For those who asked!
Combine 1 can condensed milk, 3 1/3 cups icing sugar, 4 1/4 cups desicated coconut. Mix well. Mixture is dry. Divide the mixture in half. Press half in the base of a small slab tin that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Colour the rest with a few drops of cochineal or red food colouring. Press the pink mixture over the white slab. Chill until firm. Cut into squares.
My Grandmother’s Toffee
250g butter, 2 cups sugar, 2 cans condensed milk.
Melt butter, add sugar and condensed milk. Boil slowly, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon for about 20 – 25 minutes. Mixture will thicken and turn a golden brown colour. Toffee is ready when it reaches the small ball stage ~ a small amount of mixture is dropped into a glass of cold water, if it forms a ball it is ready. Pour into a slab tin that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Chill until firm. Cut into squares.
All I can say is YUM!
Oh, and we were a bit more literate than that! Looked up St Crispin’s Day today, the Battle of Agincourt, and read the St Crispin’s Day speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V.
Also, today is St Simon and St Jude . Anthony is named after St Jude, Jude of the New Testament – Anthony’s full name is Anthony Michael Jude…
And we are planning some fun for this week’s feast of All Hallow’s Eve ( Halloween), All Saints and All Souls. You can check out the links in our blogs in the sidebar. Homemade sweets and paper chains, orange and black, for Halloween. A special dinner and the Litany of All Saints for Saturday. And Mass.
Mass and prayers for souls, and the De Profundus, and Soul Cakes for Sunday…..
Our centrepiece above is a votive candle, rosary beads, roses from the garden. You can also see the flowers, again from our garden, near our Bible and missals and small icons of Our Lady…and near dh’s ships….and two of our crucifixes, placed on the wall.
I have been hesistant to add items to our wall. We rent. I’ve felt we may move. Then, slowly, gradually, over the last two years, I have added prints. Photographs. And now crucifixes. The longer we stay here * nearly 3 1/2 years now * the longer it looks like we are staying.
Freaky to stay in one house and in one area for such a long time.
A new experience for me.
I don’t really know how to live anywhere long term, how to stay friends long term without having to resort to email and blogs to keep in touch…
That crucifix, by the way, the San Damiano Cross , is the one St. Francis was praying before when he received his commission from the Lord . It is the very first crucifix I ever bought, before I was even Catholic. Pregnant with son number five, Alexander, suffering many health problems, being sent to hospital and bed rest, being told I and the unborn child may die, being told not to have any more children, with all these things heavy on my mind, I called into a little Catholic bookstore on my way to hospital. I spied the San Damiano crucifix – although I didn’t know that was its title. I liked the art, icon-ish. I liked the colours. I bought the crucifix and kept it next to my bedside in hospital.
The simple answer is sleep.
Yet it is not a simple answer, really. I have absolutely zero trouble getting to sleep but I darn well cannot STAY asleep. I cannot go back to sleep when I awaken, as I do, during the night, with thoughts swirling in my head.
This makes me so tired.
Today, after a a usual busy day, and a hard weights workout ( high rep low weight – 3kg or 7lbs), well, I find my hamstrings sore and my body tired.
A happy tired, though. It was a run, run, run day but a fun one – Mass, surfing with the kids at Manly, sit in the sun and talk, lots ( lots!) of driving, errands, pick up and drop off, go to the school fete, laundry and cleaning at home, phone calls and emails to make for work and parish and teen group stuff..Many other things on the dreaded To Do List were left untouched… But, not, course, the DVD to watch! Or the homeschool log/blog to do…
A pleasant exhaustion. I love homeschooling, I love my work and my volunteer work, my blogging and technology and connections, my dh, my friends, my life…
Now, if only I can have a good night’s sleep! St Peter Damian, pray for us!
N.B. St Peter Damian is often invoked for insomnia. He was a Benedictine, a Doctor of the Church, and his health suffered at one time, due to lack of sleep. He often replaced sleep with prayer.
The flexibility and freedom described in this article is why unschooling fits my educational philosophy. My life. Our life. Why I choose to be a small business owner, run a Kumon Education centre instead of going back to teaching, to fixed hours, while homeschooling my kids.
Spontaneity. A choose-your-own schedule. Having freedom to do many things, if we choose, not have our lives tailored by school and work schedules. Learning suited to the learner.
As we talk, I realize that Benny is not at “real” kindergarten today, because it is what suits my family at this moment. I’m not against school. Not by any means. After all, Brad and I fared pretty nicely after a regular school education. With two PhDs between us and a couple of published books, our desire to learn clearly wasn’t quashed.
But un-kindergarten for us means Benny can sleep late so I can write. It means we don’t have to worry about bedtimes and can go out on the town with friends any night of the week. We can go to Europe and visit my family when the flights are cheap. Un-kindergarten also means we can pick and choose how we spend our days and who we spend them with. Benny can go to free classes at the Metropolitan Museum in the week when it’s less crowded. He can read a book on sharks when he feels like it. He can experiment with bungee cords while eating his breakfast at noon.
So, is unschooling bad parenting? Or is it really, really good parenting, providing a good education, a good life?
What Makes A Good or Bad Parent?