Monday, July 27, 2015

Menu Monday 7/27/15
Here are my vegan/carni-blended menu plans for this week:

Sunday (7/1926):  
Asparagus Soup, salad, Wasa crisp bread

Monday (7/27):
Summer Vegetable Pesto Bake (p 249 FoK)

Tuesday (7/28):
Steak subs (portabello mushroom/onion sub - skip the cheese), cole slaw (salad)

Wednesday (7/29):
Grandma’s Chili, salad, corn bread

Thursday (7/30)(CAP):
Dinner out or leftovers

Friday (7/31):
Chicken broccoli farfalle (whole wheat broccoli farfalle with faux chicken or beans)

Saturday (8/1):  
Koshari (page 210 FoK)
I have so manay vegan leftovers right now that I easily eat vegan leftovers whenever I'm making a non-vegan meal for the meat eaters. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Close Call -- Esther Remembers

This narrative was written by Esther in 1997, when she was 91 and living in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
I was eleven years old, the oldest of eight of us children. It was the summer of 1917, the seeding was done, school was out, and Mom and Dad decided it was time for a vacation. We had an Oakland Touring Car, the first car for our family.
 An Oakland Touring Car
My dad's family lived in Lake Norden, South Dakota, about 300 miles away. The roads were really nothing more than wagon ruts, but there were some signs on rocks or fence posts telling whether to turn or go straight ahead. We made our way to Jamestown where we bought some food, including some purple grapes, and proceeded to Edgely, ND, where we found a hotel. After settling in, Mom and Dad took Jennie, Eino and Emma to go shopping.
Being the oldest, I stayed home to see to the youngest, William (7 or 8 months), Josie, Hilda and Arne. Josie got sick (grapes!!!) and I didn't get her to the bathroom in time. We were a purple mess by the time the folks got back!
We left at the crack of dawn, causing some commotion getting ready to roll, so the hotel people weren't too happy with us. We made the rest of the trip uneventfully, arriving in the afternoon. We had a nice visit with the relatives. I can't remember how long we stayed.
The trip home went well until we reached New Rockford on the second day. It began to rain.  We stopped to put up the side curtains. They had isinglass (sort of like plastic portholes), but they weren't easy to see through, especially as it was getting dark.
These windows may have looked something like this:
The kids were edgy and I'm sure Dad must have had nerves of steel. There was a fast train that went through Rockford, but the crossing had not stop lights, barriers, etc.
 If there was a train coming, we didn't hear the whistle. Just as we were about to cross the tracks, Dad hit the brakes! A train, coming from the East went "whoosh" in front of us. In another second or so we would have been exactly on the tracks.

I'm sure we had a guardian angel in the car because to this day I can't understand how Dad was able to bring the car to such a sudden stop. It was a long train and when it finally went by, silence reigned in the car. We were all struck dumb.

So now, as you think about the size of the Efraimson family (I have 37 direct descendants and some of you are not far behind, especially Emma), consider how close we came to not having an Alfred Efraimson family at all!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Video of the Day!

Really cool video a friend shared with me today. I think you'll like it too!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Menu Monday for 7-20-15

Here's my vegan/carnivore blended menu plan for this week:

Sunday (7/19):  for Care Group: Smokey Little Devils (p 132 P&RHD CB)
dinner: grilled cheese sandwiches and basil tomato soup, leftover Smokey Devils

Monday (7/20): Dinner at Overbeys – take kale waldorf salad (p 159 P&RHD CB)(taking a veggie burger)

Tuesday (7/21): red lentil and dill soup with mint (p82 P&RHD CB)

Wednesday (7/22): stuffed baked potatoes

Thursday (7/23)(CAP): cheeseburgers, potato chips, carrots (veggie burger)

Friday (7/24): barbecued chicken, corn on the cob, broccoli (vegan eating no meat)

Saturday (7/25):  date night – dinner out

Friday, July 17, 2015

Project Passport: Ancient Egypt -- A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Review Crew
In late May I learned that Home School in the Woods would be having the Schoolhouse Review Crew review three of their world history products. 

I was delighted to receive a digital download of their product, Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt.

In receiving this product, initially I was concerned because I had the misconception that this was a one-year curriculum product. As I said, I was wrong. This unit study is intended to be used over a six to twelve week period, depending upon how deeply you decide to dive in, how quickly your students work through tasks, and how many of the tasks you decide to have your students do. I was so glad to see that. I like to study Ancient Egypt in a sequence of studies over a year where I also cover Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, and other ancient civilizations!

We received a digital download of Ancient Egypt, but the product is actually available as a CD. This product is a really cool product. You launch your experience from a "Start" page which is digitally connected to other sections of the program through links.

The concept for this unit study is that you are going on a trip to Ancient Egypt. After reading the introduction, you are told to pack for your trip, and you are told what to pack. This step involves the preparation for some projects, doing some copying and compiling to create the "Passport" and the "Luggage Folder". If you wish, at this time you can get the pre-work done for all the projects your kids will be doing.

As you work your way through the itinerary you begin by creating a passport and a “luggage” folder. With the student you create a “Scrapbook of Sights” and prepare a timeline that you illustrate with “Snapshot Moments”. There are also postcards your student can use with various “Wish you were here!” messages.

Your student will learn about the Unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, how Egyptians dressed, Egyptian political structure, jobs in Egypt, and games they played. They learn agout mummies and emgalming, papyrus and hieroglyphs nd the Rosetta Stone.

As they work their way through the various lessons, they have the opportunity to enhance the experience by listening to audio dramas in the program recorded in mp3 format. They do some mapwork, some creative writing – and even write their own newspaper. They learn about Egyptian calendars and art. There is information about Egyptian religion and medicine and Science. The history of the Egyptian dynasties is covered. The history of kingdoms following kingdoms is dovetailed with information about famous Egyptian women. Then the information about Egypt is explained as it relates to the Bible.

The most exciting thing in Ancient Egypt, in my opinion, is the lapbook. It consolidates so much information. Lapbooks are so bright and creative. They give a great way for the student to learn while compiling the requested information, and then they give a great way to review the information as the student uses the lapbook to tell people about what they have been learning about Egypt. Unfortunately my son does not like lapbooks. I have not given up hope yet, though. I am hopeful that one day a switch will flip and he will come to appreciate lapbooking as much as I do.

Other members of the Review Crew also reviewed this product. To learn more about Project Passport: Ancient Egypt, or any of the other Project Passport unit studies, please click below. 
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