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Southwestern Chicken-and-Corn Chowder

Tonight was one of those What-Should-I-Make? nights, when I didn’t plan ahead and I was too tired to really cook. Enter: leftovers and bits of veggies left in the crisper, plus a few cans from the pantry. It’s pretty forgiving as well, since you can skip the extra veggies if […]

How to Use the Dough Hook Extender for the Bosch Universal Plus

For years, cooks used the Bosch Universal mixer with the original dough hook, with much success. Even after the Universal Plus was released, the same dough hook has worked well for thousands of bakers—but for some who were concerned about small-batch kneading, Bosch came out with a dough hook extender. […]

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Controlling Paper Chaos

(I found this in my archives from almost ten years ago and realized I need to revive this system, as my desk paperwork is again running amok. Do you ever realize you KNOW what to do but just need a reminder?)   The photos in this blog (well, in all […]

Holidays as Homeschool Curriculum

(While this was originally written for homeschooling families, most of the ideas are easily adaptable for any family.) Do you ever feel stuck in the day-to-day sameness of your school routine? If you circle the holidays on your calendar, you can have not just instant mini-units, but family fun and […]

Mentoring Moms—“Dancing” Together without Stepping on Toes, Part 1

I was recently privileged to participate in a discussion with hundreds of homeschoolers of various ages, ethnicities, income levels, family sizes, and in various seasons of homeschooling. As the more veteran homeschoolers and the newer home educators interacted, I sensed I was privy to a tentative “dance” of sorts, in […]

Mentoring 2.0 – Speed Mentoring

Speed Mentoring By Elizabeth Kennedy and Vicki Bentley A traditional mentoring program (such as Home Education 101) is designed to inspire long-term encouragement and relationship. If that sort of mentoring relationship is the “marriage,” this activity is the “speed dating”! It can be used as an ice-breaker at the start […]

What Does It Cost to Homeschool?

(or: How do I Budget for This?) If you are considering home education, the chances are high that you are either a single-income family or at least a not-so-much-disposable-income family, and if you’re like many of us, your budget is pretty tight. Although I have read that the average homeschool […]

What Records Should You Keep?

Homeschool Records: Souvenirs of Your Homeschool Journey Just like your banking records, there are certain papers that are useful for you to stash away for the future, whether for a school official, or for your children, or for you to reminisce! It is helpful to put together a portfolio each […]

Sandwich Bread – step by step video of the bread making process

This is just a quickie video tutorial of the bread-making process for making sandwich bread using my Bosch Universal Plus mixer. ( Need a mixer? Want a mixer? I can set you up!) This particular batch is made of two thirds whole grain flour, but you can use whatever higher-gluten […]