Homemaking

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Mom’s Brownies

We’re all in quarantine-baking mode out our way. My niece made some AMAZING cupcakes (she really should be a pro baker) and we couldn’t have any (social distancing, and five-hour drive LOL), so we had to at least bake some brownies over here. Some of us like nuts, and some […]

Encouraging Gratitude through Thank-You Notes

This was originally written for the fall/winter holidays, but seems appropriate at this season of sacrifice and giving right now as we are relying on each other’s kindness and generosity in a global pandemic….. The holidays are just around the corner, and that often means gift-giving . . . and receiving—which […]

A Day in Our Homeschool

A Day in Our Homeschool

(From my submission to the TCHE newsletter, spring 2000; used with permission) As I type, Anna is curled up on the sofa in the school room, reading King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry so she can work on her History of the Horse unit (a Beautiful Feet publication). Leah […]

Kids at Home? Everyday Activities to Reinforce Math Skills

With the recent school closings, many parents are scrambling for some at-home activities to continue kids’ school learning. It’s okay to let your kids simply read, or learn about something they want to learn about, or work on a hobby. But if you’d feel more comfortable focusing on some core […]

Kids at Home? Activities to Reinforce Language Arts Skills

With the recent school closings, many parents are scrambling for some at-home activities to continue kids’ school learning. It’s okay to let your kids simply read, or learn about something they want to learn about, or take some virtual field trips, or work on a hobby. But if you’d feel […]

What to Do with Your Young Learner

Note: While this article is geared primarily for preschool, most of the suggestions are also applicable through the early primary grades.   A young mom writes: I’m new at homeschooling—I have 2-year-old twins. I want to teach them and get them ready for preschool. Please send me info to help […]

Finding the Gift in Your Child

When we were first considering home education, I was unsure about my own ability to meet my children’s needs. Not only did we have a daughter born with cerebral palsy, but I had two children classified as “gifted and talented” by the local public school. Speech therapy and occupational therapy […]

potato salad in quick cooker

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. […]

sourdough bread

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 […]