Capturing Contentment

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Pretty Birthday cupcakes! Mr. Knox Sir turned two on Saturday, with much fanfare. I love two-year-olds. Happy My four-year-old volunteered to wash the silicone muffin cups! She thought it was play, and I thought it was a bargain — she washed them and they occupied her. Funny My six-year-old was staring blankly out the window while doing his math fact sheet. I called him back to the present by reminding him that he could go get the blocks if he … Read More

Seven Laws of Teaching Your Own: Law of the Learner

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John Milton Gregory, author of the Seven Laws of Teaching defines education as “embrac[ing] all the steps and processes by which an infant is gradually transformed into a full-grown and intelligent man.” There are two facets of this transformation: development of capacities and acquisition of experience, and one way we guide experience is by “furnishing the child with the heritage of the race.” History, literature, art, and science are all means of giving our children a rich inheritance of human … Read More

Transcendent Order

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This post is a part of the book club Cindy of Ordo Amoris is hostessing on Russell Kirk’s Roots of American Order. This week’s posts are all collected here, and my previous post was “Order, the First Need of All.” Civilization, culture, is an outworking of religion, of shared beliefs about the order of the universe. That is true whether we are speaking of a small society of a family or of a church or the larger society of a … Read More

Essential Kitchen Tool: Whisks

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I have a thing for whisks. I love them. I collect all kinds and all sizes. Did you know there are multiple kinds? Balloon Of course there is the traditional balloon whisk. Everyone should have a couple sizes of this essential. Sauce But have you ever seen this kind of whisk? It is a sauce whisk. It is best for incorporating something into a liquid — concentrates into water, chocolate into cream, cornstarch into melted butter, jello into water. Flat … Read More

Menu Plan Monday: February 27-March 3

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Monday Breakfast: leftover cinnamon rolls Lunch: cheese, apples, bread Snack: biscotti Dinner: chicken vegetable soup, no-knead bread, salad Tuesday Breakfast: oatmeal Lunch: pbj, pears Snack: biscotti Dinner: crockpot short ribs, roasted potatoes, salad Wednesday Breakfast: muffins Lunch: with friends Snack: popcorn Dinner: tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwiches, salad Thursday Breakfast: oatmeal Lunch: pbj, pears Snack: leftover muffins Dinner: homemade pizza, salad Friday Breakfast: biscuit ring Lunch: leftover pizza Snack: biscotti Dinner: at the in-laws This post linked at Streamline … Read More

Easy Recipe: Not-Spaghetti

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My husband doesn’t care much for spaghetti. I think it’s the tomato sauce that puts him off. Then one night we went to a friend’s house for dinner and she served a tomatoey pasta dish. He liked it. “It was spaghetti,” I pointed out. “No, it wasn’t,” he countered. So, now it’s one of my go-to easy family dinners and I call it: Not-Spaghetti A recipe for people who think they don’t like spaghetti. In a skillet, brown: equal parts … Read More

Essential Recipe: Simple Artisan Bread

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Jim Lahey’s bread recipe, featured in the NY Times in 2006, swept home kitchens and persists in popularity. For good reason. If you still haven’t tried no-knead artisan bread, if you still buy 99-cent grocery store French bread, you really must give this recipe a shot. If you take both the electricity to run the oven and the gas to go to the grocery store out of the equation (I wouldn’t know how to calculate either), this bread costs approximately … Read More

Little Mirrors – Simply Convivial

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Originally written and posted in 2007. Actually, I think little children are more like magnifying glasses than mirrors. I have been truly amazed, startled, and ashamed as it has become more and more clear to me that the attitude and behavior problems my children display is only a childish mimicry of my own attitude and behavior problems, which, because I am a skilled and practiced sinner, are more concealed than the blatant sins of a small child. Now, I do … Read More

Digital Home Management “Binder”: Task Tracking

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  Home Management Binder, Control Journal, Household Notebook: It doesn’t matter what you call it, having it helps keep all the tasks involved in homemaking in front of your face when you need them to be, but off your mind when you don’t. It’s usually done with paper, but can it be adapted for the technologically savvy? Or at least the technology-owner? Can it be done with an iPad, Netbook, smartphone, iPod Touch? It certainly can. Series to Date Introduction … Read More

Order, The First Need of All

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“This book emphasizes certain institutions and customs and certain ideas and beliefs which continue to nurture order in the person and order in the republic, down to our time.” Ok, I was just going to participate in Cindy’s latest book club on Russell Kirk’s Roots of American Order by reading along as best I could and commenting on other people’s posts, but the first chapter of the book sparked my writing itch. There is no way I can write summary-style … Read More

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