Sunday, April 30, 2017

Seven Money Types and What Type I Am

I am a sucker for quiz books and figuring out your 'type' whatever type that my be.... I love trying to discover who people are, and what makes them do the things they do, or act a certain way....


The Seven Money Types is not a book on how to manage money. Rather, it is a unique approach to understanding how you relate to handling money. This book gives a different perspective on money than any I have ever read. I found it fascinating. It uses Scripture as a baseline and the author does a good job of giving real life examples to back up his theories. This book will change your approach to money, helping you understand other people's interactions with money and your own!

What money type are you?

I am a Jacob.... My belief is that money should be used to create pleasurable experience (can anyone say travel?? I love to travel and explore the world, creating memories with my family!) I use money to create beautiful moments and buy beautiful things.... spending money to decorate my home, or buying fresh flowers for my table every week is important to me and worth every penny..... however, I may need to become more intentional about using my money for others....

My daughter, is an Aaron... She believes money should be used to serve others. She is concerned for injustices and spends money to remedy them. She has a lack of planning and attention to finances.

My hubby, is a good mix of both Isaac and Moses. He believes that money should not be wasted, but rather maximized. He makes the most of every dollar and loves financial order, budgets, and a good plan. Sometimes, he needs to lighten up, plan to splurge, and create space between himself and finances.

I am amazed how 'type' books and quizzes often coincide with each other... for example, I'm a Dressing Your Truth Type 3, who loves adventure and experiences, my daughter is a Type 2, who worries about others, always wanting to make them feel better. Hubby is a Type 4 who is orderly and a planner, not getting excited or rushing into things.... our types suit us perfectly, no mater if it's Dressing Your Truth, The Happiness Style, The Personality Test or the Money Type....

If you want to take the quiz to find your money type, click here.

To comply with regulations by the FTC, BookLookBloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Asparagus


This early-spring treat is one of a few perennial vegetable crops, so once you get a patch established, it will give you many years of delicious harvests for little work. Here's my little patch from last year:



Asparagus are fresh, crisp, nutritious, and adaptable to use in many different ways. Asparagus are a good source of the following minerals & vitamins:
Iodine, Potassium, Copper, Magnesium, Folate, and Vitamins A, C and E. 

My favorite ways to eat it are - 

Steamed with Eggs...
Steam Asparagus on stove top... top with shredded or chopped hard boiled eggs and salt and pepper.

 Oven Roasted...
This has to be one of the easiest and tastiest ways to cook asparagus. Just trim the ends, lay out on a baking sheet, toss with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese, and then bake until done. 


In a sandwich...

We like to use a toasted and buttered bread or bagel. Add bacon, steamed asparagus and a fried egg! *Note: some people put guacamole on this sandwich - I prefer not to, but it's your choice!


Here are some other recipes that I want to make with asparagus this spring...








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Monday, April 24, 2017

Chewy Rhubarb Crisp


 Crust Ingredients
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter

Filling Ingredients
3 cups fresh or frozen rhubarb
1/4 cups cold water
1 cups sugar
2 tbsp. strawberry jello granuels
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2 tablespoons flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla 

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, nuts, baking soda. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press 3 cups into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside.

 In a saucepan, combine sugar, water and rhubarb and jello. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Combine 2 tbsp of flour and 1/2 c. sugar in seperate bowl and add to rhubarb mixture, stiring for 1 min. or until thickened. Add vanilla.  Spoon over crust; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. 

Bake at 350° for 23-25 minutes or until golden brown. 

Serve with ice cream if desired. 



Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Passion Flower Story


The passion fruit is a vigorous, climbing vine that clings by tendrils to almost any support. It can grow 15 to 20 ft. per year once established.




The Story of the Passion Flower 

    I have this beautiful flower climbing on my arch that I walk under on the way to my office entrance. It is so intricate and beautiful, I thought I'd share a little about it with you all. Although it doesn't bloom until summer - it always reminds me of Easter.

    The Passion Flower (Passiflora) is a symbol of Christ’s Passion and Cross: including his scourging, crowning with thorns, three nails and five wounds.

    In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion.  
    • The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance that confirmed Christ’s death.
    • The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.
    • The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (excluding Peter, the denier and Judas scariot, the betrayer).
    • The flower’s radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the crown of thorns with which roman soldiers crowned him as the “King of the Jews”;
    • The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail
    • The 3 stigmata represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (1 in each hand and foot and the last one in his chest caused by the Lance).
    • The colors have also have a meaning. Many species are white and blue colors, representing heaven and purity, and purple, which was the color of the robe that Romans covered Jesus after crowning him.

