Saturday Links (Not Golf or Sausage Related)

OK, I lied, one link IS about sausage. I made Heather L.’s Sausage and Pumpkin Roast and we really liked it. I added a bag of spinach because I like greens, and tossed the whole thing with whole wheat ziti (not omitting the gravy). Thanks Heather!

Here are some good thoughts on how to pray for our leaders.

You can (possibly) win a fabulous printer from Simple Mom!

Would we recognize evil if we were living in the midst of it? I thought this insightful post from Conversion Diary was well worth reading.

I plan to try making watercolor paints from this tutorial.

And I think we’ll make chalk from this one.

If your lawn is as jaundiced as ours is, or if you need a home business idea, consider painting your lawn green. No, really, people do this!

Don’t throw away crayon bits, you can use old crayons to make new crayons. I’m going to try this with some kind of a mold, because I don’t know how user-friendly the muffin shape would be. You can also use crayon fragments to make melty pictures on tinfoil, by putting tinfoil on some sort of heating element and drawing with the crayons. I remember that being SO fun, but also everyone getting burned (including me) so maybe just stick with the recycled crayon idea.

I would not have thought of giving kids playdough to practice using scissors on, but that seems like a good idea. Usually I just give Hannah expired coupons to cut up, but playdough could also work.

Don’t forget to enter the fortnightly purse at Amoretti – there is a great tea towel from the Bodleian Library at Oxford included this time, among other things. I’m thinking of having Hannah and Jack memorize the oath printed on it,

I hereby undertake not to remove from the Library, or to mark, deface, or injure in any way, any volume, document, or other object belonging to it or in its custody; not to bring in to the Library or kindle therein any fire or flame, and not to smoke in the Library: and I promise to obey all rules of the Library.

Neither Hannah nor Jack smokes or kindles flames at this point, but each has been known to mark, deface, or injure library property in the past, ahem. OK, I’m not really going to make them memorize it, but I do think it’s kind of a fun thing to have on a tea towel.

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