Sunday, January 24, 2010

Printing our school-books

As Katie is finishing her World Geography course, it's time for me to prepare her history books for her high school World History Curriculum. One of the sources we will use is called The Great Events by Famous Historians, originally published in 1905 and available in part on I found a the complete set, in color and black-and-white, on

Book printing and binding always turns into a several-day affair, depending on how much time I have to dedicate each day. Anyway, here is photo of the finished product, after I've printed (text in b&w, pictures in color), designed a cover, cut,  laminated, punched, and bound.  Two down, twenty to go!

I can't wait to get more into these myself, although I tend to read everything much more carefully and with a watchful eye for opinions over facts. I've learned so much since we started homeschooling; I have found that much of my own education was colored with the socialist agenda, and much of the history I learned had been "revised" quite a bit from what I have since learned from primary sources.

There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><

Friday, January 22, 2010

Today in my life...

...I am canning chicken and bone broth, in addition to our school day. Since the canner is going, I thought I'd take a minute to show you how I prepare our home-canned chicken. I start with chicken breasts, thighs and legs, bone in, and cook in the crock pot for about 24 hours, adding water as needed to keep it full. When its nearly time for the chicken to be finished, I wash my jars in the dishwasher, even if they are already clean, to make sure there aren't any cooties in them that will contaminate my chicken or broth. Once they are done, I place them in my oven, set on its lowest setting, to keep them warm until I am ready to use them. I always have more ready than I think I will need.
I remove the skin from the chicken and place it to one side for the dogs...

...then I remove the bones and place them to the other side.

I use the tongs because the chicken is very hot! Sally Fallon says in Nourishing Traditions that the you can give the bones to your pets after such a long cooking time, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Next, I cut up the meat into bite-size pieces, and I mix white and dark meat into each jar. I can the meat in pints and the broth in quarts.

After the jar is full (at about the bottom of the rim; Stocking Up lists 1-inch headspace for canning meats), I add broth. I press down on the meat with my tongs to dislogde any air bubbles, making sure the broth covers the meat.
To seal a jar, I wipe off the edge of the lip with a clean, dry dishrag. I retrieve a lid from the pan (I have previously heated the pan of water just to boiling with the lids in it to soften the seals), dry the lid with the same dishrag, and seal the jar tightly.

When all the meat has been added to the jars, I place the broth into quarts, leaving about an inch of headspace.

Once the canner is sealed and vented, these will cook at 10 lbs of pressure for 75 minutes.

It takes a little time, but eating healthier, with no preservatives, is worth the investment.

There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Good thing I don't believe in ghosts...

...because if I did, this picture would make me want to call Ghostbusters...

Good thing I know this is just a reflection off the lid on my stew pot...or I'd swear a cat was looking through my wall at me! You have to admit, it's pretty creepy, though...

There's joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><

Saturday, January 9, 2010

It's a Great Day for Psalm 118

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let Israel say:
"His love endures forever."
Let the house of Aaron say:
"His love endures forever."
Let those who fear the LORD say:
"His love endures forever."

In my anguish I cried to the LORD,
and he answered by setting me free.
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

The LORD is with me; he is my helper.
I will look in triumph on my enemies.

It is better to take refuge in the LORDthan to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORDthan to trust in princes...

...I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the LORD helped me.
The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.

Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
"The LORD's right hand has done mighty things!
The LORD's right hand is lifted high;
the LORD's right hand has done mighty things!"

I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
The LORD has chastened me severly,
but he has not given me over to death.

Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD
through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.

The stone the builders rejeted
has become the capstone'
the LORD has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!

O LORD, save us;
O LORD, grantus success.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you.

The LORD is God,
and he has made his light shine upon us
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.

There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><

P.S. I love taking photographs of flowers, and I hope that this sampling of my photographs will help remind you, as they remind me, that in a couple of weeks we will begin to see the "resurrection" of the jonquils and the tulips, and that they are a sign that spring is coming again very soon - just as the resurrection of our Lord reminds us that He is coming again very soon as well. God bless! Cindy <><

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Meal Plan: Week of January 4, 2010

Week of:

January 4, 2010



Baked Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
Venison Cubed Steak
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Green Beans


Ham and Broccoli Pie

Kenny’s Mexican Lasagna


Veggie Soup with homemade corn bread
Chicken Pot Pie


Bagged Chili Meal

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
National Championship Game Night


Unstuffed Pepper Soup

Saving Dinner’s Ragin’ Cajun Pasta

Maw-Maw’s Potato Soup

e-mealz’s Crab-Topped Tilapia
Corn on the Cob



Katie’s Pesto Chicken
Roasted Summer Veggies

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2010! I apologize for my extended absence over the holidays, but time became crunched and I had to bump the blog for some higher priorites. I hope everyone had a blessed and safe Christmas and New Year.

If the good Lord is willing, I'll be back on track in a few days. Katie and I have been battling a virus that has just been awful. Unfortunately, I didn't get to spend my vacation days this week sewing and crocheting and scrapbooking as I had planned because I just didn't feel like doing anything! Well, I'll have some free weekends soon, and at least I was able to be off while I have been sick.

Kenny and Cody got in some hunting this past week, and Cody has come to be called "The Deerslayer." Starting with his very first deer in November, he has now killed four! Two bucks and two does, the latest buck an eight point. Kenny hasn't got one yet this year, but I think he is more excited for Cody than he would be for himself. I am also very grateful that we have meat in the freezer for the upcoming year.  I hope they are able to get at least one more, but God has already provided an abundant harvest.

Life goes on, and there is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><
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