Friday, May 25, 2012

Smothie packs

I found this recipe for Smoothie packs on pinterest at we are ready for summer so as I find fruit on sale I have made up these packs.

Smoothie Packs:

16 oz. frozen strawberries $2.69
16 oz. frozen raspberries $4.15
16 oz. frozen peaches $2.69
4 medium bananas $0.86

Fruit n' Flax Smoothies:

1 frozen smoothie pack $1.30
1 cup light vanilla soy milk $0.41
1 handful baby spinach $0.53
1 Tbsp ground flax seed $0.03
1/2 tsp cinnamon $0.03

Sunday, May 20, 2012


We went camping this weekend Pitty-Pat used the time to read a bird book and idendify the odd looking duck she saw. She also worked on multiplication tables. I think she finally gets it. Well maybe. We explored the pine river and found 2 clams, 5 minnows, 1frog, and nothing else. Scary!  I remember playing in  the creek by my house and it was full of life. Where were the dragon flies, crayfish,snails, mayflies, water skaters, and all the creepy crawlies? It was almost dead really. We walked in the river for 1/2 mile and no life! It is so sad really. Tippy-toe had fun making log teepees in the woods and riding his bike. He did manage to find time to review subtraction. I bought placemats with dry erase crayons and everyone enjoyed working on school work while I made lunch. the kids got sunburnt yesterday they didn't get out of the sun while Little-man and I tried to take a power nap. They were told but didn't listen. Little-man got a new bike two wheeler with training wheels. He needs to practice. No televison or electronics means they all have to get along and play together. It was a good weekend.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

We went camping this weekend. We got the camper all set up and our little campsite all in order. We have friends that camp with us and it is so much fun for the kids to play together.  Aaron built a firepit with a ring and sand then I put rocks all around. He also made a burn barrel. (Nobody wants to make smores over a dirty diaper burning.) Aaron and Cam also hauled enough sand for the kids to have a sandbos where we can see them play. Since someone dumped trash in the kids old sand pit. (We don't own the propery where we camp we just have the lease of it if we keep it up and a friend of the neighbor mistook the property line and dumped there now we have a big mess to clean up)(P.S..He has 45 days till I load it up and dump it in his kids sand box or front yard!) I had so much fun camping.Our camper is 30 foot with 4 bunk beds a dinette that fold into a bed and another bunk above that so I guess you could say it sleeps 7. We paid $300 dollars for it. And have spent $500 to remodel it. I put in new screen in the door today. It is so cute and everything works now. Aaron is so handy. the kids spent most of the day in the woods making teepees. I remember doing that as a child myself. The best way to learn about nature is to live it. I saw six different butterfly species,a cat bird, an unusual duck, geese, a morning dove, a mouse, a garter snake, wild strawberries, raspberry plants, white pines, birches. This kids brought me interesting rocks to add to our collection. No amount of book work equals all they learn camping. Science is in the exploration of our natural world. summer is when we do alot more science but Math is also going to be an empahsis this summer.

72 hour emergency kit

1.       Container to hold your Kit.
2.       1 Flashlight for each person + extra batteries
3.       Current family picture and photo of each family member 
4.       Can opener
5.       List of important phone #’s (laminated if possible) cell phones, and our Family Doctor
6.       $50 in one dollar bills + roll of quarters
7.       4 rolls toilet paper cardboard removed
8.       1 bar soap
9.       1 emergency blanket per person
10.   1 roll paper towels
12.   1 box bandaids
13.   1 package wet wipes
14.   100ct multi vitamins
15.   1 pack of gum
16.   2 candles
17.   Package of matches
18.   2 decks of cards
19.    ziploc bags
20.   1 bottle Ibuprofen (add baby Tylenol if you have a baby)
21.   2 lighters
23.   1 whistle per person( no way I am giving my kids a whistle but I did include a compass   they know how to use)
24.   5 dice (to play games)
25.   Rubber gloves 2 pair per person
26.   Sunblock
27.   filter mask for each person
28.   Gauze and medical tape
29.   3 heat pouches per person
30.   Bug spray
31.   Rope
32.    radio hand cranked/solar
33.   1 package garbage bags (10)
34.   Package of tums
35.   Pocket knife
36.   Thermometer
37.   first aid triple antibiotic ointment
38.   Hand sanitizer
39.   2 packs instant hot cocoa per person
40.   Granola/breakfast bars
41.   2 packs instant soup/ramen per person
43.   10 hard candies per person (i.e.peppermint)
44.   4 AA batteries
45.   10 instant crystal lite packages
46.   2 instant oatmeal packs per person
48.   Notebook and pens (for journaling/notes/entertaining kids)
49.    Small pot
50.    Travel size shampoo/conditioner
51.   Bible
       52.  bottled water/gatorade

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Lillac Jelly

I love to make different jellies so since I have lilacs in the yard I decided to try this recipe.

Lilac Jelly      makes 8- 4 oz jars

2 c. packed lilac flowers
2 1/2 c. boiling water

1. Pour the boiling water over the lilac flowers, cover and allow to cool. Allow the infusion to sit 8 hours, or overnight.

2. Strain the flowers from the liquid using a coffee filter, you should have about 2 1/4 c. liquid.

2 c. lilac infusion
4 T lemon juice
1 box Sure-Jell powdered pectin
4 c. sugar

3. Place the lilac infusion, lemon juice and pectin in a large pot. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a rolling boil.
4. Add all of the sugar at once, and stir to dissolve. Bring the jelly back up to a rolling boil for 1 minute.
5. Remove the jelly from the heat, skim the foam from the top (I got a lot of foam from this recipe) and ladle into hot, sterilized jars. Process in a water bath for 10 minutes.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

quote for the day

“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”

Leonardo da Vinci