Monday, April 7, 2014

Low-Cal Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Batter Shake

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
4 tablespoons of Truvia 
1/4 cup of pumpkin purée
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Splash of caramel extract (optional)
1/2 ice 

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender and enjoy! 

This shake has approximately 150 calories......for the ENTIRE shake! Very low sugar, no guilt here! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Farmhouse 38 "Hello Spring Giveaway"

Kate, over at Farmhouse 38 is hosting a pretty awesome Spring giveaway!  Enter HERE for your chance to win these awesome goodies:

  • 6 Month Seeds of the Month Subscription 
  • A Sampler Pack of Authentic Haven Brand Manure Tea 
  • A Copy of "Vertical Vegetable Gardening"
  • A Hand-Painted Reclaimed Steel Message Board 
  • Garden Themed Magnets 
  • William Sonoma Seed Packs 
  • Garden Gnome and Garden Gloves from Threshold Target 
  • William Sonoma Copper Garden Tools 
  • William Sonoma Egg Gathering Baskey 

Giveaway ends Wedensday, April 9th at Midnight! 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thinning Out Tomato Seedlings

Even though winter won't completely loosen its grip on us in the Midwest, Spring is in the air!  I have somewhat of a schedule that I follow every year when it comes to starting my seeds, and this year has been a little different. Sprouting seeds requires a little warmer temperature then I am able to provide out in my greenhouse, so I typically start them off inside in a mini greenhouse setup that I have by a south facing window.  Once the seeds have germinated, I usually wait until the seedlings get their second set of leaves before moving them out into the greenhouse.  This year however has been a little challenging.  The lack of sunlight inside has been causing some of my plants to become leggy.  Fortunately it is very difficult to kill a tomato plant so I have been putting my seedlings out in the greenhouse under the grow lights a little sooner than I normally would and they have been doing fine.    The joys of gardening... 

I decided to snap a few pictures as I relocated one of the tomato flats and my thinning process in hopes it may help someone out.

Tomato seedlings that need to be separated. 

With a bbq skewer, lightly lift up from the bottom to loosen the cell a little. 

Make a new hole for you relocated tomato seedling.

When handling tomato seedlings, do so by the first set of leaves to grow.
The plant will eventually lose these anyways. 

Place tomato seedling into its own cell. 

Lightly fill in the hole with your mix. 

Water in the tomato seedlings to ensure the growing mix fills in around
the roots.

Do not let your tomato plants get to large of a root ball.  Try to be a step
ahead and replant into larger containers or outside before
they completely fill out the containers they are in.

Let me know how your seedling are doing this year or if you had to make any changes due to the weather.  If you have any questions, feel free to also post those below in the comment section and someone will help you out.

Cheers! ~ Kevin

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Some see a weed, some see a wish.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

February 2014: Click-a-Day Photo Challenge

Welcome to the Click-a-Day Photo Challenge! 
 For those that have never done a photo challenge, it is simple! 

The Unofficial Rules:
  • Each month there will be a list.  
  • Every day you will take a photo using the list to inspire you.
  • After you have taken your photo,  post your photo to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #clickadaychallenge
  • Happy clicking! 

To see other participants photos, simply click or search using the hashtag #clickadaychallenge 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Our Homeschool Week In Review: Week Two

If I could sum up our week in one word it would be COLD! Between trying to fight off a nasty cold bug that eventually ended up getting me and being trapped in the house due to sub zero temperatures and even colder wind chills, this week wasn't as productive and exciting as I wish it could have been.  But as I am often reminded, one of the beauties of homeschooling is that we are able to take the time when we need it to heal ourselves and that as unproductive as our days may have seemed, our children were still learning.  A few homeschool veterans have taught me that after having a week like we just had and when you feel as if you just didn't do enough, take a minute to write down all of the things that you did do.  Chances are, you have done plenty.  :)

Remember, we are starting the Oak Meadow First Grade Curriculum midyear.  This week we covered Lesson 2 for everything except science, which was Lesson 14. Here is our week in review!

