Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bible Reading In A Year: Follow Up

I wrote about my efforts to read the Bible through in a year Here In This Post.

I am here to confess that I did not finish reading the Bible aloud last year. :( ........But, I did not quit. :) We were getting close, and we just kept going. Last Monday I finished reading the Bible through, out loud, for the second time to BMW! I am really glad that we got finished before the baby arrived. Now I can start over once the baby is born and read the Bible to both of our children.

Be encouraged to keep reading the Bible, even if you fall behind in a reading schedule. The preserved Holy Bible is the very words of God. Not only is it the words of God, it is every word of God. We need every word of God. Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." Luke 4:4
Please don't be tempted to skip any of it. All scripture is profitable, and every single word is there for a reason. God wants us to have all of it, learn all of it, and use all of it.

2 Timothy 3:16 KJV
 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Decongestant Tea

This tea recipe came from my sister-in-law and it really works! I have used it several times and always been impressed with how much better I feel after drinking this tea. It seems to break up congestion quite effectively.  While it is not the most pleasant tasting tea, neither is it completely terrible. I like the spice flavors of the cinnamon and cloves, along with the orange zest.

Decongestant Tea

1 quart boiling water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or 1/2 cinnamon stick broken up 
1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tea bags of green tea
1/4 teaspoon orange peel
1/8 teaspoon of Thyme (or more)
4 cloves or 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves 
1 peppermint tea bag (optional)
1 clove of garlic, crushed

Steep for 20-30 minutes. Drink with honey, sweetened to taste. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

New Baby Coming.....

A box of freshly folded diapers.

I can't wait to use these on our new baby! We recently found the boxes of baby clothes and diapers, in preparation for our coming Addition. :) We have less than two weeks until our due date!

I spent time yesterday boiling all my cloth diapers and getting them ready for Baby. I am really excited to be using them again! :)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Science Project: Finger Print Cataloging

We all have unique finger prints. This activity is an easy way examine your finger prints.

Graphite pencil
2 sheets of paper
Clear gift wrapping tape

Trace the outline of your hands on to one sheet of paper.

On the second sheet of paper heavily color in a small area with the pencil. Roll a finger tip into the graphite. Try to give your finger pint a good coating.

Press the finger tip onto a small piece of clear tape. The tape will lift the graphite impression of the finger print. Tape the finger print to the corresponding fingertip of the traced hand shapes.

I did this project with BMW last week. I think I was more interested in doing this activity than him, but he did seem to enjoy it. :) He is only 2 and I expected doing this project to be more fun than educational, at this point.

I think it would be fun to catalog your whole family's finger prints and then compare your similarities and differences. Which finger prints did you get from your mom and which ones came from your dad? Of course, you will have your own variations in the designs.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Origami Paper Balloon Cakes!

This is a really fun project! These would be great for a party! They are also really nice for portable, grab and go snacks. Easy to pack in lunch boxes and for road trips.

I made several origami paper balloons out of parchment paper and wax paper.*

And, I decorated the parchment paper ones with colored pencils. **

I inflated the balloons and placed them onto a baking sheet. I filled the balloons 1/2-2/3 with cake batter. ***

I baked the cakes for 25-30 minutes. Some of the cake batter had bubbled out of the tops. I was able to peel off the bubbled over cake bits and clean up the paper.

Voilà! I made individually wrapped cake squares! Like I said, this was really fun! You should give it a try!

*I used 7.5 inches squares of parchment paper and 6 inch squares of wax paper. They both worked fine.

**The wax paper cannot be decorated. It is just too slick. I found that colored pencil and ball point ink pens were the only things that work on parchment paper. The pencil will eventually rub off after baking, but it stays on for a while. I tried markers and crayons with no success.

***I put cake batter into a plastic freezer bag that had a small hole cut in one corner. I used this to pipe cake batter in through the hole on the top of the paper balloons.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Folding Origami Paper Balloons

Origami Paper Balloon
Step 1. Crease a square piece of paper in the manner shown above with the creases going in the same directions.
Step 2. Use the creases to fold into a triangular shape.
Gather the triangle faces together, as shown.
Step 3. Lay your triangle shape flat on work surface. Lift the front, lower corner and fold it up to the top center corner.
Step 4. Repeat Step 3. With the other front, lower corner. Then turn the triangle over and fold the remaining corners up, as well.
Step 5. You should have a square standing on it's corner, so that it is kind of like a diamond. Take a front, side corner and fold the point into the center of the square.
Step 6. Repeat Step 5. On the other top, side corner. 
Step 7. Fold a front, top corner down to the center of the square as shown. 
Step 8. Stuff the section that was just folded down from the top into a pocket made in the section folded in from the side.
Stuff it in and fold it securely. Fold the other top corner down and stuff it, as well.

