Having problems accessing this blog- another site comes up and states that my blog name is owned by someone else and I need to purchase it! I just wanted to blog about my life people! Yikes- I can not even get to my blog content without clicking immediately on "post" or "design" to get to this area. I have no idea if someone has "Hijacked" my blog content too!!!
Sigh - life was simple before computers- why do I have to love them so????
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Kid Scoop, the kid's online "e-zine", is a great resource that we have used this year and they have put together a FREE e-zine dealing with tsunami's and the earthquake in Japan.
If your children have been interested in finding out more about the earthquake in Japan, but you have been wondering how to teach about this type of natural disaster on their level, without frightening or disturbing them through all the images that the mainstream media provides, this may be a good tool for your family.
This "Special Edition" even includes information on how our students can help those who are in need as a result of the earthquake and resulting tsunami. You can download the special edition and the free printable mini unit, by clicking on the Kid Scoop logo above.
Our family has always believed that it is important to teach our children when their interest level is high about a particular subject. This is a good opportunity to teach your children the Science and geology behind an earthquake and tsunami and about the geography & culture of Japan, as well as taking time to engage them in reaching out to those who need our help in the days to come.
I hope that you and your family will also join us in praying for the people of Japan~
Posted by MeritK at 9:50 AM
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Sunday, July 25, 2010
OK... well she really gave me these lovely flowers from her garden along with the cutest, little green garden SPIDER.
The spider has since escaped into my house somewhere, unless the cat ate it when she knocked over the flowers the other night!
Thanks for my flowers Laura, and for all the excitement they have brought along with them :)
On another note, I have noticed that I have posted a lot of pics of my Kitchen table and so I pledge to try and include others areas of my home and the outdoors in future blog postings so that you won't get sick of seeing my favorite green checked tablecloth all the time! I really do love it though- it is so cheerful. My other favorite Tablecloth is a red gingham one - maybe I will post a pic of that one later-lol!
I really love my kitchen!
Posted by MeritK at 11:28 PM
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Here is a picture of a "summery" flower wreath that my gal made me!
I have had a busy week. I keep meaning to blog, but life is getting in the way!
I love to bake, in fact I bake all our bread , and I love to try new recipes, but it just so happens that I am lethal to sour dough starters. My friends are so sweet - they just keep supplying me with new starters after I kill one off!
I recently let a starter that my friend gave me last year die a slow death. I had baked with it rather regularly because it made a great cinnamon bread and the kids loved it for breakfast. But as the weather gets hot, I tend to use the oven less and thus the dough was forgotten.
Last weekend I was feeling like baking again for some reason and realized I had no sour dough starter. I had no time to go and beg for starter from one of my friends who bakes, so I decided to try my hand at making my own starter.
I have tried this before, without success, but I decided that was the past and I would try again!
So I carefully followed the recipe and then threw in some other ingrediants that sounded good :) and a little extra yeast and then set it out on the counter to let it grow the yeast I needed to make a good, lasting starter!
I proceded to get the kitchen spotlessly clean and was about to relax at the computer and blog (brag!) about my accomplishments that day, when my youngest came downstairs to ask me what was all over the kitchen counter!
Here is what I came up to see:
Well, actually that was taken after I started to clean it up, but you get the idea! That starter was all over the place. I calmly cleaned it up and put it into a HUGE bowl so that it couldn't escape again.
After a couple of days on the counter, I figured that I better feed the stuff so it didn't die on me again. So right before I went to bed, I "fed" it and put it into some pretty canning jars again. I love the way that looks sitting on the counter. It is just so "homey" !
Well I had just settled in with a good book, when my hubby came into the room and asked me what on earth I had done in the kitchen! You guessed it, the stuff went crazy again! So I cleaned up my counter and the starter went back into the "prison" bowl!
The next day, I decided it was time to use some of the starter up and make some bread. So I mixed it all up. That bread rose like a champ, so I punched it back down and I put it into the bread pans. I felt so happy that all the craziness had been worth it!
Guess what - It wouldn't rise! Grrrr - I baked it anyway and no-one will eat it except me 'cause it looks flat. They are so spoiled!
