19 April 2014

Time to clear the FB page, again.

I will again put the disclaimer...If you see a recipe that does not have credit, it means I didn't know who to credit. Please leave a message in comments and I will make that correction. I am using this as a place holder for recipes I want to make, patterns of things I want to make or Home Schooling sites that I might use later.

Synonym Rolls
Smithsonian Channel Titanic
Math Coach Corner
Graphing Calculator
1st Grade Science Evaporation 
Math and English Online Practice
X is for X-ray How to make an xray
The Science of Sleep
Home Schooling 10 Commandments

21 Free Crochet Bag Patterns
Crochet Water Lily
How to Crochet Crocodile Stitch
Cuddly Cat Hat scarf
Snow Bear Scarf Hoodie - Susan Kallmeyer likes this.
Dog Hat
Poodle Tea Kettle Cover
10 Crochet Butterflies
Nautical Crochet
6-9 month Sun Bonnet
Double Knitting Tutorial
Purses, Bags and Totes
Easter Crochet Patterns
More Easter Crochet
Hookin on Hump Day from Moogly - has a link for a sun hat
Pip the Chick Crochet Pattern
10 Free Rain and Cloud Crochet Patterns
Maggie's Crochet Free Lace Cross
Bunny Beanie
Crochet Spring Celebration Wreath
Crochet Purse
Barefoot Sandals
Kitchen Dishcloth
Heaven in a Bowl - Peanut Butter Brownie Triffle

Something for Easter Dinner (or any other time).
A great new twist to Easter dinner! Cut slits into a tenderloin or ham and place apple slices in the slits. Drizzle with honey, apple juice and cinnamon. Cook as your normally would. Makes an amazingly sweet, succulent main dish for your holiday.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Strawberry Mousse
Easter Story Cookies
8 Gluten Free Recipes
Easter Bunny Shaped Rolls
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
No Bake Chocolate PB Pretzel Ritz Bars
Strawberry Pretzel Jello Dessert


Recipe and Instructions for Easter Rolls that tell the true meaning of Easter

which is the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is an inspiring family project that can be done on Easter Morning....
Ingredients needed:
Crescent rolls
Melted butter
Large Marshmallows
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Give each child one triangle of crescent rolls.
Explain that he crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.
Read Matthew 27: 57-61

1. Give each child a marshmallow.
This represents Jesus.

2. Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter.
This represents the oils of embalming.

3. Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar.
This represents the spices used to anoint the body.

4. Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.)
This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death.

5. Place all in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
The oven represents the tomb--while you are waiting for the rolls to bake, read Matthew 27:62-66.

6. Remove rolls from oven and let them cool slightly.
Now the children can then open their rolls (cloths) and discover that Jesus is no longer there! HE IS RISEN!!!!
(The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.)

~ Now read Matthew 28:1-10

DIY Stink Bug Trap
NON-toxic Weed Killer Recipe ==>> Good to use in yards with Pets & Children roaming around!

1/2 gallon of ...Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 c table salt
1/2 tsp Dawn liquid dish soap

Mix above ingredients in a spray bottle.
Spray weeds thoroughly.

Zip Lock Baggies...........who knew?

We went with friends to a restaurant on Sunday for lunch and sat in the patio section beside the store. We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with... ...water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious! The owner told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area!

Fun Things:

Easter Hallelujah
14 Things about the Loveland Castle

05 April 2014

It is April!

So much has happened over the past few weeks. My uncle took a turn for the worse and passed away. He kept talking about my cousin's son's wedding day, how he would make it and then he passed away. The family is now dealing with this sadness. My Uncle.

We have a lot happening at the same time. We celebrated the birthdays of my cousin (Uncle's daughter), my aunt (they came down for the funeral), my sister (the one closest in age to me) and my anniversary and another cousin's birthday (grandson of Uncle). My girls also started spring break the same weekend. So glad we are homeschooling. The weather has been a cross between cold and wet and cold and sunny and then one hot and sunny. They could work on school work on the rainy, stormy days and then when the weather is nice we can take the day off and play outside or go somewhere.

