Golden Ratio Dresses

033I have a TON of fabric!  I am always trying to find projects that will use up some of the fabric in my stash.  These dresses that I made for my nieces, was one of those projects.  It also was a math concept lesson for me!

Several years ago I taught a science and math class where I shared the concept of the Golden Ratio with my class.  HERE is a website for more info on how to teach this.  In a nutshell, the Golden Ratio is seen everywhere in nature so, when applied to fashion or design, it tends to be more pleasing to the eye.  Anyway, it got me thinking of how I can APPLY this idea to my sewing.  So I used it to make these dresses.

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Life is all about Choices

Choices GraphicSo many times when I’ve told people that we homeschool our kids or that I am a “stay-at-home mom” people immediately decide that we must be wealthy and there is no way THEY could do that.  It is just not possible.  This just makes me sad… sad that someone feels that they don’t have choices.  They do!  Life is all about choices!

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Baked Egg Roll-up Recipe

eggsI like having dried food on hand.  Right now I have several months supply of dried milk, pasta, and beans.  I also have dried eggs.  Just having food and keeping it for a rainy day, to me, is not an efficient way of running a home.  If I have food, it needs to be used and replenished.  Even dried stuff eventually goes bad. The milk, pasta and beans I have no problem using up but with the eggs I’ve had to get creative.

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Fresh Muffins from the Freezer

MuffinThis past Sunday I had a bunch of family coming over for lunch. I have a job in my church that takes up a bunch of my time Sunday morning so I didn’t have time to make breakfast.  The other day, in order to inspire my kids to do some cleaning, I made one of their favorite muffins – Alton Brown’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins.  While I was making them I decided to make a double batch and freeze them.  I usually don’t use paper muffin liners but for freezing them, they are required.  Here is how you do it:

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My Educational Journey: A Classic Suburban Tale

Classic SuburbanIn an effort to improve my writing and to help my students improve theirs, I recently signed up for a writing class. My first assignment for this class is to write a paper describing my educational journey as a vehicle. While I can definitely see how my education has gotten me where I am today, part of the assignment was to tell what KIND of vehicle it is. That is a little harder. Cars are my husband’s area of expertise, not mine. It took a little bit of thinking on my part but I finally decided on a classic Chevy suburban.

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Homemade Pizza

PizzaWhenever my nieces and nephews visit their most requested meal is pizza. My homemade pizza is famous! For every birthday and holiday it is an absolute must. One of the reasons I think that everyone loves it so much is that everyone makes their own. Most of them just put tomato sauce and cheese on it, but they get to pat out the dough, spread the sauce and sprinkle the cheese. Somehow that must make it taste better!

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Why “Teenager” is a Bad Word

NO TEENAGERSIn my house, teenager is a “bad” word. We don’t have teenagers. We have young adults. Now this is not my own idea. I fully acknowledge that I have been heavily influenced by Dr. Oliver DeMille and his book Thomas Jefferson Education. His book made me look at my kids in a totally different way – a life changer for all of us!

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