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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Santa Bread, Warm Yummy Golden Goodness

Golden Delicious Santa Bread!

I saw this recipe on a facebook post and thought is was super cute and easy to make for a holiday get together. I like the Quick Tip below, but some of you might be avid bread makers. Enjoy! 

4 to 4-1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 eggs
2 raisins
2 egg yolks
2 to 3 drops red food coloring

**Quick Tip: Instead of stirring up homemade dough, start with 2 loaves of purchased frozen bread dough and turn them onto a lightly floured surface. Take a small portion of one loaf and add it to the other loaf, making it slightly larger. Then begin shaping the Santa with the dough following the previous instructions.**

You will need a large bowl.

Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
Heat the milk, water and butter to 120°-130° in a small saucepan.
Add to dry ingredients. You need to beat just until moistened.
Beat in the eggs until smooth.
Stir the remaining flour in to form a stiff dough.
Turn onto a floured surface.
Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface.
Divide into two portions, one slightly larger than the other.
Shape the larger portion into an elongated triangle with rounded corners for Santa’s head and hat.
Divide the smaller portion in two halves.
Shape and flatten one half into a beard.
Using scissors or a pizza cutter, cut into strips to within 1 in. of top.
Position on Santa’s face. Now twist and curl strips if desired.
Use the remaining dough for the mustache, nose, hat pom-pom and brim. Shape a portion of dough into a mustache.
Flatten and cut the ends into small strips with scissors.
Place above beard.
Place a small ball above mustache for nose.
Fold the tip of hat over and add another ball for pom-pom.
Roll out a narrow piece of dough to create a hat brim; position it under the hat.
With a scissors, cut two slits for the eyes and after that insert raisins into the slits.
In separate small bowls, beat each egg yolk.
Add red food coloring to one yolk; carefully brush over the hat, the nose and the cheeks.
Brush the plain yolk over the remaining dough.
Cover loosely with foil. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
Uncover; bake 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown.

Source: tasteofhome.com

Monday, November 10, 2014

You Are More Blessed Than...

If you have ever suffered loss, you will be thankful for the small things, you will love deeper and longer for each day is precious. "..

We take so many things for granted anymore, take some time today to say thanks for the blessings you have been bestowed. Teach your children to be grateful with the little things in life... teach kindness by practicing kindness & gratitude.




Friday, October 24, 2014

31 Days of Halloween To Do List For Your Family #fun #homeschool #family

October is such a fun month, the weather is cooler, the leaves are changing, the colors are painted across the sky in a fabulous canvas of jewel toned hues by our Creator himself. I love October, especially since I was born in the month of October (just a little bias) and my youngest blessing of a daughter was also born this month.
Halloween also closes out our month with fun and festivities, whether you celebrate a "Fall or Autumn" harvest type of holiday or go all out with the scary, ghosts and goblins theme. We just go with the flow here at our house and celebrate the season with what God has blessed us with all year long. Some years I have done a Harvest non-secular type of theme and some years I have gone all out spooky, witches and booger theme. I have just always taught our children the history of the holiday and let them enjoy the festivities of the day. There is no right or wrong here, whatever your family believes is right for your family and it is not my place to judge, there are many ways to celebrate.

Here is a really cute 31 days of Halloween (I know we are way into October but we can save for next year too)

To print this list Go HERE http://kraftycardsetc.com/2013/09/31-days-of-halloween-printable/

A Pretty Long List #goodstuff #lovelists

~~I Love Lists ~~

Now I can tell you that I have used many of these websites and they are fantastic, but it is just a list, make sure you check them out yourself. I can not tell you that I have been to all of them and they are all ok, so just be careful to be safe. I am a lover of lists, especially lists of websites that make my life easier or my homeschool run smoother, how about you? I am selfishly saving this here for myself if the truth be known.....lol , I want to check out more of those links.
If you find one website that is particularly helpful, share it with me in the comments, I love hearing from my readers!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Resources and Help #domesticviolence #awareness

Do you know someone that is in an abusive relationship right now, or is that person You!  Here are some resources that can help. Please report abuse, who else will speak up for her?