    The flower has been given names related to this symbolism throughout Europe. In Spain, it is known as “Christ’s thorn”.

    German names include “Christ’s crown”, “Christ’s bouquet”, “crown of thorns”, “Jesus’ passion”, “passion” or “Mother of God’s star”.

    For the invisible things of Him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
    –Romans 1:20

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    The Best Online High School

    "When it comes to education - there is no school like home!"

    We home school our kids.... 

    In the past, we have used public school for kindergarten and have tried a couple christian schools, but in the end, it just works better for our family at this point in our life to home school. 

    Over the years, I have had experience using just about every curriculum out there.... Abeka, CLE, Pathway, ACE, Rod and Staff, and more, but I have found the best curriculum to be the one that is put together individually for each child.

    For the two youngest, we are currently using My Fathers World and love it! I'll try to do a post on that sometime!

    For high school, our oldest daughter is graduating this year with a Diploma from Penn Foster High School. 


    I graduated from Penn Foster back when it was a mail correspondence course and was known as ICS Newport Pacific High School/Harcourt High School.

    Some of the reasons that we love Penn Foster High School are as follows:
    Self-Paced - Get your high school diploma online, at a pace that's right for you. There are no study schedules at Penn Foster. Penn Foster's goal-setting and progress-tracking tools can help you stay organized and on track, select the study plan that works best for you, track your progress, and set alerts for when your exams are due.
    Quality Education on Your Terms - When you enroll at Penn Foster, you can be confident that you're going to gain career-focused knowledge and skills. And, you could start learning online right away! With their open enrollment policy, you can enroll anytime, from anywhere, and begin your lessons within minutes after your enrollment has been processed.
    Accredited - Receive quality, licensed and accredited education online. Penn Foster Career School and High School have earned both regional and national accreditation. Penn Foster College has earned national accreditation. 
    Affordable - Choose from flexible payment options to fit any budget. We paid in full and received a discount off our bill.
    Coached and Supported Learning - Get motivation and academic support from Success Coaches and expert faculty. As a Penn Foster student, you have access to instructors with real-world experience, digital learning aides, career services, and more. If you have any questions about the material, you can contact one of the instructors by phone or email at any time.
    Mobile - Learn anytime, anywhere with our mobile-friendly, designed for learning on the go.
    Personalized - Build your pathway to college or career in fields like health care, plumbing and more.
    Founded in 1890, Penn Foster was one of the first pioneers of distance learning. With more than 30,000 graduates each year across the United States, Penn Foster’s online and blended learning programs are self-paced and personalized. Penn Foster works to empower youth and adult learners to achieve their academic goals so they may unlock their career potential, and ultimately better position themselves for success.

    Based on recent survey data, 99% of Penn Foster graduates were satisfied with their program, 97% achieved their goals, and 98% would recommend their program to a friend. 

    If you are interested in becoming a Penn Foster Graduate - Please Click Here.

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    Taking Care of Me - Surgery #1


    Over the last few years, I haven't taken good care of myself, and as a result, my health has taken a hit..... when you have a special needs kid, multiple auto immune diseases, cancer, and chronic stress, I guess its somewhat to be expected. But, since I've chosen to take care of myself this year, my health is a high priority.

    My 1st surgery was Monday, March 20th, 2017

    "Surgery is the treatment of disease or injury by cutting into the body to repair or remove the injured or diseased body part".

    I was extremely nervous. I had never been put to sleep or had any type of surgery before in my life.

    The surgery went well, the worst things about it were the sore throat from the breathing tube, keeping my pain levels down, and the drive home (I do believe we have the worst roads in the US!). 

    I wasn't expecting the affects of anesthesia to make me have insomnia for the first three days. Or that doing simple household chores would make me tire so easily, but Hubby was great at taking care of me after I got home 

    Most days, I have been doing very little and resting with my feet up.... I've been getting lots of reading done! But, each day I feel a little better than the day before, so hopefully I'll be back to myself in another week or so. I went to the doctors today and was cleared to start doing normal activities again...

    My blood tests have been coming back really good and the doctor says it's because of my high quality vitamins, so she thinks that contributed to the surgery being easier for me, than most.

    I'm glad to have my first surgery over with.... I have a long road ahead with my health and choosing to take care of me, but I'm ready to get my health back piece by piece.... 

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