Monthly Archives: March 2012

Resolution – MORE Attentive to DH

Peder Severin Kroyer

The fourth item on my resolution list is:

#4 More Attentive to my Husband.

The Patriarch is undemanding.  But I KNOW the cluttered house bugs him, though he doesn’t say a lot about it.  I want to get it all ship shape to please him.  He’s been pleased with what I have done so far!!

I need to be more deliberate about looking for more ways to be attentive to him.

One thing I have been trying to do is stop reading on my computer and turn to look at him when he is reading something to me from his computer.  He thought it was important enough to share with me so I should really listen better!  Shame on me for not doing this before.

This was not the resolution I thought I should work on first… apparently the Lord thought otherwise.  This past 25 days I have been given the privilege to demonstrate attentiveness and respect to The Patriarch  in a way I was not expecting.

You see, The Patriarch has been out of work since the 5th of March.

There are many things I could say about our situation but worried, grumbling and unhappy are NOT three of them!  :-D  In fact we have been experiencing ‘the peace the passes all understanding’ from the very beginning of this current circumstance.  Your prayers for our job need would be appreciated.

On one of our walks the other day, both Arrow & I separately and unprompted, told the Patriarch that we have loved having him at home!  I did tell him that having a regular source of income would also be nice, but I will miss him terribly when he has to leave to go to work everyday.

When I made my resolutions list our current jobless situation was no where on the horizon.  The Lord has interesting ways of allowing me to demonstrate my resolution resolve!!

Being without a paycheck for the past four weeks also makes me even more thankful we have been preparedness minded!!  We have plenty of food, toiletries, education materials, entertainment activities, clothing, etc. and I have only had to go out to purchase perishables like milk and lettuce.  We were also able to pay all our bills this month.

We are trusting the Lord to bring about another job or have us start a home business (besides my soap).  There are a few job irons in the fire, but I am not at liberty to share any more than that at this time.

Blessings?  Why yes we have seen some from this extended time of joblessness.

1. The Patriarch’s blood pressure has been going steadily down!  The systolic is down 33 & diastolic is down about 17 from it’s highest reading!!  That’s a very good thing!  We are working at getting it even lower, but at least it is headed in the right direction!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. We have been able to have daily devotions both morning and evening!  Currently we are using two of Kevin Swanson’s books.  Proverbs in the morning and Genesis in the evenings.

In our Genesis reading for tonight was chapter 20 where Abraham’s wife if taken by Abimelech king of Gerar.  One question at the end was specifically for me, but I suspect that I may not be the only one who is in need of trusting…

Section end on how this passage teaches us to walk with god in faith and obedience:  “God doesn’t instruct wives to submit to their husbands out of blind trust in their husband’s impeccable wisdom.  Not at all!  They should submit to their husbands because they trust in a GOD of infinite wisdom.” – page 98

Family discussion questions:  How can a wife submit to her husband even when it seems like her husband is making some unwise choices?  Is there any point at which she should not obey her husband?

My answer:  I can readily submit to you, cheerfully so, because I know that God will use all the circumstances in our lives for our good.  God can always be trusted, even when the situation may look grim.  I know you did not mean this for our hurt (unlike Joseph’s brothers) but God means this for our good.  the only point where I should not obey you is where you ask me to violate scripture.

3. We are quite well rested!  We have been going to bed early and rising after a full night’s, restful sleep!  Since sleep is the number one thing you can do to begin healing your adrenals, I think we are on our way!  We have eliminated the major stresses, are getting proper sleep, reduced the caffeine to only tea and only in the mornings, have been limiting computer time (we don’t have television), and are getting regular exercise in our walks.  I have also reduced everyone’s sugar intake by using half stevia when and where I can along with de-cluttering the house (a stress factor).

4.  Gives me a chance to work with our preparedness supplies.   Actually cooking with our stored foods on a more regular basis.  As well as giving me the opportunity to be creative with what we have and make do with what’s already there.  One thing I already knew – we need to organize our supplies!!

Off to bed for us…

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Other posts you may be interested in:

My New Year’s Resolutions

Regarding Resolutions

Happy Valentine’s Day

LAF Has  Returnd

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Regarding Resolutions

I found these two lists that have suggestions to help you actually make good on your New Year’s resolutions.

Yes, I do know this is the end of March!  But I am still working on my resolutions.

