Thursday, October 30, 2008
This one is always singing :)
I love how Critter #1 loves to talk and think and analyze. He's sooooo much like his papa. In fact the papa's mama gets a big kick out of him because he reminds her so much of her son hee hee. I have a question for you mamas who may read this. Does anyone have a perfectionist child who can't stand to do anything he/she can't do perfectly? How do you help them get past this so they can learn new things, like reading or drawing or anything? If he gets one little squiggle on a drawing or a letter he cries, scribbles it out, throws the page away... We are not trying to get him to write or anything but just with drawing or painting or anything like that he tries. I want to teach him to keep trying and that he wouldn't have to learn if he already knew how.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The boys are feeling better finally, it's nice to hear playing instead of crying:) It's hard to coax them outside though. Could it have something to do with the fact that mama just wants to lie on the couch? Legos have been the chief entertainment this week. That and playing chipmunks. The boys will take the plastic file boxes stacked in a corner of the bedroom and stick them under their queen-size mattress. Instant chipmunk den LOL! If they can talk Papa into being a wolf for a few minutes all the better.
I really want to get to posting my October photos. Soon.
Needless to say with Mamas sore throat we haven't done much reading the past almost two weeks. Our creation science study has been mostly on hold. We did read about truffles and ectomycorrhizal fungi :) and about dinosaur fossils in relation to the flood. But, mostly it's been legos...
Belatedly--my little bro and I had a really great time going to the mall in the next town for the Motiv8 Christian fantasy authors tour. I decided not to be a geek and left my camera at home. Then I wished I had been a geek and just brought the stupid thing LOL I love having pics of Everything (except me). I was feeling just well enough to not hesitate to go, but the kids were finally getting whiny after having colds for three days and I was glad to get a little mama time. But, typically, as soon as the sword fighting started I wished my munchkins could be there to see it LOL. :)
Oh, my photography class was fine. I drove in circles for twenty minutes after taking a wrong turn. Yeah. Fun. I walked into class only about two minutes late. We will be meeting outdoors for the next two classes. This is when I think I will get what I need out of the class, when I ask questions about the manual focus on my camera:) I'll let you know how it turns out.
I'm looking forward to our soup and (homemade) donut party in a couple weeks. We did this last fall and had a blast. Everyone brought either a crock pot full of soup or homemade donut dough and we used deep fryers meant for frying turkeys (lol) to fry the donuts (outside!). It was a blast all around.
Anyway, I'm going to go wash some crusty pots and pans, and then hopefully curl up on the couch again...
Friday, October 10, 2008
Then a few of my fav plant (and insect) pics. I'm working on a set of "October" pics, but I haven't got all I want yet due to having a cold :( Also I have my first photography class tomorrow. That may slow things down too, or it may help, as it's an outdoor class.
Anyway, enjoy :)
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Long story short--there was no way this was going to work with honey and egg-replacer, so I messed around til I got a nice feeling dough. They came out beautifully, Yay!
I used the Featherlight rice flour mix from The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread by Bette Hagman.
So that's what I pulled out of my pantry when I was messin around.
Peanut Butter Cookies
1c peanut butter (your choice crunchy or creamy, natural brand)
2T warm water
1T EnerG brand egg-replacer
1t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
2T sweet rice flour
3/4c featherlight mix
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium mixing bowl mix peanut butter and honey.
In a separate bowl mix egg-replacer, baking powder, and baking soda. Add warm water and whisk well. Add to the peanut butter mixture and mix well.
Add flours to bowl and mix.
If you like add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the batter. (here you usually have a choice of gluten-free or sugar-free but not both, sadly)
Scoop out rounded tablespoons and roll into balls. Flatten gently with a fork to make the crisscross pattern. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy.
Hopefully I've remembered everything. I don't have much practice writing recipes for other folks to follow, the notes I leave for myself are rather sketchy at times lol:)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
"OK," I said, "what do you want to learn about?"
After a moment of thought came this reply--"While I'm deciding what I want to learn about could you explain to me why people came up with evolution and what that is all about?"
So, creation science it is, lol! He is so far delighted with this book. We went quickly over the six days of creation, a little bit about water, and a little bit about atoms. He was especially fascinated by the description of how all the positive protons in an atom stick close to the nucleus. He is familiar with the concept of like charges repelling one another because he loves magnets. :)
He snorted loudly when I explained (from the book) that some scientists have decided there must invisible particles called gluons that hold the protons together.
"... all things were created by Him and for Him; and He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Colossians 1:16, 17
One day, Critter #2 was out front by himself(I think brother was visiting grandma for a bit). I came out to check on him and found him hard at work, stacking these old shingles.
One day the boys needed an occupation while I worked on a complicated meal in our crowded, cluttered, half finished(speaking generously) kitchen. I assigned Critter #1 a pretend salad...