Wednesday, January 24, 2007

New Free Download from Homeschool eStore

This weeks freebie is Pioneer Notebook Pages from Amanda Bennett. So be sure to head over and get your free download!


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

What's going on?

Well we didn't get any work done yesterday. Today we got some math & science completed. We are starting a new unit on Weather. So that should be fun.

Jake is having some boys over tomorrow for some XBOX gaming. He set up a day back in Nov. and it went well, so he has been wanting to do another. So tomorrow won't be a big work day either, aside from straightening up. LOL

We decided to drop the Critical Thinking - Reading Detectives books. The kids just weren't into them, so I brought out some old books of mine. They are the mini illustrated versions of 12 classic books. Such as: War of the Worlds, Ben Hur, Treasure Island, etc.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

It's snowing!!

Its been a nice light flurrying here for a bit now. It's laying on the road even! So hopefully we'll get a bit on the ground before it passes by. Here are some pics. The first is looking out back by the apple orchard, the second is down teh driveway out to the road. :)

Franklin Institute Membership

Our membership packet finally came! I am so excited! I can't wait to hit as many of the museums on the free admission program list as possible. We'll be visiting the FI when we go see King Tut, either next month of in March. We are still debating on when, but need to soon because I have to purchase tickets soon.

So we are planning on visiting the
MD Science Center to see the Grossology exhibit. And there are quite a few places I want to hit in VA and PA as well. So I will be busy planning fun field trips this year. :)

It's cold!!

Right now it is about 25 degrees, it feels like 19 with the little bit of wind blowing. I am freezing. We are *supposed* to get a winter storm blowing through this evening. Possibly some snow dropping, some areas might be getting freezing rain. :( I really hope this isn't so. Snow I am all for, all that other stuff.. ice, feezing rain, sleet.. we don't want it here.

Our school week finished off roughly. Friday Amanda was just terrible to be around. She was yelling about everything and at everyone. I had to ask her again if she wanted to go to school. I don't want to out her in PS.. but if she isn't happy homeschooling and wants to try it, I'll go along. But she doesn't want to, she just doesn't want to do *anything*. So she of course lost the one thing she does want.. her computer. Friday evening then she came down and asked if she could please have her computer back. I said "Yes, but you have to work for it." So she had to help me make dinner. And while was cooking, she had to help me do the day's dishes. After supper she wanted to make a cake mix I had from Tastefully Simple. So we did. The family watched a movie and ate the "ugly cake" (That's what the mix is called hehe). All was ok. She had to then help me do up the dinner dishes. THEN she could have her computer back for the rest of the night.

I thought all was ok.. until we went up to bed. She said goodnight to her dad, but ignored me. So Saturday I just stayed away from her, as the crabbiness continued. She was still nipping at everyone. But she did tell me goodnight and gave me a kiss at least :D Today is better, she is only fighting with her brother. *sigh*

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Our day..

has gone quite well. We finished off a lesson in MUS, did some geography. We didn't get as much done as I'd have liked, but at least we did some. ;)

We then headed off to the library, I had to pick up some books, then to Borders & AC Moore. Jake wanted a Oblivion book and Amanda wanted a new Manga. Dh picked up a magazine.

At AC Moore, I picked up some yarn and knitting needles. I am going to learn how to knit! Woo Hoo! So I hope what I got was right. A friend is going to teach me.. poor thing has no idea what she's getting herself into. Bwhahahaha!!!

Some of the books I picked up from the library are kids knitting books. But in browsing through the one.. it looks hard!! So I hope I am not biting off more than I can chew. I learned how to cross stictch very easily, but heck that's just making X's everywhere. hehe So we'll see.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Today's accomplishments

We took off yesterday from any school work. A girl I babysit was supposed to come over (but of course never did) and when she is here it is hard to get the kids to finish up any work. So today was the start of our week.

We started Lesson 15 in math, will finish tomorrow. (We usually do 2 lessons a week. We are working through MUS Epsilon.) Finally got started on our book study of Charlie and the Chocolate factory. We read a bit about Roald Dahl, and an intro of the book. Of course the kids have seen both movies, so know what it is about. The copied the vocabulary words and looked up the definitions. They worked on the 50 States book. And finished up a science journal on Environments. Oh and also worked in their Critical Thing books - Reading Detectives. Not sure how far we are going to get with these.. both kids HATE their book. So.. we'll see in another week. Might just drop these.

Free eBook from Homeschool eStore

Every week the Homeschool eStore has a freebie ebook you can download. We've gotten quite a few good ones since registering. This weeks is "Quick Dinners eBook" by Living on a Dime -

Recipe: Big Batch Beef Sauce

4 lbs ground beef
4 med. onions, chopped
5 celery ribs, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 cans (28 oz each) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cans (6 oz each) tomato paste
2 jars (4.5 oz each) sliced mushrooms, drained; optional
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 Tbsp salt
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef, onions, celery and garlic until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 1 to 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally. Cool. Transfer to freezer bag or containers, about 2 cups in each. May be frozen for up to 3 months.

Yield: about 15 cups total

*Notes: I use a little more beef, and sometimes use the seasoned tomatoes. I usually don't add the red pepper flakes either. I also usually brown the beef in a roasting pan in the oven on about 250. This is from a magazine called Quick Cooking. Then they have recipes to use it for: Tacos; Spaghetti, Lasagna. And I use it in chili also.

Recipe: Individual Meatloaves & Sauce

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup cracker crumbs (I use seasoned bread crumbs)
2/3 cup milk
1 beaten egg
3 Tbsp. minced onion
1/2 tsp each, dried sage and thyme leaves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup ketchup or tomato paste
1/2 tsp each ginger and garlic salt, optional
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp dry mustard
sliced green pepper, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Crumble beef into large bowl. Add salt. Sprinkle with cracker/bread crumbs and milk. Let stand a few minutes until crumbs are soft. Blend together.
2. Mix in egg, onion, sage, thyme, nutmeg and black pepper, mixing well. Shape into 4 loaves. Place on a foil lined baking sheet, about 3 inches apart.
(NOTE: If I am freezing these, I just pop them into a freezer container or Tupperware and stick in freezer.)
3. Mix brown sugar, ketchup, ginger and garlic salt, if used, soy sauce and mustard. Spread mixture over tops of loaves.
4. Bake at 350* for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with green pepper before serving.

Hello, Hello, Hello!

Well, here I am. I had a blog here before, deleted it and went to another blogging site for homeschoolers. But thought I'd move things back over here again. So I will be reposting some things here.
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