Thursday, July 28, 2016

Give Your Child the World {Review}

Considering the fact that my husband and I met on the mission field, we try to bring world to our kids as often as we can.  Through books, documentaries, and friends, we search out ways to make the world tangible even if we can't afford airline tickets.  

So when Jamie Martin's new book, Give Your Child the World, came out, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of it.  Part family guide, part book guide, this handbook divides the world by region and offers suggested reading further broke down by age group.  Each book has the name, author, and a short synopsis of the plot line.  It makes for an easy book list with items that are readily available, even in my small town library. 

At the back of the book, you can also find indexes based on author, country, and historical time period, making this an incredibly valuable resource for any homeschool mom.

But don't think that this book is limited to homeschoolers.  Give Your Child the World is for any parent who wants to give their child a broader experience of the world.  It's for the parent who is answering questions about the great melting pot we live in.  And it's for the parent who wants to raise children who simply see people.

I can't recommend this book highly enough.  My own copy is highlighted, marked up, and edited.  I've highlighted books we've read, noted those we particularly enjoyed, crossed out those we didn't.  It's a great resource and I can't wait to explore more and more of these titles.

*I received a free copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2 Ingredient Cloud Dough {Pinterest Inspired}

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My kids love all kinds of play dough.  They could spend hours molding and playing with it.  Between our basic play dough recipe, this peppermint variation, and this pink lemonade variety, we are constantly making sensory doughs.  Especially now in the summer, we love having the time to experiment with play dough.

So when I came across this cloud dough recipe on pinterest, I knew we had to try it.  And what could be simpler than flour and baby oil?  

Basic Cloud Dough

8 c. flour
1 c. baby oil (we used lavender)
closable shoebox from Dollar Tree

Just mix it all together and store in an airtight container (we used a shoebox)!

Couldn't be any easier, could it?

The verdict?

The kids love it, especially my 8 and 4 year olds.  It's so soft and shapes well.  It really does live up to it's name; you feel like you're touching a cloud.  Plus the lavender scent is beautiful.  

So tell me...
Have you ever made cloud dough?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Do-It-Yourself: Key Lime Ice Cream

*This post was originally published on 7/25/12.  Enjoy!

At the beginning of the year, I set 12 DIY Project goals for 2012.  July's challenge was to try out this yummy looking Key Lime Ice Cream recipe that I've had bookmarked for over a year.  To say that it was fantastic would be an understatement.  Notice the lack of photo this month?  That's because my son and I ate it too fast.  I kept meaning to go back and take a photo, but we couldn't keep our spoons out of it.  

I made a few changes based on our own tastes.  I like mine a little more sour so that was the first change, but all in all, it was one of my favorite recipes I've tried in a long time.  After all, summer is the season for homemade ice cream.  Plus the original recipe includes a link for making ice cream without a machine.  Couldn't be simpler.  Here's the yumminess we came up with:

Key Lime Ice Cream

1 1/2 c. whole milk
1 c. bottled Key Lime juice (I may have even used 1 1/2 c.)
1 c. heavy cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Optional: Coursely crushed graham crackers, key lime wedges

Combine milk, Key Lime juice, cream and condensed milk.  

Freeze according to manufacturer's directions.

Crush 1/3 c. of graham crackers and mix into ice cream near the end of freezing.  Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for 1 hr or until set.  Serve with crushed graham cracker topping and key lime wedges.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Weekend Links

This Week:

What I Made:   The kids and I made some scented charms to hang in their rooms.  So we're loving the beautiful scents wafting through the house.

What I'm Reading:  I'm reading a really good book about homeschooling.  It's mostly a beginner's guide, but it's taking me back to basics and reminding me of the why's of things I've been doing. 

What I'm Doing:  Soaking up time at the pool... 

What I'm Watching:  Youtube... hahaha... don't judge!  :-)

What I'm Enjoying:   Summer berries... homemade ice cream... evenings at the lake... warm beach towels... baseball games... watermelon... 

What are you up to?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Quad Berry Sorbet {Figure Friendly}

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A couple of nights ago, we were all craving something sweet.  Some sort of summery treat without going overboard on the sugar.  Something... clean.  So I looked through a few pinterest ideas, searched around in the freezer, and came up with something yummy.  Something we've all agreed that we will absolutely be making again.  

Quad Berry Sorbet

2 c. almond milk
1 c. frozen strawberries
3 c. frozen berry blend (we used blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)
Sweetener (preferably honey)

*Blend all ingredients together.  Start with 1 Tbsp of honey and taste.  Add till you reach your desired sweetness.

*Pour into ice cream maker.  We used our 2 qt maker and it was actually more than would fit.

*Mix and freeze, and mix and freeze.  Ours was ready in about 30 min.  

It was incredible.  We all loved it and can't wait to play with the fruit combination some more. Enjoy!

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