Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Clean and Dirty Produce

I have been reading a book called The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram  There is some excellent info it in too. I found the following info in the book:

The Environmental Working Group (a non-profit organization) puts out a yearly report. This report list the top clean and dirty produce of residues and toxins. The top clean foods that you can eat that are conventionally grown. This means that they are safe to consume as non-organic foods.

Avocados, Asparagus, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mangoes, Onions, Papayas, Pineapple, Sweet corn, Sweet peas (frozen), and Honey Dew melon

Here are the foods that are loaded with residues and toxins.

Apples, Celery, Cherry tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Tomatoes, Cherries, Spinach, Strawberries, and Sweet bell peppers. 

Our family has been trying to eat as much organic foods as possible. We have been on this road for about 18 years or more. I know eating healthy has been beneficial for our family. We have not always ate 100 percent organic through out the years. We have had to juggle with a food budget. Eating healthy is not cheap, but it is achievable.

Our children rarely get sick. In fact, our oldest child (almost 18 years old) has only taken antibiotic once, and that was when she was 6 months old. Our 2nd oldest child has never taken any antibiotics. Our 12 and 9 year old children have only had antibiotics once so far in their childhood. We take supplements and probiotics. None of our children have had strep throat. I believe their health has been from prayer and healthy eating. We eat the rainbow (every color of fruits and vegetables) in our house. We started introducing these foods to our children at a very early age.

I have been listening to some great info at the Food Revolution Summit this week. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

More Teaching on Healing

I have been listening to Keith Moore about healing. He was part of the Kenneth Hagin's ministry. Here is the link here. It is a 20 part series, but I have only listened up to part 5. He has said many good things about healing.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Last Few Weeks of Classical Conversations

 Shane doing an art project in class.

Shane diagrammed this sentence in his Essentials of the English Language class. Shane really enjoys grammar and has done an outstanding job in mastering it. He will finish with his grammar studies next week. He has met the English grammar requirements and will not need to do any other grammar in middle school or high school. I might do some reinforcement lessons but he will review English grammar while he learns Latin and other foreign languages.

We are fast approaching the last weeks of Classical Conversations this year. I have seen academic growth in all my children.

Carissa has done an outstanding job and has demonstrated how rhetorical she has become. She continues to receive high remarks from her tutor. Her workload this year has been tremendous. I have been told by many people that her school workload is equivalent to a student obtaining a masters degree from college. These remarks are from parents that have a masters degree. Anyway, she does not want to do Classical Conversations next year, so we are looking at other options for her schooling. She really only needs four credits to graduate when she begins her senior year. She needs a math credit, an elective credit, a credit in physical education, and a half credit in personal finance, and a half credit in health education to be able to graduate. She plans to have a lite class schedule her senior year. She also wants to take human anatomy, ancient history, and ancient literature, even though she does not need the credits. She will continue her piano instruction. French is the language she wants to study next school year.

Nathan has done amazing with his studies. He is a hands on learner. He is learning speech and debate. He had his first debate in class last week. He has kept up with reading 23 literature books this year. We are proud of him for keeping up with his studies. We are looking into something different for him next year. He will not be doing Classical Conversations for his sophomore year of studies. I think the workload is not for him. He will be taking science and computer classes next year as well as other classes. He has a strong interest in science and computers. We want to get him into a vocational/tech school as soon as we can. I am excited to see what career path he will decide.

Shane and Jarrett will be doing Classical Conversations next year. Shane will be starting 7th grade and Jarrett will be in 4th grade.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Healing and Easter

I am sorry that I have not blogged for awhile. I have been busy with other things in my life. One thing that I have been doing lately is going back and learning about healing. I found a teacher (Barry Bennett) of healing. He teaches at Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO. Perhaps you would like to hear him teach too. There are eight lessons to watch.

Click here.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Making Bread

I've been making fresh bread. I started making homemade bread in January. I make 4 loaves of bread at one time. My family eats a loaf a bread a day, so I make bread twice a week. There is nothing like homemade bread. I have even made tortillas. We grind wheat berries, so we can have fresh whole wheat flour. I use all-purpose flour too. I usually use 5 cups of whole wheat flour and 5 cups of all purpose flour per batch.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fermented Tea

I have been making homemade Kombucha for the past four months. Brian and the kids really like to drink this fermented tea. A friend of mine gave me the starter scoby and the rest is history. It is really easy to make this tea. Here is the recipe that I use:

3 quarts of water
8 tea bags
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of starter
1 scoby

Boil 3 quarts of water. Transfer the water to a gallon glass container. Add the sugar and tea. Let the tea steep. Make sure the tea cools down, add the starter and scoby. Cover the opening of the glass container with a coffee filter secured by a rubber band. Put the jar in a warm place to ferment for 7-10 days.

I make sure the tea is cold before I put the scoby in. I also test the pH of the tea to make sure it is in the 2.5-3.9 range.

Go here or here to watch a kombucha video.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

My Favorite Cheese

I am not a big fan of cheese, but I do have a soft spot for Brie. It is a cheese you heat up in the oven and eat it warm. Here is a plate of it that was served to my family. They left me a teaspoon. I can't believe it. I was the one that introduced them to this lovely cheese and they barely left me any. Well, I guess they enjoyed it and didn't think I really wanted any.

Brie is a French cheese. It is know as "The Queen of cheeses." 

I have some Brie in the refrigerator that I plan to enjoy sometime this week.

Do you have a favorite cheese?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

World War I Museum

We went on a field trip last Friday to the World War I Museum. It is a fascinating museum. I really enjoyed the guided tour we had, but I felt the tour was too short. I could have stayed there all day, reading every stitch of information. I thoroughly enjoy history. I hope to go back again someday.

 Have you heard about the famous "Red Barron?" Well, here he is. It is sad that he shot down 80 airplanes. Click here to read about him.

Don't you just love these war posters?

A replica of an actual World War I fighter plane. The war last from 1914-1918.

Here is a French made tank.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Baked Kale Chips

 I had a bag of cut up kale in the refrigerator. I decided to make kale chips before the bag of kale went bad. My young boys love kale chips.

I put the kale in a big bowl, drizzled some extra virgin olive oil on it, and added some salt. I spread the kale on some baking sheets.  The oven was heated to 375 degrees. They baked for 20 minutes. It is that easy.

Go here for the recipe. I hope you try.

Oh, by the way, the kale chips were gone right out of the oven, in a matter of minutes. I told you my boys love to eat them.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Analytical Grammar

This is by far my favorite grammar curriculum. No, I am not getting paid to endorse this curriculum. This curriculum is for 6th graders to adults. It is not a cheap curriculum, but it is worth every penny you spend.

My oldest did the program in 2 years (her 8th & 9th grade years). My oldest son will complete it this summer. He is in 9th grade. My 6th grader will complete it next summer and my 3rd grader will complete Junior Analytical Grammar this summer.

I would recommend purchasing the instructional DVD too.

Analytical Grammar covers:

  • All the parts of speech and parts of the sentence
  • Phrases and clauses
  • Classic sentence diagraming
  • Rules of punctuation and capitalization
  • Common usage errors.

Jr. Analytical Grammar covers:

  • All the parts of speech, five sentence patterns, and parts of a sentence
  • Classic sentence diagramming

Here is a link to the website. Here is a link to a review by Cathy Duffy. You can read the reviews at Christianbook.com too.