Just with so much happening, I have fallen behind on moving things from my FB page to here, so it is time to catch up. Sorry if this becomes really long, but I saved a lot.

The Homeschool Scientist April Science Calendar some great links for things to do daily.
Outstanding books for science
YouTube Video for Adverbs
HomeSchool Language Arts Free Links through 6th grade
Paul Revere House
Homeschool Photography Classes
Beautiful Street Performance little girl puts coins into a hat.
Earth Science why there are 4 seasons
How to Make a Cloud Cake
Pi Day Fun Activities
Learn About Butterflies
Follow a Great White Shark
Play Recipes - can be used for Homeschooling or just for playing
Math Cheat Sheet for 4-8 grades
SAT Vocabulary Flash Cards
All Kinds of Adjectives
25 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday
Science Experiments in Space

Moogly Links to Free Purse Patterns 
16 free crochet Patterns for spring
Moogly Links to Free Superhero Patterns 

Moogly Links to Free Hexagon Crochet Patterns 
Mystery CAL from the Crochet Crowd     Week 1 Clues
Blue Free Crochet Patterns
Little Monster Egg 
Moogly Crochet Beret Free Links
Moogly Links to Free Crocodile Stitch Patterns
Moogly Links to 10 Free Afghan Squares
Huggy Bunny
Crochet Symbols and Directions Chart
Pinwheel Pillow Chart
Moogly Simple Chunky Slippers
Bunny Comfort Blankie
Moogly Free Links to St. Patrick Day Patterns
St Patrick's Day Wreath
Free Hearts Pattern
Four Leaf Clover Afghan
One Bowl Apple Cake 
31 Other Ways to Serve French Toast
Parmesan Baked Pork Chops
Strawberry Ice Box Cake - no bake summer recipe
Two Bite Gluten Free Brownies
Cream Cheese Wontons
Gluten Free Biscuit Donuts
Beer Brownies with Milk
Crock Pot Cashew Chicken 
Strawberry Cake
Blue Velvet Cake
Cheesy Cauliflower Patties
Zucchini Hash Browns
Hash Brown Zucchinis
Cheesy Broccoli Patties
Homemade Butter in a Stand Mixer
Play Recipes
Caramel Snickerdoodle Bar
Snickerdoodle Bars
Rock Candy
Lemony White Chocolate Cheesecake
Crispy Cheddar Chicken - my girls love this recipe!
Apple Cider Cookies

Easy Healthy 'Hash Browns'
(I tried googling to find this recipe to give proper credit but could not find it. If someone knows the correct link, please let me know).
Instead of grated Potatoes Try grated Zucchini…

2 Cups Zucchini, grated
1 Onion, chopped fine
4 Egg Whites
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Bread crumbs
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning or seasoning like basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme
2 tsp Garlic Powder
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
Olive Oil

1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Grease a muffin tin with Oil
3. Grate the Zucchini
4. put in a towel to squeeze out the excess water. **This will keep your Bites from being Soggy. You want them crisp like hash browns… grated potatoes.
5. In a bowl combine Zucchini, Onion, Egg whites, Bread Crumbs, Seasonings
6. Using a spoon, fill muffin cups to the top and bake for 18-25 minutes or until the top is browned.

SNICKERDOODLE BARS (This is another recipe I tried to find googling, but could not. If you know who to credit or a link, please share).
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar...
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon & 2 Tbsp sugar combined

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter until fluffy. Mix in the sugars and continue creaming. Scrape the bowl and add the eggs and vanilla. Beat for 1-2 minutes. On low speed slowly mix in the flour and baking powder. Spread half of the batter in the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the batter. Take a small spoon and drop the remaining batter evenly over the cinnamon sugar. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool completely. Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla for the glaze. Drizzle over the bars

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake (Another recipe that I could not locate, please let me know who to credit or a good link).