Domestic Violence Resources For Women: 

National Domestic Violence Hotline:Toll Free: (800) 799-SAFE (7233)
Toll Free: (800) 787-3224 (TTY)
National Network to End Domestic ViolencePhone: (202) 543-5566
American Psychiatric Association (APA)Toll Free: (888) 35-PSYCH (77924)
Phone: (703) 907-7300
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Phone: (303) 839-1852
Phone: (202) 745-1211 ext. 143
The National Center for Victims of CrimePhone: (202) 467-8700
Futures without Violence
Phone: (415) 678-5500
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Toll Free: (800) 537-2238
The Battered Women’s Justice Project
Toll Free: (800) 903-0111 ext. 1
Phone: (612) 824-8768
National Battered Women’s Law Project 
Phone: (212) 741-9480
WomensHealth.govToll Free: (800) 994-9662
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental HealthPhone: (312) 726-7020
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
Toll Free: (866) 331-9474
Safe Place
Phone: (512) 267-SAFE (7233)
Break the CyclePhone: (310) 286-3383
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)Toll Free: (800) 656-HOPE (4673)
Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Toll Free: (800) 313-1310
A Women’s Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation
Toll Free: (800) 993-3869

Teen Domestic Violence Resources 
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
Toll Free: (866) 331-9474
Break the Cycle
Toll Free: (888) 988-TEEN
Love is Not Abusewww.loveisnotabuse.com
Teen Outreach ProgramToll Free: (800) 300-1080
Maryland’s Peoples Law Library
Safe YouthToll Free: (866) 723-3968

Another page with some great resources : Here 

Warning Signs if you think you or a loved one is in an unhealthy relationship 

Please, Please seek help before you are just a statistic on a page

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

National Play-Doh Day-- Happy Squishy Learning Fun #learning #play #homeschooling

Yes, that's right Play-Doh has it's own National Day of the year, I have to admit that I never knew this and had to do some research for myself first.
Play Doh has been one of our favorite play and educational tools for years, from early in our children's lives they have been exposed to the squishy, moldable fun stuff.  I myself will confess joy and laughter to the delightful smell when you open that little yellow container ...lol, there is just something magical about the stuff.

Here are some historical points to share with your homeschoolers: 

National Play Doh Day is observed on September 16, 2014. Play-Doh is a modeling compound used by young children for art and craft projects at home and in school. Composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and mineral oil, the product was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s.

When a classroom of children began using the wallpaper cleaner as a modeling compound, the product was reworked and marketed to Cincinnati schools in the mid-1950s. Play-Doh was demonstrated at an educational convention in 1956 and prominent department stores opened retail accounts.

Advertisements promoting Play-Doh on influential children's television shows in 1957 furthered the product's sales. Since its launch on the toy market in the mid-1950s, Play-Doh has generated a considerable amount of ancillary merchandise such as The Fun Factory. In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named Play-Doh in its "Century of Toys List". (With material from: Wikipedia)

You can make your own Play Dough , many recipes are online in all types of scents and colors. 

The basic recipe I like uses baby oil to make the dough super soft and pliable, here is that recipe I found on another blog - www.notjustcute.com who posted this awesome card on Pinterest. 

If you are looking for flavors, scents and added colors-- Koolaid and Jello powders make great additives that are washable. Pumpkin spice is awesome! 

Here is another site with some fantastic links to tons of Play Doh recipes http://nurturestore.co.uk/play-dough-recipe-flavours 

What can you do with Play-Doh ? Just put your kids at the table and let them play....well yes, but there are so many more educational options for the moldable creations. Challenge your kids to do these fun ideas.....

