May 25, 2015

Poppins Book Nook for May...coming soon!

I am running behind bear with me as I get my post up for this month!

While you wait, here is a great list of my fellow collaborators who I'm sure will have some great books and activities to share!

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May 21, 2015

Fresh from the Kitchen: 5 Tasty Marinade and Rub Recipes

I'm tickled to share with you a guest post from Jessica who blogs at Jebbica's World! She is going to help kick off a great BBQ season with a collection of her favorite homemade rubs and marinades!

Summer is fast-approaching, and that means that it’s...grilling season! Here are some great rubs and marinades that are perfect for your grilled meats and vegetables!

1. Bakers’ House Seasoning

This is super simple to throw together and tastes great on everything! This is my sister’s recipe and is named after her family.

• 1 cup salt
• ¼ cup ground black pepper
• 1/8 cup garlic powder
• 1/8 cup onion powder

2. JJ’s Steak Marinade

We’ve tried a lot of fancy steak marinades over the years, but we always end up going back to this one, because it really adds to a medium-cooked steak without overpowering it. Let’s face it—we want the steak to be the star!

• 1 cup red wine
  (we use whatever we have, which is usually a Cabernet or Malbec…and it’s totally okay to use one that’s maybe been open and sitting in the fridge a few days that might not taste so great by itself!)
• ¼ cup lemon juice
• ¼ balsamic vinegar
• ¼ cup olive oil
• ¼ cup spicy mustard
• 1 tbsp minced garlic (or 1 clove minced)
• 1 tsp horseradish
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp cracked black pepper

Mix ingredients together and pour into a heavy-duty plastic food bag (gallon freezer bags work well). Place steak in bag and seal. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, flipping bag a time or two in between. Keep the marinade to baste the steak when you’re grilling!

3. JJ’s Grilled Veggie Skewer Marinade

Try this with meat, or without!

• ½ cup olive oil
• 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
• ¼ cup lemon juice
• 2 tbsp spicy mustard
• 1 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp minced garlic
• ½ tsp salt
• ½ tsp cracked black pepper

4. “Jude’s Butt Rub”

Great for just about any kind of meat or BBQ! This is my sister’s recipe and is named after my little nephew, Jude.

• ¼ cup kosher salt
• ¼ cup brown sugar
• 1/8 cup paprika
• 2 tbsp chili powder
• 2 tbsp onion powder
• 2 tbsp garlic powder
• 1 tbsp ground black pepper
• 1 tbsp ground cumin
• 1 tsp ground ginger

5. JJ’s Wasabi Rub

This is somewhere in between a marinade and a dry rub. It creates a kind of paste that you can baste onto burgers, chops, seafood, and more! It seems like it would be spicy, but in the end it creates this kind of tangy crust that really lends itself well to grilled meats.

• ½ cup brown sugar
• ¼ cup wasabi paste
• ½ cup balsamic vinegar
• ¼ cup horseradish
• ¼ cup spicy mustard
• 1/8 cup Old Bay seasoning
• 2 tsp Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
• 1 tsp cracked black pepper

Mix everything together and rub into the outside of the meat of your choice. 
Will turn black-ish when grilled!

Want to print these off for later? 

What are your favorite go-to rubs and marinades for the grilling season? 
Which of these sounds the most tasty to you?

Meet my guest blogger:

Jessica Bowman is a grilling fanatic…at least when it comes to the eating part! She makes grilling a regular part of her healthy weight loss journey in the warmer months and integrates many grilled foods into her healthy lifestyle. So far, she has lost over 50 of 75 lbs! 

Follow her journey and check out other helpful healthy tips at Jebbica’s World and make sure you come find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+ to keep up with her adventures!

May 20, 2015

Flight and Metamorphosis DVDs~ Design of Life Vol. 1 and 2 from {Product Review}

We have a tradition of watching nature documentaries on either Friday night or Saturday morning as part of our Sabbath worship. We love learning more about the world God created and being able to glory in His magnificence--but most of the shows are heavily push the evolutionary theory. When I learned about the chance to review two intelligent design focused films from called Flight and Metamorphosis, I was eager for a chance to share them with my family and hoped they would be more along the lines of what we believe.
Product Review: Flight and Metamorphosis by

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Some of the selections they carry include (but are definitely not limited to):
*Exploring Ephesus
*Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story
*Privileged Species
*Unbroken: Legacy of Faith Edition
*Flight AND Metamorphosis~ Design of Life Vol 1 and 2

Our review team was allowed to pick from the list above--I chose to review Flight and Metamorphosis with my family.

