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Issue #15 - Lent is Upon Us!

In this Issue:

  • From Laura's Desk: Getting Ready for Lent
  • Homeschooling Tips and Ideas: Stations of the Cross
  • Book Recommendations: Some of my favorite Lenten books
  • New Product Announcements: Another Giveaway Announcement
  • Our Favorite Recipes: Chile Chicken Tortillas
  • Used Curriculum Corner: Writing, Early Learning, Art, Math, and Religion books
  • From Laura's Desk

    Lent is upon us! Say "Alleluia" for the last time until Easter. (Sorry if you're reading this after Ash Wednesday, you'll have to just skip over that word :)

    We've been planning something different for this Lent. We all started doing a 90 Day workout program and for Lent we are going to do the "clean eating" program that goes with it. While I was planning out some meals I realized just how much cheese our family eats! The cheese issue by itself should be quite a challenge for us!

    This year is a Lent where 8 out of 9 of us are somehow involved in the production of "The Seven Last Words of Christ", so we try not to take on too many other types of penances because the schedule for this is trying enough on all of us. If you haven't seen the video on our web page, click on the link in the name and give it a whirl (btw, the image you see of Pontius Pilate and his wife Claudia are my husband and my third oldest daughter! The still images are all mine and both myself, my husband and two of my daughters talk in the video...so of course, why wouldn't I want you to see it??).

    In one month that video has been viewed over 1,000 times, which is rare for a youtube video in its first month. Help us push that number higher.

    I hope that you will have a very blessed and fruitful Lent! May your homeschooling not be at the root of your penance :)

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    Homeschooling Tips and Ideas

    This time of year is a great time to bring some hands-on activities into your Religion class! There are so many different things you can do to bring Lent to life.

    I'd like to try this activity for the Stations of the Cross. With all of the practices we have during Lent it is hard to make it to the Stations at church, so this would be a great way to try it at home.

    I am also going to make periodic posts on the Stations throughout Lent on my blog. I have accumulated quite a collection of photos that pertain to the each of the Stations, so I plan on using them to guide us through Lent.

    What a great time to teach our kids our faith by "doing". Speaking of doing...a quick internet search will give you loads of ideas to get started.

    Book Reccomendations

    During Lent I really try extra hard to get my spiritual reading time in. I have a few standard books that I turn to:

    Volume 2 of "In Conversation with God" is the Lenten and Easter volume of this great series of meditations. Each day gives you three points to think upon which are really meaty and very helpful. This is one of my favorites.

    I also like "The Pain of Christ and the Sorrow of God" by Gerald Vann, OP. This is another meditation-type book on the Passion. I have many underlined sections in this book.

    I'm also going to attempt to read a new book by Jacques Philippe entitled "Called to Life". It appears to deal with finding fulfillment and happiness in life and is part of an ongoing book study over at a new Catholic mom's blog called Sucipio.

    Many of the "big" saints (like St. Ignatius) recommend 30 minutes of spiritual reading a day! IF you don't already do that, why not try giving it a shot during Lent.

    New Product Announcements

    If you like Giveaways (and who doesn't??) then I have another giveaway for you to enter. You have to do it quickly because this one is only open until the 25th of February. There are some nice Catholic items as well as some that are specific to homeschooling. In fact...my book "A Plan for Joy in the Home" is one of the things you have a chance to win!

    To enter, just go to The Catholic Bloggers Network home page and follow the directions.

    While you're there you can check out some of the great Catholic blogs that are part of this wonderful network (although I suppose Lent isn't a great time to take on additional blog reading, is it??)

    Our Favorite Recipes

    This is one of the new "clean eating" recipes we are going to try. I haven't had it yet, but it sounds yummy! The recipe serves four, so we will have to triple it, for sure.

    Chile Chicken Tortillas

    Olive Oil cooking spray
    12 ounces of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed dry and cut into thin strips
    1 Tbs chile powder
    4 whole-wheat tortillas
    3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
    1 medium green bell pepper thinly sliced
    1/2 C thinly sliced red onions
    1 lime, quartered

    Avocado Sour Cream

    1 avocado, pitted and peeled
    1/4 C low-fat sour cream
    2 Tbs water, optional
    Juice 1 lime
    1/4 tsp sea salt
    2 Tbs chopped cilantro leaves

    Prepare Avocado Sour Cream: combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Set aside. If not using immediately, cover container and place in refrigerator.

    Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and set on medium-high heat. Season chicken with chile powder. Cook chicken for 3 minutes or until no longer pink, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

    Warm tortillas according to package directions. Place lettuce, pepper and onions onto each tortilla, dividing evenly. Spoon about 3 Tbs of Avocado Sour Cream onto each and top with chicken. Squeeze lime over each tortilla and serve immediately.

    Enjoy!

    Used Curriculum Corner

    Here are some of the used books that I currently have. If you are interested in purchasing them, you can contact me and we can arrange the shipping. The price I have listed is what they will sell for PLUS shipping charges. Of course, shipping will depend on how fast you want the items and where you live in relation to me. We can work all the details out through email. Hopefully this will be a win-win situation for both of us!

    In the Math category, I have the Teachers' Guide for level E of Modern Curriculum Press. It is in great shape and will sell for $10 each.

    Somehow I ended up with a bunch of extra Seton books. In the Art category, I have the following:

    Art 3, Art 4, Art 5 and Art 6 All of these books are free of markings and coloring (we always made photocopies!) Each book is $7

    I also have Seton's American History for Young Catholics 1 (it looks like a first edition) which I will sell for $3

    I have a copy of Helping Your Child Learn Science for kindergarten. Sales price is $3

    The Gift of Family Writing for <$3> and

    Catholic Math Activities for $3 also.

    In the Religion category, I have:

  • The Story of the Church by TAN publishers for $15
  • All of the above books are in great condition!

    If you are interested in any of the above titles, just contact me with your name, email address and which book(s) you are interested in and we will arrange for shipping.

    Remember, you are purchasing used materials. To the best of my ability, I have fairly represented the above mentioned products. All sales are final.

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