Monday, April 30, 2012

4-H Roundup

Me before I gave my speech...

I gave a speech/PowerPoint on Portion Distortion at 4-H Roundup, which is  a contest where 4-Her's give speeches, play instruments, and many other things, within certain categories. It's really fun!! You write a speech and memorize it. (it has to be at least 5 minutes long) Then you go to Roundup and give the speech in front of judges and others. They will mail you a scorecard  with feedback later. My speech was on Portion Distortion, which is when your eyes are too big for your stomach and how to eat healthier. I was in the health category. My brother Christopher did a cooking demonstration and got first place in his category also! His blog is I really enjoyed doing Roundup and hope to do it next year!
Me with my first-place medal after my speech1:-)!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fashion Show

My brother and I after he won Roundup (a speech contest) and I won Fashion Show
I participated in a 4-H Fashion Show, and I modeled an Easter Dress in the Dressy category. This was my first time doing a Fashion Show, but I got first place! I was really excited. You have to answer several questions on your dress's style, fabric, and fiber, then model your dress.  Some of the questions I had to answer were about accessories, fiber content, and generic names of fabrics. I really learned a lot about my outfit and how to model. The Fashion Show is a great learning experience.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Love from your friend,Hannah Book Review

Hannah Diamond is a young girl growing up in rural New York State in 1937. Bored and tired of writing 16 letters to her best-friend-who -moved-away-and -didn't-write-back, Hannah decides to get a pen pal. She draws a name from the big Pen Pal box on her teacher's desk. Hannah writes her new pen pal a long letter telling him all about her life. The boy writes back, too-two sentences. Any ordinary person would be discouraged, but not Hannah! She writes to her aunt, her grandmother,President Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt,and Miss Missy, The President's Secretary.She also writes to a young hobo who stopped by her father's restaurant, and eventually even, Edward, her not-so boring pen pal who turns out to be a good friend and an interesting person. Hannah writes witty letters that are very amusing to read. Also, if you are interested in either of the Roosevelts, this is the book for you!This book teaches about the Great Depression, and is a good read.
 I also enjoyed this book because I have several pen pals of my own.

(Inappropriate Content: Ms. Van Dam, the grocer's wife, yells a bad phrase, then tells Hannah she shouldn't have said it and says never say ugly words. However, Hannah gets mad at a bully on the bus and yells the bad word anyway.)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

What I've been reading:

I like a lot of books, but some of the ones I've been reading  are:

The Mysterious Benedict Society series : There are 5  books in this series(including a puzzle book), and my brother and I have collected/read all but the newest book. We can't wait to read it!

Little House on Rocky Ridge- The Rose years

(I didn't take this photo- It's from )

Do you love the Little House books but have read them all? Well, you can now read the adventures of Rose, Laura's daughter. They are the true story of Rose's childhood. If you are an avid Little House reader, see this link -there are lots of Little House books!

I've also been reading Nancy Drew Books- I have the whole collection. S ee my post on one here:

Photo Credits:,r:3,s:18,i:120and ...and

Snowcones (and Bunnies!)

Here we are at Caribbean Ice. THIS is one of the best snowcone places- ever. We love going here because there are so many flavors- from "Ninja Turtle" to "Purple Rain." One of my favorite flavors is "Blue Bubblegum".  Mom got a Cherry flavored one ,Andrew got "Blue Bubblegum" , Christopher got Banana, and I got Root Beer. We're working our way through the list of flavors! After a long day at the Livestock Show, we came here with some new friends...their names are Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail!! Okay, I know, they aren't really people, they're bunnies. But still, aren't they adorable?
Andrew and a bunny

A bunny and a towel:-)
Me and a bunny..

Friday, April 20, 2012

Azalea Trail in Tyler,Texas

This post is WAY overdue, but I just now uploaded my pictures onto our computer. The Azalea Trail is when you get to drive around to certain houses and stroll through the owner's gardens and take pictures. Azalea Belles stand outside each house and you can have your picture taken with them.

   It also happened to be my Grandmama's birthday, so we went to the Potpourri House and ate lunch there.
My Grandmama and Granddaddy

Then we went to my aunt, uncle, and cousins' house, where my cousin David had made Gmama a birthday cake. It was quite yummy.

Then David taught me chess..

And that was our trip to the Azalea Trail.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Oat Pan Rolls Recipe

  • Oat Pan Rolls are originally from Taste of Home. I made these for the 4-H project show!
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  • Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.Yield: 20 Servings 30   


  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, butter and salt; stir in boiling water. Cool to 110° to 115°. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add oat mixture and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 20 pieces. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack; brush with melted butter. Yield: 20 rolls.
Nutritional Facts 1 serving (1 each) equals 205 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 381 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein. 

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Field Trip to the East Texas Arboretum

 We went on a Field Trip to the East Texas Arboretum with our homeschool group. My Mom is in charge of all the field trips. Anyway, the field trip turned out to be a lot of fun! At the Arboretum, there is a really old house, known as Wofford House. It was built in 1850, and we got to tour it!! We also got to tour the gardens and walk the hiking trails. There were some really pretty flowers...
A tiger Lily

A Californian Poppy

 The pictures below are of Wofford House.

I did NOT take this picture -It is from

The parlor
The men's smoking room
 We also got to see Pitcher Plant bog, where the pitcher plants grow. There weren't many growing  but our guide said there will be a lot more soon. Then we headed back up the trail and took some more pictures....

