I had a ton of pics but I can't seem to get them to upload correctly.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I had a ton of pics but I can't seem to get them to upload correctly.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Here's the totals for 5 boxes of apples:
30 apple pies
4 apple crisps
13 quarts of applesauce
7 quarts cinnamon apples (these were supposed to apple filling, but I didn't like the recipe)
10 gallons of dried apple chips
50 apples for eating
lots of cores and peels for chicken food
I'm hoping to get one more pie out of them tonight!
This weekend I'm moving on to a case of pears that are ripening on my kitchen table. Date night with Superman. Outdoor Movie Night with the chickadees. Oooooo and making baby burp clothes for a cutie pie that will be born in the new year! I also probably should clean up craft room which looks like a bomb exploded in it and help make 4 Sweet Sisters Pumpkin Bread!
Have a Great weekend!
Monday, November 8, 2010
The Little Chefs friend
Farm Girl's friend.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Here are some heirloom tomatoes. No blooms as of yet.
The lettuce had trouble. So I need to plant again. We are using a ground water system and the lettuce, kohlrabi and other really need to be hand watered for the first month or so. I haven't had a chance to replant and I'm missing the lettuce.
Hopefully this weekend we will get some fertilizer down, check for weeds. (Superman and the little chickadees pulled a bunch after our vacation.) Make more apple pies and lots of 4 Sweet Sisters Pumpkin Bread!
We're trying decide on a ground cover for weed control. We've a free mulch in that past, but it's very big and chunky. Any ideas?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
It's been years since I've done peach jam. So I read up on all the procedures and on how to can peach slices. I made sure I had plenty of lemon juice, clean jars, lids, rings and sugar. I also watched Homestead Blessings, Canning addition. The Chickadees really enjoyed watching the West Ladies and I got a little braver about trying my new pressure canner. (I still haven't used it.)
Farm girl stopped by from the pool to help out. You can see some of the lovely finished product on the side. We used lots of lemon juice to keep the beautiful color.
Yummy canned peaches after a 20 minute hot water bath. (I just can't bring myself to try my pressure canner.)
It was a lot, I mean a lot of work to produce 17 quarts of peaches. I was a bit bummed when I pulled them out of the canner and I had peach juice leaking from more than half of my jars.I really thought I had given them enough head room so that wouldn't occur. They all sealed, but I have them stored in our dowstairs fridge to be on the safe side. They can live there for at least 6 months. Maybe longer.(The reason for the dark color is that I used molasses crystals with honey in place of white sugar. )
I had planned on making jam over the weekend, but I was pretty bummed about the peaches and how long it took. My girls all got in on the act and made things go so much quicker. So today I hope to do some jam!
I'm trying new pectin. Pomoana. Has anyone used it? I read it doesn't work in the same fashion as the general pectin's. Let's just pray we get some good results. My pantry shelves are getting bare and need some beautiful color!
We also tried making fried peach hand pies with another family. The were yummy!
Friday, August 6, 2010
We are working our way through Eric and Leslie Ludy's book, When God Writes Your Love Story. For some it's a new concept and for some it's confirmation. While for others, it is a helpful reminder of all the beauty that awaits those who seek after His heart.
The main reason I highly recommend this book is because it places the reader in the "driver's seat". It's not just what parents, grandparents or even what pastors say we have to do or should be doing. Its not about rules, regulations or the "perfect" way to date. Just an invitation to invite the Lord into all parts of our lives including our romance life. Heavy and rich. Better than any chocolate I've ever tasted.
I'm being reminded of my own romance and asking the Lord some 21 years ago (almost) to guide it. I see some of the errors of our ways and I'm reminded of His forgiveness and mercy. I'm just so grateful that I have an opportunity to share it with my daughters and other young woman. I'm also grateful for other "20 something" women who are willing to wait and who are wanting to share their struggles and achievements with those younger woman coming up behind them.
I know some of you reading this must be thinking, "what a crazy woman this is". Well, crazy I am but all for the Glory of my King.
