On The Home Front: As mentioned above decluttering. Winter seems to bring that on.
Dear daughter had her MRIs last night. We find out the results on Thursday.
We went thrift shopping this week and really hit the jack pot! I love Christmas. I love giving unique gifts and I love the hunt for the gifts. Most of the gifts I give are second hand items redone. Not something I can just go to the store and buy. So I hunt throughout the year for items to turn into gifts. This week I found a whole bunch of Christmas stuff. All of this and 9 books for 2 bucks!!!!!!!!!!! If you click on the photo it will be larger. See the black and white fabric? It is beautiful! DD wants to make a bed coverlet with it.
Arn't these trees sweet? The Santa box is wooden and there are 4 of them. They will make great gift card holders. The snowman is a door hanger and is brand new.
This stocking is perfect! Its needlepoint.
Can you see the wire and metal stocking? Its a country style stocking. It will make a nice package for a gift. There are two wire edged ribbons also. I have enough ribbon for next Christmas already!
Another view of the ribbon and wooden boxes. The Snowman plaque will be redone.
I already have stars like this. Its a votive holder. I love the look. This one will be a gift. Its brand new.
This is a wooden tree with cute country style decor. Not sure who its going to yet but it will be part of an early Christmas basket to someone!
In Our School: Feel like we are just treading water. Keeping up but not thriving. Much prayer has gone out this week as to how to do school well in the midst of change. We watched a great documentary this week called Blindsight. I highly recommend this as a family film. http://www.blindsightthemovie.com/characters.html We are also watching a series on Egypt by National Geographic. We finally got that fish dissected! I recommend not buying the one that is preserved. It was so hard to cut open! A fresh caught fish would have served the same purpose and been so much easier.
My Craft Corner: Yo yoing along! Really. Cannot wait to have enough to start constructing a few gifts! Here is a web site for free blog templates for Blogger. I love this site! If you like to change on a whim its easy with this site. http://www.backgroundfairy.com/
In The Kitchen: Using this a lot this week. That was a small turkey! For crock pot lovers I recommend : A Year of Slow Cooking http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ , The Crockpot Blog http://www.thecrockpotblog.com/ , 365 Days of Slow Cooking http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/ For me the crock pot saves time and ensures a hearty meal at the end of a busy day.
I have started a cooking blog here. http://morningstaracademy.mycookingblog.com/ It is my goal to get my recipes organized. I like the way I can type in a recipe, import recipes ect. It will take time to get all my favorites on here but I think it will be worth the effort. I like that I can share the recipes easier with others. Especially my family.
I found a new way to make the best caramel sauce! Its creamy and yummy! And oh so simple to make. You take one these. (Sweetened Condensed Milk) Remove the label. Place it in a large pot of boiling water. Continue to add water as needed. Boil for 3 hours. Carefully remove. Open slowly as the gooey goodness will come out quickly. Store in the fridge. Its amazing on ice cream or with fruit! ( or right off the spoon!) We also made this yummy dessert. We named it Baked SMores. It’s a graham cracker, butter , sweetened condensed milk and chocolate and marshmallow delight!
On The Healthy Side: Chocolate is healthy…right? Sigh…so it was not a good week. Stress and good eating habits are not in the same sentence in my life at the moment. Should be but are not.
I am reading: City on Our Knees by Toby Mac. Really enjoying this book. This is real life out there for Jesus stuff.Chronological Bible. I am right near the end of David’s reign. What an amazing man he was. Colossians in a Year. Thank you Ann! This is yet another goal I am going to enjoy reaching. http://www.aholyexperience.com/2011/01/the-seven-habits-of-highly-effective-bible-memorization-habit-1-for-a-new-year/ and Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul. My sister reads these. This is the first time I have ever looked at them. I like the book so far. Short stories that lift you up, make you think, and turn your thoughts to Jesus. And I just added this one today. Got it at the book sale for 50 cents. Praying God’s Word Day by Day by Beth Moore I love Beth Moore books and this one seems to go with my theme for the year to do devotions, prayer and scripture daily. It’s a year of devotional prayers.
Behr playing with the birds. Trust me is mutual! The birds tease the cats and enjoy the game.