New Favorite Treat Power Crunch Bar

I wanted to share a treat with you I found recently.  It has become a favorite at my home. It is called Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar.  Trust me when I say it is not like other protein bars.  It is like a decadent desert.

This is not a sponsored post.  I bought these bars on my own.  The first bar I tried, I had purchased a box of them online.  I was making a vitamin order and saw these on a huge sale in the fall and wanted to give them a try.  They had several flavors, but the only flavor they had left in stock that day was “mocha”.  So I ordered a small box of them to try.  Wow!  I was impressed.  It reminded me of the Italian dessert called tiramisu.

Then I found a few of the flavors at our local grocery store.  They didn’t have the “mocha” in stock, so I chose “original” chocolate, hoping it would be as good.  Oh my!  The “original” chocolate Power Crunch bar was even better than the “mocha” flavor.  These have now become a regular item on my grocery list.

My favorite way to enjoy them is to take a few minutes of quiet “mommy” time, usually reading while enjoying the Power Crunch bar with a cup of coffee or hot tea.  It is such a treat.  They have a delicious chocolate wafer crunch and in between the crunchy layers are more layers filled with a soft creamy chocolate filling and the entire outside is covered in chocolate.  It is like a gourmet desert!

I was eating one of these during my quiet mommy time today, and my son asked me to save him a bite.  So I agreed and asked if he would do a taste test and tell my viewers what he thinks about them.  He was more than willing.

From my son “These are delicious.  It is sweet, crunchy, silky, and chocolaty.  Can I have another one?”

Here are some the nutrition details:

  • Serving: 1 Bar (1.4 ounces)
  • Calories: 205
  • Protein: 13g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbs: 10g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron 7%
  • Calcium 10%

These bars are low sugar with only 5g.  The sweetness comes from a combination of sugar, stevia, fructose, and monk fruit.  This combination provides just the right sweetness, but still keeps the sugar low.   The rest of the ingredients are basically whey protein, cocoa, vitamin enriched wheat flour, barley flour, oil, salt, lecithin, and a couple other items.  Here is a photo of the nutrition label on the box.

The texture and taste is hard to describe, it is clean tasting and enjoyable.  It kind of reminds me somewhat of a cookie called a chocolate wafer and a candy bar we enjoyed in my childhood called a “whatchamacallit bar”.  I haven’t had those treats for years.  That is the closest thing I can think of to describe how wonderful these bars taste.

I know 1 bar is a serving, but trust me when I say, it is hard to stop with just one bar.  They are so delicious, you will want to eat two!

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Cheesy Rice and Bean Tacos

I usually end up with left over beans and left over rice during the week.  I usually make a pot of chili beans each week and end up with a cup or two left over.  I also usually make a meal with chicken and rice or pot stickers and rice and end up with left over rice.

One way I like to use these leftovers is to create cheesy bean and rice tacos for lunch.  These sandwiches go together so fast because all of the main cooking is done.  All I need to do is reheat the leftovers, assemble them into a tortilla, and add some fresh veggies and fresh salsa on top.

Optional: Add diced apples or other fruits or veggies for various flavors.

This meal is packed with nutrition and full of flavor and textures.

I like to serve it with a side of tortilla chips and cheese sauce for even more delicious flavors and textures.

This meal is a family favorite at our house.   Hope you will give it a try too.

Be blessed!

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ABC Oatmeal

ABC Oatmeal

This is a delicious way to boost your nutritional intake.  It is like an “alphabet soup” of oatmeal.

Get your kids busy in the kitchen making this delicious simple meal.  Challenge your kids to add various ingredients that start with different letters of the alphabet.  You can set out the ingredients ahead of time, or let them go on a search in the kitchen to see what they can find.  It’s a fun way to get your kids to learn to make an easy but nutritious meal and learn to enjoy different flavors and textures.

To your favorite oatmeal recipe, add:

A:

apple, diced

almonds, slices, 2 Tbsp

B:

blueberries (dried, fresh, or frozen), 2 Tbsp

butter or coconut oil, 1 Tbsp

C:

cranberries (dried, fresh, or frozen), 2 Tbsp

chia seeds, 1 Tbsp

F:

flax seeds, 1 Tbsp

H:

hemp seed hearts, 1 Tbsp

S:

sea salt, just a pinch

W:

walnuts, 2 Tbsp

This oatmeal is rich and delicious and full of vitamins and minerals that will get you going and satisfy your hunger anytime of day.

