Archives for December 2011

Monday’s Menu Link Up

I haven’t planned out my weekly meals in quite a while, and consequently we have been eating out way too much.  I don’t know about you all, but one of the hardest aspects of getting dinner done is deciding what to have.  If I don’t plan ahead, I find myself trying to throw something together with half the ingredients missing.

So here I am back at it.  That’s the nice thing.  Even if you haven’t planned your meals in a while, you can just pick up where you are and plan for the next few days, or week, or month.

I am also thinking that I should start planning for the Christmas cooking and candy making.  The cooking doesn’t require too much planning just because we have the same things each year.  It’s the finding time to get it all done that requires the planning.

Some of our favorite goodies include:

Lucero’s Magic Bars (these are my son’s favorite, so he is in charge of making them)
Millionaires (my great-grandmother and grandmother always made these — now it’s my turn)
Fudge (no frills here, just the recipe on the back of the marshmallow creme)
Pecan Pineapple Cheeseball (another recipe from my great-grandmother, although we have tweaked it a bit)

We had the cheeseball this week so that I could get pictures to share (look for the recipe in a few days).  Not sure if I will make it again for Christmas.  I am looking for a cheeseball recipe where the cheeseball is covered in chili powder.  My grandmother made it when we were little, but doesn’t have the recipe anymore.  Maybe I should do a cheeseball linky…

Menu for December 12-18

Monday — pork stir fry with cabbage, brown rice
Tuesday — fish sticks, hushpuppies, salad
Wednesday — crockpot pork chops, mashed potatoes, spinach
Thursday — vegetable stew, cornbread
Friday — caroling (bringing snacks to fellowship)
Saturday — enchiladas, beans, rice
Sunday — leftovers

Now it’s you turn! Share your weekly menu or favorite recipe.

Please make sure that you link to the specific post (your menu or recipe) and not your homepage. At the end of your post, please include a link back to this post so that others can join in as well. Also, the post that you link to must be completely family friendly.

If you don’t have a blog or haven’t written a menu post, share your menu for the week in the comments!

IndoctriNation Review and Giveaway!

Congratulations Miriam, you are the winner of the IndoctriNation DVD!

Last week I took advantage of the sales going on over at Vision Forum and I ordered a movie I had been wanting to watch for quite some time — IndoctriNation. I had seen the trailers for the documentary and I knew that Colin Gunn is a feisty Scot who doesn’t shy away from tough topics. I was excited to see what was in store!

So in this film, Colin, his wife, and their six children load up in an old school bus and travel across the eastern half of the US interviewing principals, teachers, parents, pastors, and lawmakers. The first part of the movie discusses the problems in the public schools.

A word of caution here — when it says parental discretion advised, take that as “make sure the younger kids are not in the room”. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I guess I thought it wouldn’t be too bad. It was. Thankfully it all went over the younger kids’ heads and they didn’t even ask any questions. The older kids were just floored by it all.

I have heard is said before that I shouldn’t shelter my kids because they will be faced with the “real world” someday. I have to say, I live in the “real world” and I don’t face the kind of stuff some of these children are facing everyday. I am not forced to listen to teachings that go directly against the Word of God. And even if I do read or hear something contrary to God’s Word, I have studied His Word enough that I am able to know that it is contrary (or if I have any questions about it, I have wise counsel available to help me see the truth).

Put on the Armor of God

Most children enter school before they are even saved, and definitely before they have put on the full armor of God commanded in Ephesians 6.

Ephesians 6:10-17
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Be Not Deceived

Part of the armor of God is salvation and knowing His word. And even if a child has proclaimed Christ as their Savior, we cannot forget Paul’s admonition to the believers in Corinth —

1 Corinthians 15:33
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Reading from John Gill’s commentary of I Corinthians, I would say that bad principles are definitely being communicated and imbibed on youngsters.

This is a sentence taken out of Menander, an Heathen poet, showing how dangerous is the conversation of evil men, and what an influence bad principles communicated and imbibed, have on the lives and practices of men.

Blessed is the Man

Psalm 1:1-2
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

In the film, it is pointed out that everyone always believes that the problems may exist in other schools, but not their own. I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with this statement. Most parents love their children. They want to think that their school is really not that bad.

History of Education System

The film chronicles each of the influencing leaders that have had a part in creating our government schools. To truly grasp the all the information shared, I really need to go back and watch this part of the documentary several times. So much of what I consider even a normal part of school is based on paganism, marxism, darwinian thinking — you name it, if it is evil, it has been thrown in the mix!

With that said, anyone who is serious about the wanting to know the origins of public schools should do their research. There is so much out there. This film does a wonderful job of bringing it all together. It was especially helpful to see it in a timeline format so that I could place historical figures in the context of other historical events.

IndoctriNation Giveaway

Because I believe so strongly about homeschooling, I wanted to give an IndoctiNation video away to one of my readers. I am praying that the Lord would direct this giveaway and that the winner would be blessed by the information they learn!

I would also be happy to discuss any questions you may have about this topic. I won’t judge you by your decisions, but I will pray for you : ) I just ask that no gets ugly about it and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

To enter the contest, please leave a comment below. I will pick a winner randomly next Friday, Dec. 16th.

HSBA Swap — A Big Thank You to My Swap Partner

In November I participated in the Homeschool Post Homeschool Swap. Homeschool moms from all over the country are matched up with swap partners. The partners then send each other goodies in the mail.

I was match up with a wonderful lady named Heather, aka Sprittibee. Our paths have crossed before, well kinda. Remember this fall when I was supposed to meet some other homeschoolers in Austin and I ended up at the wrong museum, well she was one of the cool bloggers I was supposed to meet up with!

We were matched up as swap partners because we lived so close to each other. The goal was to get to know each other, and maybe even meet up IRL. Only I don’t live so close to her anymore.

So, we our paths have almost crossed twice.

Here’s to hoping that someday we will get to meet up with each other! And a huge thank you to Heather for all the goodies she sent in the mail. She even took a beautiful photo before she sent it. If she knew me before, she would have know that the chocolate she was sending would be gone before I could get a picture of it (it was). And the cute kitty cat and owl were taken by my girls and the jellybeans have been used to bribe the now 3 year old.

If you get a chance, stop by Sprittibee’s blog or visit her the Homeschool Post. Tell her I sent you!

Quilted Bible Cover Tutorial

Just in time for Christmas…learn to make Bible covers for your little ones! This tutorial walks you through step-by-step, teaching you how to make a custom fitting Bible cover.

Watch the video, print out a copy of the sizing directions, and you are ready to start sewing!

Need help with the binding? Check out my binding tutorials here and here!

Quilted Bible Cover Tutorial from Jasmine Lucero on Vimeo.

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Need some more gift giving ideas? Visit the other High Five Moms and see what they have come up with!

Keri Mae @ A Happy Home

Brandy @ The Marathon Mom

Stacy @ A Delightful Home

Andie @ Happy Andersons