Math Made FUN

I know, I know. I NEVER post anymore. Well, I'm not a very organized person and posting on Blogger just isn't a priority. But I do want to share something with you that I found this week.

Here at the Loveless home, we home school. We're trying a new schedule this year, (which is working out great) and started the year in the middle of July. We get a week off every month, two weeks at Christmas, and six weeks for summer. Anyhow, that was simply to explain to you why we are in school in the summer time.

Now to tell you what I wanted to share. This year, we're using a new math cuuriculum, Math Mammoth which is great (and VERY affordable)! Maria at Math Mammoth teaches more than facts, she teaches concepts. Jerry's curriculum last year was a little more traditional. He hates boring facts and so instead of memorizing them he adds on his fingers and toes. Well, this year is different. I've been working with him on learning to add mentally by making groups of tens. Jerry is VERY hands on in his learning and so I looked online for a simple, inexpensive abacus. What I found was even better! Instructions on how to make one myself!

I love DIY if it doesn't involve a lot of money, equipment, brain power, or time. All I needed was four craft sticks, five bamboo skewers (which I cut in half), 100 pony beads (in color groups of 5), and some good ole' fashioned Elmer's glue. The abacus is hand sized, inexpensive, and if my active, accident prone boy breaks it, it won't break the bank! Here's the finished product....

With Math Mammoth and this... Math just become more fun!!!

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Egg Free, Dairy Free, Low fat, Low sugar , Low sodium, Whole Grain Pumpkin Muffins

A BIG name for a small muffin!

We recently found out that Keith is diabetic. I thought we ate pretty healthy before, but cooking low sugar, low carbs has been an adventure. As I find simple, affordable recipes that we like I will share them here. Remember that these recipes may not work with your individual diet plan. They are also not just for diabetics. We are trying to make this a family change as much as possible. Momma ain't about to give up chocolate!!!

Keith gets up at 4am for his part-time job each morning and having something ready to eat is important. I've come up with these Pumpkin Muffins. If you're wanting something pretty, you will be disappointed, but these are VERY moist and tasty. I will try to add a picture when my camera is replaced. (Don't ask, all I'll say is kids do not make good photographers!)

Pre-heat: 350F
Makes: 12

1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour
1 C Ground Oats (I put quick oats and oat bran in my mini chopper and chop the stuffin' out of it.)
1/4 C Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (I blend my own)
3/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 C Chopped Walnuts and/or roasted Pumpkin Seeds

1-14oz Can Pure Pumkin (Should be able to substitute mashed bananas, but haven't tried them yet. If you do, please let me know how it worked.)
1/4 C Honey

1. Blend Dry ingredients.

2. Mix wet ingredients

3. Add to Dry.

4. Mix until blended

5. Divide between 12 muffin cups (If you do not use muffin papers, make sure to spray tin well with non-stick spray. Because there is no oil in the recipe they will stick.)

6. Bake 20 min.

7. ENJOY!!!

Breakfast Burritos

Tired of cereal and toast? Need a quick, easy breakfast idea? Try these breakfast burritos. I made them for our men's prayer breakfast last week and they were a big hit! I froze the left-overs and they re-heat very nicely.

10 Large flour tortillas
1 dozen eggs
1/2 cup salsa
2 TBSP minced onion
salt and pepper to taste (Remember, most breakfast meat is salty, so don't over do it.)
1 pound breakfast meat
About 30-40 tater tots, broken up
1/3 pound of cheese, grated

Brown meat in skillet/frying pan. Remove. Drain excess fat (I wiped out the skillet with paper towels.) Put eggs, onions, salsa, salt and pepper in the pan (You could add cheese at this point, I added the cheese separately since we have a man in the church who is lactose intolerant.) and scramble-fry them. Add meat and tater tots to eggs. Divided egg mixture and shredded cheese between 10 tortilla shells and roll them making sure to fold in the ends as you go.

To freeze: Place burritos on a parchment paper (waxed paper or a light coating of non-stick spray should work too.) lined cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen, wrap individually in paper towels and place in a freezer bag. To reheat, take frozen burrito and pop in the microwave for 2-4 minutes.

These are quite filling. The kids even like them! Of course, Daddy eats his with extra salsa, sour cream, and Tabasco sauce. They are also good for a quick and filling lunch or after church snack.


How to be Truly Thankful....

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!!!

Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
concerning you.


Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

"Thank you, Lord, for ALL You ARE and ALL You've done."

God bless Canada!!!

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The Secret to Great Gain...

"But godliness with contentment is GREAT GAIN.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."
1 Tim. 6:6,7

As I study the topic of contentment for a Bible study I'm working on for my ladies' retreat next week, I came across some very pertinent questions:

1. Could I be content with only treasures in Heaven? (Matt 19:16-22) Would it be enough?

2. Am I discontented with the provisions Christ has given me? (Matt 6:19-21, 24-34)

Talk about conviction!

How much do you need, physically, relationally, and materially
before you experience contentment?

Think about it!

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