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Word Of The Year 2018: Stand

The word of the year for 2018 is:

“Stand”

“Stand” is a verb.  “Stand” means to:

  • to stand still, stop moving, stop doing.
  • to tarry, delay, remain, continue, abide, endure, persist, be steadfast.
  • to be in an upright position on the feet.
  • to rise to one’s feet.
  • to present (one) before (king).
  • to appoint, ordain, establish.
  • to stand, take one’s stand, be in a standing attitude, stand forth, take a stand, present oneself, attend upon, be or become servant of.
  • a determined policy, position, attitude, etc., taken or maintained.
  • to stop or remain motionless or steady on the feet.
  • to take a position or place as indicated.
  • to remain firm or steadfast, as in a cause.
  • to endure or undergo without harm or damage or without giving way.
  • to be in an upright or vertical position, be set on end, or rest on or as on a support.
  • to be set, placed, fixed, located, or situated.
  • to take up or maintain a position or attitude with respect to a person, issue, or the like.
  • to have, or to adopt a certain policy, course, or attitude, as of adherence, support, opposition, or resistance.   “stand” meanings from both Blue Letter Bible and Dictonary.com

I believe this prophetic Word Of The Year is for the entire Christian body of the Bride of Christ.  It is time for the Bride to STAND.  The Bride is to stand firm and set apart as a light in a dark world.   Standing requires unwavering faith in Father God.

One of my favorite verses is “Be still, (stand still) and know that I am God.”

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! ”   Psalm 46:10

Faith is standing in knowing 100% that God is in control. No matter what the circumstances around you look like.  You might find yourself in similar situations to people mentioned in the bible or in modern situations that look different from history such as being in a life threatening illness like Job, a king’s court like Esther, or a lion’s den like Daniel, or a death sentence in furnace for refusing to bow to another god like Shad-rack Me-shack and Abednego, or being tempted while on a 40 Day journey of prayer and fasting like Jesus, or in jail like Paul, or a drought, famine, hurricane, tornado, economic crash, job loss, ship wreck, car crash, illness, job promotion, cross country journey, etc.  No matter what situation you find yourself in, believe without a doubt that Father God is in control, and he will will never leave you, and will see you through the situation and he will finish the good work he began in your life.

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. 

Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.”    Psalm 46

Faith is trusting in Father God to be the only God over all of my life.  I am not the provider, He is.  I am not the healer, He is.  I am not the one who created everything, He did.  I am not the one who controls the situation, He is.  This requires my faith to stand firm and trust Him without wavering or doubt.  It also requires my faith to stand firm and obey His commands, even when it is inconvenient and different than the culture around me.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to STAND your ground, and after you have done everything, to STAND.”    Ephesians 6:12-13

“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart”   Psalm 119: 1-2

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:  These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.  I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.  I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.  Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.  The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”   Revelation 3: 7-13

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted (standing) by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither, whatever they do prospers.”  Psalm 1: 1-3

Be encouraged.

Stand!

Be wise and be blessed!

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Keep The Sabbath Holy

Father God established His calendar in the beginning.  Specific events are listed during the first week of creation that show He set his calendar in motion.  On the first day, He established that “evening” and “morning” equal a “day”.  On the fourth day, He established the method of keeping track of days.  On the 7th day of creation, He established the Sabbath day.

Genesis 1:1-5  “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

Genesis 1:14-19  “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

Genesis 2:1-3  “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Later, when he had chosen a people for himself to be set apart from the world, he gave them 10 rules to follow called “commandments”, and He told them to remember the special Sabbath day and to keep it holy.

1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make idols.
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.

He wrote these rules into stone with his own finger, and He signed them with his name “Yahuah” as a covenant between them.  There are 8 “Do Not” rules and 2 “Do” rules.  He said if they chose to obey them, it would bring life and blessings.  If they chose to disobey them it would bring curses and death.  He encouraged them to teach their children these commandments and pass them on to each generation.

The 4th commandment is to remember to obey His Sabbath day and keep it holy.  This is His Sabbath Calendar.

#4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

When is Sabbath and how do we keep it holy?

Exodus 31:13  “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.”

There are 4 Sabbaths each month.  A month is about 29 evenings mornings (days) long on Father God’s Calendar.

The sighting of the moon by two witnesses begins the month, next work 6 days, then rest 1 evening and morning (Sabbath day) and repeat this cycle 3 more times to complete the month.

