Friday, December 26, 2014

St. Stephen's Day Soup

What's Cookin'?

In honor of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr, we ate St. Stephen's Day Soup today for dinner.  Mine ended up being more like a "souped" up potato soup because I used mashed potatoes left over from Christmas dinner instead of cut up boiled potatoes- but much better than my planned potato soup.  Also in his honor we made a point to pray for our enemies at our mealtime prayer... [You can read more about Stephen in Acts 6:1-15 and Acts 7:54-60]

Here is the jump-off recipe:

And another:

I used:
1 large yellow onion
2 C leftover roast, cut into very small bite-size pieces
3 Quarts homemade beef bone broth (more or less - I simmered a big pot with a grass-fed beef bone before making the soup)
2 T butter
1/3 flour
1 C leftover mashed potatoes (these were originally skin-on and whipped with butter/milk)

First I made the beef bone broth (super easy - just tossed a big bone in a pot of water with a squirt of lemon juice (couldn't find any apple cider vinegar) and lots of Real Salt.  This simmered for several hours.  30 minutes before serving I cooked the chopped onion in some palm shortening, then added the chopped beef roast leftovers.  When they were ready I scooped them to one side of the pot, put 2 T of butter in the cleared part of the pot, and added the flour to the melted butter.  Once the flour and butter were mixed together I started ladling hot broth in and thoroughly blending it into the butter/flour mixture.  Once all of the broth was incorporated I added the mashed potatoes.  Then I let it simmer for about 5 minutes before serving.

Oh, this is corny, but instead of stones we had scones with our soup... just because it rhymes...

I hope my adjustments make sense!

Garden Planner

What's Gardenin'?

Spring will be here before you know it!  Here is a cool online garden planner page:

When you click and drag a plant into one of the squares for Square Foot Gardening it shows how many you should plant per square.  It also puts planting/care info below the diagram.

Enjoy! :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Joy

This picture of our dog at the beach during Thanksgiving break sort of says it all.  Unbridled joy :).


Decorative Bread Link

What's Cookin'?

I love this woven apple "pie"!  If you scroll down in the comments there are more ideas.  At least once in life I have to try making the "bread basket." :)


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Native American Studies Resources

What's Schoolin'?

Youngest dd and I have s-l-o-w-l-y been doing a dual study of biomes and Native American tribes.  Yes, I meant to blog it along the way and have been keeping some of the resources/activities to post.  First we study a biome (deserts, for example) and then we study some of the major tribes that lived in that biome originally.

I thought I'd better post these books that we've been using for several biomes/tribes before I return them to the library and forget all about them!  The latent perfectionist in me doesn't want to post this until it's "nice and tidy" or at least better organized, but the realist wants to just share them now :).

Someone put a hold on them at the library so I have to return them (after having them since last school year - yes, I'm spoiled with my library system!).  If I were at the beginning of our studies I would actually buy these books.  However, we should manage to finish with them before the deadline since we're at the tail end.  I don't buy many books anymore so that tells you that we've actually used them throughout :).  I saw several used copies as I was posting this.

Children of Native America Today

Spider Spins a Story: Fourteen Legends from Native America

Everyday Life of the Native Americans (Uncovering History)

Native American Crafts of California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest

We are getting ready to use this one:
Native American Crafts of the Northwest Coast, the Arctic, and the Subarctic

Another in that series (our library didn't have it during those studies so I haven't seen it in person): Native American Crafts of the Northeast and Southeast (Native American Crafts)

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Homeschool Freebies

What's Schoolin'?

I just downloaded Drawing Around the World: Europe for free.  You can find a link here at Homeschool Giveaways.  There are other goodies and a subscriber option also.


24 Healthy Treats:

Homemade rice krispies:

Healthy corn dogs (so simple but I certainly never thought of it!):

gluten-free "cheese-it" crackers

Garlicky Cauliflower Medallions:

Raw frozen chocolate crust bites (note to self: uses almond flour):

Gluten-free pigs in a blanket [with rice wraps!]

Headache relief roll-on.... I just use peppermint oil in distilled water in a roll-on.  I keep it in my purse and we use it frequently:

Vanilla Almond Granola Cereal

Chocolate Almond Granola Cereal:

Glow-in-the-dark Gummies (could be for any occasion):

Easy Sloppy Joes:

Black bean and corn patties:  I'm going from memory from watching a segment on Food Network until I can find the link... Equivalent of 1 can drained beans, 1/2 cup frozen or drained corn, 1 egg, taco seasoning (homemade would be better), maybe 1/4 C instant oatmeal (dry), fresh garlic...  Mix it up, divide into 4 patties and grill.  Okay, I wasn't tooo far off!  Here is the actual link to the patties.  I still have beans from our last batch so the timing is perfect.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Literature Extension: Fish is Fish

What's Schoolin'?

Another literature extension dd-17 did in her 1st grade class.  After reading Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni they used paint daubers on a pre-drawn fish.  When it was dry they cut out the fish shape and glued it on blue paper.  Simple but fun!  Each activity related to a book connects children to literature in a positive way.

You can find the book at most libraries but here is the book at amazon:

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Aldi Shopping Trip ~ They have organics!

What's Savin'?

 I guestimated that I saved at least $12 on these items in all. 3/4 of the purchases are organic. Many are snacky pre-packaged items, so that ups the cost. Since I'm not cooking right now we are getting more snacky foods these days. Organic apples, carrots, and tomatoes at Aldi - pleasant surprise!

This is posted as part of Real Food Wednesday.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Deal Alert: 20% off at Might Nest

What's Savin'?

Right now you can get 20% off using coupon code 20MIGHTYFALL at Mighty Nest.

I'm torn between the natural food coloring or natural sugar sprinkles:

This offer expires 10/26/14.

15% of your purchase goes to a school of your choice and they have free shipping for orders over $50 (flat rate shipping is $5.95).