And that was our field trip to the East Texas Arboretum! You can see my older post on it, with even more pics here . If you ever want to go to the arboretum, the address is:

1601 Legendary Lane Athens, TX 75751

(It only costs  $2 for a whole day.)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Donating to the food pantry with 4-H

A bunch of 4-Her's from our county gathered up donations  for the local food pantry and we donated them. A really nice volunteer gave us all a tour. She told us the Food Pantry was located in an old house that had once belonged to a volunteer. Everywhere we looked there were boxes of food, but the lady says they get over 40 families a week and so all that food gets used really fast. When they ran out of places to put food, they filled a bathtub with shelves! 4-H enjoyed donating the items and were glad to help out.

What we did for Easter..

When we woke up, we went downstairs to see what the Easter Bunny brought us. I got candy, cute pajamas, and a pretty egg filled with $5! Then we got dressed for church and went to church! Our Sunday School lesson was on how Jesus was arrested because people didn't like Him.They arrested Him for saying  He was God(which, He was) and crucified Him unfairly, but 3 days later, he rose again, breaking out of a sealed tomb and past guards!! And that is the true Easter story.

Then we went to my Granny's (great-grandmother's) house for our family's annual egg hunt...
Me and my little brothers on Easter Morning

My family with Granny

All of Granny's great and great-great grand-kids!
I hope you guys all had a wonderful Easter too, and remember:

Project & Livestock Show!

We've been really busy making projects and showing broilers, Bantams,quail, Buff Orpingtons (a type of chickens), and goats.

Some of the projects I made were:
Me auctioning my baby blanket I made

I made these cupcakes, but someone ate some of them...
Oat pan rolls.

I really like making projects for the project show. It's one of my favorite events of the  4-H year!  You can make just about anything. I like making new friends and learning new things.
 Pictures from the Livestock Show:
You have to have 3 people to hold your broilers in the ring, and these really nice girls offered to help!

Feeding my goat, Hearts.

Blowing Hearts off after trimming him.

In the show ring.

 Since this was my first year showing a goat, I only got sixth place, but I'm going to try even harder next year! I also got 5th place with my Buff Orpington Hen. It was a little sad selling Hearts because: 1. He didn't make the auction and 2., I'll miss him, but I got over it pretty quickly and am looking forward to showing goats,rabbits, and chickens next year!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Decorative Clipboard Tutorial! (It's easy, I promise!)

Everything you'll need..

I've been making decorative clipboards, and they turned out sooo cute! I was inspired by a clipboard I got a few years ago from my Grandmama. Anyways, I thought I'd show you how to make some...

        What You Need!
Mod Podge
A sponge paintbrush
A clipboard, of course!
Pretty ribbons (in coordinating colors and various textures/sizes)
2 sheets of pretty paper.
Paint marker(optional, but I highly recommend using one for a finished look)

  1. Take clipboard and apply Mod Podge to it with a  paintbrush. Don't use too much!!
  2. Trim paper to fit and lay on top of wet Mod Podge, leaving a boarder of plain clipboard showing. Let it dry for a few minutes.
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 on back of clipboard. Paint both sides again with Mod Podge. Let he clipboard dry!
  4. Take paint marker and use it to color the border you made in step 3. I suggest using a silver Elmer's paint marker because it looks great and is easy to find.
  5. Gather all your ribbons and cut them in the sizes you want. Tie them to the clip on the clipboard with a simple knot.
Enjoy your fabulous "new" clipboard!

P.S: Sorry I haven't posted in forever-we're sooo busy with the Livestock Show. Posts about that coming soon!

P.P.S : Let me know if you made the clipboard-I'd love to see pictures!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Blue Jasmine book review and William Carey Study

Blue Jasmine by  Kashmira Sheth is an amazing book about the difference between two cultures. When almost -13-year-old Seema moves to America from India with her father, mother, and little sister Mela, she doesn't know what to think. She misses her cousin, Raju, and her friends. And she can't stand Carrie, a mean girl. But she likes her new house and her new friends, especially Ms. Milan, whose like a second grandma to Seema and Mela. Everything seems different- no one celebrates Diwali (the Indian festival of lights) or eats 'real' sherbet. (In India, sherbet is punch.) And Americans use such funny phrases! Will Seema ever feel at home?

I liked this book because it explains how people coming from another country to America feel. It also taught a lot about Indian culture,foods,people, places and holidays. For example, in the book , Seema  attends an American Thanksgiving and is amazed by the story of the Pilgrims. We usually think that everyone must know stories like that. So, this book as taught me to not assume that everyone knows something- instead,explain it. I really enjoyed this book and I think you will too.
Flag of India
USA flag.

image from

    I've also been learning about William Carey, an missionary to India in the eighteenth century. He was the youngest of the five children of Edmund and Elizabeth Carey, who were weavers. William is known as the "father of modern missions", because he was interested in saving the lost at a time when no one cared much about that. In fact, at a ministers' meeting in 1786, he  raised the question of whether it was the duty of all Christians to spread the Gospel throughout the world, as he believed it was. J. R. Ryland is said to have told him: "Young man, sit down; when God pleases to convert the 'heathen', he will do it without your aid and mine." How sad. However, this didn't stop William Carey! He tried to stop the unfair caste systems, and converted many to Christ.  He translated at least a part of the Bible into 32 Indian dialects! William Carey once said: "Expect great things from God.
Attempt great things for God."