Jan 28, 2015

Made For Another World - C.S.Lewis quote (handmade card)

My first handmade card for the new year!
A CAS card, of course.

supplies: CG sentiment, Kraft cardstock, Making Memories design paper: travel,
TCP clear stamps: travel journey, Memento black ink & SU sahara sand ink.

C.S.Lewis quote

I SO agree,
and take comfort knowing 
I was made for another world!

John 17: 16,17
16 They are not of the world, even as I [Jesus] am not of it.
17 Sanctify (separate) them by the truth; your Word is truth.

Have a blessed day!

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Jan 22, 2015

Safety education series - Family disaster plan part 3

Jan. 22, 2015
Safety education: family disaster plan part 3

This week we will continue to create our plan.

Last week, the students created a list of emergency phone numbers. 
This week, let's make sure the children are comfortable using the phone & have the necessary info to relay emergency details.

Do they know their full names, how about Mommy & Daddy's names? 
Their home address?
Any special care instructions for the people in their home? (allergies, diabetes, etc)

*Teach your children how & when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services.

If your children have cell phones & know quite well how to use them, make sure they have 911 listed at the top of their contacts and at least one ICE name listed. (ICE - In Case of Emergency) such as "ICE Mother"  or "ICE sister", etc.

If your younger children have not used the phone much, allow them to "practice" dialing 911 and role play caller/dispatcher asking & answering questions. Take turns.

The next step to completing our family disaster plan is to assembly a disaster supply kit with items you may need in case of an evacuation.

*Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days.
Store these supplies in sturdy, easy to carry containers, such as backpacks or Duffle bag

If you joined us for our Winter Storm Emergency kit class, you'll have most of the items needed for your disaster kit. 

Here are NOAA's suggestions for a supply kit:

A 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won't spoil,
one change of clothing and footwear per person,
one blanket or sleeping bag per person,
a first aid kit, including prescription medicines,
emergency tools, including a battery-powered NOAA Weather radio, 
a portable radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries,
an extra set of car keys and a credit card or cash,
important family documents in a waterproof bag,
special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.

AM/FM NOAA Weather radio

We use a hand-crank AM/FM NOAA weather radio with built-in flashlight to save space!

our family disaster plan

We'll continue this class topic next week,
I hope you'll join us.

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Jan 20, 2015

Sausage-Cheddar Quiche - printable recipe

sausage cheddar quiche

Sausage-Cheddar Quiche
This is one of our favorite meals. The recipe is always requested when we share it with others!

We usually make a few quiche at a time, they are perfect for sharing!
They come together really quick when the ingredients are prepped 
ahead of time.

I almost always have chopped onions, green peppers and mushrooms 
in the freezer. You could even pre-measure these ingred. & freeze them 
just for this recipe!

When we buy meat, it is usually in bulk and I brown some up for this & 
other quick recipes.

quiche prep

If we have some homemade pie crusts made, we use 'em, if not, store bought works just fine. 
After the crust is fit into the pie plate, you'll need to pop it in the oven for a few minutes.

Then dump in your cooled meat, veggies & spices. I love "dump" recipes.

Mix up your eggs & milk and pour it over your meat mixture. You'll have floaters but that's OK it all comes together in the end.

Then pop it in the oven and the YUMMI-ness just happens. 
I hope you'll give it a try, there's a printable recipe below.

baked quiche

Sausage-Cheddar Quiche

Pastry for 9 inch pie
1 pound ground pork sausage
1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 (4 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
½ cup chopped onions
¼ cup chopped green pepper
½ teaspoon dried basil
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
4 large eggs, beaten
1 cup milk

*Fit piecrust into 9½ inch deep-dish pieplate. Fold ends under and crimp. 
  Prick bottom and sides of piecrust with a fork. Bake @ 400º F for 8 minutes.
*Brown sausage in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles; drain. Cool.
*Combine sausage, cheese and next 5 ingredients; spoon into prepared crust.
*Beat eggs and milk until well blended. Pour over sausage mixture; sprinkle
  lightly with paprika.
*Bake @ 325º F. for 50 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes before 

yield: 6 servings.

I've noted on my recipe card that this recipe came from a Southern Living
magazine. ~ Maria @ Five Simple Things blog.

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I love making a variety of quiche,
the leftovers refrigerate well and
they're great for breakfast, lunch or

Do you have a favorite quiche recipe?

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Jan 15, 2015

Safety Education series - Family Disaster Plan part 2

Jan 15, 2015
Safety education: family disaster plan part 2

This week we will continue to create our plan.
Simply being prepared for situations under our control may avert a number of disasters.

*Discuss which phone numbers you will need in the event of an emergency, then have your students create a list/index card to keep by the phone.

*Make sure you have properly working smoke detectors & fire extinguishers throughout your home. Take the time to check each unit now.

*Inspect your home for potential hazards, such as items that can move or heavy furniture/items that could fall. (Are tall bookcases securely anchored to the wall, are electronics or heavy art pieces kept overhead?) Also check for fire hazards around the home. (draperies, bedding to close to fire sources or piles of paper, etc)  If these hazards are found, discuss how to correct them.

*Have your family learn basic safety measures, such as CPR and first aid; how to use a fire extinguisher; and how & when to turn off water, gas, and electricity in your home.

Have students search online for local CPR classes if needed, review our Basic First Aid class. Contact your local fire department to see when they have public demonstrations on how to use a fire extinguisher or schedule a private lesson.

Each school age child should be aware that their home has a way to turn off water, gas & electricity and where it is located. Even if you feel your children are not mature enough to understand the operation of these utilities, they should be made aware that they exist. Advise them as you see fit.

our family disaster plan

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I hope you'll join us!

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Jan 12, 2015

Playing with Color - Distressed Ink tags

Distress Ink background

I held a little art class the other week, I saw a fun technique on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try. It also gave me a chance to play a bit. My paper crafting has taken a backseat lately to remodeling more rooms in the house and creating new home decor to fill them. 

art class

We used Distressed Inks & water to transfer color onto our paper, allowed it to dry (by the woodstove) then sparingly smeared some Elmer's Glue in a few spots, allowed that to dry, then rubbed more ink over the entire piece of paper. The glue was to act as a "mask" not allowing the ink to saturate the areas it had covered. It didn't turn out quite the way we had hoped, but Distressed Inks create such a beautiful background, regardless, that we deemed the project a success...and had fun!

The colorful papers were then turned into tags.
I only had permission from one "student" to post their project. (:

student tag/bookmark

and here's mine, I embellished a wee bit more than the others.

Distressed Inks, stamping, punched stars and glitter; 
embellished tag

Oh my, I just noticed I watermarked these tags 2014, I guess it will take awhile to start typing 2015! Anyone else having that problem? (:

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