Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pro-Life Prints :: Helping Others

"Yet Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You our Potter: we are all the work of Your hand." ~ Isaiah 64:7

We are three-quarters of the way through this week's Pro-Life Prints project! Today's Lesson 3 was all about "Helping Others." We discussed the importance of helping others and how we always need to treat others with respect, kindness, and love. 

Our five year old loves to include his toys whenever possible and brought out the elephants he received for his birthday last month as soon as he saw that we were going to be rereading Horton Hears a Who! I also pulled out a couple other books that tied in nicely to today's theme: Roses in the Snow: A Tale of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

.: Standing Up for Others :. 

"A person's a person, no matter how small."
- Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss

Horton Hears a Who!

.: Pro-Life Rose :. 

"Like a rose, every human being is beautiful and delicate."

Roses in the Snow: A Tale of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary 

.: Pro-Life Butterfly :. 

"Preborn babies are delicate like a butterfly.
We have to protect and pray for them!" 

LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
(We also talked about all the flutters I've been feeling lately... Our own preborn baby is very active!) 

.: Today's Pro-Life Prints & Picture Books :. 

Roses in the Snow: A Tale of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
LOVE from The Very Hungry CaterpillarHorton Hears a Who!

I received another coupon code from Culture of Life Studies Program today! 
Here's one for 35% OFF this project using M4LSALE2017

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon {Autoimmune Paleo}

Thank you all for the birthday wishes both here on the blog and over on Facebook and Instagram last week! My husband and I actually spent most of the day grocery shopping (Costco, Trader Joe's, Natural Grocers - first big shopping trip since before Christmas due to all the storms and snow days!) but I was so grateful for the extra help since he had the day off work due to the holiday. While we were gone the boys cleaned up the house and the girls baked that amazing cake. (I sliced the leftover cake, enjoyed a piece for breakfast the next day, and put the slices in the freezer to enjoy once I ever recover from this cold/flu and the sinus/ear infections. I'm getting there!) 

I already shared most of the pictures from the day, but I also wanted to share the recipe we made for dinner. It was soooo good! Since we purchase a side of organic grass-fed beef each year we are blessed with some special cuts of meat that we wouldn't purchase otherwise. We had made this once before, as a special Mother's Day meal either last year or maybe it was the year before, and saved the recipe. I look forward to making again for another special occasion... Perhaps for St. Valentine's Day if I can find some more filet mignon in the freezer! 

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon 
with Paleo Mushroom Sauce

  • 6 pieces grassfed filet mignon (4-6 ounces each)
  • 6 pieces pastured, sugar-free bacon
  • 6 toothpicks
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, bacon grease, beef tallow, or other cooking fat
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup bone broth

  1. Wrap the bacon around the outside of each piece of meat and secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Over medium-high heat, melt cooking fat and heat until shimmering.
  3. Place meat in pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook 3-4 minutes on the other side for medium rare. (For medium cook an additional 1-2 minutes; for medium well cook an additional 2-3 minutes, and for well done cook an additional 3-4 minutes.)
  4. Remove meat from pan. Tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. 
  5. Cook onion and mushrooms for several minutes in now empty pan, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour bone broth into pan and use wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. Continue cooking until reduced by about ½.
  7. Pour over steaks and serve immediately.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pro-Life Prints :: I Am Unique

 "I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know." ~ Psalm 139:14

Yesterday we started working through Pro-Life Prints, the brand new downloadable lesson plan and workbook from Culture of Life Studies. This afternoon we continued with Lesson 2: I Am Unique! During today's lesson we discussed how each and every person is blessed with special talents and is made by God to be wonderfully unique.

We didn't have all the paint colors we were hoping to use today (missing orange), so we started today's art project with a little lesson on mixing colors to create new colors. One of the boys mixed red and yellow together to make orange, while his younger sister and brother added some white paint to pink and blue to lighten them up for their handprints.

.: I Am Unique :. 

"God made me unique! I even have my own original fingerprints."

.: I Am Unrepeatable :.

"When I was first created, I was smaller than a poppy seed. 
There is no one else like me in the whole world." 

.: God Takes Care of Me :. 

"God is watching over all of us - even the birds - with His loving care." 

.: Today's Pro-Life Prints :. 

Looks like I took the picture before they finished their bees. They all turned out so cute! 

Before concluding the lesson we read a couple books listed under Storytime here: Little Saints Pre-School :: I Belong to God

Culture of Life Studies is offering 30% off Pro-Life Prints for Shower of Roses visitors with coupon code: ROSESM4L