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Mid-Year Motivation

Got the mid-winter blahs? You are not alone! Maybe you’re having trouble getting back on track after the holidays — […]

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Blessing Blanket Tutorial

This special keepsake can be made in a weekend. I have made these in multi-colored fabrics as well as this graphic red/black/white combination (below). They are sized to be bigger than the average baby blanket, to last through toddler-hood. Instructions are very general; adjust sizing to your liking. Obviously, if […]

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Gingerbread Houses – Decorating Day

We’ve had a long-standing tradition of decorating gingerbread houses — well, the girls have, at least (vs. mom). We aren’t advanced enough to bake our own houses –we’re happy to buy a Wilton kit and spend all our energy on the actual decorating. As the girls got older, they started […]

Christmas Sugar Cookies

In our house, it just isn’t the Christmas season without a marathon baking day with all the sisters and as many grandkids as we can gather–with our favorite holiday music providing the atmosphere, of course. Most of the cookies are set aside for about 14 plates for the neighbors, but […]

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Holiday of the Month Club

Want to give a special child a gift that says, “You’re special and I want you to celebrate life!” all throughout the year? Give him a “Holiday of the Month” gift box. Using Silvana Clark’s great resource, Every Day a Holiday, as the basis, select a holiday (or two or […]

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Oh-so-good Oatmeal

On a chilly morning like this, I like a warm, satisfying bowl of oatmeal — and what better way to start than with fresh oats! Just a bit under 1/3 cup oat groats yields a generous 1/3+ cup of rolled oats, so I start my water to boil while I […]

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Homemade Tortillas

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup warm water ¼ cup olive oil 2-3 cups fresh flour (we mill our own for maximum nutrition/freshness – I usually use soft wheat or hard white, with a bit of barley) 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp baking powder Add spice/garlic if desired – I use McCormick’s (Original, […]

Kitchen Tips – How to Prep 13 Meat Meals in an Hour

Vicki’s Kitchen Tips How to start 13+ meals in one night: Last week, I bought 15 pounds of very lean hamburger from Sam’s Club (by the case with some friends at a significantly reduced price per pound – Sam’s sells many meats like this if you ask). When I got […]

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Navigating the Used Curriculum Route

It’s that time of year when we stock up for next year. One way we homeschool on a shoestring budget is to consider buying used materials. Buying used curriculum is sort of like taking a shortcut when I drive: If I am familiar with the area through which I’m being […]

Chicken Quesadillas

We love these for a quick, simple, nutritious supper! I keep cooked, chopped chicken in the freezer and almost always have either store-bought or homemade tortillas on hand for these. Preheat the skillet to medium high so you don’t burn the tortilla right away — you can see that in […]

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Getting Kids to Help at Home (part one)

Laying a Foundation (Part One) (excerpted from The Everyday Family Chore System)   Child training is the first step to successful home management training. The purposes of implementing a family chore system are (1) to train your children to be responsible members of a family and to diligently serve one […]