Thursday, November 20, 2014

Anzac Biscuits

I made Anzac biscuits today.


     An Anzac biscuit is a sweet biscuit popular in Australia.  Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in World War I.
     Anzac biscuit recipes omitted eggs because of the scarcity of them during the war.  It has been claimed the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the ingredients did not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.*

There are many recipes for Anzac biscuits on the Internet.  Here is the recipe I used:

Anzac biscuits

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup butter
4 teaspoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons molasses
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon boiling water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar, and coconut.

In a saucepan, melt the butter, corn syrup, and molasses.  In a measuring cup, mix the baking soda with boiling water and add immediately to the butter mixture.  Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to mix thoroughly.

Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.  Place a spoonful (approximately 1 tablespoon) of the dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes.  
Remove from the oven.  Remove from the baking sheet to a rack to cool.

Yield:  2 1/2 dozen

Mmmm...delicious!!  ~Crispy and chewy, both at the same time!

You can find the original version of this recipe here.

*source:  Wikipedia

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Advent Calendar

I just became aware of a 2014 Advent calendar that can be downloaded for free.   It is "Journey to the Manger:  2014 Advent Activity Calendar" and is offered by Thriving Family magazine which is a Focus on the Family publication that encourages, teaches, celebrates, and inspires families to thrive in Christ.

You can prepare for Christmas as a family and learn more about Bible characters related to the Nativity.  Scripture, a lesson, an activity, a prayer, and a puzzle is provided for each day of Advent.  The downloads include:

  • Advent poster - full-color and black-and-white versions
  • character cutouts - 26 individual Bible characters
  • parents' guide - for 26 days of Advent
  • kids' puzzles - 26 different puzzles


1.  Print out the Advent poster and assemble it.  Hang it in a central location in your home.


2.  Print out the characters of Christmas.  Each day of Advent, your child can cut out the Bible character for that day and attach it to the poster.  It might take a bit of searching to find the correct location!  (The character's background should be matched to the image on the poster.)


3.  Each day, plan the Scripture reading, short lesson, child-friendly activity, and prayer that highlights a different person or animal related to the Nativity.  The parents' guide has it all laid out!


4.  After enjoying a time of family fun and reflection, let your child work on a puzzle page.  For each day of Advent, there is a related puzzle, interesting Bible fact, and suggestions for discovering more!

Treasure the season of Advent as you lead your family on a faith-filled journey to the manger.  You can find the free downloads here.


Advent starts on November 30th!


photos source:  Thriving Family

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Election Day Results

The results of working the polls on Election Day??  ~A very tired body!  haha.

I wore comfortable shoes...but not my most comfortable shoes.  I'll know better next time.  It was a great experience...and yes, I would (and hopefully, will) do it again.


I learned a lot.  In addition to practicing what I learned in the training class, I learned how to handle situations (nothing serious) that came up but were not a part of the actual training beforehand.


Note to self:  Take ChapStick next time!   My lips became so chapped and sore from all of that talking, talking, talking!


Do I need to mention that I came home, crashed, and slept for more than 12 hours straight??!  :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Election Day

Tomorrow, November 4th, is Election Day.

Election Day in the United States of America is the Tuesday following the first Monday in November.  It can fall on or between November 2nd and November 8th.  It is the day when popular ballots are held to select public officials.  These include national, state, and local government representatives at all levels.*

I'm going to be a poll worker.  This will be a new experience for me.  I'm excited to learn something new!


I took my mandatory three-hour training class the week before last.  ~Lots of information to absorb!  I passed my test at the end of the class.  
;o)

I have to be at the precinct to which I've been assigned at 6:00 am.  I will work until sometime after approximately 7:30 pm.  I'm sure it will be a looong day!


See you at the polls!  :)


*source:  Time and Date

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Owl Sandwich

Another owl-themed lunch today for T!


  • sandwich, cut to form wings
  • apple slice cut into circles for eyes
  • carrot slice cut into triangle for beak
  • carrot slices with tiny triangles cut from them for feet
  • pretzel rod for tree branch

This sandwich was my inspiration!

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   What's for Lunch Wednesday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Birthday

I had a happy birthday today!  :D

First of all, my husband took a half-day vacation in order to have two new tires put on my van...and that wasn't even my birthday present!  
;o)  (I had a flat tire the day before.)

Then, he actually made a birthday plan...to take me out for supper!  And (knowing how I like my options), he gave me a choice of four great places to eat:
Copper River Grill (steak, seafood), Fatz (endless ribs!), Mythos (Greek, Italian), or Portofino's (Italian).  I chose Portofino's.  I love that restaurant, and I love their manicotti.  (Guess what I ordered for supper?!)


