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Cream of Chicken-Wild-Rice Soup

Cream of Chicken-Wild-Rice Soup

Here is a soup that is easy, elegant, and cozy all at once, and great for the holiday season.  (I really should have photographed it in something other than Corelle.) This is a regional dish here in our neck of the woods, and pretty much everyone likes it. You can make it from Chicken-in-a-Pot, or, … more

A Day in the Life of Learning

A Day in the Life of Learning

I usually describe our homeschool as “Classical/Charlotte-Mason-y” but frankly we’re a bit simpler than either of these. After 13 years, our school is a mix of philosophies, honed and simplified down to what works for me and for my children. Someday I will write about those influences, but the overarching goal is what some call … more

Minimalistic Cooking – Chicken-In-A-Pot

Minimalistic Cooking - Chicken-In-A-Pot

Hasn’t cooking gotten complicated in recent years? I blame the internet. Endless inspiration can be found there, but also endless competition. The simple meal has lost its dignity, and it is a shame. Fewer ingredients (which means less planning, shopping, money, storage, and management), less time, and less effort– how can that not benefit a … more

Curriculum Plans for 2018/2019

Curriculum Plans for 2018/2019

  A full year ahead! Our first–and only–year with all four children in school. Dusty – 12th Grade (!) Statistics, English, and Physics at the local Community College – From my Charlotte-Mason-y viewpoint at the beginning of high school, I never thought we’d go the route of community college. It is not free for homeschooled high-schoolers … more

Curriculum Review for 2017/2018

Curriculum Review for 2017/2018

My thoughts on last year’s curriculum choices: 11th Grade It’s getting a little hard to give detailed reviews at these upper levels because it has become so hands off for me. That’s a good thing! The biggest role for a parent at this stage of the game to to provide accountability.  The Student Planner remains … more

Simple Cleaning

Simple Cleaning

Since I’ve been on the subject of housekeeping . . . I grew up with a mom who loved to clean and had the whole lineup of traditional products. When I got married, I became enthusiastic about natural living and made my cleaners from things like baking soda, vinegar, and borax. The novelty wore off at … more

Good Appliances

Good Appliances

“And provides . . . a portion to her maidservants.” Proverbs 31 Our appliances are our modern-day maidservants. It’s worth it to have good ones that will serve you long and well. Here are three gals that keep our household running and whom I can recommend highly: A Bosch dishwasher, entry level After many years … more

Crockpot Oatmeal

Crockpot Oatmeal

Crockpot oatmeal is one of the most important dishes in my recipe arsenal. It is super-easy and allows you to offer a hot breakfast to a group without any morning prep. I often serve it to overnight guests who need to leave early in the morning. Or at least, before I feel like getting moving. … more