Vordak the Incomprehensible – Book Review

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Today’s review is about one of our boys’ favorite books for Daddy to read to them. Now, our boys are 12 and 9 years old. They love Star Wars, Minecraft and Mark Twain. Our whole family loves just about anything geeky. :D For SWL‘s 12th birthday he had a HUGE group of friends over for a “Guy Night”. Some of them spent the night and a few went with us on a surprise outing. We took them to a small Comicon near us! It was awesome!! While we were walking around the booths, we came across Vordak. In comic convention style, he was in complete costume and character. LL got a kick out if it! We bought the book he had at the booth and Vordak signed it for him. That’s where their love affair with Vordak began. 

Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World

 

If you’ve never heard of Vordak, take a minute to check out the site. You will quickly see that it is ALL BOY. And ALL HILARIOUS! Vordak is going to teach the kids how to grow up and rule the world in this book. He teaches them their evil laugh, how to choose their costume, picking out their evil name, how to raise money for their evil empire, etc. What every good little villian set on taking over the world needs to know! It’s like the supremely funny evil villain textbook. You can see Vordak’s bio down below.

 

Vordak bio

See the full bio page http://www.vordak.com/bios.html

 

When Daddy reads any Vordak book to the boys, it is done in his “Vordak voice”. That’s a must. I can hear the boys laughing all the way downstairs! With their bedroom door shut!! They beg him to read it to them constantly. It is by far the best book we’ve bought for Daddy to read to them. I can’t recommend them enough. Honestly, they enjoy the time reading with J that much. 

I think that books for Dad to read to the boys should be silly guy stuff. Comics and Vordak and crazy boy books. Dad is the super funny one in our house. I’m not saying that he doesn’t discipline or isn’t serious, but you can always count on Dad for a laugh. Or a good light saber battle. He’s always up for a light saber battle. ;)

Now, if you don’t like books that poke fun at bad guys by being the silly bad guy, this is not for you. And there’s nothing wrong with that! He calls people sissies and jerks, but our boys know that we don’t do that. They know that it’s just being silly and that it’s not ok to do in real life. This has never been an issue for our kids, so these books are nothing more than awesome fun. If you’ve had problems with your kid calling people names or bullying in other ways, you may want to skip it for awhile. 

LL will tell you that his favorite book is The Prince and the Pauper, which it is. But he will tell you that ANY Vordak book is a close second! LOL! As soon as Dad finished reading Vordak the Incomprehensible, LL was ready to go to the library to find more Vordak books. Literally as soon as it ended. There are three Vordak books that we know. They boys have read, and been read, two of them:

 

Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow up and Rule the World                              Vordak the Incomprehensible: Rule the School

There are two other books, Vordak the Incomprehensible: Double Trouble and Time Travel Trouble, that may or may not make their way under our tree for Christmas. ;) They weren’t at the library, but as many times as they’ve read the other two, I have no problem buying them!

 

 

Vordak the Incomprehensible: Time Travel Trouble

Vordak the Incomprehensible: Double Trouble

 

These books are great ones to get a boy back into reading. Like how Harry Potter got millions of kids to love reading! These are sure to jumpstart your reluctant reader. Our boys have one classic novel and one “for fun” book at all times. There are other things they need to read for school, like a book on the Inca when we studied them, in addition to the other two. The classics are read during their reading time during the day and the fun books are read whenever they want and at bedtime. They can read their classics whenever, too, but they are assigned one hour of classics each day. 

So, Vordak. Our entire family HIGHLY recommends these books.

Have your kids read any of the Vordak books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Let people know what you loved, or didn’t love, about them! :)

 

Ruth Bible Study from Grapevine Studies- Review

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I have an awesome review for you today!  Grapevine Studies blessed our family with their Ruth Bible study. We were given this study in exchange for posting this review. There were no promises, or expectations, of a positive review unless one was warranted. I always make it clear to a company that I will share any negatives I may find with my readers. I will not compromise my integrity, or your trust, in exchange for freebies or compensation.

Ruth Bible study from Grapevine Studies

 

Ruth Bible study by Grapevine Studies

 

Ok, let’s talk about how the Grapevine Studies work. Their tagline is “Stick Figuring Through the Bible”. I don’t know about you, but the first time I saw that I immediately thought “Kindergarten”. I was so wrong!

