Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks For All Things

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands,
Serve the Lord with gladness:
Come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God:
It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
And into his courts with praise:
Be thankful unto hi, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting ;
And his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalm 100

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bubblegum Betty :: Food, Family and Fun

As a young girl I loved to listen to my grandma tell stories about when she was growing up.  She had a best friend with the same name, and they were always getting into all kinds of funny situations.  I loved them so much, and didn't even mind hearing the same ones over and over.

For Jane Martin, she had much the same experience, only the stories she was hearing were told by her mother.  She grew up hearing her mother sharing stories about her childhood.  Those family memories became precious to her and she put them down in a lovely little book.

Jane was kind enough to send me a copy of her new book, 'Bubblegum Betty.'  Even though it is a quick read, only 44 pages, it's full of fun stories, easy recipes and memorable advice.

- Bubblegum Betty is the true story of a young Mennonite girl growing up during the Great Depression.  Hear about her childhood adventures like cutting off just one of her braids, eating soap and walking in her sleep.  Growing up with a large family and a special needs brother kept her life interesting.  Also, enjoy Betty's advice and just a few favorite recipes and family photos. -

One great piece of advice Betty gives is:

- Remember that nobody is normal. "Normal is only a setting on the dryer." Bubblegum Betty wasn't normal.  Her brother Eugene wasn't normal.  You aren't normal.  So, treat everyone with love, courtesy and respect! -

As I was looking through the recipes in the back of the book,  'First Grade Pudding' caught my attention. This would be a great recipe to try with your Littles.   Who can resist crunching up rolls of crackers!  My son and daughter whipped it up in about 15 minutes.  

After reading this book and getting a small glimpse into Betty's life, it gave me pause to think that maybe I should sit down with my mom and grandma and record some of their childhood memories.  I know my children and future grandchildren will enjoy reading them, too.

Jane has put together an heirloom that will be shared for generations.  She also gave us the chance to take a peak ourselves.

To purchase a copy, and find out how Betty came to be 'Bubblegum Betty', visit Jane's Etsy Shop.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookies

If you are looking for a yummy cookie... this one is for you.  Sweet, spicy, and pumpkiny (is that a word?) with a hint of citrus.  Whip up a batch or two for reading by the fire, or a family get-together.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Cream together:

1/2  cup shortening
1  cup sugar
2  eggs, beaten
1  tsp vanilla
3/4  tsp orange zest

Mix together:

2  cups sifted all purpose flour
2  tsp baking powder
1  tsp salt
2 1/2  tsp cinnamon
1/2  tsp nutmeg

Combine creamed ingredients with dry.  Blend until smooth.  Drop onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until the bottoms are lightly browned at 350 degrees.

Once cool, combine the following to make the icing:

2  cups confectioners sugar
1  Tbsp orange juice
1/2  tsp vanilla

Place a small dollop on each cookie.

Simple and so good.  I hope you enjoy.

Linking up at Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth, and possibly these other blogs.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Giving Thanks :: Poems, Prayers and Praise Songs

A few weeks ago I was meandering around the aisles of books while the Littles played at the library.  I wasn't really looking for a book... I told myself I had already checked out enough.  But, then the beautiful cover of the book 'Giving Thanks' caught my eye.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Socrates Meets Jesus :: Teen Book Review

My son, Andrew, has been learning Traditional Logic from Memoria Press this year.  Socrates Meets Jesus is one of the books recommended to accompany this curriculum. 

- In this clever book, Socrates makes mincemeat of the arguments of skeptics who want to abandon reason when it comes to Christianity. Because of the copious use of logical syllogisms, this book makes a great supplement to Traditional Logic.

Here is Andrew's review.