Step 9. Turn paper over, from front to back, and repeat Steps 5-8. Fold the side corners to the center. Fold the top corners down and stuff the into the side corners.
Step 10. Locate the small hole in one end and blow air, swiftly into the hole to inflate your balloon.
Now you have a completed paper balloon! 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

First Time Making Chinese Pork Buns And Recipe

I made Chinese Pork Buns for the first time last week.

The pork filling is the same as what would be put in to a dumpling. The wrapper is a simple yeast dough.

The buns are cooked in a steamer.

My steamer set up is kind of crude, but it did get the job done! 😊

I learned about Chinese buns from Mike Chen's YouTube channel: Strictly Dumpling.
Here is his demonstration video. I followed his recipe, with a few tweaks.

3/4 cups warm water
1 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour

Combine warm water with yeast and sugar. Set aside for 5-10 minutes until yeast makes a bubbly froth.
Add warm water to the flour in three additions.
Knead dough for 10 minutes.
Cover and let rise about an hour.

1/2 head of cabbage chopped (5-ish cups)
1-2 tsp. salt
1 lb. ground pork (70/30 meat to fat ratio preferred.)
2 green onions, sliced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 TBS. soy sauce
1 TBS. oyster sauce (I had to substitute soy sauce+1 tsp. sugar.)
1 TBS. white wine vinegar
2 tsp. corn starch
2 TBS. sesame seed oil

Place chopped cabbage in a colander. Sprinkle with salt and let will for 30 minutes. Transfer cabbage to a thin cloth and squeeze out all excess moisture.

Combine cabbage and the rest of the filling ingredients. Mix very well.


Divide dough into 12 even pieces. Roll into discs, trying to make the center of the disc a little thicker than the edges.

Fill the dough with a small amount of pork filling (1 TBS. or so). Close the dough wrapper by pleating and pinching the edges on place. You want to make at least 10 pleats. Leave a little hole at the top.

Put several cups of hot water into your steamer pot. Put the buns onto a piece of parchment paper in the steamer basket. Cover with lids. Bring water to a boil. Steam for 20 minutes. Turn off heat, but do not remove lid. Let rest 10 minutes before removing from the steamer.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Paper Boats

BMW and I have been having fun making and floating paper boats. We have used regular printer paper, as well as news papers. 

Making paper boats is very easy. I had to look up some directions online. Once I had built the first one I was able to fold subsequent boats without the instructions.

This activity is a good way to spend quality time together and make memories. Folding and floating paper boats is very cheap entertainment! :)

We like to sail our paper boats in the kitchen sink and use marbles as cargo. We see how many marbles our boats will hold before they sink!

I have written some instructions for folding a paper boat. I have taken pictures of each step being done with a regular sheet of paper and with  a sheet of newspaper. Sorry some of the pictures turned out blurry.

At the bottom of the post there is a video with some very clear directions on how to make a paper boat.

Step 1. Fold Paper in half.

Step 2. Fold corners down to make a triangle shape.

Step 3. Fold the font bottom flap up onto the triangle shape.

Step 4. Turn paper over and fold the remaining bottom flap up on that side.

Step 5. Fold the corners of the flaps down, towards the back, at an angle.

Step 6. Fold the corners of the back flaps down, towards the front, at an angle.

Step 7. Open the triangle up at the bottom edge.

Step 8. Turn sideways and flatten into a square.

Step 9. Fold the bottom corner up to the top corner. Folding the front flap towards the front.

Step 10. Turn paper over and fold remaining bottom corner up to top corner.

Step 11. Open the triangle up at the bottom edge.

Step 12. Turn sideways and flatten into a square.

Step 13. Pull the sides away from each other. (This maybe confusing. It is hard to explain.)

Step 14. With some manipulation, shape the paper into a boat. Complete with sides and a hollow triangular center.

This video should help make the process clear: