Weather Assignments

 The Homeschool Review Crew does word prompts for Instagram fun, I think it's great to have these words prompts for doing quick posts.  :)   I find them fun as sometimes it surprises me where my brain goes.  :)
The word for today is Weather.  Let's follow my brain where it goes eh?

When I think about the word weather I am drawn to a course that I am marking for an education company.   In that course the students need to take a weather phenomenon and talk about it.

Recipe: Fish Chowder

The other day I made fish for supper.  I tried a recipe new to me and lets just say no one really liked it so I put it back in the fridge.  I later got to thinking...there must be something I can do about that fish, otherwise I'd might as well toss it.

Fish Chowder!  That was my solution, why not give fish chowder a chance?

I found a recipe.   I made a couple of modifications based on other recipes I looked at.  This recipe seemed the most affordable to make though and didn't require any odd ingredients.


1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp (5 mL) dried dill or dried thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups (500 mL) water or fish stock  (I used chicken broth)
1/3 cup (80 mL) all-purpose flour
3 cups (750 mL) Milk
2 cups (500 mL) chopped raw skinless fish fillets or cooked seafood (shrimp, lobster, scallops, crab, clams, oysters) or a combination
2 tbsp (30 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
Whole grain crackers, crumbled

Changes I made to the recipe
  • I added 1 tsp parsley
  •  instead of butter I cooked up some pancetta and used the grease from that instead.  :)  The pancetta will be added to another dish later on.
  • Oh.. and I had some whipping cream leftover from something else so I used that and topped it up with milk to the 3 cup mark.
  • the seafood I used was the leftover trout from the night before
  • I didn't use the whole grain crackers as I don't like crackers in my soups or chowders.

In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat; sauté celery, onion, bay leaf, dill, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper for about 5 min or until onions start to brown. Stir in potatoes; sauté for 2 min.
Increase heat to medium-high; stir in water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and boil for about 5 min or until potatoes are almost tender.
Whisk flour into milk and stir into pot; bring to a simmer, stirring often. Stir in fish or seafood; simmer, stirring often for 5 min or until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork or seafood is hot. Discard bay leaf. Stir in lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and top each serving with crumbled crackers.

Family Results:
My son's thoughts who is reticent about anything new, MOM!  It's edible!   Save some for me for later okay?"
My thoughts: I've only ever had Campbell's clam chowder...(which I like) so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I approached this with skepticism and was pleasantly surprised.  I liked it.  :)  Easy to make.

Review: Let's Explore ... Mountain

Today I have this cute, well-done children's book for all you about mountains!  Put together by Lonely Planet Kids so you know it is a quality book.     Let's Explore... Mountain is an interactive book with stickers, puzzles and activities.

So let me tell you about this great book, it's a bigger sized book with a whole variety of ideas to intrigue and delight your 8-12 year olds. 

They will find themselves introduced to a number of mountains from around the world, as well as the gear you need to climb them, the animals you might see, and different activities you can do on them.

Imagine Cherry blossoms in Japan with Mount Fuji, or skiing down hills of black sand in Nicaragua, or let's visit the snowy peaks of the Matterhorn.

 With over 250 stickers to use, dot to dot, colouring, multiple choice questions and a host of other activities, your children will be kept busy learning about the mountains of the world.   Geared more for 8-10 according to my lad, it is an entertaining book.
 If doing some learning about mountains, this book should prove to be helpful to you in your studies.  Learning, reading,'s a good mix don't you think?  :)

Let's Explore....Mountain
Put together by Lonely Planet Kids

9.11 x 12.13
60 pages
Ages 8-12 years

Reviewed for: Raincoast Books Lonely Planet Let's Explore...  Mountain 1st Ed. Lonely Planet Let's Explore... Mountain (Lonely Planet Kids)

One People, One Shepherd, One God

Today we are reading from Ezekiel 37:15-28. Last time we met we learned about A God Who Hears and Acts. You can read more in my Ezekiel Studies here and here.

Today Ezekiel has a role play for the people of Israel.

Two sticks.
Stick one: Judah and the house of Israel associated with him.
Stick two: Joseph/Ephraim and the house of Israel associated with him. 
Join those two sticks together.

