Gold Rush Project

Gathering info for my Gold Rush Unit. Bandit's Moon looks like a decent literature connection.


Holy Matrimony

This article really does a great job of helping me define my view on marriage. Homosexuals are the least of marriage's problems in our society.

"The decision to make a marriage "sacred" does not belong to the state—if the state were in charge of mandating sacredness in matrimony, we'd have to pave over both Nevada and Jessica Simpson. We make marriage sacred by choosing to treat it that way, one couple at a time. We make marriage a joke by treating it like a two-week jungle safari. There is no evidence that gay couples are any more inclined toward that latter course than supermodels, rock stars, or that poor spineless bald man on Who Wants to Marry My Dad? There's good evidence that most of them will take the commitment very seriously, as do the rest of us. There will be more "sanctity" in marriage when we recognize that people of all orientations can make sacred choices. Good for Massachusetts for recognizing that truth."


giving thanks

RecipeSource: Baked Winter Squash sounds simple and yummy for the big day!


the friday five

the friday five
1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space.
2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer.
outdated, impractical
3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime.
entertaining, engaging, imagnitive
4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day.
warm, dull, scholastic, relaxing
5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life.
secure, happy, fulfilled, meaningful, simple


note to self:

You wanted to make Pumpkin Butter. It will taste so good with the bread you just made!

Thanks self!

good things

Today, the Real Live Preacher wrote a great piece about doing "our thang" for the good of the world. Such a good thinker! I'm so thankful for writers like this who make me pause and think about my life.

oooh muffins....

Just had to save this recipe for Awesome Pumpkin Muffins:
2 cups sugar
3 egg equivalents
1/2 cup soy milk
1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1-1/2 cups raisins
3 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground clove

1/2 T brown sugar
1 T cinnamon

Mix together ingredients and pour into muffin tin. Sprinkle a bit of the topping mix onto each muffin. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes. This makes two dozen muffins.

Mmmm. Sounds good. I bet they would work with chopped dates too!


you actually put this on bread and eat it?

Ok, so it specifically says "not for debate," but a spreads list with out lemon curd is just wrong. I am not a fan of Vegamite, but I've heard there is an adjustment period involved. I also dispute cream cheese's ranking. Cream cheese makes everything a little brighter. I think there needs to be more imperical evidence in the spreads research before I say yes to Vegamite.


warm snuggle love

I love love love these beautiful quilts. They are so elegant and modern. It makes me want to learn to quilt!!!