Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Here is the process:
1. I bought pre-cut, foldable boxes with cut-out frames from Oriental Trading company. You could also use found cardboard boxes, and cut the frame windows out yourself.
The kids and I made panes with clear Con-Tact paper cut to size. We sprinkled salt from a shaker into the middle of one piece, then sealed it with another piece on top. Make four of these "panes".
2 For the top frame, I sandwiched the Bible verse between two sheets also. The bottom frame was left open for the votive candle.
3. The kids glued pre-cut to size (by me) tissue paper squares to the edges of the frames in any color they liked. We used liquid glue in a glue tube, but glue sticks or watered down Elmers (school) glue would work also. Warn them not to glue anything on the bottom.
4. Use tape to secure the panes inside the box on all sides except the bottom opening. Set the lantern over a battery powered votive candle to make it glow safely. (I found them at a dollar store.) The kids loved the candles.
Summer's here, and we occasionally get too much sun. A year or two ago, I tried some of this Mary Kay After-Sun Replenishing Gel. This product is one of my favorite things. You need to understand that I am cheap when it comes to make-up. Any make-up I buy is from the Dollar Store and Wal Mart. After-Sun Replenishing Gel is cool and soothing, and really helps the skin after excessive sun. I willingly pay whatever it costs for this name brand fix.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Date night! Husband and I went downtown to Automania with Brother B and D. last night. Son D. and Mac and Son J. met us there. "Picked up" Sister K. there as her hubby was working a booth. It was 89 degrees and sultry, then later in the evening it began to rain lightly. Lots of fun to stand in the rain and hear their headliner act , B. J. Thomas, sing "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head", and other classics of his. I heard him in concert while in college, 29 years ago. I'm not so "into" cars, but the colors and graphic images were great. (Tell me which shot is your favorite!)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
We made mini-banners for a Sunday School class today. My friend Nancy makes banners in her home school quite often, and I used theirs for inspiration.
I did not want to mess with the traditional loops and rods for hanging these, and knew that a string from corner to corner would not hang right. I saw an old cereal box and cut out strips and punched a hole in the middle. Glued to the back, the strip supports the top edge and provides a frugal hanger. I found that using the sticky peel-off felt made this project much easier to complete in a short class period. The letters are peel and stick, also.
L to R: Daughter M's project and Daughter W's project. (She had to alter her design.)
We had a great evening out last night. All the adult women in Husband's family (who were able to) went out for supper at a nice resturant. We talked and ate and laughed together for about 3 hours. We hope this will be a regular event. These women are a rich part of the tapestry of my life.
"One of the sweeter things in life is when your relatives are also your friends." JGS
L to R back: Myself, Gaylin, Andrea, Dena, Kris
L to R front: Alison, Mother/Grandma Lorna, Karen
Brown 1 lb. hamburger (add green peppers, onions, salt as desired)
Drain and add:
14 oz. jar Ragu with mushroom sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
2 tubes buttermilk biscuits, cut into 1/4ths
Cut the biscuits into a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. (Sprayed with Pam.) Distribute the hamburger Ragu mixture over the biscuits and gently stir it up and spread evenly over bottom of the pan. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese (about 2 c. shredded) on top during the last 10 minutes of baking. Add pepperoni, mushrooms, pineapple, canadian bacon, olives, etc. as desired before cooking.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Yesterday we hosted a Summer Play Day for our homeschool group. It's a fun, easygoing re-connect time for us when there are no co-op classes over the summer. (Although I'm not sure why we need to re-connect when we see everyone at Summer Singers, drama camp, Shakespeare camp, weddings, graduations, play dates, service projects, etc, etc. over the summer!) We will host several more play dates this summer.
It was a slightly chilly day. As one mom said: just cold enough that the moms needed to huddle around the table with coffee and tea, and just warm enough that the kids disappeared outside all afternoon. We had the usual home school moms' discussion about a range of subjects including ; word etymology (Luddites), library books, fairy wings, Roman and Medieval fashions, blogging, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, curriculum and home remodeling.
We also touched on the best kinds of puzzles, and I was able to share our collection of Springbok puzzles. These are one of our favorite things.
When we were first married, Husband gave me a "country decorating" themed Springbok puzzle for Christmas. I was not all that thrilled, but thankfully was wise enought to hide my feelings, and be properly grateful. When we became snowed in and enjoyed a couple of snuggly days putting together the puzzle, it quickly became one of my favorite presents.
I had never liked puzzles. I don't like those that one has to sit and stare at for hours to find one piece to fit. Springbok 500 puzzles are not like that. It is easy to find and work a section and move along at a satisfying pace, without it being too easy. I learned that the Springbok 500-piece puzzles (usually found at Hallmark) are beautiful, well-made and fun for early grades to adults. Now whenever I go into a second-hand or thrift store , I peruse the puzzles and occasionally find a Springbok. We have never been disappointed in them.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The peonies are out and gorgeous. Our white ones were here when we moved in some 12 years ago. They had to be relocated when we added on to the house, and this year they are frilly, soft and HUGE--like flower pillow clouds. The pink ones are much smaller and tighter, and were planted in just the past few years. They have fainter, sweeter odor than the white ones. Lovely! This year I planted some new red peonies. Can't wait to see them bloom in the years to come! I LOVE the "old time" flowers. They remind me of my childhood and of my Grandma G. who lived just 1 and 1/2 miles across the pasture.
The other flowers: pansies on the back porch, orange poppies (planted by the former landowners and enjoyed every year) and new burgundy tiger lilies planted this year along the east side of the house, near the pink clematis vine. (Pictures by Daughter L.)
Sunday, June 7, 2009
L to R: Angela, A. and Holly