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.

http://homeschoolgiveaways.com/

Gottatries

24 Healthy Treats:
http://www.raiasrecipes.com/2014/07/24-healthy-treats-to-keep-you-cool.html

Homemade rice krispies:
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/homemade-rice-krispies-cereal/

Healthy corn dogs (so simple but I certainly never thought of it!):
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/healthy-corn-dog-recipe/

gluten-free "cheese-it" crackers
http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/homemade-cheez-it-crackers-cracker-recipe/

Garlicky Cauliflower Medallions:
http://www.almostbananas.net/savoury-cauliflower-medallions-without-precooking-the-cauliflower/

Raw frozen chocolate crust bites (note to self: uses almond flour):
http://realfoodforager.com/recipe-raw-frozen-chocolate-crust-bites-gaps-paleo/

Gluten-free pigs in a blanket [with rice wraps!]
http://swirlsandspice.com/2014/08/12/gluten-free-pigs-in-a-blanket/

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:
http://swirlsandspice.com/2014/08/12/gluten-free-pigs-in-a-blanket/

Vanilla Almond Granola Cereal
http://naturalchow.com/2014/08/vanilla-almond-granola-cereal/

Chocolate Almond Granola Cereal:
http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/dark-chocolate-almond-granola-recipe-real-food-dollar-menu

Glow-in-the-dark Gummies (could be for any occasion):
http://nourishedkitchen.com/glowing-ghost-gummies/?inf_contact_key=09d14980f973423101130634ac649f6c68c82db897c8275e3c1cf2ca866e53f8

Easy Sloppy Joes:
http://www.eatshopsaverepeat.com/blog/the-easiest-sloppy-joes-ever

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.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sunny-anderson/sunnys-black-bean-and-ham-eggs-benedict.html

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:

http://mightynest.com/shop/kitchen-table/pantry/natural-food-coloring

http://mightynest.com/shop/kitchen-table/pantry/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).

Enjoy!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Literature Extension: Seven Blind Mice

What's Schoolin'?

My dd-17 has been doing lessons with the first graders at a homeschool enrichment program.  I've had a blast subbing in her room and letting her take the reins (instead of me being main teacher and her the second person - we flip-flopped the roles).  This is an activity she did for Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young that we put together.  She led the creating of the activity while I tried to mainly just be support and helped her create it.  The kids enjoyed it and each literature extension connects them to reading.

~ We found an elephant coloring page that we printed 125% size for each child.  This is the background page put behind the page with flaps.  We used this one:
http://www.9coloringpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/elephant-coloring-page.jpg

~ We made a template to cut out the little flaps to lift up each section as described in the book.  The center was cut out completely.

~ We used a mouse coloring page to creat little mice for the children to color/cut/glue on the appropriate flaps (7 little mice per child).  She liked this one.  We pasted into our word document, resized, and copied/pasted to make enough mice.
http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/mouse-19/

A picture of one of the children's finished product [still pending - I had to borrow someone's cellphone since mine doesn't send photos]:







What's Cookin'?

Another big pot of beans is simmering on the stove.  They soaked yesterday and last night. I changed the water before bed last night when I realized I was too tired to cook them... beans are so forgiving!  This time I put a bunch of Real Salt, granulated garlic, and dried onion in them while they cook.





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Monday, September 22, 2014

Beans, Beans, Glorious Beans! [Part 1]


What's Cookin'?

Homemade beans are so much better than canned for 2 (actually, possibly 3) reasons. 

1) No can to worry about (is it BPA-free?  What else is in that liner?  Did I get shards in the food when I opened it?  Better make sure and skim everything!).

2)  Soaking in an acidic medium neutralizes the aflatoxins (per Nourishing Traditions) and makes the nutrients more bioavailable.

3) You control the ingredients, tenderness, and flavor.

4) It makes organic beans more affordable... Okay, that's 4 reasons.  I'm sure there are more :).

Here is my weekly or bi-weekly regime:

1.  Put 2 pounds dry organic beans in a big stock pot.  We prefer the little red beans but right now I'm soaking kidney beans.

2.  Squirt the juice of 1/2 lemon or lime (strain the seeds as you squeeze) or about 1 tablespoon of organic lemon or lime juice over the beans.  In the picture you can see the darker beans where I squirted the juice over them.

3.  Add enough water to cover the beans and then that much more... so twice as much as needed to cover the dry beans.  They will swell and absorb a lot of water.  If the water level goes down to the beans during soaking, add more water.

4.  Soak overnight or soak all day.  With me it just depends on when I finally get around to doing it!  I've been known to soak all day and all night!  If it gets frothy you can skim off the froth or dump some of the water and add a little fresh water.

5. Drain, rinse, drain.

7.  Cover with fresh water (filtered preferred), again doubling the amount to cover them or to the top of the stock pot.  I fill it almost to the brim because one of the meals we get out of this batch of beans is usually bean soup (quasi-Salvadorean style).

 
8.  Cook on Medium heat until a low boil starts and then turn it down to low or medium low depending on your stove.  Cook on a low boil/simmer until done.  This usually takes me about 2-3 hours if I don't mess up the temperature gauge making it too hot, too cold, too hot, too cold!  How do I know they're done?  I stir the pot and take out a few.  I very gently push down on them with a fork.  If they give easily and are not grainy then they are done to our liking.  I've gotten to where I can generally tell by just stirring the pot if they are even close to being done.

Crockpot:  The crockpot is my preferred method but it's been in storage for about a year now.  I like to cook it on low for all night and the next day for it to be ready just in time for dinner.  Other times I would cook it all day and then all night and the kids would gobble it all up for breakfast if I didn't stand guard!  They make a really good breakfast, by the way!  You could try high for all day (or just all night) and test it.

This is part of Fat Tuesday and Real Food Wednesday.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Deal Alert: Cowgirl Dirt Lipstick 20% Off!!

What's Green?

Lipstick withOUT nano particles is difficult to find.  Years ago I tried a Cowgirl Dirt lipstick, before they repackaged their lipsticks.  I also got samples from them and the shipping was, I think, less than $3 for everything.  It was great until I had a "Lipstick Blowout" from leaving my purse in the car for an hour (no kidding, just an hour, maybe less).  Lipstick exploded all over the car when I took the cap off!  Now I make sure to take my purse out if it's over 100F, even if the car is in the garage!

Right now their lipsticks are 20% off as they introduce the new matte colors.  I much prefer matte - which is mainly why I haven't gotten more of their lipsticks after the first order.  So... I'm ordering the Hidalgo and samples of the other mattes.  My daughters need samples of some of the others so we can see which colors work best.

No coupon necessary.  I didn't see a date for the end of the sale.

No, I'm not an affiliate of Cowgirl Dirt... but maybe I should start :)...  I'm just sharing a deal with you!

http://www.cowgirldirt.com/Yeehaw-Lip-Sticks_p_25.html

Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014