Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Honiara Woman's Daybook

Just for today...Tuesday, October 7

On my bookshelf..."Food in History" by Reay Tannahill

From the learning rooms...Week 14 of our curriculum finds Sarah and Benjamin reading "Pilgrim's Progress" and learning about the spread of the Reformation while Sarah is tackling imaginary and complex numbers in Algebra 2 and Benjamin is learning about quadratic equations in Algebra 1.  Olivia is studying Southeast Asia and "fractions in the real world".  And Katherine is learning her "two times tables" while reading about birds in science.

One of my favorite things...trying new recipes.  Like the buttermilk cranberry scones that Sarah made.

And the flavored honey from my Mama that makes tea taste so very nice.
A heart overflowing with thankfulness...for friends who send beautiful plates with life-giving scripture.  Physical and spiritual food at the same time?  Can't beat it.

Crafting in the kitchen...today I worked in the Educational Resource Center for several hours, so supper was chicken in the crockpot.  Honiara recently got a shipment of carrots (made me so very, very happy!), so we peeled carrots and potatoes ahead of time and let them hang out in a bowl of water until it was time for them to join the chicken.  But last night, we enjoyed calzones (one veggie, one ham and pineapple) for supper.  We are entering the "last hurrah" phase of cooking as we finish up our time in Honiara and preparing for the rationing of food in Marulaon.

Pondering these words..."Every element commercial food system supports a shortsighted emphasis on low-price, high-volume production -- no matter the quality or ultimate cost....Refocusing our food dollars on local, sustainable farms may not always be cheap in the short term, but it's smart in the long term."  ~Amy Cotler

There's a lot to unpack in this quote, but two things really jumped out at me.  1) The concept of reaping and sowing, short term vs. long term, and 2) being a good steward of what God has given us.  If we truly believe that God made us and He gave us His beautiful creation to use and enjoy, then we will tend carefully our bodies and the earth.  Stewardship won't look the same for each one of us because God made us each unique, but I want to do the very best I can with what I have.  Anybody else want to chime in on this?

A peek into my corner of the world...school in the hammock.  Yet another reason why I love school at home!

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