Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Shoe box time!

"I had never received a gift before, but inside my shoebox I found a yo-yo, a toy car, and some pencils—pencils made in the United States! I felt so proud that someone in America loved me. I don’t have the yo-yo anymore. I don’t have the toy cars or the pencils either, but I have one thing that has not changed: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” The shoebox gave me all that I need and that’s the Lord Jesus Christ." Kojo's story of receiving a shoe box when he was a boy in Ghana

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It's my favorite time of the year... time to pack Operational Christmas Child shoe boxes! If you haven't participated in this ministry before, you're missing out on a wonderful privilege to bless impoverished children around the world with a shoe box full of presents (plus the amazing gift of the Gospel). National Collection Week is November 14-21, so there's still time to pack a shoe box (or more)! Find out how at Samaritan's Purse.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A home school afternoon - dead heading marigolds and collecting seeds for next year

It's such a beautiful time of the year with Fall approaching. Today was a lovely day to be outside, so after we finished a majority of our homeschooling in the morning, the kids went outside to play. I asked my daughter if she'd like to help me dead head the marigolds in our flower garden (which is always kind of fun and relaxing to me). She quickly learned how and took over the job, also finding out that the really dead heads had a lot of marigold seeds to be had. Little brother soon joined in on the hunt for marigold seeds, and now we have plenty of marigold seeds to grow new flowers next Spring!

I love when these sweet little learning moments happen during our day and I decided that Social Studies can wait until tomorrow, as we enjoy our impromptu Science lesson today.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Gluten-Free "Bisquick" Quiche from Scratch.

Quiche is one of my favorite foods that I rarely make because of my dear husband's egg allergy. However, I had a friend drop off some farm fresh eggs this past weekend and I decided to make a quiche as a treat for myself while my husband was away for a work trip! Here is my adapted version of a quick and easy Bisquick quiche recipe, using rice flour and potato flour to make it completely gluten free:

Step One - Prepare the Bisquick substitute
Makes about one cup.

1 cup flour - I use mostly rice flour, with about 1 tbsp. potato flour (you could also use regular wheat flour if you don't need it to be gluten-free)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. shortening

Mix the dry ingredients. Cut in the shortening.

Step Two - Prepare the Quiche
(adapted from this Bisquick Quiche recipe on

1-2 cup fillings of your choice (example broccoli, mushrooms, spinach, etc.)
1 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups milk
All of the Bisquick mix from the step above
4 eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Grease 10" pie plate or 8" square.
3. Sprinkle fillings, onions and cheese in plate.
4. Beat remaining ingredients until smooth and pour into plate.
5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean.
6. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

I didn't have many extra ingredients on hand, so I prepared a simple cheese quiche using some yummy sharp provolone and colby jack cheeses. We also happened to have some green onions growing in the garden, so I diced them up and added them in. The kids and I ate up most of the quiche pie in one sitting. :)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

$5 Backpacks at Hollar!

There are some adorable backpacks available right now for $5 at Hollar! Search for "backpack." Just make sure to check for full size (15" or taller) as some are mini-backpacks. I've ordered these myself for my kids and they're very nice quality, but don't stay in stock long!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer, so far.

Summer has been busy, but also fun. I've enjoyed the break from home schooling, which is quickly coming to an end. We'll start back up on August 1st. Here's some random glimpses into our summer, so far!

Birthday date night a week ago with my handsome hubby.

We went to the carnival in June!

We were the first on the ferris wheel, had it all to ourselves on opening night!

I've been getting our "classroom" set up for the new school year! 

David had his fourth birthday on the fourth of July! He got his dream present from both grandparents and us.

Our flower garden is blooming! The kids and I started these from seeds back in April.

My youngest, Joel, and I made a trip to New York to see family and friends in June.

Joel with his great grandma!

We've enjoyed discovering some really nice parks this summer!

Sweet summertime fun.

Sometimes I forget how blessed I am to see this view. Rocky Mountain majesty.

Jesse hung up the swing that my grandfather made for us. We love it!