Our Week in 10 Pictures – 26 Sept 2011

Okay – 11! Couldn’t decide which one to leave out, but I know the grannies won’t mind!

We are “virtual” travelling to Russia at the moment – so the game of the day is Siberian Husky’s pulling a sled!

Four in a box!

Matching summer PJs

Exercise time!

Camp-outs on the carpet

Visitors from far away New Zealand

… telling stories of their African adventures and elephants right outside their tents.

Making sentences

Medieval scavenger hunts

…to collect artifacts!

And now suddenly, SUMMER is here!

“I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.” Psalm 119 v 7


Date Night Fondue

A wonderful home date to have with your hubby is a fondue! There are many types of fondues – our favourite ones are cheese fondue, meat & vegetable fondue and carob fondue!

Cheese Fondue

This one is rather heavy so we like to have lots of raw food beforehand. That way we eat less of the actual fondue and also don’t feel so awful after eating it. We’ll usually start with a simple side plate starter followed by a variation of a large salad and then the fondue.

To make a cheese fondue from scratch: combine 2 parts grated emmenthaler cheese (preferably swiss) with 1 part grated Gruyere cheese and 1 part red grape juice.

Melt slowly in a fondue pot on a low heat stirring continually until well blended just below boiling point. Make sure it is really well mixed – if the cheese wont mix with the juice its probably not hot enough. If the cheese is like rubber then it has probably boiled too much and unfortunately won’t recover – so watch it carefully! The cheese should be soft and almost liquid when ready.

Chop a loaf of french bread or ciabatta into bite sized pieces, grab some fondue forks, dip and enjoy!

Meat and Vegetable Fondue

Often with a meat fondue the meat is deep fried in a pot of oil – but this is not very healthy and can be rather dangerous!

We like to use a simple broth or vegetable stock in the pot to cook the meat. Simply grab a fondue pot and add some water and vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Chop meat and vegetables into bite size pieces and place on fondue fork in broth to cook.

Even simpler and yummier:

Pre-cook your strips of chicken or other meat in a wok with some coconut oil, a little soy sauce or sesame oil and coconut oil before hand and lightly steam your vegetables so they are firm not squishy.

Bring the bite-sized pieces of cooked meat and lightly steamed vegetables (broccoli, sliced carrots, brussel sprouts, baby potatoes, etc.) to your fondue table an just dip into the sauce!

We like to use a cheesy sauce or a white sauce or mushroom sauce and a napolitana sauce – tastes delicious dipped in both.

Carob Fondue

Boil some water and fill a small bowl 3/4 full with the carob chunks in a larger bowl on top – the water shouldn’t touch the bowl above but should heat it so that the carob melts nice and slowly – stir regularly.

A warm ceramic dish on a hot mat is the best way to keep the carob warm for a while.

Chop up bite sized pieces of your favourite fruit to dip into the carob with fondue forks – our favourites are apple, pear, strawberries and banana.

Have a plate ready to catch the drips as you eat – yummy!

“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me [was] love.” Song of Solomon 2 v 4

See Also Date Night!

TEN THINGS We Love About ‘Read-Aloud’ Lounge Time

I love LISTS and I love things being organized in box-type containers. A TEN THINGS list is like that!  I enjoy writing things in a structured, contained way. You will find links to all the TEN THINGS posts at the end of each. ENJOY!

Every school day in the mornings we have “lounge time”. We we put blankets down in the lounge for the littlies to do activities on while they listen and we spend an hour or so reading books together and discussing them. We read history books, science books, missionary stories and chapter books like the Moody Series, Little House Books, Boxcar Children, Rod and Staff Storybooks, etc. Previously we would read these at odd times during the day but it wasn’t very consistent. Now “lounge time” is the richest part of our school day. We got the idea from Kimberly at Raising Olives and we love having this time set aside each day to read and talk about what we are learning. Its a great way to start the school day.

TEN THINGS We Love About “Lounge Time”.

1. The children and I (littlies and older ones) love being all together to read and connect with each other after doing our morning chores.

2. We experience the richness and joy of learning & experiencing life thorough reading books – together.

3. It is wonderful to read and learn history together and to look the world globe to see where things happened. The children love to study the world globe, to see the oceans, the countries and learn how the world turns! They always have so many questions and are so fascinated by our world and by God’s plan. Studying the Bible with Dad helps them to tie it all together in their minds.

