Sunday, January 31, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
- I browned 2 pounds of ground beef and got the following meals from it: the skillet meal described above; oldest dd made hamburger pizza; spaghetti (and we're having leftovers tonight so I guess that counts for 2 meals); and sloppy joes using Kelly's recipe here with a few changes served on homemade rolls [I used a can of tomato sauce instead of ketchup because we were out, was out of onion/pepper so used powdered onion, added powdered garlic].
Guess I'll go stick the sketty leftovers in the oven and work on my "zone" for 10 minutes, which happens to be the schoolroom this week. I love quick dinners :)
Friday, January 22, 2010
- Chicken broth is in the crockpot.
- Last night we ate leftover baked potatoes and homemade chicken soup with elbow macaroni and corn in it. I love having bone broth going in the crockpot because I can just scoop some out and make a quick meal/snack, add water, and keep it going. BTW, Dh's soup was a can of Campbells (his choice)! Not a gourmet meal but nourishing and dc said it was delicious. They're so encouraging! I knew they were going to have treats out later that evening so I just wanted simple and healthy.
- Today I'm going to slice up and dehydrate some mangoes if they can last long enough to make it in the dehydrator. That way they'll have some for lunch boxes without having such messy hands.
- Nothing else really exciting. I'm going to defrost a flank steak that was gifted to us but I'm not really sure what to do with it...
~Well, it's getting to be that time again. Last year was a real experiment for me. I learned a few things that hopefully I'll remember this time around. I had to undo my little garden patch and am in the process of building raised beds. I only finished 2 small ones (previous post has pics) but hopefully after tax time I can get the other 2 done. Unfortunately by then it may be too late to plant what I want in them. One has the walking onion; the other has the strawberries. We'll add to those beds.
~This week I got a variety of seeds and some seed potatoes. I want to get my potatoes in my container today. I cut 2 up last night to plant today but the other ones I'll leave whole and see which do better. This morning I'm researching potato planting (again).~This weekend I want to go ahead and spread some molasses and corn gluten meal on *my* side of the front yard... Yes, once again the competition is on as to which of us can keep a better yard in the front. My area is beside the driveway and his is the rest of the yard. My side is organic; his side is... not.
~Last night I started going through my gardening notebook where I keep notes from different gardening books. I have notes about companion gardening in there. Last spring I made a bunch of little cards with the plant names on them and the dc arranged the plant placement on paper as we read through which go together and which don't. We did that today for this year and it REALLY helped to make things a bit clearer for me. When we were done I glued the papers on. That will be my blueprint for this year's gardens. I'm posting a picture below. On one page are the raised beds. On the other are flower beds that run behind the house in which I plant edibles interspersed with the ornamentals (Dh puts up with it - he's such a good sport!!) as well as containers that I'm using around the small back patio.
Monday, January 18, 2010
I am printing the appendix with the performance indicators to keep as a reference. No matter your curriculum choice, nor your type of schooling (home, private, public), I think this is good info. I've only taught 2 courses to juniors and seniors in college so I didn't see entering freshmen. However, dh has taught the gammut in college and it really is sad to see students unprepared for college - not only in subject matter but also in areas of critical thinking, analysis, writing skills, *responsibility* and just plain umph.
Here are some more resources:
(use left tool bar to see standards that they test for in the ACT)
(I need to update my adobe so I couldn't view it but it looks good!)
If you google college readiness standards you will get tons of standards. If you add your state to the search you should find more specific standards to your state. I would think that they would generally be comparable since college bound kiddos could go anywhere.
There is a really exciting resource for highschool courses called Homeschool Connections. Dual credit at your local college would also make a smooth transition and something we will be looking into as time gets closer.
[UPDATE: Here's another link worth exploring. I haven't spent time on it yet but it looks promising.
I've had several fiascos in the last few days.
-My attempt to "nixtamalize" corn meal at home and make corn tortillas to THEN make corn chips where a flop. I miss corn tortillas and corn chips!! I followed Ann Marie's directions at Cheeseslave adjusted to corn meal. However, the masa was too wet so I drained it a bit longer. But it was very sticky so really didn't work well. Finally I went the opposite direction and added water to make it pancake batter consistency. Those were the only 2 that came out like tortillas! I'm trying to remember if the tortillas back in El Salvador had lard mixed in with the masa. I should look into that and maybe add something? We make flour tortillas all the time and they have lard. Hmmm. Well, since my plan was to use them to make chips anyway I guess it won't matter. As I'm typing I'm frying some smoked bacon tips I got Sunday (uncured). I had great plans for them but the days are slipping by and I don't want them to go to waste so I just dumped them in a pan to cook them. I'll fry the corn chips in that so maybe I'll have feedback before this post is posted :). [Dc liked them and I thought they were good after all! Now to see if I react...]
- My yogurt flopped also. I ended up making cheese!! Very sour cheese, lol, so I added a bunch of sea salt and left it draining in the fridge. Still not palatable. I'll try again tonight with fresher milk.
- My bread even flopped! I guess I just wasn't paying attention and didn't cook it enough. It was raw in the middle - that's NEVER happened before. Sure, I've overcooked lots of bread but never undercooked it! Since it's wheat it *looked* done and was starting to pull from the edges but was a bigger loaf and not ready.
- On the other hand I made some baby back ribs with homemade BBQ sauce with some rolls that were good. :)
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010