Afterward, I opened a card from my husband, a card from T, and a gift from T.


set of two flour sack towels...
for my apple-themed kitchen

My husband told me that he had shopped for my gift last weekend, but ended up having to order it...consequently, it won't be available for "gift-giving" until tomorrow or Friday when it arrives in the mail.  No problem; I can wait!  :D

I also received so many other nice expressions of love and friendship.  I received four birthday cards in the mail, an e-card, four e-mail messages, four telephone calls, and 25 facebook posts!  Yes 
 a happy birthday, indeed!  :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Birthday Card

I hope this isn't in poor taste to post; I received this birthday card today from my brother.


I laughed so hard I cried.  I thought it was so funny!  For 
one thing, that could be my backside (minus the tattoo!).  I gradually have put on weight (a lot of weight) over the past ten years...and right now, I own only one pair of jeans I can fit into.  I bought them at Wal-Mart...when I was in a hurry...and they're actually a size too big.  Also, they're not the style I wear typically; they're low-cut, hip-hugger type jeans.  Alas, they tend to be a little droopy...and sometimes (try hard as I might not to), I show a little too much (oops!)...which is not a fun sight, I'm sure, for anyone who happens to catch a glimpse!  I guess my brother has seen that side of me??!  hahaha.  Yep, that could be me on the front of that greeting card!

On a "happier" note, my brother wrote some sweet words to me on the inside of the card.  We were born a year and four days apart.  Yes, I'm older...and we have fun with that every year.  ;o)

So...do I have a warped sense of humor, or is that funny?  Anyway, I just wanted to share...the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I hope you don't mind?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Great Horned Owl

We took a field trip to the zoo this afternoon...to see a Great Horned Owl!


(It was difficult to get photos without the cage visible in front of the owl!)



Check out those talons!



We learned....



We saw many other birds.






Most of the animals were very "social" for a change!  As soon as we walked up to the glass, this alligator entered the water and swam over to us.



He "visited" with us for quite a while!




This orangutan was sitting at the glass, waiting for us!


We took a break from looking at the animals for some photo opportunities.  :)



Then, back to watching the animals.



Next, into the reptile house.



The small petting area had some farm animals.



We cooled off in the gift shop while we browsed.  We purchased this stuffed Great Horned Owl for T.  When squeezed in the middle, it says "Who-whoo, whoo-whoo.  Who-whoo, whoo-whoo."


This little booklet of information was attached to it.


Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owls are the heaviest owls in North America and are found throughout much of the United States, even living near people.  They live in forest or field edges and are generally nocturnal.  Weighing an average of three pounds, they are strong for their size and capable of hunting prey larger than themselves.  Skunks, rabbits, snakes, and even cats are preyed upon by Great Horned Owls.

After leaving the zoo, T wanted to play at the nearby park...so we obliged!


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   Field Trip Friday

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Owl Sandwich

I prepared another owl-themed lunch for T today.


The owl is a snack idea that I found in this unit and lapbook....I just made a couple of changes.  It's made from a piece of bologna, a piece of cheddar cheese (a square, cut in half diagonally), two Ritz crackers, two slices of black olive, and pretzel sticks (broken into pieces).


I cut two slices of bread with a circle cutter and placed one bread circle under the bologna.  Right before T was ready to eat, we said "Bye-bye, owl!" and put the second bread circle on top to make a sandwich.


I also gave T some tortilla chips in a green bowl with an owl pick.  For the pick, I used a foam owl and embellished it with two tiny wiggle eyes...and glued a toothpick to the back.


Linked to:
   I Heart Lunch
   What's for Lunch Wednesday
   Fancy Sandwich Friday

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Baby Owls

Today, we began a unit study about owls.

This was T's lunch today...which went along with a book we read, Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.


     Once there were three baby owls:  Sarah and Percy and Bill....
     The baby owls came out of their house, and they sat on the tree and waited.
          ~from Owl Babies by Martin Waddell



  • three baby owls > three owl-shaped sandwiches (white bread with sprinkles for eyes)
  • tree > pretzel sticks
  • foliage > romaine lettuce
  • full moon > ranch dressing
  • dark of night > black placemat

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   I Heart Lunch
   Family Fun Friday

First Day

We had a terrific first day of homeschool today.  T was very eager to get started this morning!  He kept signing the word, school.


He was attentive throughout the lessons and seemed so ready to learn.  :)  When we started, he even gave up his rope at my first request...and without hesitation! —My family and Miss Bekah will understand the magnitude of that!!  ;o)

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   iHomeschoolNetwork

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day

We celebrated Labor Day (a day early!) with a cook-out at my parents' house.

My parents...the hosts

We spent an enjoyable afternoon with my parents, all of my siblings, and two of my nieces.


My sweet boy...
waiting patiently for lunch

My husband and my brother were the grill masters!



My dad helped, too!!


This was the spread.



We ate:


hamburgers and hot dogs...



with all the fixings,



potato salad and baked beans,



potato chips with onion dip,



and lots of fresh fruit!



For dessert, we ate brownies and ice cream.  Yum!