Printable Jointed Teddy Bear

From a December, 1918 school magazine:

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Printable Altoid Tin Labels for Matches

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Pick a template, any template. Click on the picture enlarge. Print these labels (set your margins to 1/4 of an inch, or .25) on a test piece of paper first, and check to make sure they fit your tin.  You may need to adjust your sizes or settings.  My tin is a xylitol mints tin, and it’s a little smaller.

Put some light paper (tracing paper, tissue paper, or, if they still sell it, airmail paper) over the pattern and trace one the candlestick holders. Color or otherwise decorate the rest of the image as desired, leaving the candlestick holder plain.

Paste to the top of an altoid can, and then lightly paint over it with a thin layer of white glue and let it dry.

While that’s drying, take your candlestick pattern,  flip it and trace it on the back of a piece of fine sand paper or emery paper.  Cut out a candle holder for each mint tin you want to use.

Paste the sandpaper candleholder into place (use gorilla glue, superglue, or some other strong adhesive).  Let this dry, then fill the tins with wooden matches for a useful little gift.

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Vintage December Colouring Page

vintage charity colouring page

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Letter from a Military Spouse

This by a friend of ours who is a young military wife.

Glossary:

SD: South Dakota

BAH: Basic Allowance for Housing- a subsidy the military pays its members who live off base.

E5- Enlisted paygrade.

 

“*Rant*

This infuriates me. When we moved to SD my husband’s BAH (for an E5) was $987. That was suppose to cover rent and most utilities. Only by the grace of God did we find a place to live that was less than that, at $950. Left us with $37 for utilities. Our gas bill alone was nearly $200 during the winter. And then there was electric, water, and sewage. We were barely making it, hence the move onto base which freed up enough that we were able to breathe a little. BAH was raised slightly after we moved and for an E5 BAH became $1113 for this area. Ironically we noticed rental prices went up around the same time. And even though it is cheaper, us buying a house in an area we are only going to live for 4-6 years isn’t a financial move we wanted to make.

I do not expect that my husband be paid like he’s royalty. But certain promises were made in regards to his benefits and those who serve our country. Housing is one of those. Congress now plans to cut BAH from covering housing costs 100% to 95%, and expects the troops to cover the rest.

This shows how out of touch our politicians are with the communities they are suppose to be serving. How do they expect troops, especially young enlisted families, to be able to pay for this when they cut BAH, cut base pay raises, and place us in communities where we aren’t properly compensated?

I have friends who’s husbands are higher ranking than mine (mine has been in for 11 years btw and is an E6), and they are on food stamps trying to be able to feed their families. I know military families who had to choose between buying groceries or paying the electricity bill. I know military families who after bills are paid and food is bought have less than $50 left for the month. My husband and I have had a few months where that was the case for us. And we are very careful with our budget.

When you take a pledge to defend your country with your LIFE, I kind of feel like you shouldn’t be trying to choose between feeding your kids and paying a bill. There should be some support there.

Meanwhile Congress will continue to give themselves raises, enjoy being exempt from horrible healthcare laws, and send people into pointless wars that have very little to do with the purpose of our military.

I am thankful for a lot of things the military affords us. Up until recently our family has been taken care of, and we’ve been able to live within our means and enjoy a warm home, food for our kids, and even extras like Christmas presents and birthday presents.

But with the way these cuts continue, I wonder how much longer I’ll be able to say that I’m thankful for what we have and mean it??”

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Free Printables: Vintage winter pics- snow babies, poinsettia, holly

vintage designs snow babies poinsetta holly

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Simplify Your Homeschool Day: Shorten Your Day, Sweeten Your Time

Blurb: What if you and your children could have more time pursuing your passions?

As a former elementary teacher and tutor and a veteran home educator of 15 years, Tamara Chilver has discovered over 100 simple teaching tips that have dramatically shortened her children’s homeschool day. These tips have also directly impacted her teaching to make it a much more effective process. Now her family is able to spend more time focusing on their passions.