The next month begins with sighting of moon by two witnesses, next work 6 days, then rest 1 evening and morning (Sabbath day), repeat cycle 3 more times to complete the month.

These are the cycles of the Sabbath Calendar!

We are instructed to keep the Sabbath day holy!

Exodus 20:11  “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

The scriptures tell us the New Year begins when the barley is ripe for harvest and the next sighting of the moon takes place (this usually takes place during mid March-April time of year on the Gregorian man-made calendar).  The first appointed feasts of the year begin during the first biblical month according to the barley harvest and the sighting of the moon.  The following  months of the year continue the cycle of the Sabbath calendar by sighting the moon each month to establish the days for work, Sabbath rests, and any appointed feasts for that month.

There are 7 appointed feasts that are to be celebrated on specific dates during the year according to the scriptures.  These are “appointed” dates Father God has scheduled and are not man’s calendars and man’s traditions for holidays.  One must understand and obey the Sabbath days to understand when to keep the appointed feasts.  We will go over these in the next story about Father God’s Calendar.

Faith in Father God’s only begotten son, Jesus, Yahusha (Yahuah saves) brings us into a right relationship with Father God, and because we are forgiven and have been adopted as his children, we can walk in a right relationship with Father God.   We walk with Father God as we love him, think about him, and obey his commands.

He established the calendar schedule for blessings and life.  We are to Work, Sabbath Rest, and Celebrate appointed Feast Seasons with Father God at the days and times he established.  We do not need a blood sacrifice, ritual, building, or man-made tradition to meet with him, because of the perfect gift of Jesus Yahusha.  He is Lord of the Sabbath.  He said the Sabbath was created to bring blessings into the life of those who keep it.  Obeying Father God’s commandments and calendar is where blessings and power flow into the lives of those who will believe and obey.

Jesus said that if you accept and obey him, the same spirit that dwelled in him will also dwell in you.   The Holy Spirit of God worked through him to do all of the miracles he did during his time on earth, and raised him from the dead on the third day.   This spirit is able to work through you and empower you to do even more miracles than he did.

However, I believe the reason the followers of Yahuah Father God today have very little blessing and essentially no power in their daily life to help others is because they don’t follow His calendar and obey the true Sabbath and appointed time for Feasts.  Instead they have put a different calendar created by men in it’s place.  They choose to worship on Sunday, or Friday, or Saturday instead of the true Sabbath.

Jesus told us to continue with the way he showed us freely giving in love because it had been freely given to us.

Are we doing the “great commission” Jesus gave us by healing the sick, casting out demons, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, setting the captives free, and meeting the needs of those around us, and sharing the good news with all those we meet?

Or are we unable to fulfill his instructions?  Are we too far in debt, financially lacking, too physically feeble and weak in our own lives to meet this command of Jesus?

Why?  Jesus said “Man’s traditions nullify the power of God in people’s lives.”

We need to understand the importance of keeping the true Sabbath in honoring Father God.   We need to implement keeping the Sabbath day holy.   What does Father God want from a Sabbath?  The same instructions Jesus Yahusha gave us.

Read Isaiah 56-58.

Read Matthew 25:31-46

The sighting of the moon begins each month’s Sabbaths and the barley harvest begins each year’s cycle of Sabbaths and Feasts with Father God.  Check out the next post about the Calendar of Father God.

Be wise and be blessed!

Maranatha!

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As You See The Day Approaching

These encouraging words were in my bible study today.  The words “as you see the day approaching” really stood out to me.

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

and having a High Priest over the house of God,

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”            Hebrews 10:19-25

A few encouraging notes I gleaned from these verses are:

  1. We can boldly enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus.  He is the living way, he is the door, he is the gate keeper, and he is our passport and ticket in to the holiest place with Father God.
  2. Jesus is our high priest and he gave his pure and sinless body as a living sacrifice, and one time ultimate payment, of our sin.  He cleanses us and forgives us.  When you ask accept his sacrifice with an honest heart, and ask him to be Lord of your life and forgive you of your sins, no further sacrifice is needed to be in a right relationship with Father God.  Jesus paid the price and is the high priest.
  3. We can have faith and fully trust in him because he is faithful.
  4. As we see the day of his return getting closer and closer, we are to consider each other’s needs, we are to meet together and spend time together, and we are to encourage one another and stir each other up in love to do good work.

His return is closer now than ever before.  His return is fast approaching, and as we see the day approaching, may we be ready and wise.

