Saturday, February 12, 2011

Look-worthy Links - 2/12/11 Edition

This has been an awful week for web surfing (and blog posting) around here. We were having difficulty so Prince Charming called and complained. They told us they'd send a new modem. The new modem came and...yes, still having difficulty. This leads Philip to suspect the real problem is with "Them", not our modem.

Frustrating, in the extreme. (Yes, I know: I never would have survived back in dial-up days. I shudder just thinking about it.)
Anyway, here's what I've been looking at when I could actually, you know, log on:

1. One of my least favorite questions about homeschooling is the old "What about socialization?"question. This post aims to answer that. I suspect the question will never be retired, but it's nice to try.

2. WW2 aficionado that I am, I found these pictures fascinating. Kind of makes me want to write a story about them...
3. I wish I would have seen this post a few months ago. Back then I still had diaper boxes from when Tigger was a baby. Those were put in recycling in the great "Basement Box Purge" of '11 but if I had known you could make something so cute out of them I might have...considered making something cute out of them. And probably not done it. So, it's most likely best this way. But still - super cute idea.

4. I've been looking for the perfect homemade hot cocoa / hot chocolate recipe. I don't think I've found it yet. But here's a post about it and here's another (from the New York Times, no less!). Anyone got any tips or recipes for me? I love a nice cup of chocolate in the evenings. And simplicity (easy to make, in other words) is a plus here. I don't have many brain cells left for cooking fancy hot drinks once the girls are stowed away for the night.
5. These necklaces made from fabric scraps are adorable. Plus, who isn't looking for a cute way to use up those fabric scraps that you just can't throw away?

6. I want this cake for my birthday. I guess I'll need to learn how to make frosting roses in the next three months.
7. This post sums up my feelings about certain Jane Austen "updates." People: Jane Austen does not need updating. Jane Austen does not need fixing. And we certainly do not need poorly written romance novel-esque "intimate" scenes between her characters. That's.Just.Wrong. On so many levels.

8. Why Their Methods Won't Work For You is a post I really needed to read. I especially like this quote: "Who you are today isn’t who you were meant to be." We are supposed to grow and change. Every day. And the fact that I am not who I am meant to be yet - that's encouraging and challenging at the same time.

So, what have you been stumbled on this week?

[Pictures of our life this week in this post: Lili relaxing in the big bed, Sweet Pea & Tigger playing with geo-boards, and Polly counting and chaining together the silly bands which are - I am not exaggerating - taking over our house.]


ginellebaskin said...

Wow, that's a lot of silly bands!

Ever since I was a child, my mom taught me to make hot chocolate this way. It's very easy, and it quenches my chocolate fix!

In a microwaveable mug, mix together 3 spoonfuls of cocoa and 3 spoonfuls of sugar. Add just enough water to moisten the cocoa and sugar so it mixes together. Not clumpy but a smooth liquid consistency. Then add milk till the mug is full. Mix well. Microwave 1-2 minutes. Yum!

Vicky said...

I LOVE the picture of Lili in the BIG bed! Too cute! I LOVED those little circle necklaces! I'm thinking my granddaughters are gonna have to have some of those! :D GREAT post all the way around!

Jodi said...

This last week I tried "Martha Stewart's Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix" and Breanna and I really liked it!! It's really easy to make and it makes a BIG batch -- we cut the recipe in half! It was a cold snowy day so we took a pint jar of cocoa mix over to our neighbor girl -- it was fun to share!!

Karabeth Bapt. Homeschool said...

No matter what kind of hot chocolate recipe I use I find that using vanilla flavored soy or almond milk makes the best! It seems to have the exact consistency that I like. I also don't like my hot chocolate to be as sweet as most people do so I only add about 1/2 as much sugar to each cup. I also found that the darker the chocolate, the better the flavor.

Keep experimenting.

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