Saturday, September 25, 2010

A couple of weeks ago we ventured out to our favorite place to camp and attended a most wonderful event. The HayCreek Festival at Johanna Furnace in Morgantown Pa.
What a wonderful hands on event...

My new favorite pic of my hubby... (swoon)

The gentleman is carving table legs, with the leg power of our son. He couldn't pedal too fast or too slow or the machine wouldn't work.
My oldest son volunteered at the festival and pedaled the pedal drill for hours that day!!
On top of all the hands on activites, there was tons of tractors, and little neat gadgets like this tiny car. :)
Here my guy is taking the dried corn cob, putting it through this machine and hand cranking it. The machine would then strip the cob of the kernals and wah-lah, corn kernals that can now be ground into corn meal.

Another old beauty.. My husband had the best time looking at all the old machinery and cars, and now would like to make this one of his hobbies.

Here's my #4. Learning to wring out the laundry the old fashioned way. :)
in 1912 this was a modern day washing machine.. :)

A great time was to be had by all who attended the festival. My kids loved it and hubby loved it more. We will now be making this a yearly tradition. :)


Friday, September 17, 2010

The dreded Schedule!

Ok, so most of you know I am anti-schedule. I don't like them, I feel like a slave to them. I just don't like the over all feel of them.

HOWEVER, as my family as grown..I am seeing the need for some order. More like an organized chaos, instead of just chaos!

SO I've read all the books, and like the idea of a MOTH routine, but still ummm for this skeptic seemed like it wasn't going to happen.

One of my biggest issues with scheduling is I personally have a very hard time with not completing things. If it's on my to do list and it doesn't get done, I get down on myself. So the thought of planning the entire day and possible missing something is dreadful to me!! Now MOTH is very clear that if you miss something you just keep going with the that is hard for me too!! What about the stuff you missed, now you've got to catch up!! See the pressure. BUT.... I knew I needed to develop something!

Soooo Here's our basic routine for the day.
6:30 am~Mom is up..this is my quite time with the Lord and early morning computer escapades.

7:30 am~ Wake up kids. This is there time and mine to shower if neccessary, make beds, pull up shades, get dressed, straighten room and personal bible time.

8:30~Breakfast!!! We eat and clean up. Morning Chores.

9:00~School starts, Ash at computer in sun room, Jake at computer in sitting room, Emma, Anna, and Matthew at kitchen counter.

10:00~Jake break 30 mins. Anna time and Mr. Darcy time.
10:30~Emma break 30 mins, Jake back to work.
11:00~Matthew break, Emma back to school. (anna time)
11:30~Ashley break, Matthew back to school. (anna time)

12:00~Lunch, eat, clean up, light chores. (Emma is usuall done at this point)

1:00~ Back to school

Free time for Emma
Naptime for Anna

2:00~music Matthew
2:30 Music Jacob

3:00~school day is over, begin dinner prep, free time for kids.

5:30~ supper time, eat clean up and do evening devotions

6:30~ finish/work on any school projects if neccessary.

Then we do bedtime routine of showers/baths/jammies etc.

8:30~Emma bed.( except duggar night)

9:30~Jacob bed.

10:30~Matthew bed.

11:00~Ashley bed

Now some nights the kids are in bed earlier, due to just being tired!! :)
We take 10 mins off bedtime, if you are not cheerful about doing school or chores.
Ashley brings her cell phone to me at there is not temptation or ppl calling her at night.

This so far seems to be working.
I am super excited about it.

While deep down I have schedule resentment, overall



Thursday, September 9, 2010

Calico Beans

This is NOT a Chili, not matter what you say!! This is NOT a Chili!!! :)

Ok, so try this out, it's fantastic..We ate it as a side and a lot of people at the bbq we were at, put it on their hot dogs!!!

Big hit!!!

4 ounces bacon, diced~yeah right, I did a pound!
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)~80% is fine.
1/2 cup chopped onion~whole onion
1 can (21 ounces) pork and beans
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained~you can use a "chili" variety
1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup packed brown sugar~I used Damara!
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar~I did 2!
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon salt

I made this in my cast iron pot, ok I'm on a new kick..loving my cast iron!!!!

fry the bacon, drain the grease almost all the way but not totally. -throw bacon in crockpot. :)
add the onion, once it starts to get soft and brown..add the ground beef
Let that cook till no longer pink then add all the beans, and the rest of ingredients. After I mixed it all up, i threw it in the crockpot on low to basically keep warm.!!!

Sooo good! Now, You can use "chili" beans for this recipe, I did. But again this is NOT a chili!! ;) Can't you tell I got flack, that this was a chili??? :)

Anywho, It went super with hot dogs, I ate it for breakfast the following day but I'm weird like that. I can also imagine with with cornbread or biscuits over top of it!! The possibilities are endless!!!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer."
- Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885

I Love September!!

The air has a crisper quality about it. I can smell the ocean almost daily.
I idea of a new school year has me giddy. And not because I send my kids off to school, but because I get to be with them as they learn so many new things every day..
I love the smell of new books, I have been known to occasional huff them. :)
I love new boxes of crayons, I have 20 right now.
Glue and scissors bring back such wonderful memories for me as a kid.
You see I was the teacher as a child, I would set all my stuff animals and dolls around this little table I have in my room and pass out worksheets for them to do. :)
Then I would correct them, and walk fondly around the table patting my students heads..

Now I get to do that with my own children.

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deut. 6:6-7

I honestly don't know how you can read Deuteronomy 6 and not realize that you belong home with your children. Being a mother is such and honor and a joy. And days are hard sometimes, it's not always perfect or peachy, but as we do until the children we are doing unto the Lord. If the Lord were to present himself right now, wouldn't you be doing everything in your power to make it a wonderful occasion! Of course you would!!!

Being their teacher is even a greater challenge and purpose. I often get down on myself, are they learning enough, is this normal, am I able???

But with God ALL things are possible and that includes homeschooling my children.
It's the Lord who has a plan for their life. (Jer. 29:11) They are in his hands.
I am just merely a tool used along the path.

OK back to September, Apples!! What more can you say about them, you ask?
Well they are perfect for picking right now, and there is many varieties available, Granny, Red Delicious, Rome, Macintosh and Cortland..Oh and they are soo good in apple pie, apple pancakes, applesauce, apple stuffing, baked apples, apple dumpling, and just warmed apples with cinnamon...

I love being able to back again and more frequently with the cooler air that September and October bring..and bringing back those favorite home cooked meals that have been gone due to summers heat.
Chicken pot pie, beef stew, lasagna, eggplant parm., roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and so much more..

Oh and glorious bread, how I long to bake you again and taste the wholesome goodness you offer. I can't wait to fire up the wheat grinder and grind away. Then bake and eat some delicious whole wheat bread.

So while I huff glue, I mean new books..and bake and enjoy my children..I hope all of you do the same.

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