A Little House On The Pond Gold Rush Party Menu

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I know I did another post about our Gold Rush Party preparations but I thought it might be helpful to just post the basic menu that we used and decorations that did. This was a lot smaller scale than we had originally planned as I had some unexpected bills come up which made our food budget a little tighter this month.

Here was the menu that the kids came up with:

Gold Rush Party Menu


Main Menu:

  1. Lemonade (The actually chose some ‘Tampico Island Punch’ instead… it was a golden/yellowish color so we went with it.)
  2. Gold Rush Chicken aka Alice Springs Chicken for the adults (I tried some of Alvi’s Incredible Seasoning in place of the Seasoned Salt and it was AMAZING!)
  3. Golden Nuggets aka chicken nuggets for the kids.
  4. Honey Mustard dipping sauce
  5. Gold Noodles aka Grandma’s Mac N Cheese
  6. Golden French Fries

Look at this HUGE bag I found at Sam’s Club:




  1. Goldfish crackers
  2. Butterscotch candies
  3. Pineapple chunks
  4. Pineapple upside down cake (I made a few individual cupcake size cakes and used fresh pineapple which made them extra delicious.)
  5. An assortment of gold wrapper candies like Mini Twix bars, Hershey’s Kisses, Rolos, and Mini Reese’s cups.
  6. Peanut Brittle Chunks mixed with Hersheys Gold bar pieces and yellow peanut M&Ms.
  7. Fiddle Faddle popcorn.
  8. Gold Coated Cookies (We used a store brand oreo cookie with some gold spray mist color. 1 can did approximately 12 cookies.)





A lot of these were found at Dollar Tree and/or Walmart. Oriental Trading had some great decorations but I just didn’t have time to get them. Amazon also has a wide assortment of gold party supplies. 

  1. Gold Balloons
  2. Gold plates
  3. Gold buckets
  4. Gold Trays
  5. Party Hats (They couldn’t find any yellow or gold ones so they chose Minions, of course.)
  6. Glow sticks
  7. LED Party Favors (we had these left over from a product review I had done a while back.)


They also used a lot of the different candies as decorations around the centerpiece and around the house. They also had to include a dinosaur… who knows maybe there have been some dinosaur fossils found while gold mining?

We had some gold flakes to show everyone as well as a few pieces of pyrite from their Gold Digging kit that they had done last week. This would have been a great activity for kids to do although it would be best for older kids as it was a bit difficult for the younger ones.

I printed out this Gold Rush Wordsearch for the kids to do as well. There are a ton of ideas for games that you could do. We just didn’t get around to playing any as the kids had too much fun with the LED toys and glow sticks. They were also busy helping out with the decorating and and putting their skills learned from Kids Cook Real Food  to help with the food prep.

The girls also gave a speech about the California Gold Rush and answered questions. Joey gave a simple speech as well off the top of his head. All in all everyone had some great fun and enjoyed themselves quite a bit.

We are looking forward to our next party when we finish up our Little House on the Prairie book.

Eureka! I Found My Belt And A Lot Of Gold!

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Oh my! What a day we have had. As you know from yesterday’s post I was feeling a bit overwhelmed before we even made it to our dance… I finally found that missing belt though and you’ll never guess where. If it had been a snake it would have bit me… it really would have.



Remember the pile of clothes I had laid out on the bed? Can you guess where it is? Take a closer look…


See it now? I have no idea how it got there even though I am quite sure I must’ve done it before I put away my crinoline. I’ve never done this before so I’m really quite puzzled as to why I did that but it is safe and sound where it belongs now.

Crazy thing is I didn’t really even need it last night as it wasn’t quite the right shade… sigh. Here’s a quick pic of my outfit… I was hoping to get a better pic last night but that never happened either.

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Finding Peace Amongst The Dirty Socks, Grocery Lists, Stuffed Animals, And Buffalo

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How’s your day going? I hope you said it’s going well but if it didn’t you may be having a day like mine. I’ve been busy, too busy on too many things… you probably know how that goes when you try to multitask. Sometimes multitasking can be great and you can accomplish a lot but then there are those times that nothing seems to get done.

I’ve been working on our next unit study using  ‘The Little House On The Prairie‘ written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We had so much fun with our last unit study Little House In The Big Woods Adventure that we decided to keep on going. This is A LOT of work though but I want my kids to have fun learning so it is well worth it. To be honest I’m having a blast doing this with them too.

This next unit study is going to be so much fun! I have found so many projects, crafts, and fun activities to go along with our studies. We will be studying about so many things like prairie animals including prairie dogs and buffalo. Then there are the Native American studies that we will be doing along with continuing our state studies. We will also be touching a little bit on stars and constellations as the kids have really been interested in this topic lately. One of the girls asked to do an herb study too so I am trying to work on that as well.

