Cooking and Food Health

Recipe for Homemade Pedialyte

My doctor gave me this recipe years ago to use for replenishing fluids in a child who is suffering from fever and vomiting/diarrhea.Sick Child is Offered Some Sustenance from a Girl Acting as Nurse

Homemade Pedialyte

  • 1 quart sterile water
  • 1TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • can flavor with kool-aid granules

Keep refrigerated and use within a couple of days.

Personally, I forego the pedialyte if I can keep my children drinking water or juice or flat Sprite frequently on the hour. But sometimes you just need an ace in the hole, and this is a good recipe for freezing into popsicles for your patient, or just for drinking (with a straw for a treat!).

May you never need it! 🙂


Thinking Blogger Awards

Bethanie of The-Desire-of-My-Heart blog, sweetly included me in her list of thinking blogger awards! Thank you, Bethanie!

So here are five blogs (I can only list five?) that make me think:

  1. MInTheGap–Keep standing in the gap, MIn. I love your Christian encouragement/prodding as we walk the straight and narrow, being in this old world but not of it! You definitely make me think…and the thoughtful comments posed by your community keep me thinking…
  2. Honey-Do–Georgiana and I are both beginning in this writing journey (okay, she’s farther along than me, having submitted) and we’re both mothers of 3 daughters so I love this blog devoted to homemaking tips. Georgiana is a great one for organizational tricks and nifty home decor projects! Homemaking is not for wimps, right?
  3. Leticia’s World–Leticia has great Friday questions and sprinkles some audacious thoughts throughout the rest of the week. She’s not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve and I love dropping in over there and being provoked to thought!
  4. Seeking Faithfulness–Plenty to chew on at Holly’s blog…this pastor’s wife and mother of many always inspires me to want to do better in this best of all callings…whether it’s homeschooling, mothering, or being the wife God created me to be. I really appreciate your sweet spirit, Holly!
  5. Everyday in Grace–Ann’s heart for God is bigger than life, and she’s got a very evangelical blog that truly keeps my brain wheels spinning. I’ve discovered we have much in common, and Ann’s always introducing/challenging me to interesting articles and pastors such as John Piper. Thanks, Ann, for all the heart that goes into your blogging!

Congratulations, you won a !
Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging. I thought it would be appropriate to include them with the meme.
The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

Cooking and Food Health

Healthy Salad Making Tips

Tossed salad is a favorite around here…and I’m known for “lawn-mower” chopped-fine veggies in mine. My first tip: Don’t rely on iceburg lettuce for any nutrients, it has none. If you’re going to make salad, go for Romaine (I get Romaine hearts at Aldi’s and they are so delicious, I usually eat a leaf or two in the washing process!). Did you know that Romaine is one of the highest vegetable sources of beta-carotene? I also add Red Leaf lettuce and some fresh spinach (powerful antioxidant-rich source) if I have it…mmm!

Next thing to know: wash your vegetables! Yes, we all do this, but I recently learned that tap water is not enough! To really get the potentially harmful bacterias and pesticides, I use Grape Seed Extract (GSE)–25-30 drops in a sinkful of cold water. You can probably buy this at your local health food store, it’s pretty popular stuff.

Here is what makes up my favorite salad:

For color:

  • shredded carrots
  • minutely diced radishes (most people love this taste when it’s not overpowering)
  • just enough red onion for “zing”, again “lawn-mower” fine…
  • occasionally, I also dice raw summer squash…such a pretty yellow, and surprisingly tasty when mixed with greens!
  • halved grape tomatoes
  • cauliflower florets (me and oldest dd’s favorite veggie!)

For added taste:

  • cucumbers–I dice mine in fourths
  • green onion (I prefer this over red onion and never use both)
  • avacado (MY FAVORITE addition to salad!)
  • celery, diced fine (I mean diced, not thinly sliced…my family is not big on celery unless it’s slathered with peanut butter!)
  • broccoli florets

Then, in separate dishes for toppers:

  • grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • sliced black olives
  • salted peanuts

Adding salted peanuts to salad was my Grandma’s great idea…it’s a sad day when we don’t have peanuts on hand in this house!

My favorite dressing? Lemon juice sprinkled on my serving! My mouth is watering…now if I could just wean my family off of Catalina and Ranch!

Of course, thanks goes to my mom, the queen of all salad tossers who taught me well!


