Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#Wisdomantics Game Review & Giveaway

Teaching each of my children to hide GOD's Word in their heart is my number one priority as a mom.   We talk about the Bible as we eat, and as we walk, and as we drive from place to place each day.  We look at the world around us and discuss current events through the filter of what we read in the Bible. These are the moments that draw us closer together.  We enjoy laughing and learning together and being able to reinforce those lessons while playing a game together is a win/win for me.

We recently had the opportunity to play a new Biblically-based board game called Wisdomantics that combines a physical game board and pieces with an interactive DVD that helps determine how much you know about the Bible -- and helps you learn even more.  When we opened the box to begin setting up for play my wise Eagle Scout chimed in that "this game is like Bible monopoly."   The similar board layout made Wisdomantics familiar to us and made beginning play easy.  The interactive component of the game (questions are asked via a DVD that we played right on my laptop) made it fresh and inviting.  We were all excited to begin play -- and the competitive spirit was alive and well as we worked against the timer to see who could answer the most questions correctly.

Getting ready to play

Designed for up to four players ages 12 and older, Wisdomantics teaches biblical concepts through an interactive, fill-in-the blank approach to Scripture.   This style is beneficial for all types of learners -- auditory, visual, and tactile learners each have a chance to succeed.  During play, players both READ and HEAR Scripture, all the while using their hands to "build" Solomon's Temple.  Each correct answer earns players the different materials needed to complete the Temple -- gold, cedar, and cypress.   And that's not all . . .

As you play a game of Wisdomantics, each person is encouraged to find out what prayer requests their opponents might have and then has the opportunity to pray over their friends/family, and bless one another with Grace, Mercy, and Kindness as they share game pieces.  How cool is that?  I LOVE knowing that my family is praying over each other and taking the time to really be a blessing to one another.  This is a most beneficial element to the game because as we play, we show that we care -- and that is a great beginning to a lifetime of empathy and concern.

Building the Temple

About the game:  For 2-4 players, ages 12+

Wisdomantics -- New King James Version (NKJV) is an interactive DVD board game for players of various faiths who desire to gain the vast wisdom of King Solomon. Wisdomantics -- NKJV utilizes the proverbs of Solomon and blends chance, knowledge and strategy to create a fun experience while you learn.  The game’s intent is to bring individuals together to learn how to cope with numerous situations in a fun and relaxed environment.  Inside the box you’ll find 2 interactive DVDs with 400 questions, score cards, blessing cards, and more.  You can watch a How-To video to find out how to set up and play Wisdomantics and you find out even more information about the game on the official website.

We are enjoying time well spent as we study the proverbs of Solomon and strategize to build his Temple.   What a great way to draw our family closer to GOD and to each other.

The family that PLAYS together, PRAYS together

What a fun way to enjoy each other.  You can register to win your very own copy of the Wisdomantics board game today.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into our fun.  Make every moment count that you spend with family -- and make sure to spend as many moments as possible with them.  Family IS what it's all about.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hearty Bacon Potato Soup -- a Christmas Day Tradition

Another of our Christmas traditions is Hearty Bacon Potato Soup.  I've been making this soup for over 20 years and it's simply wonderful.  After a late breakfast of all our faves on Christmas morning, my husband's parents come up for a late lunch.  This is what I serve most years.   I'll be making it early this year though because I've been asked to bring it Saturday to Christmas with my in-laws.  (I'll come back and post pics when I make it.  I promise.)  This is the perfect soup for the cool weather.

Hearty Bacon Potato Soup

2 cups cubed potatoes
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cups milk
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 slices bacon, cut in 1-inch pieces
1 (8 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/4 tsp. thyme

In 3 quart pan, cook bacon for 5 minutes.  DO NOT DRAIN.  Add potatoes and onions and simmer 20 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and cook 10-15 minutes.  I sprinkle a little grated cheese over the top and serve with cornbread.  Enjoy!!

I'm linking up with my friend Lisa at Home to 4 Kiddos.  Hop on over and try a new recipe today. Pin It Now!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chestnut Grove Academy Giveaway EXTRAVAGANZA

My friend Jen over at Chestnut Grove Academy has hit a HUGE blogging milestone and we are ALL invited to the party.  Isn't it fun that she's letting us all celebrate with her?   She has some SUPER COOL giveaways, and I wanted to share the opportunity to WIN with you.  It would be so neat to see one of my reader's names on the winner's list.  You can enter to win right here.  Neat, huh?

Here's what Jen shared with me to share with you:
So I recently hit my 1000th blog post and my 150th Field Trip Friday Blog Hop Post!   That’s A LOT of homeschool blogging and field trips!!  I wanted to celebrate in a BIG way and to Thank ALL of you (my readers) for, well, reading!
I have over $500 in prizes set up for you guys!  There will be 3 winners!  So the odds of winning are even greater!

