Happy Homemaker Monday – May 16th, 2011

Happy Monday everyone.

For more Happy Homemaker Monday posts visit Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

The weather in my neck of the woods: cloudy and cool with scattered rain showers. I don’t think it even reached 60 degrees today.

Things that make me happy: Reading a good book

Book I’m reading: The Bible

Miss Match by Erynn Mangum

Moments with the Master by Denzil Holman

What’s on my TV today: Nothing

On the menu for dinner: Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan (The Chicken Parmesan was really good. the whole family liked it and the recipe will be added to our make again list.  note added 5/17)

On my To Do List:

Laundry

Homeschool

Mopping

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: I haven’t found a new recipe to try this week yet.
In the craft basket. I’ve finally started back on my cross stitch Noah’s Ark.

Looking forward to this week: The one day of not too hot, not too cold and rainy weather we’re supposed to get this Thursday. I’m hoping we can do some work outside and have time for some family fun.

Tips and Tricks: Use white vinegar to kill weeds in your yard. Put it in an inexpensive spray bottle and spray it on the leaves and near the base of the plant you want to kill. Large weeds may take an extra application a few days later and it works best if you can time it so there won’t be rain for at least the next 12 to 24 hours. Not only is this cheaper than store bought weed killers it is also safer for your kids, your pets, and the environment.

My favorite blog post this week: Being a SAHM by Kristy at The Jensen Family Circus.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
The Army Chaplain’s Wife

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):


Lesson learned the past few days: That I need to worry less about other people’s opinions.

On my mind: Praying about whether or not my family and I should move. Trying to figure out what we have left to do to finish up our homeschooling year.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  John 4:24

Review: Pitch Black by Melody Carlson

The True Colors series by Melody Carlson each deal with a different issue facing today’s teenagers. Pitch Black is the fourth book in the series and deals with teen suicide.

TrueColors Series #4, Pitch Black: Color Me Lost

 

Morgan’s best friend Jason commits suicide leaving her feeling guilty, depressed, and confused. Why would Jason do such a thing and leave her all alone? Is there something she could have done to prevent it? If Jason couldn’t take the pressure, what chance do her and a few of Jason’s other friends have and should they just “check out” too? As Morgan struggles to deal with all these questions and emotions she learns that Jesus can help her through if she’ll let him and that to be a true friend sometimes you have to do difficult or unpopular things. She also learns that what you don’t know can kill you.

I have read several of the books in this well written series and think Carlson does a good job of dealing with tough issues without being too depressing or overly optimistic. While I don’t agree with Carlson’s views on the plan of salvation I find her portrayals of teens struggling to live a Christian life realistic and inspiring.

This book was more emotionally draining to read than some of the others in the series mostly due to the seriousness of the subject. Like they point out in the book, you don’t “try” suicide; it’s permanent.

I would recommend this book. It is not a “fun” read, but I believe it will help you understand what goes through the heads of some of the people who consider suicide and why it is not the answer.

I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Happy Homemaker Monday – May 9, 2011

Good day everyone. This is  a description of my Monday even though I didn’t get it posted until Tuesday. I wrote it and then had formatting and internet problems and couldn’t get it up on the right day.

For more Happy Homemaker Monday posts visit Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

The weather in my neck of the woods: high in the 80’s, mostly sunny

Things that make me happy: Getting in touch with my Best Friend from High School for the first time in years.

Book I’m reading: The Bible

Pitch Black by Melody Carlson for review (I should have the review up by the end of the week)

A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender

Moments with the Master by Denzil Holman

What’s on my TV today: Watching Yogi Bear on DVD. My husband’s uncle loaned it to us and I want to be sure and get it back to him quickly.

On the menu for dinner: Beef stir-fry and fried rice

On my To Do List:

Buy flowers for my Grandpa’s memorial service

Laundry

Making Grocery List

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: Italian Turkey Burgers

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

In the craft basket: I haven’t done any crafting this week.

