Ricky the Remarkable Raccoon Book Review

Ricky the Remarkable Raccoon by Peggy Roger-Carey is a story about a raccoon who lives near the sea and wonders where the "grand houses" go to everyday.   He is also homeless and alone and wants to be a part of a family.  He sees a boat full of people and He decides he is going to get on the boat.  The people on the boat trap him and stick him in a cage.  While at sea, a seal named Mr. Whiskers sees him in the cage and rescues him.  Mr. Whiskers takes Ricky to live with him and his family.
This book has beautiful illustrations and I love that the story focuses on adoption.  I would recommend this book to everyone, not only those who have adopted or fostered children.  This book is for all children especially those who feel like they don't belong.  The author is trying to convey a message of belonging and she did a great job.  I really enjoyed reading it to my children and they enjoyed hearing about Ricky and his new home.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.



Autumn has started to become my favorite time of the year.  I love the cooler nights.  I love being able to open the windows and let some fresh air in to the house.  I love apples and pumpkins.  I love the leaves changing colors.


I love being able to get outside and play with the kids.  I love wearing sweaters.  I love going on hikes in the woods.  I love going to the fair.  I will miss the long daylight hours from the summer, but I will not miss the heat and humidity.  


"You are worthy, O Lord to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created."  ~Revelation 4:11 NKJV


Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...
We have had a busy week this week.  My husband usually works out of the house, but has been taking some classes for work 45 min away from home and it has really thrown our schedule off.  He had to leave at 6 AM and did not get home until 6 PM.  My 18 month old has been missing him since she is so use to having him home all the time.

In our homeschool this week...
We have taken part of the week off.  We did have a field trip on Monday.  I gave the kids some work to do on Tuesday and Wednesday, but we have taken Thursday and Friday off from school.  It was time for a little break.  We have been doing school work since the beginning of August.

I'm reading... 
For a book review:
The Reason, William Sirls

I'm cooking:..

Egg custard pie.  Recipe can be found here.

I'm praying for...
Some friends and for my great nephew who was born 6 weeks early.

A photo to share... 
I took this photo in 2010 while we were at the beach one day.  It never did storm, but it sure looks like it was going to.  I added a Bible verse to the picture.


Quick bread

I found this recipe while looking for a quick and easy bread to make for dinner.  I just basically halved the original recipe.  I don't have any whole wheat flour right now, so I just used all purpose.  When I make pizza dough or bread, I usually do half whole wheat and half all purpose.  I will definitely try it again when I get some more whole wheat flour.

In the oven

1 ¼ C warm water
3 TBSP sugar
1 ½ TBSP yeast
1 TBSP oil
3 C flour (OR 1 1/2 C all purpose flour and 1 1/2 C whole wheat flour)
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder

Stir water, yeast, sugar and oil together. Leave for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy on top. Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well. Knead. Roll out if making a pizza base or shape for use as buns / bread / loaf. Paint with oil or milk (if you can be bothered). Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.

Fresh out of the oven with butter added to the top


Pinterest Win!!

I have pinned a lot of recipes and have tried a few.  Some don't quite turn out the way I expected them to, but there have been some that have turned out to be great.

I recently saw a pin about making chocolate syrup for chocolate milk.  I knew I was going to have to try it out, because I love chocolate milk.  The liquid chocolate syrup in the store has a lot of "bad" stuff in it and the powder kind is so expensive.

This recipe is so easy and it is so delicious!  I give it 5 stars.  You can find the recipe here: Chocolate Syrup


Field Trip

Last Tuesday, we went on a field trip with our homeschooling group.  We went to the aquarium and to a fort, Fort Macon.  At the aquarium, we listened to a talk that was all about turtles. After the talk, the kids got to touch a live sea turtle.  We then toured the aquarium on our own.  When we met at the fort, we listened to the ranger talk about the history of the fort.  He also demonstrated how to fire a musket.
Touching a sea turtle

Touching a sea turtle



At the fort



School Pictures

We went on a field trip recently, so I decided to take the kids school pictures at the fort we were visiting.

2nd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

18 months


52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life ~ Review

If you enjoy the movie It's a Wonderful Life, you will definitely love this book. Bob Welch has put together a fantastic book about the lessons we can learn from the movie. The chapters (lessons) are about 2-5 pages long and is a very easy read.  Some of the lessons are You Can't Run Away From Your Problems,, Prayer Changes Things, and It's in Helping Others That We Help Ourselves.  The lessons are just the right amount of pages for a quick read when you may not have a lot of time. The author has based his lessons from the movie, obviously.  The movie is a classic that I love to watch and this book has shown me more lessons that I would have never picked up on just by watching the movie.

I received this book from http://booksneeze.com/ in exchange for an honest review.



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