Showing posts from January, 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?

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.

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.

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 sentencePhrases and clausesClassic sentence diagramingRules of punctuation and capitalizationCommon usage errors.
Jr. Analytical Grammar covers:All the parts of speech, five sentence patterns, and parts of a sentenceClassic 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 too.

The Game Closet

Here are some games we received as gifts from friends for Christmas. We enjoy playing board games and cards. Brian and the boys have already played 4 games of Risk. You should have heard them yelling and getting into it.
Yikes! Here is what I encountered when I went to put the new games in the game closet. This is what happens when children don't keep things organized. I immediately got to work and re-organized the games. 

Ah, this is better.

Hello 2016

I am so happy that 2016 is here and 2015 is over. Last year was not a good financial year for us. 2015 started off rocky for my business. I actually lived in California from February 1st to July 5th. I took my two youngest sons with me. I tried to improve my business relationships while I was in California, but things did not go as I had hoped.  My income loss was due to a client of mine being bought out by a bank. This bank decided not to use my services after the merger. The merger happened in March 2015. My income was now a third of what I was making from 2014. This caused great financial strain for my family.
In June we decided to put our home for sale. We were now forced to down size due to the reduced income. It was a hard decision, but we felt it had to be done. We had a couple highly interested in buying our home, but they were waiting for their home to sell before they made an offer on our home. 
Months passed by with not knowing what we were going to do. We just had to bel…