Sunday, March 31, 2013

Child Training Bible

About a month ago I ordered a product called the Child Training Bible. I had seen this on several of the Christian blogs that I frequently read, and really loved the idea so I decided to try it myself.

I ordered the kit, and everything that they said you would need: the tabs, colored pencils, and a new Bible (none of the ones I have would have fit.). I allowed my children to help me put it together, and the above picture was the finished product. I wanted to write a review about this Bible, now that we've been using it for a few weeks.

We had out first chance to use it the day that we made it; our oldest was being defiant about something. After he was punished, we opened up the Child Training Bible, and read the verses about what the Bible says about being defiant. At the end of the scripture reading, there is time to ask questions about how Yeshua (Jesus in the modern day church) would have handled it, then we pray together asking for help to do better. I was honestly surprised at the softening that happened in my son's heart. He not only took the words to heart, but he was truly repentant for being defiant. After the incident, we moved on with our day. Later that night, he asked if we could sit down and read more about how Yeshua wants us to behave. I can honestly say that in the weeks that I've been using this program, I've seen true change in my children. They are now quoting the scriptures that we read when they have an undesirable behavior, and are really learning. I would recommend this to any parent that wants to teach their children. The Bible says to train up a child in the way they should, and this is a great way to start!

Until Next Time,

Friday, March 8, 2013

Gluten Free Cream of ____ Soup

Recently we had to put our youngest on a Gluten Free diet. Without going into details, he isn't processing wheat and gluten products properly, and it's making if difficult for his immune system since the majority of your immune system is in your gut. It hasn't been difficult to switch our youngest child's diet to gluten free; I have a sister with Celiacs and have a plethora of recipes, and know what is safe to eat.

One thing that I found, while searching for different ways to make things, is that there just isn't an easy gluten free Cream of ____ soup recipe. I could buy it, at Whole Foods, and spend way to much, or make a dry version and it's really detailed and lengthy. I saw this idea on Pinterest about making your own Cream soup, using butter, flour, milk and bouillon  cubes. It sounded like an interesting idea, except for a few problems.
1. Using flour. A no-no for gluten free eating
2. Bouillon cubes have so much junk in them, and Lord knows how many preservatives. Plus nothing on the bouillon box said that it was gluten free. There was a lot in those cubes that you couldn't even pronounce.

I started thinking, and then I found an amazing and flavorful way to make my own. I tried it tonight, and I will never buy another can of cream soup again! Here's the recipe!

Gluten Free Cream of _____ Soup

2 Tbsp. of natural butter (you want real butter, not margarine.)
2 Tbsp. of all purpose, gluten free, baking mix
1 c. of milk
2 Tbsp. of organic chicken bouillon (see below), dehyrated mushrooms, celery, etc.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then add the all purpose mix. Wisk until smooth, then add milk and broth base, or whatever flavor you want. Whisk until thick and smooth. The flavor is incredible! You can add less bouillon, if you want a less intense flavor.

I found this broth base and seasoning, from Orrington Farms, where you would normally get Chicken bouillon at Wal-mart. It was about $3, and well worth it. Nothing artificial, and gluten free!

Until Next Time,

Friday, March 1, 2013

Free Homeschool ID Cards

I remember being homeschooled as a teenager, and going to the movies with friends and not getting a student discount because I didn't have a student ID. As a teacher I can't get certain discounts on items that teachers can get, simply because I don't have a teacher's ID card.

Today a friend of mine showed me this wonderful website.  homeschoolbuyersco-op.
At this website I can print, free of charge, a student and teacher ID! Now, you have to join to get access to making them, but membership is free as well. You can pay $8 for a plastic ID, that they will send you, or you can print it off yourself and laminate it.

Here's a mock up one I made, before I made the real ones. I really appreciate someone actually having this available. I know my mom would have loved to have this, when she was homeschooling us, so she could have gotten the discounts that other teachers got. Check it out under the Freebies section.

Until Next Time,

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