Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 29

Aunt Joy’s Salsa

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I was given an abundance of tomatoes from my Dad recently and decided to surprise my hubby with some salsa. He is always talking about how he loves my aunt’s salsa and I thought it would be fun to try to make it.         I grew up canning produce with my mother …

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Jul 26

Wacky, Wonky World

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A light-hearted look at our crazy planetoid.   What Does Space Smell Like? Depends on the proximity to Uranus.  (Those new to the blog might as well know – I’m a sucker for a Uranus joke opportunity.) Astronauts who have gone on spacewalks consistently speak of space’s extraordinarily peculiar odor.  They can’t smell it while …

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Jul 25

Chocolate Pudding Pops

I recently got inspired to make my own popsicles. I remembered my mother making us homeade popsicles in an old Tupperware popsicle mold. I somehow inherited the contraption and decided to give it a try. The results were fabulous and the kids LOVED them. I decided that we needed something chocolate in the house that …

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Jul 25

How to Plan Ahead and Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum – Part 3

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In my previous post we discussed how to plan for purchases. Today I want to walk you through some of my decision making processes for my curriculum purchases this year. I knew that I wanted to change some of our curriculum this year. Prometheus is a literature loving kid and the standard history and textbook readers are rather …

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Jul 25

Silly Songs – The Silvery Soliloquies of Starfleet’s Spock

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The Star Trek movie reboot in 2009 introduced a fresh plot perspective, in which the villain, Nero, and the hero, Spock, engage in actions which change the past into an alternate timeline, quite different from the original Star Trek premise.  In the alternate timeline, Captain James “Call Me Jim” Kirk becomes a sergeant in the …

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Jul 19

Going Bananas!

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I love getting marked down produce at the grocery store. Do you? I get especially excited when I find bags of banans marked down. We eat as many as we can before they get overripe, then I peel the extras and freeze them in a ziplock bag for fruit smoothies and banana bread. This week, …

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Jul 19

Life Skills 101

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As the summer months quickly pass, I began to think of some of the life skills that I wanted to work on with my boys. I decided that both boys are old enough to learn to do some basic cooking so the other day we had a cooking class. I taught  Prometheus how to make …

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Jul 19

Lions and Muggles and Hobbits, Should I?

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A Multi-Part Discussion Part One      My 9 year-old son asked me a dreaded question the other night, and while it wasn’t the THE question, it was heavy enough to give me pause.  Thumbing through a LEGO magazine, he asked:  “Dad, why do you consider the magic and wizards and monsters in Harry Potter bad and the magic …

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Jul 06

Bible Translation in Western Africa

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A Continuation of our Survey of the World – Religion   Continuing with our survey of Mali and western Africa, we examine the fascinating process of Bible translation in this region.  The exposure of unreached people groups in this area has been slow and difficult due to a number of factors:  natural disasters, social uprisings, …

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Jul 05

Timbuktu, It Really Does Exist

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 A Continuation of our Survey of the World – the Cultural World       “From here to Timbuktu” as your mom and dad used to say, but did they think that Timbuktu was an actual place?  Probably not.  Many people would agree with them.  A recent survey of Britons showed that a third of them did not …

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