4. Its a great time to work on our Scripture memory together. We read through new passages and recite those we have already memorized. We also learn different character traits that God’s Word teaches like  obedience, patience, orderliness, etc.

5. Our children enjoy reading their current readers aloud to us all – or sometimes the older ones read a story to the others just for fun while Mom gets a snack for everyone.

6. Lounge time is a great time to enjoy and learn poetry together – we laugh and learn. (We select our poetry very carefully as most is not in line with our values.)

7. Its a great time for “fine-motor skill development” activities for the little ones to do while they sit on their blankets and listen to stories. It keeps them occupied for a good while as their hands and ears are busy! I have special “lounge time” activites boxes for them to choose an activity from. The older ones will often do colouring or drawing while I read.

8. We have such great discussions and conversations around what we are reading and learning. Great questions come out this time too. Often we will continue the family discussion later at the dinner table and ask Daddy questions from the day. We also love to read missionary stories together and develop our hearts for the gospel in all the world. We love how this helps us grow in faith and love for others.

9. We love working on our TIMELNE (we use the one from KONOS) and adding to it each time we read about a character from history. We have it stuck up in the passage near our lounge, so its easy to view and to access from there.

10. As Kimberley from Raising Olives puts it…

The way that God commands parents to educate their children is to talk with them, to converse with them ALL THE TIME, to be available when their children have questions.  Parents should be instructing their children throughout the day, during their daily activities and in all the circumstances of life (see RO post).


We want to learn together as much as possible.  We do not want to send our 12 year old off to her room with her pile of books, and our 11 year old somewhere else with her pile, and our 10 year old off with his pile, etc.  We want to learn together, to develop relationships while we develop knowledge and to be able to learn from each other (see RO post).

We love that “lounge time” is the centre of our homeschooling day – even though we do various desk and other activities later – this is where learning comes alive for us all! This is where we can disciple our children through our input in their lives. This is where we pick up on things that need explaining and talk about “stuff” together as it comes up. This time is such a blessing for us all and I am sure it will extend to 2 hours or more as our children get older. I can honestly say that since we started doing lounge time our homeschooling has really come together – its like the glue to our days!

Read this awesome article on God’s Method for Education with which I agree wholeheartedly!

This post is linked to WFMW

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” – Deuteronomy 6 v 6-7


TEN THINGS We Love About ‘Read-Aloud’ Lounge Time
TEN THINGS We No Longer Value and What Has Replaced Them
TEN THINGS about Family Fun Night
TEN THINGS “I Do Notice, Mommy”
TEN THINGS about Geography with Little Ones
TEN THINGS To Do with Edible Seeds
TEN THINGS to Help You in the Kitchen
TEN THINGS About My Days

Our Week in 10 Pictures – 19 Sept 2011

Here are 10 snapshots of our week – oh, the dilemma of choosing only 10!

We did some good reading,

worked hard,

went visiting,


went fishing,

“travelled” to Russia and learnt all about husky dogs and sleds in the snow,

“played” in cot,

did some baking,

were butterflies and ballerinas,

and knights jousting!

Wonderful years with little ones!!

“In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.” Psalm 44 v 8

Organizing 11 – A Fridge For Getting Healthy!

Its time to get healthy again, get fit, lose weight, have energy and give the most we can back to God!

I like my fridge to inspire me when I open its door – so recently I re-organized our fridge to make all the healthy things easily accessible and to remind us to use them. If I open the fridge and the good stuff calls to me then I am more likely to eat a healthy meal!

First I made sure we had good stock of all the nuts and seeds and stuff that we like to eat and use in salads, smoothies, etc. I found put them into stackable see-through containers and labelled them with large bright yellow labels. They sure look appetising! This has worked so well as now I don’t have to scrounge around in the cupboard or the back of the fridge for those things but I simply get out what we need from the front of the fridge and add them to our breakfast and lunch.

This is our newly organized fridge after a weekly grocery shop – once we start to use up the carrots and things it gets a bit less full!

Top shelf: carrots for juicing – they come in handy 2.5kg bags and then I use the 1kg bags for snacks and cooking. Zuccini for salads and cooking, celery for juicing, cucumbers and eggs for Crustless Quiche, baking or occasionaly, eggs on toast.