I want to thank all of my amazing donors and tell you a little bit about what you can win!  Then use the Rafflecopter form to enter!  There are over 45 ways to enter, with some daily entries, so make sure you come back!!

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A HUGE Thank you to our sponsors:

A+ Interactive Math, Veritas Press,, Building Brilliant Minds Online, Skrafy Minecraft, Classical Composers Monthly, Educents, Classroom Friendly Supplies, Our Time to Learn, and A Virtuous Woman

AND NOW . . . for the PRIZES:

A+ Interactive Math – 1 year family math package for 2 students ($199.99 value)

You can see Jen's reviews off A+ Interactive Math HERE and HERE (CD versions).  You can try a MONTH of their ONLINE program for FREE.

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Self-paced Bible course for grades 2nd-6th ($179 value)

You can see Jen's review on the Self-Paced History course by Veritas Press HERE and check out my review of the Self-Paced Omnibus HERE.

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Introduction to Architecture course for ages 11+ ($150 value).  We are looking forward to taking a course with Building Brilliant Minds Online this Winter. - 3 Full year subscriptions ($139 value each)


You can see Jen's review of HERE.

Educents – $30 Gift Card
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Educents is a online DISCOUNT place for all things educational.  It’s a great place to find amazing deals on homeschool curriculum and supplemental materials.  They often even have FREE items. Check them out.

Classroom Friendly Supplies – The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener ($24.95 value)

You can read Jen's review HERE.

Classical Composers Monthly – Fine Art Pages – Christmas Set, Winter Set and Corrier & Ives Set ($14 value)

You can read Jen's review of their products HERE.  Be sure to check out their entry – Register for FREE units.

Skrafy Minecraft – Any Skrafty Homeschool Class
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You can read Jen's review for the Astronomy class HERE, These are a MUST for Minecraft fans.

Our Time to Learn – About Me Curriculum Book ($15.99 value)
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You can see Jen's review on this book HERE

A Virtuous Woman – Planner of your choice

Jen will both be posting a review for this on December 18.  Stay tuned.

Aren't these some GREAT PRIZES.  I am so excited to join with Jen in celebrating her blogging milestones and to bless the lives of my readers with some of these amazing prizes.  The prizes have been divided into THREE packages and are listed on the Rafflecopter form in their groups.   This is a FUN WAY to share the wealth.  ENTER and ENJOY.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Good Tidings {Scripture & a Snapshot}

I'm joining with my friend Jennifer over at a glimpse of our life as we give glory to GOD through our photos.  

Scripture and Snapshot

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Morning Traditions

I started making this breakfast ring for Christmas morning years ago and it simply would not be Christmas without it.  This is about as must-have as it gets.  My children actually renamed this Ooey, Gooey Goodness and that's how we refer to it each year.  I'd be in BIG TROUBLE if I ever forgot to make it.  It's that good -- and that special to us.

Easy Overnight Caramel Pecan Ring

1/2 cup chopped pecans 
20 frozen, unbaked yeast rolls (do not thaw)
1 package (3 1/2 oz.) dry butterscotch pudding (not instant) 
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup light brown sugar 
1 teaspoon cinnamon 

Butter a 12-inch Bundt pan. Sprinkle bottom of pan evenly with chopped pecans. 

Place bread rolls in pan, touching and filling the bottom first, then layering on top. 

Sprinkle dry pudding evenly over top of rolls. Set aside. 

In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat, then stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Pour butter mixture evenly over bread rolls and dry pudding. 

In my favorite Bundt pan -- from my mom

Leave uncovered and place in a cool oven or on your kitchen counter overnight. (The rolls will rise over the top of the pan.) 

When you wake up the next morning, bake the rolls in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 35 minutes.  Place a cookie sheet under the bundt pan to catch any drippings while baking. 

Once cooked, remove bundt pan from oven and let cool slightly in the pan. 

When ready to serve, place a serving plate over the top of the Bundt pan.  Holding the plate and pan together, flip them over so the plate is on the bottom and take off the Bundt pan. 

The rolls hold together and are topped with a delicious caramel sauce and pecans.  
They pull apart easily to serve.

The finished product -- served on my grandmother's platter each year

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Chicken and Corn Chowder -- It's What's for Dinner

It is COLD around here.  And cold weather calls for warm soups.  I've been making this Chicken and Corn Chowder for years and it is superb.  

