Homemaking

Sweet Squash Cakes

As crazy as this sounds, winter squash cakes are delicious! Perhaps it’s the fact that I love breakfast comfort food. Maybe it’s my love for winter squashed baked to perfection with melted butter running down the sides (like my pancakes). Either way, the fact that I can combine those two items for breakfast is absolutely wonderful. This recipe is so…

Garden Muffins

Having a flexible recipe is just that, flexible. But, how do share a recipe based on indefinites? LOL. Well, to cut to the chase I will share it by the recipe I made last since it was delicious! Feel free to half the recipe, but this feed my tribe (1) breakfast and (2) snacks. Or 24 regular (full) muffins. In…

Best Green Beans Ever

~Heat oven to 400 degrees. Next, place 8 oz or 1/2 package of bacon on a small cookie sheet. ~In a large skillet place 3 Tablespoons of butter. Melt on low heat. Add 3 cloves of fresh garlic, and a pinch of salt. ~Trim and snap approximately 1 pound of fresh green beans AND add to your skillet. Cover (while…

52 Weeks of Literature Fun- Week 2: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Last week we looked at our first Oceans and Island themed books, Call It Courage. Week 2 of 52 Weeks of Literature Fun includes another classic and we included in our “oceans read aloud book group” many are familiar with, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In our reading literature schedule, the older children really appreciated…

52 Weeks of Literature Fun

**A 52 Weeks of Literature Fun Repost** Books, books books!!! We absolutely love to read!!! Reading is especially enjoyable when it comes to life. Whether we are reading about a foreign country, a new adventure or a prize winning recipe; making the book come alive leaves a memorable experience and great opportunities to explore while learning. Over the next 52…

Great Amazon Find for Kids

One of our favorite parts of the day is Bible time. Whether we are in school, church or on vacation, Bible time is always in our life. Thank you. This isn’t to pat ourselves on the back, but to state it’s a habit, and a good one. Just like any other routine that can get mandayne, often we find ourselves…

Oceans and Islands Book List

Oceans and Island Books in our: 52 Weeks of Literature Series Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jule Vernes Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson The White Seal by Rudyard Kipling The Cruise of the Arctic Star by Scott…

Old Fashioned Corn Cob Jelly

Warm melted butter oozing down off a slice cornbread, delicious. What could even make it tastier? Corn cob jelly. Smooth buttery, salty sweet goodness. Great grandma preserved everything. Partially because it was delicious and everyone looked forward to her recipes. As well as, for years it was necessity. Rarely do you have the opportunity to taste many of our old…

Dedicated to Summer Loves

Reminiscing simplistic, but memorable times. Beautiful, sunny days! Long walks along the waters edge & fishing with my favorites. Campfires with my favorite people. Gardening Goodness! Delicious summer eats! Fresh blooms and hummingbirds. Saturday Pancakes and Guest Brunches! Sweet travels to see or be with loved ones.

World’s Best Ice Cream Topping Recipe

Dream Cream. The Frozen Spoon. Utterly Delicious Cream. Two Scoops. Kustard Cones. Creamery. Ben & Jerry. Haagen-Dazs. Blue Bell. Nestle. Dairy Queen. Ice Cream! Who doesn’t love good ice cream? We have so many choices for ice cream flavors and mixes. BUT, someone please give me a bowl of old fashion vanilla ice cream~ NUMMY!!! One of our favorite traditions…

Homeschool Curriculum

I’m homeschooling and I don’t even know where to start. What is the best curriculum to use? Welcome! As parents, we want the best for our children. “What is the best curriculum” does not have a cookie cutter clear answer though. The real question should be, “What is the best curriculum for us?” I will begin this first section to…

Best Zucchini Brownies with Frosting

Zucchini Brownies with Chocolate Frosting ~Spray a 9X13 pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. ~In a large mixing bowl, or kitchen aide, mix 1 1/2 Cups of sugar, 1/2 Cup of oil and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. ~Stir in or on low speed mix in 1/ Cup of cocoa powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1…

