Friday, March 13, 2015

Faith & Chocolate: Goodies to Fill Those Easter Baskets! 7QTs


Halfway through Lent .....are you planning for Easter morning, Easter dinner or brunch...or maybe creating some decorating and table setting plans? I'll bet you are! The Easter Bunny has long been filling all our baskets with symbols, treats and gifts of the season........I'd love to share the books and goodies that have been are staples.....and a few that...I hear tell, some kids around here may be receiving this very Easter morn!
Here's a shot of our Faith Book Basket, which contains a few of these titles, and which we switch up to include new ones as we enter various liturgical seasons......I'm sure you have many of the same around your house as well! Enjoy ~




Initiation of Christ
This is a pic of the Imitation that my Dad gave his sister, my aunt,  for Christmas of 1938. Yes, that's right! Look at the shape it's in, especially when you consider that Aunt Betty gave it back to Dad to carry with him when he shipped out in Feb 1942 ..
It traveled to the  occupied Philippines where he spent most of WWII, in the Pacific Theater. It's special to all of us, as you can imagine, not  simply for its content, but its history. 
            




Rosary Comic Book

Even though my kids are older now, we *still* use this as our main source for the order within each mystery.
 (Ya think we'd have it all down by now wouldja? Nope.)
Plus the whimsical drawings are clever.




Catholic Youth Bible
My favorite Bible....and we've tried on a lot. Guidance and "real life" applications of scripture after each Book. Awesome.


Crossing the Threshold of Hope
I bought this book for my Dad for Father's Day back when........
He read it that day and recommended it to everyone he knew, even passing acquanintances. We all know JPII had an amazing talent for writing and theater arts. But do we have his books on our shelves accessible for our kids? I realized my Dad never got his copy back from ??? and we needed a replacement! I just ordered this one for our Faith baskets!




Ablaze

This appeared in my kids' Easter baskets two years ago. Since then they've become intrigue even more with saints' young lives. I think the fave for each of my boys was St Dominic Savio. But there are about a dozen stories within and they are all gripping.




Paul: Tarsus to Redemption
For any kids into graphic novels/anime, this is IT.
My boys loved this and wanted more more more .....anything about St Paul would do. Gret springboard for study of saints' lives.






                           Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate !
One of our many molds
Russell Stover's bunnies and Cadbury's creme eggs 
epitomize Easter, but you can make your own candies, adding some personalized
and home-y touches too! Plus, the Easter Bunny will probably appreciate our
assistance...he's got a lot of stops to make on Easter Eve!
I've bought Wilton candy melts in dark chocolate, of course, but 
pastel chocolates make that first peek into the baskets on Easter morn
even more festive!





Just for fun~
Here's an ollllld pic of the boys' baskets:
easter morn 2007
Some bunny paint by numbers, treats and Bible DVDs





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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The 5 Best Moments: Doctor Who Season 1 #5faves

Any excuse, any excuse at all to write on all things wibbly wobbly timey wimey....!
Well I'm just loving five faves on Wednesdays  at Jenna's......
If you're a DW fan, awesome...welcome home.....
If you're not a lover of Gallifrey....well,
maybe you'll find the fun infectious and  you'll decide to tune in!
I'm not not not a fan of sci fi/fantasy.At. All.
But I am  a fan of good-triumphs-over-evil,
of geniuses saving the world, violence-free and generally of 
the  creativity, compassion and brilliance  of the human race.
If I've lost ya, then you, my friend, need to start watching!
So just for fun, here are my Top Five Scenes of Doctor Who, season 1,


~~ In 5th place~
Rose meets The Doctor 
"RUN!~!"





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~ In 4th place ~ 
"Let one go..."
 The Doctor, wisdom and a Slitheen:

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~In 3rd place~
A holographic message from the grave......a selfless act~

                                                                            



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~In 2nd place~
The London Blitz, String of Pearls, the Doctor Dances....
And who doesn't love Capt Jack?





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~And in 1st place~
My all-time season 1 favorite Doctor scene~~~~
Are you my Mummy???
"Give me a day like this...give me this one."
"Everybody lives, Rose! Just this once!"




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Well, I hope you had a grand Whovian  diversion here today....!
Don't forget to stop over to Jenna's for more  #5faves!
Next week? The best of season 2~! Come on back...:)

And if you are  Whovian, you might like our Dalek cake for my son's 11th birthday,
our TARIDS cake for his 10th and
 tasty pretzel-candy sonic screwdrivers as well.


Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time here at my home on the web!

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Until next time,

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Five Minute Friday~ Gather 3/6/15

     
I'm so happy to join with Kelly and the awesome, creative tribe of FMF writers.
Kelly's  word of the week:

GO:

 One boy’s huge chocolate- brown eyes peering over a splayed hand of Uno; the other’s pensive azure-blue eyes taking in a thick, juicy new novel. Sipping steaming hot cocoa following wintry sledding; icy lemonade following a summer bike ride. Bare, little boy feet slapping dewy grass at dusk on an early summer evening, catching and releasing fireflies, whoops of excitement uncontainable. 

They are there for each other, in one another's life.  Always.  Despite any harsh words sputtered,  they have their own to-be-awed bond: unspoken, understood, sublime, deep.
     Sitting side by side, one  grappling with a biology lab...... the other conquering ratios.  Immersed in Narnia, in recreating a favorite van Gogh, or in crafting an Egyptian pharaoh’s staff on a sun dappled deck hour after hour. Or just talking, sharing, shooting hoops.
I'm proud and happy and pray it will only get better.

~5 minutes are up~





Friends, as always,  
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Brain and Nervous System Study~ 7 Resources and Activities

Welcome!
We're wrapping up our central nervous system/brain study and
 I'd love to share some of the highlights of our  unit. 
I don't use a science "spine" or text in general, as I've found none that appeal to me,
 over the ten years that we've been homeschooling. 
Either I'm waaaaaay too picky or
science textbook  publishers leave a tremendous amount to be desired?
Actually, it's  a little of both!
So  enjoy a peek into our recent science unit...
perhaps you'll find a resource that grabs you...
maybe you can even share one of your own in the combox for  all who stop by!
We'd all appreciate if you did so!

~ 1 ~

The Brain~ by  Seymour Simon 
What a fantastic journey our the human brain! 


Simon is pretty much our favorite non fiction author and
I'm sure you have a  plethora of his books on your shelves too.
Just terrific fun and loads of facts.
We'd read about a  few areas of the brain  in Seymour Simon's  book and then 
moved on to the following website.........>



~ 2 ~

Inner Body 
This interactive website is simply perfect for ongoing investigation of the
brain and nervous system study.
Of course in depth activities around all the body systems can be found here too
and we're anticipating returning when we study
the digestive and muscular systems over the next few months.
Go check it out..but I want you.....
it's addicting and an hour, minimally, will pass before you know it.....!

~ 3 ~

The Dover Human Anatomy Coloring Book
 plus the resource, below in 4,were The Best
books we could have used for our brain/nervous system study,
In particular the Anatomy Coloring Book is beautiful
 for its simple yet detailed description of neurons, each part and function.




This resource has been one of a few that have proven 
invaluable for not only our nervous system/brain study,
but also our recent  skeletal system unit.
The content is rather extensive, but why not introduce some weighty concepts?
Our kids are capable of soooooo much more than we assume.
If they internalize the basics, great and if they learn even more in depth info, even better.



~ 4 ~
The Human Body
100 Reproducible Activities for Grades 5-8

Unlike the  anatomy coloring book, above, the pages in this resource are minimally detailed
 and wonderful  for culminating a lesson and even for testing:



Yep, I'm the queen of drill and kill. so while the unit was undoubtedly fun, 
my son had to know all the parts and functions of the brain, nervous system and neurons.
This good old fashioned fill-in-the-blank book helped a lot.
We also used  flash cards before his unit test.


~ 5 ~

To intro or review any topic, we love the science guy.




~ 6 ~

~Create a Clay Brain~
My son's super crafty and enjoys developing his own creations,
whether for "fun," or to correlate with a topic of study.
We started with a lump of clay from this 25 pound package that I bought on amazon.
It's the  Amaco brand of air dry, moist clay and even though it's  a massive box,
it only cost about $18. 
We go through craft supplies like crazy; so it's perfect for us.

My son just created away, using a few of the books described above to guide him.

        

If you don't have those titles on hand and you'd still like to sculpt a brain,
you can also use this diagram from WebMD too.

I ordered this brain cross section model
but it has yet to arrive and I can NOT wait to
use and enjoy it with my son.
Looks pretty cool doesn't it?

~ 7 ~

Nervous System Sugar Cookies
Eating the nervous system?
Sounds kinda gross...but really,
" drawing" the central nervous system in icing was tons of fun and reinforcement!
Here's what we used--
this page from The Human Body as a guideline,
icing,  food color, sugar cookie dough.


