A far-off view of the Ushuaia, Argentina airport, where we arrived 3 days ago. We walked past this charming field the first time that we went into the city center. We're at the very southern tip of Argentina, and it hovers between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius right now, even though it's the end of their summer.
Links I loved this week:
Crockpot Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli @ Stacy Makes Cents. I am SO missing my crockpot while we're traveling! For those of you that are blessed with one of those magical appliances, have you checked out Stacy's ebook Crock On yet? So many great recipes!
Energy Efficient vs. Green Friendly @ Green... Your Way. Essentially, this is the issue of planned obsolescence in today's manufacturing realm, which unfortunately includes things like major household appliances-- so how do we, the consumers, make a difference in the rate that these appliances are filling up landfills?
45 Uses for Baking Cups or Cupcake Liners @ A Delightful Home. Anyone have more uses to add to the list? I'm sure Stacy would love to hear them. :)
Our Response to Kraft's Letter: It's Time to Surrender Your Artificial Dyes @ 100 Days of Real Food (go, Lisa, go!)
Because Friendships is a Gift @ (in)Courage. If you're one of my girlfriends back home... know that today I am missing you greatly and recognize just what a treasure it is to call you friends. When I get back from this year abroad, I look forward to walking arm-in-arm with you, sitting on your couch sipping coffees (or mine, when I actually have one again), or holding hands as we pray together. Thank you for loving me so well, sweet friends.
I Want to Run Away @ (in)Courage. This one is for anyone who has ever found themselves feeling stuck and desperate in the midst of a hard season. (Thanks for being full of gems this week, (in)Courage!)
Should the Government Tell You What to Eat or Drink? @ Kelly the Kitchen Kop. Excellent food for thought. I would be on the side that says it is NOT the government's role to determine these things, but up to us as individuals to make our voices known to companies, and to vote with our dollars as consumers. What do you think?
Why can't learning look like this? @ FIMBY. I really resonate with Renee's thoughts in this post, and yet I struggle with some of the questions she brings up. I truly want the best learning experience possible for my children, but even though I recognize how it was lacking in so many ways, my own public school background taunts me with the safety of feeling like I'm teaching my children well by covering all of the appropriate subjects and completing the right books. Any other homeschooling moms struggle with this?
The Risk of Parenting While Plugged In @ New York Times
What I'm doing: Preparing to say good-bye to my husband for 11 days while he takes an adventure tour to Antarctica, a trip of a lifetime for him! The kids and I will be staying in Ushuaia, Argentina (the southernmost city in the world) while he's gone, and we'll take some amazing field trips like viewing sea lion and cormorant colonies from a boat trip in the Beagle Channel, walking among two types of penguins on a nearby island, visiting a small glacier, hiking in the Tierra del Fuego national park, among other things. This is the best kind of homeschool. :)
What I'm enjoying: The views here. Everywhere you look in this small city, you can see the mountains rising up sharp and snow-covered. The houses and buildings are a bit run down (perhaps partly because of their exposure to this harsh climate?) but with views like these outside your front door, who really cares what your house looks like?