Play Dough

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
18
Nov
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I have had this recipe tucked away for years, but in all honesty, it has been years since I pulled it out and used it. Since my husband and the older kids are all away for the greater part of today, I thought I would mix up a couple batches for the littles to play with.

This recipe came from my husband’s Aunt. Thanks, Faith! It is a really nice texture. I wanted to share this recipe with photographs so you could get an idea of the process. That way, when the lumps show up, you won’t be concerned that it is flopping.

Let’s gather the ingredients:

The ingredients

Flour, water, salt, cream of tartar, oil, food coloring

Food coloring options

Food coloring options. Any type will do.

Combine in pan:

1 c. flour
1 c. water
1/2 c. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbl. oil
Food coloring (Don’t be shy here. Be generous with the food coloring to get vibrant colors.)

Play dough in a pan

Play dough in a pan. The beginnings of great things.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Medium heat

Medium heat

Mixing it up

Mixing it up

Stirring constantly

Stirring constantly

Progress

Progress

Getting thicker. Switched to whisk

Getting thicker. Switched to whisk

Ta da! A ball forming. Looking more like mashed potatoes to me!

Ta da! A ball is forming. Looking more like mashed potatoes to me!

Almost done

Almost done

Let’s check out the yellow:

Lumps are okay. In fact, they are good.

Lumps are okay. In fact, they are good.

Knead until smooth. Kids do this perfectly!

Love these colors!

Love these colors!

Good look'n dough

Good look’n dough

Not so good look’n… and I’m not talking about the blob monster.

Not so good look’n… and I’m not talking about the blob monster.

 

The blue didn’t turn out so good. It needed to cook on the stove longer. We discovered that letting it sit out for a couple hours dried it to the point it became really nice to work with.

Store in a sealed container. We used gallon zip lock bags.

Warmly, Ruth

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Titanic

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
14
Apr
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Suppose I said, “There’s a great-looking girl down the street. Let’s go look through her window and watch her undress, then pose for us naked, from the waist up. Then this girl and her boyfriend will get in a car and have sex–let’s listen and watch the windows steam up!”

You’d be shocked. You’d think, What a pervert!

But suppose instead I said, “Hey, come on over. Let’s watch Titanic.”

Christians recommend this movie, church youth groups view it together, and many have shown it in their homes. yet the movie contains precisely the scenes I described.

So, as our young men lust after the girl on the screen, our young women are trained in how to get a man’s attention.

How does something shocking and shameful somehow become acceptable because we watch it through a television instead of a window?

In terms of the lasting effects on our minds and morals, what’s the difference?

Yet many think, Titanic? Wonderful! It wasn’t even rated R!

Every day Christians across the country, including many church leaders, watch people undress through the window of television. We peek on people committing fornication and adultery, which our God calls an abomination.

We’ve become voyeurs, Peeping Toms, entertained by sin.

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This is an excerpt from Randy Alcorn’s little book, The Purity Principle. I highly recommend it for husbands, wives, sons and daughters. I would suggest reading it before passing it onto your teenagers.

Warmly, Ruth

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Pi Day!

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
13
Mar
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Ah, Pi Day! If you are a homeschooler, or just a brainiac, you will have a special appreciation for this day. For those of you, who really don’t care to even know what Pi Day is, listen up! Even you might have an interest after reading this!

Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535. In other words, simply, it is the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter.

Visual of Pi

 

Another visual of Pi

I hope these visuals will give you a better idea of Pi.

You are probably asking yourself, “what does this have to do with me? I am done with school, my brain is full, and I really don’t care.” Well, this is where it gets really good: Enthusiasts all over the world have adopted Pi Day to be March 14th (3.14) the day to enjoy…. you guessed it… Pie!

There are many dinner type pies you could try: pot pie, pizza pie, impossible pie are a few ideas. For dessert, indulge yourself in math and enjoy apple, berry, chocolate, pumpkin, coconut, or any hundreds of pies you could bake up, or purchase. (Surely there must be something about calories not counting when you are doing something in the name of education, right?)

See how this works? Mom teaches the kids, the kids and mom get some math and home economics in (baking) and dad and the whole family gets to enjoy the fruits of their education together!