How Did we Use This Product?

We chose to watch these DVDs on one Saturday morning (our Sabbath). We have a family tradition of watching a nature documentary of some sort and these fit the bill.

Metamorphosis ($11.18) is a stunning documentary focused on the butterfly and the complexity of its life cycle. The 64 minute film shares rarely seen magnetic resonance imaging to show the changes that happen during metamorphosis in a chrysalis which was very awesome to see. The biologists on the film are very well spoken and interesting as they share their passion of the magic of the butterfly and how it brings them awe and wonder. They openly present the flaws of evolution using the case study of the butterfly's life cycle and share their opinions regarding evidence of supernatural intelligence and mind. My whole family was captivated by this film and we kept pausing it to talk about what we were seeing and learning.

Flight: The Genius of Birds DVD ($11.18) is a wildlife documentary celebrating the life of birds and their incredible unique ability to live life in the skies. The movie is 63 minutes long and films birds all over the world, paying special attention to the inspiring life and migration of the Arctic Tern. Little Britches was excited when this came on, as we studied about this particular bird earlier in our year and so he knew much of what was covered, but enjoyed seeing the bird in "real life" and learning more about how truly remarkable it is.

What Are Our Thoughts?

Little Britches: 
"It was so cool to see all the butterflies. That one was my favorite. I loved the story about the Monarchs. I would love to see them on the trees. Oh and I really liked the car and jet part. It makes the idea of a caterpillar learning to evolve into a butterfly really stupid. I just really like butterflies. I think God made them pretty awesome. The big orange ones are my favorite."

Baby Britches:
"I wike the butterflies! They fly around a lot and they have blue ones. I wike the blue ones with their big wings."

"I thought it was an excellent set of movies. I personally enjoyed the Metamorphosis the most because of how clear it talks about the case for intelligent design in regards to the origin of life. I loved the way they presented the idea of evolution in relationship to the metamorphosis of a butterfly. The computer animation of the plain old car suddenly stopping in the middle of the road, building itself its own shed and turning itself into a jet, was brilliantly done! I would definitely recommend this movie to any family wanting to give their children ammunition to be able to hold their own in the evolution debates. I will be remembering the information myself for future use."

I have to agree with my men. These were fabulous films and the very kind our family adores. The cinematography was very high quality and the presentation of the information superb. Like my men, I too enjoyed the Metamorphosis DVD the best, though Flight was excellent as well. I just love learning about butterflies and the addition of the excellent argument for an "intelligent designer", by exclusively using the life cycle of a butterfly, was brilliantly done. I don't think I've ever heard a case against evolution so succinctly presented, using facts based on scientific evidence BY top scientists. My husband and I both commented that if more evolutionary theory supporting people watched this film, it would be hard for them to not, at the very least, have to pause and think about what they believe.

Would I Recommend This Product?

I think that anyone who supports the belief in the theory of an intelligent designer will find these documentaries exceptional. They are the high caliber presentations along the lines of the big name companies out there in the nature documentary world. These would be excellent videos to use for Science resources or to add to a church media library. I am going to encourage our local congregation to show the DVD Metamorphosis as part of one of our movie nights, because I know it will be high enjoyed.

If you are a supporter of the evolutionary theory in regards to the origin of life, I do not think these movies are for you---although still I think they would still be worth your time to watch, because even just the information and cinematography about the butterflies and birds is excellent.

Want to know more?

Our family reviewed two DVDs from the Design of Life series Flight and Metamorphosis. You know we loved them--but what about the other DVDs available from this company? Make sure you check out the other reviews by my fellow crewmates! Review
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These videos were so stunning and beautiful, that I know we will enjoy sharing them with friends and family---and keeping them in our collection for future reference (and maybe even Science reports!). I look forward to learning more about the movies that carries.

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