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Land Without Christmas

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Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas

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Young, beautiful, ambitious Megan Cleary seems to have the perfect life: a dream job in a prestigious law firm in New York City, an upscale boyfriend, and a fabulous apartment. But her perfect world is shattered when one night, while she is working late, she is brutally beaten and raped by a stranger. Afraid and ashamed, she refuses to admit what has happened to her, but she cannot forget her terrifying ordeal, and shortly afterward she illegally buys a handgun to protect herself. A few months later Megan is attacked again, but this time she is armed and ready. She shoots her assailant and flees the scene before the police arrive and discover the body. She never tells anyone that she owns a gun, or that she has killed a man, but her professional and private life begins to unravel as she struggles to gain control of the fear and guilt from which she cannot free herself. When events beyond her control leave her financially destitute and emotionally drained, she returns to her parents’ home in Buffalo to start over. This page turning story of loss and redemption will leave the reader guessing to the very end.

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Fuel to the Fire

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TUPPENNY HAT DETECTIVE (Tuppenny Hat series Book 1)

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Betty Kowalski isn’t looking forward to the holidays. She just can’t seem to find Christmas in her heart. Maybe it’s because her husband is gone. Maybe it’s because she’s missing her children. Or maybe it has something to do with her obnoxious new neighbor, who seems to be tearing his house apart and rearranging it on the lawn.

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News, views, etc and misc.

Apologizing for the tyrannical, unprofessional behavior of his chaebol heiress daughter:

“Please blame me; it’s my fault,” Cho Yang-ho, the chairman of Korean Air Lines, said in front of a bank of cameras, at one point bowing deeply. Following a Korean tradition of showing public contrition when one’s children misbehave, he added, “I failed to raise her properly.”

Irony: Sabrina Rubin Erdley, whose Rolling Stone story about a horrible rape on UVA’s campus has been exposed as almost entirely false from start to finish (there is a girl named Jackie. She had some friends.), once wrote about Stephen Glass’s exposure as a fabulist:

I struggled to make sense of his actions. I resisted the explanation I’ve come to believe since then: that the adorable little weenie I knew from our days at The Daily Penn-sylvanian was nothing but a con artist.

She says he wasn’t caught sooner because his peers just wanted to believe him, which may explain a lot about Erdley. Here she admits that her very first article for RS (which won an award) was not based on firsthand reporting, but she simply cobbled together bits and pieces from other people’s stories- and it happened to be all wrong.

Pentagon considering redeploying nulear missiles in Europe:

The Pentagon is considering the re-deployment of nuclear cruise missiles in Europe in response to a new Russian cruise missile that the United States has charged violates a 1987 nuclear treaty, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday.

CA Attorney General accused of unfairly targeting conservative groups.

I am already sick to death of these ‘Romney thinking about running again’ stories. Is that the goal? To wear us down?

Ohio abortion clinic with a history of problems sends two women to hospital on the same day. Protecting butchers from women is what the prochoice lobby does.

According to Ohio law, abortion facilities must maintain a valid transfer agreement with a local hospital to meet licensing qualifications. However, Haskell could not qualify for such an agreement. Instead, he has operated his Women’s Med Center, which does abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, on a variance granted by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

ABortion regulations save lives.

Nareshkumar Patel, abortionist arrested for fraud against women- he tells them they are pregnant and then sells them abortion drugs, but they aren’t pregnant. This is not a new scam for abortion doctors.

Johnathan Gruber, ObamaCare Wonder Boy come Blunder Boy, on the record in favor of abortion as eugenics;

Gruber’s abortion advocacy is of a particularly pungent eugenics variety. He’s on record repeatedly making the case from social science that abortion is a “social good” because it reduces the number of “marginal children,” by which he means urban poor—those he says can be counted on to commit crimes if they were ever born.

Gruber co-authored a paper during the Clinton years which argued that legal abortion had saved the U.S. taxpayer upwards of $14 billion in welfare benefits and that it also lowered crime.

Ferguson store owners talk about the lootings.

From the Torture Report- one victim, chained and frozen to death, was a case of mistaken identity. The man who gave the order that caused his death received a cash reward of 2500 dollars for his work.

Illinois Assembly bans recording police (& other taxpayer employees), as a class 3 felony, recording private citizens is only a class four, making it clear that they want to intimidate private citizens from recording those in power.  http://bit.ly/1B2AZ8v

Judge rules Hastings auto dealer needn’t cover contraceptives that hinder implantation.

