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

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

24 February 2014

More from the FB Files

I cannot believe how much I get on my wall in just the span of a few weeks. I was going to spend the weekend cleaning it up, but we went to a funeral for my husband's great uncle. He was in WWII in the Asiatic Pacific. He was a true hero. He received a Bronze Star for his heroics during battle. What a great man.

So today, I brought over another list of books for reading and just edited that page. The list for the 50 states has been written out so it is easier to read. I added 23 books that should be read in high school (and some were and some weren't).
I also have some music that I put up for my girls as a reminder to them that they are beautiful:
Beautiful by Mercy Me
There are more recipes, that I want to try out and some more patterns to make. I will remind everyone, that unless I made this recipe, I will give credit where credit is due, but if I don't know who should get credit and you do, please put a message in the comments and I will credit the correct person.
How to Read Crochet Charts
Crochet Techniques
Three Needle Bind Off
Baby Booties from Lion Brand
Moogly Crochet a Rainbow
In The Round Square Navajo Lap Afghan
Passionate About Purple Afghan
Crochet Newborn Crown
Little Crochet Piggy for cousin Beth
Moogly Links for Knit Afghan Squares
How to Knit Socks Tutorial
Crochet Lace Fingerless Mitts
Garfield and Pookie
Lucky Shamrock Banner
Moogly Free Valentines Patterns
Granny Valentines
Moogly 10 Free Plaid Patterns
Moogly Moroccan Midnight Fingerless Mitts
Moogly Baby Booties
Moogly 10 Free Crochet Flowers
Sweetheart Love Flower
Leon the Lion 
Yarnspirations - Stegasaurus Toy
Cream Cheese Candies Kosher recipe
French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
5 Disney Desserts
Cleaning Slime
Magic Cake Recipe
No Bake Candy Bar Pie

Homemade King Hawaiian Rolls & Loaf....all done (smells awesome)

•6 cups all-purpose flour, plus an additional 1/2 cup flour, divided
•3 eggs
•2 cups pineapple juice, room temperature ...
•3/4 cup sugar
•1 teaspoon vanilla
•2 (1/4 ounce) envelopes yeast
•1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, melted

1.In a small bowl, beat your 3 eggs. Add the 2 cups pineapple juice, sugar, vanilla, and melted butter.
2.Measure 3 cups of the flour into a large bowl. Stir in your egg mixture until well-combined. Sprinkle in the yeast packets, one at a time, mixing well.
3.Add the remaining 3 cups of flour and mix well. If it becomes to difficult to stir with a wooden spoon, just use your hands! Make sure all of the flour is well incorporated—the dough should be tacky to the touch but not overly sticky. If it appears too wet, sprinkle in a bit of extra flour, just a tablespoon or so at a time. Cover your bowl with a clean kitchen towel and set it in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
4.Remove your dough from the bowl and knead in an additional ½ cup of flour. I kneaded mine 10 to 15 times, making sure the flour was well incorporated. Form the dough into rolls, and/or loaf. Place in buttered pans. Cover and place in warm place to rise for an additional hour, or until the dough doubles in size.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush tops with melted butter, and serve warm.

Crispy Cheddar Chicken
I searched FB high and low for this. I knew that I had saved it to my page and I wanted to make it for my family. Could not find it at all. Then, today, as I remove links to patterns I wanted to save and recipes that I wanted to try, it reappears and now I can make it! I saved it here. I do not know who to credit and I am excited that I found it.
2 lbs chicken tenders or 4 large chicken breasts
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper ...
1/2 cup whole milk
3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
2 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoon butter

Crush crackers. If using chicken breasts and not tenders, cut each chicken breast into 3 large pieces. Pour the milk, cheese and cracker crumbs into 3 separate small pans. Toss the salt and pepper into the cracker crumbs and stir the mixture around to combine. Dip each piece of chicken into the milk and then the cheese. Press the cheese into the chicken with your fingers. Then press the cheesy coated chicken into the cracker crumbs and press it in.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and lay the chicken inside the pan. Sprinkle the dried parsley over the chicken. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove the tin foil, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the edges of the chicken are golden brown and crispy.

In a medium sized sauce pan combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream and butter with a whisk. Stir it over medium high heat until the sauce is nice and hot. Serve over the chicken.

Ant Killer
What's so cool about this is, it took them 2 minutes to find it and 5 minutes to fill up like the pic ! Wow

1 empty water bottle
(Cut it down to about 2" tall)
5 Tbsp of baking soda
5 Tbsp of powdered sugar
3 Tbsp of water.

