Four Needs of Homeschool Families

Homeschool parents across the country share with me their fears and concerns: What if I’m not doing enough? Will he get into college? What should she know? What if he doesn’t like me when he grows up? How do I homeschool and get dinner on the table in the same […]

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Potato Salad (Pressure Cooker Style)

For my birthday, my sweet husband is cooking burgers on the grill — and he even made me a snack cake for dessert! So as a quick side dish, I was able to put together and finish a one-pot pressure cooker potato salad in a total of about 15 minutes. […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool Convention

Many state or regional conventions are not just for homeschoolers, but are truly family expositions, with lots of workshops and exhibits of interest to families–regardless of education choice. If this is your first or second (or tenth) homeschool convention, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the […]

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Sourdough Video Tutorial

(Part 3) In a few earlier posts, I walked you through my sourdough journey, from nurturing my starter to baking my first successful loaves (and a few pancakes and bread flops in between!). There are LOTS of photos in that last post, but here are some videos for those who […]

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The Sourdough Journey – The Saga Continues

(Part 2) Some of you jumped on the bread-wagon with me about a week or so ago when my friend Robin (hi, Robin!) and I began our sourdough starters, guided by Heather at  The Kneady Homesteader. (Quick re-cap: We hadn’t gotten to the bake-bread-with-it stage yet, but we had a […]

Homeschooling the Young Learner

Do you sometimes second-guess your “credentials” to educate your child at home? Parents, you come into homeschooling with the greatest qualifications: a deep love for your child and a vested interest in his success! You can homeschool! You’ve already been homeschooling your young child—you’ve taught him to talk and you’ve […]

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The Sourdough Experiment – Week One

(Part 1) Many years ago (thirty, but who’s counting?), my neighbor on Fort Lee gave me some of her mother-in-law’s sourdough starter. This was a new experience for me–I had baked bread for years, but sourdough was a novelty to me. Oh my goodness, that starter and her recipe for Soft […]

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Chicken Schnitzel with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Veggies

Schnitzel and mashed potatoes. Comfort food. It may not be the make-ahead meal or the fastest to clean up, but it’s the most-requested dish for family gatherings and birthday dinners (okay, maybe it’s rivaled by Sophia’s requests for our 60-Minute Dinner Rolls). Ever since my German friend Birgit taught me […]

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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup with Homemade Gnocchi

After having chicken and gnocchi soup at our local Olive Garden, I though I’d give it a try at home, but I didn’t have gnocchi on hand. Since my mom grew up around the corner from DeLallo’s in Jeannette, Pennsylvania (you HAVE to go there at least once in your […]

Turkey Pot Pie — Use Up Those Leftovers!

Some of our turkey leftovers were just begging to be blanketed in a flaky, warm crust! I know pie dough can be intimidating, so here’s a step-by-step for a by-hand falky crust. (I have a “food processor” pie crust recipe in Everyday Homemaking, so here’s a more rustic version — […]