Looking forward to this week: Catching up with family and my best friend from high school

Tips and Tricks: Can’t think of one

My favorite blog post this week: Things to teach our children: mealtime conversation by Mary at Owlhaven.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
We may be poor, but we are happy

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days: If you are thinking about someone you don’t see very often take the time to call, email or text them. If you don’t do it now you might lose touch with them or even worse you might not get another chance.

On my mind: My grandpa’s memorial service

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: 10Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.   Acts 4:10-12

 

Mexican Beef and Pasta Recipe

I tried a new recipe last night. Here’s the recipe as it appeared in the April/May 2011 edition of Healthy Cooking.

3 cups whole wheat spiral pasta

1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)

1 small onion, chopped

2 cans (14 ½ oz. each) no-salt added diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 cup chunky salsa

1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies

1 can (2 ¼ oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained

3 tablespoons taco seasoning

½ cup reduced-fat sour cream (optional)

Crushed tortilla chips (optional)

 

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.

Stir in the pasta, tomatoes, beans, corn, salsa, green chilies, olives and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until heated through. Serve with sour cream and chips if desired.

I didn’t have a can of green chilies so I used 1 can of tomatoes with jalapeño peppers added in place of one of the cans of diced tomatoes. I also added a little extra corn (on purpose) and extra olives (I should have paid more attention to the size of the can in the recipe).

It was very easy to make and the entire family gave it a thumbs up. I will be adding this recipe to my list of possible quick meals especially since I already keep all the ingredients except for spiral pasta and canned chilies around most of the time.

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine. Find more great recipes at www.tasteofhome.com.

Happy Homemaker Monday – May 2nd, 2011

Happy Monday!

From: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

 

The weather in my neck of the woods: It was around 80 for a high today and partly cloudy. We’re supposed to get rain, cooling temperatures, and possible thunderstorms tomorrow.
Things that make me happy: Getting back to my normal routine after a stressful couple of weeks.

Books I’m reading: The Bible

Moments with the Master by Denzil Holman

What’s on my TV today: Fox News

On the menu for dinner: Mexican Beef & Pasta (I’ll post the recipe and a picture tomorrow)

On my To Do List: Homeschool

Cleaning out storage area

Scrubbing Floors
New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: Creme Filled Cupcakes

Chicken with Cherry Pineapple Sauce

In the craft basket: I haven’t been working on my crafts the last couple of weeks

Looking forward to this week: Hopefully a peaceful week

Tips and Tricks: You can make homemade fabric softener by mixing 6 parts Hot water, 3 parts white vinegar, a 2 parts conditioner. I found the recipe at http://www.thefrugalgirls.com/2010/10/homemade-fabric-softener.html

I used an orange scented conditioner and it turned out great.

My favorite blog post this week: I haven’t done a lot of blog hopping this week but I liked this one.

Modest Style Tips



Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):

Bible Buying Guide

 

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):


Lesson learned the past few days:
Nothing I know how to put into words.

On my mind: The safety of all American people especially our troops as we wait for the Middle East’s reaction to Bin Ladin’s death. Hoping there will be a lot fewer tornados in May then there were in April.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Review: A Deeper Kind of Calm by Linda Dillow

In A Deeper Kind of Calm: Steadfast Faith in the Midst of Adversity, Linda Dillow helps others get through their “Valley of Weeping” not only with their faith in God intact but with it strengthened. She focuses on four Psalms (77, 46, 63, & 84) as the basis of her book. The lessons taught are about remembering what God has done for us, learning to hide in God’s presence and learning to cling to God in our times of trouble. It includes a guide for a four-week Bible study that could be done alone or with a group.

This book also teaches about recognizing that we all must journey through our trials, but if we trust in God he will direct our steps. She points out that while our problems might be big or small compared to hers or those of other people, we all feel pain and we must all learn to deal with it without being taken over by depression or discouragement. We must learn to turn to Jesus.

