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Saving Food by Freeze Drying

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Saving Food by Freeze Drying 2-1/2 years ago, our family took the plunge and purchased a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. I wasn’t certain if the price = what we would save. Well, I can honestly save that after 2-1/2 years I LOVE my machine and I think that I have…

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Ortho-Flip-Flops

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For those who really know me, know that I love wearing flip flops. 2 years ago, when I severed the tendon in my ankle (walking in a store), it halted wearing any kind of flip flops. (Even if you saw me in some, know that I wasn’t supposed to be…

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Kunekunes Pasture Pigs for sale.

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Kunekunes are an AMAZING breed of pigs that we have had on our homestead for over 5 years now. We use them often when people request us to come and share our animals as part of a “petting zoo program.” Mama Pumpkin is one of our most requested animals to…

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When asked… “What do you like about homesteading?”

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The obvious answers are that I love the lifestyle. I love the fresh veggies. I love the fresh meat and knowing where my food comes from. I love the sweat and tears. I love the animals. I love the time that I spend with my family while we are working…

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Jackpot Show – 8/10/2019

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Throughout our lives as homesteaders, I wanted to make sure that my family were able to know all about the animals that we have, both large and small stock. Last night, we were honored to be a part of a local jackpot show. We are proud members of the Chino…

Junk Drawer Physics
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Homeschool Curriculum Review – High School Physics

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#homeschoolreview #twothumbsup #krisandlarryhomeschoolapproved #homeschool #highschoolscience #amazoninfluencer KrisandLarry.com homeschool Approved. High school Physics, homeschool curriculum – GuestHallow.com After 16 full years of homeschooling up to 8 children at a time, this mama knows what she is looking for and that is normally the easy button. The site GuestHallow has some amazing…

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End of Summer Projects

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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…

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Being a kid during Monsoons

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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….

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What can you do as a homeschooler?

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As a homeschooling family, I try to think outside the box. I have 4 who are ages 9-13 and several are special needs. We have a great little chunk of land, many animals, homesteading, cooking from scratch. But how do I tap those needs in a different way, OUTSIDE the…

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Limitless Learners Contest on Education.com

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Check out this contest on Education.com. We are very excited to share this with you. As a homeschooler, we love finding scholarships that our kids can apply for. And this is open to Kindergarten through 5th grade in the 2019-2020 school year. My Grayson Ella will be trying out for…

Homeschool Approved - Game "This Belongs in a Museum"
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Homeschool Approved – Game “This Belongs in a Museum”

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We recently picked up a new “board game” by Rather Dashing Games. This game is a GREAT quality, with heavy duty pieces and box so it is bound to last with the many hands in our family. You build your board while you are playing gathering points and stealing points…

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Welcome Baby Kunekunes

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Spring is here and so is the arrival of new baby kunekunes. They will be available for their new homes at the end of July 2019.

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Homeschool Workbook freebie!

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This fun fruits and veggies word search is a great way to keep kids busy while you’re cooking! Be sure to check out more reading activities at Education.com. click here to download: [download id=”6345″] Answer Key: [download id=”6351″]

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Adulting 101 Online Class

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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….

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

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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: https://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…

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

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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, 10am – 10:55am Arizona time  Thursday, February 28th 9 Homemade Cheese! The Basics to Soft Curd Goat Milk Cheese –…

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Arizona 2019 Snowpocalypse – Were you ready?

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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…

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Make a Wreath for Valentine’s Day

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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…

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New class added online – Cheese class for kids ages

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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…

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Groundhog Day Lapbook Class

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

Valentines
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Love notes to your kids

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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…