Menu Plan Monday - July 7

Monday, July 07, 2014

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Do any of you like to make soap? I tried a new recipe that I created myself and it came out wonderfully - Sweet Almond Lavender.

Here's the recipe:

Oils - 46 oz. olive oil, 18 oz. sweet almond oil, 12 oz. coconut oil, 8 oz. stearic acid
Water - 28 oz.
Lye - 12.1 oz.
Essential oil of your choice - I used lavender, 2 oz.

Heat oils and let cool to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix water and lye and let cool to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour lye water into oils and blend/stir until mixture thickens and resembles pudding. Add essential oil and stir for another minute or so. Pour into prepared soap mold and cover top with plastic wrap. Wrap entire mold in a towel and allow to set for 2 days. Cut into bars and let cure in the open for 4 weeks.

You can find more detailed directions on how to make cold pressed soap here.

We won't be eating soap this week, but here's the menu plan:

Monday - Amanda (age 12) Cooking

Sloppy Joes
Potato Chips
Peaches

Tuesday

Fettuccine Alfredo
Salads
Garlic Toast

Wednesday

Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese
Sausage
Green Beans
Dark Sweet Cherries

Thursday

Taco Salad
Fried Polenta
Chips & Salsa

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Lasagna
Garlic Bread
Salads

Sunday

On Your Own


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Menu Plan Monday - June 30

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Here's hoping you're all enjoying the summer - or fall if you're in the southern hemisphere. I, for one, LOVE the warmer temperatures and you won't hear me complaining about being hot. Here's our menu for the week:

Monday

Marinated, grilled pork chops
Potato & carrot packets on grill (olive oil, salt, cracked pepper)
Strawberry cheesecake (low carb)

Tuesday

Roast beef, potatoes & carrots in crock-pot

Wednesday

Baked "fried" chicken
Mashed potatoes
Gluten-free snickerdoodles

Thursday

Tomato wild rice soup
Salads
Applesauce

Friday

Pizza & pop

Saturday

Burgers on grill
Chips & dip (cottage cheese)
Coleslaw
Potato salad

Sunday

On Your Own

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Book Review - The Other Side of the River by Robert D. Halpert, MD

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Other Side of the River is written by Robert D. Halpert, MD and is published by WestBow Press.

This is a story about the Civil War and the Confederate army, specifically, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. It is a historical fiction book that Civil War buffs will probably like. General Jackson, whom I knew virtually nothing about before reading this book, was a strong man of great Christian character and a love of God. We in the north don't usually think of the slave holding south of the 1860s as being Christian - after all, isn't it sinful to own slaves? Oddly enough, there were great Christians even in the Confederate Army, Stonewall Jackson being one of them.

This is my first experience reading anything written by Dr. Halpert. I think he did a good job of thoroughly covering his subject and developing characters. However, it took me quite a while to really get interested in the book because it starts out very slow and dry. That said, I did enjoy it more as I got into it - somewhere about chapter 5. I appreciate the vast amount of history in it.

All in all, if I were to give a rating to The Other Side of the River, I would give it a 4 stars.

*I received a copy of The Other Side of the River in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinion expressed is my own.*

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Menu Plan Monday - June 9

Monday, June 09, 2014

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So..............I have begun to add animal products back into my diet a little at a time. I don't intend to go crazy with it, but I believe that going completely vegan is not always the best thing for everybody. In my situation, we cannot afford to buy meat as well as all of the vegan products I want. I was going without eating or else I would have just salads everyday. A year later, I was not as healthy as I had hoped to be. After reading Wheat Belly by William Davis M.D. and Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, I am convinced that carbohydrates (in excess) is our enemy, not fat or cholesterol. That said, I can't eat large amounts of fat or animal products because of what gluten did to my gall bladder 20 years ago. Fat and cholesterol now goes straight to my liver without the necessary filtering of the gall bladder. For those of you who still have that necessary organ, do what you can to preserve it. God put our bodies together perfectly. Sin and the "world" (Adam & Eve, GMO's and otherwise) have damaged what the Lord intended to be perfect. Here's my menu plan for the week:

Monday

Gluten-free (organic) Pasta with Italian Sausage
Salads
Green Beans

Tuesday

Beef Stew in the slow-cooker
Applesauce

Wednesday

Quiche (without the pie crust)
Salads

Thursday

Oven-fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes (going to try to sneak in some Jerusalem Artichokes)
Brussels Sprouts

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers on the grill
Fruit Salad
Chips & Dip

Sunday

On Your Own
 

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Book Review- Body & Soul by Bethany Hamilton

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Body & Soul is written by Bethany Hamilton with Dustin Dillberg, L.Ac., PAS and is published by Zondervan.

I finally found the health and fitness book I was looking for. My daughter is turning 13 in October. Need I say more? I have searched and searched for a good fitness book that combines faith with healthy eating, exercise, and God's view of a teen's body. This book is all of that. Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer) is a young woman who has a deep faith in the Lord and has used that faith to get through what most of us might not have. She knows how valuable our bodies are to us, but more importantly, to God. This knowledge shines through in this guidebook/recipe book/inspirational book.

Body & Soul is big - it measures 7" x 10 3/4". It's not going to get lost all that easy. I love the great, healthy recipes that use ingredients that I've tried and tried to interest my daughter in. What she scorned a while back she now looks at with new eyes. There is a good "diet", aka eating plan, inside as well as exercises that are simple but effective. The best part is that it is all scaled to what a growing teen and young adult body needs to grow healthy and strong.

I have to finish this review quickly because my daughter wants me to give her the book back. I hope you'll check it out if you have young daughters. I love, love, love this book!

*I received a copy of Body & Soul in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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Timeless Help with your Family

Tuesday, May 20, 2014





Elizabeth Prentiss was born in 1818 and died in 1878. She is best known for her hymn, "More Love to Thee". A few weeks ago, I ran across a book she had written about an aged mother of many children who had become so known for her expertise in raising children that she was sought after for guidance in that area. This book, The Home at Greylock, was published in 1876, two years before Mrs. Prentiss died.

The Home at Greylock is a fascinating story because it contains timeless truths regarding child rearing, an area in which, despite availability of titles galore, is lacking greatly. The reason I say it is lacking? You can visit any bookstore or online seller and bring up scores of self-help and parenting books, but very few of them address the core issue of the family - Jesus Christ. This book puts Him smack dab in the center of the family, which is right where He rightfully belongs.

After Mrs. Grey visits a young family at their request, in order to find their parental problems out and give her advice, Mrs. Prentiss continues the story:

The unhappy parents began to feel their burden lightened.

"Then, you think there is hope for our poor boy?" they asked.

"I know there is just as long as you enclose him in your prayers. He will be as safe as an insect in a piece of amber."

"But the insect is dead."

"Yes, but how much better hath God made a human soul that cannot die?"


If you are struggling with your own charge of raising a family, perhaps you might like to get counsel from Elizabeth Prentiss after you first read the Bible. You might also enjoy listening to "More Love to Thee", below.




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Menu Plan Monday

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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Things have started to slow down now that my astronomy class has ended. I am NOT scientifically minded, so this one was hard. Today, my husband and two of the children went out to the state forest in a quest for mushrooms. I found just one, and it's not big by any stretch of the imagination. One would have thought that with over 200 inches of snow last winter we would have an abundance of fungi. Not so. Here's my find:





There are lots of dishes you can make with morels. Soups and steaks are two favorites of some people. In case you're wondering, my family did better than I did. They found, altogether, about 50.

Here's the plan for the week:

Monday

Fettuccine Alfredo
Salads

Tuesday

Taco Salad

Wednesday

BBQ Pork
Roasted Sweet Potato Slices

Thursday

Baked Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Burgers

Sunday

On Your Own

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