Just bake, decorate and enjoy!
        


I'm happy to linkwith Lisa's Week in Review and 
Please visit Kelly and Lisa for tons of wonderful posts!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Five Meatless Dinners: Fish Fingers & Custard, Bow Ties are Cool Pasta, Veggie Soup & Chips, Cinnamon French Toast and Quiche Lorraine: Lenten Meal Plan Week #2 w/ Linky and #5faves




Welcome to Week #2 of the Lenten Meal linky,
organized and  hosted by my friend, Beth Anne of Beth Anne's Best!
<Here's the link to the  Meal Plan week one where there are 
 some outstanding meatless dishes! Go enjoy perusing!>

The recipes I typically blog aren't of  the practical  "meal" sort at all...
but more the celebratory, cake, party
sacramental ( confirmation dinner!)  or liturgical year adornment type
So when I joined in the fun as a co hostess of BethAnne's long standing,
popular lenten meatless meal linky,
 it occurred to me that  I needed to step up my game 
and share a decent  recipe ( or five!)
Since,  in our household, there are  several go-to dishes
 that are meatless and great stand bys for lenten Fridays, 
I'm happy to  share them---
If you've a recipe you'd like to share, please do at the bottom of the post.......
If you don't blog and you have a  recipe to share,
you can do so in the  comments if you'd like!

~One~
My Son's Vegetable Soup~



         
Although this  is super easy to put together,
 I have to admit, his veggie soup is better than any I've had before!
He really just peruses the produces section and 
picks what looks "good" or strikes him at the time....
peppers, onions, carrots, garlic, celery, potato, spinach
...but other veggies have been added sometimes too.
 He chops, slices, dices, adds a few spices as well: thyme, parsley,
salt, pepper.,,,At times, he'll add in some rotini or rigatoni pasta.
It's not very how-to, the way I'm describing it, is it?
But he proportions the veggies and spices beautifully and simmers all for a few hours in a pot with  a base of water and a hint of olive oil ( ! ) 
He recently used a little  tomato paste as a base too...
It's really delish and hearty! 


~Two ~
Fish Fingers and Custard 
Calling all Whovians! Okay so I'm writing this post as a distraction
 from my sinus infected, brutally stuffed head,
which is a disclaimer for those of you who may read this and think,
Doctor Who food + lent = weird  
Well then, you must never have had fish fingers and custard!
(Sorry- no matter what I do, I can't flip this pic!)

Here's how easy this is:
1.Cook a bag of fish sticks.
(I buy them in bulk on amazon or at Costco)
2. Make some vanilla pudding---whatever boxed brand is your favorite.
Yes, I know...custard is not pudding......  that's ok....close enough.
Just make the recipe your own.
And voila!

Bet you ( non Whovians) never thought of this combo did you?
As a special treat...here you go...:
That shot way up there is from my son's Doctor WHo themed party
(which I've yet to blog about)
But even though it's lent, here is his  Dalek cake 
and our TARDIS cake, if you'd like...

And here's the Eleventh Doctor at his party: 


~Three~
And more Gallifreyan delights......
Bow Ties Are Cool Pasta

Of course, the Eleventh Doctor made them cool. right?
So simply boil farfalle pasta and add whatever sauce your family is into!
Mine likes melted butter with garlic bread most of the time! Yum


~Four~
Cinnamon French Toast
Breakfast for dinner is typical around here....we love our omelettes , pancakes
 and  french toast  on Fridays during lent....


       

1.We "fry" bread, dipped in a mixture of 
one beaten egg,  approx 1/2 C milk,  1 tbsp vanilla.
2 Once the toast is flipped and thoroughly cooked, 
we sprinkle cinnamon and confectioner's sugar over the slices.
Soooo delicious! 

~Five ~
Broccoli and Cheese Quiche
Doesn't this look absolutely delish?
I've used this recipe...though I have no idea why mine looks completely different!
Left~ before going in the oven.......Right~cooked quiche
I picked up the quiche pan on amazon, as I do make quiche fairly often.
I'm a huge quiche fan...my kids,notsomuch!





I'm  happy to join Jenna's #5faves weekly hop 
.....as well as, of course, Beth Anne's meal plan,
 Lisa's Try A New Recipe Tuesday and perhaps other parties on my sidebar.
Thank you, ladies!!
Please links those recipes down below, okay? 

Friends, as always,  
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