Celebrate!

Angel Girl turned 15 yesterday. (Not quite sure how that happened so fast!)

To celebrate she asked to hang out with her home school friends.

Why not a potluck picnic at the park?

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We had lots of friends join us.

And lots of silliness.
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And food. There’s always plenty of that!

(Glad to see that Buddy was eating so well – chips, Oreo cookies and a Popsicle?!)

Angel Girl got to do all her favorite things – hang with friends, take lots of cute pictures,
DSC_0210and chase adorable littles up and down the play equipment.

She was in her element!

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Scones and Lemon Curd

Our little group of home school moms got together last week to kick off our school year.
TeaWe hosted things here with a lovely tea party for the moms and hot chocolate and play for the kiddos.

Each mom brought some goodies for our tea table or some treats for the kiddos – or both!

We had a huge selection of teas to choose from – everything from Earl Grey to green tea and herbal choices. And you should have seen our spread of goodies! Wow!

Dagmar was recently given a wonderful book with tea party recipes (thank you Faith!) – so she was in charge of our contributions – one of which was scones with whipped cream and lemon curd.

What a perfect – and very British – combination!

Scones

1-3/4 cup flour
2-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter
2 eggs
1/3 cup cream

Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl.

Using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until the mixture is the size of small peas.

In a separate bowl beat the eggs. Add the cream and combine.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the liquid into it. Combine with a few swift strokes. Do not over mix.

Place the dough on a floured board and pat until 3/4 inches thick. Cut with a knife into triangle shapes or use a biscuit cutter for circles.

Sprinkle the top with sugar and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Yummy for breakfast, lunch or tea time and absolutely perfect for lemon curd!

Lemon Curd

3 lemons (both the zest and enough for juice for 1/2 cup)
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature
4 extra-large eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt

Using a carrot peeler or lemon zester, remove the zest from 3 lemons, but be careful to not get any white pith.

Put the zest in a food processor with the sugar. Process until the zest is very finely minced into the sugar.

Juice the lemons to get 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice.

Cream the butter and beat in the sugar and lemon mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the lemon juice and salt. Mix well.

Pour the mixture into a 2 quart saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened – which will be about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat, pour into a fancy serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Serve on the scones with fresh whipped cream, or just eat it by the spoonfuls like some moms did!

Enjoy!

A Proud Momma Moment

I interrupt my regularly scheduled posts to bring you an exciting announcement!

Dagmar did it!

Dagmar passed!

She passed the National EMT test – the very first time!

We now have a Nationally Certified EMT in the house. That means she can begin driving ambulances and saving lives.

She’s very excited.

We’re very proud. So proud I just had to share it!🙂

It’s All Free Today!

Bib-lio-phile: noun a lover of books especially for qualities of format; also : a book collector

That’s me! 🙂

So when a home schooling friend offered me over 1000 home school books and resources for FREE – I was almost giddy!

So what does one do with boxes and boxes and boxes of books?

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First you spend hours pouring through every box, touching each and every book and resource. This takes hours because you get distracting and start reading them.

Then you make big piles of the books that you cannot live without and try to fit them on your already full bookshelves.

Meanwhile – your children are also going through each and every box, touching each and every book  and also have large piles of books that they cannot live without – because you trained them from a young age to love books – especially when they are free. 🙂

More BooksThen you take the many, many, many boxes of books that still remain – and lay them all out neatly in the basement. All over the basement – as in – you must rearrange the basement to make room for them all.
FriendsThen you call your homeschooling friends and invite them over for a book party – an “everything is free so please fill as many boxes as you wish and take them to live at your house” book party.

Would you believe they went through each and every box and touched each and every resource and made big piles of books that they just could not live without?

And then their children did the same thing. 🙂

After a wonderful afternoon  they took their boxes of books and stuffed in the van with all the children and are probably – right at this very minute – trying to fit them on already full bookshelves.

How do I know this?

Because I’m a bibliophile. It’s what we do.

November Snow

Dear children of mine,

I interrupt your regularly scheduled school day to bring you this special report.

Last night while we slept – it snowed.
SnowSix inches of wet sticky snow.

And although you may think that it’s really quite exciting and even somewhat pretty, I must bring a touch of reality to your morning.

The heavy snow has knocked down the electric fence and all the cows are all out.

While you were drinking your hot chocolate for breakfast – they were walking across downed wire and eating the hay bales set aside for their winter consumption.

snowPlease drop whatever you are doing and immediately put on your winter coats, snow boots, gloves and hats.

You will find them still in the tubs in the basement where we put them last spring -because your mother somehow missed the 6 inches of snow in the forecast last night and was not prepared.

Then report to the back pasture for a morning of adventure.

We’ll call it PE.

Thank you,

Your mother