July 22, 2011

Little Book Worm

July 21, 2011

'Round the Garden

'Round and 'round the garden goes the teddy bear.
One step. Two step. And then he goes in there! :-D

July 20, 2011

Ready, Set . . .

She'll be walking soon!

July 19, 2011

Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers

1 and 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp iodized salt
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
6 tbs oil
1/2 cup + 1 tbs water
salt for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl place all ingredients in order, then mix with a fork until a soft dough forms, about 30 seconds. Place dough directly on ungreased pizza stone or metal cookie sheet. Using a rolling pin, roll very thin to 1/4" thickness or less. Use a pizza cutter to make cracker shapes. Dust salt on top of crackers and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until medium brown in color. Crackers should lift easily from baking surface. Cool completely uncovered, then cover to store. Crackers will be chewy immediately but will become hard and crunchy, a hearty, strong cracker, once cooled. These crackers stand up to my thick, dense chicken cheeseball without breaking.

The edges will cook more quickly than the center. After 10 to 12 minutes, remove browned crackers and replace stone in oven. Keep a close eye on it and remove the inner crackers after the remaining 2 to 3 minutes. When in doubt on the color change, remove the stone from the oven and allow the crackers to remain on stone.

I developed this recipe by altering an unleavened bread recipe I got from my friend P. Truelove.

Crackers are so expensive in the store and these are easy and really cheap to make. From start to finish it only takes about 15 minutes! Enjoy!

July 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Grandma Jane!

Grandma Jane celebrated her birthday in June, but we didn't get to gift her until the 4th of July and we were so blessed, as always, to have her come visit us! We love you Grandma Jane!

July 8, 2011

July 7, 2011

Getting Married?

Or perhaps you know of a couple who will be? And maybe this couple would prefer some elegant music for their wedding ceremony.

A solo violin would work wonders for a quaint outdoor ceremony by the river.

A solo violinist would add just the right touch of reverence for a small church wedding.

A solo violinist won't detract from the all the other fine touches made with care on your special day, but place that hint of finishing dignified grace that will impress your guests.

Comment on this post or email me at andersonmusicstudio@ymail.com for a quote and to book a solo violin for your magic moment!

Wedding coordinators and brides alike will find me easily accommodating for your big day!

July 5, 2011

The Black Hole of Public Education

It's hard to avoid noticing the typical unruly behavior of public school kids. Most of them don't take their education seriously. They don't "apply" themselves. They don't respect authority. They believe they are entitled to every possible privilege. And the worst thing is that by the time they have completed 12 to 13 years in public, government education, many of them can't read their diplomas or make change at McDonald's because they've been pushed through the system without showing the proper aptitude. They are unprepared to live responsible independent lives in the workforce contributing to their local communities. And you know it's especially bad when the teachers are even the ones caught cheating! Are these the upstanding moral leaders we want to disciple our children?

Public school education is a prime example of a system lacking discipline, preaching a secular humanist, communist/socialist, evolutionist worldview, rampant in negative peer pressure, below substandard education, and overwhelmingly poses daily dangers of drugs, sexual content/assault, gangs, and violence. There is no reason on earth why I would EVER send my precious children there!

And the worst part is that a lot of politicians (and voting people) believe that in order to solve all the problems in the public education system we need to dump more tax payer money into it -- billions of dollars worth! But we've already seen what this system produces: more adult adolescents who are burned out on wasting time in education they deem irrelevant and have no clue how to apply.

It's a failing system and money won't fix it. It's a black hole people! Money goes in and rubbish comes out. And it will continue to produce rubbish for as long as they continue to "socialize" negatively the masses who submit to a godless government education system.

And for those students who did aspire to something greater, they have wasted a lot of time in classes with disrespectful students while they, themselves could have excelled and already begun a career by the time they're 18 or 20. It's a lose-lose scenario for all.

Did you know that those school buses get 6 miles per gallon! And there's about 1,000 school buses just for Gwinnett County!

July 4, 2011

A Visit From Friends

Don and Linda Hardester came down to visit us and see our new home. This is a wonderful couple who Mom, Jeramy and I have been blessed to know. I was fortunate to play violin in their wedding nine years ago. Linda volunteered to coordinate our wedding and they gifted us with the wedding cake! We really enjoyed their fellowship last week and feel very privileged that they made a point to come see us. The girls loved for Linda to read to them and she and Don really enjoyed meeting Shiphrah for the first time. Visits like this make me wish we lived closer to home.

July 1, 2011