Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pasta with Bolognese Sauce - lightened up a bit

I Looooooove pasta!  Any type of pasta.  But, Pasta with Bolognese sauce is a little fattening to eat every week, if you know what I mean.  So, to give this the "GO TO" stamp of approval, I need to lighten it up and get it done quickly.  With a little tweeking, I was able to do it and my family requests is every week.  Don't tell them I was able to sneak the veggies in there...shhhhh

You will need:

2 Tbs.butter
1 small onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 lb. ground chuck
salt and pepper
1 tsp. nutmeg or allspice
1 cup 2% milk (or 1%)
1 cup white wine
1 28 oz. can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes

Serve with 1.5-2 lbs of cooked linguine

1.  Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion, celery and carrot and cook it up, stirring it until veggies have softened up (about 5 minutes).  Turn heat to high and add the beef.  Cook it up while breaking it up with a spoon and until it is no longer pink.  Season with sale, pepper, and nutmeg/allspice. 

2.  Pour in milk and wine and bring to a slow boil..  Lower the heat and simmer until most of liquid has evaporated (about 15 minutes).  Stir in tomatoes.  Cover and cook for about 20 - 30 minutes.  Serve with linguine and fresh grated cheese. 

Note:  if you want to make it a more authentic Italian dish such as Sunday Sauce use whole milk instead of 2% milk.  Also, before adding the tomato sauce, transfer mixture to a slow cooker.  Stir in tomatoes, cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Remove cover and cook for 30 minutes longer.  Serve with your cooked pasta.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Primitive Ornies - Northern Recipe gone Southern

I love homemade items.  Candles, ornaments, and needful things are my delight.  Here is a simple and fun recipe for making ornies.  You can poke a hole and add a ribbon.  You can paint them and put them in a bowl with potpurri and candles.  Either way, they are delightful.

2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water (1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp cloves are optional)

mix well and form your shapes by hand or with a cookie cutter
and place on cookie sheet (poke your hole if its a hanging item)

....bake for 1 1/2 hours in a 325 degree oven.

let cool.  then add ribbon or paint.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Freely Educate Homeschool Site Kindle Giveaway!

I absolutely love this site.  Why?  They have wonderful ideas that I can incorporate into my homeschool.  Best of all, the ideas and resources are usually FREE!  And, we all know that my motto is "Free, is for me!"

So, I am passing this on to you my homeschooling friends around the world : )  Enjoy! 

Here is the link to their site.

National Treasure Visits Our Cottage

It was an absolutely lovely lowcountry day.  Fall was displaying its colors, leaves were beginning to fall, the nights were getting just a bit more crisp, and the migratory birds were passing through.  My feeders were not being visited as much and I wondered why that was.  My chickadees, cardinals, bluebirds and finches were not around quite as much.  I had not filled my feeder in weeks because it wasn't being touched.  I checked the feeder to see if something was wrong....but, all was well.  As I walked around my yard, I noticed the squirrels were still around and boy were they busy!  The acorns were everywhere and the squirrels were quite busy getting their fill.  I chuckled as I thought of my Bible, where it tells of the Israelites with Moses.  They were out everyday gathering the manna that God provided them everyday.  I watched as God provided for these little members and I was amazed at their diligence.  They worked as it was in teams...each collecting their nuts and depositing them into a hole in a tree trunk. 

As I watched them stash their bounty, I thought of the bounty God had provided for my family.  My husband reminded me that he hated to interrupt my contemplations; but, I needed to get the bounty on the table.  So, I fired up my stove and he fired up the grill.

My daughter ran in the kitchen, "Mom, mom.....there is a Bald Eagle flying around in our yard!"  I replied, mmhmm....sure...."  "Really, may want to see this!"  "Barbara, don't make things up," I said.  Then, she looked me in the eyes, "Mom, I am telling you...there is a Bald Eagle in our backyard." 

So, I walked out onto the patio.  There, in full life, was a Bald Eagle watching us grill our dinner!  I couldn't believe my eyes.  He, or she, looked just as amused with watching my crazy family as we did it.  It landed in a tree, and ate a fish it had caught.  I ran for the camera, Barbara ran for the video camera...the cats ran to windows, and Stephen ran outside.  It's not everyday one of these treasures drops by to visit.

It was one of the first time our family had actually been silent all at once.  This bird commanded our attention.  It was as if a prominent visitor had arrived unexpectedly.  It flew around over the the lagoon a few times putting on an air show that would rival any military airshow.  Then, it landed.  It hopped to the edge of the lagoon and pulled out a 3 foot catfish with one swipe of its claw. 

"Quick!  We've got an instant homeschool lesson right in front of us!" I thought. 

I said to my children, "Isn't it awesome how God designed this eagle!".  My son remarked about the strength of his claws and talons.  My daughter remarked on his ability to fly with such speed and precision.  We talked about its eyesight, size, and how God guides it.  It was then we realized that God guides those who know him, just as he guides the eagle. 

Job 39:27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?

God confirmed to us just how He commands everything in our lives and in the animal world.  He sent a guest to us that evening.  Our friend arrived the next day as well.  Then, it was gone.  We were happy that God chose us to witness this special treasure.  We were thankful we were aware of our gift. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

USC Beaufort King James Bible 400th Anniversary

It was a beautiful day in the low country area. We finished our homeschool day and decided to take a ride over to University of South Carolina Beaufort to view a very rare display. On display, in the campus library, was a most prized possession. This possession was once esteemed by kings; particularly James the First, King of England.

My, how times have changed.

There on display, in four, climate controlled cases, were various authentic collections of Scripture. As my children and I viewed them, we were in awe of how God had preserved the various pages. Some were dated to 1350 AD, written in Old English of which we could not comprehend.

We marveled at the amount of labor the transcribers must have went through, both mentally and physically, to present Scripture to the Glory of God. All the while knowing, they would be accountable to God who said

Revelation 22:18

 My son and I looked around in the library and all of the students going about their studies not even aware of the treasure that sat in their midst. There it was! A FIRST EDITION copy of The King James Bible, 1611. Priceless.
All the answers to life’s questions sat there, bound in leather, and very nondescript. It did not have a catchy title as did other books in the library. It was not on the “New Arrivals” shelf. The faculty did not include it on their “Required Reading” list. Oh, Lord help us!

My children and I discussed how this “book” blessed millions, guided nations, enlightened kings. And there it was.  Sitting as a regal king with all of the other "works" of man sitting on shelves around it. 

As we looked, and pondered the verses we knew were contained within it, my son said, “My sheep shall know my voice.” I smiled and understood exactly what he was saying. Quietly, within the library, one could hear a pin drop. But, we KNOW we heard God’s voice as it was alive within the pages of the KJV.
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”