earlier teens develop a passion for learning and growing, the more opportunities they can create for themselves in conjunction with and outside of conventional learning methods and establishments.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Safety


Halloween is almost here.  On Friday night children all over the country will set out to unknown houses, knocking on doors with one goal in mind - candy.

Are you stuck on "unknown houses" too?  Good, you should be!

Safety should be one of your top priorities on Halloween night.

Below are some of my personal safety tips:
  • Go with your kids.  Don't just cut your kids loose for the night.  It doesn't matter that your 8 year-old will be with a large group, kids that age shouldn't be wandering about at night alone regardless of the event taking place.
  • Stay away from houses that are unlit.  If it's dark, don't go there.  Period.
  • Never enter the home you knock at.  Candy should be brought to the door.  Do not let your child go inside to get it.
  • Never eat candy without inspecting it.  Think needles and such are a thing of the past?  Think again.  Just last year, one town over from mine, kids were finding razors and shards of glass in their candy.  Sick people exist and they seem to like Halloween.
  • Teach your kids not to give out their names.  If the person giving out candy wants a name before the treat then just leave that house - your child's name, age, school, address, phone number, best friend, bus number, walking route, or anything else like that is not ever needed for candy.
  • Dress your kids appropriately.  This world is full of weirdos that prey on innocent children, why on earth would you want to give them more fuel for their fire?  Costumes do not need to be revealing.  If the word "sexy" comes to mind when looking at your child's costume then you need to change it and change it now.  There's plenty of time for your kids to grow up, so do your best to make sure it doesn't happen on Halloween night.
Yep, I know those aren't the usual don't wear a mask, take a flashlight, wear reflective clothing type of tips.  I understand that they are the type of tips that generally make parents cringe.  But this is the kind of world we live in.  Kids go missing every day.  Horrible acts are committed.  We must be proactive when it comes to protecting our precious little ones.

Be safe.  Be alert.  Make good choices.

Monday, October 27, 2014

There is Rejoicing in Heaven When We Repent

Then Jesus told them this parable: 
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 
And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. 
Luke 15:3-7

I'm glad He found me.

Friday, October 24, 2014

I Need a Weekend

This made me laugh when I saw it at the bottom of Bug's math paper today.

 
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