Easy to Prepare – Effective to Teach

Finally, a Bible study curriculum that engages the intellect while stimulating the imagination! Grapevine Studies provides effective, easy-to-teach Bible curriculum to disciple students ages five to adult. Through the use of Bible timelines and easy-to-follow lessons, Grapevine Studies will give your students a panoramic view of the Bible.

That’s how they describe their studies. And it is spot on! All you have to do in way of preparation is: get your Bible, get your white board and markers, student lessons pages, Bible dictionary or have Google up and some colored pencils for the kids. I have all of the things we need sitting together so I just grab them and we’re ready. I didn’t print out the Teacher Pages for this Ruth Bible study, so when I call the boys for our daily lesson, I pull up the PDF and have the internet up to look up our words on Wordsmyth. And we’re good to go! My boys are 9 and 12 so I’m going with Level 2. Here is the “How to Teach” for Level 2. I looked at Level 3 and it’s pretty much the same thing. That’s one of the great thing about Grapevine Studies: they work so well with multiple aged homes! They even have a traceable version!

Now, I will admit, I wasn’t sure how the boys would react to this. Would they find it too “baby”? Would they enjoy it? I just wasn’t sure what they would think. Day one pushed all of my fears right out the door! They absolutely loved it. I did find it better to prepare ahead of time (all of maybe 10 mins) by drawing the timelines on our whiteboard. I handed each of them their own little packet and explained what we were doing and how it works. They thought it was pretty cool that they got to draw out their Bible lesson. There was no stress over the drawings because they’re stick figure drawings. Anyone can do them!

 

Ruth Bible study timeline

Timeline on of the boys did

 

Ruth Bible study from Grapevine Studies - Lesson page

Sorry about the pics. I had to use one of our smaller cameras and it didn’t pick up the yellow so well. I had to up it so you could see it. :)

 

The Ruth Bible study says it is either a 5 week or an 18 day study. The 5 week study would be perfect for a Sunday School class or a coop! We did it as an 18 day study. Each day took about 30 mins from start to finish. If they had a lot of questions or wanted to discuss it more, which happened a lot, then it was about 45 mins to an hour. I was really surprised how this study prompted the boys into discussions about the times, life in general for Ruth, etc. It was a great, unexpected benefit!

Here is a basic breakdown of how a normal day went:

  • I would put the drawings on the whiteboard 
  • We would quickly discuss our previous lesson as the Teacher’s Manual instructed
  • I would present the lesson by reading straight from the Teacher’s Manual
  • The boys would draw while I was reading the Bible verse and the notes from the manual
  • We would look up the recommend words using Wordsmyth online dictionary
  • Work on our memory verse
  • Discussion

There are goals and key points listed for the teacher for each lesson. I found it helpful to know these. Like I said, I chose to read straight from the manual. But you don’t have to! I didn’t want to leave anything out and I like to use things as the publisher intended when I’m doing a review. That way I can pass on any changes that I think would be beneficial. I don’t think anything needs to be changed with the Grapevine Studies. I really like the way you can do a good, solid Bible study with such a simple layout. :)

Families and classes only need to purchase one student book because you are allowed to make copies! They’re not expensive at all, but it’s awesome that you can make copies. I’m all for budget-friendly curriculum. :D Now, if you don’t like printing out your own materials, you can purchase them as hardcopies. Actual books. I prefer to get the pdf’s. I like the fact that I can store my materials on the computer until I’m ready for them and not have them taking up space in our homeschool room!

To wrap it all up, we really enjoyed this Ruth Bible study. The boys were able to follow it with no problem, they enjoyed themselves and, most importantly, they retained the information! The final quiz was just right. Not too many questions, but it covered all they had learned. I can honestly recommend this study.

 

I am giving Grapvine Studies: Ruth Bible study a HUGE thumb’s up!

Now, go grab some free samples of the Grapevine Studies! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss the rest of the reviews I have coming up this week. 

