A rich tomato bisque – which makes a nice change from salsa and pasta sauce with an overabundant tomato garden. A bisque is thickened with cream, which results in a rich, smooth texture and makes for a satiating meal. The original recipe (from Fine Cooking) recommended mint as a garnish, but I thought basil might be a more appropriate herb. This recipe could really work with any color ripe tomato – but the yellow/orange tomatoes make a stunning soup. I used 2 cups of stock because I like thicker soups – use 3 if you prefer it thinner. Continue Reading Grilled Yellow Tomato Bisque…
Tags: corn husk craft, corn husk doll, history, printable directions, thanksgiving craft
I love hands-on activities for school – it is much easier to remember learning something if it is fun. Corn husk dolls are a fun way to learn a little bit about the handmade toys used by native Americans, so they are a great project for making around Thanksgiving. The dolls are pretty easy to make, and are surprisingly durable. It took my seven year old son 15 minutes to make his doll unaided.
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Tags: articulated puppet, banana leaf puppet, indian craft, kids craft India
This week we are learning about India in the home school co-op that I participate in. Since I am teaching that class, I went to postcrossing.com and wrote to someone in each country we will be “visiting” to see if we could exchange postcards. As postcrossing is a postcard exchange site almost everyone I contacted was happy to exchange cards, and the member in India exchanged souvenirs as well as postcards. One of the souvenirs was a set of banana leaf puppets. I looked for information about banana leaf puppets online (I even used google translate to search in Hindi and Urdu) and was absolutely amazed that I couldn’t find anything.
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Tags: redo 70's kitchen, wallpaper over soffit in kitchen
is was my kitchen. Wasn’t it lovely? I suppose the dark stained cabinets and wallpaper might have looked ok when they were first done, but by the time we bought the house last year it was pretty bad. I was absolutely thrilled last month when I found a great deal on 3 gallons of paint in almost the exact color I wanted, and after I painted the rest of the living areas there was almost a gallon leftover, more than enough to do the kitchen. Continue Reading A fresh coat of paint and a little bit of caulk…
Tags: independant activity, melt crayons, rainy day fun, summer fun, upcycle
Melting old crayons isn’t anything new. I picked up a set of clearance silicone ice cube trays just so we could melt crayons. Being my weird self I decided to try and melt them in the sun, just because I could. And wouldn’t you know, it worked. My son absolutely LOVED doing this activity – it took him an hour to peel and arrange his crayon pieces in the ice cube tray (he was being very particular) and he spent at least an hour after they were finished, admiring them and eventually coloring. Continue Reading Melted crayons southern summer style…
Tags: garden, newspaper seed starter pots
In December my family moved from a small 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom house on 1/2 an acre. I was thrilled to finally have a yard, and had just enough time to get seeds started for a summer garden. Being the cheap person that I am, I decided to make my own seed starter pots from newspaper. Since buying a $30 gadget to make my own newspaper pots hardly seems cost effective, I used a toilet paper tube as my mold.
My husband is a geek, and constantly updates all our technology. As frustrating as I find it to be constantly relearning things as they change, most things do actually work better once you get used to the new versions. A month or so ago my husband upgraded our desktop to Windows 8, which I think is still in beta mode. I found that my sure cuts a lot program wouldn’t work with my cricut, but it turned out to be pretty much the same problem we had with windows 7. Continue Reading Using Sure Cuts a Lot with Windows 8…
Tags: bleach resist, DIY clothes, doctor who, tardis shirt, tardis stencil
I am constantly amazed at how quickly my son goes through clothes, between growing and staining them. So when I saw Michael’s had plain t-shirts on sale for $2 each, I picked up a bunch, thinking he could just wear them as is. He would have been fine with that, but I, on the other hand, just couldn’t leave them alone. And since one of the shirts was black, I decided to try out bleach resist, with a tardis stencil of course. You could also do planets, a space ship, or the death star. Or really anything on any other color shirt.
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Tags: fathers day card, masculine card
I know its a little late for Fathers Day this year, but I can never think of good cards to make for guys, and the idea is so clever I’m sure you can use it for numerous other occasions. Continue Reading Masculine Card…
Tags: homeschool freebie, homeschool record keeping
Its that time of year again, where as a homeschooling mom I go through everything we’ve done for school over the past year, and prepare for the coming year. I designed a weekly planner page last year, but it didn’t work out as well as I’d like since we normally do a 4 day school week. With this simple page, I can overview 2 weeks at once for record keeping purposes, and by printing on both sides of the page I only need one sheet of paper for four weeks. For me, the simpler it is, the more likely I am to actually use it. Continue Reading Homeschool Daily Planner…