Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Heirloom Audio Productions - St. Bartholomew's Eve Audio Review

Heirloom Audio Productions

We recently had the opportunity to review the newest audio drama from Heirloom Audio Productions, St. Bartholomew's Eve.  This has been a wonderful addition to our history studies!!

St. Bartholomew's Eve

In the story of St. Bartholomew's Eve, we were introduced to young Philip Fletcher.  Philip is an Englishman who has decided to stay with his aunt in France to help the Hugenot cause.  

Throughout the historical tale, we heard daring adventures and we were kept on the edge of our seats.  The difference between a regular audio book and listening to a G.A. Henty audio drama is the presentation.  For two hours, you hear a chorus of famous voices make you feel as if you are back inside 1500s France.  It is as if you are living the adventure and fighting and facing sorrow right along with Philip as he struggles to understand why the Hugenots are facing such persecution and hard times.  And even why God would allow this to happen to people.

St. Bartholomew's Eve includes the famous voices of Brian Blessed, Elizabeth Counsell, Andy Anderson, and David Shaw-Parker.  

We are actually studying this time period in our history studies.  So I was very excited to get a chance to listen to St. Bartholomew's Eve.  Since we have had the opportunity to listen to several other of the Heirloom Audio Productions, I knew we were in for a great adventure.  

St. Bartholomew's Eve

St. Bartholomew's Eve run roughly 2.5 hours.  So not an overwhelming length for a book.  That is a trouble we face when listening to audio books, the length is too long and the kids lose interest.  But this audio adventure was a perfect car ride length for one of our recent road trips.  

We were able to hear what it felt like to be under siege for their religious beliefs.  The thoughts that people feel at sudden loss in the time of war was heartbreaking to listen.  But while listening to this all, we were able to discuss why religious persecution takes place.  And why we study history.... to learn from past mistakes so that we hopefully do not repeat them.  The emphasis that was placed on placing their trust in God for strength was a great reminder for us all, even though we are not facing the struggles that these characters were facing.

St. Bartholomew's Eve has been one of our favorite Heirloom Audio theater stories.  To bring this time period to life is not easy, especially without the aid of the visual presentation of a movie screen.  Yet Heirloom Audio Productions was able to do it yet again.  In fact, we will be listening again to this story this week, since we enjoyed it so much.  

Heirloom Audio Productions of G.A. Henty books are a wonderful addition to any studies.  Be sure to check out their site.  They can whisk you throughout many time periods, all with the emphasis of sparking a love of Christian history in your student and family!

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review St. Bartholomew's Eve audio theater.  Visit the link below to read how they used this in their homes, and what they thought of it.

St. Bartholomew's Eve {Heirloom Audio Reviews}

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Low-Carb Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (Grain-free, Sugar-free)

Low-carb Pumpkin Snickerdoodles


1 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar substitute (We used Splenda baking Brown sugar)
2 TBS of Liquid Sweetener (We use this - Splenda Zero)
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cup of Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt


1.  Beat butter, brown sugar, liquid sugar together.  We did not use the mixer for this, but did it by hand.  Stir in your pumpkin.  Beat the eggs into the mixture and also vanilla extract.

2.  Whisk in the pancake/waffle mix, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a separate bowl.  Gradually add the flour to the liquid mixture.  When the dough is combined, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

3.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

4.  Whisk together 1/2 cup Splenda baking sugar and cinnamon.  Make 1 inch balls with dough and roll into this mixture.  Place about two-inches apart on prepared sheet pan and smash slightly with fingers or the back of a spoon.  (You want them about the same thickness across.)

5.  Bake for roughly 10-12 minutes.  Watch for the outer edges to turn brown.  Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  They will crumble slightly while still very warm.  

Friday, October 12, 2018

Nicaragua, Running a Business, Animal Fair, Vikings...and Whew!!

Caty had a flea market booth this past weekend.  She sold gourmet rice cereal treats with flavors like peanut butter candy, smores, and fruity squares.

