Saturday, March 18, 2017

Some new vlogs

I don't always wear the same white shirt, but when I do, I record a whole bunch of videos in it on the same day...










 I will have a shorter intro on future videos.

Later today, I'm hoping to record a video tutorial for how I make sandwich bread. Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Moody Science Videos

About 10 years ago, we bought our kids a set of DVDs of old (to not say ancient) science videos from the Moody Bible Institute. 


I will admit, I was a bit skeptical whether 60-year old science was up to modern standards. After all, our equipment today is so much more sophisticated. We bought the DVDs because they came highly recommended, used KJV throughout, and had a creationist world view.

I cannot overstate how shocked I was (and still am) at the accuracy and depth of science presented in these episodes. They not only are timeless, I will say that none of the modern materials I have seen from other Christian publishers has come close the the quality and spiritual value of these videos presented by Dr. Moon.

To this day, all our kids and us parents love watching these DVDs. They are impossible to not finish once we start one. At the end, there is always a tie-in to a Bible truth. All of them have been doctrinally sound, relevant, and memorable. 

These DVDs are still available for purchase today, a testament to their timeless value. 

However, they are now also available for viewing on YouTube! I was so thrilled to discover a playlist of all the videos today!






If you have never seen these videos, check them out - you will be glad you did!



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Einkorn sourdough artisan bread tutorial

Since cutting out traditional (modern, hybridized) wheat a year ago, I have switched to using only einkorn flour in all my recipes. Einkorn is an ancient form of wheat that has 14 instead of 42 chromosomes, and a gluten structure that is entirely different from today's wheat. 

As a result, for the first time in years, Isaac has not had any episodes of asthma during this high-allergy season! There is a lot more information on this topic that I hope to be covering in an upcoming video.

Today, I wanted to share a video tutorial of how I make our favorite artisan loaf. Everyone who has tried it has LOVED it. The einkorn makes this loaf have a beautifully crunchy crust, moist crumb, and golden hue.





I use a different recipe to make sandwich loaves, which I will share at another time.

If you have not yet subscribed to my YouTube channel, you can do so here


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Follow me on YouTube!

In an effort to share more videos on YouTube to make up for my lack of blogging these days, I am starting to use my YouTube channel. To subscribe, please click here and then click the red "Subscribe" button at the top right.





Here's my first video blog:





Coming up next: a video tutorial of how I make my new (einkorn) artisan sourdough bread. Stay tuned (and don't for get to subscribe).


Sunday, February 12, 2017

A new family addition

Before you get any ideas, it's not a new baby! Chloe is only nine months old after all, and still an avid nursling, so no cycles for me yet (wahoo on the no cycles part!).

Our black Lab Bella turned ten years old in January. Last fall, she had surgery to remove a large tumor, which was localized and thankfully did not seem to have spread anywhere else. Given her breed and age, we know her time with our family is limited.

Bella has been such a great family and watch dog, we wanted to stay with her breed, this time opting for a white Lab instead. 

Enter: Raisin Cane Anderson, or "Ray" for short.

Her name is a nod to our kids' current favorite restaurant (Raising Cane's), whose mascot is a white Lab. The kids thought Raisin would be a cuter name than Raising. Her name is also a nod to our dear friends who made it possible for us to get this beautiful puppy - an inside joke of sorts. Finally, it should also satisfy a certain relative who has been dropping hints for years that we consider him when naming one of our babies.

We won't call the puppy Cane anywhere except on her papers because my husband was almost killed by three Rottweilers as a young teen, one of which was named Cain. 




Ray is the runt of her litter of ten. She is super cute and smart (of course) - she fits in perfectly with my kids!!

 Studying the ripples in the water bowl


 Bella and Ray meet for the first time



 Solomon taking Bella for a jog in the background



Ray seemed to love Chloe best of all. I think she reminded her of her nine puppy siblings. Chloe loves our cat Ninja, so she was thrilled to have another furry little thing licking her little fingers.





She also learned right away that Miriam is the "baby whisperer", and fell asleep in her arms repeatedly.




After years of the sprinklers in the backyard being broken and the grass turning to a dustbowl, we are finally re-landscaping the backyard in a couple of weeks with a new sprinkler system and sod. This will allow those of our kids who have seasonal allergies to play in the backyard during these beautiful spring months. All that to say, please ignore the hard dirt yard.


 
 Look at my two cute babies! The puppy is pretty cute, too...
  

Seriously, Solomon looks more like my bodyguard these days. He was a little boy when we got Bella; now he's tall and handsome. He loves animals, and has been the instigator of pretty much every pet we have owned (and there have been many). We wanted to get a puppy that we could eventually breed while he is still living at home, so he could enjoy that experience.

