Cinnamon Bun Waffles

cinnamon bun waffles

When I was a kid, we had waffles and sausage for dinner almost every week.  I loved sausage, especially if it was a little heavy on the fennel.  The waffles…well, I didn’t like them so much.  I always thought they should be good!  Who doesn’t love something smothered in syrup?  I tried them with lots of syrup, just a little syrup, lots of butter, a little butter, butter & syrup, but nothing seemed to help.  They always gave me a belly ache.  I never mentioned that to my parents (I’m really not sure why!); I just said I didn’t like waffles.  Finally, after several years (!!) of eating waffles and getting a bellyache, I told my mom.  She was properly horrified and said I could make some pancakes to eat with dinner.  So, for the past 25+ years, I’ve firmly maintained that I do NOT like waffles.

Then, one day a couple years ago, we were at my parents for dinner and they were having waffles and sausage.  I figured I could eat a small piece and then fill up on sausage.  So, I ate a small piece…it was REALLY good!  No stomach ache at all!  I ate another one and possibly another!  We have several theories on why they don’t bother me anymore (maybe it was actually the sausage – I’ve since had my gall bladder out, maybe it was the milk in the waffles – this time they were made with seltzer, maybe my taste buds changed).  Regardless, waffles show up on our menu regularly now.  I always had to borrow my parents waffle iron…then for my birthday, my brother got me my own.  It makes two at a time – awesome!

Waffle Maker

I’ve mentioned before that John comes home with recipes from his speech class.  One of them was cinnamon buns made in a waffle iron.  We had a package in the fridge that I just never got around to making.  So, this morning for breakfast, I made them.  It was so easy!  Spray the waffle iron, put one cinnamon roll in each section and cook.

IMG_4548The best part is that the icing stays put (at least until you take the first bite).IMG_4549So, do you like waffles?  What other things do you cook in your waffle iron?

Homeschool Plans for 2014-15

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This year will be different – my daughter will be attending a private school.  I will still be homeschooling two kids – my boys who are in grade 3 and K.  I’m excited for what we’ll be able to do and sad that I won’t be homeschooling all three of them.

Sheldon's New Primary Language Lessons

I was able to purchase some science and history curriculum and I have Sheldon’s New Primary Language Lessons that I’m going to be trying out.  For math, we’re going to continue with Saxon Math 3 and some Khan Academy for my 3rd grader.  For K, we’ll work mainly on learning to read and some simple math.  One of our local libraries has Hooked on Phonics available to check out so we’ll use that along with the Dick and Jane books I got from my Gramma.  My kindergartener will listen to our 3rd grade science and history lessons and I’m sure we’ll be reading some panda books (he loves pandas!).

Gym will be walking and biking around our neighborhood plus swimming.  I’ll be teaching art again this year (at my daughter’s school) and my boys will tag along.  For music, I think we’ll work on learning kid’s Bible songs.  There will be lot of dessert baking as my 3rd grader wants to be a baker when he grows up.    We also belong to a homeschool co-op that meets for gym and field trips.

My third grader has requested that we continue with computer programming.

We’ll also be doing a lot of reading – I don’t have a specific reading list this year.  The only book we’re definitely reading is A Land Remembered Student Edition Volume 2.

When do you start homeschooling?  Do you have your year planned out?

National S’mores Day – August 10

Delicious Golden Grahams S'mores

I was first introduced to this delicious dessert when I was in sixth grade (almost 30 years ago – yikes!).  Every year, the sixth grade class would go on a 3 day/2 night campout.  One night I remember watching a movie and the chaperones started bringing out these snacks.  I didn’t know what they were (can you imagine?  Not knowing what a s’more is?).  They were delicious and other kids seemed to know what they were.  Someone told me what they were called and from that point on, I was in love.  Well, with s’mores anyway.

Then my mom found this recipe on the back of a box of Golden Grahams.  Delicious!  I made tons of these growing up!

Indoor S’mores

8 cups Golden Grahams
1 1/2 cups Milk Chocolate Chips
6 cups mini marshmallows
5 T butter
1 t vanilla
1/4 cup light corn syrup (opt)
Melt 5 cups marshmallows, chocolate chips, butter, and corn syrup in a sauce pan.  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.  Grease a 9×13 pan.
Pour cereal into a large bowl and pour marshmallow mixture over it stirring until evenly coated.  Stir in remaining marshmallows (I always add some extras too).
Press mixture into pan.  Cool at least one hour or until firm.  Cut into bars.  Store loosely covered at room temperature.
 

For more s’more ideas, check out my Pinterest board.

