05 July 2015

5th of July

July 4th has come and gone and it was a good day. We got some work done around the house, but best of all the girls were in their 1st parade, ever! They were in heaven. My oldest was able to hang out with her friends and she got to walk in the parade and hand out candy. My middle and youngest were on the Charlie Brown float. The float they were on won a Trustees Award! One aunt (and only one) showed up, but may not have seen the girls as they were on one side. We had a grill out and the girls lighted up the sparklers my mom had bought them last year. They do not like sparklers and they like to watch fireworks, but not outside, they like to be able to go right to bed afterwards. They are funny, but I get it. I don't like being outside being eaten by bugs, either.

Books:
26 Literary Landmarks
2015 Summer Reading Challenge - I don't think I can accomplish it as it is too far into summer already, but I can always work on the list for awhile.
20 Books You Can't Put Down
Most Popular Book in Each European Country


Patterns and Tutorials:
Moogly Blog Sunshine Baby Hats
Moogly Blog Magic Spike Mandala Square
Tunisian Entrelac Square - Tutorial
Scraps of Yarn Crochet Challenge - Part 1
Sewing up Knitting or Crochet Tutorial
Mandalas in Memory
Minion Pattern - All About Ami (this one looks best)
Large Crochet Moose Pattern
Small Minion Pattern - Just Crafty Enough
Tutorial for Almost Lost Washcloth
So Simple Loofah
Retro Ornament Throw
10 Free Rainbow Inspired Patterns
9 Log Cabin Afghan Patterns
Frog Pattern Ami
Moogly Blog Rainbow Pattern Links
Tutorial Entrelac Afghan Pattern
Moogly Blog 7 Crochet Softies
Moogly Blog 4th of July Links

Recipes:
French Quarter Beignets
Chocolate No Bake Eclair
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
M&M Beach Ball Cake - Next year's entry for Baking Contest with girls.
Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

Homeschooling:
10 movies for Kids about Real Scientists
Free Lapbooks
6 Life Skills for Teens
81 Places with Teacher Discounts
Dr. Who Inspired Math for 3-5 grade
Educational Websites for Kids
Stem Works Science for Homeschool
Kids Recipe Book
Homeschool Organizer
Kids Organizer to Work Independently
Periodic Table Battleship



Oh, and before I forget, my husband just joined the Dollar Shave Club and is in Heaven. He loves how easy it is and the says the blades are great. Here is a link Dollar Shave Club. Enjoy.


22 June 2015

My Daughter's Birthday...she is 12!

Today is my middle daughter's birthday. We have been teasing her and told her what will be happening and when.

Patterns:
Sampler Washcloth using Tunisian
Under the Sea Patterns
Amigurumi Horse
DC Cowl Pattern
Marvel Superhero
Moogly Blog Harry Potter Patterns
Mini Wash Cloths
Best Crochet Potholder
Amigurumi Raccoon
Yoshi
Baby Snow Dragon
Dinosaur
Little 'Uns (Gargoyle, Imp, etc)
Angel Dolls
Look Alike Doll
Faux Brioche Beret
Starstuff Cowl
Crochet Flower Bracelet
Bullion Stitch
Two Tone Socks
Crocodile Stitch
How-To Willow Block
Love My Doll Sweater
You are My Sunshine
Chevron Scrubby Mitts
Leonard and Lucy Lions
How To: Corner to Corner


Just for Fun:
Draw A Stickman


Homeschool:
Tour of the USA
25 Killer Sites for Free Online Homeschool
Plant and Flower Guide for Study
22 Outdoor Science Experiments
2015-2016 Curriculum
Free Virtual Science
100 Famous Home Schooled Kids


Recipes:
Starbuck Like Frappuccino
Peanut Butter Fudge
Best Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
Crockpot Chicken and Noodles
Crockpot Mac and Cheese - did not like the first recipe. But saving as there was another and we might adjust to suit our needs.
Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Viking Cookies - we used caramom instead of nutmeg. Delicious.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Stromboli

List of Books

Below is a list of books another homeschooling mom posted. She states that she was given this by a college admissions person. I am saving as in a few years (about 6 I will have 1 going). This is just for saving not for debate. If you are interested in it, great. If you want to debate this list, I am only saving it for my use.