The Funnel Theory of Parenting

A Funnel Cloud Reaches Towards Earth from the SkyI’m a firm believer in the funnel theory…training needs to start very young for the most satisfying results. My husband and I first heard of “parenting inside the funnel” from a parenting class our church offered one summer years ago.

It’s a common sense approach to child training…once you’re on the other side of child training! (Grandparents, for example?)

Raising responsible and mature children is made easier when applying the principles of the funnel theory. Most of us get the details inverted though, read on!

Picture a funnel, the kind used when transferring liquids, with a narrow end and a wide end. When our toddlers are being trained, we need to limit their freedoms–this time of parenting is referred to as being in the narrow end of the funnel. As they grow, we give more and more freedoms as they earn those freedoms by obeying. By the time they’re teenagers, they can handle the wide end of the funnel, which represents little parental guidance.

See how easy it is to invert the funnel? We give our littles so much freedom (in the form of choices) that they come to expect the world on a platter, and by the time they are teens, they’re out of control and parents start tightening the reins in a last unsuccessful attempt to regain control.

The Ezzos use a simple example to prove this point. Say you’re being a good mommy (so you think) and you offer your toddler her choice of a pink or orange sippy cup with her breakfast juice. Then, you offer her either orange juice or apple juice. When it’s time to get dressed, you let her pick between wearing pants or shorts, blue ones or green ones, sandals or tennies. You think that you’re equipping your child to be a good decision maker. Right?

Well, shortly after this free-for-all-choice-fest, you announce that lunch is ready and toddler needs to pick up her toys. And she says, “No.” Um, she is still in control of her universe! This is a direct result of allowing too many choices/freedoms when a child is not ready to handle them.

The other key to this, is that most tantrums are caused by parents removing freedoms they’ve previously allowed. If you let your infant play with the remote, or the piano, or the cell phone and then decide when they’re 18 months that they’re too destructive to play with them anymore…tantrum time.

So be careful what freedoms you allow your children. Are they responsible enough to handle having a choice?

If they’re responsible enough to handle not having a choice, then they’re ready.

Very few adults have been trained in how to be responsible, I think much of our college crisis in America is a direct result of too little parental involvement during the most formative years–up to age 12. Our children are going to face hard things in life, how they deal with these things depends on how they’ve been equipped.

Any thoughts?

Family Ties Parenting

A Little Girl is Born

Do you ever wonder what the future hosisters.jpglds for your children? Do you pray for that newborn you hold close at night, that she’ll let Jesus be the Guardian of her way?

I’m sharing here snapshots from my mom’s life, born a homesteader’s daughter out west–that’s her–the dark-haired baby in the photo at your right, with her older sister. In her childhood, she and her five siblings had polio, measles, mumps, chicken pox, you name it. They survived. I can’t imagine being their mother, and wondering if they would. Or how she felt when their school bus flipped over into a canal and all the children escaped the water-filled bus

Fast forward to my mom, in her Bible college days…where she met my dad. They married and had four children in fivmomdadwedding.jpge years, while dad attended seminary and started his lifetime career as Pastor-teacher.

Here thfamilypic66.jpgey are with my brothers and sisters: this photo was taken the summer before my brother David was hit by a car on his way home from kindergarten. He’s the cutie standing in front of my dad. Who could know that he’d die at only six years old? God knew, and had prepared my parents to accept it with what they call “dying grace”.

My parents will celebrate 50 years of marriage this June, and as I address the stacks of anniversary invitations, I can’t help but reflect on God’s faithfulness in their lives.

Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us, sung at their wedding, and at mine, has been a song I’ve prayed over each of my newborns as they grew. It’s a perfect lullaby, especially when you substitute the “Us” with “Her” (or “him” if you’re raising little boys)…

We don’t know what the future holds for our children, but as Christians, we can rest knowing God holds them in the palm of His hand.

In the meantime, what are we doing to equip these entrusted to our care with the Biblical worldview and grounding they’ll need in the days to come?

Christianity Family Ties

Happy Easter

In yesterday’s post, I suggested you look up the lyrics to Watch the Lamb, print them off and discuss them with your children.

We’ve long been fans of Ray Boltz, though we admit to only owning two of his CDs. When our oldest was 3 years old, my husband and I heard Watch the Lamb for the first time, performed at a church banquet. When we realized it had been written by the same man that wrote Thank You (for giving to the Lord), we immediately bought his Concert of a Lifetime
album. Would you believe that our 3 year old latched onto that cassette and wore it out? She’s listened to it every night at bedtime for six years now, and in fact, we’re about to need to buy our third replacement for her. I highly recommend this album…though we have heard some of Ray’s other songs (different albums) that are a tad too “Christian rock” for our family preferences.