Be blessed!

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Schoolhouse Teachers Review

My kids are loving the variety of Homeschool Courses available with the Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

There are almost 3 million children currently being Homeschooled across all 50 states in the USA.  SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a great “go to resource” for these Homeschool families, for both students and parents. They offer great courses and Homeschool helps at an affordable price.  Be sure to check out the time limited special offer below.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com

350+ Courses Online

Available 365 days a year

24 hours a day at your convenience.

 Preschool through Highschool and courses for Parents too.

Resources for Teachers

Resources for Parents

Online Subscription Membership

With a membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com it is easy to find just the right courses to fit your family’s needs.

Courses are available by Grade Level and are easy to access.

Courses are also available / organized by Subject Area so you can find what you need that fits your interests.

These courses are USER FRIENDLY.  Besides being extremely convenient and available 24/7 many of the courses also have varying components like choosing either to use the lessons online or download them to your computer, printable lessons, printable worksheets and video components, etc.

Once you select the class or classes you want to do, then each class has more user friendly information such as:

How to Use This Course
Course Details
Course Introduction
Components
Length
Ages/Grades
Course Outline
Transcript Information
Download a Preview
For courses with videos – Watch a Preview Video
Course Completion Certificates
Links to lessons
Links to lesson plans if available

Additional Resources and Help For Members:

In addition to the huge variety of courses, some of the other features I love about our Yearly Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com include:

Media Center which includes a FREE subscription to The World Book eBook Library.  World Book is an online educational encyclopedia and resource hub filled with eBooks, written articles, videos, games, worksheets, quizzes, experiments, trivia, lesson plans and more.  This is a new component of the Yearly Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Preschool Playground which includes a full curriculum covering a wide variety of subjects, plus lots of tutorials and helpful resources.

Bible
Language Arts
Multi-Subject Learning
Numbers, Patterns, and Cognitive Skills
Manners and Healthy Habits
Arts, Crafts, and Music
Science
Social Studies

Focused Learning Centers for kids who are struggling.

High School Helps includes a list of courses and tips and resources for fulfilling transcripts.  There is also a really neat Highschool Planner you can print out to help your student set goals, organize assignments, and stay on track. 

Special Needs Resources includes helpful tips for choosing curriculum and making modifications and adaptations to the lessons.

Literacy Center includes how to teach your child to read in 101 easy steps, and includes activities for better comprehension.

Just for Parents section that includes courses, planners, and unit studies to make it easier to balance homeschooling, managing your home, maintaining a healthy marriage, and much more.

Schoolhouse Expos is like being able to get all the great information at a homeschool conference (great speakers on a wide variety of homeschool topics) from the comfort of  your living room!

Monthly Menu section helps you create family meals that your family will love.

TOS Magazine Resources

Certificate Library includes downloadable, printable certificates so parents can reward and motivate their students.

Help Charts include printable charts for homeschooling and household management.

Videos Library includes hundreds of free streaming videos.

Our Experience

We have been using SchoolhouseTeachers.com consistently for the past year in our homeschool.  A great feature with this site is that no additional text books are required.  Also most of the supplies needed for courses are usually found around your house or easily acquired through a local store or online if needed.  But usually you can find away to do the class without additional expenses.  Sometimes library books are suggested, but you can usually find everything you need on the internet for FREE.

We had used SchoolhouseTeachers.com a few years ago, prior to this past year, with a break in-between, and after using it again this past year I can honestly say their website just gets better and better each year with more classes and resources offered with your membership.  I missed it the year we took off and was truly glad to have a subscription for 2017.  As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, we were sent a new 1 year subscription for 2018 in exchange for writing an honest review.

I like the variety of courses available to us, 350+ courses, plus videos, World Book eBook Library, printable resources, and more.  I also like the freedom to choose as few or as many courses as we want that fit our family’s needs.  I like the flexibility of doing the classes at our own pace and the ability to change courses if we desire and there are no penalties.  I like all the special features for parents like making calendars, lessons plans, certificates of completion, and help with dinner menus.  I especially like the variety of self-paced highschool courses available.

Some of the classes my kids used this past year from SchoolhouseTeachers.com are:

  • Introduction To Architecture
  • Elementary Art
  • Drawing With Realism
  • Leadership 101
  • Public Speaking
  • Studio Art For Teens
  • Digital Art and Product Design For Small Business
  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Art Tips with Jan Brower
  • Preschool Playground
  • Bible Stories For Kids

Here are two examples of SchoolhouseTeachers.com courses the kids have taken.