Of course I have a lot more than that included in the study and I still have to finish up our Life Skills section. This time I am hoping to do it a little differently but still plan to include some fun activities like baking some molasses cookies, sewing sun bonnets, and memorizing some bible verses. I think I will have some camping tips, information, or other activities in this study as well so we may see a Weenie Roast and S’mores in our future! I’m not sure what other fun activities I will find to go along with it as I haven’t really even started this section yet and I plan to start this unit next week! AHHHH!

You can check it out and use some of the activities to go along if you plan to read this series with your kids too. A good majority of the resources I link to are FREE because I really like FREE stuff. Some of the links are affiliate links to things we are or will be using.

I am slowly working my way through the books and coming up with lots of fun stuff to do. It has been such slow progress because of so many unexpected interruptions. The biggest being the impromptu trip to Pennsylvania due to the passing of my Mom-mom. I am still not quite over that as much as I felt I should have been by now but I know everything takes time.

Then on top of that I have a houseful of kiddos running around. There are so many chores, like the never ending laundry, and so much cleaning that I need to catch up on I get overwhelmed at times. Not to mention I have to feed these little monsters at least three times a day! No wonder I can’t get anything done. Another issue this week has been our internet… yes, again. It seems that no matter what I do I can’t get it to do like I feel it should. We don’t have a lot of choices so I’m kinds stuck with what I have for now but I do plan to research options… really I do when I get a free moment… lol.


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Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

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So with our Little House On The Prairie  Academic Adventures, we’ve been studying about some of the uses of  Maple Syrup. We happened to see some that could be used in Brussels Sprouts.

They turned out quite well and I thought I’d share the recipe with everyone. Continue reading “Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts”

Don’t Miss This Free Event!

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November Holidays

I will try to update this list with some fun activities as well. Feel free to click the links to find out more about the origins and meanings behind these special days. I plan to incorporate a few of these into our normal homeschool routine to add a little fun and excitement to our days. We’ll update this page with ideas as we go along. Have fun and maybe make up your own personal family holiday or tradition for the month!

This month is also know as:

  • Aviation History Month
  • Child Safety Protection Month
  • International Drum Month
  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • National Caregivers Appreciation Month
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • National Epilepsy Month
  • National Model Railroad Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month

The weeks are known as:

  • Week 1 Chemistry Week
  • Week 3 Game and Puzzle Week

(These links will be updated as we get closer to the actual holidays.)

I found this list and more here:

All Saint’s Day (1st)

Dios Los Muertos (1st and 2nd)

All Soul’s Day (2nd)

Deviled Egg Day (2nd)

Book Lovers Day – first Saturday of the month

Sandwich Day (3rd)

King Tut Day (4th)

U.S. General Election Day – first Tuesday of the month after first Monday of month

USMC Day (10th)

Veteran’s Day (11th)

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day (12th)

National Indian Pudding Day (13th)

Sadie Hawkins Day (13th)

Young Readers Day second Tuesday of month

World Diabetes Day (14th)

America Recycles Day (15th)

Great American Smokeout  – third Thursday in November

Have a Party With Your Bear Day (16th)

Homemade Bread Day (17th)

National Adoption Day – Saturday before Thanksgiving

Universal Children’s Day (20th)

Thanksgiving – fourth Thursday.

Black Friday – Friday after Thanksgiving.

National Parfait Day (25th)

French Toast Day (28th)

Square Dance Day (29th)

Flip a Coin Day (1st)

National Doughnut Day (2nd) ** the first Friday in June

**see National Doughnut Day for recipes

Also be sure to check out my Homeschool: August board on Pinterest for more ideas and activities!

Nanner Puddin’ Time

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The boys have been begging to make something so I decided to let them have a try at banana pudding this past week. I must say that they did a great job and we all enjoyed their tasty dessert!

They had a lot of fun making it as well. We used our Easy Banana Pudding recipe.

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Living Debt Free And Loving It!

If you have followed along with Dave Ramsey’s baby steps that I’ve been posting about over the past couple of months then you know what I’m working towards.

I really want to become debt free and pay off all of my bills so I have no financial obligations. Well, maybe not none per se  but as few as possible. Can you imagine how good that would feel?

I know how that feels and I really want to feel like that again, soon! Once I reach this goal I will be able to do a lot of things that I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t been able to do.

Once I have freed myself from these financial burdens I will be able to help others, including my children, to learn to build their wealth.  I want to teach them by example how to be debt free and stay debt free. This is something I am seriously committed to doing and hope maybe you will want to join me on this journey.

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Paying Off The Big Bills

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Well, I don’t have a mortgage or a car payment at this time but if I did I would definitely be working on this one. This would be a very big step towards becoming debt free for anyone according to Dave Ramsey.