Next shelf: more carrots, ground up muesli in a container (my children love to eat it blended with coconut oil and honey) large black mushrooms (love these grilled with seasoning salt on), lettuce for lovely salads (when its not in our garden). A salad, for me, must have real green leaves – baby ones, many varieties, herbs, green and sweet – not that bland crunchy white-green stuff! Yellow peppers (we don’t eat the unripe green ones, but hubby loves the yellow and red in salad (I’ll have them grilled but not raw.)

Third shelf: The wonderful seed collection – sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and poppy seeds (love all these on salads), then the nutritional yeast used to make “cheesy” sauces from red peppers / cashew nuts or the sesame sprinkles we use in this salad, some psyllium husks which we add to smoothies and is wonderful for cleaning out the colon and thickening your smoothies beautifully, then some gorgeous real canadian Grade B organic maple syrup (won’t tell you how much that jar cost – we use it in miniscule amounts!)

In the drawers we have open bags of corn pasta, leeks, garlic, organic potatoes that are too small for the cupboard, some avocadoes, red cabbage, some organic cream for making butter or adding to casseroles and some red grapetiser for Date Night!

Finally, in the door we have some unsalted butter and parmesan cheese, some basil pesto (love to make our own when basil is in season in our garden), olive tapenade, sundried tomatoes, flax/olive/sunflower oil capsules, liquid aminos (like a healthy soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, buttermilk for flapjacks (yum!), soy sauce, flaxseed oil, lemon cordial (love this), dates and grape juice.

I am hoping that my organized fridge will inspire me daily in the making of good food and help me avoid the junk!! Watch this space 🙂

Any tips on what has worked for you?

“Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.” Psalm 119 v 27, 28

This post is linked to Organizing Junkie 52 weeks #36

My Organizing Journey:

Part 1 – Organizing!

Part 2 – Recipes & Cluttered Surfaces

Part 3 – First Set of Drawers

Part 4 – Crafts and Art Folders

Part 5 – The Fireplace

Part 6 – Puzzles and Activity Boxes

Part 7 – Recipes into the File

Part 8 – Hubby’s Desk Drawers

Part 9 – The Whole Office!

Part 10 – Bedroom Closets and More!

See Also:

Delicious Vegan Strawberry ‘Yoghurt’

10 Things to Do With Edible Seeds

Asleep in the Light

I love Keith Green’s music, his passionate love for God and for people – it challenges me so much!

Here’s a link to his song and lyrics Aleep in the Light – a song for the church and Christians of today.

Do you see, do you see, all the people sinking down,

Don’t you care, don’t you care, are you gonna let them drown,

How can you be so numb, not to care if they come,

You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done.

Oh Bless me Lord, bless me Lord, you know it’s all I ever hear,

No one aches, no one hurts, no one even sheds one tear,

But He cries, He weeps, He bleeds, and He cares for your needs,

And you just lay back and keep soaking it in, oh, can’t you see it’s such sin?

Cause He brings people to your door,

And you turn them away, as you smile and say,

God bless you, be at peace, and all Heaven just weeps,

Cause Jesus came to your door, you’ve left Him out on the streets.

Open up, open up, and give yourself away,

You’ve seen the need, you hear the cry, so how can you delay,

God’s calling and you’re the one, but like Jonah you run,

He’s told you to speak, but you keep holding it in,

Oh, can’t you see it’s such sin?

The world is sleeping in the dark,

That the church can’t fight, cause it’s asleep in the light,

How can you be so dead, when you’ve been so well fed,

Jesus rose from the grave, and you, you can’t even get out of bed,

Oh, Jesus rose from the dead, come on, get out of your bed.

How can you be so numb, not to care if they come,

You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done,

You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done,

Don’t close your eyes, don’t pretend the job’s done.

Come away, come away, come away with Me, My love,

Come away, from this mess, come away with Me, My love.

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. ” Revelation 3 v 15-18

Just Wondering…

Just wondering…

Why do we call it BIRTH Control?

Why not CONCEPTION Control?

Could it be because it doesn’t always prevent conception?

Maybe its because it prevents babies from being born – BIRTH Control!

Maybe we should call it BABY Control.

Then again, I think thats a bit too close to home. Better stick with BIRTH Control – its much easier to keep our heads in the sand.

Hubby and I are so sad that we fell into the “birth” control trap for all those years. Children are such a blessing – and the Bible calls them a reward from the Lord!

Have mercy on us, Oh Lord!

“And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.” Matthew 18v5

See Also:

From Business to Babies: Our Life’s Puzzle Part 2

Thoughts on Babies and Birth Control