Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
You can change the sugar and fat content of this recipe quite easily.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
makes 1-2 servings
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin OR 1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup (your choice)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute - you can halve this amount
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don't have an espresso machine.)
In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don't have a blender, don't worry about it - just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.
Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.
Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.
I know some people who will be very happy with this. (*v*)
Update: Finally got the chance to try this & it turned out great! I use stevia for the sugar. Luscious, yummy goodness!
Zheng He's Voyages of Discovery, UCLA International Institute
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Vanished Persian army said found in desert - Discovery.com- msnbc.com
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Candy Sushi - A Great Birthday Party Activity & Treat - More DIY How To Projects
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
"... the first bones were found in the early 1990s in Ethiopia. The delay in publishing an analysis was in part due to the poor state of the remains."
I never get excited about these things. The researchers always wind up changing their conclusions later anyway. All this excitement over bones that were found over several years & had been badly crushed, eroded, fragile! Nice write up from AIG.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Conservative Woodstock Rocks the Capital • Looking at the Left
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Byron J. Richards -- The Narrow Scope of Flu Vaccine Usefulness
The public health system in the U.S. and around the world requires blind faith and herd mentality in order to achieve the limited “success” of any vaccination program. Public health measures are never in the best interests of any one person. The logic is always about the greater good for all, based on the rather flimsy assumption that a vaccine that matches the invader is always for the greater good.
Monday, September 7, 2009
The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation."
Just a short post from Lew Rockwell.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Beggar Banks and Telephone Ladies
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
"A memo reveals that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-ranging deal that both parties have been denying. The memo lists precisely what the White House gave up, and what it got in return."
If you've been watching the White House, & if you've been watching Big Pharma, this won't be any surprise to you, but proof is good.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Brit scientists discover plant that eats rats | The Sun |News|Weird
Monday, August 17, 2009
Surviving Secular College - Answers in Genesis
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Thank Calvin for great Scots minds | Tom Devine - Times Online:
"We only hear the downside of the Reformation. Its rigid disciplines led to a cultural flowering."
"This summer, 450 years ago, Scotland was in the grip of a revolution. With riots in Perth, and the sacking of churches in St Andrews and Dundee, the Reformation, led by John Knox, had begun to change the face of the nation."
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Walking Therein: Stressed-out Momma! I Need A Break!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Fetuses found to have memories - Washington Times
"They weigh less than 3 pounds, usually, and are perhaps 15 inches long. But they can remember.
The unborn have memories, according to medical researchers who used sound and vibration stimulation, combined with sonography, to reveal that the human fetus displays short-term memory from at least 30 weeks gestation - or about two months before they are born."
Friday, July 17, 2009
Home Educator's Family Times
"Dr. Brian Ray, in the most in-depth nationwide study on home education across the United States, collected data on 5,402 students from 1,657 families. Homeschool students' academic achievement, on average, was significantly above that of public-school students. In addition, the home educated did well even if their parents were not certified teachers and if the state did not highly regulate homeschooling."
Thanks to Jube Dankworth for the link.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
TV Causes Learning Lag in Infants | LiveScience
"Even infants zone out in front of the television, and it turns out this translates into less time interacting with parents and possible lags in language development, a new study finds."
Friday, July 10, 2009
"Global warming is based 100% on junk science. The most vocal promoters are not interested in the details of physical science. They are interested in two things: political control over the general public and the establishment of international socialism."
We knew there was an agenda other than saving the earth that the global warming crowd was promoting--namely, socialism (I know, such a shocking revelation). In this article by Gary North, he shows us where one of the bigwig socialists admitted to it. Follow the linked title for the full article.
: "What if two of the most famous and widely read 20th Century authors who have each individually sold millions of copies of their books had written a book together?
C. S. Lewis, author of the Narnia Chronicles and Screwtape Letters, and J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, had planned in the 1940s to write a book together about language. According to a letter written by Tolkien in 1944 to his son Christopher, the collaborative book was to be called Language and Human Nature. A news release from their publisher announced that the book was scheduled for publication in 1950. It was, however, never published. Scholars have thought, until now, that it was never started."
Follow the linked title for the full article.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
"The death rate due to cancer has declined in the United States in recent years. In fact, 650,000 lives were spared from cancer between 1990 and 2005.
A decrease in deaths from breast cancer accounted for 37 percent of the reduction in the death rate among women during the 15-year period. This is largely due to a decreased use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which has been shown to increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer."
Follow the linked title to read more of Dr. Mercola's insightful commentary.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Aha, see, the blog is not dead!
A few months ago Steve Bierfeldt went through a harrowing ordeal at the St. Louis Airport.
He was unconstitutionally searched, held against his rights, verbally harassed -- and he recorded the whole thing on his cellular phone.
