Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How to make an easy friendship bracelet

American Girl magazine pic from here.
I picked up a copy of AG magazine at the store and noticed a friendship bracelet tutorial inside. I practiced making the bracelets it showed how to make until I was able to invent my own "twist" on a bracelet pattern commonly known as the spiral twist.

  1. First, find some embroidery floss. Cut four 22 inch strands of any colors you like.
  2. Gather all the floss together and tie a knot at the top and bottom of the floss.
  3. Hold one knot in each hand and twist slowly until you can feel the floss tightening between your fingers.
  4. Hold the floss straight out in front of you. Put a finger(or, if the floss tangles when you let go, use your foot)in the middle of the floss. Let go of the middle so the floss twists itself up.
  5. Twist the floss(still folded in half) the opposite way you twisted earlier. It will start to look a little like a braid. Stop when it gets really tight. Tie a big knot below the two knots you made earlier.
  6. To wear, pull the big knot through the loop at the bottom. If you're having trouble, check out the video above.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ben Wheeler Library

This is the Ben Wheeler Library:

  It was once a schoolhouse. Now, it's a charming little library where you can get any 5 books you want free.
You can also attend special programs. We attended one of the programs and...
  ..... chatted with an opossum,

 made faces along with a beaver skull,

 learned about animal furs,
 ...came face-to face with big skulls like these...

...and had a great time!!

A lady from Texas Parks and Wildlife Services brought tons of animal skulls and furs to look at. We learned loads of interesting facts, such as how to tell what an animal is by looking at it's skull. The speaker was verry funny and her talk was very educational. I really enjoyed it. Something interesting: As I'm writing this, I just saw a coyote walking through our woods!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Philippians 4:8

We learned about this verse in our Sunday School, and I've been thinking about it all week, so I decided to share this. Hope you like it!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4:8

This verse has 8  "keywords":
  1. true
  2. right
  3. noble
  4. pure
  5. lovely
  6. admirable
  7. excellent
  8. praiseworthy
These keywords help can help us. How? Well, if you're unsure about something you 're going to do, think "Is it right?" "Is it admirable?" Would God be proud? When you're turning a report in for school, is it excellent or praiseworthy? And then, of course, there's your thoughts. Are they pure? Are they noble?  Another to keep our thoughts in control
 is by monitoring what we watch on TV and read.
Is that TV show or book what God would consider true? Pure? Admirable? And then there's lovely. The things we see and think about can be lovely- as long as they honor God.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Voting starts today!!

I entered a writing contest, and I made it to the final round!! Now it's up to you guys, and I would really appreciate it if you'd read my story and vote for it here . My story is the one called Eddie's War. Thanks soooo much!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Beware, Princess Elizabeth book review

Princess Elizabeth is having a bad time of it. Her mother was beheaded, her sister Mary is out to get her, her father the king is dead, and there are hundreds of plots circling around her family. Her true love turns against her, and she loses her wealth.Oh yes, and she's imprisoned in the notorious Tower of London. Not to mention that she's being persecuted for her faith and her good friend Lady Jane Grey was just executed.

No one-even her most loyal supporters- expect Elizabeth to be able to rise out of all this and someday become Queen. Elizabeth herself has doubts. She witnesses first her brother Edward, then her friend Lady Jane Grey, then her sister Mary take the throne. She quietly watches all of them, learning what to do and what not to do if she ever becomes Queen.

 The book follows Elizabeth from 14 to when she becomes queen, and I really enjoyed it. I especially liked that all the characters were real people. However, I didn't like that the book is rather descriptive in some places,(such as beheadings and fights) and all the royal families are trying to get rid of each other.

This book is an educational and enjoyable read. If you enjoy it, you can read the whole series! I give it an 8 out of 10.

Hi Everyone!

I entered a writing contest, and I made it to the final round!! Now it's up to you guys, and I would really appreciate it if you'd read my story and vote for it here . My story is the one called Eddie's War. Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cooking Classes

Today I went to a cooking class led by Chef Jackson York of the Edom Bakery and Grill. I learned how to make 4 soups: Tomato-Basil, Chicken and Vegetable, Broccoli Cheese, and Cheeseburger soup, which Chef Jackson invented and had featured in Texas Monthly magazine. HE invented it because he used to work at a country club that always had leftover cheese. He experimented with different ideas and came up with cheeseburger soup! It's super yummy. You get a big sample of everything you learn how to make. The classes are held for 3 Mondays in July every year in the Moore Store,  Ben Wheeler, Texas. This is Chef Jackson's Tomato Basil Soup Recipe:

Tomato Basil Soup
2 oz oil or margarine melted
1 small diced onion
Enough flour to pick up your onions
32 oz tomato juice
3 oz heavy cream
1 1/2 oz fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste
-Sauté your diced onion in oil until clear
-Add enough flour to pick up the onions
-Add your tomato juice and bring to a boil
-Add heavy cream plus fresh basil
-Finish by checking for salt and pepper
-If a little too thin then boil for about 5-7 min.
 until desired consistency,
Enjoy!   Chef Jackson York, Executive Chef

After we went to cooking classes, we went to Ben Wheeler Library, and guess what? You get to check out 5 books-and you get to keep them. For forever. Isn't that nice?!! I thought it was great! Ben Wheeler has it's own website: check it out here:   www.benwheelertx.com

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

5 famous buildings/structures that I love...

So, I'm going to post on 5 famous buildings/structures that I love, and some facts about them...

photo from http://www.visitingdc.com/images/eiffel-tower-paris-france.jpg

  1. The Eiffel Tower. (of course.) The Eiffel Tower was constructed for the World's Fair Exposition of 1889 by Alexander Gustave Eiffel. It was originally built as a temporary structure, to be torn down after the fair.-luckily it was not. There are two restaurants and a buffet inside the tower. Visitors are allowed to go to the third floor of the tower. There are over 1,600 steps also, but most people take the elevator. :-)

photo from http://franklinlloydwright.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Falling-Water-An-Architectural-Legacy.jpg
2. Fallingwater! I want to live here. Fallingwater was built by Frank Lloyd Wright for his multimillionaire clients the Kaufmann’s in 1935. Today you can tour Fallingwater. Many art and architecture students tour it so they can learn about the techniques used to build and design the structure. This house was what made Wright's architecture famous. It is his best-known structure.

photo from karmanlee.com
 3. The Boston Public Library. I've been here, and I loved it! When you step inside, you see majestic architecture, beautiful murals, and imposing statues. Everywhere you look, art/architecture students are perched, sketching busily or taking pictures. From there, you head to the brightly lit kids and teens section, were you can read and read and read lots of enthralling books...

photo from http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/85/78385-004-4D20E900.jpg

4. The Alamo. I've been here too many times to count, yet every time I learn something new and inspiring. The Alamo, once called the Mission San Antonio de Valero, used to be a Catholic mission, then a fortress and was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. It is now a museum in Downtown San Antonio, Texas. I love it because it stands silently, helping us all remember the brave Texans who fought, though outnumbered, against a cruel  dictator and injustice, they helped to make Texas the 28th state.(and in my opinion, the best state, but that's because I live here!) "Texas, our Texas, all hail the mighty state!"  
photo from http://weddingmapper.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/photos/1/58/96139_l.jpg

I've been here! I did a whole post dedicated to this place, also on the nearby Neiman Marcus store and the Sixth floor museum, where JFK was assassinated. To view my posts on all those click here and scroll down a little: http://lac998.blogspot.com/2011_07_01_archive.html

(P.S. I've been to all except the top 2 places.)
Thanks for reading!