  1. Pick one resolution, or one more than you completed last year. Your odds of staying focused improve.
  2. Look at last years list and evaluate where you failed. Too ambitious? Where did you give up? Use this self-knowledge to inform this year’s resolutions.
  3. Break any resolution into monthly goals so you have short term focus.
  4. Find a friend who can sign up to the same goal. We are social creatures, and our goals should be social.
  5. Write down the resolution and sign it. Writing has power.
  6. Put your written resolution somewhere useful (e.g. in front of the fridge)
  7. Have a daily positive task – mark off a day on a calendar every day you’ve met your resolution. You get a positive visual reminder you’re on your way.
  8. Divide further: simply make a resolution for January, and re-evaluate on Feb 1st.

1.  go beyond superficial and connect to core values

2.  be specific

3. have 0r get support

4. focus on one at a time

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions?

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Other posts you may be interested in:

My New Year’s Resolutions

Resolution-More Attentive to DH

Samual Adams Quote

“The liberties of our country,

the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards;

it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.

We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors.

They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood.

It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation

– enlightened as it is – 

if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.”

– Samuel Adams

Well, today I must be on a tear…

And to help you identify those in the above photo – - -

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Despotism: Encyclopaedia Brittannica Film from 1946

The Patriarch found this one for me too!  Isn’t he the greatest!??!!!  ;-)

Our forebears were warned, in school no less!  Yet here we are today sliding ever closer to despotism.  God help us.

Blessings, ~Mrs.R (aka Aunt Mae)

If I Were the Devil

This was recorded in 1965!  All of these things have come true, so sadly true.

This was Paul Harvey.   Good day.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Children Read to Dogs at Virigina Library

A public library in Virginia is sponsoring a program for children to read books . . .  to dogs.  The Alexandria, Virginia, library “Paws to Read” program has children in grades 1-6 reading books to dogs. The flier promoting the program, paid for through Alexandria City tax dollars, is here:

In the program, parents are not allowed in the room when the children are reading to the dogs.  The dogs, advocates boast, won’t judge or correct the children.  The judgment-free and correction-free dog reading zone, naturally, has roots in academia.  The University of California at Davis produced a study called “Reading to Rover” that catalogs the benefits of children reading to dogs, instead of with parents.

One child in the UCAL Davis study described why she prefers reading to dogs… read the rest here.

In the photo above… this is a 13 -14 year old male and he is reading a Golden Book.  He is reading a little kiddie book!!  Yikes.

Chalk this up as another albeit strange reason why we homeschool.

So not only do you have to pay your hard earned money (via your property taxes) to pay for schools to not teach your child to read.  You also get to pay with your hard earned money to have your child read to the dog in another attempt to ‘teach’ the child to read when the school couldn’t do their job.

Remember this the next time your school system wants you to vote for another tax increase — it’s for the children.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)


Other posts you may be interested in:

Why We Homeschool

IndoctriNation the Movie

Daily Renewal: When Mothering Feels Too Hard

Broken Arm Blessings – Arrow Learns Kitchen Knife Skills & Cooking

Homeschooling A Sick Child

WallBuilders – Issues and Articles – America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

WallBuilders – Issues and Articles – America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President.

We must never forget this.

Blessings,   ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

IndocriNation the Movie

Our family attended one of the Christian Heritage sponsored showings of IndoctriNation: Public School and the Decline of Christianity in America.

We are all so glad we attended this.  It was an evening well spent!

Here is some information about the movie from it’s webpage:

Driving an old school bus, Colin and family travel across America, asking questions about the origins and social impact of America’s public education system. Colin asks:

  • Who established the American Public Schools system?
  • Are my kids physically and morally safe in the schools?
  • Are the public schools religiously neutral?
  • Shouldn’t Christian kids be “salt and light” in the Schools?
  • Can the public school system be fixed or redeemed?

 Featuring compelling interviews with teachers, administrators, parents, and other whistle blowers, this film is part documentary, part testimonial, and totally captivating. Above all it is both an encouragement and challenge to the millions of Christians who need to know what God’s Word says about the discipleship and training of the next generation. You will want to give this DVD to every parent you know.


IndoctriNation: Public School and the Decline of Christianity in America won the Jubilee Award at the 2012 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (www.saicff.org) for Best Documentary among 25 semi-finalists.

To whet your interest here are a few clips from the movie:

For me this movie did 3 things.  First, it clearly answered my questions about how our school system got where it is today & what is it based on.  Secondly, it gives me a tool to put into the hands of my Christian public-schooling friends.  Thirdly, it reconfirms our convictions to homeschool.

I highly recommend this film!  If you cannot find a friend to borrow a copy from, it will be money well spent!  We bought two copies and my husband is out of work… if that tells you how important we feel about this subject!