 

 

Resizing a Button-Up Shirt

ButtonUpFinishedMy sister-in-law recently gave me a shirt that didn’t fit her.  I tried it on and really liked it, except that it was just big enough to look too big and the neck was open a little too low for my comfort.  It laid on my sewing chair for a couple weeks.  I didn’t really want to take it apart (just the side seams) and resew it.  Also, there wasn’t an extra button like I was hoping – I wanted to add another button & button hole at the top.  Then, I had a brainstorm – I didn’t need to take it apart; I could just resew it.

I took each side in about 1/2 inch – I didn’t measure or anything, just eyeballed it.  I also didn’t change my thread…normally I would, but it does make it a little easier to see the pink in this picture.ShirtSideSeam
Instead of making another buttonhole (not one of my favorite things to do), I just used a snap.  It was so much easier!
ShirtSnapI think the whole process took less then 15 minutes.  The moral of the story – don’t over-think things and make it harder than it needs to be!

Sheldon’s New Primary Language Lessons

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I recently received a copy of Sheldon’s New Primary Language Lessons to review.  I taught Child #2 to read and now I need to teach him some grammar, but I wasn’t sure where to start.  I don’t follow any one curriculum – I pick and choose.  Child #1 went to public school, learned to read by the end of kindergarten, and learned basic grammar in 1st grade.  Then we decided to homeschool.  She already had the basics down, so we just reviewed grammar as part of English.  Child #2 is now going into 3rd grade.  He is still working on reading but we need to add more formal grammar lessons.  He is totally not into book work – he prefers reading (or even better – being read to), so workbook type lessons weren’t going to be a good fit.  This book provides a nice combination of written and oral work.

The book is divided into 96 lessons which are grouped by concept.  Some can easily be covered in a day and others will take longer.  Concepts are covered in a variety of ways – reading passages, answering questions about a passage or picture, filling in the blank, copywork, retelling stories in your own words and memorization.  The material is appropriate for first time grammar students in grades 3-6.  Older students would be expected to produce more than younger students.

I think this is going to be the perfect grammar book for this coming year.

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Camper Curtains

On our Shakedown Cruise, one of the things I had to do was hang the curtains.  Don’t ask why I didn’t do it before we left.  It isn’t like I didn’t have time!  However, for some strange reason, I left the curtains in the bag they came in until we arrived at the campground.  By the time we got set up and had dinner, it was getting dark and we wanted to close the curtains.  Well, they were pretty easy to hang, but the ones over the big window had these funny white tabs hanging from them.  We were mystified as to what they were for.  They obviously were meant to hook into something, but we couldn’t see anything that they fit into.  So, for our first few camping trips, they just hung there.

CamperCurtainStrap

Then, one day, John happened to notice behind the galley kitchen was a track that looked like the mystery tab was supposed to slide into.  I read through the owners manual again (I obviously missed a few things the first time through!) and sure enough in the section about “Inside Galley Stove Use”, is a note labeled “Important” and part of it says: “Do not use stove unless the drapes are secured to the galley back with the Velcro tabs or to the plastic drape track behind the upper galley assembly.”

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Our curtains are now properly secured.

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Memo to self:  Always read the whole instruction manual!

One Year Later

Just over a year ago, we arrived in Florida to a home that my hubby picked out for us (I had only seen pictures).  We had no income, just some savings that seemed to be disappearing way too quickly!  We knew that a job would be hard to find.  We knew finding a new church might be hard too.

A year later, hubby has two jobs (and crazy hours, but hopefully that will be changing in the fall) and our kids are involved in a homeschool group.  We tried a few different churches before we found one that we really liked (and quickly became active members!).

We started out spending a lot of time at the beach, the community pool, checking out playgrounds, more time at the beach.  Slowly though, life crept in – hubby’s hours increased (he started out with just a part time job), I started getting some orders on my Etsy shop, we started another year of homeschooling.  The beach and playgrounds slowly took a back seat.  We didn’t notice it at first, but then the kids commented that we hadn’t been going to the pool as much.  So, I made it a point to get to the pool each morning as soon as we were done with school.  It was a great motivator!  We started planning when we would go to the beach instead of just figuring it would happen.  When we knew we would be near a playground, I tried to make sure there would be time to stop and check it out (I’m amazed at how many playgrounds there are near us!).

Even living a simpler life takes planning.  We can’t just assume that we’ll do something as a family – we have to plan it.  If we don’t, chances are we’ll just sit at home.

What about you?  Do you have to plan or are you better at being spontaneous?

 

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