A couple of weeks ago I asked for ideas regarding limiting time on the computer. Several commenters suggested setting a timer, which is an excellent idea. As I mentioned previously, we use timers in our house a lot!
Last year I began my gardening career. Years ago, when we were in our first house, my husband had a good-sized garden for a couple of years. However, that was his project and I had little, if anything, to do with it.
For some reason, last spring I decided I wanted to try growing some herbs. I bought basil and oregano seedlings at a home improvement store and planted them in pots that I put out on our patio. The basil flourished; I’m not sure what happened to the oregano, but it didn’t fare as well. It turned out that I was okay with not having a huge harvest of it as I decided I was much more fond of using the basil in recipes than the oregano.
This year I have decided to grow basil again and to try some cherry tomatoes. I have been wanting to get them going, but didn’t want to start too early. While at a farmers market on Thursday, I found a vendor selling all kinds of herbs, so I bought my basil from him. (The garlic chives smelled wonderful; may have to add that to my repertoire!)
Someone else at the market was selling small cherry tomato plants, so I went ahead and grabbed one of those.
As you can see, I have gotten them planted in the pots and am so excited to begin watching them grow!
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I must be in a “comfort foods” mood since last Tuesday’s recipe was Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese and today’s is Classic Chicken Pot Pie. There are not many recipes easier than this one; it’s long been a favorite of my eight-year-old!
Classic Chicken Pot Pie
15 oz can mixed vegetables, drained
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 tsp sage
Pepper to taste
Package of two frozen/ready-to-bake pie crusts
Allow pie crusts to thaw for about fifteen minutes. Combine five other ingredients and pour into one crust. Top with other pie crust, sealing edges all the way around. Cut four or five one-inch slits in top crust to vent. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until top crust is golden brown.
[You could use one can of cooked chicken, drained, if you don’t want to take the time to cook your own chicken. If you like a moister filling, you can add a bit of chicken broth to the mixture.]
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As I mentioned in a post last week, our family has discovered a new book that we are using for our family devotional time.
I realize that families study the Bible together in different ways. What currently works for us is setting aside a few minutes after we are finished eating supper to have a devotional time. We have done different things over the years – read from Bible story books, examined Bible characters, read brief biographies on various missionaries, studied character traits, and discussed particular Bible passages. While researching some books that a friend recommended, I came across a book entitled Wisdom and the Millers. It is written by Mildred A. Martin and published by Green Pastures Press. We are so thoroughly enjoying this book!
The Miller family includes Dad, Mom and their four children. Each of the chapters tells a short story of an event that happens in the family which illustrates a verse from Proverbs. One of my favorites so far is entitled “The Multitude of Words” and is based on Proverbs 10:19, “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” In the story, Sharon, the oldest daughter, encounters several difficulties throughout her day because of her inconsiderate words and thoughtless speech. At the end of the day, her mom sits down with her and they figure out the root of the problem and its’ solution.
Most nights we do a brief review of one of our previous stories, and the girls remember well the lessons that were taught. I was out on the night my husband did the chapter on having a froward mouth, but the girls were able to fill me in on the whole thing!
I would highly recommend this book either for reading together as a family or for your child to read for themselves. It has been a great find for us!
We are always looking for books or ideas for our family Bible time. If you have suggestions or resources that you enjoy, please let me know in the comments section.
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We attend church regularly and want our girls to learn the proper way to behave when they are there. Today’s Mannerly Monday is a list of ideas to get them started in the right direction.
- Enter a church service reverently. If there is time before the service begins to talk to those around you, do so in soft tones so as not to disturb others who may be preparing their hearts for worship. If you are late to the service, come in as quietly as possible and sit in the rear of the church.
- Take care of restroom needs prior to the service. It is distracting to the speaker, as well as others in the congregation, when you move around once the service has begun. Unless there is some emergency, plan to stay in your seat until the service is over.
- Be welcoming to visitors. Introduce yourself and offer to help them find a place to sit.
