P31 Wannabe

Lasagna Soup October 28, 2012

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 6:09 pm

The cooler windy (so called tropical storm) weather was a great excuse to try this recipe. I really liked it. I can’t say the same about the guys though. Apparently neither of them are fans of soup so that automatically brought it down a few notches to begin with. Why else they didn’t like it, I still don’t know. But I just had a bowl of leftovers and its still good! I would recommend using regular canned diced tomatoes instead of the fire roasted. I didn’t really like the flavor the fire roasted gave. I also used hamburger instead of the sausage since I don’t care for it. And I added zucchini to add more veggies. It was a good addition. I served with breadsticks and of course the recommended cheeses!

Oh and of course I found the recipe on Pinterest.

Lasagna Soup

We’re going to be making some Jewish Passover recipes for homeschool this week so I’ll be sharing those as we make them.


Twice Baked Cauliflower October 24, 2012

Filed under: Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 4:30 pm

Another Pinterest inspired recipe, of course: Twice Baked Cauliflower

I’m not too big of a fan of cauliflower so I figured any new recipe would be delicious. And in fact, it was really good.

However, I have now determined that cauliflower doesn’t agree with me. Both this time and the last time a few weeks ago that I ate cauliflower I ended up with an upset stomach hours later. :/.

But I’d still recommend this recipe to everyone else. It was delicious and didn’t even taste like cauliflower


Honey Garlic Porkchops

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 4:25 pm

And, it’s no surprise…I found this recipe on Pinterest.

Honey Garlic Porkchops

I marinated the Porkchops in the sauce all the day and baked them instead of grilling. They had good flavor, but some how I always end up over cooking them so that they’re a bit too chewy. I can’t seem to ever cook them right. They’re either undercooked or overdone. Arg. But they still tasted good.


HS: A New Coat For Anna (FIAR 2)

Filed under: Books,FIAR,Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 4:20 pm



bartering pics (pasted from google images)

Sheep website

Pattern worksheets

Measuring worksheets

Sheep Craft

My FIAR 2 Pinterest Board

FIAR Blogs:

Having Fun at Home

Little Voices

Delightful Learning

Classical Charlotte


Merrily We Learn Along

Well, after taking another week and a half off (again, unintentionally), we are back to rowing. And it ended up taking us three weeks to row this one since we had some busy days and were out of town a number of times.

Haddie’s first question about this book was, “is it black and white, too?” It’s not, but I don’t think she would have minded this time if it was.

Day One
We looked at the map of Europe we had previously used to see where France and Scotland were. I was surprised when she quickly answered my “what continent is this?” question. We reviewed the other two countries we had already learned along with the Mediterranean Sea and the continent of Africa (the north tip of which is pictured). I explained that Anna’s story takes place somewhere in Europe, but we don’t know which country for sure. Then we read the book.

After reading Anna’s story, we looked at a children’s book about WW2 and I explained a little bit about the pictures we saw (Hitler, Nazis, bombed cities, etc). Then we colored Germany on the map.

Next, we did some measuring for math. Haddie gets insanely excited about measuring. I don’t know why, but I’m glad she enjoys it, I guess. We did 4 measuring worksheets from education.com.


Then when Daddy got home she begged him to take her outside to measure things with his measuring tape. And they went around the back yard, porch and house measuring random things.

Day Two
We started off school by gathering some nature items to use for making our own dye. This book has a lot of interesting ideas for nature art and describes how to make natural dyes. It was too indepth to read to Haddie, but I did use it for project instructions.


Here’s what we collected for our dyes:

We’re experimenting with a number of items that weren’t described in the book: hibiscus flowers, yellow wildflowers, and green sand dollar weeds. And we used coffee, red onions and strawberries as suggested in the book. I also cut up an old white pillowcase to use for dyeing (then weaving), and for our leaf prints. I also gathered some white yarn and a quilting frame.

Next we started making the dyes since it has to simmer for 30 min, then steep over night.

This is what the hibiscus flowers look like/

After getting that started, we made a hammered leaf print:

Then we read Anna’s story and then some books about sheep/wool.


Haddie did a lamb worksheet, traced cardboard shape patterns (patterns like the tailor in the story):

And meanwhile we also worked on cooking the dyes:


These were the red onions:

I don’t recommend using red onions, though. They smelled so strong and horrible while cooking that they gave me a headache.

Day Three

We read another neat book called, The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills. Then we worked on dyeing the cloth strips.



From our trial and error, we found that the leaves and hibiscus flowers didn’t dye the cloth at all. The red onions were way too stinky still and made the cloth smell horrible. The best dyes were the yellow wildflowers, strawberries and the coffee.

