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Roasting Chestnuts

I love the taste of chestnuts, but since they are not common where I live, they are hard to come across. We were lucky enough to find some fresh ones at one of our local grocery stores at the end of December. So here we are. Roasting them on top of our woodstove. Most of my children do not like…

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Age Appropriate Chore Chart – FREE PDF Download

Living with a larger family full of kids and critters and homeschooling the whole crew, a house can get in disarray and fast. Here is an age-appropriate chore chart to help get you back on task. We recently re-implemented this with even our older kids as a reminder of what we can all work on together. (We did not add any pet…

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Paint Swirled Clear Ornaments

Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvationthrough the forgiveness of their sins, This is a fun and expensive project for your little kids. I found clear plastic Christmas ornaments at the dollar store packaged 2 for $1 and I already had the paint.  Open the top of the ornament and squirt in your paint (2 or…

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Breakfast Egg biscuits

Try something new for breakfast. In our home, we like to make a whole breakfast wrapped up into one “sandwich”.  Once made the kids can grab and go. They will also stay good in the fridge and can be reheated in the oven or microwave (We don’t have a microwave, so I don’t know how long to put them in for.)…

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Turkey Eggrolls using left-overs

I love that I can gather ingredients and make something completely new with the items that I have already cooked.  And I love having leftovers after the holidays.  We love our air-fryer and like to make items in it for a quick lunch. PB&J gets old when you homeschool. But PB&J egg rolls are fun and different. The best part…

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Happy Thanksgiving

We would love to hear how you spent your Thanksgiving holiday. What did you cook? Who did you visit? Comment below! 🙂

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Cheese Ball Bites

Every year for Thanksgiving, our family loves to try and find new foods to go along with our classic regulars like Turkey, stuffing, and spinach dip. Several weeks ago, we made these bite-sized cheese balls. They were such a hit with the kids that it has quickly become a regular for our family gatherings. Eat these with crackers, veggies or…

Thanksgiving giveaway
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Goat Milk Soap Thanksgiving Give-away!!

Are you ready for a contest this month? We are excited to share with you some of our favorite soaps that we make right here on our homestead. Visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/krisandlarry. To get entered to win, you need to “Like our facebook page”, “share the giveaway post” and “tag 3 friends”.

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Thank you for your service!

IT is not often that you are told THANK YOU! So, THANK YOU from our family. Thank you for protecting us, for making us free and for risking your lives so that my family can live in this wonderful nation! We pray for our past, present and future veterans every day! THANK YOU!

Fall Family Traditions
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Making Fall Family Traditions

Creating and maintaining family traditions is extremely important to our family. I love doing things with my children… but even more, I love doing things with my children over and over to create a family tradition that they can say “Remember the time that…” Carve a Pumpkin and save the seeds! Eat chili cheese dogs. Go apple picking and make…

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The journey of a mourning family

It has been 2 years and 8 months (not to the day) that we said goodbye to our amazing little Freckle Face. Not a day goes by that we don’t talk about him or are reminded of something funny that he did. He truly was a gift to everyone around him. Breckin was a jokester, a comedian, and a snuggle…

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Happy Happy 12th Birthday to Rowan

Happy Birthday to my Gorgeous, Rowan! This girl is AMAZING! She is a hard worker, funny and incredibly smart.

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Freeze Dried Apples & Peaches

Every week, we have new items in our freeze dryer for storage and for snacks for the kids. I love having freeze-dried fruit on hand for the kids so that they can have fruit available even if it is days away from grocery day or even the wrong season. Today’s video is all about Freeze-dried apples and peaches.

Posted in aquaponics Family Gardening Goats homeschooling Homestead homesteading Just Being Family kunekune

End of Summer Projects

It is that time of the year. The summer for public school kids in our area is coming to a close. I love that we have a bit of freedom in our homeschooling. We have a handful of projects to still get worked on our homestead for this summer season Our aquaponics system is being put back up. In this…

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Being a kid during Monsoons

Here in Arizona, summer rains are a welcome sight. Along with that can come harsh wind, thunder and lightning and flash floods (Yes, it does rain that much at times). Trystan and Grayson absolutely love the trampoline. Warm summer rain + trampoline = summer afternoon fun until lightning is spotted. So enjoy this slow-motion video! I hope that you are…

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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…

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Happy 15th Birthday, Elwyn

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 14, Do something for yourself

Luke 1:78 – because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven I am a firm believer that everyone needs to do something positive for themselves at some point. This could be a simple think like taking a bubble bath or getting your hair cut. Or cooking yourself your favorite…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 13, Paint Swirled Clear Ornaments

Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvationthrough the forgiveness of their sins, This is a fun and expensive project for your little kids. I found clear plastic Christmas ornaments at the dollar store packaged 2 for $1 and I already had the paint.  Open the top of the ornament and squirt in your paint (2 or…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 10, 4 gift Christmas

Luke 1:49-50 – for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. We have started a tradition in our house… Christmas became so commercialized. And we fell into that habit years ago when Shelby and Griffen were little. Once we started adding kid…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 8, Spend time and look at lights

Luke 1:38 – “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Family is so important to us here at krisandlarry.com. We live for each other. Every year,  we go out to dinner and then drive around to look at the gingerbread houses and lights around out community. This year…