pinterest-dd591.htm Oak Creek Academy: February 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Bread Making

I've been bitten!

                 Bitten by the bread making bug!  And in the process, created a bread snob of a son.  I am already praying for his future wife, that she may love to bake to keep this strong willed boy happy!

With a gift card, from Christmas, I bought a Wonder Mill, one of these things:
 Thanks to some friends, I was able to get to grinding
right away and making my own bread.  We ordered some
grain from Amazon, but that would get expensive quickly.

After some price comparisons, found that Yoder's Country Market
had the best prices on grain around and had what I needed in stock.
Even with the time commitment and gas used, it was enough of a savings
to justify both the time and wear & tear on my van.  I came home with a few other
things needed as well:
  • buckets to hold the grain
  • Gamma Lids (helps to keep item dry and in a fairly air tight package)
  • Oxygen Absorbers
  • a bread recipe book
  • Shank's Vanilla (our favorite, but hard to find locally)
 "Homemade Bread" by Keepers at Home Sampler One
I have pretty good success with a few of these recipes so far.
We've made sourdough bread, sourdough "English Muffins", and
Wheat Bread.  All have been really tasty, mild wheat flavor, filling,
and worth doing again.

 Mini loaves, at the boys request!
They absolutely love these.

 Doesn't look like much food, but neither
finished their lunch the bread is so filling!

We have thoroughly enjoyed the bread and the act of making bread has not been as overwhelming to me as I thought it might.  Will be a hard to switch back to store bought, but can see the need, on occasion, of doing so.  In the mean time, we'll be eating our homemade bread and enjoying it!

Happy baking everyone!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Allowances! What rate?

When you were growing up, did you get an allowance? Do you recall how much?

I remember getting one in high school, if I was not working.  It was $15.00, I think, and I had to use it for gas, lunch at school, or whatever else I needed.

Our kids are asking for one and it might just be time to start.  Know a friend gives half the kids age.  Read a few web sights that said that, too, and up to $1.00 per year of life per week.  That would be more than I think we can do.  Half their age seems doable.

How much do you give your kids?  When did you start? And lastly, what do they need to pay for with their allowance?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments, I am truly interested!!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Blog updating

I am in need of updates around here! Reading lists need to be changed, pages tweaked, a basic overhaul. Possibly tweak my tags (think I might have to many!).

Not sure when these changes will fully start showing up, but know I might add an American History page to hold onto links.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

American History

The more reviews I read about History textbooks, in general, the more I realize no one book or curriculum will cover it all, will have some kind of error, leave out facts, or offend some people group. I also want to cover a lot of the highlights in just one year, not two as a few I really liked did.

Feel like I am in a quandary. Do I continue to search or put a lot of effort into a subject that may only be used once in our home school career?

So for the time being, below is a link to a timeline that seems like a good place to start. I can find awesome read alouds, posters, video clips, audio clips, and for different parts of the time line. I'll see what I can do.

Below, is a quick example of what I might use as an outline. This is just one more item that needs to be fleshed out while doing my research.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Being 10!

Do you remember being ten?

     I sure as heck don't!  It is a hazy memory at this point.

For our son, today totally seemed like a good 10 year old day.  It went something like this:
  • no set time to wake up as I was having a marathon therapy session with the oldest.  Not sure if Kevin had him wake up at some set time
  • being able to leisurely do his independent work
  • almost a full afternoon free with the sun shining, t-shirt & blue jeans sort of day
  • playing with chalk
  • riding bike
  • playing tug o war with the dog
  • playing with the dog and a stick
  • making a fort on the deck
  • taking the dog for a walk through the woods
  • time to read
  • playing catch with his brother
  • Tae Kwon Do (TKD)
  • getting their blue belts at TKD
Not sure what else would make his list of cool things today, but that seems like a fairly descent list as I see it.  But what do I know, I am mom!