I think most women will find at least one or two of the many examples she gives that they relate to. For me personally after reading about the bear getting into Linda’s home it’s hard to be as upset as I once was when a stray cat or opossum finds a way into mine. As I read about her friend Becky being faced with serious illness and family trouble at the same time but still clinging to Jesus my own troubles seem so much smaller and I am greatly encouraged to pray and strengthen my faith in God.

I am still journeying, still learning to turn to God and trust completely when things go wrong. This book has helped me get a few steps further along the path. I would recommend this book to those who want to be able to stand in faith in the midst of life’s trials or for those who are trying to help someone else through a difficult time.

I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Happy Homemaker Monday – Week 13 -2011

Hope you’ve had a great Monday.

From: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

The weather in my neck of the woods: 82 degrees mostly cloudy and lots of wind.

Things that make me happy: Watching grown cats play like kittens,
Having a Sunday morning where everything goes great (everyone gets up and ready on time, the weather is nice, the service is inspiring, and everyone is in a good mood and fellowships afterward)

Book I’m reading: False Premises by Leslie Caine
Vitamins for Dummies
The Bible

What’s on my TV today: My teens playing the video games they got for their birthdays

On the menu for dinner: Sesame Ginger Chicken, Broccoli, and Loaded Mashed Potatoes

On my To Do List: Homeschooling
Laundry
Blog Hopping

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

In the craft basket: Cross Stitch Noah’s Ark Picture

Looking forward to this week: Spring Weather

Tips and Tricks: can’t think of anything

My favorite blog post this week:
A Homeschool Holiday at Pioneer Woman
This has long been one of my favorite perks of homeschooling, picking and choosing which holidays to take off and celebrate.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
5 minutes for Books http://www.5minutesforbooks.com/

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days: I have a hard time letting go of things.

Some things I need to just stop worrying about and trust everything will be okay even if it isn’t perfect.

I need to just let go of hurtful things that have been said in the past also, and try not to let them continue to hurt me.

On my mind: I’m worried about my Grandpa. He recently recovered from throat cancer but has a weakened immune system from the chemotherapy. Now he has caught pneumonia and been put in the hospital. I don’t see him very often but I still love him and worry about him.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: 10For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 1 Peter 3:10-11

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

The Ultimate Blog Party 2011 is going on and it appears I’ve arrived very late. I didn’t even know there was a party until March 7th. Oh well, better late than never I guess. So far I’ve only visited a couple dozen of the other party stops but I’ll keep visiting all month.

For more information about the party visit 5 minutes for Mom.

 

If your stopping by from the party (or however else you got here) welcome to my little corner of the world. My name is Lucinda. I’m a stay-at-home mom who homeschools my two teenagers (1 boy, 1 girl). I have been married to my best friend for over 20 years.

I’m new to blogging (I’ve only had a blog for about a month) and relatively new to the blogosphere (I’ve been blog hopping for less than a year). So far I’ve enjoyed my time spent here.

I know there’s not much here yet but I’m working on it. I actually have close to a dozen posts started I’m just having a hard time declaring them finished. (I have a hard time letting other people read my writing and am trying to use this blog to help me get over it.) I have at least 4 posts planned for next week (a blog  about books, a book review, a homemaker Monday post, and at least 1 more) and I’m going to make myself post them no matter what.

I can’t tell you exactly what this blog is because I haven’t actually decided yet. I intend to talk about all sorts of things; crafts, cooking, homeschooling, books, video games, gardening, nutrition, home decorating and remodeling, just chatting, and perhaps occasionally venting. It may turn into a blog about only 1 or 2 of these things or into something else entirely. If there’s anything in particular you see you like be sure to let me know. Whatever this blog turns in to it will include (even if only a little) my family, my faith, and books. These three things are the main ones that make me who I am so they can’t be left entirely out of anything I do.

If you let me know you were here I’ll be sure and return the favor (it might take a few days though). I hope you haven’t felt like this stop was a waste of time and I hope you’ll stop by again sometime. I’m looking forward to getting to know a lot of you out there in cyberspace and letting you get to know me.

