Sunday, November 11, 2012

OHOP Indian Village...

Amongst all the other things I'm doing these days we are fitting in school. Some days I can't believe we get everything done! But my kids are definitely troopers! I wouldn't be able to do all that I do if they didn't pitch in and help out! It's definitely a blessing!!!

My 7 year old is a Wolf Scout this year and we were all able to attend this months outing. It was very interesting and I think the kids had a great time.

Indians summer home...

Making an arrow head on a rock...
Making jewelry from beans and dry pasta...
Playing an Indian drum...
It was a fun day in the rain! We got to grind corn into flour and pound cedar into soft pieces that would then be used for clothing or blankets. It's great when you can learn by doing. This is a wonderful museum. If you're in Washington State you should check it out!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's been along time...

Wow, it's been a long time! There's been lots going in on in our home. Big changes and adjustments. They've all been good, however my blogging time has been greatly reduced. At least for this blog. A few month I took on a new job. I have to admit it's the best job of my life, where I've worked outside of my home. I get to do fun, "me" stuff. I get to include my kids and I get to make extra money! I mean what could be better!! If you want to see what I'm up to you can visit me at the blog that takes up all my time...

As far as school goes, we've had a good start to our year. We are studying the ancients and so we were able to make it to the King Tut exhibit. It was amazing. Here's some photos...

Hope you're having a good year so far and hopefully I'll be posting again soon! Enjoy your day!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Yummy morning breakfast...

DO YOU EVER get your kids involved in your breakfast making? I like to encourage as much help in the kitchen as I can get! Breakfast is one of those easy meals that kids usually like, you can have many helpers, and at least in my home gets our day off to a better start!

Until I married my husband I had never had 'Dutch Baby'. In my family we had 'Popovers', which I think are similar. However, I like the idea of making them sweet rather than savory. Although I do love popovers! I my home we've taken it one step further by adding cinnamon sugar at the end. So here we go...

Your Mom's Dutch Baby

1/4 cup butter
3 eggs
3/4 cups flour
3/4 cups milk

Turn on your oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 2-3 quart casserole dish. Place the 1/4 cup of butter in the casserole and place it in the oven as it pre-heats.
While the butter is melting I put all the ingredients into a mason jar.

Then I let my helpers shake...
Once your batter is 'shaken up' remove the pan from the oven and pour batter into the melted butter.
Put it back in to bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until 'puffed' and golden brown.
Then we sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the whole thing and dig in! Some like maple syrup too!
Enjoy your day!!
Just a note... here are your ratios if you have a larger crowd.
3 - 4 qt pan 1/3 cup butter, 4 eggs, 1 cup flour and milk
4 - 4 1/2 qt pan 1/2 cup butter, 5 eggs, 1 1/4 cup flour and milk
4 1/2 - 5 qt pan  1/2 cup butter, 6 eggs, 1 1/2 cup flour and milk.

Friday, September 7, 2012


THE OTHER DAY we visited Tumwater Historical Park. We hadn't been there in a while and it was a beautiful day!

We walked all around and just enjoyed an afternoon in God's creation!
I really think one of the best things about homeschooling is being with my children and being able to just enjoy the day. Playing, walking, learning, where ever the day takes us!
Truly a blessing!

Hoping you're enjoying these final weeks of summer!
Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 3, 2012

More Fall Projects...

NOW THAT WE'RE officially in September I don't feel so crazy doing fall projects. I am enamored with the Waldorf style of coloring with block crayons. So I purchased Coloring with Block Crayons, Emphasizing the Primary Colors to learn this technique of coloring. Until I get up to speed I started the kids on leaf pressings to get feel of the crayons. I think they turned out really nice.

Lovely maple leaves...
We had to try lots of colors...

Now I want to see if and how we can do it on fabric and then make bags or some sort of fun project. I just love making art from nature.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

School Update...

SO WE'VE NOW completed almost 2 weeks of school. I think we are off to a great start! I have to say for most of my career I've had an only student to teach. For me teaching an only was much harder! I really enjoy having multiple children to teach at the same time. This year I have the two little boys 5 and 7 years. Our only tricky part is the two old toddler, who likes to disrupt our lessons. So far however, we've managed and she seems to be settling down as long as I can find some way to include her.

The other thing I've noticed this year is, when I have a car all day, it's nice to take off and take our learning on the road. However, my children enjoy more structure than I do. So that isn't always a great thing to do. We've only had one vehicle for more than a year now and that has really helped keep the structure and routine to our day. We can't go anywhere until after 2:30pm, so we are able to get all our work done and then run around in the afternoon. This seems to be a much more workable schedule for the children, so when we do get another car mom will have to be better at sticking to our routine.

The best thing I've instituted this school year is our Monday Clean! Each Monday we get up have breakfast, say our morning prayers and then everyone gets on with their chores. I set the timer for one hour and we all work. This way all the big cleaning from the weekend is done at one time. I don't know about you, but after the weekend my house seems to be a wreck. When Monday morning comes mom just can't take it and needs to take care of it BEFORE I can do school. I just can't concentrate and feel settled when things are in disarray. This way all the those things are done and I'm not doing it alone. Before I would do it all and then school would start to late and kids would be to hard to corral. This way is working much better!! Don't you just love it when a plan comes together!! :) I think I'm dating myself. Ha! Ha!