This week I traced AG on a sheet of butcher block paper and finished it by drawing her face and clothing.  Judging by the flip-flops, shorts and t-shirt I think someone is read for summer. (Oak Meadow Curriculum)
AG and I made these Paper Roll Poinsettias to hang on her Nature Corner Tree (Oak Meadow Curriculum).  For DIY instructions CLICK HERE

We also made these beautiful Origami Window Stars.  For DIY Instructions CLICK HERE.
We tried our best to blow bubbles outside and watch them freeze.  All we ended up with were two giant mason jars full of bubbles.  For bubble recipe CLICK HERE
Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders were a big hit and so easy to make.  CLICK HERE for the DIY instructions. 
This week AG decided to take the pictures of her letters in a different direction (Oak Meadow Curriculum). 
This week in science we studied the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees.  Unfortunately all of the deciduous trees in our area are naked.  We were able to pull up some pictures online though and talk about the difference between the two (Oak Meadow Curriculum).
This weeks updated nature table, complete with Paper Roll Poinsettias and Origami Window Stars (Oak Meadow Curriculum). 
Another drawing of a person dressed for warmer weather (Oak Meadow Curriculum).
This week we worked on AG's calendar and added some special events, like mommy's birthday :) (Oak Meadow Curriculum)

Bringing the outside inside by making this adorable "I'm Inside a Snow Globe" project.  CLICK HERE for the DIY instructions. 
This week we introduced the four math symbols  (Oak Meadow Curriculum). 
Winter Sun Catcher.  CLICK HERE for DIY instructions. 
Working with word families (Oak Meadow Curriculum). For DIY instructions CLICK HERE.  
Tangibles (Oak Meadow Curriculum)

I'm Inside a Snow Globe!

Forty-five degree wind chills and a sick momma meant a long week spent inside.  A little disappointing since the majority of our science lesson this week was to go on a nature walk and explore the different kinds of trees in our area.  Since spending time outdoors this week was scratched, I thought what better way to connect the kids with the different trees outside than to bring them in? Why not create a snow globe using tree clippings found in our backyard....starring them!  I quickly ran outside and snipped a few small branches off of the different evergreens that we had in our back yard, threw a hat on AG, took a quick picture and we put together this awesome "I'm Inside a Snow Globe!" project and were able to explore the different kinds of trees without having to brave the frigid temperatures outdoors.

What you will need:
  • A mason jar, preferably with a wide mouth 
  • A picture of your child, cut out 
  • Tree clippings from outside 
  • Glitter! 
  • Hot glue gun 
  1. Glue your child's picture to the lid of the mason jar. 
  2. Fill the mason jar to the top with water.
  3. Add glitter, tree clippings and anything else you would like. 
  4. Slip the picture through the opening and screw closed. 
  5. Shake! and enjoy.

Winter Sun Catchers

What you'll need:
  • Leaves, tree clippings, berries, acorns, etc. 
  • A pie tin
  • Water 
  • A piece of twine
  • Freezing temps!

How to make them:

Fill a pie tin with water and have your children add whatever they would like to decorate their sun catchers with. Lay a piece of twine in the water and leave enough to hang over the edge.  Stick your sun catcher somewhere where it's cold and allow to freeze. 
Hang your sun catcher in a sunny, cold place and enjoy :)

Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders

Photo Credit: South Dakota Wedding Style 

What you will need :
  • 2 cups of birdseed
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Straws
  • Twine
How to make them:
Add both packages of gelatin to a small pot and boil until the gelatin is dissolved. Allow to cool and pour into a large bowl. 
Add your birdseed into the bowl and using your hands, mix the birdseed and gelatin together.

Place your cookie cutters on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, scoop your birdseed mixture into your cookie cutters.   Push your straw through the mixture to create a hole for your twine. 
Allow your bird feeders to dry overnight. 
Once the bird feeders are dry, string twine through the hole and hang outside !
(Photo Credit South Dakota Wedding Style )

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