We also got to meet Colin Gunn!  I could listen to his accent for hours.  :-)  There was a Q & A after the showing.  One thing we learned was the LARGE number of videos that were sold at the week long viewings here in Washington state.  After the first night’s viewing the entire case he brought along were all sold out.  So he ordered another 2 cases to be sent to him.  All but 8 of those were sold on a subsequent night’s viewing and LOTS of orders!

I think I could have told them it would be that way.  Why??  Because those of us who homeschool have come to know the physical, educational and spiritual dangers of the public school system.  Christian public-school parents are not usually willing to sit down and listen to us about the dangers of public-school.  NOW we have something that they would watch and learn more than we could tell them!!

For that I am SO thankful.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Why We Homeschool

Once upon a time there was a family.  They were a tiny family which consisted of dad (The Patriarch), mom (~Mrs. R), and 1 son (Peter Bunny).

One day, in the far by and by of the early 90′s, a notice came home from Peter Bunny’s school about the sex education video about to be shown in health class… and gave Peter Bunny’s parents the opportunity to preview said video.

So off his parents went, traveling over hill and dale, to school on ‘previewing’ day.  Peter Bunny’s parents were the only ones who previewed the video.

Peter Bunny’s parents were upset that abstinence was presented as ‘just another option’ and only mentioned a bare handful of times in the nearly hour length production.  They knew all too well the devastation a lack abstinence can bring.

The Patriarch, Peter Bunny’s daddy, expressed his dismay to the teacher.  She then informed him that ‘they’ were not allowed to teach ‘moral values’… blah… blah… blah.  But the truth is they do teach moral values, theirs not ours!  The moral of this story is that the public school system was immoral years ago… and it has NOT improved!

I remembered one math teacher who told me he didn’t assign any homework because the kids never do it anyway.  WHAT!??  They don’t have time to do the assignment IN class yet it is never assigned for outside of class?

We pulled Peter Bunny out of public school after that.  He was in 7th grade.

My first homeschool teaching task was to evaluate Peter Bunny’s learning to determine where I needed to  start my teaching — He could hardly read!  His reading ability was at or below the 2nd grade level.  I was shocked to my core.  I thought I remember him getting good grades on his report cards…

I then located his report cards from my files.  Yes, he was marked as “on grade level” in reading…

WAIT!!!  What was THIS!??

Our young Peter Bunny had been in remedial reading classes for at least 2 years.  HOW could he be marked as ON grade level when he wasn’t even IN a grade level class??? To add further insult to injury his ‘remedial reading teacher’, who gave out these marks, was a member of our church!  Was this deliberate dishonesty?  What was going on here??

I spent our first year of homeschooling teaching our 7th grader how to read, from the ground up, beginning with a thorough review of phonics.  It brought joy to my heart to ‘catch’ him reading, of his own volition, and for pleasure!  I was frequently heard saying “Reading is foundational to learning”, and “How can he study God’s word if he can’t read?”

Twelve years later, when Arrow came along, we were firmly convinced that he would never, ever, ever set one foot inside a public school.  Ever.

Over the years I have read a number of things that have helped me understand homeschooling and it’s history, the failure of the public school system, and the mandate from the Lord to take responsibility to teach our children.

Here Are Our Top Ten Reasons We Homeschool

1) God’s word tell us to.

Deuteronomy 6:6 – 7 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

The plain meaning of these verses is that your children should be instructed in things of the Lord all throughout the day from earliest rising to retiring for the night.  How can that happen when they are gone from home the majority of their waking hours?

2) Homeschooling has deepened our family bonds.  There is a deep love and genuine concern for each other that doesn’t develop when each family member spends large chunks of time separated from the others.

3) Godly character training happens only at home.  Mom and/or Dad are the only ones who are authorized by the Lord to administer corporal correction.  The parents are the ones who know each child intimately and what character traits need to be addressed or what struggles a child has.

4) There is no ‘bad company’ to corrupt our son’s ‘good morals’ (or morals in training) in our school.  ‘Bad company’ can also be in the form of computers, tv, movies, books and music – so constant vigilance must be maintained.  Those things are so much easier to control when your children are with you all day long.  It has been a joy to have Arrow with me all day, every day.  Don’t get me wrong, some days are h-a-r-d.  But anything worth doing is seldom ‘easy to do’.  There are also many resources out there to help you with just about any problem that comes up.  Many times it comes down to the need for more character training.

1 Corinthians 15:33    Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

5)  The Lord says in Psalm 127 that children are an inheritance.  Would I hand over my monetary inheritance to strangers, to have complete control over, without any supervision from me, for 12 l-o-n-g years?  No!  Why would I do that with the inheritance of far superior value – my children?

