Your Questions Answered Part I

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First of all I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your beautiful and encouraging words regarding my collage.

You have blessed me once again!

I also wanted to let you know that I will be selling prints of my collage….I will let you know when they are available.

I apologize for the delay in answering your questions but I had some deadlines that I am happy to say have been met.

You asked so many good questions that it will take me all week to answer them.

Here we go…..

*Can I come over? and will you please give us a really good crock pot recipe to try?

Of course you can come over! 

I can't imagine anything more wonderful than having coffee and hanging out with all of you! 

Now the harder part of your question….crock pot recipes. 

I love my crock pot…LOVE! 

The problem in passing on recipes because most of the time I make things up based upon what is in my pantry. I am really good at doing this but I rarely make the same thing twice.

I will pass on a recipe that I have made over and over and it is really easy and I hope you like it.

Chicken with Bacon, Mushrooms and Onions

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 package (8 ounces) of sliced mushrooms

1 1/2  cups frozen petite pearl onions

1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic

3/4 cup Chardonnay or other white wine

8 slices cooked bacon crumbled

1 tablespoon fine herbes

2 teaspoons crushed garlic

Stir everything together in the crock pot (except bacon).  Cover and cook on low for 3-5 hours.  When you are ready to serve sprinkle with crispy bacon.

*Just saw your blog in Tara Frey's book when I was at a bookstore browsing last week!  So cool! What is your background?  I mean, have you always been so artistic and crafty?  Did you go to art school or have special training?

I think Tara did an amazing job on the book and I think it is pretty cool that I am in it too:-) 

Hmmmm…what is my background. 

Well, I have a psychology and history degree.

I used to live in DC and worked on grassroots issues.

That doesn't sound too artistic and crafty does it?

I have to admit that even though that is not my life anymore I am a lover of politics and history. 

It is still one of my favorite areas to read and I love talking politics with people…it is rare to find anyone that wants to talk back:-) 

I have always been artistic and crafty but it has definitely changed and evolved over the years. 

I did not go to art school or have special training.  I did want to go to design school in Chicago but was talked out of it.

It is funny how life can bring you right back around when you are older, wiser and not as easily influenced.

*How do you find time to homeschool, craft and keep your house clean??? You are like a superhero to me.  What was your favorite memory from Brave Girl Camp??  Can you share a healthy recipe?  I just have a feeling you are also a great cook. It's just a hunch:-)

Monday through Friday school comes first.  When we are finished with school each day then everything else gets done or nothing at all. 

I don't create everyday.

My house is definitely not clean MOST days.  I really try to keep my house picked up…but clean is another story.  Something has to give and most days that is what gives. 

My favorite memory from Brave Girl Camp would have to be just laughing and creating in the art tent.  We laughed A LOT!!!! 

The beauty of that old army tent filled with white lights and lanterns still makes me smile.  They had also made a cd from everyone's favorite songs.  Creating, laughing and listening to good music.

I think I am a good cook…but honestly…I am a good entertainer and what I make when I entertain is NOT HEALTHY!!! 

*We are contemplating homeschooling our 4 year old (this all) & just curious what curriculum you use? 

I started homeschooling Jack in preschool and officially in kindergarten. We started because he started reading when he was four (my daughter started when she was three) and some of my friends that taught encouraged me to homeschool for kindergarten. They thought he would be bored in school.  We loved our first year and we have been at it ever since. 

So…back to your question.&#
0160; When we first started I bought the complete kindergarten curriculum through My Father's World.  I did not like their math so I used Math U See.  I also didn't like the reading curriculum so we used Hooked On Phonics. 

The longer I have taught the more comfortable I have gotten with curriculum.  I really pull from what I believe to be the very best out there for my children.  My math is Saxon, phonics is Shurley Grammar, history is Story of the World, reading is Phonics Museum from Veritas Press and writing is Excellence in Writing.  I would be happy to answer any specific questions you have on email.  We read a LOT of books. Really good books.  We have fun and we make time for field trips and taking breaks when we need it.  MOST days I love this life we have created…but I have my days that if a bus pulled up in front of the house I would put them on it:-) 

*What inspires you? What do you do when you feel a dry spell creatively?  How do you incorporate your faith into your art or creative work?  What do you like best about blogging?

I can't think of almost anything that doesn't inspire me.

Walks, music, art, friends, scripture, family, my children, papers, paints, nature, fabrics….Anthropologie:-)  When I am having a creative dry spell I usually just take a break and try to refocus.  If I am really have a hard time I will just sit and start.  One of my favorite quotes is …

I do not sit down to work because I am inspired:

I become inspired because I sit down to work.

-Oscar Hammerstein

Sometimes my faith is obvious in my art and sometimes it is more subtle.  I never feel the need to always proclaim it in my art because I hope I am always proclaiming it with my life.

What I like best about blogging is connecting with so many incredible women…truly…you guys bless me everyday! 

Ok…that is all for tonight. 

I am going to go and watch a movie with my handsome husband. 

I will TRY to answer your questions each day this week. 

Wish me luck!

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  1. Lemonade Makin' Mama

    Those are awesome! Love what you said about your clean house/homeschooling/creating priorities… I get asked the same question too, and could answer it the exact same way you did. I love that! Can’t wait to meet you in person girl. I hear you are hysterically funny. 🙂

  2. Rachel

    Wow. Awesome Jeanne! I enjoyed learning so much about you.
    I also have a history degree (and one in secondary education and 1/2 of an M.Ed in curriculum studies); I’ve taught politics, economics, history, you name it, so if you want to talk politics I’m your girl.
    Lucky you to have lived and worked in D.C. I visited there Dec 2008 and loved it!
    Sounds like you live a charmed life – but I’m sure it’s not just luck. You’ve made it what it is!

  3. jamie

    That was Fun Jeanne, I Love this kind of stuff, getting to know my Favorite Bloggers better. I give you so much Credit for Homeschooling, Honestly with all the hurdles we have had to go through for both our kids with the schools, I probably should have taken your path. I am a secret Political Nut too, I try to keep it under wraps so I won’t scare anyone away. I have cable news on all day as a back round and won’t even tell you my favorite Political shows so you don’t think Im a Nut Case. If you ever want to discuss or debate Political Junk, I’m your Girl! That’s Sad! LOL..Fun, Fun… Can’t wait for the next installment. Jamie

  4. Martha

    How fun I love it…and learning everything! By the way…I love to talk politics too but I feel so out of practice because I don’t get to talk about it much either.

  5. the wild raspberry

    you must have a japanese fan….
    i am pulling out my crock pot and putting it to use~~ let it do the cooking!
    i haven’t cooked since before the new year with my bum arm….
    your recipe sounds great!

  6. Lisa Leo

    I got ready to tell you that I love to talk politics and then I read the comments only to find out there are LOTS of other bloggers who love to talk politics, too! So cool! I hated history in school but now I love it and I’m currently reading a book titled Lenin, Stalin and Hitler. Very interesting! LOVE your blog, just love it! Hey, maybe we’re what one would call “Renaissance Women” haha!

  7. Kimberly

    Loved reading these answers! I really enjoy your blog and your refreshing honesty is like a breath of fresh air. I can feel your authenticity and that is what keeps me coming back.

  8. Tracy

    what fun it is to read more about you – you have such an amazing impression on this blog world – I am constantly in awe in how you are living for the Lord. It does show!!
    Hugs ~ Tracy.

  9. Tracy

    PS. I ADORE politics and wanted to work in DC after I graduated with my Poly-Sci degree….but I got married instead. I don’t regret it at all (of course!) but take any/every opportunity to talk politics (except for my blog….that is for my right brain!) – I just love it!!

  10. amy

    you didn’t mention your current reading curriculum did you?=) like that quote by oscar. reminds me of pretending you are feeling the way you want to feel and the reality will follow…something like that.=)

  11. mkg

    Tell the kids that if I had a school bus, I’d pick them up out front on any day you and they needed a break!! Wouldn’t we have fun:) I love your answers to some fun, thought-provoking questions. Great post!!

  12. meg duerksen

    fun fun fun.
    love hearing all about you.
    who asked if you were coming to kansas?!! you know where your FIRST stop has to be when you come… my house!
    you are an amzing woman jeanneoli.
    definitely like a superhero to me. 🙂

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