Homer: The Odyssey
Aeschylus: Agamemnon
Sophocles: Antigone

Aristophanes: The Clouds
Euclid: Elements
Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics; Politics
Plato: Apology; Phaedo; Crito; Euthyphro; The Republic
Virgil: The Aeneid
Augustine: City of God; Confessions; On Free Choice of the Will
Aquinas: Selections from Summa Theologica
Dante: The Inferno
Chaucer: “The Franklin’s Tale”
More: Utopia
Luther: On Secular Authority
Calvin: On Civil Government
Shakespeare: As You Like It; King Lear
Cervantes: Don Quixote
Milton: Paradise Lost
Hobbes: Leviathan
Swift: Gulliver’s Travels
Voltaire: Candide
Locke: Second Treatise
Rousseau: Discourse on Inequality; the Social Contract
Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France
Paine: Common Sense
Kant: Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals; Perpetual Peace
Goethe: Faust
Shelley: Frankenstein
de Tocqueville: Democracy in America
Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment
Marx: The Communist Manifesto
Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard
Mill: Utilitarianism
Nietzsche: Basic Writings
Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Kafka: The Metamorphosis
Eliot: The Wasteland
Brecht: Mother Courage and Her Children
Beckett: Waiting for Godot
Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author
Kirk: The Roots of American Order
Lewis: The Weight of Glory; The Discarded Image; The Abolition of Man
Beowulf
The Magna Carta
Mayflower Compact
Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
The United States Constitution
Federalist Papers
Anti-Federalist Papers
The Rights of Man

11 June 2015

Molasses Crinkles

This is another recipe I got when I was a Girl Scout Leader.

Molasses Crinkles

Preheat 375 degrees F

Makes 80 + cookies

3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup margarine
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 tbsp vanilla
4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cloves
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger (note to me, never share with Morgan Family...allergies)

Small bowl of water
White Sugar (about a cup or so)
Glass (something to flatten the cookies with)

Cream shortening, margarine, eggs, sugar, molasses, and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then add to wet. Chill dough (I usually chill at least 2 hours or overnight). I use a cookie scoop or just roll into 1 1/4" balls. Dip 1/2 of the cookie ball in water. Then dip the wet side of the cookie in sugar. Place on the cookie sheet sugar side up. I bake 12 on a sheet. Once you have them on the cookie sheet flatten them with a the glass. Dip the glass in the sugar to prevent it from sticking to cookies. I flatten the cookies to about 1 cm. Bake at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes.

Peanut Butter Cookies

A few years ago, I was a Girl Scout Leader. I went to an event for leaders and we exchanged cookie recipes. It was fun and I saved this and it is so small I am worried that I may lose it, so I am going to save here. I don't know who shared it or where she got it from, but the cookies were delicious.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Mix together thoroughly:
1/2 cup shortening (1/2 butter)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg

Stir in:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Bake at 375 for 10 - 12 minutes


Recipes that are on papers, but I don't want to lose

Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Resurrection Rolls - Easter Story
Easter Story Cookies
Buckeyes
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Chocoholic Cookies by Diane Mott Davidson

Summer is finally Here!

Summer is slow coming this year. It would get warm and we could get into the pool, then it would get cold, then it would warm up a little (maybe the 70's) and then get cold at night and the water at the pool was cold. Now it hit the 80's and 90's and the pool is full of people with their kids. The kids are being dangerous and the parents are ignoring the kids. Not all parents, mind, but quite a few.

Patterns:
Crochet Hair Accessories Moogly Blog
Frilly Motif Scarf
Crochet Teddy Bear
Amigurumi Fox
Amigurumi Octopus
Baby Star Afghan
3D Easy Baby Bonnet - pattern will be sent to email only
Renaissance Beauty Throw
Moogly Blog Dr Who Crochet
Perry The Platypus
Doni Handmade Blog with links to patterns - pokemon! My girls still enjoy pokemon
Piggy Bun Very cute pattern
65 Free Crochet Patterns
Strawberry Dishcloth
Ojos de Bruja Scarf
Teddy Bear Pillow
Squirrely Knits Trudie the Turtle
Pinwheel Dishcloth from Knit Picks
Owl Phone Cozy

Recipes:
Hydrangea Meringue Cookies
Kentucky Butter Cake


Homeschooling:
Virtual Science Activities
Waldorf Math Lessons
Germs Multiplication
Edible Blood Cells
Make a Skin Model out of Rice Krispies
Using Dr Who In Home School
Microbiology Unit Study
Is there something mysterious about mathematics

Tutorials:
Reverse Single Crochet
Baby Star Blanket (Pattern Included)
Film Negatives to jpegs
Beautiful Star Flower with 6 Petals

Reading:
Summer Reading for Moms
20 Books you May have loved and others didn't