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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.

They all took turns cutting the bananas with these cute little knives I found on Amazon. Continue reading Nanner Puddin’ Time

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Chicken and Dumplin’ Casserole

I love a good bowl of chicken and dumplings every so often. When I can across an old recipe for a chicken dumpling casserole I knew I had to give it a try. However I needed to tweak it a bit as some of the ingredients wouldn’t go over so well around here.

I took out a few things and added a few things that I normally add to my chicken and dumplings. I tried to snap a few pics and the photo above was before it went into the oven. However I forgot to get a pic of the finished product and by the time I remembered it was all gone!

Here is our final winning result:

Chicken and Dumplin’ Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 c. small onion, chopped
  • 2 c. mixed veggies, steamed
  • 3 c. cooked chicken, shredded (You could use a precooked rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 c. self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 – 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 10.75 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 1-2 t. celery salt (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the onions and cook until tender.

Turn off the heat and add the mixed veggies and season with salt and pepper. Stir well.

Pour all of the veggies into the bottom of the greased baking dish.

Top with the shredded chicken.

Mix together the milk and flour and drop/pour over the chicken and veggies.

Next you will combine the broth and cream of chicken soup and pour this over top of everything. (I like mine a little less soupy so I add a little less broth but if you like it soupy then add the full 2 cups.)

DO NOT STIR, DO NOT MIX.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes and serve.

Help! I’m Drowning, Or At Least It Feels That Way…

I started out this morning with over 2,000 emails which was a bit overwhelming. I had cleared a few hundred of them on Saturday but it barely made a dent in the pile.

Then today as I was catching up on emails and such I happened to see that we have HURRICANE MICHAEL headed our way. Just another thing to add to the list of things to think about. While we are not on the coast nor have we been put under the ‘State of Emergency’ the counties right next to us are so that means we do have potential to see some damage. This also means that we need to make some emergency preparations and be prepared for when the storm hits. As we have learned in the past the storms don’t always go along their predicted path.

**Update: The state of emergency has been expanded from 26 counties to 35, including ours, since this post was written. Our prayers are going out to all of those in the affected area as well as the first responders, National Guard, and all of those working to keep everyone safe. Continue reading Help! I’m Drowning, Or At Least It Feels That Way…

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 month.touch tag

Fire Prevention Day (9th)

Leif Erikson Day (9th)

National Angel Food Cake Day (10th)

World Egg Day  – second Friday of month

National Dessert Day – take an extra helping, or two

White Cane Safety Day (15th)

National Fossil Day – Wednesday of Earth Sciences Week

National Pasta Day (17th)

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day find a recipe, too. (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

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!

 

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.

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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

Continue reading Butter Making, Bear Hunts, and Bull Dogs

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

I feel like I haven’t posted a new recipe in a while so I thought I should share these yummy treats that we had over the weekend. I make a double batch as they seem to disappear as quickly as they come out of the oven.

My kids loved helping with these. They can measure and stir as well as practice kneading their own little batch of dough and then cut out their own little biscuits too.

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Ingredients:

Biscuits:

  • 3 c. self rising flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1 c. butter or shortening
  • 1 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1 1/2 – 2 c. buttermilk or you can use regular milk with 1/2 c. sour cream

Continue reading Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

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 bukbed 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

Learn How To Plan Your Homeschool In 15 Minutes Or Less Per Week!

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As a Momma of 9 I am constantly looking out for my kids. I worry about them, like all moms do, and try to be there for them any way I can. I am also constantly looking for new ways to encourage them and keep their curiosity and eagerness to learn alive.

They really do love learning however sometimes they get bored with what we are learning or the way I am teaching it. I admit I get bored sometimes too but I love homeschooling because I am learning right along with my kids. Seeing the look on their face when they finally ‘get’ something is priceless and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

On the other hand I often feel frustrated and tired because things don’t go as planned. We also experience A LOT of interruptions in our day to day life and that can cause some frustrations too as I feel like we just aren’t GETTING ENOUGH DONE in our day.

Not to mention how exasperating it can be when you plan a lesson or activity only to have your kids totally HATE IT! Hours and hours down the drain on what you thought was going to be such a FUN LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

Planning and learning can happen on its own, and the results are mind-blowing!

Continue reading Learn How To Plan Your Homeschool In 15 Minutes Or Less Per Week!

Little House On The Prairie Pioneer Journals

Oh my goodness! We have been having so much fun with our Little House on the Prairie Academic Adventures. One of the projects we recently completed were these Pioneer Journals.

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These were so easy to make and I kinda got the idea from the old book covers we used to make in school to protect our textbooks.

You will need:

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  • brown paper (paper grocery bags, wrapping paper, or packaging paper)
  • tape
  • scissors
  • tacky glue
  • pictures of kids
  • marker
  • spiral notebooks or composition books

Continue reading Little House On The Prairie Pioneer Journals

Weekend Warrior Project: A Little House Sleeping Loft

Wow! Where has time gone? I’ve been meaning to get around to this post but time has really gotten away from me lately. With school starting back at our home, those posts are soon to come as well, square dance classes starting up, and so many other things going on life has been a blur lately. However we had some plans get cancelled out on us this weekend so I have a little bit of time to get to my blogging.

