Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
- 1 packet yeast
- 1/4 cup lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
1. Place yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water and sugar in a bowl. Stir to dissolve yeast. Add 1 cup lukewarm water, the olive oil, salt, and 3 1/2 cups flour a little at a time until easy to handle.
2. Knead dough in bowl about 10 minutes or until smooth, elastic and easy to handle. Shape into a ball.
3. Spread a little olive oil on bottom and sides of bowl. Add the ball then turn over oiled side up. Cover and set in warm spot for one hour. Lightly sprinkle 2 12inch pizza pans with cornmeal and set aside.
4. Punch down dough, cut in half and form each half into a ball. On floured board pat or roll out each ball of dough into a circle. Place circle over knuckles and gently stretch to just about the size of pan.
5. Place the rounds in pans and flatten center with your hands leaving a raised edge around the rim.
6. Add toppings of choice then place in 500 degree oven and bake 10-15 minutes.
Monday, March 28, 2011
- Listen to audio book 30 minutes
- Read for 30 minutes
- Work in garden
- Draw 30 minutes something other than anime
- paint with watercolors
- Listen to mom read aloud for 30 minutes
- Go to library and find a subject to research and read about
- Crafts, jewelry making, etc.
- Work on a puzzle
- Play a boardgame
- Go through review cards
- Go on a walk
- Go on a Hike
- Go to river and swim
- Create with legos for 30 minutes
- Watch a documentary with mom or dad
- Home Ec activity
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Drama one afternoon a week
Conversational Spanish two mornings a week
Drawing Class one afternoon every other week (twice a month)
Tone Chimes/Music one afternoon a week
Pottery one afternoon a week but will only be for a certain length of time like 8 weeks
After fitting in all of these classes I then have to fit in her work at home for History, Science, Language Arts, Math, Bible and a possibly Geography.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
With the Chickens - After all the praising I did about the plastic eggs in the nesting boxes and how great they worked ... well, two days ago someone started laying eggs again up in the roosting area. Also Mr. Rooster decided to try and attack my last night when I was replacing the water.
Playtime - Went to a friend's house today for a playdate. Kids spent the day outside and us moms stayed inside to talk and catch up. Much fun was had by all.
School - Good school day. In math we started learning about adding and subtracting integers. Grace is actually understanding this more than fractions, decimals and long division. Go figure.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
- I received a catalog in the mail yesterday from Cackle Hatchery. Seriously thinking about acquiring some bantams in the near future. Of course hubby needs to build another coop first. We are looking at maybe 3-5 bantams to replaced our beloved Bella that we lost a few weeks ago. Can't put them with the other chickens. Lesson learned. The 5 hens that we have now will start slowing down in egg production in the next couple of years so I know if we want to continue getting farm fresh eggs I will need to continue to add to our flock. So maybe bantams aren't the way to go because their eggs will be small. So many decisions. All of this probably won't come to fruition for another couple of months. Would love to get chicks and let Grace experience it, but all the hatcheries will only ship a min. of 15 chicks, which we do not have the room to accommodate.
- This weekend will be purchasing strawberries to plant as well as marigolds and zinnias to outline our garden to help with pollination and insects. I also need to get something planted in the back soon for the chickens to eat.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
- Jar 1 - we placed a couple of moist paper towels loosely in the jar with three bean seeds which was placed in the windowsill for warmth.
- Jar 2 - This jar was prepared the same as jar one but placed in the refrigerator.
- Jar 3 - This jar was prepared the same as jar one but with dry paper towels.
- Jar 4 - This jar was prepared the same as jar one but steel wool was placed inside the jar to absorb all the oxygen.
- Jar 5 - This jar was also prepared the same as jar one but with black construction paper to block out light.
We have a data sheet to record our progress for the next 10 days. Each jar has one source it needs taken away from it - oxygen, light, or water. We will report by in 10 days with the winner.
Next up will be The Crusades by Cecil B Demille also produced in the 1930s. This will help illustrate some of Grace's readings of The Crusades in her history book. It is a real shame that you have to go back to the 1930's to find family friendly films to watch. Netflix has openned up a whole new world as far as different types of films. I have made a whole list of documenteries and historical films for us to watch as a family. Maybe one or two a week and definitely more during the summer when school isn't in session. But little will Grace know that she is still learning by watching all these films. Kind of underhanded isn't it. lol. Just trying to broaden her horizons and well as mine.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday - Rain. Lots of rain. I think it was predicted that we would recieve 2-3 inches of rain, and it certainly felt like it. Despite the bad weather we still went to Gainesville with my mother for lunch and a little shopping. Twice a year my mother likes to buy each grand child a few pieces of clothing for the new season. Grace decided to take the day off from school and make it up on Saturday. Saturday we will be doing school so we won't lose a day for the week.Had a great lunch out and a trip to game stop where Grace purchased a 6 dollar game with her money for the playstation 2. She is all about Sonic right now. We also visited Michaels to purchase something for the chickens. Chickens you say, what in the world would you need from a craft store to purchase for the chickens. We have had problems with the chickens not wanting to lay their eggs in the nesting boxes. I read in multiple locations that if you put one wooden or plastic egg in each nesting box it will entice the hens to lay in the box. Sure enough one hen laid in the box yesterday and a different hen laid in the box this morning. Isn't that cool.
Thursday - Today was all about school. History (more medieval history), Science (continue garden unit), Literature (started a new book - Ella Enchanted), Math (learned a new concept with dividing decimals), Bible (read a story about missionaries of the past, Bible Study about the followers of Jesus, read two Bible stories from her action Bible), more test practice, and Greek. For me today was all about batch baking. Baked a pound cake which half was given to a neighbor for helping me with the dogs one day, granola bars - freezing half for a later date. Thinking about also baking some blondies just because they are my son's favorite. Still need to go out and clean the chicken coop and exercise tonight.
Things to look forward to this weekend: On Friday going to a friend's house to do a little co-op session about seeds, starting some tomato seeds to put in her green house and finishing up the last skirt we are sewing. Grace is looking so forward to Saturday even though she will have to do school in the morning. We invited about 10 girls from our homeschool group to come over for a game night and eat pizza. I of course will blog about all the above weekend events as they transpire.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
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