Happy in Him,
Thursday, August 5, 2010
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Here is a beautiful cake that was created by a friend at Country Boy's . She loves to make cakes like the Cake Boss. What neat birthday gift for the Little Chef who really wanted a Pink Castle Cake and had a Mom who was to wiped out to make one. Roddie used rice crispie treats for the two top layer and the towers. Ice cream cones and home made fondant. Unfortunately it had to be eaten fast because it was melting from being out in the heat (feels like was 112 degrees) during transport. No worries though, not a bit was wasted! I couldn't believe how everyone wanted seconds and I heard of a couple of thirds. Ooooo and the inside was also pink and was made with strawberry jam! (I know what you're thinking, it just had to be healthy!)
So we this week we have a cookie decorating party planned for younger girls. It should be very creative and sweet.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I'm pretty sure she is the Ring Leader. I mean she just bought a stir fry cookbook at Ikea. The evidence points to her.
This must be the Right Handwoman or maybe the girl who does the dirty work!
Something looks like it smells good.
Monday, August 2, 2010
- It's SUPER HOT here!
- I like to be done with the bulk of our studies in April so that I can start planning in May before the Homeschool convention.
- Usually 3 out of the 4 chickadees are begging to start.
- We still have summer fun, take days off and so it isn't straight school, day in and day out. A little crazy on my schedule, but doable!
So these are some of my reasons. Catch me on any given day and I could have more or less.
I spoke of scheduling. I'm a real nerd when it comes to scheduling. I micro manage our individual and daily schedules down to the last minute. Then I feel totally relieved that I have this wonderfully organized schedule and super curriculum to start us on our path of learning. After a day or two, maybe even a week we start to veer from my masterful schedule and get into a steady rhythm that works well for everyone. I make my school plans out for 36 weeks and we check off a day at a time. When everyday is checked off and all the books and tools are used we are pretty much done for the year. (I then have grandiose plans of what we'll study over the summer, but that's for another day).
So everyone is happy. My state and I, that is. I need to have proof of records in case there is ever an issue and I still feel I can veer and swerve at our own pace if need be. as long as we get it all done!
So on to curriculum. I use a bit of everything. I enjoy a bit of Charlotte Mason, Classical and Unschooling Styles (this is used during the summers and holidays). I've used most everything out there trying to find what works best with visual learning disabilities. I've come across a tremendous amount of wonderful curriculum that just doesn't work with our styles, issues and numbers of people. But the curriculum is soooooo good you just want to keep it because you never know when you may be able to implement it! Weird, I know...Or maybe even my grandchildren will be able to use it (someday)!
Here"s a list of what were using this year:
- Saxon Math 2
- Draw Write Now Books 1 and 2
- Handwriting Skills Simplified- Learning Cursive (Ding,Ding,Ding)
- Rod and Staff reading
- All About Spelling (ding, ding, ding WE HAVE A Winner)
- Apologia Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day, audio (tapes I made this summer- Ding,Ding,Ding) and online note booking pages for beginning writers
- Tapestry of Grace year 2 Fall of Rome to the Colonies- Lower Grammar
- Saxon Math 54
- Handwriting Simplified- Cursive
- Abeka Health- On her own
- All About Spelling
- Rod and Staff 3 grade reading and workbook- we pick and choose from the workbook
- Scripture memory writing
- Apologia Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day, audio and note booking for writers(ding,ding,ding)
- Tapestry of Grace Y2 and Writing Aids- Upper Grammar
- Saxon 87 with Saxon teacher- ding, ding, ding! Most bang for the buck out of all the math programs with a "teacher" component.
- Abeka Health 8th grade- free read
- Rod and Staff 8th grade reading comp.
- Rod and Staff 6th grade English
- Artistic Pursuits Junior High Art 1- Ding, Ding, Ding- a real art instruction program.
- Apologia General Science- She's playing with the big chicks now!
- Tapestry of Grace and Writing Aids Y2- Dialectic
- FLVS- Typing- would not recommend!
****Tapestry of Grace has TONS of Literature, we also use Streams of Civilization , Story of the World with this program and everything else I can get my hands on about the time period from the Library and friends. Our 2nd year using this curriculum. Daunting but very rich!