- Take part in the service when applicable. Stand and sing when directed; bow your head when someone is praying. If you are able to read, bring your Bible and follow along when passages are read.
- During the service, try to be as still and quiet as possible so that others around you can concentrate on what is being said.
- Refrain from running in the church building. Do not climb on the furniture or platform area. Try to help keep the property looking nice by treating items in the church with care. If you see paper or other trash that has been dropped or left behind, pick it up and throw it away.
Many of these ideas are not accomplished all at once, but take weeks, even months of training. Hopefully my behavior at church will set a good example for my girls to follow.
If you have other guidelines you use with your children in this area, please share in the comments section.
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Today we are sharing cookie recipes for Life as Mom’s Ultimate Recipe Swap. I recently posted one of my favorite butter cookie recipes and you can read it here. This time I thought I would share another cookie that I have a hard time leaving alone! Even the batter from this recipe is delectable (not that I nibble while I’m baking, of course!)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup margarine/shortening
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups quick-cooking oats
Cream sugars with butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Thoroughly blend in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine salt and baking soda with flour. Mix into batter gradually. Quickly fold in oatmeal.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden around the edges.
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I write often about reading and the importance that good books play in our lives. Thanks to a challenge from The Happy Housewife to share some books we are currently reading, I made my Thursday Thirteen a list of thirteen books that our family is reading this month.
- Hans Brinker by Mary Maples Dodge. It has been years since I read this book and I am enjoying going back through it as I read it aloud to my younger daughter.
- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This is the book I am currently reading aloud to my older daughter at bedtime. We love the fact that while Anne has gotten older, she still manages to have quite a few adventures.
- Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight. This is the next book on the list for reading aloud with my oldest. Another one that I haven’t read in years, I only remember that I didn’t read it too often as a child because it always made me cry!
- Wisdom and the Millers by Mildred A. Martin. This is a brand new book for us and a great find! We are currently reading it for our family Bible time after supper. It has short chapters that each contain a story illustrating a verse from Proverbs.
- Three Cousins Detective Club series by Elspeth Campbell Murphy. Both girls are reading some of these books; we have purchased several and have also found them at our library.
- Treasures from Grandma by Arleta Richardson. We have several of the books from the Grandma’s Attic series, but this one is new for us.
- The Case of the Sassy Parrot by Milly Howard. My older daughter is into mysteries; she just finished this book and really seemed to enjoy it.
- Clara Barton by Mary Catherine Rose. This book is actually for a school book report.
- The Middle Moffatt by Eleanor Estes. A book that I enjoyed reading as a child, I was able to purchase this at a used bookstore to add to our personal library.
- The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright. My eight-year-old is almost done reading this one.
- Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace. We have enjoyed all of the Betsy-Tacy books!
- Depend on Katie John by Mary Calhoun. I just pulled this one out of storage and gave it to my older daughter to read.
- Those Kids in Proverbsville by Elizabeth Rice Handford. We’ve read this book many times before, but have been revisiting some of the chapters lately.
I’m always looking for resources to help me find good books for my children to read. Please let me know in the comments section if there are books or series that your family enjoys and that you recommend.
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Since I shared our bedtime routine in last week’s Works for Me Wednesday, I thought I would talk about our morning routine this time. I’ll give you a rundown of what my early morning schedule looks like, then list what the girls do.
Saturday morning we tackled a chore I’d been putting off for weeks. The girls’ playroom was quite cluttered and I knew there were a number of things that could be gotten rid of since they hadn’t been played with in awhile.
For me, macaroni and cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods. I like it just about any way you can cook it. This particular recipe has become a favorite to take to potlucks or other gatherings since I can put it together beforehand and transport it in the crock pot to keep it warm.
Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
8 ounce box of macaroni, cooked and drained
8 ounce can of evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 stick margarine or butter, melted
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
Pepper as desired
Spray crock pot with cooking spray (or use crock pot liner). Mix all ingredients together, except cheese slices, and place in crock pot. Place cheese slices on top of ingredients and sprinkle with additional paprika. Cook on low for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
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