Psalm 127

 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

6) As we “walkest by the way”, running errands, shopping, on field trips, etc our children’s Godly training (or lack thereof) is visible to a watching world.  There is something SO different about a child with Godly character training!!  We are asked lots of different questions throughout the year about why we are different.  When was the last time you saw a 12-year-old public-school boy cheerfully hold open a door for anyone?!!

7) We have no drug or alcohol problems in our school.  We have no violence problems in our school.  We have no gang problems in our school.  We have no immodesty problems in our school.  We have no pornography in our curriculum, libraries or ‘school lockers’.  We have no promiscuity in our school.  We have no bullying in our school.

8) I have the freedom to choose what teaching materials will work best for our family, our child’s learning style, and our budget.  I am not required to utilize the dumbed-down, politically correct and historically inaccurate history textbooks used by the public schools.  There is no homosexual agenda in any of our books.  I am free to include God in each of our school subjects – God’s providence in history, math rules reflect an orderly Lord, grammar and proper punctuation to communicate the gospel to others with clarity & understanding, God as THE Creator of the universe in science, clear evidence presented in support of a global (NOT localized) flood, proof presented that clearly refutes evolutionary theory (it is NOT a fact), and MUCH, MUCH more.

9) Incorporating piano lessons, field trips, and other “non-school seat work” can happen whenever we want it to.  Our schedule is flexible and can be changed to accommodate Daddy’s work hours, a medical emergency, visiting relatives or any number of things that come up in life.

10) When “life” happens, our schooling doesn’t stop – it make take a different form for  a bit.  Such as when I broke my arm, Arrow’s “school-time seat work” came to a screeching halt. He spent hours doing all the things I suddenly couldn’t do for myself!  You can read more about that journey here.

I want to call your attention to something.  Though the homeschool education is far superior to anything the public schools can dish out, that reason doesn’t even make our top ten list!

What is the hardest part of homeschooling?  It isn’t the teaching.  It isn’t correcting the numerous papers.  It is me.  Maintaining consistency day in and day out is the hardest task – - – and all with a proper attitude.

But the rewards are are well worth the time and effort it takes!

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

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Crepes – Spinach & Dessert – Gluten & Dairy Free!

Crepes.  Yes, this month’s ratio rally is all about crepes.  I have cooked crepes for decades.  Not once I had to eat sans gluten though.  I was looking forward to making these again!!

It is so easy to cook up a batch.  They are extremely versatile!  You can fill them with anything… well except a liquid!!  ;-)

This month’s ratio rally hostess with the most-est is  T.R. at No One Likes Crumbly Cookies.  Please check out her page for all the links to all the great crepe recipes for this month!

In case you are new to the ratio rally – we are a group of gluten free bloggers who create gastronomic delights using a ratio for a particular food item.  This month it is crepes.  Cooking & baking by ratio is using a specific ratio of ingredients in order to produce consistent yummy results in the kitchen.

Who doesn’t like consistency in the kitchen??!!!  Yummy consistency makes it that much more special!

Most of us grew up cooking and baking with measuring our ingredients with cups and spoons.  This works well with gluten-full items.  But the weights of various gluten-FREE flours is vastly different from each other AND from wheat flour.  I know I have had my share of gluten-free disasters in the kitchen!  Using specific ratios and weighing out ingredients make gluten free cooking & baking so much easier!

The bonus to weighing and ratios – consistently edible gluten free food coming from MY kitchen!  This can be your success as well.  Trust me on this one.  Another bonus to all this is being able to substitute flours and expect to have generally the same results, though not in taste of course.

I wanted to make a dinner crepe and a dessert crepe for this rally.  And I did!

Rhulman’s crepe ratio is 1 liquid : 1 egg : 1/2 flour and my ratio is very close to that with a slight decrease in the liquid to about 3/4.  This is basically a very thin pancake batter with no leavening agent.

Basic Crepes

1 & 1/2 ounces brown rice flour

1 ounce brown teff flour

1 & 1/2 ounces sweet rice flour

8 ounces eggs (4 large)

4 ounces almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

2 – 3 ounces coconut milk beverage (or other non-dairy milk)

1/2 teaspoon salt

coconut oil for greasing the skillet, use sparingly

Weigh out all the flours into a stand mixer bowl.  Zero out the scale and weigh out the eggs.  Zero out the scale again and weigh out the almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk of choice).