Homeschooling Ideas to Challenge Kids with Play-Doh 
  • Mold ABC's out of dough
  • Mold their name, their sibling's names, pets names etc.
  • Make funny faces with hair
  • Make a clock with the hands set the the correct time (use a paper plate)
  • Using printable Play- Doh mats, create fun ( many printable mats free online- just search)
  • Make their favorite animal
  • Mold and count out balls in 5's and 10's ,25's 50's 100's 
  • Make pattern kabobs with different colors 
  • Molding and making basic shapes out of dough
  • Shape first letter of the color of the dough used
  • Create farm animals , jungle animals etc and talk about habitats
  • Create emotions on white paper plates and talk about feelings
  • Mold models of Earth and other planets
  • Mold phases of the moon
  • Create a healthy meal example (on a paper plate)
  • Make a volcano 
  • Make an addition equation with dough molded out (then check with subtraction)
  • Use playdoh to make a Plant and Flower, label the parts of both
  • Make a skeletal form and label the bones
  • Roll out dough and imprint with objects found around the house, see if sibling can guess the object.
  • Make a brain out of Play doh
  • Make other body parts or organs out of dough (be creative)
  • Make gourmet foods, sushi etc 
There is so much more you can come up with to spark your homeschoolers minds, using Play doh with Lego's is another way to teach subjects. Adding some extra zing to your lessons helps to bring the love of learning and fire for more into your child's heart. Praying for you today! 

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Building a Better Student with Dom Testa-- Spell Check #education #learningtools

One of my co-workers at the radio station said something interesting to me this week. He said, “Spell check made me into a good speller.”
At first I thought he was kidding, but no. He told me that he was horrible at spelling when he was younger, but through the years spell check taught him. And it stuck. Today his computer and phone rarely need to correct him.
I walked away and thought about the significance of this observation. At their core people seem to scowl at technology in terms of education and all-around learning. 
In fact, almost daily we hear someone lament that “kids ain’t learnin’ nothin’ with them darned screens in their face all day.”

But is that true?

Try doing an online search using these five words: How technology helps students learn.
You’ll discover a vast archive of stories, studies, and stats that show how devices - even the frightening phone or the terrifying tablet - can open up a world of information to students who perhaps never found education . . . well, interesting.

Our non-profit foundation, The Big Brain Club, provides all sorts of services and resources to schools, but we always try to make technological donations an important part of the equation. Why? Because teachers tell us that gadgets often help them to connect with students who otherwise would sit in the back of the room with their arms crossed.
It will be argued, of course, that some kids will try to sneak over to the games instead of the lesson, but that’s not a generational thing; it’s human nature. And it shouldn't detract from the positive effects that lurk at our fingertips. 
What, we throw out the entire system because a few people corrupt it?

Voltaire taught us that perfect is the enemy of good. Well, electronic tools can be harnessed for good. Lots of good.

Instead of crusading to get phones and tablets out of the hands of students, let’s search for more ways to make each gadget an accessory to education. If, over time, spell check can help a grown man - who we normally view as stuck in his old habits - to become more proficient with language skills, then imagine what other devices can do if unleashed upon minds that are more naturally open to learning.

I spell that S-u-c-c-e-s-s.

Dom Testa is an author, speaker, morning radio show host, and has kept a ficus tree alive for twenty-four years. He’s also the founder and president of The Big Brain Club, a non-profit student-development foundation. His new book, Smart Is Cool, is now available. More info at www.DomTesta.com.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Forever In Our Hearts, We Are Forever Changed #Sept11 #America

Today is an important day to teach your children about America and what happened on September 11, 2001. This day in history has changed many things in our era. How do you teach what you heard, what you felt and how America stood still and just watched in horror as the twin towers just fell like dust. I remember I was at home watching TV, my son was at school, my middle daughter was just a year old. My husband had been gravely ill and in and out of the hospital and we were more focused on that at the time. Life has changed for us since then so much, it is hard to imagine.
Today we will study America on 9-11-01 since my 2 girls are old enough now to understand the complexity of terrorism and evil now.

Some links to use are

United We Stand ~ You Are Forever In Our Hearts 
Dedicated to those lost in the September 11,2001 terrorist attacks 



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What is Garcinia Cambogia and Does It Work? #wtloss #garginiacambogia #ad

I heard about this weight loss product and thought I would try it out when asked to review it. My bottle comes from Sonora Nutrition via Amazon . Yes, I was an actual guinea pig...oink oink.