Steve’s bravery in defense of his rights made him a cult celebrity in liberty circles. He has filed a lawsuit against the TSA, and CNN recently picked up the story.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
"Classics no longer unlocks a world of privilege, but it does give us the keys to an intellectual playground of breathtaking beauty, wonder, and rigour; it gives us the tools to help us understand who we are."
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
"It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here, but I wanted to give you some reassurance. I’ve been home schooling for 19 years, & no two years have ever been the same. Even in the classical-style home education can be organic enough to meet the needs of the family. It doesn’t have to be super-structured. In fact, that sort of thing can lead to great frustration. Yes, you need to know where you’re going in order to meet your goals & schedules certainly help keep you on track. But you must also be flexible to meet the demands of family life. Babies are born, people get sick, sometimes seriously so, other things happen that make us adapt to the situation. It will be alright. Really. If God has called you to home school your children, He’ll have to give you the wisdom & wherewithal to do that anyway. You might as well trust Him all the way.
There is very little flexibility in a structured school for children who deviate from the “norm.” Some children do fine with that, but others would not. My youngest would not receive a classical education if I were not home schooling him. He would not handle a structured classroom well at all. But because I spend my days educating him in a way he can assimilate the information, he can be well-educated & not feel stupid because other children can spell or learn Latin much faster than he can. I see myself as working hard on something much bigger than myself, even when I am totally frustrated. Blessedly, children manage to learn regardless of our shortcomings. If God wants you teaching your children, He’ll just have to provide, won’t He? There have been many times when I thought I was failing my children & it turned out that God had everything under control–to my surprise!
Don’t forget, this journey is for you, too. This parenthood thing isn’t just you & hubby training your children. It’s changing you as well, often in profound ways."
Legion of the Damned: Did Boudicca's curse cause 6,000 of Rome's fiercest warriors to vanish without trace? | Mail Online
Legion of the Damned: Did Boudicca's curse cause 6,000 of Rome's fiercest warriors to vanish without trace? | Mail Online:
"We look at Hadrian's Wall today as a splendid monument of Roman power and confidence.
But really it was an admission of defeat - and of fear.
An entire legion had been eradicated as if at some sorcerer's command. Not a single survivor had stumbled back into camp to tell the tale."
Sunday, April 26, 2009
On his 100th day in office, President Obama will be "crowned" in messianic imagery at New York City's Union Square.
Nah, we don't have anything to be afraid about...
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Amazon.com: Day Care Deception: What the Child Care Establishment Isn't Telling Us: Brian C. Robertson: Books: "Product Description
The central issue of daycare is often framed in a way that pits working moms against stay-at-home moms, and feminists against traditional families. But the real conflict, Brian C. Robertson shows in this carefully researched book, is between all parents and the burgeoning day care establishment itself-a multimillion dollar lobby with a vested interest in the expansion of subsidized day care services. Robertson shows how this establishment works to expand its power and silence its critics."
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Americans for Tax Reform:
Tax Day Tea Parties: A Good Sign for America
"Today, I will join hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country to express anger over Congress’s irresponsible and reckless spending habits. Taxpayers are not deceived by the notion that the American economy can be revived by government simply spending its way out of a recession. They are a sophisticated people who recognize that continued overspending runs up massive deficits that ultimately lead to higher taxes and less freedom for all Americans."
I cannot go because of some health & logistics problems, but I hope you go. Get a picture of yourself for your grandchildren! What a wonderful thing to be able to participate in a truly grassroots movement--this is only the beginning!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S. - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com
The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S. - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com:
"There's just one problem with the 90 percent 'statistic' and it's a big one:
It's just not true.
In fact, it's not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S."
Monday, March 30, 2009
Harvard Research Proves the Pope (and God) Right:
"If they want to stop AIDS, then they’ll have to stop encouraging promiscuity and adultery and teach abstinence and monogamy."
Lastly, if a liberal asks you why you have so many kids, you can just explain how survival of the fittest ensures that the right members of a species breed and inherit the Earth. And be sure to follow up with, “Besides, every time I have another child, there’s one more person in this world to pray for you.”
Enjoy Mr. Duke's very tongue-in-cheek article at the link above.
I'm still snickering to myself.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Professor Christopher Mitchell of Wheaton College opens the door to insights and events publicly observed in the lives of writers C. S. Lewis and J.R. R. Tolkien and their fascinating relationships with members of the literary elite. Series: Let There Be Light [8/2003] [Humanities] [Show ID: 7694]
Friday, March 27, 2009
Soon after I began teaching Moby Dick I realized the school edition wasn’t a real book but a kind of disguised indoctrination providing all the questions, a scientific addition to the original text designed to make the book teacher-proof and student-proof. If you even read those questions (let alone answered them) there would be no chance ever again for a private exchange between you and Melville; the invisible editor would have preempted it.