You might also enjoy reading, Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure) for further fun and education.

For further online reading:

Enjoy!

Warmly, Ruth

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Vaccine Video…. And Much More

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
10
Mar
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Some time ago, I shared a video on my blog by Mary Toco called, “Are Vaccines Safe?” Since that time, the video has become unavailable for viewing, but I’ve discovered it can be purchased through Mary’s website. It is worth every cent for a parent to be informed about vaccinations.

Recently, several people approach me about the video seminar. I didn’t want to leave you hanging, so I did some looking around and wanted to share a little of what I found with you.

The unavailable video, I shared previously, was extremely informative and factual. I cannot tell you how informative it truly is.

After a search, I did find part one of the video, of which you may view here. It is part one and includes, what appears to be, Russian subtitles.

Also, I am including another brief video clip of Mary Tocco, because I thought it was interesting, as well. Enjoy!

Another informative watchdog for immunizations is the National Vaccine Information Center. Their mission statement sums up what their purpose is, quite well. “The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defending the informed consent ethic in medicine.” They also have a Youtube channel.

As I consulted my bookshelf, I came across a book that was one of several sources, which helped my husband and I in making our decision regarding immunizations. It’s called, What About Immunizations? Exposing the Vaccine Philosophy by Cynthia Cournoyer. Full of statistics and references to support her facts, this book is very easy to read and a great reference tool.

When I flipped through her book, I was also reminded of another super resource, which is a must-have for a parent is How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor Dr. Mendelsohn, Pediatrician, advises parents on vaccinations, as well as how to treat childhood illnesses, and what to expect from your child’s development throughout their growing years. It, too, is a great reference, instead of running to the doctors for everything. This book will save you a lot of time and money by avoiding doctor visits.

I hope these tidbits of information might help you in some way to, or at least encourage you to consider vaccinations and the health of your precious children. Please do not assume anyone, except yourself, has your own children’s best interest in mind. Seriously, your children are entrusted to you. They are your responsibility. Please make yourself informed, no matter what your decision is in this area.

ADDENDUM: Since I published this, I remembered that I wanted to add a couple links to the Center For Disease Control, specifically the ingredients for immunizations.

Warmly, Ruth

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Raising Maidens of Virtue…. Updated!

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
14
Nov
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From the beginning of Raising Maidens of Virtue, Stacy McDonald sets the tone; the anticipation level rises in expectation to be encouraged for women both young and old in raising the bar in godliness and purity. I always enjoy reading Stacy McDonald’s material and Raising Maidens of Virtue met my expectations. I expected a lot and I got it!

What I appreciate about Stacy the most is that she is a straight shooter with a clear message of grace and truth. She has an eloquent and articulate voice for women seeking godliness, while tactfully, and lovingly, causing each of us to examine ourselves in such areas as selfishness, root sin issues, and more.

Stacy respectfully recognizes the structure of authority and begins teaching and exhorting each of us far beyond the “appearance of godliness.” She causes the reader to reach deeper to the foundation, reminding us that, “A woman with an unchaste heart will remain an unchaste woman regardless of what she wears until God convicts her of her sin, she repents, and the transforming work of Jesus creates in her a clean heart.”

This study, Raising Maidens of Virtue, gives a beautiful example of a balanced view of modesty and chastity, which is a refreshing, and yet, world-shattering message that, in itself, could revolutionize our homes and our local fellowships from the inside out. A mother could go through this study with her daughter today, and the message would be just as pertinent and timely in the future when the same woman goes through the study with her daughters-in-laws and granddaughters.

With gracefulness, older women are given the groundwork, the blueprints, to teach younger women. In fact, I would recommend any woman, whether single, widowed, with young daughters, or older daughters to read this study so that they may be equipped, as with a tool, along with their Bibles, to teach and encourage younger women, and disciple maidens of virtue, rather than waiting until problems arise and then trying to head off wrong worldly thinking when it is almost too late.

Stacy McDonald’s Raising Maidens Virtue contains foundational concepts. The earlier you can inculcate these truths into your daughters, the better.

Warmly, Ruth

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