Marrow Love AKA Zucchini

Gardens around the world are in full swing and in the midst of their season. Talking with gardeners, one common grown “vegetable” or botonical berry grown across the globe. Perhaps my thoughts are best summarized in a quote: “Buy a neighbor lady fresh zucchini and she will be grateful. But, teach a neighbor lady to gardener and all the neighborhood…

Breakfast Vegetable Hash

With the garden thriving and vegetables flowing to the kitchen, canning season is in full swing. With all the fresh eats, one of our absolute favorite things to make is a full breakfast with vegetable hash browns all the way. After our morning chores and rummaging through our various gardens collecting fresh produce we wash our freshly picked veggies. To…

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Egg Recipe #16 Happy chickens= a lot of eggs= egg recipes for you! Customized pizzas are the best kind of pizzas! Don’t forget to add your favorite toppings and ingredients like pepper varieties, mushrooms, tomatoes, extra meats and specialty cheeses to this great recipe! Here is our basic sausage and egg breakfast pizza recipe. Sausage and Egg Breakfast Pizza Recipe…

DIY Cloud Sand Dough Sensory Bin with Recipe

Children LOVE sand. Hours at the park, beach or in the back yard sandbox accumulates a large portion of our summer for the littles. To my surprise, while working at a preschool, the private school center actually did NOT allow the children to play in an outdoor sandbox due to safety precautions. As wild as that sounds, that did not…

Southwestern Egg Bake

Egg Recipe #15 Happy chickens= a lot of eggs= egg recipes for you! Brunch time must- try recipe! A great make- ahead meal that can be refrigerated up to a day in advanced, leave this dish simple with a bit of a twist to traditional bakes. Let’s begin: Southwestern Egg Bake Recipe ~Preheat oven to 400 degrees. ~Mix 2 Cups…

Keeping Chickens: A Beginners Guide!

Raising chickens is by far one of the easiest and most inexpensive hobbies one could acquire. In doing so, you would be providing a long lasting benefit of bug eaters, compost producers and edible eggs. (Or as my boys tactfully say- fresh butt nuggets AKA eggs.) Rasining chickens is a great way for the whole family to begin homesteading and/or…

Ultimate French Toast Recipe

Egg Recipe #10 Happy chickens= a lot of eggs= egg recipes for you! Ultimate French Toast Recipe ~In a round baking pan beat 6 eggs. Add 5 Tablespoons of whole milk. Blend with fork. ~Gently add a splash of vanilla extract and a couple drops of almond extract. Mix. ~Top off your batter with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. (I only…

Flock of Feathers

Perhaps the most exhilarating sign of spring are the birds. Anticipating their arrival our craft area is filled with tools and supplies for creative new feeders for our feathered friends. As a teacher, I must confess, this is a unit I enjoy every year! -AND- I do not skip this unit for any age. Faithful feathers peak at the feeders…

Garden in the Winter

Although gardening in the “frozen tundra” appears to be impossible, especially since there are no signs of end at this current time. Extending our growing season this year by transplanting some garden produce plants into buckets, allowed us to pick fresh peppers and tomatoes up through Christmas. It was such a nice treat to add to our sprouts, greens and…

Twice Baked Breakfast Potatoes Recipe

Egg Recipe #9 Happy chickens= a lot of eggs= egg recipes for you! Twice Baked Breakfast Potato Recipe ~Gather: 4 Baking potatoes, 8 eggs, 8 strips of cooked bacon, cheddar cheese, butter, cream, salt & pepper **Optional sour cream and chives ~Preheat oven to 400 degrees. ~Bake (4) Russet Potatoes until tender. (40-45 minutes) ~Remove potatoes from the oven. Cool.…

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

~Saute 6 cloves of garlic (minced) in a cast iron frying pan or dutch oven for 1 minute. ~Add 5 & 1/4 Cups of chicken broth. Heat on medium. As is begins to warm, add 1 & 1/2 cups of heavy cream & 6 cups of broccoli chunks. (I have diced mine small in a mandaline chopper for young children…


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