Tuesday, December 6, 2016


It's amazing how quickly time gets away from me where this blog is concerned.   I keep it listed in my side bar of my main blog, Learning Curve, and it'll be "2 weeks since last post" and then poof, it's suddenly "2 months since last post".   

Sometimes I think maybe I'll just do away with this blog, but I just like it's cozy, open feel.   I'm not tied to the boundaries of homeschooling, and I can cover many topics.   Yet, the other blog takes the majority of my writing time.  It's disheartening ya'll.

Yes, I know, I set my own schedule and surely I should be able to eek out at least a weekly blog post that has something of value in it.  I shall endeavor to be better about it.

Now that I've whined a bit, be sure to check out the recipe for St. Nicholas Day Cookies, from you know, "the other blog".

Here's to a good week and hopefully some productive writing for me, right?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Bible Study Give Away Time!

I have two give aways going on this week over at Learning Curve.   The first is a copy of the 6-week Bible study entitled I Am Found.  The second book is a 10 week study on the book of Acts entitled An Unexplainable Life.   Be sure to hop over (using the links provided in this paragraph) and sign up for a chance to win.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Just Breathe

Happy Sunday morning to you all!    I'm trying to get back into the swing of writing consistently on both blogs.   Admittedly, I've been showing preferential treatment to Learning Curve...but really, it's out of necessity more than anything.  (Reviews, reviews and more reviews.)

So now that I've apologized, I'll share that I have a semi-inspirational post up over on that busier blog today, ahem.   Pop over and read and ponder on my post Just Breathe.

I'll be updating this site with newer photos of the kids soon, and I have a couple of posts floating around my head too.   Be patient, but don't go away!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

My Gardens - 2016 Edition

I've been a bit lax in posting to this blog in recent weeks and months.   I'm hoping to rectify that at some point, humor me, ok?

I thought I'd take time to share some photos of this year's garden.  This post serves a dual purpose, first you get to see my lovely flowers, and it we get the terrible storms in out forecast for this afternoon and overnight, I may not have anything but photos of the flowers by morning.

My mailbox garden is one of my favorites, I love the day lilies.

 My rosebush has taken on a life of it's own.  I need a trellis for next year.

 My shade garden is on the left side of my drive way.   I have evening primrose, hostas, day lilies, lambs ear and lamiun growing under there.   I also have some little white flowers, but I'm drawing a blank on the name.   I have a couple of wind chimes and homemade gourd bird houses hanging in the branches of the big pine tree.

This next little back yard garden has all sorts of things in it, a rosebush, lambs ear, lamium, fever few (which has taken over) black eyed Susan's, columbine, irises, obedient plants, chrysanthemums and purple spider wort.  Not everything is currently in bloom obviously.

The garden below is my the upper corner of my back yard.  There are day lilies, lily of the valley, cone flowers, spider wort, red hot pokers, a wisteria vine and a hydrangea bush.

The vegetable garden (below) is coming along nicely.   I'd thought the late frost had killed the squash, but they have rebounded, and all of them now have blooms.   We have 8 squash, 13 tomatoes (4 varieties), lettuce, spinach, endive and onions growing.   We've already harvested all of the radishes, so I'll replant those come early fall.   I also have a huge patch of sunflowers growing by the garden gate.

Lastly, here's my little garden shed garden.   It has white peonies, cone flower, mums, day lilies, spider wort, parrot irises, lambs ear and a few other little odds and ends that haven't come up yet.

I missed getting photos of my peonies and red hot poker gardens this year.   Here area few close up photos of some of my lovely flowers.

Thanks for touring my gardens with me!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day Encouragement

Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful, and not so wonderful Mom's!    Yes, even the not so wonderful ones still need recognition and encouragement.   Maybe you're struggling today because your Mom wasn't the person you needed or wanted her to be.     Please take a minute to pop over to Learning Curve  read my article Changing the Course, and get a little insight and encouragement.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Victim or Victor?

While at the park today we saw an epic duck vs. goose battle in the fish pond.  The goose was much larger, and much stronger, and by all appearances the duck was dying as the goose pinned the ducks head under the water.  The ducks struggling began to slow, his wings going limp.  Suddenly the ducks desire to breathe and live erupted into a powerful onslaught that upended the goose and sent it screeching out of the water and onto the bank with the duck in hot pursuit, where it thoroughly pummeled the goose.  I stood there and cheered for that victorious bird. You can learn a lot from that little duck.

I’m sure many of you are thinking “why didn’t you help the poor duck to begin with?”    Sometimes, the absolute WORST thing we can do for someone is fight their battle.  In our quickness to intervene, we often teach victim mentality instead of victor mentality.

When you’ve finally had enough, you will engage the enemy, and go on the offensive, and do what’s necessary to move into victory.   

The choice is yours.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls - Recipe

During our recent blizzard I had a sudden hankering for hot cinnamon rolls.  Unfortunately I hadn't planned for this hankering, so there were no pre-made rolls in a tube in the fridge.   Google truly is a lovely thing.  Finding that most cinnamon rolls require all-purpose flour and yeast is not so lovely.  But, Google didn't let me down and I finally found a recipe which used self rising flour.  Insert angelic choir voices here, grins.

Here's the recipe I found.

1/4 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp. shortening
3 cups self rising flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup margarine/butter softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tbsp. cinnamon

Place flour in bowl and cut the shortening into the flour.  Then add the milk and stir well.  When a soft dough has formed, place the dough on a lightly floured counter top and knead briefly.   Roll out your dough into a 20X14 inch rectangle.  Spread butter/margarine evenly over dough.

Combine sugars and cinnamon and sprinkle over the butter.  Roll the dough up, jelly roll style and slice into 1/2  inch thick slices.  Place slides side by side in a greased 13X9 baking dish.  If any of your sugar/cinnamon mix fell out of the edges, just dump it back on top at this point.  Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.

While the rolls bake, make a simple glaze.

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Pour the glaze onto the rolls while warm and serve.  

Since this recipe uses self rising flour, these rolls have a more dense, biscuit consistency...but they still taste amazing on a cold winter morning.  These rolls also rewarm nicely in the microwave. 

You could also add cream cheese to your glaze mixture....and a little vanilla to the dough mixture.y