Whole Grain Cornbread With Corn

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In the fall and winter, we eat a lot of beans and soups. Cornbread is the perfect accompaniment to such meals. While the recipe I used to rely on from Bernard Clayton’s Complete Book of Breads is fine, this year I wanted to try something new. I had this thought that a cornbread that actually had some corn kernels in it would be yummy. So, I went on a Google hunt for such a recipe. It didn’t take long to … Read More

Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work

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This series was inspired by my reading of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink. Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards Motivating without Stickers: Intrinsic Motivation Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Mastery in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Purpose in [Home] School and [House] Work What is Autonomy? autonomy, (aw-ton-uh-mee) n. independence or freedom, as of the will or … Read More

What is Intrinsic Motivation? Motivating Without Stickers

So, if Daniel Pink, in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, is correct in his conclusions, extrinsic motivators should be taboo whenever the work we assign requires creativity or when it is something that touches personhood (virtue, learning). So what tactics are left to us? If we aren’t to use sticker charts or play money or marbles or other superficial reward structures, are there any tactics we can use? Intrinsic Motivators in the Home & Homeschool … Read More

How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards

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As I reviewed on Friday, In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink argues that motivation and satisfaction center on having these three operators in our lives: Autonomy: the ability to have at least some self-direction. Mastery: the ability to improve ourselves in a field or skill. Purpose: the ability to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. It turns out that even science is now demonstrating that people are not purely economically motivated, yet as Pink puts … Read More

Book Review | Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Back in January I listened to a library audio copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. It was one of those synchronicity books: unaware of the book, Matt had come across the RSA summary and shared it with me and then a day or two later I was browsing my brother’s Amazon wishlist and saw the title there. So I opened a new tab in my browser, went to the library’s site, searched for … Read More

Easy Recipe Pantry Dessert: Homemade Pudding

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It’s nice to have a selection of desserts you can whip up simply with what you already have on hand. Pudding is one such dessert. Yes, that’s right. You don’t need those little boxes in order to make pudding, and it hardly takes any more time or effort to make pudding from scratch with real, whole foods. You might think that pudding with the boxed powder is a cheap dessert, but the milk is the bulk of the cost. That … Read More

Establishing Household Habits Series Index

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    Why? (November 2009) I suspect it would have been just as difficult for Elly to not make her bed as it was for me to make my bed. In both cases, it would seem to us that something was not right. In my case, because a jumble of blankets was normal, and a made bed was unfamiliarly neat-looking. Habits, Routines, & Schedules (November 2009) Establishing a routine bestows more emotional energy. Established by Repetition (November 2009) Everyday on … Read More

Making a Convivial Home Series Index

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I didn’t start Simply Convivial because I am a sweet, gentle, nice Mom, but because I am not. This is my journey in repentance, in learning gratitude and contentment and happiness in a life spent loving first the small children God has blessed us with, then the body of Christ, and then those outside. I am learning to be a good steward in the small things, hoping to be given greater and greater responsibility and finally to hear “Well done, … Read More

Simple, Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce — 100% pure tomatoes – Easy Recipe

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Now is the time when the tomato plants are groaning under their load, and we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with. Even in the years when I don’t garden, I usually know people who do and come August and September, they are passing off tomatoes wherever and whenever they can. I will gladly accept them all, because I have this quick method for “preserving” them – no peeling or canning required. Quick & Easy Homemade Tomato … Read More

5 Days to Organizing Your Kitchen Tools – Day 5: Organizing Your Kitchen Lists

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  Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week, as well. You’ll find everything from simplifying your cleaning supplies to organizing kids’ clothes! Additionally, the hostess for the series, Sidetracked Sarah, will be announcing the winners to all the fabulous prizes tomorrow!   Organize Your Kitchen Work Stations Organize Your Kitchen Storage Organize Your Kitchen Tools Organize Your Kitchen Laundry Organize Your Kitchen Lists Day 5 – Lists: Indispensable Tools   Before there is a soup … Read More

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