I love when God uses my kids to bring conviction to my heart. My oldest son, who is 11, has worked toward something this school year that I wasn’t sure he could do. We use a curriculum for homeschool called Classical Conversations. He is testing for what we are calling Triple Memory Master, which shows that he has mastery over three years of material. Every question correct. Not one wrong. There were a small group of kids that even had the ability to try this – less than ten. The criteria we established was that they had to be in their last year of CC’s foundations program, and they had to have been Memory Masters of a single cycle before. Of that group, some said no right away, because they had too much on their plate, or because the goal seemed unreachable. The rest agreed to work toward it and came to the reviews. There were some that bailed early on in the process, once they saw the enormity of the task. Some made it almost to the end of practices, but couldn’t wrap their minds around how to accomplish something that big. One other child chose to go for it with my son. They pushed their current cycle’s Memory Master test up two weeks in order to give themselves a bit of extra time to study for the preceding two cycles. They worked their tails off, trying to bring this data back up to the forefront of their minds. They had extra study sessions together and spent hours studying alone. They made flash cards and pictures and all sorts of aids to help them remember the information. Today they became Triple Memory Masters. They finished well, striving for excellence, completing something few would even try.
I grew up on homemade trail mix. Usually it consisted of peanuts, raisins, and chocolate chips and it was such a treat. This is my grown up, sort of healthified version of trail mix. I originally found the recipe on Food Network and changed it up a tiny bit.
I tend to jump to conclusions. I decide whether or not I may like a recipe before I even try it, so I’ve probably missed out on a lot of really amazing things. On the bright side, I usually love the dishes I make and rarely have one that bombs! My friend gave me this recipe for baked oatmeal, and it sat in my recipe file forever. She’s the same one who made me try the baked brie that I knew I’d hate (I didn’t) and the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that are my obsession in the fall. So after I finally tried this recipe, I realized I really need to trust her judgement and make everything she recommends — immediately! Continue reading
I know it’s not fall. But for me, pumpkin is not limited to a few months a year. Plus, today is drizzling and cloudy and rainy so it feels like fall. Pumpkin steel cut oats it is!
Start by toasting steel cut oats in the dry pan. I usually use medium heat and keep stirring them until they are fragrant and starting to brown. This makes it takes richer and more nutty. Continue reading
It’s spring and I’m addicted to iced coffee. I love the strong iced coffee from Starbucks, but it’s SOOOO expensive! Fortunately, Starbucks sells all the things they use to make their iced coffee and I can replicate it at home for so much cheaper! Continue reading
One of the things that’s really important to me is making traditions for my kids as they grow up. Because we are from Michigan, it’s also important that my traditions are portable. Going to a certain place each year may work well for some families, but we never know where we will be from year to year. There needs to be a thread that runs through each special occasion so my family feels stability amidst lots of packing, driving and unpacking. This tradition of Easter morning resurrection rolls can be made wherever we are. I love the symbolism with these sweet breakfast treats. Each night before Easter, I pull the Rhodes rolls out of the freezer and put them into a greased cupcake pan. I cover it with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge to defrost overnight. In the morning, the kids help put the marshmallow inside the roll, but when they come out of the oven they are empty! It’s miraculous, and the kids are always amazed. It gives us the perfect opportunity to talk to them about the even more miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ and his empty tomb!