Course Example 1:

Introduction to Architecture.

My son loves this course and he highly recommends it to other kids.  It includes 37 lessons and qualifies for a full highschool credit on his transcript.  This is a big course and covers 246 pages.  Each lesson is several pages long and includes background and historical information, geography, maps, research, videos, websites, vocabulary worksheets, and architecture projects.

Module 1 – Ancient Structures

Lesson 1 – Introduction/Architecture in the Beginning
Lesson 2 – Pyramids
Lesson 3 – Pantheon

Lesson 4 – Parthenon
Lesson 5 – Coliseum
Lesson 6 – Petra
Lesson 7 – The Great Wall of China


Bonus Lesson 8 – Gingerbread Houses and Christmas Architecture

Module 2 – Transportation Structures

Lesson 9 – Tower Bridge
Lesson 10 – Brooklyn Bridge
Lesson 11 – Golden Gate Bridge
Lesson 12 – Panama Canal
Lesson 13 – Hoover Dam
Lesson 14 – Channel Tunnel

Module 3 – Living Structures

Lesson 15 – Neuschwanstein
Lesson 16 – Mount Vernon
Lesson 17 – Fallingwater

Module 4 – Entertainment/Touring Structures

Lesson 18 – Guggenheim
Lesson 19 – Eiffel Tower

Lesson 20 – Statue of Liberty
Lesson 21 – Washington Monument
Lesson 22 – Grand Canyon Skywalk
Lesson 23 – Spaceship Earth
Lesson 24 – Sydney Opera House

Module 5 – Skyscrapers

Lesson 25 – Empire State Building
Lesson 26 – Willis Tower
Lesson 27 – World Trade Center (before and after 911)


Lesson 28 – Petronas Towers
Lesson 29 – Taipei 101
Lesson 30 – Burj Khalifa

Module 6 – Worship Structures

Lesson 31 – St. Basil’s Cathedral
Lesson 32 – Cathedral of Notre Dame
Lesson 33 – St. Peter’s Basilica

Module 7 – Government Structures

Lesson 34 – Capitol Building
Lesson 35 – Pentagon
Lesson 36 – Architectural Fails
Lesson 37 – The Architect

For this course, and most of the courses we have used, we have had the option to download all of the lessons onto our computer with the provided link or use the lessons online.  He wanted to download them, and he had quick and easy access and it was easy to download and save them to the computer.

Each time he logs in to his course at his convenience, he reads through his lesson, watches a few linked videos, prints out and completes a worksheet that includes vocabulary and definitions, world maps of locations of buildings, he researches and then puts this into his 3-ring binder, and then he completes a building challenge in almost every lesson.

Some of the building projects have been 3 D paper models of famous structures around the world such as Roman Coliseums and Pantheons and the Great Wall of China.  One of the projects was building a ginger bread house.  In the curriculum, there are many links to paper models you can print out and build and my son has made a few of them, but he prefers to use 3 D models made of metal, plastic, wood, or building blocks for building famous bridges and other structures.  He has made a wish list of various models available on Amazon and Ebay that he wants us to buy for him and he plans to put them on a display shelf in his room when he finishes them.  He is only half way through the course at this time and is really enjoying it.

Course Example 2:

Elementary Art

Elementary Art covers 22 lessons /weeks including learning about 12 famous artists, 10 advent art lessons, art techniques, suggested library books, and looking up resources about each artist online and more.

12 Artists

My kids have enjoyed studying about 12 famous artists and their unique styles of art, and the projects they did in each style.

Lesson 1: Michelangelo
Lesson 2: Pablo Picasso
Lesson 3: Vincent van Gogh
Lesson 4: Georgia O’Keefe
Lesson 5: George Caleb Bingham
Lesson 6: Cassatt
Lesson 7: Grant Wood
Lesson 8: Rembrandt
Lesson 9: Pierre Renoir
Lesson 10: Andy Warhol
Lesson 11: Leonardo da Vinci
Lesson 12: Claude Monet

Here is an example of Lesson 2 and learning about the Abstract Art Style called Cubism by the famous artist Pablo Picasso. 

Their project assignment for this lesson was to use various shapes cut from colored papers to make their own masterpiece.  They really enjoyed this lesson.

Here is an example of Lesson 3 and a Van Gogh painting project.