 15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.’ 17 And join them one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 

People, being the naturally curious people that we are, will say: 1‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’

Ezekiel's answer is to be: Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand. 

God's Promise to the people: First he will make them one nation. Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. 22 And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. 

Second: They shall no longer make themselves icky in the sight of God.   He will save his people. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Third: David will be king over them.   They will have but one shepherd, one voice to listen to.
24 “My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. 25 They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children's children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever.

Fourth: God will make a covenant of peace with them.  26 I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.forevermore.”

End result:  28 Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst 

When it refers to David being their shepherd, he was not referring to the actual King David who was long since dead. He was referring to the type of David.  So this was a foreshadowing of Christ.

Which has me thinking you know?
David, the best leader that Israel ever had.   A man whose heart longer after God.
Jesus comes from the line of David.   God's very own son.  Whose heart longed after obedience to his heavenly father.

God promises that he will give us a singular shepherd.  We know from history that Jesus is that singular shepherd, that ONE voice we are to listen to.

My question is: Do I listen to that voice?

Lately in my head I've been feeling annoyed and bothered.  It's a natural thing as I adjust to change.  Once I've adjusted to the new norm I'll be fine... but everytime lately that I feel annoyed and bothered God is graciously putting this song in my head.. a mantra if you will that keeps running.. be still and know.. that I am God.

Over and over again.

It makes me check myself.  To call myself to account.  Do I want to listen to those voices of worry and doubt OR do I want to listen to the voice of the one who cares about me more deeply than I can even imagine. 

God wanted Israel his people to know him, to trust him, to know that he forgives their sin, he wants them to be one people, not a people scattered listening to all kinds of voices but his own.

He wants the same for us today.  To be a people united in faith.  A people who will hear his voice and listen to the shepherd he has given us. 

Today.. be still and know that HE is God.  He is our Lord God and We are his people.  


Igloos and Inukshuks Work

Did you know that some folks think that a good number of Canadians live in Igloos?  I know!!!   It's just so weird to me the first time I heard that.  It wasn't said in jest...the person was VERY serious.   Trust this... I don't live in an igloo and in fact I've never even been in one... at least a proper one.  :)  I've been in snow forts and tepees and half domes but never an igloo. I would love to be in one though, I think it would be VERY cool to see if they truly get so warm inside that a young child could bundle about naked. 

Made me wonder about the science behind the idea.

1. Igloos are made tight, in a spiral, out of compressed snow.  Starting at the bottom, sinking the blocks in and building up on a spiral.  The blocks decrease in size as they build up toward the dome.  

2. In fact, the compressed snow is so air tight that if you don't make vent holes and leave an opening at the top you can suffocate.

3. The design of a traditional igloo has terraced sides, this leaves a cold dump at the bottom for the cold air to sit while the warmer air rises to keep the people warm.   The more people you add the warmer it gets.   Since warm furs are placed on the terraced areas, it gives younger children a warm and safe place to play.

4. With the door being at a right angle to the igloo walls it keeps the cold wind from blowing in, a fire in the middle and a vent hole at top, keeps the air circulating.

Igloos WORK.

Another thing that works is the Inukshuk.

Did you know they are built to act as landmarks?   They are meant to say "someone was here" or "you are on the right path."   An inukshuk in the form of a human being is called an inunnguaq.

Each inukshuk (inuksuit would be plural) is unique, and they each have their own job. They can be a random stacking of stones, or they can be built to look like a person.  Most of the time, traditionally, they were just a random piling of stones, sometimes with a directional pointer.

Normally they appear singly, but occasionally you can find them in groups.   The purpose of a inukshuk can be  as directional aids in navigating or to mark a memorial, or even to indicate migration routes for animals or places where fish can be found.

When they are grouped it can be in a series to make a path, or in a group to mark a significant place.

They have been a valuable asset to the Inuk travellers throughout their history.

Others in the series: 
 A: Sidney Altman, Canadian Scientist B: Beavers! C: Chant National/O Canada. D: Dog Sledding. E: Edgewalk. F. Tailed Frogs.
G: Greats of Canada.
H: Henry Hudson.
I: Igloos and Inukshuks Work 

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