But baby it’s cold outside

 

 

 

I really can’t stay. But baby it’s cold outside. I’ve got to go way. Whoa, but it’s cold outside. This evening has been, In hopin that you’d drop in, So very nice. I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice

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oh cos it’s…  cold outside.

It is freezing outside! Absolutely FREEZING! Heck even my chickens want nothing to do with coming out of the run or the coop.

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Fresh Eggs? If we can get to them in the 20 minutes it takes them to freeze solid and start to crack.

I admit that I pushed Humpty Dumpty, I let the dogs out, and I am the fool always praying for a blizzard. But I like my cold in the positive numbers and more in the 20s. If it has to be this cold I like snow on the ground. I like a nice warm fire, but we have no fireplace and sitting out in these temps around the fire pit is not an option.

Yesterday we baked in an effort to help keep the house warm.  And boy did we bake!

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Love the smell of chocolate baking in the morning!

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Some Apple Pie Cupcakes and some chocolate hazelnut cupcakes.

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Some cupcakes for a customer, his company packages and distributes the hazelnut spread that I use.

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Made my new Valentine’s Day cupcake for kids. It is called a warm fuzzy and it has bubblegum flavored icing and white chocolate.

We even made a natural yeast starter for part of science and math. He also helped me convert a bunch of recipes and learned that 8oz doesn’t always mean a cup!

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B-man: is yeast a living thing?
Me: Yes, sir!
B-man: I will look it up to see what classification it is in……. it is a fungi! We eat fungi!!!
Me: Afraid so
B-man: Fungi tastes good!!!! We shall call the starter Francis Bobbio
Me: Wonderful

Here is how you start the Natural Yeast Starter: (The numbers are the days)

  1. 5oz organic whole-wheat flour & 5oz water; stir together and ferment overnight at room temp.
  2. 5oz starter from day one, 5oz organic whole-wheat flour, and 5oz water; discard 5oz of the starter add remaining 5oz of starter to the flour and water and mix to incorporate. Ferment overnight at room temp.

I will give you the rest of the instructions tomorrow for day three!

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I found some interesting learning material since most of the nation is stuck in this cold weather pattern.

NOAA has this webpage about changing seasons

KidsHealth has this one on Cold, Ice, and Snow Safety

CalTech has this webpage on a Guide to Snowflakes

USGS has put out this on the Water Cycle

NOAA has a site called SciJinks and has this on Why do we have Seasons?

We found this PDF on how to become a Weather Wizard

NOAA puts out this Winter Storms pdf

NASA has Climate Kids and has good links too

Frozen snowflake patterns

Lego snowflakes

Make a snowflake

If you are suffering through this frigid cold weather might as well make it a hands on learning experience.

Found this quote and this is where I leave you today:

If snowflakes were kisses, I would send you a blizzard!

 

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes!

Shannon

 

Thrifty Thursday 4.3.14

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I am getting ready to plant my garden and I am planting green beans this year. I know they need to vines up something.

I am again in a no spend month, same as last month and I knew I had to come up with a creative way by re-purposing things.

When we were cleaning the backyard two weeks ago I saw this just sitting behind the shed.

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I can use the springs inside as a vine trellis for my green beans. This required me taking off the fabric and foam layer.

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One problem…. my dog seemed to think that this was his bed.

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We got him off and one side off, This was the hardest part and the rest came easy.

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We had one spring trellis ready to use.

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I had my box ready to go and placed this behind it and roped it to the fence! All ready for the growing season!

~Live, Love, & Cupcakes ~

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Happy New You

I was raised in the RLDS faith, we are now called the Community of Christ Church. While I love my faith and believe in the teaching that were taught to me as a child, I find the local congregation lacking. I always have since we moved to St. Louis in 1989.

We moved from the Kansas City area which is the world headquarters for the church and I went to school with kids of my faith and the youth ministries was huge there. When we moved to St. Louis it was a huge shock to go to school and only have one other person of my faith.

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The local congregation doesn’t have a large youth group, in fact if we went my daughter would be it. At Junior High camp last summer I had many members tell me to find a bible based church and just go and try it out. My kids needed it and I needed it.

There were two church in mind that are both within 5 miles of my house. The problem is I have going somewhere new that I don’t know anyone. Both of these churches are quite large and I would get panic attacks just thinking about it.

Than something happened in my life that changed EVERYTHING. I had a rough day at the end of October and we were broke, flat broke….. like I am counting pennies for milk type of broke. My son had a condition and the medicine he required cost $50, which was my food money for the week. I had a ton of things and the weight was more than I could bare. I was up at school picking up a boy I watched after-school, my son was at home and couldn’t go to school, and I lost it. I told God “I give up, do what you want!”

It was at that point that a woman we shall call “A” came up to me to ask if I was ok. I lost it totally, I started bawling, and she just hugged me. It was what I needed at that point in time in my life. “A” said a small prayer right than and there, offered to bring me dinner, and became my friend. When she dropped off dinner later that night I found something in with the meal, a letter and money. She had no idea that the money was much-needed for groceries in the house and how much of a blessing she bestowed upon myself and my family.

A few weeks later I asked her if I could go to church with her. I knew the church from another friend that went there. She said she and we looked at our schedules and settled on an up coming Saturday night service. well, than things took a turn for the worse and my mother-in-law ended up dying of cancer. I went to be her caregiver with hospice in her final week of life. That is when I knew I needed God back in my life more than ever.