The very best way of eliminating ants is truly simple:

Take a small amount of powdered sugar (also called icing sugar) and mix it with an equal amount of baking soda (formally called sodium bicarbonate) and water.
Powdered sugar is essential. You cannot use the larger grains of sugar for this..

Mix the two powders together and then place small amounts against the walls or other areas where you would not normally walk but where you would normally see the ants.

The ants will be attracted to the sugar and will eat some of it and collect more to take home to feed others, so all of them will get their share.

The sugar and baking soda powders are similar in size and, once mixed together, the ants cannot separate the two items, so, as they eat the sugar, they will also ingest the baking soda, which they would otherwise never touch. This is the reason for using powdered sugar.

Once the ants eat the baking soda it will react with the formic acid in their stomachs and cause gas. The bodies of ants are unlike humans and they cannot eliminate gas so it will build up inside and eliminate them.


Lemon Filling:
3 egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour...
pinch of salt
3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. lemon zest, loosely packed
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar

1) Make lemon filling: In small saucepan over low heat, whisk egg yolks, sugar, flour, and salt; whisk in lemon juice, lemon zest, water, and melted butter; increase heat to medium and, whisking constantly, cook until lemon filling is smooth and thick, about 7 minutes; remove from heat and set aside
2) Preheat oven to 375 degrees
3) Make cupcakes: In medium bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, lemon juice, baking powder, and salt; beat in flour until just combined
4) Divide cupcake batter between 12 cupcake liners in a muffin pan; bake 15-16 minutes until center of cupcakes firms up; remove cupcakes from oven and cool 5-8 minutes (do not turn off oven)
5) Meanwhile, make meringue: beat egg whites with salt until mixture begins to stiffen; add sugar and beat until meringue is stiff and forms pretty peaks (don't overdo it)
6) With a sharp knife, remove center of each cupcake (about 1" in diameter), leaving a layer of cupcake beneath cut out; discard cupcake core (or treat the weary baker to a tart little snack); fill cupcake centers with lemon filling
7) Divide dollops of meringue between cupcakes, spreading out to edges and gently tapping with back of spoon to form peaks; return cupcakes to oven and bake an additional 5-6 minutes until meringue peaks are golden brown; remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes; refrigerate an hour or more before serving
Makes: 12 absolutely delicious cupcakes
Possibly from Kate Wasilewski

Makes 8

* 250g / 8.8 oz. cream cheese, softened
* 280g / 9.8 oz. jar lemon butter (lemon curd)
* 8 round crunchy cookie (In OZ, I used Butternut Snaps)

Note I have used ginger nut, chocolate biscuits and other varieties of sweet crunch biscuits. It's up to you and your personal taste.

Line 8 holes of a muffin tray with paper muffin shells and place a Buttersnap cookie flat side up in each. Using an electric mixer, beat cheese until creamy, then add all the lemon butter, mixing until nice and creamy. Spoon mixture onto biscuits and freeze for 2 to 3 hours or until firm. 5 minutes before serving, remove paper and sit. Serve garnished with fresh seasonal fruit.

Add berries, nutella, whatever flavour you like. Now because this recipe doesn't have any nasty gelatin you must freeze not refrigerate and take out 5 mins before serving. In this weather possibly just one minute before serving.

You can freeze these in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies…

Bring to boil:
1 cup butter
1 cup water
2 Tbsp cocoa...

Remove from heat; let cool.

In a bowl mix in with cocoa mixture:
2 cups sugar
1 tsp soda
2 cups flour
½ cup buttermilk
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or grease 40 mini-muffin cups. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups, about 1 heaping teaspoon in each.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top is set and toothpick inserted into center comes out slightly moist.

After brownies are out of the oven, wait for centers to fall. This will happen upon cooling. If not then tap the centers with teaspoon, this will make a indent for peanut butter.

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Over low heat, warm creamy peanut butter. While brownies are still warm spoon about half teaspoon warm peanut butter into the center of each brownie; top with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Cool completely in pan. Remove from pan and serve. From Budget 101 member Aries

2/3 c. Minute Rice
2 3/4 c. milk
1/3 c. sugar
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt...
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. raisins

Combine Minute Rice, milk and raisins, sugar, butter, salt, vanilla and nutmeg in a buttered 1 quart baking dish. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour, stirring after 15 minutes and again when pudding is done. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm or chilled. Pudding thickens as it stands
Photo: Muffins that taste like doughnuts? Would you make them? Yes or No?

Photo: This one might be a good one to pass around to your family and friends. Apparently it works! - Marls

#heart1073 #mosquito #tips #hints
Photo: I know Easter is not for a while yet, but this is so clever!