Here are the lyrics for you, in case I didn’t quite convince you yesterday…

Watch the Lamb
Ray Boltz

Walking On the Road to Jerusalem,
The time had come to sacrifice again,

My two small sons, they walked beside me down the road,
The reason that they came,
Was to watch the lamb…

And they said,
“Daddy daddy,
What will we see there,
There’s so much that we don’t understand,”
So I told them of Moses,
And Father Abraham,
And I said dear children,
“Watch the lamb….
There will be so many,
In Jerusalem today,
We must be sure this little lamb,
Doesn’t run away,”
And I told them of Moses,
And Father Abraham,
And I said “Dear children,
Watch the lamb….”

When we reached the city,
I knew something must be wrong,
There were no joyful worshippers there,
No joyful worship songs,
And I stood there,
With my children,
In the midst of angry men,
Then I heard a crowd cry out,
“Let’s Crucify Him!”

We tried to leave the city,
But we could not get away,
Forced to play in this drama,
A part I did not want to play,
Why upon this day were men condemned to die,
Why were we standing right here,
Where soon they would pass by,
I looked and I said,
“Even now they come,”

The first one cried for mercy,
The people gave him none,
The second one was violent,
He was arrogant and loud,
I can still hear his angry voice,
Screaming at the crowd,

Then someone said,
“There’s Jesus,”
I scarce believed my eyes,
A man so badly beaten,
He barely looked alive,
Blood poured from His body,
From the thorns on His brow,
Running down the cross,
And falling to the ground,
I watched as He struggled,
And I watched Him when He fell,
The cross came down upon His back,
And the crowd began to yell,

In that moment I felt such agony,
In that moment I felt such loss,
Till the roman soldier grabbed my arm and screamed,
“YOU! Carry his cro———–ss!”

At first I tried to resist him,
But his hand reached for his sword,
So I knelt and I took
The cross from the Lord
I put it on my shoulders
We started down the street
And the blood that He’d been shedding,
Was running down my cheeck…

They led us to Golgatha
They drove nails,
Deep in His feet and hands,
And on the cross,
I heard him pray,
“Father, forgive them…”

Never have I seen such love
In any other eyes
“Into thy hands I commit my spirit,”
He prayed,
And then He died.

I stood for what seemed like years,
I lost all sense of time,
Then I felt two tiny hands
Holding tight to mine
My children stood there weeping,
And I heard the oldest say
“Father please forgive us,
The lamb,
Ran away…

Daddy daddy,
What’ve we seen here,
There’s so much that we don’t understand,”

So I took them in my arms,
We turned and faced the cross
And I said
“Dear children
Watch the—– la—–mb…”

Christianity Home

Snow on Lilacs

Bittersweet, this snowfall, knowing that the spring-greening around us is endangered, but oh so pretty. I’ve never seen grass and purple lilacs dusted wiBlossom in Lilacth snow…it felt like a gift. I was baking cherry pies and honey-oat bread the day it came down. And hey, if I can’t have the windows open when I’m baking, flurrying snowflakes are the next best–if only for the cozy-factor!

We’ve been busy this week…washing woodwork, window panes and curtains. My bathroom window is the bane of my housekeeping existence…it’s old, and I’ve sanded and repainted the silly thing three times since our move here nine years ago. Still the paint peels, mildews, etc. So every spring and fall, I attack the thing. That was Monday…when the weather was nice enough to have the windows open while I worked! (Good thing with all the chlorox fumes!)

Are you ready for a special Easter? We are. White shoes and dresses all lined up… (new shoes/socks, old dresses) 🙂 Hearts excited for tomorrow’s worship, and an afternoon/evening to spend together.

Have you ever heard the Ray Boltz song, “Watch the Lamb”? It’s a favorite at our house, and the lyrics make for a special discussion of just what Jesus did for us so long ago…go read them, and if you have children, print it off and discuss how it must have been for the little boys in the song…seeing a bleeding and thorn-crowned Saviour stumbling under the weight of the cross.

I’m so thankful for the enormity of all He endured for me.

Happy Easter, my friends…

Cooking and Food Family Ties

Preschooler Fishing Snack

What do you get when you serve stick pretzels and goldfish crackers on a plate alongside a dollop of peanut butter? A great fishing snack for preschoolers!

