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Marmee’s 15 Bean Soup

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Another reason to  love blogging:  Two of my grown daughters called this week and asked for a recipe and I said, “I posted it on my blog!” Belinda called this morning asking for my Bean Soup recipe. So here it is. It’s my hubby’s favorite; I keep several containers on hand in the freezer. A few drops of vinegar in ... Read More »

Make Ahead Oatmeal in a Jar

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A commitment to eating healthy has got to include convenience to be successful. These oatmeal in jars are super quick and easy to make once a week to have a handy grab and go meal every day. I made 5 pint jars of oatmeal in about 20 minutes and now I have yummy nutritious breakfast for the next five days (and ... Read More »

Free Printable Thanksgiving Craft/Game

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Happy Thanksgiving Week Here is a gift that I hope will bring your family together for a few minutes to be grateful. Its a simple game can be played by all ages. You adhere leaves to a tree as you list things you are grateful for. The instructions include prompts for children that may have a hard time thinking of ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Movies, Crafts, & Freebie Printable

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I am grateful for you this season. Every Thanksgiving my children and I make treats for our neighbors. I made this Thanksgiving Blessing Tag you can download free at the bottom of this post. I also complied a list of educational Thanksgiving movies, crafts, clip art and more on Pinterest for teachers and homeschoolers. Please share on Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Google ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Tree Printables

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Get a few branches and rocks from the yard. Use the rocks to weigh down the vase (jar, cup). Print out leaves on colored paper. Cut out leaves and write thing they are thankful for on each leaf. Make it family tradition. Read More »

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

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Did you know adding soups and coconut oil to your daily diet is one of the fastest ways to lose weight and keep it off? Fall means perfect soup weather. This is my FAVORITE healthy soup ever! I discovered it while doing a 21 day Daniel fast. So healthy and delicious. Make your own or try the V8 version below ... Read More »

An Unplanned Delight-Directed Homeschool Day

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I teach using a combination of several different teaching methods for years and rarely think of them being different methods. Just as when I am fixing a meal I rarely think of the different methods used (chopping, mixing, blending, frying), I focus on the end result. This morning was a combination of unit study, delight-directed, writing to learn, and thematic studies. Here is a sample of our homeschool day. Our study took on a life of its own going in several unplanned directions (lessons running a muck is norm for us). Read More »

Should Christians Observe Halloween? Boo Humbug!

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It’s that time of year again. Vampires, ghouls, ghosts and skeletons will be haunting our doorways. American retailers celebrate a 7 billion dollar a year candy, card and costume business ($1.5 billion in Canada). I was driving in town and saw two Halloween stores within a few blocks. Stores devoted to Halloween! In between the two was a Party Story decked ... Read More »

Amazing Weight Loss with Green Thickies

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Have you heard how green smoothies help you to easily eat more fruit and leafy green goodness?  They do wonders for your health. Katherine been drinking them for years and they are her secret weapon to sustained weight loss and vibrant health. Katherine Kyle is the founder of www.GreenTHICKIES.com and has turned her life around with the use of filling green smoothies and cleaner eating. Katherine lost ... Read More »

The First Green Smoothie

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For decades dietitians have been educating the public about the multiple benefits of greens, but it was not clear how to incorporate fresh greens into everyone’s daily diet. The only option for eating greens seemed to be the salad. The problem is that in our industrialized world, the taste of greens is not as appealing as the stimulating taste of processed foods. Read More »

My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipes

A green smoothie is a delicious drink made with green leafy vegetables and fruit. The fruit masks the taste of the greens. You can consume 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables with one green smoothie! When I drink green smoothies I eat MUCH less, and I don’t feel hungry. There is a reason. If you eat processed foods or fast foods ... Read More »

You Will be Amazed at this Proverbs 31 Woman!

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I bet you have never heard of this Proverbs 31 lady. I cannot not find one word about her on the Internet, so let me introduce you to this awe-inspiring woman with the words from one of my favorite authors, Phillip Keller: “She was brave, she was beautiful! Beautiful not only in bodily form, but also in serenity of soul, ... Read More »

Comparing Fabric Cutting Machines

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Which is the best fabric  cutting machine?  AccuQuilt, Big Shot? Brother ScanNCut? Silhouette? It depends on your needs. I liked rotary cutting until I lopped off the corner of my finger and had stitches. Machine cutters are much safer. I researched machines for weeks before purchasing. Here is what I learned.Note: I’m blogging as a quilter not a scrapbooker here.(Cricut ... Read More »

Was the Feast of Tabernacles the First Thanksgiving?

