Friday, March 21, 2014

Doesn't get any better.......

It doesn't get any better than this! Homeschooling outside on a beautiful day!



Look how much the little one enjoyed it!


Like I said,  doesn't get any better!


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

yummy orange rolls......

Every year we buy citrus in bulk. This year we ended up getting 80 lbs. of oranges. We have really enjoyed eating fresh citrus and drinking freshly squeezed orange juice. We still have lots of oranges so I found this recipe on Pinterest the other day and decided to make it. I am glad I did! It was a big hit around here.

It is so easy and only requires a few ingredients.

Here is the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
ORANGE ROLLS
 
 
 
 
3 packages of refrigerated canned biscuits
1 stick of butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 cap full of orange flavoring (I used freshly squeezed, more than a cap full.)
Zest of one orange
 
*Place biscuits standing up around the center of a bundt pan.
*In a small saucepan, melt the butter and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved.
*Then add orange flavoring or juice and zest, mix well.
*Pour sugar mixture over the top of the biscuits.
*Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until center is done and lightly brown.
*Let rest for 5 minutes, then turn out on a serving dish.
 
 
 




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

turkey for Thanksgiving.....

Here is what's cooking in my oven as I type!




Last year I cooked our turkey overnight in the oven. I thought I would try something a little different this Thanksgiving. A bacon-wrapped turkey! I am still cooking it overnight, just covered in bacon.

I will let you know how it turns out.

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review: Christmas Comes To America

 
 
 
Well, the month of December is just around the corner. Everyone knows what that means: Family, Food and the Christmas holiday! Our family loves Christmas. We first want to remember what Christmas is all about, the most important thing, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus! There is nothing like the joy of Christmas. During this time of the year, I like to make school fun. A month or so ago, I was contacted by Homeschool Legacy and given the opportunity to review their Once-A-Week Unit Study----Christmas Comes to America. I thought what a perfect opportunity to have tons of fun learning other Christmas traditions.
 
 
 
Once-A-Week Unit Studies are written for homeschool families, in my opinion, to make learning fun. Why Once-A-Week unit studies? There is no prep-time or work, easily incorporated into anyones schedule, very flexible and Biblically-centered, which is a big plus for our family. Once-A-Week means to do your unit study one day each week.
 
Christmas Comes to America focuses on the history of American Christmas traditions. This study shows one common thread among the cultures. Gift-Givers: Sinterklaas, Christkindl, Father Christmas, among others. These symbols represent the True Saint Nicholas.
 
I will give you an example of no prep-time or work. Each once-a-week study comes with a pick & choose read-alouds list for non-readers, optional books, videos and music list. There are books you read to go along with the study. Each week you are to read one of the books independently and one as a family read-aloud. There are four weeks in this study:
 
Week 1: The Dutch
Week 2: The English
Week 3: The Germans
Week 4: An American Christmas
 
Each week we learned the different names of the gift giver for each country. For example, the Germans have Christkindl (where we get Kris Kringle from) - Christ Child. There are so many activities in this unit study. From making and drinking hot cocoa and marshmallows to building a gingerbread house. We are having so much fun with this. I am looking forward to doing some of the activities we were unable to do. This is definitely  a unit study you don't want to miss!
 
This once-a-week study can be purchased at Homeschool Legacy for $17.95. Go get this study and have a fun Christmas Study for the month of December. They also offer other studies like the one our family used here while back entitled Lewis & Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea which we thoroughly enjoyed.
 

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of the product in exchange for my honest opinion. All my opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

red bug's big catch.....

Back on May 24th of this year, our red bug caught a nice bass out of our little pond. She was so excited about it that Dad and I decided to have it mounted for her. It has been six months and it is finally on our wall! Now there is a memory!

 
 
 
God Bless!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Meet Betty Grace!

Well, as you can see, it has been a little over two months since I posted anything. I have been a little busy these past two months. I thought it was time for you to meet what has been the top priority around our little homestead!

Betty Grace Freeman
9 lbs. 7 oz. , 21.5 inches
 
 
 
We were still in the hospital in this photo. The second one is the day we were released.
 
 
 
Here are a couple that were taken recently.
 

 
 
God Bless!
 
 
 


Thursday, August 8, 2013

TOS Review: Almanzo Wilder: Life Before Laura




As a child, I grew up reading Little House on the Prairie books and watching the TV shows. I loved it! I remember waiting for the show to come on TV everyday.

When I heard about an upcoming review about Almanzo and Laura from Legacy Documentaries, you can imagine how I felt. My bugs have all become fans of these books and shows, so when we had the opportunity to review one of two DVDs , we were ecstatic!!! We chose Almanzo Wilder: Life Before Laura.

Dean Butler is actually the executive producer, the actor who played Almanzo Wilder on the TV show. It tells the story of Farm Boy, one of the books in the Laura Ingalls Wilder series.

This documentary takes you back in time to Almanzo's childhood about his life in New York.



Almanzo Wilder was born in 1857 when America was in the Great Depression. He was raised to be a hard worker and was taught to do everything himself, not to depend or rely on anyone else. I really like how it focused on hard work and discipline. It also showed how much respect he had for his parents. These are traits that I think every parent wants to instill in their child/children. My husband and I work very hard everyday to instill these traits into our children.

This documentary touched on so many different topics. From how food was prepared back then, from whole foods not processed like today to Morgan horses.

We thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. We, as a family, watch many episodes of Little House on the Prairie that we have purchased on DVD. We also have the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder book series and in the near future, plan to do a Unit Study on the series. This DVD will just add more information and enjoyment to our DVD library and school studies.

Almanzo Wilder: Life Before Laura DVD sells for $21.95. It is 53 minutes long and is appropriate for all ages.

Go see what other crew members had to say about these awesome DVDs.