I better get to work on telling you about what we did because its already late and I have been taking a screen free break on Sundays. This project actually took us two weekends to complete and it has made such a BIG difference in our little house. It might not be practical for everyone but we are loving it and so are the kiddos!

As many of you know we moved into a small cabin last year. We went from about 2,000 square feet of living space (plus a huge storage shed) to a little over 600 square feet with practically no storage except for a small area that we had tarped off on the porch. We have arranged and rearranged furniture so many times and we were making this little house work but we really needed a little bit more living space. Continue reading Weekend Warrior Project: A Little House Sleeping Loft

Spider Be Gone Spray

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Our house seems to be a spider haven and while Halloween is getting close and I could just pretend the cobwebs are decorations I’ve decided I can’t handle all of these spiders. Mr. Awesome calls them ‘house spiders’ but I don’t like them and neither do the kids.

I know they are very beneficial in many ways but we just have too many. So in an effort to control them and hopefully keep them out of certain areas I made up some Spider Be Gone Spray.

Here’s the recipe:

Spider Be Gone Spray

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 c. Water
  • 1/2 c. White vinegar
  • 20-30 drops of peppermint oil
  • Splash of vodka or other alcohol, optional

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle.

Shake well and spray away.

Peppermint also helps repel many other pests and smells pretty good too!

Speech Therapy At Home: Video Links You Need To Check Out

I have a couple of younger kiddos who have a little bit of trouble pronouncing a few different sounds as well as a special needs kiddo who can be quite hard to understand if you haven’t been around him for a while.

This is just a short list of links that I found to help us with our Speech Therapy at home. I’ll try to update this as we find more resources as well.

Fun Videos

Speech-Language Practice Fun for Kids: Let’s Go Fishing

Phonics Music Game for Kids: Multi-syllable Word Fun

Holiday Tree Calendar Game! Super Fun Speech Language Turn-Taking for Kids

Rhyming Fun with Elf on the Shelf! Holiday Toy!

Speech Practice and Talking Turns: Fun Tips with a Puppet


Links by letter sounds

B

Childrens Speech Learn letters P, B, M (by Patty Shukla)

Speech Therapy Techniques: Early Speech Sounds Articulation Drill /P B, M, N/ | PART 2

C

Speech Therapy – “C” Sounds – YakBack Sounds #11

My secret to teaching my toddler how to pronounce the “c” “g” & “k” sounds

D

Childrens Speech learn letters T, D, N and L (by Patty Shukla)

Speech Therapy – “D” Words – YakBack Sounds #5

F

Childrens Speech Learn letters F and V (by Patty Shukla)

Speech Therapy – “F” Sounds – YakBack Sounds #14

G

Speech therapy targeting k and g sounds

My secret to teaching my toddler how to pronounce the “c” “g” & “k” sounds

Speech Therapy – Words Ending In G – YakBack Sounds #34

H

Speech Therapy – “H” Sounds – YakBack Sounds #4

Speech Therapy – “H” Sounds – YakBack Sounds #7

J

How to Pronounce the English J sound /dʒ/ – Pronunciation Lesson

K

Speech therapy targeting k and g sounds

Produce a /k/ Sound with ARK’s Spoon Tip

Teaching k sound in isolation (fronting) | Pronunciation | Speech Therapy Tips

My secret to teaching my toddler how to pronounce the “c” “g” & “k” sounds

L

Childrens Speech learn letters T, D, N and L (by Patty Shukla)

Phonics Speech Practice: Digging for l Sound Treasures

Phonics with the L speech sound

Speech Therapy – “L” Words – YakBack Sounds #13

M

Childrens Speech Learn letters P, B, M (by Patty Shukla)

Speech Therapy Techniques: Early Speech Sounds Articulation Drill /P B, M, N/ | PART 2

N

Childrens Speech learn letters T, D, N and L (by Patty Shukla)

Speech Therapy Techniques: Early Speech Sounds Articulation Drill /P B, M, N/ | PART 2

P

Childrens Speech Learn letters P, B, M (by Patty Shukla)

Speech Therapy Techniques: Early Speech Sounds Articulation Drill /P B, M, N/ | PART 2

R

Tools for Teaching the R Sound by Peachie Speechie

Speech Therapy: Eureka Approach with the /r/ sound

S

Speech Therapy – “S” Sounds – YakBack Sounds #12

Discover Fun with Dinosaurs!

How to Say /s/ and /z/ (Frontal and Lateral Lisp)

Making a Snowman Snack using /s/ blend words!

Let’s Go Fishing for Final /SH/ Sound Words

Speech Therapy – S Blends – YakBack Sounds #67

T

Childrens Speech learn letters T, D, N and L (by Patty Shukla)

Making the “Th” Sound

Speech Therapy – “T” Sounds – YakBack Sounds #10

V

Childrens Speech Learn letters F and V (by Patty Shukla)

X

How to Do Speech Therapy with Toddlers at Home: X sounds

Y

Kids Speech, Learn English – Y words – Yak Back #85

Z

How to Say /s/ and /z/ (Frontal and Lateral Lisp)