 

 

Free Kindle books and apps

Each Friday I will be listing some free Kindle books and Android apps. PLEASE make sure you check the prices BEFORE downloading because Amazon can change the price at any time. Even in the same day! I removed a book from the list because the price had already changed. That’s how fast it can happen. LOL! Now, some of the cookbooks will need to be veganized. Let me know if you need help with that. Just use the Contact Me tab on the right to shoot me an email. I’m always here to help. :)

 

I also wanted to let you know that next week is a Week of Reviews. Each day I will be reviewing a product that we’ve used recently. I know I always use some of my Christmas money to buy homeschool supplies, so hopefully these reviews will help someone who’s sitting on the fence about a product. :D

Have a great weekend!!!

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Natural Homemade Cleaners: Over 50 Green and Eco Friendly Solutions For Natural Homemade Cleaners

Crochet Dynamite: Gifts For Your Besties

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The Adventures of Starlight and Sunny

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Vegan Crêpes with Spiced Apple Slices

Today I’m sharing a recipe that is just perfect for the first day of Fall! Vegan crêpes with warm spiced apple slices. Talk about comfort food! In last week’s recipe post I listed our Top 10 Favorite Fall Foods. A reader asked for this recipe, so here it is!

Recently we went to the orchard for a family outing. We picked all different kinds of apples. I like to use a variety of apples when I make desserts. When I make spiced apples like these, I use more tart apples than sweet, but I do put a few sweet ones in there. When we made these this weekend I used Granny Smith, Jonagold, Fuji, Northern Spies and an Ida Red. It made for a great mix of flavors!

The recipe for the vegan crêpes is one that I got from Vegan Yum Yum. I’ll post the ingredients here and you can follow the link to the directions over there! If you’ve never been to Vegan Yum Yum, take a few minutes to look around. Talk about awesome vegan recipes! The hollandaise sauce in the crêpes post I’m linking to is amazing. Rich and creamy, just like the non-vegan version.

Vegan Crêpes

  • 1/2 C soy milk
  • 2/3 C water
  • 1/4 C melted Earth Balance
  • 1 C flour (I used 1/2 C whole wheat pastry & 1/2 C white wheat bread flour)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS sugar (if they’re sweet crêpes like we’re making)
  • 2 tsp vanilla (again, if they’re sweet)
  • up to 2 TBS water to thin, if needed

 

Head over to Vegan Yum Yum for the directions. They’re wicked simple. Don’t skip the refrigeration step!! And whisk between each crêpe. Once you put the batter in the fridge, start on your spiced apple slices for the filling.

 

Spiced Apple Slices

  • 1/2 C Earth Balance
  • 8 large apples; peeled, sliced and cored (go for a variety)
  • 1 1/2 C demerara sugar (you can cut back on this a bit but don’t go under 1 cup)
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Peel, slice and core your apples. This is where an apple slicer is your friend! I slice the really big ones in half. Melt the EB in a skillet over medium heat. Add the apples and toss them to coat them in the EB. Add the sugar and stir. Once the sugar is incorporated, add the cinnamon and nutmeg. Give it a good stir and let the apple slices simmer. (You can start making your crêpes now if the 30 mins has gone by.) It will take anywhere from 15-25 mins to get the apples softened. This is really going to depend on their thickness and how soft you want them.

Once the crêpes are done, add the apple filling and some of the sauce from the pan. Just drizzle a bit over the top. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and serve it up! 

Our boys love these will all kinds of fillings. I think their favorite is peanut butter and banana with a few vegan chocolate chips thrown in. I like to add the filling right after I’ve flipped the crêpe so that it can get all melty schmelty. Mmmmm….

Here’s you a little slideshow:

Melting the Earth Balance

Sliced Apples

Ingredients

Cooking Apples

Crêpe

 

Vegan Crêpe with Spiced Apple Slices

Guess which pic was taken with my cell phone because I forgot to snap a shot of the finished thing? Betcha can’t guess! :P

And there you have it! Vegan Crêpes with Spiced Apple Slices! Give it a try!!! 

Jobs for the kids:

  • slice the apples using an apple slicer
  • peeling the apples if they’re good enough to use a paring knife
  • adding the ingredients to the pan
  • stirring the apples
  • mixing the crêpe batter

Please remember to get those kiddoes involved in the kitchen! They’ll love it and you will to. Link up your pics of your Vegan Crêpes in the comments or post a link to your post about them!!!

 

Filled crepe

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