We found a coloring page of Starry Night by Van Gogh.  The kids didn’t want to finger paint this day, so they modified painting the picture using the pressure technique with a brush.

Advent Art

The course also contains another 10 lessons called Advent Art that centers around the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus Christ.

Lesson 1: First Saturday of Advent – Luke 1:26-28, 31 An Angel Appears
Lesson 2: First Sunday of Advent – Luke 1:46-55 Mary’s Song
Lesson 3: Second Saturday of Advent – Matthew 1:20 Joseph’s Dream
Lesson 4: Second Sunday of Advent – Luke 2:4-5 The Journey
Lesson 5: Third Saturday of Advent – Luke 2:6-7 He Has Come!
Lesson 6: Third Sunday of Advent – Isaiah 9:6 Prince of Peace
Lesson 7: Fourth Saturday of Advent – Luke 2:8-11 Good News of Great Joy
Lesson 8: Fourth Sunday of Advent – Luke 2:13-18 Glory to God in the Highest
Lesson 9: Christmas Eve – Matthew 2:1-11 Three Visitors, Three Gifts
Lesson 10: Christmas Day – John 1:14 The Word became Flesh!

We did not do all of the Advent Art section of the course as it is listed.  Many of the arts and craft projects are designed to create a baby Jesus with felt, or paper plate angels, or star ornament with popsycle sticks, etc.

However there were a couple of projects in this section that I really liked such as Lesson 6 where the kids learn the “Names of God” and create a word picture.

Father God has many names.  The lesson provides several names for your picture, however there is still room on the page to add several more.

Yahuah = Father, He who breaths life

Yahusha = Yahuah Saves

1. YAH (“I am”) = Father and Judge (Creator and King)
2. YAHuah (“I am He who breaths life”) = Father (Abba)
3. YAHusha (“I am He who saves”) = Yahuah Saves = Son (Jesus)
4. Ruach HaQodesh (“the Dedicated Breath”) = Holy Spirit
5. Adonai (“Master”) = Lord
6. HaMashiach (“the Dedicated One”) = MessiYAH (Christ)
7. HalleluYAH = “You follow The Way of YAH”

Learning the names of God and making a list of his names on beautiful paper is fun to do.  This makes a lovely picture to hang on the wall, or put in a frame, and remind yourself and your kids of how great and loving Father God is and that he sent a part of himself, his only son, to save us.

I plan to tweak the Advent section of the Elementary Art course. I want to add in a few other bible art projects, while still focusing on the suggested bible scriptures about God sending his son Jesus to save mankind.  One tweak I am making is to help my kids create a bible art journal that includes the scriptures about Jesus Christ the Messiah.  I alternated colored paper and lined writing sheets so they can have plenty of space for writing and for art.  It has a “Jesus Christ Messiah” theme instead of a “Christmas holiday” theme and I believe will be more beneficial in learning about and focusing on faith in Jesus year around.  I am debating what binding to use for this project, so for now, the pages are loose and put into a folder.  I may simply use a three ring binder for them so it will be easy to add more pages when desired.  This journal will be a great way to keep related bible art projects and bible scriptures together and will make a fun memory book and encourage their faith.

Coming UP for 2018

Coming up this semester, some of the courses we will be using include:

  • Classic Architecture
  • All About Art
  • Accounting 101
  • Starting A Micro-Business For Teens
  • Early American History
  • Changes in Transportation, Communication, and Technology
  • Whole Foods Cooking with Sue Gregg
  • Fun With Cooking
  • Machines
  • Health and Fitness
  • More Preschool Playground!
  • Camping With Jesus course is filled with activities and discusses issues such as: What Will Heaven be Like? What Is Sin? Who Is Jesus, and Why Did He Die on the Cross? What Does It Mean to be Forgiven? How Do I Grow to Know God More?

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Come, Ye Blessed Of My Father

If Jesus Christ showed up in your life today, at your church, job, or neighborhood, would you recognize him?

Would he stand out?

When he came the first time, he was of no reputation.  He didn’t stand out.

He didn’t hand out business cards.

He didn’t dress like a wealthy man.

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:7-8

Would you notice him?

Would he look like the perfect gift to you?

Would you see the treasure that is in him?

Or would you ignore him?

If he asked for a drink of water from your water bottle, would you freely offer it to him?

If he asked you for money, would you walk on by or would you reach into your pocket and give him some dollar bills?

If he had no where to go, would you buy him a hotel room for the night? Or would you invite him to stay at your home on your couch for a night or a week or indefinately?