Upon returning to St. Louis from taking care of my mother-in- law, I went to church the following Saturday with my two younger children. I have to say the rock band at the beginning the rock band was a little  weird for me. I am from a church that it is by a schedule that is printed for you to follow. You sing from hymnals and it is up down, up down, and a little on the stiff side. Which is OK  but it is not what I needed in my life now. This church was a smack in the face, but in a good way. I walked away feeling refreshed and good about the world again.

I have been back every Saturday since. The messages are good and have real life value to them. My kids love going and they even have a Wednesday night service for her and the 150+ youth that attend.

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The new series for this year is Happy New You and you can find these on podcast through iTunes or go here. This week we have a bit of homework as we look at ourselves. You can see the downloadable worksheet here. Here is what he wants us to look at, and I will post my answers tomorrow.

  • My personal purpose statement
  • Faith – My one goal in faith this year is to
  • Family – My one goal for family this year is to
  • Fitness – My one goal in fitness this year is to
  • Finances – My one goal in finances this year is to
  • Friends – My one goal for friends this year is to
  • Future – My one goal for the future this year is to
  • Fun – My one goal for fun this year is to

Take some time to today and go over these and see where you see yourself going this year.

Exercise? No!

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If I had kept all those resolutions over the past decade would be rich, thin, fit, healthy, smarter and organized; but life is good just the way it is. But I do want to do a bit more of those things this year. I never make resolutions, they only last a week, but I try to always find a way to improve on things I do.

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Take my exercise program for instance…………is it bad that my idea of working out is pinning workouts to a board on Pinterest? No seriously……. I am not kidding, I wish I was! This whole exercise thing is crazy because as a child I was working out daily, 13 years of gymnastics, 8 years of dance  softball, volleyball, swimming, and whatever my parents could find to fill my time. I had ADD/HD in a era where they didn’t know what that was.

But do I do it now? No. Why not you ask? Well, I have three kids and a husband, I am a pastry chef, I am going back to school, and I work as a recess/lunch room supervisor at my youngest child’s school. When am I going to work out? I guess I could walk the dogs, but I have a nice 1/2 acre that is fenced for them to run in. So, I just pin my want to do workouts on Pinterest and pray that it works electronically.

I have a complete P90X workout DVD set I am looking to sell. Let me know… I am never going to be able to do it. I never did it, just watched two DVDs and got tired jut doing that. I am all for preventing fires and to do that my legs don’t need to rub together in a fast pace.

I am trying to eat better this year and I am starting to do a few exercises here and there. I am doing Yoga to help with my back and as that gets better, maybe I will add in some crunches. Until than my Pinterest workout will have to do……..

Taboo or living in the past?

As many of you know I am returning to school, online. One of my classes is Health and this week we are into Birth Control and STIs. I know that this is a very taboo subject but I am going there.

Here is the Discussion question posted:

How do decisions regarding birth control affect reproductive health?

Here is my answer:

      The decisions regarding birth control affect reproductive health in many ways for both parties involved. Today we have knowledge to better understand reproduction and how to control or enhance reproduction. Better information and technology makes us more knowledgeable than our grandparents generation. Today we can choose if and when we want to have children. With this knowledge in our hands we have more control over our reproductive health. The contraceptions one choose can also prevent the transmission of diseases and help to prevent female issues.
     There are many forms of contraceptions our there to choose from and what you choose depends on your comfort level and how effective it is. The male condom  is the only temporary means of birth control available for men. The latex and polyurethane condoms are the only ones that effectively prevent the spread of some STIs and HIV. The effectiveness of male condoms is dependant of both partners taking the time and effort to use it.
     Females have more choices in contraceptions and all depend on the female and her personal choice. Jellies, creams, foams, suppositories, and film are a barrier form that do not require a prescription. The female condom is a single-use polyurethane sheath that when used provides protection against HIV and STIs that its male condom counterpart. Diaphragms are small shallow cups made of thin latex and must be fitted by a practitioner. Diaphragms and cervical caps when used with spermicidal jelly or cream offers protection against gonorrhea and possibly chlamydia and HPV, but not HIV. Oral contraceptives lower the risk of several health conditions, including endometrial and ovarian cancers, non-cancerous breast disease, osteoporosis, ovarian cysts, PID, and iron-deficiency anemia.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Here is what some of my classmates said.

I agree that it should not always fall on the females responsibility.  I think men should have more responsibility in that department than they do.  I have heard to many times from male friends that it isn’t their responsibility, it is the women’s, she is the one that always gets pregnant.  I think most men look at birth control like a joke.  

I think a lot of the man point of view has to do with how he was taught. Think about it. He was probably given a speech by his father and his father was given a speech by his father and so on and so on. It is a chain of events. Men still have a long way to go in their thinking that it is not the woman’s sole responsibility. I know I looked at my husband and said “you need to talk to your son about safe sex”. Good thing we talked about what was to be said before hand. My son also know because he is a product of a teenage pregnancy and an absent sperm donor. He know what a woman goes through and is very thoughtful when it come to women and that sort of thing. I think we as mothers can’t not just expect our husbands to know the right thing to say. I think this needs to be a two parent conversation to break the chain of knowledge that is passed down.

I think we as a society rely on the school system to teach our kids about safe sex. The schools are very limited in how much they can teach. Than, as we all remember, teenagers think that they are untouchable! That what they are talking about cannot happen to them. They see young adults having all sort of relationships on tv and never showing any protective measures. I think parent need to be more involved as the next generation comes to age. You can only preach so much to adults but to the younger ones we can make a change.Your thoughts?