Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
3/4 C Earth Balance, you could also use butter
1 1/2 C sugar
3/4 C cocoa powder
3/4 C flour
3/4 C chocolate chips
1/2 C nuts (optional)
Easy, only 6 ingredients if you don't add nuts. Spread in 9X13 cake pan, and cook 30 minutes at 325 degrees. I mean it doesn't get any simpler than this, or more delicious. Let them cool completely in the pan before you cut the brownies, of course unless you are like us and don't mind rough edges, we can never wait until they are completely cooled.
I have found the most amazing recipes looking through the blogs of other people, so if you have a favorite recipe I haven't found yet just leave me a link in the comment section. Whenever I try out a new recipe from a fellow blogger I always leave a link in my post so people can find their way back to these wonderful cooks.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
>>>>>>My question is, in keeping with the unschooling way of life (not a structured, sit down and teach from school books and take test), how do you teach your math and english. My children are in the seventh grade and I am concerned that these skills may not be up to their level.<<<<<<<<<
Unschooling is a different creature all together. You really have to get your mind around it, and that takes a lot for many people. Coming from a "school" society it takes a total mind shift. See with unschooling there is no "level" to be up to. Each child, each person, is an individual with unique gifts. There is no level, no grade, no grouping of subjects that each child should know. That is school thinking. Schools have so ingrained in this society that each 12 year old needs to know XYZ to move on and "progress" it is very linear. With unschooling you just work toward joy, living joyfully, working on with things that you are interested in. Different things are important to different people.
Think about adults. There is nothing that says that I have to know what other 42 year old women know. And when I want to learn something like knitting for example (since I learned that in the last couple of years), I started asking people. I knew how to read a pattern from crocheting, I asked someone about knitting, she showed me how to knit but it seemed slow and cumbersome, so I kept asking people and reading and looking on the Internet. I mean there must be more than one way to knit. And I was right, someone showed me a different way that was so much quicker.
Then the yarn, just so much out there, I had to experiment with what different yarns of different materials would do. What colors look good together and what do not. What size needles to use with different weight yarns. I was knitting away, but oh my gosh, from there I got into felting, first by accident when a sock got mixed in the wash, then on purpose with knitted wool. So I started reading about that, how to felt on purpose and bought myself some roving and started wet felting and needle felting (whole other world) and making little bags.
Which has led me to spinning, I mean come on how cool to make your own yarn. And I have just bought several books on spinning, and my dh is getting me a wheel for Christmas (you can't imagine how excited I am about that) if I was to be able to spin my own yarns.
OK so my next project is alpacas. When we were at the Live and Learn Conference in NM I took a tour of a small alpaca ranch, just fabulous. This woman is amazing with these animals, and her approach to the whole thing is very organic, she just bought some alpaca with her dad and jumped in and now 13 years later has a ranch with over 200 head. I bought some of her yarn and it is the softest yarn I have ever worked with. We have 12 acres here so I want to fence off some and buy a few fiber animals, so that I can have alpacas. And there are a couple of small farms around here that I can learn from. I have bought a few books and read on a couple of alpaca yahoo lists so I can learn all about them before we make the purchase.
See how one thing just leads to another, and I pick up what I need to know as I need to know it. If someone had told me that I had to know about alpacas years ago it would not have done me any good. If I had to learn it for a test and I would have forgotten all about it. But now it is important to me, now it is something I am interested in. Now it is exciting. But does every 42 year old woman need to know how to raise alpacas....no...that would be silly.
So just relax, don't compare your child to any other child. Help him live a joyful life and he will make his own path in this world. Be there to help him find the answers to his questions, listen to his hopes and dreams, be his chauffeur, and his life will work itself out.
OK now looking at your question, LOL, I realize I didn't really answer it. My answer is I don't teach my son math or English. That does not mean they do not know how to work with numbers or read and write. But those things are things they can't help but bump into when living in the world. So they pick these things up as they need them. OK that was the short answer. LOL
I will hopefully have lots of pictures to share in the future, surrounding my wheel.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
water - 1 cup
Unbleached white flour - 2 3/4 cup
Instant Yeast - 1 tsp
mashed sweet potatoes - 3/4 cup
softened butter - 1 tablespoons
Unbleached white flour - 1/2 cup
salt 1/2 TBS
I altered it by using about 1 1/4 cup hot water, and about 3 1/2 cups total flour with about 1 1/2 cups being whole wheat. I also used 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast, 1 cup mashed, cooked sweet potato, about 3 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp olive oil, and 1 tsp salt. Cook for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Actually I guess I altered the recipe quite a bit but it has the same feel to it, LOL. And it was delicious, a nice bread that has a bit more substance than just plain bread. We all loved it here.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Now, Frito-Lay is embarking on an ambitious plan to change the way this factory operates, and in the process, create a new type of snack: the environmentally benign chip.
