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Wordless Wednesday: Butterflies and Blossoms


Praying Mantis 1

Yellow Butterfly

Yellow Flower 1

Yellow Flower 2

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1st Day of 2014-2015 School Year


Monday was our official first day of this school year. Yes, we still school year around, but we always pick a first day of school. Since Daddy was home for a good portion of the week last week, I thought I’d give Munchkin the week off and have the new school year start on a Monday.

Originally, I had planned on moving away from computer/online programs, but that changed as I started to put things together.

So far, we’re looking at using the following curriculum:

  • Consumer Math – Switched on Schoolhouse
  • Creation Apologetics with Geology – Answers in Genesis Online
  • Creation Apologetics with Astronomy – Answers in Genesis Online
  • Essay Courses –
  • Art – Artistic Pursuits
  • History – Mystery of History Volume IV
  • Biblical Archaeology
  • Greek and Latin
  • Driver’s Education

Munchkin and Wiley

I may be forgetting something in this list, and we’ll probably add in a few things for the second semester. For now, it’s what Munchkin will be working on this semester. We’ve talked about maybe enrolling her in some community college courses next semester, but it all depends on what is being offered.

Munchkin has decided that she wants to go into the geology/paleontology/archaeology field, so we’re starting to really focus on getting her into courses that will help her along in that journey. It’s going to be math and science heavy which won’t be easy as although she enjoys science, math has never been a favorite for her. For now, we’re going to do everything we can to give her that solid foundation.

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Review: Best Nut Milk Bag

Vita Best Nut Milk Bag Plus Recipe Book

I recently received a sample of the Vita Best Nut Milk Bag to try out in exchange for a review of the product. Prior to receiving this nut milk bag, I had been using cheesecloth for straining milks. If you’ve even made nut milk, rice milk, or coconut milk, you know that usually there are solids that need to be strained from the milk after mixing it up in the blender. You also know that cheesecloth, while a wonderful tool, can be a bit of a mess to clean up after making the milk.

I was excited to try the Vita Best Nut Milk Bag because it looked like a better alternative to the cheesecloth. The Vita Best Nut Milk Bag is a generous 12″ X 10″ bag that is made of a durable material and has a nice drawstring feature. While the edges are serged, I did see that some of the stitching may come undone over time as one area is already starting to loosen up. The drawstring could use a toggle to help keep it closed, but it’s not a big deal.

Vita Best Nut Milk Bag

I quickly learned that using this nut milk bag is much easier that using cheesecloth. Not only is it easier to use during the process, but it’s also much, much easier to clean up when the job is done.

While this is specified as a nut milk bag, you can also use it for coffee, juicing with a blender, yogurt, and more. It’s white, so if you use it with coffee or berries, you are, most likely, going to end up with a stained bag. If I were going to use it for coffee, I would probably want a bag just for that purpose as I’d hate my milk, yogurt, or juice to taste like coffee.

The Vita Best Nut Milk Bag comes with a link for a free downloadable recipe book. I downloaded, printed, and bound my copy (as shown above) for easy use as I learn more about the different uses of the bag.

The Vita Best Nut Milk Bag appears to be well made, and I’m impressed with the ease of use. I like that the company stands behind their products and wants you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Review: Propresser Garlic Press

Propresser Professional Garlic Press

Special thanks to Orblue for providing a sample for review purposes.

I don’t know how many times I’ve diced and minced garlic over the years. I do the smash with the knife thing to remove the skin before setting to work either dicing or mincing. After using this garlic press, I’m wondering why I didn’t get one of these sooner – much sooner. It would have saved me a lot of time and energy because I love garlic in my cooking.

We’ve been receiving beautiful organic garlic in our CSA boxes for the last few months, and I’ve been enjoying the flavor that can only come from fresh garlic in our dishes. Every time I prepare the garlic, I end up with having garlic hands for some time after preparing the meal. It was one of those necessary evil things because, as I said, we love garlic.

Thankfully, I now have a way to prepare the garlic that takes less time, makes less mess, and leaves my hands without that garlic smell. I just pop two cloves of garlic with the skin on into the basket of the Propresser Garlic Press (Amazon affiliate link) and squeeze to add wonderful garlic right into the pan/pot. Then I repeat if necessary.

Now, it’s important to note that due to my small hands, the initial action of the press requires to hands to squeeze it together. It is what it is. I was actually expecting it to require a bit more force to push the garlic through the press, but it was fairly simple and didn’t require a lot of force to get it done even with two, skin-on cloves in the basket.

Propresser Professional Garlic Press Basket

Immediately after pressing the garlic into the pan with the onions, I went and cleaned the press. I didn’t want to try to deal with cleaning anything that was dried onto the press. I just picked the skins out of the basket and started rinsing the press with water. One of the parts that I really like about this stainless steel garlic press is the fact that it has a movable basket that swings out for easy cleaning. Unfortunately, this basket does have one flaw. Instead of making it a solid, one-piece basket, it has two small openings where the metal is bent up to form the basket. (See picture above.) And yes, stuff does get caught in the slits. You can clean it out with a knife, but this issue could have easily been avoided with a solid basket unit.

The Propressor Professional Garlic Press is made of 100% stainless steel. I do need to note that it is made in China as I know it’s important to some people, but it does come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee for the life of the product. Other than the one flaw in the basket, I thought this was a really well-made garlic press that not only looks nice but it also functions well.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. A positive review is not required nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own based upon my experiences. Your results may vary.

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Wordless Wednesday: August Morning Light

Sun Peaking Through Clouds

Cloudy Dawn

Cloudy Blue Skies

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