There are a couple of ways to work on this. You could just apply extra money towards the payments to pay it off quicker. You could also consider refinancing to get a lower rate so that you can achieve your goal of becoming completely debt free!

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October Holidays

I will try to update this list with some fun activities as well. Feel free to click the links to find out more about the origins and meanings behind these special days. I plan to incorporate a few of these into our normal homeschool routine to add a little fun and excitement to our days. We’ll update this page with ideas as we go along. Have fun and maybe make up your own personal family holiday or tradition for the month!

This month is also known as:

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • American Pharmacist Month
  • Apple Jack Month
  • Awareness Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Clergy Appreciation Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Cookie Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Eat Country Ham Month
  • International Drum Month
  • National Diabetes Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Vegetarian Month
  • National Popcorn Popping Month
  • Seafood Month

The weeks are also recognized as:

  • Week 1 Get Organized Week
  • Week 1 Customer Service Week
  • Week 2 Fire Prevention Week
  • Week 2 Pet Peeve Week
  • 14 – 20 Earth Sciences Week
  • Week 3 Pastoral Care Week

(These links will be updated as we get closer to the actual holidays.)

I found this list and more here:

National Homemade Cookies Day (1st)

National Kale Day – first Wednesday of October

Taco Day (4th)

Do Something Nice Day (5th)

World Smile Day first Friday of month

World Teacher’s Day (5th)

International Frugal Fun Day – first Saturday of the month

Mad Hatter Day (6th)

World Card Making Day – first Saturday of the month

American Touch Tag Day (8th)

Columbus Day – second Monday of October

Fire Prevention Day (9th)

Leif Erikson Day (9th)

National Angel Food Cake Day (10th)

World Egg Day  – second Friday of month

National Dessert Day  (14th)- take an extra helping, or two

White Cane Safety Day (15th)

National Pasta Day (17th)

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day  (21st)

National Bologna Day (24th)

Navy Day (27th)

Frankenstein Friday – last Friday in October

Make a Difference Day–  fourth Saturday of the month, neighbors helping neighbors

National Candy Corn Day (30th)

**Check out this recipe here for Candy Corn Finger Jello Recipe

Carve a Pumpkin Day – no surprise here (31st)

Halloween (31st)

**Check out these ideas for a No-Sugar Halloween party

Also, be sure to check out my October board on Pinterest for more ideas and activities!


Butter Making, Bear Hunts, and Bull Dogs

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You may be wondering what butter making, bear hunts, and bull dogs have in common, right? Well, these were just a few of the topics we covered in our first week of our Little House On The Prairie Academic Adventure.

We have had so much fun as I’m sure you’ll see in the pictures below. I’ve been meaning to post our progress but we’ve been so busy there hasn’t been a lot of time for another ‘b’ topic… blogging! I’m gonna try to catch up a little tonight before I go to bed and put away my computer for our Screen Free Sunday which is another post in itself.


Caitlyn’s new glasses.

The first week we were quite busy with school, doctor appointments, and square dancing not to mention everything else that LIFE seems to throw at us. We read through the first two chapters of Little House in the Big Woods and discussed what we read. The girls also worked on some Vocabulary matching and crosswords that I made up.

We’ve been working through the topics I have listed in the weekly guide and the kids have been so excited to learn so many things about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her pioneer family. Our Pioneer Journals were one of our first projects and the kids loved making them. They will be using these for various writing assignments throughout the year.

pioneer journals

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Weekend Warrior Project: Old Window Transformation

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We have been working a lot around this little house just trying to make it feel more like ‘HOME’. It’s been a little over a year since we moved and we are finally starting to really get settled. I feel like I can finally relax and put my feet, at least every now and then. This past weekend was not one of those times.

When I was doing my major cleaning this past summer I had thought of the idea of doing a faux stained glass window in the kitchen but haven’t found the time to do that yet. I did, however, decide to do something with this one BIG window that we have in the main room. It is so dirty on the outside that it has been driving me completely BONKERS!

I’m sure some of you are thinking that I should just get out there and clean it and trust me I would if I could. This window is over the pond and I have no access to it of any kind so cleaning it is IMPOSSIBLE right now. The inside has been cleaned and cleaned but it hasn’t helped a lot as the window is OLD and has seen a lot.

Before we moved in the window had been boarded up for many years, I guess someone else didn’t like the dirty view either. After we built the sleeping loft and got rid of the bunkbed that had been in front of the window we couldn’t ignore how dirty it was. Then comes the fact that I moved the dining table in front of the window and we now had to see it a few times a day. Mr. Awesome didn’t really like the window and wanted to cover it up again but I like light, lots of light, and I wanted to have the window clear so that it would help to illuminate this rather dark little cabin.  Continue reading “Weekend Warrior Project: Old Window Transformation”