Chicken and Corn Chowder
(Delicious and Hearty)

2 - 4 chicken breasts, cooked & cubed (I used 3 and it is plenty for us)
5 slices bacon (or the entire package -- whichever you prefer)
1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms (If your family likes mushrooms.  I rarely use this!—I am an anti-mushroom momma.)
½ cup chopped onion
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can chicken vegetable soup (typically, I try to find the Southwestern Chicken Vegetable or the Mexican-style Chicken Tortilla for a little extra pizazz.  We like spice.)
1 (8 oz.) can whole kernel corn (drained)
1 1/4 cups water
1 can Rotel tomatoes
½ cup chicken broth
1 can Golden Corn soup or Creamed Corn (if you can find it.  Golden Corn Soup was my grandmother's favorite and I always used it, but these days it is extremely hard to find. I'm actually not even sure they make it anymore SO I add a can of cream-style corn and think about her.  It's perfect either way.)

Cook bacon; reserve 2 Tablespoons of drippings and use it to sauté onion and mushrooms, if you added them.  Crumble bacon and transfer to large pot with onion and mushroom mixture.  Add remaining ingredients.  Heat to boiling, then reduce heat.  Stir frequently.  Serve when heated throughout.   

OR . . . you can also put all of the ingredients in your crockpot on low while life happens.  Serve with hot cornbread and salad for a great meal when ready.

Here's how I did it today:

Mix all soups, Rotel, corn, water, broth in crockpot.

Chop Chicken

Fry bacon.

Carmelize onion in bacon drippings.

Add to crockpot.

Stir all together and heat.

I just wish you could smell the tantalizing aroma in my kitchen right now.  Sweet tea and hot cornbread will make this the perfect cold night meal.


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Susie's Hope Movie Review & DVD Giveaway

And GOD said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.      Genesis 1:26

The weather's frightful, the fire's delightful.  Cold nights in front of a warm fire are perfect for a family movie.  I especially like movies that bring us together and reinforce our beliefs that we can be positive change in a negative world.

We are a family of animal lovers.  We've had more than our share of dogs and cats throughout and have rescued many from certain death.  We've brought puppies into our family found on the side of the road, rescued kittens from flooding waters, and even nursed squirrels and baby birds back to life. My children have all exhibited a heart for animals in need and have shared their concern with others. Even the MainMost has a soft spot for animals --  though he'd never admit to it.  He asked for a warm blanket for the outside dogs after building them a shelter from the wind this weekend.  Deep inside, he's a softie, but he doesn't always want others to know.  

In the grand scheme of things, it's all about compassion.  My 13-year-old daughter is the most tender-hearted child and will probably run a rescue one day.  She loves animals and spends as much time as she can loving on them.   Compassion oozes from her every pore.  She would adopt and care for every animal around, if she could,  She is a rescuer and takes in all creatures great and small so our latest family movie, Susie's Hope, was the perfect movie to watch with her.   

About the movie: Run time 105 minutes
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead.  Recognizing neglect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna rescues the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s GameThe Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

Knowing this was exactly the kind of movie my daughter would enjoy, we watched it the very first night it arrived in our mailbox for review.  Through love and loss, Donna and Susie's story exudes hope and forgiveness -- because every now and then we all need rescuing.  
There are a few things to be aware of as you sit to watch this movie with your family.  Donna helps a neglected neighborhood dog and is attacked.  The attack is vicious and caused a bit of squirming at our house.  (I admit, I even closed my eyes briefly.)  This gave us opportunity to discuss caution when approaching animals that are strangers to us -- a good reminder for all.  As a result of the attack, Donna suffers a miscarriage.  This was heart-wrenching for us all, but very tastefully handled. in the movie.  When Donna finds Susie, the poor puppy has been severely abused.  The subsequent care is difficult to watch (scrubbing burned skin and removing maggots) but so very full of love.  It is heart-warming to watch as the puppy transforms from a lump of reject to a life of renewal.  What a poignant reminder of the transformation that takes place when JESUS enters our life and forgives our past as HE purposes our future.

Our family sat spellbound as we viewed the story of Susie and dared to HOPE that she would survive. I asked my daughter to share her thoughts on Susie's Hope with you and this is what she had to say:
After watching the movie, it made me think about how cruel people are to animals.  It is sad that our society does not take it seriously when they harm animals.  I want people to realize that animals are created by GOD and cared for.  I reccomend that everyone watch this movie.  I will be watching this movie again and again and remembering that GOD offers HOPE to us all . . . no matter what we've done or who we've been.  HE gives us purpose.

About Susie:  Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009.  Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby.  Her owner became violent — she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken.  That wasn’t enough, though.  She was then set on fire and left for dead.  Incredibly against all odds Susie survived.  Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later.  Susie is now a trained therapy dog and even won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year.  Congratulations, Susie.  We think you're just GRAND.

Our family enjoyed the inspiring story of Susie and Donna Lawrence.  Check out Susie’s Hero Dog Award Video and applaud HOPE.  You can even help spread the message of LOVE, HOPE, and FORGIVENESS through education by promoting the Susie's Hope Foundation.  Please do yourself a favor and watch the Susie’s Hope trailer then enter to win a copy of Susie's Hope for yourself.  

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