|December 9, 2013||Posted by Koalaborg under Home Life|
I haven’t posted as much as I normally do. I guess there are seasons for everything. Over the past month, as the weather has cooled, things have really started to slow down around here.
While we normally have a pretty productive week with co-op, park day, library and of course full days of school work, lately we have all been drawing in and slowing down.
There has been more sleeping late, more siblings playing with the dogs, and more just sitting around reading or playing educational games. The change in seasons gives us an opportunity to back off of our usual hectic schedule and really recharge. While I do have moments where I feel like maybe I should get us back to our more strenuous school schedule, I’ve resisted and reminded myself that we are normally ahead of schedule, and after the holidays we will be fully recharged and ready to hit things full force again. Right now, however, I am trying to let Kyri dictate how much work she wants to tackle on any given day. Some days she’d rather play Minecraft and just read, and other days she grabs a stack of school books and barrels through them.
I’ve even found myself having little motivation for elaborate meals in the kitchen. I’m currently clawing my way out of a two or three week kitchen funk. I managed to recover long enough to make our big Thanksgiving meal, but its been hit or miss since then. This week I have made an effort though, because while mac and cheese is a family favorite, there IS a limit. I’ve made some of our family favorites for dinner as well as granola and vegan cheese nip crackers. I picked up some vegan cookbooks this week at the library so I will be sharing some yummy food pics as I try new recipes!
|November 29, 2013||Family, Food, recipes, Vegan|
I love preparing a big meal for my family. We don’t travel for the holidays so it’s just me, the husband, and the kids. But I still like to prepare a lot of food. I tend to stick to the same menu but I like to try one thing new each year. I am obviously… more
|November 10, 2013||Food, Food Storage, Real Food, recipes, Sustainable Living, Vegan|
I love being able to purchase organic produce at our local produce wholesaler. I recently split a bulk order of pears with a friend, and used my 10-plus pounds to prepare a double batch of pear jam. I used the Pear Jam recipe from my Ball Canning Guide. I realized after I was already committed… more
|November 3, 2013||Curriculum, Homeschool, Portfolio, Second Grade|
November is Native American Heritage Month. I am using this month to focus on aspects of Native culture and history. I will be focusing on a different area each week this month and will share weekly posts on our activities and lessons. This weekend we participated in an event at our local library branch, hosted… more
|October 27, 2013||Curriculum, Family, Food, Homeschool, recipes, Second Grade, Vegan|
As part of our Natural Health and Wellness course, Kyri and I have been reading and discussing healthy drinks. While we usually only have water and almond milk in our fridge, on occasion we have some juice or a sweetened drink like lemonade. Kyri prepared (with a little help from Mom) a pitcher of lemonade… more
|October 17, 2013||Food, recipes, Vegan|
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I love meals that only require me to dirty a single skillet or pot. I love prepping simple dishes in my cast iron skillets, and often I just toss in whatever I have on hand and hope the flavors work well. We are currently working our way… more
|October 14, 2013||Food, recipes, Vegan|
We are huge fans of baked goods around here, so I am always trying to mix it up a bit and find different recipes that the family enjoys. My husband isn’t a huge fan of peaches as a snack, but prefers them to be “hidden” in a smoothie or a muffin. This is a great… more
|October 7, 2013||DIY Club, Homeschool, Second Grade|
Recently I started organizing (along with a friend and fellow homeschooler) a maker club here in San Antonio. There has been an interest in our homeschool circle for a scouting-type of program where our kids could work on STEM-themed projects, both on their own as well as in a group setting. It took a little… more
|September 26, 2013||Food, recipes, Vegan, Vegan Mofo2013|
Ever since our mini apple pies were a hit a few weeks ago, I have been anxious to make some mini pies for dinner. Tonight I prepped a double batch of my usual pie crust along with a variation of my vegetable seitan stew. These didn’t last long around here, but in theory these would… more
|September 24, 2013||Books, Early Preschool, Homeschool|
We have been reading A LOT of books to Ender as part of his early preschool. At 2 1/2 years old, lots of colorful, engaging books, along with plenty of messy crafts, make for an excellent early preschool curriculum. I have really been looking forward to participating in the Virtual Book Club for Kids. This… more
|September 19, 2013||Food, recipes, Vegan, Vegan Mofo2013|
We’ve been recovering from a wicked stomach virus over the weekend and so I haven’t done any cooking in the last several days, beyond mac and cheese. This morning I wanted to get the morning started right for the family, so I prepped a batch of these gems. These came out awesome and now I… more