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June 17 – Picnic & geocaching

We have had such a GREAT day together as a family. Shelby picked up an antique armoire for her bedroom from a nice couple from Prescott who were moving to be closer to their kids up in Oregon. Then, we went to a park in Prescott and had a picnic lunch and geocached. It was nothing fancy, but it was…

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Planting a large garden

Every year we plant a garden… and every year, our garden gets larger and larger to provide for our ever-growing family.  Our goal every year is to plant enough produce to provide for our family and to be able to trade with other families for their produce.  Our goal this year is to not go to the grocery store from…

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Pepper and Frankie…welcome to our homestead

2015 is the year that we transform our home and gardens to a self-sustaining homestead. Our first step is adding goats for milk and meat.  I know… Some think that this is strange. But it is our way of life. On December 27, we got to bring Frankie home. He is a neutered St. Croix sheep and the companion to…

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Gluten Free Eggplant Parm

I love eggplant! This wasn’t always the case… but this year under child (and hubby) protest, I grew 6 eggplant plants in our garden… they yielded over 40 fruits… so we had to come up with something other than ratatouille (which we eat all of the time already.) All of the Eggplant Parmesan recipes that I have every seen included…

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Children’s HOW To Make cookies story and 12 recipe book is now available online!

My new Children’s books is finally out on the market. It is on Amazon.com for both print and Kindle.The book will be exclusive to Amazon for several months and then I will move it over to BN (In October) Click here for the book on AMAZON – Mama, Can I help?  Meet Reagan. She wants to help her Mama make…

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Toys for Tots local donation – Please join us

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Opinions make me laugh

What a weird day today! The weather was strange… the moon was full… and people seemed to be out to get everyone today. I made the mistake of posting on my facebook account a very touchy subject in our small town. The 4-day VS 5-day school district work week. I enjoy the fact that Berlyn can’t physically / mentally do…

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Favorite Tools as a homeschooler

This is our 8th year homeschooling. I feel like I have successfully accomplished so many things with the kids. I was in my studio and was thinking this morning. “What Items Can I Not Live Without?” Besides the kids computers(yes, they each have their own netbooks) and AOP homeschooling curriculum called Switched on Schoolhouse, there are a FEW other things…

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French Pastry Pie Crust from Dee Dee’s

There are a few sites that I follow and Dee Dee’s is one of them. I was HIGHLY impressed with this Pie Crust and will continue to use this one in the future!! The site is at: http://deedeesdelights.blogspot.com/2010/11/french-pastry-pie-crust.html French Pastry Pie Crust from Dee Dee’s Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3 tablespoons white sugar 1 cup…

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Pumpkin Pie… OOOHH My favorite, Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust or make your own crust 3/4 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 eggs 1 (15 ounce) can Pumpkin 1 (12 fluid ounce) can Evaporated Milk Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and…

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What fun in the snow – Free e-guide for Flagstaff, AZ

I was so excited to see one of my favorite companies come out with a Flagstaff Snow guide for free… CHECK IT OUT! Kim over at EatStayPlay.com has an AWESOME site with a TON of listing of things to do all over the western US. She and her crew are adding more listings all of the time (including additional states)…

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Popcorn Balls

How to Make Old Fashioned Molasses Popcorn Balls By Shayleia, eHow Member I want to do this! What’s This? Popcorn Balls How to Make Old Fashioned Molasses Popcorn Balls User-Submitted Article Making Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls is a really fun and easy thing to do with your kids. Prepare to get a bit messy! Difficulty: Moderately Easy Instructions Things You’ll…