Month: July 2012

Shopping for Homeschool Co-op

Homeschool Ideas

Today, we went shopping for the homeschool co-op’s general supplies. We all added money “to the pot”, so to speak, to save money on supplies that are cheapest when bought in bulk. Here you can see construction paper, pencils, binders, and manila folders. There are also flattened, emptied tissue boxes to be used for dioramas this year. These have been being saved since January!

Onions have finished drying!

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The onions just after harvest. They dried inside on racks.

We harvested onions this year, and they have just finished drying. This is batch number one. To store, I chopped off the dry stalks and placed the onions in a wooden bowl to be used in the next weeks. These onions are small, but very flavorful!

Making Pesto Again!

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Our basil is in full season, and we are enjoying all it has to offer. For directions on pesto, here is our post from last year. This batch of pesto was so beautiful, we had to share a picture.

 

 

A Quick Friday Dinner: Tuna Cheese Pasta

Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 cans of Tuna Fish
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 box (1 lb.) pasta
  • milk
  • 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 drops hot sauce
  • 1 T spicy mustard
  • 2 cups cheese
  • 1 large tomato

Sautee Tuna, salt, and onion in olive oil. After Tuna is cooked, add the four and stir. Pour in enough milk to cook the pasta, the pasta, sauces, and mustard. Once pasta has cooked, slowly stir in cheese and set aside from the heat. Add chopped tomato to top. Just before serving, stir the entire dish. Serve hot.

Kambucha is best in the Summer

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With these hot summer days, it is important that we remain hydrated and that we restore our nutrient and mineral stores. Kambucha is a wonderful and natural way to help your body in the summer. You can find out more about Kambucha here! This is our 5 gallon jar that we keep going throughout the year.

Using Dry and Stale Bread: A Breakfast Casserole

Recipes

We dislike wasting food around our house, so even when bread becomes stale, there is a use for it! This tasty casserole is a family favorite and can be made with any bread that has become too dry or stale. In fact, the drier, the better! Since this can be mixed the night before breakfast, I especially enjoy it! I wake up early, put it in the oven, and have some quiet time before the rest of the family wakes up.

How to make it: Simply crumble your bread into a large baking dish. Sour Dough Bread is the best for this, but any old bread will do (white, wheat, hot dog and hamburger buns, etc.) Sprinkle cinnamon all over, and add a fruit of your choice. This is also great with cream cheese!

Finally, whisk together 4-5 eggs and 3-4 cups of milk, and pour over the bread mixture. Let sit overnight, then bake (covered with tinfoil) at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You want it to be moist, but not under-cooked.

Enjoy!

 

Making our own Tea

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The more and more I have looked at the ingredients in herbal teas, the more often I have had the thought: “Hmmm, that is growing in my yard…” Finally, I had the thought: “Why don’t I just dry those herbs and make my own tea?” This is exactly what we are doing  now!

#1, who is becoming quite the herbalist, was sent out to collect red clover flowers to dry. We have lemon balm and mint drying as we speak, and there is calendula and echinacea still to be harvested. I am a fan of fruit teas, so we will dehydrate blueberries and apples  to add in as we desire.

How do you dry herbs for tea? We simply hang dry them like culinary herbs. Once they are completely dry, we separate the leaves from the stalks and crush the leaves slightly. The tea leaves are stored in an air-tight container (zip-lock bag or glass jar). When it is tea time (every day at 3:00!), I take the leaves from the jars and add them to the tea pot. Pour boiling water over the leaves and let steep like any other tea from a box. You might like to invest in a tea strainer, however, so you do not have leaves in your tea.

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