It’s that time of the year – Starting your garden

If you haven’t already organized… now is the time. Get those seeds organized and ready to plant. If you haven’t already seen our organizing tip video on your seeds, check out this post: http://krisandlarry.com/2019/01/25/seed-storage-and-other-tips-to-start-your-garden/

This week, I went onto Amazon and picked up empty planting 6-packs (Amazon Link). I picked up 720 cells which are 120 6-packs. There are listings for less too. I will link them all below. I am running late on my personal schedule to plant these, but not too late this season. And neither are you. Normally I have recycled ones from the last year, but when cleaning out the greenhouse last year, we threw away all of the older ones to start again this year. ( We do this about every 5 or so years.)

So, what are some of the options out there for home gardens and seed starting. I linked a handful of options above.

Our family review of these items? Even though the plastic 12-packs are not exactly environmentally friendly, we do use them over and over until they are just wore out. This could means several years. This is our go-to in our house hold.

The pressed peat pots work great, but they are more work during planting. I have never had a successful crop when using them if I don’t cut the sides with a boxcutter before planting. The roots at least in my experience, do not grown well out of the pots for a while.

While I do have the plant pot maker, I don’t get the newspaper nor does anyone that I know. The pots work well as long as you don’t water, then the newspaper starts to deteriorate.

And I put my foot down on the pressed peat pot disks. One version that we picked up showed me that the outer layer takes a really long time to disappear in the gardent beds.

Outschool Kids classes – Week of 2/24-3/2/2019

1US Constitution Lapbook

US Constitution LapbookKris MazyWe are learning about the US Constitution, preamble and the Bill of Rights Ages 6-11 Meets once for 55 minutes on Monday Feb 25, 10am10:55am Arizona time 

Thursday, February 28th

9 Homemade Cheese! The Basics to Soft Curd Goat Milk Cheese – Class #1

Homemade Cheese! The Basics to Soft Curd Goat Milk Cheese – Class #1Kris MazyThe student will learn how to make two different homemade simple cheese recipes.Ages 10-15Meets once for 45 minutes Thu Feb 28, 9am – 9:45am Arizona time 3 more times available

MarchSaturday, March 2nd

Raising Rabbits: Learning Common Breeds and the Basics

Raising Rabbits: Learning Common Breeds and the BasicsKris MazyLet’s learn about some of the common breeds of rabbits and how to care for them.Ages 8-12Meets once for 45 minutes Sat Mar 2, 9am – 9:45am Arizona time 1 more time available

St Patrick’s Day Lapbook

St Patrick’s Day LapbookKris MazyLet’s create a lapbook and learn all about St. Patrick’s Day.Ages 6-11Meets once for 45 minutesSat Mar 2, 10am – 10:45am Arizona time 2 more times available

Raising Dairy Goats: Learning Common Breeds and the Basics

Raising Dairy Goats: Learning Common Breeds and the BasicsKris MazyLet’s learn about some of the common breeds of dairy goats and how to care for them.Ages 8-12Meets once for 45 minutesSat Mar 2, 11am – 11:45am Arizona time 1 more time available

Flexible schedule sections – Beginning Monday March 4th – No set class time

Mar 4 – Apr 1, History of the US flag and Etiquette Lapbook (Flex)

Mar 4 – Apr 8, USA Regions Interactive Lapbook (Flex)

Make sure that you check out all of the classes that I am offering online at: https://outschool.com/teachers/Kris-Mazy

Arizona 2019 Snowpocalypse – Were you ready?

I live in an area that does get some snow…. But most of the time, that snow melts down by the next day, we get 2 or 3 inches at a time. But, this was the storm of the “century”. The first day (yesterday), by 5pm, we had 24 inches at our house. We are sitting at about 28 inches this morning.

The local sheriff’s office asked non-essential people to stay home. I am a nonessential (not fire, police, etc). 🙂 And even though we know that back east is used to storms like this regularly, Arizona (even northern Arizona) is not. Our little town doesn’t even have a true snow plow as storms like this only come by once every 10 years or so.