Mix together with the paddle until there are no lumps.  Let batter sit a minimum of 30 minutes and up to overnight.  The flours need to hydrate for better cooking results.

I used an 8-inch cast iron skillet to cook my crepes.  It worked beautifully!  Preheat your skillet on a low to medium-low heat.  Make sure the pan is completely heated before you start cooking the crepes.

Add a small amount of coconut oil to your heated skillet.  Just a thin coating on the bottom and up the sides.  Too much and your crepe will be greasy and heavy.

The technique for cooking crepes is in the wrist action.  Immediately after adding 1/4 – 1/3 cup of batter into your pan you need to rotate the pan so that you coat the bottom of the pan completely with a thin layer of batter.  The operative word is THIN layer of batter!  :-)  I made a double batch and only had to re-grease my pan twice.  I think I got a total of 24 – 26 crepes… sorry I forgot to count them and they are now… gone.

Set the pan back onto the burner for a minute or two.  The edge of the crepe will pull away from the pan, indicating it is ready to be turned.  I coax a thin spatula under the edge of the crepe and then flip it.  Set back on burner for another minute and transfer onto a plate.  Repeat with all the batter.  You can see my plate of crepes at the top of this recipe.  Your crepes should be slightly browned (freckled) but not crisp.  These need to remain flexible to roll around something yummy!

OPTIONS:

for dinner crepes you can add chives, or spices to compliment your filling.  for dessert crepes add to the batter: 2 – 4 Tablespoons sugar depending on your taste and 1 teaspoon vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice or a combination equal to 1 teaspoon.

For our dinner I made Spinach Crepes.

Spinach Crepes

8 (8-inch ) crepes

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup Earth balance soy-free buttery spread

2 Tablespoons organic lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup thick cream sauce (I make mine with 2 TBSP Earth Balance, 4 TBSP rice flour, 1 cup dairy free milk, 1 teaspoon chicken bullion)

3 eggs, beaten

2 (10-ounce) packages frozen spinach, thawed & drained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In large saucepan, cook onion in Earth Balance until transparent; stir in lemon juice, salt, pepper, cream sauce and eggs.  Cook and stir about 5 minutes.  Stir in spinach; heat thoroughly.  Place about 1/2 cup spinach mixture on each crepe; roll up and place seam side down in 13 x 9 baking dish.  Bake 10 – 15 minutes or until hot.

Serves 4.

Dessert crepes are laughably easy but look so elegant on the plate!  I used warm applesauce in the crepe and sprinkled them with powdered sugar.  You can do the same thing using jelly, jam or preserves.  You could also use a pie filling, pudding, or mousse!  You can use a chocolate or  fruit sauce instead of the powdered sugar.  For breakfast we will have warmed crepes with huckleberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  These would also be great to serve with tea at tea time!!

You can store the leftover crepes in the refrigerator and reheat briefly in the oven, toaster oven (don’t crisp them!) or a skillet on the stove.  These also freeze well.  Place wax paper between each crepe, thaw or reheat in oven or in a skillet.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Here is a list of all the other crepe creations!

Adina ~ Gluten Free Travelette ~ Breakfast Crepes Three Ways
Caitlin ~ {Gluten-Free} Nom Nom Nom ~ Buckwheat Crepes
Caleigh ~ Gluten Free[k] ~ Banana Cinnamon Crepes
Claire ~ My Gluten Free Home ~ Victory Crepe Cake
Ginger  ~ Fresh Ginger ~ Sweet ‘n Savory
gretchen ~ kumquat ~ nutella crepe cake
Heather ~ Discovering the Extraordinary ~ “Southwestern” Crepes
Karen ~ Cooking Gluten-Free! ~ Gluten Free Crepes Savory or Sweet
Mary Fran ~ FrannyCakes ~ Gluten-free Peanut Butter Crepe Cake
Morri  ~  Meals with Morri ~ Russian Blini for Two
Pete and Kelli ~ No Gluten, No Problem ~ Key Lime Crepes
Shauna ~ gluten-free girl ~ Gluten Free Buckwheat Crepes
T.R. ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ Brownie Crepes with Strawberry Wine sauce
T.R. ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ Basil Tomato and Feta Crepes
T.R. ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ Fresh Fruit Crepe
Tara ~ A Baking Life ~ Breakfast Crepes with Eggs and Kale
Jonathan ~ The Canary Files ~ Vegan Crepes for Filipino Spring Rolls
Rachel ~ The Crispy Cook ~ Raspberries and Cream Crepes
~Mrs. R ~ Honey From Flinty Rocks ~ Crepes – Spinach & Dessert
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