Its goal is to take the Casa Grande plant off the power grid, or nearly so, and run it almost entirely on renewable fuels and recycled water. Net zero, as the concept is called, has the backing of the highest levels of corporate executives at PepsiCo, the parent company of Frito-Lay. For the Full story.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Last year a friend showed me how to knit a different way, she said everyone in Europe knits like this. It was so much easier, and it was easy for me to switch. I think that is because it had been so many years since I had picked up knitting needles, LOL. So I have been knitting up a storm SOCKS!! Yes, the one thing I have always wanted to do, knit socks. So everyone this year is getting socks for Christmas, hand knit by ME.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Here is part of the Fiji plan:
Specifically, the company says it will install a windmill in 2009 to provide energy to its bottling plant in Fiji in the South Pacific; it will ship bottles of water intended for sale on the East Coast to the Port of Philadelphia, rather than truck them east from Los Angeles, as it does now; it will use biodiesel and other alternative fuels in its trucks and as a backup at its plant when the winds are calm; and it will reduce the amount of plastic and paper it uses for bottles and cartons.
But you have to question as Terrapass does:
Understand that the carbon community holds Fiji Water in roughly the same regard they do Hummers. That is, with a disdain that borders on the irrational. (“You mean to tell me you’re taking a product that can be produced locally and is available for free virtually everywhere on the planet, and replacing it with an expensive version that is packaged in tiny plastic bottles before being shipped 10,000 miles on emissions-spewing cargo boats and trucks? Kill me now.”)
For the whole article please visit the terrapass site blog.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
So the last couple of days I have started a fire in the fireplace. The dogs love to snuggle up in front of it, and it just makes the whole living room feel warm and cozy. It is nice to sit and knit and rock in front of the fire, or read all snuggled up by the fire. A friend sent me some wild crafted tea about a week ago, so brewing up a pot of that adds to the whole atmosphere. Do I miss the cold winter of Maine?...not really. Do I enjoy the fire, tea and cozy feeling of being all snuggled down in the winter?....yes. Can you have one without the other?...certainly. LOL
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Basically you are donating money to efforts that are green such as wind/solar power, to offset your "not-so-green" living. And while I do believe we are doing all we can here at our house, I recognize that there are areas we are not compromising on. Living consensually we really needed to find a way to make it all work so, for us, terrapass has been the key.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
As if watering a lawn is a top three priority right under dishes and laundry. I think watering the grass and washing the car were two of the first things that we were asked to give up, way back some time ago. Although we do neither, LOL. It is becoming desperate around here, we NEED water. So if you know a rain dance...please do it...think of us.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
OK yes, I have chairs up at the barn by the chickens, I think I have mentioned before that I love to sit and have a cup of tea and watch my chicks.
I sat there for about 10 minutes. At first the deer didn't know what to make of me. They stared at me staring at them. Then they went back to grazing for a while and moved slowly off into the woods. So amazing, probably about 15-20 feet away from me, beautiful.
I didn't have my camera with me. I do have some dried corn left from this years corn harvest so I think I am going to strew some ears up there to see if I can entice any deer back to the same spot. And will hopefully remember to bring my camera along and "shoot" some deer. That is the only "shooting" I can bare.
I do remember as a little girl, my dad brought me along hunting with him "once". I say once because he never brought me again. I was young and really had no idea what we were out there in the woods to accomplish. We saw a deer, beautiful deer, and my dad raised his rifle to shoot and I just let out a yelp. Scared the deer, angered my dad just a little, and we walked back home and that was my first and last "hunting trip".
I am glad the okra seeds germinated in a way, because I saved so many of the seeds myself for next year, and gave some away, so to see them germinate and grow is reassuring.
OK off to check on my radishes this morning.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I have always loved a chai latte. For the past several years I have started my day with a cup. Just so smooth and relaxing. Usually I just pick up a pre-made carton of the Oregon Chai or Tazo Chai, and mix it with vanilla soy milk. YUMMMM, although they both have different flavors they are both good.
I started thinking, that is a lot of $$ spent on chai and I bet, online, I can find a recipe that would cost me a lot less to make myself. So voila....here is the recipe. Me and my boys love it. This is is my adaptation of the original recipe I pulled off the Internet.
4-slices of fresh ginger, I cut them as thin as I can
1-tsp powdered cardamom
1/2-tsp vanilla extract
1/4 -C honey ( I usually triple the recipe and then use 1/2 C honey, I have found that what the recipe calls for is just too much for me. So for this recipe I would probably use less than 1/4 cup, maybe 1/8 cup honey or a tab bit more.)
3-Bigelow Darjeeling Blend tea bags
2 cups water
Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes then strain and combine with 2 cups of milk or silk. You can store this in the fridge easily and make a larger batch.
I use organic ingredients and picked up the bigelow tea because I had never made it before and didn't want to change the recipe until I had tried it. I think from now on I will pick up a nice organic black tea, and I probably already have some in my tea basket now.Enjoy the recipe.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Oh yes, it is raining. We have needed rain for so long and it looks and feels great. It is 9:00 in the morning here and I just ran outside to just be in the rain and also grab a couple of pictures, just like gold falling from the sky. Warm, refreshing, replenishing, renewing....rain. Now my seeds can germinate, hopefully. I have been holding off on watering the garden because the water levels here are really low, and at the same time been just praying for some rain. We are looking forward to a wonderful day FILLED with R.A.I.N. Does it get any better than this?
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Didn't get my fall seeds planted or my cold frames built. Jackson said he will till up my garden when he gets home, so hopefully I can get my seeds in the ground tomorrow, then it is supposed to rain. A welcome relief from the lack of rain we have been having. I know it is late in the season but these are extra seeds I have on hand so I figure if it works, great, if not that is fine and I will have the cold frames all built for next year and maybe can get an earlier start on them.
We will see how it goes.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007