The Legend of the Meatfloat

When I was in college I worked for a brief time at the ARC of Westmoreland.  One of my duties was to make dinner for the individuals I worked with when I was on shift.

It was here I first made my BBQ Meatloaf.  The ladies loved it and I made it often.  I never had an issue making a meatloaf.

Then we moved into my husband’s grandparents house… the kitchen is cursed.  No one can make a meatloaf in this house.   Many have tried, most have failed.

We refer to the sad excuse of a liquefied meatloaf as a “meatfloat”.

My first attempt to make a meatloaf in the cursed kitchen ended as a meatfloat.

I have successfully made many meatloaves since that first disaster, but the legend lives on.

Tonight I prepped dinner for tomorrow night.  Alayna asked what I was doing. I replied; “I’m mixing up the meatloaf so all i need to do is put it in the oven after work tomorrow.

In unison my husband and my daughter exclaimed;

“MEATFLOAT!”

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In the Time of the Butterflies

A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY A LIBRARIAN

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So far this has been my favorite book that I have read.

The book is set in the Dominican Republic, during the time of the Trujillo dictatorship. It is a historical novel recounting the tale /  legend of three of the four  Maribal Sisters, who where also known as “Las Mariposas” – “The Butterflies” among their friends of the underground revolution.

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The Maribal Sisters; Minerva, Patricia, Maria Teresa photo from paperdroids.com

Minerva and Maria Teresa Maribal were at one point jailed for their involvement.  Later when Minerva, Maria Teresa, and Patricia were on their way home from visiting their husbands who were still in jail for opposing the regime; the sisters were ambushed and killed and they became the rallying cry that would eventually bring freedom to the Dominican Republic.  Their passionate lives and violent deaths made them the stuff of legend.

Thank you to my local librarian for recommending this book to me…. and I pass that recommendation on to everyone.

The DaVinci Code

A  BOOK YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TO READ

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This book was hard to put down.  I love how Dan Brown took facts and legends from real secret societies and made a creative, fast paced drama.

 

I will admit that I broke my own rule with this book.  I always read books before movies.  I refused to see the first two movies in the divergent series because I hadn’t ready the books, and here I’ve seen the movie a few times and had never read the book.

 

I wasn’t disappointed, but I loved the book much more than the movie.  As always there was more details to the stories, more intricacies among the characters.

If you haven’t read this book, I would say you need to whether you’ve seen the movie or not.

The Giver

A BOOK YOU CAN FINISH IN A DAY

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I wish I had known this was the first in a series of four books.  While I enjoyed it, and did in fact finish it in a day (two and half hours actually), it left me with more questions than answers.

I wish i had more of a review for this book but the ending was so open ended I do not feel as if I can critic a book that doesn’t feel finished.  I will need to read the remaining three books in the series.

I would still recommend this book, but have all four on hand or you won’t finish feeling satisfied.

 

 

Fireproof

A BOOK YOU’VE READ AT LEAST ONCE

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This book was based off of a screenplay.  Unlike most books that get made into a movie, this was a book created from a movie script.

The book is all about marriage.  Not the honeymoon period following your wedding, but the hard work.  The effort that makes a marriage strong.  Realizing that when the hard stuff comes you need to stand your ground.

 

Fireproof doesn’t mean the fire will never come.  It means when the fire comes, you’ll be able to withstand it.

~Fireproof

 

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The Help

A BOOK YOU OWN BUT HAVE NEVER READ

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Set in the 1960’s this book deals a lot with the dichotomy of the Black and White race relations during the time of segregation and the start of the Civil Rights Movement as seen from the perspective of the black housekeepers employed by the white socialites of Mississippi.

I have to say that I see many parallels with this book as with issues once again rearing their head in our society today.

I loved this book and if you haven’t read it, I would recommend it!

If you have read it, please share with me what you thought of the book.

 

 

 

 

2016 Reading Challenge Book List

This year I decided I wasn’t going to set New Year’s Resolutions.  I was going to continue to make changes in my life to make me healthier physically and I did make it a point to sit down and set measurable goals that had a deadline (that didn’t included December 31st, 2016.

I also decided that my changes should not merely be physical changes but emotional, spiritual and intellectual changes.

I want to become healthier, but I also want to grow closer to God, be happier (which is a matter of attitude, not circumstances), and continue to learn.

Thus I decided to take on a Reading Challenge this year.  The ultimate goal is one books a month.  It’s January 9th and I’ve all ready finished the 2nd book on my list.

So here is the Challenge

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A BOOK PUBLISHED THIS YEAR

Fall of Poppies: Love and the Great War

A BOOK YOU CAN FINISH IN A DAY

The Giver

A BOOK YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TO READ

The DaVinci Code

A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY YOUR LOCAL LIBRARIAN OR BOOKSELLER

In the Time of Butterflies

A BOOK YOU SHOULD HAVE READ IN SCHOOL

Fahrenheit 451

A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY YOUR BFF

Adam

A BOOK PUBLISHED BEFORE YOU WERE BORN

War of the Worlds

A BOOK THAT WAS BANNED AT SOME POINT

Catch-22

A BOOK THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY ABANDONED

Paper Towns

A BOOK YOU OWN BUT HAVE NEVER READ

The Help

A BOOK THAT INTIMIDATES YOU

War and Peace

A BOOK YOU HAVE READ AT LEAST ONCE BEFORE

Fireproof

If anyone reading decides to partake in this challenge as well, please share with me your choices (I’m always interested in new books to read)

 

Hope in the Tough Times

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As we enter into our very first week of Advent, I would like to take the time to consider Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Unless you’re Catholic (which I am not), Mary tends to be overlooked until Christmas rolls around, and even then I’m not sure we give her the respect she deserves as a woman of God.