I tested the dyes last night by leaving one strip of cloth in each over night and then we dyed the rest of the cloths by reheating the dyes like the book instructed. Honestly, the dyes that were left over night turned out the best and were less work in the end.

After dyeing and rinsing them, I laid them over the dish drainer to dry.

Day Four

Today we experimenting with using the dyed cloth strips for weaving. First, Haddie learned the under/over weaving technique by using the cloth strips on an unused microwave rack.


Then, I used a quilting circle frame (can’t think of the right name) and put rows of the strips spaced slightly apart. And after I tightened it, Haddie got right to work learning how to weave.


I attempted to knot the edges together after she finished, but it didn’t work. I was hoping for a finished product for her to see, but oh well.

Next we looked at pictures in another book about WW2 and read a really neat book called “Boxes for Katje.” Later Haddie made up her own war game with her daddy. They built buildings with blocks, then bombed them with pillows. They sure looked like the buildings in Anna’s book.

Day Five
Today we looked at yet another WW2 library book and read another really cool book about the effects of the war on the people of Europe, called “One Thousand Tracings.” Next, we played a bartering game with pics I had printed off from online (corn, wood, nails, pigs, cows, coffee, grain, etc). Then she practiced putting the story pictures in order (printed off of homeschool share, I think).

Day Six
Today was a light day so we only had time for a few worksheets. We did a few seasons worksheets and talked about how Anna had to wait through all 4 seasons for her coat. We did a measuring worksheet and then Haddie did the story order cards again.

Day Seven
Today, we finished up the random lessons pieces we had to do to finish.

We did another measuring worksheet and a sheep maze. I was amazed (haha, didn’t do that on purpose!) at how well Haddie did with it.

We wrote the setting her language arts notebook (she actually remembered the name of the continent on her own!). She chose a vocab word (“war”) and drew a picture to describe it. I asked her the comprehension questions from the lesson book (she remembered them in great deal– “garnet necklace,” “porcelain teapot”) and then had her dictate an informative story to me. She chose “how to clean my room.”

Then we made lamb cookies with marshmallows:


And a lamb craft from cotton balls:


We really enjoyed this book even though we spread out the seven lesson days over 3 weeks. And the next book we’re rowing is “Mrs. Katz and Tush.”


Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole October 23, 2012

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 1:13 pm

When I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to put it on my meal menu. I love Cordon Bleu but I’m too lazy to actually make the real thing. So this promised to be a good substitute.

It was pretty easy to make and I will definitely be making it again. Especially since after trying his first bite, Seth told me, “you need to make this again!” I liked that it had broccoli sneaked in it, too. I used sandwich ham and cut it into small pieces.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole


Mexican Green Beans

Filed under: Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 10:38 am

I had a bag of fresh green beans that I needed to use so I searched online for a Mexican green bean recipe to go with the taco salad from last night. Here’s the one I settled on:

Mexican Green Beans

They were good and a nice change of pace to plain green beans. I didn’t have the diced tomatoes with chiles so I just used regular diced green beans. Also, I was out of onions so I omitted those, too. I also added a scoop of taco seasoning for some extra flavor.


Southwest Taco Salad

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 10:34 am

I found this recipe on none other than Pinterest. I made it last night and it was pretty easy and delicious.

Southwest Taco Salad

I used yellow and red peppers instead of the green bell peppers. I also used homemade taco seasoning and store bought ranch seasoning. Also, I used salad dressing instead of mayo since that’s what I had, but I would recommend sticking with mayo. The salad dressing had a distinctive tang that I could have done without. Also, I used sour cream because I didn’t have the Greek yogurt. This substitution seemed to taste fine. Also, I omitted the avocado because none of us like it.


The Isolation of Blood October 6, 2012

Filed under: Books,God thoughts — Lacey @ 4:23 pm

Ok, if you’re a guy you may not want to read this.  This is nothing personal, its actually Biblical.  So I won’t be embarrassed if you read it, but some guys may feel awkward all the same.

In my last post, I mentioned that I had been reading from Liz Curtis Higgs’ “Really Bad Girls of the Bible,” for my devo times.  In the last chapter, about the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25).  I learned a lot from this chapter, and I wanted to share some of the interesting things Liz brought up.

You, like me, might be wondering why, the bleeding woman was included in the “really bad girls.”  Well, according to Liz,

“Though no evidence suggests she was a Bad Girl, morally speaking, the fact is, her community would have seen her as very bad. Dangerous to be around. A terrible role model for young girls.  And deserving of her ailment because of her supposedly sinful life.”