So, my question for you…. WERE YOU READY?

I saw photographs of our local grocery stores with empty shelves for milk and bread. I am blessed to be able to not only teach preparedness classes in my community, but I also live by those standards. One book that I use and follow the calendars in, is the LDS Preparedness Manual. Although I personally am not LDS, I do have a physical copy and digital copy of this book in my household. And I have learned so many things from it.

Here is a FREE copy of the LDS Preparedness Manual that I use. LDS Preparedness Manual (39 downloads)

So, my family was READY! There was no need for us to venture out to the grocery store. We have the supplies that we need here. We didn’t have to fight the crowd and today is day 3 held up in the house… And I don’t have the need or desire to venture out.

What can you do to prepare for the future? Every paycheck, purchase a few extra can goods that you can save. Purchase a case of water and put it aside. Think ahead before your area has a minor disturbance in the force.”

For our household, I want to make sure that we are more prepared for our animal feed, for that just in case experience.

God bless you all and let me know if there is any information that I can dig up for you on being prepared.

Make a Wreath for Valentine’s Day

I love that I can go to the dollar store and get all of the items needed to make a Valentine’s Wreath. I would rather build something with one of my children than to purchase a finished product.

So, here is our version of this year that Rowan and I put together. Enjoy! 🙂

New class added online – Cheese class for kids ages

https://outschool.com/classes/homemade-cheese-the-basics-to-soft-curd-goat-milk-cheese-class-1-9x7okyJw#usCGc3YJOv

Description

The student will learn how to make two different homemade simple cheese recipes using vinegar and lemon juice. 

The student will learn and decide on what (optional) additions they can add to their cheese.

The teacher will demonstrate how to create 2 soft cheeses from scratch. Students can follow along and create their own if they have ingredients, or just watch and learn. 

 Teacher is available via email for any additional question. 

Homework? Let's eat!! 🙂

Groundhog Day Lapbook Class

 
Sat Feb 2, 9am - 9:45am Arizona time - ages 6-11

Once a year, on February 2, a groundhog comes out to look for his shadow. What is the meaning behind this silly tradition? In this class, each student will learn a little about Ground Hog Day. Students will create a lapbook all about the traditional Ground Hog Day in the United States. A lapbook is simply a file folder that contains a variety of "mini books," foldables, and other material that cover detailed information about the lapbook's central topic. A lapbook is simply a file folder that contains a variety of "mini books," foldables, and other material that cover detailed information about the lapbook's central topic. A multi-page handout will be available to the students before class to print and use. Students will need a manilla folder, scissors, glue stick, the printed handout, construction paper and colored pencils or markers.

https://outschool.com/classes/groundhog-day-lapbook-XdCxyBeX?sectionUid=17710ee1-03bf-4484-9d04-c1d227cf40b7#usCGc3YJOv

Love notes to your kids

Every day is a blessing and our family knows that all too much after the sudden loss of one of the kids in the family. As a mom, I try to be even a better mom that I was before. I want each of my kids to know that I love them and tell them in different ways.

Leaving each of the kids love notes for the first 2 weeks of February is a priority for me. Each of my children have such amazing gifts to give each other and others. I love highlighting this for them.

Start this year. Cut 14 hearts out of pink, red or even white paper for each child. Each day, write an “I LOVE YOU because…” on the heart and tape it to their door BEFORE they wake up in the morning. What an AMAZING surprise for them. <3

Learning to homestead with a small property

20 years of researching has led me to the conclusion that you can homestead on truly any size property. You just have to have GREAT organizational skills on smaller properties to streamline what you want to accomplish. Here is a link to homesteading.com and 15 homesteading ideas for your property. https://homesteading.com/homestead-farm-design-ideas/

Seed storage and other tips to start your garden

Download the 2019 Yavapai County Planting Schedule 2019 Yavapai County Planting Schedule (104 downloads)

Over the last 20 years, I have been able to streamline how we store and use our seeds for our gardens. Check out the quick video below!