The school text of Moby Dick had been subtly denatured; worse than useless, it was actually dangerous. So I pitched it out and bought a set of undoctored books with my own money. The school edition of Moby Dick asked all the right questions, so I had to throw it away. Real books don’t do that. Real books demand people actively participate by asking their own questions. Books that show you the best questions to ask aren’t just stupid, they hurt the mind under the guise of helping it—exactly the way standardized tests do. Real books, unlike schoolbooks, can’t be standardized. They are eccentric; no book fits everyone.
From Eyeless in Gaza, which is Chapter Three of The Underground History of American Education
I think John Taylor Gatto would agree with Charlotte Mason's approach to literature. In fact, while we may want guidance as home school teachers because of our own paltry educations, great literature must be approached as a conversation with the author and not as a formula to be memorized. So we keep learning ourselves.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
"The 21st Century Tea Party
A Digital March on Washington
Friday March 27th 2009
We must try to stop the bleeding. We must demand that congress stop spending NOW! Whether you’re right, left or center you will agree that Washington spending is out of control and bankrupting our nation. We can’t begin to heal our wounds if we don’t stop the bleeding. Please join me in a march on the information super highway; straight to Congress and the mass Media. If we can unite as one nation with one voice and shout “STOP SPENDING”, we can get their attention. This will also make our upcoming Tea Parties much more effective.
All day this coming Friday - call, fax and email.
Tell them to STOP spending now.
The faxes and emails can be pictures of the original Tea Party that read “STOP SPENDING”.
Go to their websites all day to look for responses.
Spread the word, tell every one you know, send out their contact information,which can be found on this site under archived blogs.
I suggest we concentrate on all members of the House and Senate Budget Committees, Majority and Minority Leaders in the House and Senate, and the media outlets listed under media.
Imagine the response if they received MILLIONS of communications in one day!"
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Purging the Memory of Our Christian Roots:
"'At that point the words left or right will make no difference. They are only two roads to the same end. There is no difference between an authoritarian government from the right or the left: the results are the same. An elite, an authoritarianism as such, will gradually force [a totalitarian] form on society so that it will not go on to chaos.... And most people will accept it... That is just what Rome did....'"
However, The Wide, Wide World she refers to as British was actually American (see the Wiki. If you want to read the books, there are links to both volumes at the bottom of the Wiki page.
Created by Train Horns
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
—H. L. Menken in American Mercury Magazine, April 1924
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Music is a strange and useless thing.
It doesn't offer cover from the storm.
It doesn't (really) ease the sting
of living; nor nourish us, nor keep us warm.
And men expend their lives in search of sound,
learning how to juggle bits of noise,
and by their swift illusions to confound
the heart with fleeting and evasive joys.
Yet I am full of quaking gratitude
that this exalted folly still exists,
that in an age of cold computer mood,
a piper still can whistle in the mists.
His notes are pebbles falling into time.
How sweetly mad it is, and how divine.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
How to Acquire an Elite College Education for Less Than $7000 by Joe O'Donnell:
"After attending college in the late 80’s I became skeptical of the 'received wisdom' approach to education I encountered there. I strongly believed that real truth and understanding could only be found through a Socratic Dialogue of systematic doubt. Instead each course was taught as if the facts presented were truths handed down by God to be memorized."
Do you agree with Mr. O'Donnell's choices? What books would you choose? Do you think this beats a regular college education of today?
I think I would have a great deal of trouble with Structure & Interpretation of Computer Programs and Feynman. And as for Russell, well I definitely prefer Schaeffer for the history of western philosophy.
And there are so many more books...
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
"Homeschooling - Hiring Tutors?
Amar Mahallati asked: Homeschooling is a very positive educational decision; however, some parents are not equipped to educate others. While they want to give. ... While more structured in its approach, the Classical method is shapely after religious education and is quite popular. The students are presented with a set of demanding challenges that debase their minds. These tutors are highly wanted after because they are very knowledgeable and have stabbing minds. ..."
The URL is dot de, so it seems safe to say that the writer is not a native English speaker, but this is bad. I've had online contact with people from that area of Europe & find their English very good.
But it does make me think... my youngest is 12, so maybe one day I'll be knowledgeable enough to be wanted after. My 12 year old would probably say that I already have a stabbing mind.
I could use some of that shapeliness, too.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tipnut’s Picks: 43 Free Baby Patterns and Projects : TipNut.com
Joyfully Home: The Great Emancipator
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Natalie has one copy of Chuck Black's Sir Bentley to give away. Visit her and comment to be entered. Winner will be chosen on Monday, so get on over there!
Monday, February 23, 2009
"A new book by Steve and Candice Watters, the creators of Focus on the Family’s Boundless webzine, broaches a subject that makes some blush. The title says it clearly enough: Start Your Family.
With the average marrying age increasing, and adults devoting more energy in their 20s and 30s to their careers, some couples are, as the Watters say, “pushing snooze on the biological clock.”
The result, they warn, is that “by the time the average couple tries to have kids... they are often surprised to find they are already moving past the peak of their fertile years.” In fact, a U.S. Census Bureau study found that the proportion of 40-something women who were childless and unlikely ever to have children doubled between 1976 and 2000."
I'm so glad this book was written! Please finish the short review at the linked title above.
Saving Yourself for Marriage:
"You may think I'm only talking about sex or physical purity. But I'm not. There's a lot more you can save for your spouse, if that's what you choose.
I used to struggle with the idea of saving sex for my spouse. I knew it was the right thing to do, but I couldn't help but think I was missing out. I was, but it would have been only a temporary sacrifice that would have turned into a priceless investment."
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Chalcedon Foundation - Faith for All of Life:
"In today’s world, the stereotype of a good Christian is someone who is reserved, unassuming, and would not hurt a fly. This “meekness” is very different from how Jesus uses the term in Matthew 5:5.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Economic Consequences of the Peace, John Maynard Keynes, 1919
Monday, February 16, 2009
"Crisis pregnancy counselor Dr. Julie Parton says that almost as often, the pressure comes from parents, especially Christian parents."
The risks associated with abortion are not reported in the news, In fact, the media denies or ignores them. This article lists them.
"Death – Women who abort are approximately four times more likely to die in the following year than women who carry their pregnancies to term."
"'They’ve seen too many of their colleagues lose grant funding when they haven’t gone along with the so-called political consensus that we’re in a human-caused global warming,' Schmitt said."
Schmitt resigned after the group blamed global warming on human activity. In his resignation letter, the 74-year-old geologist argued that the "global warming scare is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making."
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Psychology Today Blog: Ban Having Children for 5 Years
"The current global economic crisis has nothing to do with too many people; it has everything to do with a lack of young people."
Sunday, February 8, 2009
"So we don’t want our students to become proud, but the solution is not ignorance. In fact, I want to suggest that I, at least, have misunderstood pride and humility all my life."
Something to really think about when you see haughtiness in your children.
Monday, February 2, 2009
I'm late on this but there's still some great prizes left, since Miss Jocelyn has a very generous giveaway going on. Check out the link & follow the directions in the post for lots of chances to win.
A Pondering Heart: Winter Bundle 2008-2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Victor Davis Hanson
Bonnet tip to Libertas Academy.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I'm praying that these men will be royally compensated by someone with power to give them the perfect jobs.
Chuck Baldwin -- Ramos And Compean Are Going Home:
"If anyone has lost their reputation, it is Johnny Sutton and George W. Bush, his act of clemency notwithstanding.
Secondly, if the trial and conviction of Ramos and Compean is an example of a 'fair trial,' everyone in the country better pray they never have to go to trial. The truth is, if there ever was an example of a Kangaroo Court in these United States, it was the trial of Ramos and Compean."
Hopefully, they'll be out well before the bluebonnets bloom.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
LiveLeak.com - White slaves. Muslim masters.:
"A new study suggests that a million or more European Christians were enslaved by Muslims in North Africa between 1530 and 1780 a far greater number than had ever been estimated before."
"'One of the things that both the public and many scholars have tended to take as given is that slavery was always racial in nature that only blacks have been slaves. But that is not true, Davis said. 'We cannot think of slavery as something that only white people did to black people.'
During the time period Davis studied, it was religion and ethnicity, as much as race, that determined who became slaves."
Monday, January 12, 2009
Like a warm cup of coffee: 10 Days To Modest! Day Two- What Is Modesty? Oh, And A GIVEAWAY!!!:
"So much excitement I can hardly stand it! First up is the You Don't Have To Be Frumpy To Be Modest blog fashion show (otherwise known as Y.D.H.T.B.F.T.B.M)! On January 15th we (yes we) are going to show the blogosphere that it is possible to be modest and super stylin' cute at the same time! Get your favorite modest outfit (or outfits) together and be prepared to share a picture of you sporting it for your blog. Are you with me?! If so, grab the above button and put it in your sidebar with a link to this post so we can get as many people as possible. I can't wait to see what cute outfits you all have! This fashion show so works for me!"
"A giveaway! Not just any giveaway, but a Christa-Taylor $25 gift certificate giveaway (donated by the gracious Christa herself)! What? You're not familiar with this designer? Well, let me just say that you are MISSING OUT! She is an amazing designer who creates beautiful and modern clothing that is MODEST! See, I told you you don't have to be frumpy to be modest!"
Get over there and get the details--and have a fashion shoot at your house & participate! I'll be taking pics of my 17yo DD. She's much more photogenic than I am, lol.