1 box butter-recipe cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted...


1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 16 oz. box powdered sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Light grease a 9 x 13 in. baking pan. In a bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and butter with an electric mixer. Mix well. Pat into the bottom of prepared pan and set aside. Still using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs and vanilla. Dump powdered sugar and beat very well. Reduce the speed of mixer and slowly pour in melted butter.

Mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour filling onto cake mixture and spread evenly. Bake for 40-50 minutes (it took me closer to 50 minutes). You want to center to be a little gooey, so don't bake it past that point! Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. If you want to drizzle melted chocolate over the top allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes and then drizzle over. Allow to cool for at least another hour and then cut into bars

Mosquito Control for patios - simple planter with lots of plants.

A Little Bragging, please.

My daughters participated in a baking contest at the Washington-Centerville Library.

There were only two prizes: Best Presentation and Best Taste.

My oldest decided to make a Red Velvet Cake. My friend Margaret, came up from KY on her day off and spent the whole day with us baking. She helped Hannah master the stand mixer and make this cake.

Hannah with her Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cake from Margaret Morgan
½ cup Crisco
1 ½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 oz red food coloring
4 tbsp cocoa
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter milk
2 ¼ cup cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp vinegar

Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs. Mix food coloring with cocoa then add to the creamed mixture, add vanilla Add salt and buttermilk alternately with flour. Add vinegar mixed with soda. Bake in 3 layer pans (or cupcakes) at 177 degrees C. for 30 minutes. Place waxed paper in the bottom of the cake pan for easy removal of cake later.
3 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Cook flour and milk until thick (bring to a boil, stirring constantly); cool. Cream butter (room temperature), sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Blend with cooled mixture. Beat well. Place between each layer and on top and sides of cake.

M&M Race Day Cookies made by my middle daughter won Best Taste. But then we played to an adult palate. They had dark chocolate M&M's and real butter.
Doesn't she look thrilled?

My youngest wanted to make brownies. The ones I have been making since before she was born. She has never had a box brownie, because of this recipe.

The Best Brownies
1 cup veggie oil
2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup mini m&m’s

Blend oil, sugar, vanilla and eggs in mixing bowl. Beat well with fork. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to egg mixture until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in lightly greased 11 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 177 degrees C for 20 – 25 minutes.

There were many other contestants and the kids had a lot of fun. One young lady, brought these gorgeous cupcakes that she made. She told people quickly how she made them. They were well made.

06 March 2014

Trying to save fun things to my blog from FB

I had tried to move some things from my FB to here and due to irritation with my children who decided for the 4th day in a row that they were not going to work, as I was yelling I accidentally lost all that I had copied. Now I need to recreate as best I can, so that I can have them when I want them.

Just for Fun!:
Pig and Cookies
Ormie the Pig with Cookies Song
Knitting is healthy for your brain - good information.

Chocolate Recipes:
Hershey Recipes
Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

Dessert Recipes:
Banana Bread Brownies
Dump Cake from Duncan Hines
Braided Nutella Gluten Free Bread
Cake Batter Fudge

Meal Recipes:
Loaded Potato Bites

Pattern Links:
St David's Day Daffodil
Moogly Blog Free Pattern Roundup
Entrelac Crochet
Gecko Frecko

10 Free Pattern Links for Slippers
8 Free Crochet Easter Basket Fillers
10 Free Crochet Links for Bracelets
Rainbow Dragon Pack - my daughters loved this one.
Small Crochet Motif
Baby Bunny Amigurumi
War Project Link:
The Great War Project - to help children know about this war.

Quotes That I Want to Save

Photo: I have them in all the nooks and crannies! I just need to make time to read them all! :)

Fun Chemistry Links

Epic Chemistry Teacher
Magical Science Experiments
Awesome Chemical Reactions

Physicists Zap a Semiconductor

From the Science Penguin....saving for my girls.