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The Feast of Tabernacles is a week-long autumn harvest festival. The two days following the festival are separate holidays, Shemini Atzeret and Simkhat Torah, but are commonly thought of as part of the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles was the final and most important holiday of the year. The importance of this festival is indicated by the statement, “This ... Read More »

Messiah Revealed in Feat of Tabernacles (Sukkoth)

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Jesus is the Living Water Our spiritual thirst cannot be quenched with anything less than Christ. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14). Jesus Washes Away Our Sins Jesus is ... Read More »

Sukkot or Tabernacles in Bible Times

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As The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) approached, the entire Jewish nation started making preparations. Work crews were sent to repair roads and bridges for the thousands of pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. During the festival many Jews eat (and sleep, as well) in the booths or huts, which are built in the five days between Yom Kippur and this festival. The ... Read More »

Sukkot or Tabernacles Traditions

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The services in the synagogue today are modeled after the ancient services in the temple (see Feast of Tabernacles in Bible Times). Sacrifices are no longer performed since the time of the destruction of the temple. It is usual practice to build and decorate the booth (sukkah). In the United States, Jews usually hang dried squash and corn in the sukkah ... Read More »

Lessons from Sukkot

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This year Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles 2014 begins in the evening of Wednesday, October 16. It is a time to give thanks. God is Our Shelter This holiday reminds us not to hold too tightly to material things. We live in a very materialistic age. When the Israelites were wanderers in the desert, they all lived in tents-–rich and ... Read More »

How to Build a Sukkah

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The Bible instruction just says “Build a sukkah (or booth).” Rabbis have added  details about size, materials, location, etc. You only need to follow the Bible instructions. You can use any scrap lumber you have available, pitch your tent, or use old sheets to create an adventure for your children (attach tarps with bungee cords to your deck or swing ... Read More »

Rosh Hashana Apple Honey Cake

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Rosh Hashana or the Feast of Trumpets begins at sundown today. It is the biblical New Year’s celebration. The Spring Bible holidays tell of Jesus’ first coming, and the fall festivals are prophetic of His second coming. Apple and Honey Cake Apples and honey are a traditional food for this celebration. We are baking New Year’s cakes for our neighbors. (I’m ... Read More »

3 Things You Should Know About the Prophetic Fall Holidays

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Most Christians don’t know about the fall holidays of ancient Israel: The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth). If the spring festivals so clearly prophesied the first coming of Messiah, it stands to reason that the fall festivals are also prophetic of His second coming. The way these holidays are celebrated reveals ... Read More »

The Bible Project: Video Through the Entire Bible

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Have you seen the Bible Project? They provide a video for every book of the Bible that outlines its structure and design and how it fits into the entire biblical story. The Bible Project is not part of any specific Christian denomination or tradition. The Bible Project is a full-time labor of love made up of artists, illustrators, designers, supporters ... Read More »

Patiently Waiting on God for Patience

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What first comes to mind when you think of patience? As a mother, my first thought is having patience with my children. Then I think of being patient with my husband. Next, I think of patience with cashiers, waitresses, and the doctor’s office or in line at the post office. pa·tience ˈpāSHəns/ noun the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or ... Read More »

Important Things You Need to Know About Wisdom

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The attributes of wisdom from God (truth, kindness, mercy, reason, without partiality) is 180 degrees from the world’s wisdom standards (power, position, privilege, prestige, self seeking). There is a major protest against the public school system among Christians today, but it is leveled almost exclusively at moral problems. There is very little question of the meaning and importance of intelligence, ... Read More »

Free Memory Cards & Family Reward Chart

Get FREE Bible memorization cards, scripture memory reward chart, and coloring sheets plus FREE chapters from the books I Can Learn the Bible and The Joshua Code! 52 Scriptures Every Kid Should Know  Faith Gateway is  giving away a whole set of Bible memory printables. You just need to signup for their emails to receive all of these for free: Scripture Memorization Cards Bible Verse ... Read More »

Are You Trying Too Hard?

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Many Christians measure  their spiritual walk (and others)  based on a checklist of all that they have done for God. This easily leads to legalism and bondage. Jesus doesn’t want us to “do” because He has already “DONE” the work when He died on a cross for our sins. Our goal should not be  trying to earn God’s love, and ... Read More »

What You Need to Know About Shavuot (Pentecost)

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Fifty days after Passover is Shavout. Fifty days after the Exodus God gave the Ten Commandments.  Each day the Israelites are commanded to count the Omer, as they experienced their journey from captivity (Egypt) to freedom (Sinai). God declares, “You shall then COUNT seven complete weeks after the day following the Passover holiday when you brought the Omer as a wave offering” ... Read More »

Grace and Truth through Christ is Misunderstood

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My Bible Journaling Group is studying grace this month. John 1:16-17 is the verse of the day. This is a misunderstood verse usually used to say that grace replaces the law. It’s easy to see how people could think that, but let’s look a little deeper from another perspective. The Bible is one story, not two. God is the same ... Read More »

What is Your Cardboard Testimony?

This powerful video made me cry. God changes lives. This church had the idea to record the changes before and after in a few words on the front and back of a piece cardboard. Each one spoke volumes! I loved the one where the woman walked out with her neurologist. Her cardboard read, “Diagnosed with MS in May of 2007” ... Read More »

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