It tastes good, but it is obviously very upredictable to work with sour dough. I have to get the hang of it though because it is almost time for the Fair and I would love to enter a good loaf of sour dough!
Anyone have any good tips for me ????
Posted by MeritK at 4:05 PM
Monday, July 12, 2010
Storing Summer’s Bounty
Sometime last year, I found out about a great free e-newsletter and website with lots of money saving tips. I have enjoyed receiving Econobuster’s “A Minute with Molly” in my email, but I have been so busy lately, that I have been procrastinating on checking into the full digest version.
Now I do not know about you, but I have found that once I get busy, I get more disorganized and once I get disorganized, it is not so easy to pay attention to the budget! And once I am not paying attention to the budget, it is very easy to go over the budget!
Recently, I realized that I need to get back to some money saving techniques, but I have just felt unmotivated!
Then I got an opportunity to review the August Digest for Econobusters, so I jumped at the chance.
I set aside some of those tasks that have been keeping me so busy that I could not focus on my family’s financial well being as much as I would like, and sat down with the August issue of Molly’s Money Saving Digest.
It turned out that this ezine was just what I needed to get me moving again! I hope my review will help you know if you could use the type of information included in this publication as well!
“Molly’s Money Saving Digest” is a Monthly ezine that focuses on helping you to save money.
Not only does the Digest contain money saving ideas, it also includes time saving recipes and organizing tips that suit my lifestyle much better than some of the glossy magazines available, which are mostly advertisements anyway.
I found that the recipes are not too time consuming and do not include a lot of “exotic” ingredients that will be difficult to find and pricey. I love the way the “grocery shopping list” is listed in the digest so that you can easily add to your shopping list what you will need to try the recipe.
The August articles include: directions for freezing fresh produce to enjoy later, using a dehydrator, canning, making bread and shopping/couponing information that anyone can use. The ezine is very practical, but I also enjoyed the ideas for decorating my home beautifully and frugally.
The articles are well-written by people who are also interested in living a simple life so their tips on frugality are very doable! They also include additional resources and links that I can “click” to go right to the information which saves me more time!
My favorite thing in the Digest this month is the “Freezer Inventory” page that I can print out to help me keep track of what is in the freezer. Since our family grows and raises a lot of our own food, I really need to get (and keep) the Freezers organized.
There is a lot of fun, free stuff that goes with the Subscription ($3.95 per month) including e-books from TOS. You can also sign up for the free newsletter for more tips and ideas.
There are a number of other convenient ways to purchase Molly’s Money Saving Digest here at the Old Schoolhouse store including the Subscription and “Back Issues” or just order the August issue so you can check it out to see if you love it too:
I really got motivated this month by reading Molly’s Digest and I hope that you will check it out too!
Posted by MeritK at 12:27 PM
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
While we were on our vacation to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, they had several workshops and presentations, including one of our favorites from Ron Dudek about "Carnivorous Plants"!
We were thrilled, because at last we knew how to care for the venus fly trap plants. I always have been fascinated with them, but never wanted to buy them, because I just knew they would always die. Now, thanks to Ron, I know that they like peat moss and perlite only and distilled water only and you can only activate their 'trapping mechanism' 5-7 times before it runs out of energy and dies without 'food' (meaning bugs!)
Posted by MeritK at 3:35 PM
Monday, May 31, 2010
The Lobster Network
The Lobster Network is all about connecting you- connecting you with the items that you need and connecting you with the people who need the items that you have. Whether you want to sell, buy or give away, the Lobster Network is a great tool to help you in your Homeschool!
We are also using it to set up a "barter" type system wherein those members of our group who have a service or item to trade, can let everyone know what they have and what they need. This is perfect for many in our group, because we have quite a few self-sufficient types, crafters and Homesteaders!
We are just beginning to use the network, but so far it is going well and our members are starting to join up as we get the word out to them, so that they won't miss out on all the great "stuff" people want to give them trade or sell.
Our Homeschool Group is very pleased with the service we have received and we are excited that this resource was created by a Homeschooling family and is available to us at no charge!
Imagine the possibilities for a great venue like this ...
Thanks Lobster Network!
Posted by MeritK at 8:58 PM