What I have read in 2014

Please do not judge the list as simplistic or the books are too easy for me (as an adult with a degree in Literature). I read everything my children read and I keep a list of those books as well, because I need to know what they are reading and be able to ask them questions to make sure they understand what they are reading and if they write a paper on it, I need to know that what they wrote is correct.

So far in 2014 I have read 31 books (but that number is going to change soon) and I am only trying to make sure I read the things that I wanted for this years self challenge (i.e. the alphabet challenge, the books for each state and books should have read in high school and most probably have read).
A - At Knit's End
B- Ben and Me with another daughter.
B - Bones are Forever
C - Crocheted Prayer Shawl
D - Don Quixote daughter read for school
E - Easy Knitted Socks
F - Flash and Bones
H - Henry Huggins another book for reading for school.
J - The Journey Through Time
K - Knit Your Socks on Straight
L - Little Boy Lost (The Librarian, #1)
M - Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill daughter for fun read
N - New Prayer Shawl Companion, The 35 Knitted Patterns to Embrace, Inspire, & Celebrate Life
O - Oddball Knitting
P - The Prayer Shawl
S - Shawls, Wraps, & Ponchos
U -Ugh...You Again!
V - Vogue Knitting, The Ultimate Sock Book
W - War Shots

200 Crochet Blocks

I found another reading list that I will want to read, maybe next year as this year has filled up quickly.
Most Popular Books by State
Midnight Angel
Lisa Kleypas
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book
Ben Cohen; Jerry Greenfield; Nancy Stevens
The Eve of Destruction
Howard Blum
Sh*t My Dad Says
Justin Halpern
Just Kids
Patti Smith
White Witch Black Curse
Kim Harrison
Prayers for The Dead: A Decker/Lazarus Novel
Faye Kellerman
Washington, D.C.
The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
Summer of Skinny Dipping
Amanda Howells
Worst Fears Realized
Stuart Woods
Worth Any Price
Lisa Kleypas
The Devil’s Star: A Novel
Jo Nesbo
The Lost Duke of Wyndham
Julia Quinn
American Gods
Neil Gaiman
The Strain
Guillermo del Toro; Chuck Hogan
The Venging
Greg Bear
The High Lord: The Black Magician Trilogy
Trudi Canavan
Devoured By Darkness
Alexandra Ivy
The Scent of Lemon Leaves
Clara Sanchez; Julie Wark
Everything and the Moon
Julia Quinn
Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter
Anybody Out There?
Marian Keyes
Ron Rash
Labor Day
Joyce Maynard
When Next We Love
Heather Graham
The Princess Diaries
Meg Cabot
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein
I Am Number Four
Pittacus Lore
Scandal Becomes Her
Shirlee Busbee
New Hampshire
Microserfs: A Novel
Douglas Coupland
New Jersey
When We Meet Again
Victoria Alexander
New Mexico
Murder on a Girls’ Night Out
Anne George
New York
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee
Sarah Silverman
North Carolina
Keeping Faith
Jodi Picoult
North Dakota
The Mental Floss History of the United States
Erik Sass; Will Pearson; Mangesh Hattikudur
Waiter Rant
Steve Dublanica
Everywhere That Mary Went
Lisa Scottoline
Tomb of the Golden Bird
Elizabeth Peters
Stuck in Downward Dog
Chantel Guertin
Rhode Island
Raylan: A Novel
Elmore Leonard
South Carolina
The Other Side of the Story
Marian Keyes
South Dakota
Heart of a Warrior
Johanna Lindsey
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
Tucker Max
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story
Todd Burpo; Lynn Vincent
The Family Vault
Charlotte MacLeod
Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant
Dyan Cannon
Galactic Corps
Ian Douglas
West Virginia
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning
Lemony Snicket
Neil Gaiman
Wishes in the Wind
Andrea Kane