Her faith is beyond many of the men mentioned in the Bible and her trust and hope in God is something to strive for.

Let’s take a look at the moment Mary’s name got etched in History.

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The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

 

That is what I call bravery!

Mary lived at a time when women lived with their fathers and mothers until they were old enough to be married.

Around 14 or 15 many young girls will enter into a time of betrothal.  It is a time of engagement, and preparation for marriage, but it is just as legally binding as the marriage itself.

This is where young Mary finds herself.  She was about 14 years old, betrothed for Joseph, and is being told by an Angel that she will bear the Son of God.

At 24 and unmarried I was scared when I found out I was expecting a child.  I was an adult, I was out on my own and I had a means to support myself as well as a family that would be supportive of me as well.

Mary did not have that.  By obeying God she risked being rejected by Joseph, and rejected by her family, friends, and neighbors.

Joseph was a good man and he stood by her.  He continued his betrothal and later married her, but not everyone saw Mary as a servant of God.

At the time she lived in Mary would have become an outcast, and only because Joseph stood by her did Mary, most likely, escape being stoned for adultery.

We see how much see sacrificed to obey God when it comes time for Jesus to be born.

When we think of the manger scene, we think of Mary, in a barn, holding her perfect baby boy, surrounded by calm animals, angels, wise men, and shepherds.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

As Mary and Joseph traveled to the land of Bethlehem because Joseph was of the house of David, they would have traveled to where Joseph’s extended family lived.

In the Bible, the word used for Inn in the story of Jesus’ birth is “Katalyma”.

The Katalyma was the private guest room, or upper room, set above the living quarters in a standard Israeli home.

In stories where Hotels or Inns are mentioned they use the word “Pandochion”.

When Mary and Joseph were told that the Inn was full but they could use the stables, they weren’t being turned out by a hotel owner they had never met before, but by Joseph’s family.

They were turned out by family.

And the private barn was most likely not what we imagine either.

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This is a picture of a display of an Israeli house in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth.

Below the living quarters and the Katalyma are the stables and the court yard.  Jesus’ birth may have happened with a manger near by to use as a crib, but Mary might as well have been giving birth on the front lawn for all the more privacy she had at a very intimate event.

Mary sacrificed her good name, risked her marriage, and endured much to obey God.

She had so much faith in who God is and hope in what God would do with the child He was giving to her that she took it all on willingly.

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 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.

“May your word to me be fulfilled.”

How I would love to have the faith and hope of Mary!  The only thing she faced that was harder than carrying the Son of God would be to watch the child she carried and raised die for all mankind, and she did both to honor and glorify God.

 

 

Year Long Dinosaur Unit

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This year I am decorating my classroom in Dinosaurs.  One day a week (Fridays) we will be exploring one topic or Dinosaur.  This will last for the whole year.

Below I will share with you my Lesson Schedule, Dinosaur Journal Templates, Journal Answer Key as well as the activity and art craft that will go along with our study of fossils.

 

Dinosaur Journal

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Dinosaur Journal Map (not included in Journal Doc)

 

Dinosaur Friday Schedule and Journal Worksheet Key

 

Dinosaur Map (Graphic Organizer) Completed

 

This will take you the the teachers pay teachers free download (where I found it)

 

To help with all we’re learning I also created documents labels and found photos of each dinosaur that can be printed out on card stock, laminated and displayed.

Dinosaur Photos

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Lesson Labels

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I hope you enjoy these.  I know it seems like a lot for Kindergarten but spaced out over the year I do think it will be enjoyable for the students and they will learn some about Dinosaurs.

I’m curious as to what you think and what changes you would make or activities you might add (I haven’t planned many activities related to the subject).

Comment and Let me know!

 

 

 

Banana Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Before I begin and share a recipe that is easily my daughter’s new favorite (it’s a cookie!), I want to apologize for being absent from posting.

I recently joined Thirty-One Gifts as an Independent Sales Consultant and have put much of my attention there. I am sorry to my faithful readers that I have not been keeping up with things here.

That being said, let me tell you a story.

Last week my daughter turned 5 years old.

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At her party a dear friend of our brought us some Zucchini and Yellow Squash from their garden.   Now I love foods with Zucchini in them but I’m not a fan of zucchini itself.  I feel it has no flavor.  That, however, is the great thing about zucchini, it can become just about anything.

I got online and looked up some recipes and this is one of the recipes I settled on making.

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Most people don’t look at Bananas and Zucchini and think

“COOKIE!”

But when I saw the recipe online I thought, “that sounds yummy”.

 

You can find the recipe at  Inside BrewCrew Life 

The recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.  It’s fun when your pile of cookies looks like this:

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These are kid approved.  Yes, my daughter eats most veggies with broccoli being her favorite. But she actually likes these better than regular chocolate chip cookies.  I know, she told me so.

 

If you try out this cookie recipe, let me know if it was as much a hit for your family as it was mine!

 

 

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