I figured that the bleeding woman was miserable.  After all, she had been bleeding for 12 years!  But I never really knew how exactly she was bleeding.  Internally?  Externally?  Where?  Well, according to Liz, you can guess where,

“Five days each month does me in.

Think about 4,380 days in a row…

She had nonstop “hemorrhage” (NLT) of “flow of blood” (NKJV), what we would delicately call a “female problem”….

What was this woman’s medical dilemma do you suppose? Her constant bleeding could have been “fibroid tumors, or an endocrine gland disturbance…or a tear in the cervix, or it could have been a polyp”…

Today’s surgical procedures might have made her right as rain in no time.  Thousand years ago, though a woman suffered in silence–and shame–since the list of restrictions for a bleeding woman was lengthy and tedious, quickly turning her into a social outcast…

When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period…she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge.” Leviticus 15:25

A dozen years of being unclean.

A dozen years of no houseguests, no public events, no potlucks.

A dozen years of no husband, no children, no visits from family.

A dozen years of never being touched by anyone.  Ever.

To be considered “unclean” was to be unwelcome and unwanted. Not only was her body unclean, but so was the bed she slept in and the chairs she sat on.  And it wasn’t just inanimate objects she threatened with her low hygiene rating.  If other people touched those things, they, too, were “unclean” and had to wash their clothes and bathe with water and wouldn’t be considered clean again until sundown, the start of the next day…

What a good way to lose friends.  What a horrid way to live.”


I have never before considered the isolation and despair (besides the physical problems of bleeding) that she must have experienced.  She wouldn’t have been able to worship in the temple or attend the religious feasts.  I wonder if she had to cover her mouth and yell “unclean, unclean” like the lepers did.  People probably treated her like a leper, if they knew about her disorder.


And to think, she was brave enough to seek after Jesus.  Brave enough to face the crowd and the rejection or stares she might have received.  And imagine how her joy at being healed must have turned to horror and panic when Jesus asked “who touched me?”  Oh, no, maybe her healing would be taken away.  Maybe he would punish her or embarrass her in front of all those people.  But no.  Not Jesus.  Instead he publicly affirmed and praised her.  He wasn’t grossed out by her touch.  He wasn’t angry.  He loved her and restored her.  What an amazing God we have.  I’m so glad that he’s still concerned about each and everyone of us personally.  He still answers prayers and He still cares for our hurts, pains and distress.  He still comforts us.  Praise God.


Wash Me Clean

Filed under: Books,God thoughts — Lacey @ 3:50 pm

I’ve been reading from the book, “Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More Lessons from Less-Than-Perfect Women,” by Liz Curtis Higgs, recently for my devo times.  If you’ve never read any of her books, I’d highly recommend them.  In fact, she has more than I realized, both fiction and non.  The library actually has a ton of them and I’m excited to check a couple out soon.  Anyways, I digress.

This book studies a number of the “bad women” in the Bible and goes verse-by-verse through their stories.  You’d think this would be boring, but the author does an amazing job making their stories come alive and really supplying a ton of applicable background information.

When reading the chapter on Bathsheba, I came across a few paragraphs of awesomeness that I wanted to share.  I think it will hit home for so many people and the analogies make so much sense.

First, here’s a few background verses:

“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psalm 51:2)

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Both of these verses were written by David after the incident with Bathsheba and all that was involved.

Here’s what Liz Curtis Higgs had to say about it:

“David understood repentance.  Do you, beloved?

When we turn back to embrace the One who loves and forgives us, we are made new.  The old sin is washed away and gone for good, like that sudsy water from your shower that disappears down the drain, never to be seen again.

Some of us put in a drain stopper, though, and insist on bathing in that same polluted water every day, beating ourselves up for last week’s dirt still swirling around us rather than letting God wash it off us for good.


This isn’t about deserving forgiveness.  It’s about accepting it.

When your skin is covered with sweat, dust, and grime, you take a bath, yes? You don’t say, “I’m too filthy to get in this tub.  I’ll just have to stay grungy.”  No way. You get in and get clean.

How Satan blinds us to this truth! We think we have to be “good” to deserve God’s grace.  That’s like saying you have to be clean to take a bath!  Dear one, the more grimy our lives are, the more we need Jesus.  The dirtier your body, the better the bath feels.

The sensation you have in the physical realm when you step out of that cleansing hot shower–“Ahh!”–is exactly what happens in the spiritual realm when you bathe in the living water of God’s grace. And the Lord’s forgiveness is every bit as available as that shower in your bathroom, sister.  Reach for the faucet!


God forgave David for killing a man after stealing his wife.  Think about that!

Whatever sins you need to confess, it’s clear God can handle them.