Garcinia cambogia is a plant, also known as Garcinia gummi-gutta.
The fruit of the plant looks like a small, green pumpkin and is used in many traditional Asian dishes for its sour flavor.
In the skin of the fruit, there is a large amount of a natural substance called Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA).
This is the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia extract… that is, the substance that produces the weight loss effects.

I will have to report that I was pleasantly surprised with the results, I did loose approx 10 pound in the last month while taking 2 capsules before I ate my meals the last month. I have been also eating healthy and walking at least 3 times a week. I really did not notice any side effects, no jitteriness or inability to sleep, no nausea , no stomach upsets etc. , the capsules don't taste bad. 
I did have some new found energy, most likely from the exercise, but who knows....lol. 
So all in all I would recommend them to my readers if you are looking for a supplement and your doctor says this is an option for you. 

I do have to say that this supplement has not had any long term studies done on it yet. It has not been approved by the FDA of course, if you have any kind of medical conditions you must ask your doctor first before just taking any kind of herbal supplements. 
This supplement does have it's pros and cons, so make your own educated decisions. Get yours here on Amazon.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Building A Better Student: Circles From The Air #series

Circles From The Air

By Dom Testa

The flight from Austin to Denver was routine. We pulled away from the gate right on time, the guy next to me had already drifted off to sleep with his ear buds snugly tucked, and I settled in with a million-page Michener novel. (Is that redundant?)

After so many years of choosing window seats, the view from 37,000 feet was familiar and strangely comforting. The lakes, the highways, the shadows caused by stray clouds, 
the thousands of circles . . .

Those circles. Have you noticed them? The endless patchwork, dotting the landscape? Have you ever turned to the person next to you and said, “What’s up with the circles?” (Note: If the person is asleep with ear buds jammed into his head, don’t do this.)

Funny, but I've never remembered to investigate this question after touching down and retrieving my carry-on bag from the overhead compartment - whose contents may have shifted during the flight. And then on the next flight I’ll find myself peering through the acrylic pane again and wondering.

This time, however, I made a note on my phone: Circles from the air.

Turns out that it’s not the most exciting answer - sorry, no aliens - but at least I’ll know it for the rest of my life, which will be helpful in case I’m ever the guy in the middle seat. It also made me realize something else.

(First, the simple answer. The plethora of circles are the result of something known as center-pivot irrigation, or sometimes simply called circle irrigation. It’s a form of crop watering that allegedly works better and conserves natural resources. Long tubes roll on wheels around a center pump, creating round crops and . . . well, that’s enough about that.)

Here’s what popped into my head after reading up on this farming technique: If I was a four-year-old, I’d pester the hell out of my parents until they explained what those circles were. Four-year-olds ask WHY - along with other questions - something like 250 times a day.

A day!

In fact, we’re at our most curious at age four. After that, apparently, we pick up on the fact that mom and dad are mentally exhausted and we clam up.

But curiosity is vitally important. It’s true that we live in an age where information is so readily available (not all of it accurate, of course) that we’re almost numb to it.

We swim in a sea of minutiae, and I wonder if that diminishes our natural interest in learning. Sadly, I know how many yards rushing my favorite team had in a silly pre-season game, but I’d never bothered to find out about something that actually feeds me on a daily basis. I’d stopped asking WHY?

Perhaps you can extend the lifespan of your child’s curiosity. I know we get cranky after Question #214 - that’s usually around 5:45PM - but we should suck it up and remember what a great gift it is. We WANT curious children; shutting them down means a population of mental zombies who aren’t engaged beyond 140 characters or mindless YouTube stunts.

My pursuit of circle knowledge took two minutes. The greater awareness, though, will help me for years. Are you on board?

Dom Testa is an author, speaker, morning radio show host, and has kept a ficus tree alive for twenty-four years. He’s also the founder and president of The Big Brain Club, a non-profit student-development foundation. His new book, Smart Is Cool, is now available. More info at www.DomTesta.com.