How it works: have them dip the pretzel into the peanut butter, then try to “catch” a fish cracker with it. We’ve enjoyed this snack for 9 years now. It’s been so long I can’t remember where I got the idea…probably out of a Family Fun magazine.

Thought I’d share it for those of you involved in playgroups, Awana Cubbies, or just for a change at mid-afternoon snacktime.

What kinds of fun snacks do your kids play around with?

Book Recommendations

A Valley Of Betrayal by Tricia Goyer

Ever hear of the Spanish Civil War? Journey to Spain in this richly painted war story that you won’t want to put down… Author Tricia Goyer kept me guessing (and reading!) with a rich cast of characters and heartbreaking peeks into humanity at all levels. There is something for everyone to identify with in this tale. I also have to say, that when hero met heroine my pulse was jumping so fast I could have been in the action! (We’re talking fox holes and flying bullets–irresistable!) I can’t wait till its sequel, A Shadow of Treason comes out this fall.

Here’s what Tricia has to say about the Spanish Civil War, fought in the late 1930’s, pre-WW2:

“Nazi tanks rolled across the hillsides and German bombers roared overhead, dropping bombs on helpless citizens. Italian troops fought alongside the Germans, and their opponents attempted to stand strong—Americans, British, Irishmen, and others—in unison with other volunteers from many countries. And their battleground? The beautiful Spanish countryside.

From July 17, 1936-April 1, 1939, well before America was involved in World War II, another battle was fought on the hillsides of Spain. On one side were the Spanish Republicans, joined by the Soviet Union and The International Brigade—men and women from all over the world who have volunteered to fight Fascism. Opposing them, Franco and his Fascist military leaders, supported with troops, machinery, and weapons from Hitler and Mussolini. The Spanish Civil War, considered the “training ground” for the war to come, boasted of thousands of American volunteers who joined to fight on the Republican side, half of which never returned home.

Unlike World War II, there is no clear line between white and black, good and evil. Both sides committed atrocities. Both sides had deep convictions they felt worth fighting and dying for.”

If you’re a fan of factual historic fiction, such as Brock and Bodie Thoene’s, then you’re going to love Tricia Goyer’s books. Be sure to read A Valley of Betrayal and spread the word to all your friends…that it’s a page-turner!

Available at Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, and your local bookstore.

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Christianity Parenting

Palm Sunday Thoughts

Paradise Palm

Something very profound happened two days ago. A mother had to give up her firstborn son–her seven month old baby boy. She had little time to gain her composure at the Judge’s awarding temporary 30 day custody of her tiny son to her ex-husband before CPS stormed to her apartment, demanded she turn the baby and his belongings over to them…I won’t go into the elaborate schemes of her ex-husband, his unbelievable family, and the social workers assigned to the case which resulted in this travesty. I will say it smacks loudly of Christian persecution.

And yet this mother–my friend, trusts with all her heart that this is all part of God’s plan for her son’s life. With peace that passes all understanding, she is able to let him go, knowing he is in God’s hands and he always will be.

I told my friend when she called me with this update, that I’d get my church and friends to praying. Guess what she said? She’d appreciate it, but to make sure our main focus was on Jesus this Sunday, and on Easter. On Jesus’ sacrifice and what He went through for our sakes, and to consider how little anything He asks of us seems in light of this gift.

Today at church we probably all read the account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. My pastor brought up the amazing fact that the owners of the donkeys were willing to let the disciples take their animals with no argument. Because the Lord had need of them.

Matthew 21:2-3 when upon nearing Jerusalem, Jesus directed two of his disciples,

“saying, ‘Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘the Lord has need of them’ and immediately he will send them.” (NASB)

Our Pastor then expounded,

“What is the Lord asking of you? If He’d sent His disciples to collect your car for His use in a triumphant parade, would you have let them take it?”

I couldn’t help but think of my friend and what she’d given up in faith that God was working, and this was part of His perfect plan. Will you pray for her and her little son?

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please continue to hold my friend close. You know her heart is breaking, and You know her love for You, and for her son. She’s clinging to Your promises and hoping You’ll use her son as You did Joseph when he was sold into slavery. Protect her little boy, keep him safe from evil. Open the eyes and heart of the Judge, Lord, give him wisdom to see through the lies and false witnesses. Thank You Father, for the testimony of this dear friend’s faith through the past year’s trials. Just like the song says, ‘if we never had a problem, we’d never know that God could solve them’…and Your amazing grace has been so evident in her acceptance of this situation.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Galations 2:20,

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (KJV)