- Life Of Fred Geometry- We've tried everything and seems the most understandable. Also like Teaching Textbooks, Math U See and Saxon for other students. 1 credit
- NotGrass American History, Literature and Bible-DING, DING,DING! Very pleased with program. Everything is laid out for your Highschooler. I read the literature also, so that we can have in depth discussions. We also used the World History program and will use the American Gov't and Economics. 3 credits
- Rosetta Stone French-1 credit
- Apologia Marine Biology- 1 credit plus lab
- FLVS Computer Programming- 1 credit
- Work Release- 1 credit (not sure if we can still count this one towards graduating total, but still earned)
total 8 credits
So that's what I'm attempting to teach my children this year by the Grace of My Lord.
Maybe tomorrow I'll pop up my glorious schedules!!!
Friday, July 16, 2010
It caught us all by surprise, it's usually closer to the end of July. Kids of all ages get involved in it here. Even the High School kids get together and make costumes. Then they head out for some tasty chicken nuggets or a wonderful chicken sandwich.
School Girl needed white shirts so she sewed them up out of a sheet. Yep, I needed the sheets for another project, but don't tell her.
The chickadees have also started their couch quilts for fall and winter. We (I) made the fleece blankets about 7 years ago and they are looking a bit bedraggled. So we (I ) decided it was time to freshen it up a bit. So here's what we (they) have done so far:
-Bought a $3 white sheet from Walmart.
-Bought Sharpie style fabric paint markers with 50% off Coupon.
-Cut out 9 x 9 squares with templates (me).
-Cut pieces of cardboard to protect table.
-Split up squares between 3 chickadees.
-They came up with all the wonderful designs for their quilts.
I'll need to buy another sheet tonight. I didn't think everyone would want to make one. Then we'll finish off our designs earlier next week and start quilting! Yikes.
The middle chickadees will be in charge of theirs, with some help from me. The plan is to show them how sew while I'm doing the youngest chickadee's.
Oh here's a quick extra. Urban Girl and her friend were getting ready for PJ Palozza at church by making impromptu costumes for their Lion King dance. They had a ball!
So that's what we've been up to this week. That and a lot of freezer cooking for Superman's lunches and banana bread.
Love it when older girlies bring out and over their machines! This is a Ladies Only Event and lots of fun!
ps. This was last week... maybe i'll get this week's up next!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Have you ever wanted to make your own fresh bread? My Girlies just adore it and it makes the most wonderful sandwiches. Well on Thursday night, July 22nd we will be discussing the types of grains, grinders, mixers, and bread machines. Then will dive into making our own loaves of sandwich bread by hand.
Banana Chocolate Chipjulie
PS. Couldn't find a picture of our sandwich bread. There here somewhere.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Putting in at the Ocoee.
Getting a little wet and wild!
Pure Exhilaration or Crazy?
Lots of water, wonderful devotions, time alone and with friends. What a great trip!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
My relationship with her is changing. From one of Mom/daughter to Mom/friend and young woman/daughter. I'm glad for these time where I get a chance to slowly ease into our new stage and see her as more than my little girl. I don't mean to say that I don't already get daily glimpses, but this is a blessing.
I will say it's strange to be going and leaving so much of my family behind. They have exciting plans while we are gone and I know Superman can handle just about anything. I mean we don't call him Superman for nothing! But still, I'm the Mommy and I'm used to being in charge of my home. School Girl and I planned fun meals for while we are gone. So I know it's under control.
So all this being said I excited, nervous about rafting (it's been 21 years). But I can't wait to be in the mountains. It's my favorite place to be!
See you when we get back!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Somehow daughter #3 got daughter #4's hair caught in the sweeper vac that we use on the wood floors! Yup, not just one section, but multiple sections of her head. I shut it down and held it tightly while daughter#2 unraveled the tresses admist the tears.
My first thought: where did I put that camera? (sad i know.don't judge.)
Yes, I did blow up a tenny tiny bit. I'm assuming the best and leaving it up to natural consequences. I hope we all have learned a very important lesson! Let me know if you figure it out.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
So I was over at Raising Homemakers this morning. I get reminders from their site via face book. Anyhow, I 'm really enjoying the site because sometimes I get bogged down in the midst of it all. I even feel at times I'm in a battle, unfortunately a battle of wills. Much of it is of my own making.