Join my friend Dom here weekly for his series Building a Better Student, I am excited to start sharing his fabulous writing here on my blog. Leslie ~~

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Best Presents Are Brought On The Wings Of Angels #hope #joy #love

The past few week have been particularly difficult with so many deaths, negative news topics and others memories surfacing that have underlying emotions that I forgot were there. My youngest daughter started crying for her grandmother one day making it harder for me to console her due to my emotional instability. I did manage to pull myself together proudly and not have a meltdown this time.

Then as I was taking a trash bag outside my eye focused on a green vine sprawled out on the ground in a neglected flower bed near my garage. Could it be? A cardinal or hummingbird vine growing up from a tangled mess of weeds. Yes it was! The only way this vine was growing here now was from seeds I may have spilled out back in Feb. After my mother passed away, we moved many of her household possessions and treasures from her garden to my house. One of the bird feeders spilled out in that flower bed and must have contained seeds from her cardinal vine, since it was one of her favorites.

The only other explanation I have is the seeds arrived via the wings of Angels, maybe my momma or grandma, planted to give me hope and joy for each coming day.

The vine has grown even more since this picture and the hummingbirds are enjoying its nectar now.

May hope and Joy Fill your Day.........

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lego Homeschooling with Free Printables

Do you use Lego's to teach? I love to incorporate them into our learning at home. They are fun, colorful, creative, mathematical, and cute of course.

If you want to use the LEGO coloring pages to supplement your learning, be sure to check out the other Free LEGO Printables since they coordinate. Homeschool encouragement blog has has a large and growing collection!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

All Day Energy?... Don't We All Want More?....... Try This!

I know that I need all the energy boosting I can get every single day, as a busy mom, nurse, blogger and all the other jobs I have. I am one tired momma at the end of the day, not to mention working night shift every weekend. When I was asked to review this Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder at first I thought, ewww, its green....but then I tried it and I have really liked it! It is a pleasure to review a product that does a momma good. I love this stuff, it is good and has given me the energy that it says it would.....kudos to you KissMe Organics
I mix it with my hot green tea every morning, put it in my smoothies and have even made muffins with the powder added in. The free recipe book is awesome! As a mom that is trying to get healthier, stopped drinking soda all together and is trying to encourage her family to do the same, I can do nothing but sing the praises of Matcha powder.
As a night nurse, it is amazing antioxidant stuff! keeping me awake on those night shifts, keeps me focused so I can deliver the care to my patients they deserve.  

 Get your energy booster in the green, organic green that is! 

Just what can Matcha Green Tea Powder do for you?

  • All day energy with increased focus
  • Metabolism boost
  • 137 x the antioxidants of brewed green tea
  • Improved skin health- protects from uv rays 
  • Calorie burner
  • EGCG has been proven effective in the fight against many forms of cancer, HIV, heart disease and a host of other illnesses and diseases
  • Provides a more "clean energy" without the crash of sugar or to much caffeine 
  • Contains amino acid L-theanine that helps with anxiety and insomnia, to effectively calm you.
  • Easy to add to recipes, mixes easily 

What can you use Matcha Green Tea Powder for?

  • Hot Tea
  • Smoothies
  • Baking
  • Drinks
  • Cocktails
  • Waffles
  • Muffins
  • Pancakes
  • Frosting's
  • Brownies
  • Truffles
  • Cookies
  • Sorbets
  • Cheesecakes
  • Biscuits
  • Dips
  • Cornbread
Included with your order via the Amazon link HERE is a fabulous recipe e-book 

KissMe Matcha Green Tea Latte

1 tsp. Matcha powder
¾ cup almond milk (or soy or cow or goat milk)
¼ cup boiling water
1 tsp. agave syrup
1. Place matcha in the bottom of a coffee mug or other heat-proof cup.
2. Bring almond milk to a simmer in a small pot.
3. Whisk boiling water slowly with the matcha powder in the mug, then pour in almond milk.
Tip the cup to up the foam factor.
4. Sweeten with agave syrup if desired. (sometimes I use honey or stevia instead)
Enjoy your latte....yummy! 

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