Scientists speculate earth got its water from comets. New research says prob’ly not.http://bit.ly/1vYMa24

Following the French principle of secularism which recently resulted in an order that there be no town hall nativity scenes, some local mayors rule there will no longer be school lunch substitutions for pork for religious reasons. http://bit.ly/1AqHCk8

Biden once said  to Hirsi Ali, “Let me tell you about Islam.” One of them grew up Muslim. The other is a putz. http://bit.ly/1wiV9eh

Yikes. Things now look worse for Jackie’s version, even more shameful for Rolling Stone ‘journalists.’ http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/10/rolling-stones-uva-rape-story-just-took

Amanda Hess says Feminism can stand w/o ‘Jackie’.   I say if it can’t, maybe it’s past its sell-by date.  Meanwhile, on Twitter, Sally Kohn, predictably, is equating a preference for honest truth telling and due process with rape advocacy, which I think indicates my point about sell-by dates. .http://slate.me/1wkJ7ji

Related: ’Barry 1′ wants to know why Lena Dunham waited so long to clear his name.http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/12/10/barry-one-tolena-dunham-why-didnt-you-clear-my-name

I think she waited so long because her attempt to smear the college republican was exactly that- an attempt to smear, not an honest recounting of a painful episode in her life.

New Lerner emails implicate Obama’d DOJ in IRS abuse of conservative groups. http://hotair.com/archives/2014/12/11/new-lois-lerner-emails-indicate-obamas-doj-involved-in-irs-targeting-scandal/

What I would love to see is for my liberal friends who insisted this was just a couple of rogue agents in the Ohio office to admit to me that they were snookered, and Obama’s administration really did use the IRS as a weapon against conservatives. But they never do. They change the argument, move the goal posts, forget that first they aregued that yes, if this is what happened, it would be terrible, but it didn’t happen, and now act like, “Well, what’s the big deal?”

Buyer’s Remorse from a former Obamacare supporter;http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/10/im-an-obama-supporter-but-obamacare-has-hurt-my-family/

The thing is, though, that  while it’s a good read,  what frustrates me is how dumb she was. Really, every single problem she has experienced under ObamaCare was completely, totally, predictable and we know this because all these issues actually *were* predicted. Will she learn from this?

Senate GOP requires staff to use O-care. Suggests the reluctant Dems do same. http://hotair.com/archives/2014/12/11/senate-gop-requires-staffers-to-use-obamacare-and-challenges-democrats-to-do-the-same/

” Until now, a loophole in federal law allowed both caucuses to designate their staffs as “unofficial,” meaning that they were not required to get their health insurance through ObamaCare. ” But, but…. I thought all the fact checkers ASSURED us this was not true.

 

Obama admin argues before SCOTUS it has right to conceal evidence to avoid liability.Yay transparency.http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-administration-claims-a-right-to-hide-evidence-before-supreme-court/article/2557143

Minimum wage increase cost 1.4 mill jobs, hurt unskilled most. Common sense. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/12/11/Minimum-Wage-Cost-Americans-1-4-Million-US-Jobs-Study-Finds

Harry Reid donated over a million to the “I” in Kansas- secretly, so voters wouldn’t know he was really a Dem. http://washex.am/1z4aoYn

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No precooking the noodles, Spinach Lasagna

In the pictures below, I skimped a bit on the sauce to eke out two pans, when I should have just gone out to the frigid garage to get the extra cans of tomato sauce. If you follow the directions, yours will look more like traditional lasagna and have more red sauce. While the ingredients are not traditional, even meat-lovers and spinach haters have asked for seconds of this recipe, and I get many requests for the recipe.

2014-12-11 18.13.22This lasagna recipe was a big hit with my family. For years it was what some of them requested as a birthday meal. They didn’t even know lasagna could be made with meat until the oldest was around 13 years old!
I love it because you don’t cook the noodles. YOu can also make it ahead, wrap and freeze it, defrosting and baking it another day.