This week we are working more on running a business with her numbers.  We did a little too much shopping though.  She got a very cute pumpkin pie plate.  I got some new clothes at the Agnus & Dora booth (most of mine are too big), and she got me this mug.

Monday, the first day of October was Homemade cookie Day, so I got up and made them homemade pumpkin cookies for fall.  I had to make separate batches with low carb almond flour and regular.

Sports this week were swimming practice and tennis practice.  We skipped gymnastics because I was just plain exhausted from running so much the day before.

We did take a walk to the post office in the evenings.  Caty was amazed how much her sugar dropped just from this little bit of exercise.

Lydia had another Poetry and Art class.  This one was on the Jabberwocky and Lewis Carrol.  She really enjoyed this class because she loves Alice in Wonderland.

I was so overwhelmed the last week, that I didn't get set lesson plans out for the girls.  So we have been listening to history chapters in the van and discussing them while out and about.  They are in the early middle ages and Viking times this week.  So lots of videos, reading and audio books this week.

Fun movies...we listened to the audio book of Robin Hood.  The day after watching the cartoon we discussed any differences they may have recognized.

They built Lego Longhouses and a Viking boat one day.

This week was the Animal Fair.  We have 25 kids presenting about various animals from the Aye-Aye and Fox to the T-rex and Lydia did her project on a Liger.

This was where the habitat boxes came into play.

Our country this week was Nicaragua.  So for our Geography lunch they had papaya and mandarin oranges (exports of this area), gallo & pintos, and quesillos (corn tortilla like quesadillas).  They cooked this lunch with their cousin on Science Club day.  Then they eat and have Science Club.

 We are reading a book about Nicaragua and watching lots of travel videos on volcanoes and such.  But I LOVE these Geo puzzles I found on Amazon.  We look at the Picture Atlas and they build the continent/area.  We have all of North America (except Greenland) now.  They will continue to work on this one so they can become more familiar with Central and South America as we continue our Geography studies of this area through December.

 Caty is taking a sewing class at Co-op.  She made a mug coaster this week.  She was very proud!

In Science club we learned about photosynthesis and it's importance for cells and also cell respiration.

Working on seeing how long they could hold their breath.

They used bromo-blue (which I bought on Amazon) to test their carbon dioxide levels.  Lydia did the test and then rode her bike up and down the street.  They then tested to see if it changed colors quicker after exercise.  You can see the brown substance...that was blue.

They used water plants to watch cell respiration.

Joe had a dentist appt, so we hung out there a bit.  After finishing a paper on the Vikings with me, they played some video games.

I have been collecting State Park quarters in my wallet that we did not have yet.  I was cleaning out my wallet and realized we really needed to get those put in the map before I lost them.  So we took a few minutes to do that.

 Sometimes it's really hard to see the state names, so magnifying glasses were needed...lol

We played Math Builders equation game one morning, while watching a NOVA special on Vikings.

We have been using audio books a lot!!!  The drive to co-op is an hour and fifteen minutes, no traffic.  So that's the length of a Who Was/Is audio book.  We can listen to 1-2 a week or we listen to our Story of the World audio chapters too and have our discussion.  This week we listened to Who Was Marco Polo? and Robin Hood.

We are having a rough week adjusting to our new way of life.  Watching snacking much closer and blood checks.  We chose at this time to give her medication, since she has proven to have zero self-control, which goes along with some of her other diagnosis.

To finish off our week, the girls and I had a sleepover at the Columbus Zoo.  This trip has been planned for several months now.  They were excited, and I was nervous.  First of all, the zoo is a couple hours from home.  So I had to plan for snacks and food (since only breakfast was covered and that included nothing but massive carb foods), the drive by-myself with the girls (suffering from anxiety attacks lately), and fortunately I didn't have to worry about the boys since a dear friend of ours volunteered to stay with them for the night.  But I wanted to make it easy for her, and made sure there was plenty of easy to make foods for them also.  I'll have a post on Monday about all of our cool adventures at the sleepover...but I will post our arrival selfie.

See everyone next week!  Hope you all had a wonderful week!!  Linking up with other moms at:

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