Anway, I'm thrilled with how well it's going with our Touchtile Reading System! He's finally getting it and is beginning to blend sounds! We are making forward progress each day and I'm extremely pleased!! I can see reading in the very near future!!

How are your school plans coming together? Have you started back to school yet? I love to read your comments so let me know what you're up to! Enjoy your day!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Apple Blackberry Cobbler!!

EVERY WHERE YOU look you can begin to see signs that autumn is just around the corner. The other day on our nature walk we looked for signs of autumns approach. It was so fun to pick apples and berries! After we got home we had a family baking session. I think that it made it taste all the better! Here's our recipe, it may be a unique combination but it was pretty tasty!

                    Apple Blackberry Cobbler
4 small/medium apples      2 cups of blackberries
2 Tbsp instant tapioca        2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp melted butter

                             Shortcake Topping
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour         2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup packed brown sugar        1/4 cup melted butter (4 Tbsp)
1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 425. Grease a 3qt casserole and set aside.

Peel and slice the apples and then place them in the casserole. After washing the berries place them in a medium/large mixing bowl and gentle toss with the sugar and tapioca. Pour the berries over the apples, then drizzle with melted butter.

In another bowl whisk the dry ingredients together for the topping. When dry ingredients are evenly distributed add the cream and melted butter. Mix into a stiff dough.

Spoon dough on the fruit in a 'cobbled' fashion. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Learning choices...

I HAVE TO SAY I just love library day!! Especially when I stubble upon a great find! Early in my homeschooling career I felt I really needed a 'boxed curriculum' to accomplish my year of education with my children. Now after over 10 years of homeschooling I love the freedom of building our own learning plan.

Teaching the 3 R's has always been my main focus for learning in the early grades, just because I believe a solid base of knowledge is so key in the career of a child's learning. In addition to that I love to do hands on learning and lots of oral work. Having mainly boys to teach, writing has been so much of a chore. While we do, do a fair amount of writing I try to other activities to build the skills you need for writing, instead of just focusing on the chore. While my boys may be on the later spectrum of things, looking back I'm so glad I took this route. I think it made it less painful all involved!

This year I am using Susan Wise Bauer's The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor for the first time and I must say we are all loving it! My oldest is studying the 20th Century and in the early 1900's the Theory of Quantum Physics was discovered, so as a family we are doing some fun physics experiments from the book Teaching Physics with Toys: Activities for Grades K-9. It is a wonderful resource and my oldest sounds excited to leading some of the experiments for his siblings. I love opportunities when we can ALL participate in learning together.

While I was able to find all these resources at my local library, I'm thinking I will have to be making some of these part of our home library. It's really great, however to be able to try them out first to see if they are a good fit.

Hope you are excited about your new school year! I'd love to hear what you are trying new this year in your comments. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Getting Ready for Fall...

EVEN THOUGH WE still have a few weeks of summer left, I can already feel that nip in the air and I know fall is just around the corner. Today on our nature walk we looked for the early signs of autumn's return.

We had a great time collecting leaves that are just beginning to change.

The bushes are loaded with blackberries and we were able to pick a few of the ripe ones. I see another cobbler in our future!!

Then we continued on our walk and picked some apples. Isn't it wonderful to be blessed with such a bounty?
Then we headed back home to begin putting together our nature table and start on our felted figures. A great day indeed!

Hope you're enjoying your blessings today!!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quilt top done!

WELL I FINALLY HAVE THE final boarders on, and am done with my quilt top. If you've been following me along you can now see the finished product. I think it turned out really lovely!

After doing the center of this quilt it really was just about getting the boarders on. You'd think that, that's the easy part and while you're right it is, there's a right way and a wrong way to go about it. If you haven't taken a class or read anything about adding boarders, you may think that you just measure out the fabric and slap them on. However if you choose that method and send your top out to a 'longarm' quilter, you may find she's not so happy with your top. If you don't measure properly your quilt will not lay exactly square and will give her problems on her quilt frame.

When you sew a new boarder onto your quilt, you need to treat it as if you're just adding on to another block. Which indeed you are! For my interior boarders I was able to add them without having to use more than once piece of fabric, but as I added the more outer boarders I then had join pieces together.

When I do this I join my fabric like I do when I'm making a binding, by adding it on in a diagonal. I place the fabric in a 'L' position, mark the diagonal, sew and cut.

Then I cut a 1/2 seam allowance and press the seam open. This gives a bit stronger seam.

Now that I have a long enough piece to boarder the longer edges of the quilt I measure in three places. Across the top, middle and bottom. Then you add them up and divide by three to get the average length of your quilt. Then you cut your strip the length of the average. For example, say your quilt measures 34 + 34.25 + 34.5 = 102.75. Then you divide 102.75 by 3 and get 34.25, that's what you would cut your boarder. Then you get the middle of the boarder and the middle of that side of you quilt and begin pinning from the center out. You would do this for each boarder you're adding. This will keep your quilt top nice and square and give you top a much nicer look and make it much easier to quilt.

The last important thing to remember when adding boarders or any part of your quilt for that matter, is the pressing. Remember to always PRESS and not iron. So that you have nice crisp seams and don't unintentionally distort your fabric. Hope these tips help you along your way.

As always enjoy your day!!