 

Ingredients:

1 pkg spaghetti sauce mix, or just seasonings to taste (oregano, basil, garlic, you know)
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 3/4 cup cold water
2 eggs
1 15 oz container Ricotta or a pound of cottage cheese (I also sometimes substitute half tofu and half ricotta or cottage cheese
1/2 t. salt
1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (I would save the drained spinach for a vegetable soup base)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 lb uncooked lasagna noodles, break them as needed to fit the pan.
8 oz mozarella cheese, grated or sliced

Empty spaghetti sauce mix (or spices) into saucepan, add tomato paste, sauce, and water. Heat, stirring until well blended. Remove from heat. Beat eggs in a large bowl and add Ricotta or cottage cheese, spinach, salt and half the Parmesan. mix well.

Lightly grease the bottom of a 13X9X2 inch baking pan. Ladle a thin bit of sauce in the bottom (I tilt the pan to make sure there’s a bit of sauce all over, but it’s such a thin layer it’s translucent).
Now layer:
Noodles (dry, uncooked lasagna noodles)
half of the cheese/spinach stuff
half the mozzarella slices, and half the tomato sauce.
Repeat layers and top the final layer with remaining Parmesan.

Repeat layers and top the final layer with remaining Parmesan.  If you’re going to freeze it for a OAMC meal, write directions on foil, oil the other side of the foil, cover and seal tightly, and freeze. On cooking day, defrost, then bake as directed blow.  If you’re serving it for supper:

Lightly grease a sheet of aluminum foil OR the bottom of a cookie sheet, cover the dish with the oiled foil or cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven (I almost never preheat) for 60 minutes (we generally find it takes about 45, your milage may vary), or until you can stick a fork in the noodles and they aren’t crunchy.
Remove covering and let stand for ten minutes before cutting and serving. This serves 8, allegedly, but we always doubled it because we were 9 and sometimes company, and we do like extras for leftovers.

 

My son, who had to go somewhere, grabbed himself a piece before I got to take a picture.

My son, who had to go somewhere, grabbed himself a piece before I got to take a picture.

Ingredients:

1 pkg spaghetti sauce mix, or just seasonings to taste (oregano, basil, garlic, you know)
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 3/4 cup cold water
2 eggs
1 15 oz container Ricotta or a pound of cottage cheese (I also sometimes substitute half tofu and half ricotta or cottage cheese
1/2 t. salt
1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (I would save the drained spinach for a vegetable soup base)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 lb uncooked lasagna noodles, break them as needed to fit the pan.
8oz grated or sliced Mozarella cheese

Empty spaghetti sauce mix (or spices) into saucepan, add tomato paste, sauce, and water. Heat, stirring until well blended. Remove from heat. Beat eggs in a large bowl and add Ricotta or cottage cheese, spinach, salt and half the Parmesan. mix well.

Lightly grease the bottom of a 13X9X2 inch baking pan. Ladle a thin bit of sauce in the bottom (I tilt the pan to make sure there’s a bit of sauce all over, but it’s such a thin layer it’s translucent).
Now layer:
Noodles (dry, uncooked lasagna noodles)
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half of the cheese/spinach stuff

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half the mozzarella slices, and half the tomato sauce.

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Repeat layers and top the final layer with remaining Parmesan. If you’re going to freeze it for a OAMC meal, write directions on foil, oil the other side of the foil, cover and seal tightly, and freeze. On cooking day, defrost, then bake as directed blow. If you’re serving it for supper:

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Lightly grease a sheet of aluminum foil OR the bottom of a cookie sheet, cover the dish with the oiled foil or cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven (I almost never preheat) for 60 minutes (we generally find it takes about 45, your milage may vary), or until you can stick a fork in the noodles and they aren’t crunchy.
Remove covering and let stand for ten minutes before cutting and serving. This serves 8, allegedly, but we always doubled it because we were 9 and sometimes company, and we do like extras for leftovers.

I cooked it for dinner last night (12/11/14) and it served five of us, with enough left over for probably three more people, so, yes, 8. I served it with a green salad and Basil Biscuits.

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Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

rockabye baby by Ella Dolbear Lee. Should all go as planned and hoped for, we shall be spoiling our 8th grandbaby in July when the Moptop and Pip get to hold their first baby.

We are very excited.  We’re also pleased by their timing, as it looks like the time will be right for everybody to come back for a visit, and the baby is just the right occasion  for it.

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