Friday, May 16, 2014
When I started, I was just going to make a batch of these Apricot Bites, then realized my turkey had been in the crockpot (for broth) long enough and it was time to get it canned.
So, I delayed the bites and started filling jars with broth. I also had enough meat set aside and more that had come off the bones that I was able to fill 3 quarts with meat. I filled another 3 with broth. That homegrown turkey has already fed us 3 times, and with these 6 quarts of broth and meat, we'll get at least another 6 meals from it! We got these turkeys in exchange for our buckling last fall, and the cost of feed brings our investment to less than $2 per meal for all of us!
Once I got the canner going, I made the Apricot Bites, but without the almond meal, simply because I don't have any. There was indication in the comments that I could simply leave it out, but I did increase the quantity of cashews. I've not worked with almond meal before, so I don't know if that's what caused them not to stick together, but I actually had to press them into a pan and freeze in order to help them stay together. Even then, they're still quite crumbly, but delicious!
I decided since the food processor needed to be washed I'd make a batch of peppermint coconut bark first. I haven't made it for years, but it's a great way to get coconut oil into my daily diet. I use raw cocoa powder-another superfood-and usually use raw honey, but we have a bottle that isn't that needs to be used up before I open the raw honey I recently purchased.
Now that those are done, I've been resting my back, writing this, giving assignments to my son and waiting for the canner to finish. Next week I'm going to make more recipes for morning power bar bites-maybe I'll remember to take pictures. ;-)
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
- How long have you been home schooling [my son]? He joined our family on Oct 2, 2007, so nearly 6 years, but not in the manner in which some may perceive homeschooling.
- What led to your decision to forego traditional elementary school learning for [my son]? Initially, my and husband’s faith in God and our understanding of His instruction. It is our job as parents to disciple our children. This can get into a legalistic debate and one that I generally choose not to engage in. Beyond that there are a multitude of reasons.
- Not following an arbitrary schedule- one that has been shown to be less than beneficial to the students it purports to educate.
- Wanting my son to enjoy the process of learning, since it is something we do for our entire lives, and what you call a traditional school situation generally doesn't do a good job of that.
- Wanting more than a “one size fits all” education for my child.
- Not giving a stranger the better part of his day.
- Not spending time after school doing homework.
- Not spending time after school un-teaching him bad habits he may have picked up.
- Not having to pack a lunch or subject him to what passes for food in the school cafeteria.
- Is your goal to home school [my son]. short term? Or long term? How long do you plan to home school [my son]? While I know it’s unwise to say “never”, we have no plan to send [my son] to any public or private school.
- What do you see as the benefits of home schooling vs. more traditional schooling methods?
- Each year I shop the deals at the back to school sales to purchase items for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child project. This year I noticed a mother with 2 kids in tow crisscrossing the store to get the items on the school’s list of required supplies. She looked very frazzled trying to find several items that apparently were not so easy to find. I have no such list to fulfill.
- We can take vacations whenever we choose
- We don’t have to be ready for the school bus at 7:30 in the morning.
- We can spend all day learning about something we enjoy.
- We can spend all day doing nothing.
- We can change our approach if it becomes obvious the one we’re using isn’t working.
- My son can enjoy being a child-school assignments can be completed in a rather short time, giving him plenty of time to play. Studies also show children learn when they’re playing.
- Besides the monthly meeting at the library, what other activities allow [my son]. to interact with other children? I notice you refrained from using the term socialization. I read a statement in an article from a homeschooling mom on this topic that has stuck with me. If you went to a public school as a child and tried to talk or pass notes during class and got caught, what was the teacher’s general response? “You’re here to learn, NOT socialize.” Homeschooling parents are asked this question a lot and I really don’t know why it’s so intriguing. If socialization is the reason so many children go to public school then it’s no wonder the schools are failing. Why does society think that grouping 30 kids together simply based on the year they were born and isolating them from society is normal, rather than what occurs naturally in life? On a daily basis we interact with people of all ages-that’s normal.
- Were you home schooled as a youth? No. If so, can you tell me about that experience.
- Can you tell me about [my son] strengths and weaknesses as a student? What subjects do you teach him? Do you teach him alone? Or is there another adult in the house who teaches, or a tutor that assists? My son’s strengths and weaknesses are not for public inspection. My husband and I share the responsibility for teaching him and we make choices based on his individual needs.
- Please tell me about the structure that you use in teaching. Is it like a regular school day, with 30-45 minute classes, breaks, recess, etc? Absolutely not. J That’s what I call “doing school at home” and not homeschooling. There is no set schedule and that’s one of the benefits.
- Is this group of parents and students referred to as Camp Verde Home Educators? The group is called that, though very loosely and informally. There is no official group status, and I think “parents whose children are homeschooled” is a good way to define us. If not, does your group have a name? Or are you simply parents whose children are home schooled?
- I realize that this is a lot of questions, so thank you for your patience. Is there anything I have not asked you that you would like to share? Look into the philosophy of John Taylor Gatto, a 3 time teacher of the year recipient in New York, who believes public schools are NOT designed to educate the individual child.
That was my short version of what I think. What do you think?
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Around here macaroni and cheese is never just that. Tonight it's got a Mexican flair with tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, green chilies, sour cream and two cheeses.
Earlier we started freezing strawberries. Wish I could say they were from our garden but since we didn't plant any I can't do that. Wish I could say they were organic, but all I can say is they were free! I'm sure they'll be good in smoothies.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Yesterday the food bank had an abundance of cilantro and citrus so today we are juicing. It took nearly an hour to juice 34 bunches of cilantro! The case has 60 and I was going to do the whole thing til I realized how long it was taking. That yielded about 1/2 gallon of juice. We then added 5 jumbo carrots, 5 bell peppers, 5 apples and the leftover lettuce and tomatoes from last night's dinner. We now have 5 quart jars ready for the freezer. Taking a break before starting on the oranges and grapefruit.