Category Archives: discovering education.

Adulting 101 Online Class

adulting – the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.

https://outschool.com/classes/adulting-what-you-need-to-know-about-becoming-an-adult-b2kJPFkj#usCGc3YJOv

Welcome to adulthood! Becoming an adult can be hard. This is where this class will come in and help. Let’s learn the basics of becoming an adult. This course is a flex course so take it each week during the time that best fits you and your schedule.

Topics will include the following (plus more):

Week #1 – Finances (checking accounts vs savings accounts, balancing a checkbook, writing a check, monthly budgets, investments, paying bills, money orders, taxes, using credit cards VS Cash, planning for retirement, basics to 401K)

Week #2 – Automobile (Checking air pressure, changing a tire, checking and adding fluids, jumpstarting, creating a Car Kit)

Week #3 – Grocery store basics (shopping with a list, coupons, pantry, essentials, creating a meal plan, dorm food)

Week #4 – Basic cooking (crockpot, microwave, simple healthy meals, hydration)

Week #5 – Business basics (Writing a resume and cover letter, Interview, sending an email, dress for success, tying a tie, how to quit a job )

Week #6 – Maintaining your household (Laundry, Dishes, organizing with a calendar, making a bed, ironing clothes, minimalism, dorm room essentials)

Week #7 – Self health – (intro to health insurance, stress and burnout, simple yoga/mediation, time management, defining happiness)

Week #8 – Communication and Conversation (active listening, basic American Sign Language, making a phone call, thank you cards, think before you speak)

Week #9 – housing (living with roommates, how to pack for a move, leasing an apartment, how to talk to your landlord, how to get rid of pests)

Week #10 – Your Every Day (basic sewing a button, mending a sock, unclogging a sink, Relationships, healthy vs unhealthy)

By the end of class, students will have handouts for each topic that they can put into a binder for easy reference.

General information on my Flex classes: My video tutorials and PowerPoints are posted each Monday of the class and will be linked to private videos on my own YouTube Channel.

We will not have any written homework but will have weekly discussions on the message board between students and teachers with weekly problem solving questions on the Outschool class message board.

**Please note: once classes have started, I do not offer refunds, due to the fact that this course consists of digital materials. By enrolling in this class, you are purchasing video tutorials that you can download and keep to use for as long as you like! Please refrain from sharing or redistributing my copyrighted tutorials with anyone outside of our classroom. Thank you!

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!! 🙂

Seed storage and other tips to start your garden

Download the 2019 Yavapai County Planting Schedule 2019 Yavapai County Planting Schedule (150 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!

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 4, Discovering Education – Creating a Nativity craft

Luke 1:31 -You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.


Time for a little creativity. We are using Dollar $$ store tongue depressors and twine, paint and pipe cleaners out of our craft stash.   Every item that we used (minus the hot glue gun) can be picked up at a Dollar store to keep this craft inexpensive. 

You will need:

  • 6 tongue depressors
    (3 whole, 3 cut in half
    and one half cut again in half)
  • Hot Glue works best – But if not available, use school glue
  • Twine, scissors, 1 gold or silver pipe cleaner, sharpie marker, and paint
  1. Assemble the Manger using 3 whole and 2 half depressors. 
  2. Add Mary and Joseph
  3. Wrap twine around baby Jesus and glue together cradle and baby Jesus to the Manger. 
  4. Add angel to the top and create a halo with pipe cleaners.
  5. Paint and add faces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discovering Education – Grand Canyon

Discovering Education – Grand Canyon

We love to take field trips and learn about new (and old) places. This week on Discovering Education, we took a trip up to the Grand Canyon. 

 

Using Freeze-Dried Chicken

I love having my freeze dryer. My favorite item that I love to freeze dry is not Ice cream (Although “Astronaut Ice Cream is Delicious – Remember Astronaut Ice Cream from the 1980’s?? check out this link if you have a minute: https://amzn.to/2OU33ai Yes, I literally make this now with my Harvest Right Freeze Dryer and my kids love freeze-dried ice cream).

Fruit is not my favorite either, although the kids go GAGA over the fruit snacks that we make.

And it isn’t the leftovers that I freeze-dry for Larry and Shelby to take to work for their lunches. These are SO convenient and don’t take up any freezer space because these are SHELF SAFE!!

Here is my affiliate link to My Harvest Right Freeze Dryer  – https://affiliates.harvestright.com/377.html. They are pricey but so worth it. I have no waste coming out of my kitchen.

I have freeze dried green bean casserole, lunch meat (yes, lunch meat when I can get it on a SUPER SALE), veggies out of my garden. We have made homemade “cup of noodles” with organic healthy ingredients and a lot less salt.  Soups and stews have been dried and later eaten as well as Alfredo! I even freeze-dried beef liver sliced up for my doggies for treats! We have even freeze-dried excess eggs, (Raw and whisked) and goats milk right off of our homestead. 

Of all of the things that I have used my freeze dryer for, I think that freeze-dried baked chicken has been the best item that I have made (you can purchase canned freeze dried chicken as well).  When I can pick up boneless skinless chicken for less than $1.50 a pound in my area, you can bet that I am buying extra and cooking in my crockpot or roaster oven for later. 

 

So what do you make with freeze-dried chicken? ANYTHING that you make with fresh baked chicken – Fajitas, alfredo, chicken with sauce, casseroles, tacos, chicken salad sandwiches…. literally ANYTHING!

So, HOW does this work?

This is very simple. Depending on the item, you can either choose to reconstitute with hot water by submersion (Either in water or thrown into soups), you can use a spray bottle to reconstitute (I use this method for things like kale or spinach that I am not added into a soup), you can wrap an item in a wet paper towel (think tomatoes) or you can leave as is and use on items or eat it CRUNCHY THe kids LOVE to eat strawberries like this and I have found that if I crumble up guacamole – yes, I did make and freeze-dry this as an experiment – it tastes GREAT on salads. 

 

OK, My friends here is the down low – This is EASY! Do not be intimidated by freeze-dried foods!!