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Streuseled Sweet Potato Casserole

Streuseled Sweet Potato Casserole

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This fourth chapter in Hints on Child Training hit a tender nerve in me.  In this chapter, Trumbull exhorts parents to critically look at, but especially get outside input on their children’s most prominent shortcomings so as to know what to focus on while training them.  To be uncomfortably honest, I have yet to get up the nerve to ask even my parents (who would be the gentlest of responders that I know of) to help  me out with this (but I plan to this week, I promise).  I don’t know what it is.  Maybe it’s the “mamma bear” instinct in me that rises up anytime anyone says anything remotely negative about my kids.  I know my children have their faults just like anyone else but I don’t want to hear about them from someone besides my husband (and sometimes not even from him, if I’m honest).  I’ve had a pretty tactless remark said to me about one my children, and I had to control myself before I flew off the handle and I wanted to disregard what was spouted out because it was said in such a heartless way, but Trumbull states:

The unfriendly criticisms of neighbors, and the kind suggestions of friends, are not to be despised by a parent in making up an estimate of his child’s failings and faults.  Rarely is a parent so discerning, so impartial, and so wise, that he can know his children through and through, and be able to weigh the several traits, and perceive the every imperfection and exaggeration of their characters, with unerring accuracy and absolute fairness.

Humph.  I know my children “through and through.”  They’re practically perfect in every way.  So there.  But… maybe there are some imperfections somewhere in there.  Maybe their shortcomings are a little clouded by my adoration of them.  Maybe… maybe I could consider some outsider input.  Maybe I should try and sieve through that tactless remark about my child and see if didn’t actually come from nowhere.  Maybe this “insight” can allow me to see what I couldn’t see on my own and help me to lovingly train my child in becoming a more Christlike person.

He closes this hard-for-me-to-swallow chapter, stating:

Parents need help from others, from personal friends whom they can trust to speak with impartiality and kindness, or from the teachers of their children, in the beginning of a proper estimate and understanding of their children’s characteristics and needs.  The parent who does not realize this truth, and act on it, will never do as well as might be done for his or her child.  God has given the responsibility of the training of that child to the parent; but He has also laid on that parent the duty of learning, by the aid of all proper means, what are the child’s requirements, and how to meet them.

I love how he flat out states it is our responsibility as parents to train our children.  Not the school’s, not the Sunday school’s, not the youth group’s or marshal arts class’s, but our responsibility.  I also appreciate how he rounds it out by reminding us parents it is our job to educate ourselves to be the most quality parents we can be.  Many have gone before us.  There’s much to learn.  So much is out there at our disposal, we just have to make the choice to pursue further educating and informing ourselves for the sake of our children as our God-given responsibility.

This is my challenge for the week, and I challenge you to do it, too.  Ask a kind and trusted friend to help you see your children’s weakness so you may better parent them.  Also, look for a good parenting book that is like-minded in your convictions to help sharpen your parenting skills.  Might I suggest a certain book?

All Aboard! Hints on Child Training

Hints on Child Training: The Duty of Training Children

Scope and Limitations of Child Training

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I meant to post (and start) this last week (technically, I should have started this October 2), but catching up shouldn’t be hard.  I downloaded The 12-Week Holiday Planner for the Christian Family two years ago, and still really enjoy it.  The greatest thing about it is you buy it and print it once, stick it in protective sleeves in a binder, and enjoy it year after year using a dry-erase pen over the sleeves.  Admittedly, I am an organized Christmas junky, and I actually incorporate this planner along with the Christmas Countdown (with free downloads).  I’ve kept a running Christmas Countdown notebook for the past six years to keep track of systems and routines that worked, gifts I’ve given to each individual/group so as not to get in a gift rut, and meaningful new traditions I’d like to continue the following Christmases (as well as things that took away from the season to remember to avoid it in the future).

So, all you Christmas lovers who enjoy a stress-free, well-thought-out yuletide season and who don’t want to lose focus of the True meaning of this great holiday in all the hustle and bustle, check these sites out!  It’ll be fun to compare notes, share ideas, and encourage each other along the path to the manger!  😀

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As I was changing Claire’s (4 months) diaper, Levi (4 years) was giving her love and sweetly said, “I love you, Claire.  I will always be with you.  Even when I’m five, I’ll still be here for you.”

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A couple years ago, my friend, Bianca, gave me a wonderful Reader’s Digest book entitled Homemade.  (Actually, my book isn’t in print anymore, but the link goes to the newest edition of what I have.)  What makes homemaking fun for me is the fact that it usually saves money to do-it-yourself, homemade things are fresher and healthier, I attain a sense of accomplishment when I’m involved in more than just buying a product, and what I especially love is that I can involve my kids to some extent of the project.

Just in time for hot cocoa season, here’s a marshmallow recipe from the Homemade book my kids and I just enjoyed:

Marshmallows

3 T confectioners’ sugar

3 T cornstarch (I always substitute arrowroot powder for cornstarch and it works great)

1 1/2 T unflavored gelatin

1/3 C water

1/2 C granulated sugar

2/3 C light corn syrup (if you don’t have or want to use corn syrup and the recipe calls for 1 cup corn syrup, combine one cup granulated sugar and 1/4 additional cup of the liquid used in the recipe in a 2-cup measure.  Stir until mixture is blended.  Next time I’m going to try and use agave nectar)

1.  Line a 9x13x2-inch pan with wax or parchment paper.  In a small sieve, combine 1 T of the confectioners’ sugar and 1 T of the corn starch/arrowroot powder, and sift the mixture over the prepared pan.

2.  In a medium bowl, combine the gelatin and water; let stand until the gelatin is softened, about 5 min.

3.  Place the bowl in a large saucepan or deep skillet of simmering water.  Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.  Add the granulated sugar and continue to stir until the sugar has dissolved.  Remove the bowl from the water and add the corn syrup.  Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture until it is creamy and thick, 10-15 minutes.  Let the mixture stand until it is cool.

4.  Using a wet spatula, spread the mixture in the prepared pan smoothing the top evenly.  Let the mixture sit until it is cool and set, about 20 minutes.

 

I didn't think to take pictures until this step.  We didn't smooth very much...

I didn't think to take pictures until this step. 😦 We didn't smooth ours too much...

 

 

5.  Carefully lift the marshmallow mixture onto a cutting board.  Following step one, lightly dust the marshmallow with one T of the remaining powdered sugar and cornstarch.  Using a sharp knife, cut the marshmallow into small squares.  In a cup, combine the remaining 1 T powdered sugar and corn starch.  Dip each marshmallow into the mixture until it is completely coated.  Store the marshmallows in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for 1-2 weeks.  

Makes about 36 marshmallows.


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Drought weights the trees, and from the farmhouse eaves
The locust, pulse-beat of the summer day,
Throbs; and the lane, that shambles under leaves
Limp with the heat–a league of rutty way –
Is lost in dust; and sultry scents of hay
Breathe from the panting meadows heaped with sheaves.

– from "The Rain-Crow" by Madison Cawein (1865 – 1914)

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