If he didn’t look dressed for church, or the office, or presentable to go to dinner, would you sit next to him?

Would you avoid him or try to prevent him from sitting in the most desired seat, where the wealthy in your community, or church, or the most esteemed in your job or neighborhood sit?  Would you willingly give him your seat?

Would you stop him from walking to the front of the church and taking the microphone to read the scriptures out loud?  Would you stop him from speaking from the pulpit, or leading the church in singing?

If he tried to share his gifts and talents would you let him?  Would you have eyes to see the perfect gift of God?

Would you have room in YOUR ministry for him?

Would you pass over his gifts, would your mind be clouded by his appearance and lack of degrees and fame?  Would you prevent him from handling the offering plate, or greeting others at the door, or even sitting up front in a noticable seat?

If he tried to speak up and tell you that he must share his gifts anyway possible, would you let him?  Or would you let him know he is not a good fit for your church, let him know you will pray for him, and wish him luck to move on and find a church he is a “better fit” for?

Do you even know the voice of the master?

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

Would you recognize him?

Would you recognize someone he sent in his place?

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to visit you?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”   Matthew 25:34-40

 

I pray that each of us can recognize each and every opportunity to be a blessing to those in need, and that we can see Jesus Christ in each person.  I pray we are found worthy and faithful servants, and we will hear those precious eternal words, “Come ye blessed of my Father.”

Be wise and be blessed!

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Turkey Mayo Sandwich With Sprouts

Oh my goodness!  This meal is so delicious!  It is quick and makes a perfect lunch or meal anytime of day!

A few special ingredients went into making this sandwich:

  • Artisan Italian Round Bread from Le Brea Bakery is made with a special sourdough starter they proof the bread dough with for at least 24 hours before baking.  The result is a bread that is soft with a delicate texture and flavor, and the crust is golden brown and crunchy.  This bread is perfect for savory sandwiches and sweet delights. In this picture, my family has already eaten half the loaf. 
  • Broccoli Sprouts are one of the most nutritious foods available.  Other sprouts such as alfalfa, are jam packed with nutrition too.  You can buy sprouts in most grocery stores or sprout the seeds yourself right on your kitchen counter.  I will share more about methods for sprouting your own nutritious greens such as broccoli, alfalfa, sunflower seeds, wheat, nuts, mixed seeds, and more in a future story.
  • Vegenaise is absolutely delicious!   Vegenaise is Non-GMO, Gluten Free, and Egg-Free.  I am not sure what other brands of egg-free Mayo are out there, but this one is easily available at finer grocery stores.  I would like to find an egg-free mayo also made without soy, but so far, this is the only egg-free brand I have tried so far and I am thrilled with the flavor.

Vegenaise and is made with canola oil, lemon juice, mustard powder, apple cider vinegar, brown rice syrup, soy protein, and sea salt.  It comes out smooth and creamy and really does taste better than traditional mayonnaise.

Ingredients

  • Artisan Italian Round Bread
  • Veganase
  • Turkey breast, oven roasted
  • Romaine Lettuce leaf
  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • Avacodo 1/2 cut into slices

Directions:

Use 2 slices of bread, or 1 slice cut in half, and toast if desired. Spread 1 tablespoon of Veganase onto bread. 

Add sliced Turkey breast.  You could use store bought deli meat, or use your leftover Turkey from your recent holiday meals.  Then top with romaine lettuce, avocado, and broccoli sprouts (or alfalfa sprouts, or sandwich sprout mix of your choice).  You could also add in other options like a slice of tomato, or red onion if desired.

I pared this delicious sandwich with cut up fresh veggies of red bell pepper, celery, carrots, sliced avocado, and yellow cherry tomatoes.

Nutrition Data for Sandwich and Veggies:

458 Calories, 28g Fat (0 transfat),  44g Carbs, 14g Fiber, 14g Protein, 19043IU Vitamin A, 51.9mg Vitamin C,  227mcg Folate, 3mg Iron, 125mg Calcium, 1488mg Potassium, 88.2mcg Vitamin K, 864mg Omega 3 Fatty Acids, 90.1mg Magnesium, 2.1mg Zinc, 9.4mcg Selenium.

This was a super quick and easy lunch to prepare and would be great to pack and take with you if you were on the go during meal time, or if you need to take lunches to work.   This is definitely a nutritious sandwich that could be enjoyed everyday of the week.

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