Thursday, March 28, 2013

Junior Archaeologists

We went with our homeschool group to do a "real" archaeological dig today. The field trip guide showed the kids how to dig, brush, and sift through sand and artifacts. The boys had a blast--but that goes without saying, since it involved play clothes and dirt!
 
Here are some pics:
 
Here are the boys, waiting to get the fun started.
 
 
Let the digging begin!
 
My boys dug in the preschool area, where the "bones" were permanently affixed with concrete to the foundation. They weren't removable, but the boys didn't seem to care.
 


After they filled their buckets, they took them to the sifter and shook out the bigger bits.
 



 

After the dig, the older kids got to show off what they dug up. The older kids' pit had pottery fragments, coins, seashells, and cloth. (Interesting side note: Lydia, a New Testament lady who was known for dyeing purple cloth, was probably the richest woman in the Bible. Back in Biblical times, purple dye was obtained by boiling murex shells in water. It took about 1,000 murex to get a small bit of dye, enough to cover maybe a square foot of cloth. Because of this, purple was a very expensive color to make, and thus reserved for mainly the rich or royal. Since Lydia dealt with purple cloth, she was probably very wealthy.)


After the dig, the kids got to visit the other parts of the museum.
 
Here they are at a replica of a catacomb, where many early Christians met in hiding to hold services.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This trip is a definite "do again." My mom is planning a visit in May, and I am hoping to go there with her. There was so much more to see!
 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Recipe Worth Sharing

I mentioned in an earlier post that my family is planning to try two new fruits and/or veggies each month this year. I always thought we were good at eating our produce, but I have noticed there are several items in the grocery store we've never tried. We are having fun looking for good, new recipes to try.

So far this year we've eaten parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, Napa cabbage, and chayote squash.

I bought two chayote squash, wondering how in world would I prepare them? I sent Honey on an Internet recipe hunt, and he found this one:

Roasted Corn, Chayote, and Black Bean Salad

Chayote squash is really good, but not necessarily frugal. If you would like to try this recipe without the squash, the author suggests using 1/2 of a cucumber and 1/2 of a Granny Smith apple instead. I can understand this, because I think the chayotes really do taste like a cuke-apple cross. They have the texture and crunch of a Granny Smith, too. You eat them raw in this recipe, although I suppose there are many other recipes in which you'd cook them.

In my fridge I have kohlrabi and yellow-fleshed honeydew melon to try. I really am having fun with this new foods project!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Just Enough (Part 2)

My last post mentioned how God has been telling me in His own perfect way, "Don't worry. I've got this."

The encouragement and God-sized providence hasn't ceased:

Yesterday I needed one teaspoon of vanilla to make a pie my son requested for our family's traditional "Friday Night Dessert Night." And friends, would you like to know how much vanilla I had left in the bottle?

Exactly one teaspoon.