Essential Traditions/Real Food Real Frugal

The archives for the old Essential Traditions blog and the old Real Food Real Frugal Blog

Armor of God Printable Booklet

This is a cute printable booklet describing the Armor of God.  Would work great in a lapbook  or just for added reading for the child.

Made available from Bible Kids Fun Zone –

Preschool – Elementary age level
4 pages | GIF picture format

You can download it by Clicking Here!  Scroll down to the bottom and you will find the 4 links to download each page individually.

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Armor of God Printable Puzzles

A cute set of puzzle cards to help teach the scripture, Ephesians 6:10-18.

Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Therefore stand, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness  and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.  –Ephesians 6:10-18

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Preschool – Elementary age level
2 pages | PDF File

You can download it by clicking here!

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Easy Lessons on the Constitution of the United States

Easy Lessons on the Constitution of the United States
By Alfred Bayless

Published in 1891

Looks to be a textbook geared toward “young readers”, so I’m thinking it would be mid to upper elementary level.

157 Pages | PDF/E-Book | Available through Google Books

You can download it by clicking here!

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Mixed Berry Crisp

My fellas say they love me even more than ever for this recipe :)!  This turned out SO yummy and it was so easy to prepare.  The *only* thing that I had a problem with, was that it was a bit too runny.  But since we served it over ice cream, it worked out okay.  The berry, oatmeal, sugar and seasonings worked so well with the vanilla ice cream.   I served it as a topping to the ice cream and it was a BIG hit.

Mixed Berry Crisp

1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Oriental Five Spices (a mixture of cinnamon, anise, ginger, nutmeg & cloves)

1 pound frozen mixed  berries (can use fresh)
1/2 cup sugar
Oriental Five Spices

Vanilla ice cream

In a saucepan, melt the butter.  Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. Oriental five spices.  Stir well.  Add enough oatmeal to make a crumbly topping.  In a pie plate, mix together the berries and the second 1/2 cup sugar.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and Oriental five spices, stir to mix.  Top with the topping.  Cook in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes.  Serve warm…topped with ice cream!

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Practical Things With Simple Tools

This appears to be a book of simple building projects geared towards boys (children).  Includes some general information, as well as instructions for building a carpenter’s bench and tool chest.  Plus a lot more simple projects for the beginning carpenter.  This is one book my boys will REALLY enjoy!

Mid to Upper elementary and higher

243 pages | PDF/E-book | Available from Google Books

You can download this book by clicking here!

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You Capture – Sky


This week’s theme for You Capture over at I Should Be Folding Laundry is “Sky”.  Earlier this week I was able to capture this rainbow…I was excited 🙂


Color Puzzle

This is an adorable preschool aged puzzle that helps teach colors.  Very cute and easy to print and assemble.  You print them out on cardstock and laminate them.  Then cut them out.  You can even attach magnets to the back so they can be used in the kitchen on the refrigerator and things like that.  These would make great “busy” work for you toddler while you instruct your older children!  Very nice printable!

Preschool and early Elementary
9 pages | PDF File

You can download them by clicking here!

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Godly Character Traits

This is a cute set of illustrated Godly Character Trait “posters”.  These would be so cute laminated and mounted in the school room or made into a book of some kind for the children to read.  Very nice!  Great for using when studying Godly Character.

All Ages
27 pages  | PDF File

You download it by clicking here!

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Sweet Shot Tuesday – 05/25/10

Sweet Shot Day

It’s time once again for Sweet Shot Tuesdays over at My 3 Boybarians.  One participant in this week’s Sweet Shot Tuesday will win their choice of one of two hand stamped, photography themed necklaces from Beki  of The Rusted Chain.  Here is my “Sweet Shot”!

My boys walking down the road in front of our house.  I love how big brother takes care of little brother!


Simple Woman’s Daybook – 05/25/10

Outside my window…
the sun is shining and it’s getting hot

I am thinking…
That Sesame Street is annoying 🙂

I am thankful for…
My husband who puts up with me as I go through growing pains

From the learning rooms…
We’re having a sick week this week because Riley’s been sick.  Although we have been learning some “science” by watching Myth Busters 🙂

From the kitchen…
Something with Chicken breasts, just not sure what yet.  Probably with roasted potatoes and carrots.

I am wearing…
A cool, plaid, cotton house dress my Mom bought be for Mother’s Day.

I am creating…
I’m working on a “tween girl’s” quilt to maybe sell

I am going…
to be doing laundry today

I am reading…
Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden (reading aloud to my husband)
Spiritual Mothering by Susan Hunt
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reading aloud to Riley)

I am praying…
For my marriage and my attitudes
I am hearing…
Elmo talking about Mr Noodle

Around the house…
I see a mountain of laundry I need to scale today

One of my favorite things…

A few things for the rest of the week…
the normal laundry, cleaning, and stuff like that, although I hope to get in my sewing room at some point to do a little quilting.

A picture to share…

My boys walking down the road in front of our house holding hands.  Love how big brother takes care of little brother!

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