Homemaking

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Life is Still Messy

Let’s be real … homeschooling is not a cure for all that ails our families. Life is still messy. In fact, sometimes all that one-on-one time can really magnify shortcomings in our relationships with our children as well as with our spouses. Some of the most heartbreaking consulting calls I […]

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 […]

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When Mom Goes Back to Work

Re-entering the Workforce Homeschooling moms often wonder how they can best position themselves to re-enter the workforce after the last child has “left the nest”—or even to augment the family income while still homeschooling. Here are a few tips to help you confidently land that job. Update Your Resumé Your resumé […]

Sourdough English Muffins

Sourdough English Muffins

I’ve gotten on a sourdough English muffins kick. Do you ever do that? Make the same thing for while? Maybe it’s just me….I guess in the stress of the quarantine/pandemic/life in general, I find the whole process therapeutic and satisfying. So, friends and neighbors have gotten the overflow from this […]

Getting Kids to Help at Home

The first couple days of quarantine might have been fun and games, but at some point, cleaning the house while everybody is in it became like brushing your teeth while you’re still eating Oreos…..futile. What’s a parent to do? Include the family! You are in this together, including cleaning up […]

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 […]