Monthly Archives: June 2008

Color Coded Nature Walks

Noticed this flower on our walk at the creek last week.

Since this week’s topic for The Homeschool Minute was the Charlotte Mason Method, I thought I’d pass along a neat entry I read this morning.

In her Color Coded Nature Walks entry, Scribbit shares a great idea for coloring the inside compartments of an egg carton and then having the kids find items that match each color as you go on a nature walk. She also offers some variations on the idea like writing letters in each compartment  and finding items that start with that letter, or just using the compartments for items that are native to your area.

Sounds like a GREAT idea to me!

Your I-Spy for the day

Can you find the crawdad?

According to Wikipedia:

Crayfish, crawfish, or crawdads, are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are closely related. They breathe through feather-like gills and are found in bodies of water that do not freeze to the bottom; they are also mostly found in brooks and streams where there is fresh water running, and which have shelter against predators.

The body of a decapod crustacean, such as a crab, lobster, or prawn, is made up of nineteen body segments grouped into two main body parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen. Each segment may possess one pair of appendages, although in various groups these may be reduced or missing. A crayfish is usually 7.5 centimeters long, but may grow larger.

Crayfish are eaten in Europe, China, Africa, Australia, Canada and the United States. 98% of the crayfish harvested in the United States come from Louisiana, where the standard culinary terms are crawfish or écrevisses.

Louisiana crawfish are usually boiled live in a large pot with heavy seasoning (salt, cayenne pepper, lemon, garlic, bay leaves, etc.) and other items such as potatoes, maize, onions, garlic, and sausage. They are generally served at a gathering known as a crawfish boil. Other popular dishes in the Cajun and Creole cuisines of Louisiana include crawfish étouffée, crawfish pie, crawfish dressing, crawfish bread, and crawfish beignets [5], and crayfish are an ingredient in Chicken Marengo.

Like other edible crustaceans, only a small portion of the body of a crayfish is edible. In most prepared dishes, such as soups, bisques and étouffées, only the tail portion is served. At crawfish boils or other meals where the entire body of the crayfish is presented, however, other portions may be eaten. Claws of larger boiled specimens are often pulled apart to access the meat inside. Another favourite is to suck the head of the crayfish, as seasoning and flavour can collect in the fat of the boiled interior.

Great Craft Ideas & Dealing with the Heat

As I was reading through my Bloglines this morning, Like Merchant Ships sent me over to Zakka Life for some creative uses for little toys. Oh. My. Word. I just loved all the links there. I used to do fun stuff like that. I think they’ve inspired me to try it again. Y’all check that link out and be sure to check out the pages she links to. You’ll be inspired too!

And if you’ve found yourself a bit stressed with the rising gas and grocery prices, the upcoming election, and all the gloom and doom in the news, check out resolved2worship’s entry this morning on When the Heat Comes. It’s a good reminder to check where you’re putting your trust.

As Christians fully rooted in Christ, we need to pull from that River of Life, the Living Water day-by-day, moment-by-moment. The heat is definitely gonna come, but we have that River of Life flowing within us and because of that, we can take the heat, dig down deep, and remain strong through it all.

 This is what the LORD says:
       "Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
       who depends on flesh for his strength
       and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

   He will be like a bush in the wastelands;
       he will not see prosperity when it comes.
       He will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
       in a salt land where no one lives.

   "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
       whose confidence is in him.

  He will be like a tree planted by the water
       that sends out its roots by the stream.
       It does not fear when heat comes;
       its leaves are always green.
       It has no worries in a year of drought
       and never fails to bear fruit."
                  Jeremiah 17:5 – 8

Happy Wednesday y’all.

Coolin off at the creek

When it’s a zillion degrees outside, you can find us here –

Cuz you know it’s hot when even the cats
are tagging along to the creek.

I mean at this point,
I thought they were actually going to hop right in.

We’re used to Faith hanging out with us at the creek. She’s a pretty good swimmer. And I think she kind of looks like a river otter or something.

Meanwhile Tony and the boys (and a couple of dogs) were busy catching crawdads.

And boy howdy, they caught plenty of the little buggers.

And then I realized that maybe THAT was why the kitties were following us.
Mmmm, crawdads…

But soon enough it was time to head back towards the house.
SOMEBODY in our group was dog tired.

My favorite Summer recipes!

I don’t usually love pasta salads, but this one has totally won me over!  I could just about eat it every day and it’s so simple to make.

Italian Pasta Salad

1 box of  rotini pasta
3 chicken breasts
3 or 4 Vlasic Hearty Garlic pickles diced
1 tomato diced
Italian dressing


   1. Boil the pasta, rinse and chill in the refrigerator.
   2. Cook the chicken and then dice into chunks.
   3. Dice the tomato and garlic pickles (or cucumbers).
   4. In a large glass bowl, mix the tomato, pickles, and pasta with Italian dressing (probably 1/2 – 3/4 cup).  Use enough dressing to coat, toss, and refrigerate until chilled.
   5. Enjoy!

Looking for something a little sweet?

Plus, check out this cool Ice Cream maker that doesn’t need rock salt or ice. You can have homemade ice cream in about 20 minutes!