Summertime Snacking with Gold Emblem

Gold Emblem Snacks

With summer break right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about summertime snacking for your kids. If you’re looking for some delicious, yet affordable options, you should check your local CVS. Their Gold Emblem brand includes a wide range of goodies from chocolates and candies, to cookies, chips, nuts, granola bars, dried fruit, and a just about anything else you can think of to snack on. [Read more…]

Happy 4th of July!

I want to wish everyone a 4th of July! Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve made it a tradition to post some of my favorite Revolutionary quotes, along with the music video “Freedom Never Cries” by Five For Fighting. The concept of the song is brilliant and thought provoking, and the video is so touching.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Don’t forget to thank a serviceman or woman if you see them out at any 4th of July Festivities, and please take a moment to say a prayer for troops and our country.

“Those who would give up essential liberties to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” -Nathan Hale, before being hanged by the British
“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”   –Patrick Henry – March 23, 1775
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.”
-Thomas Paine, The Crisis

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security…”
from The Declaration of Independence, 1776


A Little Miracle & Story of Hope

Between going around looking for jobs and waiting to move in to our house (yes, I’m still waiting) I haven’t really had a lot of time or inspiration for posting, so I looked over a couple of articles & things that I had saved for a few *quick & easy* posts.

That was I when I re-read this story. So much of the time I watch & read news stories that I have tragic endings, even endings which make me angry, but occasionally I run across stories that make me happy and even inspire me. A few months ago I found this article about a mother and her baby, a baby who’s survival by all accounts is a miracle. The story touched me, not only because the baby survived, but because of what the mother did to ensure her baby’s survival. The story is very heart warming, so I wanted to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

One-Time 10-Ounce Baby Well on Way to Terrible Two’s, Mom Says

The tiniest survivor: How the ‘miracle’ baby born two weeks before the legal abortion limit clung to life against all odds

Chemistry for the Kitchen

Marye at Baking Delights recently posted a link to this fun & amusing, yet rather useful chart. If you’ve ever had a chemistry class in high school or college, and you like cooking, then you should enjoy this. It takes the layout and design of the periodic table of elements, but instead of hydrogen, helium, and carbon, you’ll find things like mayonaise, jelly, and tartar sauce. And what does the chart tell you? How long the items will stay fresh, of course! Visit the links below for a good laugh, or print the chart out and keep it handy in your kitchen as a reference tool.

Table of Condiments that Periodically Go Bad – Black & White version

Table of Condiments that Periodically Go Bad – Color Version