Top 10: Music That Cheers Me Up

Found this prompt on the Daily Blog and thought it would be a fun post.

#10: Ode to Joy by Beaker

#9: Pink Limousine by Rootbeer

#8: New Shoes by Paolo Nutini

#7: Tapatio by Redcloud

#6: Hello Everybody by Pigeon John

#5: NY2LA by Press Play

#4: Face in This World by Mark Lowry

#3: Footloose by Kenny Loggins


#2: Jesus Muzik by Lecrae

#1: Where is My Hairbrush or other Silly Songs with Larry.

Sesame Peanut Chicken with Coconut Rice and Veggies

schickenNew recipe for the week. Sorry I didn’t get a good picture.


  • Chicken tender or chicken fillets
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 T cumin
  • 3 T sesame seeds
  • 1/4 flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 cups rice
  • Chicken broth
  • 1 small can coconut milk
  • 1 egg — beaten
  • 1 bag stir fry mix veggies
  • 1 small onion — chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic — chopped
  • olive oil
  • 2 handfuls peanuts
  1. Bring about 2 – 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth to a boil.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add enough olive oil to pan to cover bottom of pan.
  3. In a shallow bowl mix bread crumbs sesame seeds, cumin. In  another bowl mix flour, salt and pepper.  In a third small bowl beat egg slightly. Add the liquid part of one small can of coconut milk.
  4. Dip bread crumbs first in flour mix, then egg-milk mixture, and finally the bread crumb.
  5. Add chicken to skillet and cook until brown. Flip and cook the other side.
  6. Add rice to broth and cook over medium heat until done.  When most of the liquid is gone add the coconut milk to the rice. When rice is cooked remove from heat and keep covered.
  7. Heat veggies according to package.
  8. When chicken is done remove from pan and set aside.
  9. Add onions and garlic and onion to pan.  When onions are translucent added remaining chicken broth to pan. Return chicken to pan and heat for about 4 minutes.
  10. Put rice in a big pan. Add veggies on top. Top with chicken mixture.

Using Excel in the Classroom

I taught computer in Christian school for about 8 years. I was responsible for teaching all grades. During that time I the standards being taught were changed greatly. The biggest change was on the Elementary level. Around 2000 our accrediting agency wanted elementary computer classes to focus on learning computer skills. This meant no games but rather teach them how to use applications like Microsoft Office. I could easily see teaching PowerPoint and Word. However, it was with much skepticism that I began teaching Excel especially in the lower grades. After, all it was difficult for many of my high school students to grasp. I selected some of the easier lessons from the material I had been given. Much to my surprise not only did the lessons work but the skill level of my students improved greatly. While I did not teach 5 year-olds the same skill set that I taught high school students both groups did learn age appropriate content. After three years of teaching computer skills, I really was amazed at the abilities of my second graders who had started the program in second grade. One thing I was never able to do however was truly integrate computer skills with other subjects. My spreadsheet of choice is Microsoft Excel. Microsoft has many templates available on-line that make great teaching tools. The teaching ideas are divided into primary (grades k-2), intermediate (grades 3-5), middle school (grades 6-8) and high school grades (9-12).


Candy Graph

Subject Tie-ins: Math, language, science writing, speech, health


The student will (TSW) sort, count, and record the number of each colored candy in a package.

  • TSW create a graph of the collected data using MS Excel.
  • TSW analyze trends and draw conclusions from the data (ie what is most and least common colors).
  • TSW prepare a short report of the findings research using MS Word and/or MS PowerPoint.
  • TSW practice proper safety procedures before handling food (ie wash hands).


  • A package of M&Ms, Skittles or similar candies.
  • Paper and Pencil
  • Software: Excel, Word & PowerPoint
  • Vocab: data, research, graph


  1. Introduce vocab and concept of graphing.
  2. Create a simple data sheet using excel data sheet needs 2 columns: Color & number. List the colors.
  3. Sort candy by color . Next count and record data.
  4. Create graph from data.
  5. Analyze data: What trends do you see? Which color has the most and which the least?
  6. Extensions: Using either Word or excel present a brief report of data.


Multiplication Tables

Subject Tie-ins: Math

Objective: TSW create a multiplication table using Excel.

Material: Excel


  1. This exercise teaches the following Excel skills: Using fill feature and formatting.
  2. Row 1 will be the top header & column A will be the side header. Leave cell A1 empty. Start in cell A2 fill in 1 and A3 fill in 2. Select cells A2 & A3. Use the fill function to fill until the values reach 10, 11, 12 or whatever number you wish.
  3. Repeat procedure beginning in cell B2 for the side headings.
  4. Format the headings using bold, center or color if you wish.
  5. Next fill in the numbers. You will need to fill in the 1st two numbers for each column and then you can use the fill feature.


Political Opinion Poll

Subject Tie-ins: government, history, social studies, English, math (statistics)


  • TSW collect data from an opinion poll about a current political topics such as health care.
  • TSW analyze data.
  • TSW prepare a report of findings.


  • Surveys
  • Pen and/or pencil
  • Software: Excel and Word


  1. Begin with a discussion or unit about a current political topics
  2. Prepare survey. Survey should include 3-5 questions. You may also want to include demographic info like age, gender and race. Suggested questions: Which candidate do you support? Why? If not voting asking why. In your opinion what are the most important issues facing our country? Provide a selection of 3-5 issues.
  3. Type and print several copies of the survey. It is a good idea to have at least 25 people in your sample group. Also, try find a cross section of participants that do not all share the same ideological views.
  4. After you have collected data the next step is to analyze data. Use Excel to create a data sheet to record your data. The data sheet will be used to create graphs.
  5. Finally using Word prepare a report of your finds.

If I Had a Million Dollars (Repost)

Million dollar checkOne of last week’s  question from the Daily Post was “What would you do with a million dollars, tax free?” I have already written on this topic before so I’m re-posting.

#10: Invest in the lives of others. Maybe it would be by starting my one charity or non-profit. Most likely it would be through giving scholarships or to established charities.

#9: Start my own business. Not for sure what. If I were making that choice today it would probably be some sort of bookstore, coffee house, and live music venue.

#8: A den/study for The Big Guy with all the electronic toys he wants. Not sure what that would look like except  that it would have a new TV and at least one of the newer gaming systems.

#7: Travel. Actually, I would combine numbers  6 & 7  Among my places to travel include reaching my goal of visiting all 50 states, Scotland, England and Australia.

#6: Missions. Both by giving to missions and hands-on involvement in missions.

#5: Take care of our my mom & the Big Guys Mom. Maybe it should be number three but taking care of family is still in my top 5.

#4: Invest. Actually #5 would be a part of number 4. Don’t want to blow all the money.

#3:  Buy a house. We have been wanting to buy our own house rather than rent. Also something a little bigger and a fenced backyard (I want a dog).

#2: Get of Debt. I know it isn’t much fun but it is necessary.

#1: Tithe. Yes, that is right I would give 10% back to God. It is my way of acknowledging that all blessings come from God.