If you are local to Arizona and looking for the best-bred English Labradors in the area, please check out Leslie's Labs

Friday, February 10, 2017

Q and A

You can watch the recording of yesterday's Q & A below:





Thank you to all who sent in questions and tuned in.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Live Stream Q & A TODAY

Just a reminder that the live stream Q & A is this afternoon at 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. 
 

IMPORTANT CHANGE: The event will be streamed on a different channel than originally advertised, on www.youtube.com/sanderson1769
 
I will be answering some of the questions that have been posted in the comments on the blog. Questions can also be submitted during the live steam via text message. The chat function on the live stream will be disabled because it interferes with the transmission quality. 

I hope you are able to join us live this afternoon!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Live Stream Q & A POSTPONED

Unfortunately, the live stream planned for this afternoon will have to be postponed because I have been down with a sinus infection the last few days. Blah!

It has been pushed back to next Thursday, February 9th, same place, same time. 

I apologize for the last minute change of plans.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Live stream video Q&A coming up

For those of you who have been asking, I am excited to announce there is another live Q&A coming up one week from today!


If you have a question you would like to see answered, please leave it in the comments on this post anytime before next Thursday, or in the live comments on the video once it starts. 

Can you believe it has been almost two YEARS since I last did this? Here I am just going through life one day at a time, la di dah dah, and BOOM two years have passed! I would have guessed it had only been a few months.

To see past episodes, someone created a playlist here. To read past Q&A's on the blog, click here

Ask away! :)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Family Cabin Trip

Our main Christmas gift for the kids was a 3-day cabin vacation up in northern Arizona. As our family continues to grow and our house does not, we have found it necessary to switch to giving them gifts that create memories rather than clutter. This has really turned out to be a blessing in disguise.



Speaking of family size, we had to rent two cabins right next to each other to fit us all. Each of the cabins was huge and had an identical floor plan, though the decorations were different. The downstairs consisted of a a living room, complete with full size kitchen, a bedroom with a queen size bed, a full bathroom, and a laundry room. The upstairs had a spacious loft with two twin beds. In all, each cabin slept 6 people, with tons of space to move about.

 


We separated the cabins by big kids and little kids, that way even when the younger ones were napping or asleep at night, the older ones could keep playing and being loud. At night, I slept in one cabin with Chloe in my room, Boaz and Stephen on the sleeper sofa, and Anna and Becca in the loft. My husband slept in the other cabin with Miriam and up. 

 



Both cabins also had a large covered deck in the back with a spa. The kids had a lot of fun with these, and the washer and dryer sure came in handy for all the towels they were going through.




Through God's providence, we were able to book these cabins for a third of their usual rate because their owner is a business associate of my husband. Our goals for this trip were easy - just relax and enjoy time together making music, playing board games, eating great food, reading books, and enjoying the outdoors.



We decorated a gingerbread house, which we enjoyed with hot cocoa and whipped cream. We also made cookies from scratch easily with a nifty kit in a jar from Trader Joe's.




I love this picture with Isaac in the back holding a laughing Chloe.
 


Two teens and an almost teen. They are such good kids, and so much fun to be around!

 
Cookie monster!


Chloe was getting spoiled as usual, being everyone's favorite person to hold and play with. It's funny to see how each of the kids has their own unique tricks to keeping her happy and occupied.


 








On the second day, my husband took all the kids except Chloe to Show Low for the morning, giving me quiet uninterrupted time to read my Bible in the middle of the day (a very rare treat!) and just enjoy myself. 



 The view from my rocking chair. I loved the high ceilings and huge windows.


I was hoping there would be snow for the kids' sakes, and hoping there would be none for my sake. As it turned out, in spite of the elevation, there was no snow during our stay which I can't say I minded. Being from the desert our kids are not used to being in the cold anymore, so they didn't mind much either.

Bible time - evidently everyone except Anna was tired after staying up too late the night before.


We had a wonderful trip, and hope to be able to go again sometime.



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Family Pictures

In a continuation of the recent photo overload, I bring you our new family photos. These were taken by a young man at our church who is not a photographer by profession, but who might as well be. The only difference between these photos and others we have had done was that they only cost us the expense of treating him and his family to ice cream afterwards. :) We are very thankful for talented helpers in our church!


The whole family






 


Just my husband and I





 




Just the kids



Just the boys



Just the girls







 In age order 


 Solomon (15)

Isaac (13)

John (12)

 Miriam (9)

 Rebecca (8)

 Anna (6)

 Stephen (4)


Boaz (2)


 Chloe (6 months)


And with that, Merry Christmas to you and yours! I'll be back after the holidays.