 

Happy Homemaker Monday – Week 12 – 2011

Happy Monday everyone.

 

From: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

The weather in my neck of the woods: Upper 70’s and very windy. The weather people say we will probably get bad thunder storms this afternoon.
Things that make me happy: My mail order packages showing up early.

Book I’m reading: I’m almost done with A Deeper Kind of Calm. I should have the review up in a day or two.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Ephesians

What’s on my TV today: Fame (the TV series being rerun on ovation TV) It’s fun watching something I enjoyed as a teenager even if parts of it now seem silly or dated.

On the menu for dinner: Chicken Fajita Quesadillas and Spanish Rice

On my To Do List: Homeschooling

Spring Cleaning

Getting ready for my son’s birthday

Typing up a scripture list to print. My pastor wants to hand it out at Wednesday night’s service

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:

Mexican Beef & Pasta, The Chicken Fajita Quesadillas I’m fixing tonight are a new recipe.

In the craft basket:
Still working on my Noah’s Ark picture (It will probably take me months to finish) and a few Easter decorations.

Looking forward to this week: My son’s 15th birthday. Playing Kinect games with my kids. Hopefully getting our vents repaired so we can run the central AC next time it gets over 80 degrees.

Tips and Tricks: Put vinegar on a bee or wasp sting (after you’ve removed the stinger if there is one. It helps the pain go away faster.

My favorite blog post this week: The Home at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
Studies in Scripture

It’s not a newly discovered blog. It’s my husband’s Bible blog so I’ve known about since it went up about a year and a half ago.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):


Lesson learned the past few days:
I’ve been reminded sometimes it’s best to keep your mouth shut and wait for the right time to put in your two cents worth.

On my mind: Every year around my kids’ birthdays I start wondering how good of a job I’ve done in teaching them what they are going to need to know. I’m sure I’ve done a good job in some areas but I’m just as sure my teachings have been lacking in other areas.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.   Psalms 91:10-11

 

Miscellany Monday

Hello Everyone,

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

One) I’m glad to be feeling better.

I’ve had a bad cold or something for most of the last week and am finally getting over it. Maybe now I can get a start on some of the spring projects I intended to start last week. The bad thing is now I think my daughter is coming down with it.

 

Two) I have to make myself write.

I’ve had a blog for three weeks now and this is only my sixth post. No matter how scared I am to let other people read my writing I have to write more. I’m hoping to get 7 to 8 posts up in the next two weeks and hopefully not just posts that are part of Monday chains and posts about recipes.

 

Three) I’m grateful for Themed Post chains.

I’m so grateful for  Carissa Graham at lowercase letters for her Miscellany Monday and Sandra at Diary of a Stay Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Mondays. Not only have a found a lot of great blogs through these two. But by giving me at least a little structure for a Monday post they have helped me start to break through my fear of writing for others to read.

 

Four) I’m reading A Deeper Kind of Calm for a review.

I’m reading it as part of NavPress’ blogger review program. So far it’s been very interesting. I’m hoping to get my review up by the end of the week.

 

Five) So far so good on my husband’s new job.

Today was just his first day and he was in training today but he thinks he is going to like it, and we’re both sure we are going to get to sleep a little later. A half hour doesn’t seem like much but getting up at 6:15 AM is better than 5:45 AM. In case your wondering he didn’t chance company’s just got a new position at the company he already worked for.

 

Six) I need to get more work done on my website.

Not only do I need to post more often but I need to polish up the look of it and get some links up including some sort of Blog Roll. I’ve been hoping to get my husband’s help but he’s been pretty busy studying up for his new job.

 

Seven) Next time I need to include pictures.

I’ll have to talk about something I can include pictures for next time I do a Miscellany Monday Post. I like the look of my posts better they get shortened for my home page better when they have a picture included. Of course I’ll also have to plan my post a little better and get it up earlier in the day.

 

This was fun and I lot easier than I thought it was going to be.

I hope everyone who reads this has a great week.

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