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I LOVE LOVE LOVE homeschool days that we can take time away from books and get hands on. Dylan, the little guy who I tutor a few days a week was ahead in his work, and Grif and El needed a BREAK!

So the kids decided to make French Baguettes and Bruschetta!!!

While the bread was rising, we read all about Thanksgiving and history and traditions – Here’s a site that I found some cool information on – http://www.thanksgivingnovember.com/

 

Bruschetta

Ingredients

    • garlic, pressed
    • 14 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick), toasted
    • 4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
    • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, oil, minced basil, salt and pepper, garlic; spoon about 2 tablespoons onto each piece of toast.

 

 

Here is the French Bread Recipe that the kids tried… we are still trying to find one that REALLY works well with our home-ground Flour.

 

FRENCH BREAD

Ingredients

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Stir in 2 cups warm water, and beat until well blended using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead in enough flour to make a stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. Knead for about 8 to 10 minutes total. Shape into a ball. Place dough in a greased bowl, and turn once. Cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  3. Punch dough down, and divide in half. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover, and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each half into large rectangle. Roll up, starting from a long side. Moisten edge with water and seal. Taper ends.
  4. Grease a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Place loaves, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly beat the egg white with 1 tablespoon of water, and brush on. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise until nearly doubled, 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. With a very sharp knife, make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts about 1/4 inch deep across top of each loaf. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for 20 minutes. Brush again with egg white mixture. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until bread tests done. If necessary, cover loosely with foil to prevent over browning. Remove from baking sheet, and cool on a wire rack.
French Bread Recipe found on: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/french-bread/detail.aspx?&recipeID=6882

Point Reward System for chores

I am serious when I say that I believe in NOT giving out allowance for everyday household chores. As a mom, I don’t get paid in money for washing the floor or folding laundry… why should my kids earn money for keeping their rooms clean or brushing their teeth? These are every day items that are required to run a household (I know that I will have those who disagree with me, however I want to show your something else that we have implemented with out clan before you scold and cuss me out for being a bad mom!!)

Having one child who doesn’t understand the concept of money anyway and thinks that you can go to the store and ALWAYS buy him a toy while we are there, we have made out own store at home with items that I have picked up on sale racks, dollar sections of Target, Walgreens sale aisle, etc. We call it Mommy’s Treasure Box Store.

Here’s the Breakdown for our family

Point Reward System for chores and extras

(I found everything that I used on sale or at yard sales – DO NOT overspend on these items… I budget this very closely and take $20 cash out and can only use that $$$.)

I started by making POINTS – I used the pre-made sheets of business cards and ran them through my printer with 1 Point, 2 Points, 5 points and 10 points on them. I then took with the kids and stamped on each card.

I keep these in my desk. As children complete normal chores, I give out these points. If I have to ask more than once for something, then, they don’t earn anything. We don’t ever take away points… If my kiddlings do something extra, without asking, they will earn extra points. And we give them for good behavior (especially with my Autistic son, Berlyn.)

At the end of the week, our family store opens up. I spend less than $20 every paycheck on items for the store. The kids get 30 minutes to shop and purchase items with their points. I purchase little things at the dollar store, Target Dollar section, sale rack at Walgreens, etc and also print up (on the same business cards) rewards that they can buy as well.

Everything in the point basket is priced at 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 points… and then there is a movie theater card that is 500 points.  Included in the basket are school supplies (decorative pencils, notepads, stickers) toys, games, candy, dolls, bubbles, color books, cooler TEEN stuff for Shelby, etc.

 

I store everything in a basket that I picked up at a yardsale for $1! I store it up out of reach of kiddlings. If they have 50 points and spend 35, then they have 15 that carry over to the next week. They store their points in an envelope on their chore clipboard in the hallway. Here is the link to the Chore Clipboards that we made: http://krisandlarry.com/2010/07/03/chore-charts-on-our-wall/

 

My kids LIKE to help out around the house. They make it a point to remind me when they do extra things just so that they can earn points.

 

Point Reward System for chores

Before & After – Dressers

With 5 children, we budget a TON. I refuse to purchase furniture new with the kiddoes either. Yard Sales 100% for their rooms.

last Friday, I picked up these 2 semi matching dressers at an estate sale for $10 each. (Then went to Ace Hardware here in Chino and matched pink paint to their pillowcase.

So they went from THIS:

To become matching dressers for the “Little Girls’ Room:

Going to miss my vinyl – so time to start planning my redecorating

One thing that makes me sad about moving is that I am going to miss my vinyl on my walls. I will have to re-cut everything because there is no way that I will be able to peel them all and keep them in good enough condition to put back up… so I will have to re-cut them. You can purchase vinyl at your local Home Depot or Lowes or Ace Hardware. I found Wall Pops in the wall paper department. It comes in rolls that your can cut that fit PERFECTLY with your cricut or wishblade cutters. http://wall-pops.com/ or you can see exactly where to buy in your area HERE: http://wall-pops.com/where-to-buy/

(a few of these I did purchase before I found vinyl to cut)

Located in my scrapbook classroom – Cut with my wishblade

Located in my scrappy classroom – Cut with my cricut

Located above my bay window – Bought when TLC was around

The Live – Laugh – Love is my FAVORITE one – Located above my front door – Cut with my wishblade

Boys door – Cut with my cricut

Girl’s Door – cut with my cricut

Girls’Room – Cut with my cricut