Archive for the ‘In the kitchen’ Category

School is just around the corner. We are planning on starting August 19, which is next Monday. My children are excited. I am apprehensive. I do not feel organized enough. I feel like I am barely keeping up with the work that is on my plate now and what will happen when I add school. And my 1 year old has been extremely fussy and clingy lately. Hopefully that will soon resolve because I noticed one of her molars is through. So hoping. . .

Things that need to happen before school starts on Monday: a daily/weekly schedule made for the school days, chores need to be re-worked to fit into a school day (i.e. which chores need to be done before the school day begins, which chores will be done afterwards and which chores will be dropped from their lists), would love to make menus, more charts, timelines, maps, need to be hung on the walls, school book shelves need to be organized, a list of things made that I can grab to keep baby dear happy for a while, and on and on and on. But by God’s grace, I can do it. He has called and he will enable. THAT is what I am clinging to.

Curriculum is soo much fun. I love looking at curriculum and choosing what will best suit our needs. I am excited about our choices for this year, especially our history.

Bible & Bible Memory: Not entirely decided yet. I have a few ideas, but I don’t have a curriculum per se.
Math: Math-U-see Beta
Reading, phonics, spelling: Eastern Mennonite Publications 2nd grade reading
History: Faith Builder’s Living History Threads level 12
Science: Sonlight Science from Core B
Music: not entirely decided. Cassandra is taking Piano lessons, but I want to give them all an introduction to music
Art: Artpac 1 from Christian Light Publications


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My first post to try to post pictures in my new blog format. So I am hoping that it works!!

I have been wanting a cast iron skillet for a long time, but just couldn’t find any nice ones for a cheap enough price. When I did find a cheap one, it was way to ugly and gunky and whatever else that makes them sell cheap. But then came Pinterest. . . awe. . . you can re-condition and re-season them! You can clean all that gunk and ugly stuff off! Seriously?

Well I was just a little skeptical, but I decided if I found one for the right price I would try it. Finally the other week I was at an Estate Sale and it was the final day and they had all the items marked 50% off. They had a cast iron pan in horrible condition marked for $10. Well everything was 50% off, so it was $5. I decided now is my time to try it. I bought it and brought it home. My husband took one look at it and say it is worthless. He did not believe that I could do anything to save that skillet. I found the pin on Pinterest and set out to clean it. I coated it with oven cleaner, put it in a garbage bag and left it sit for a couple of days. Got it out sprayed it with water and scrubbed. I was AMAZED!!! First of all, the grime was thick! 2nd the grime was actually coming off! I sprayed again and waited a couple of days, scrubbed and resprayed and waited, probably about 4 times, till all the grime was off. After I was satisfied it was all off, I soaked it in 2:1 ratio of water and vinegar to neutralize something (the pin explains all the techincal stuff) about the oven cleaner. After it was finished soaking it got scrubbed with steel wool. Lots of gross stuff still came off with that scrubbing. After the steel wool did it’s job, then came the re-seasoning. Heat it in the oven and give it several coats of Crisco or olive oil or lard. I believe I can fry is the blog  that gave me full instructions on how to re-condition and re-season my cast iron pan.

Here is the pan after one coat of oven cleaner!


This is after a few more coats of oven cleaner


This is after I was satisfied that it was clean and had all the prior seasonings off. It was still a dark color! Image

 This after the vinear and water soak and then the steel wool treatment.


And HERE is my completely re-seasoned cast iron skillet!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful!!!!!!! It turned a slightly brown color when it was re-seasoned. My skeptical husband has turned believer. I do believe that I will now be able to buy any cast iron skillet I want. 🙂 It is beautiful, right? You agree, right??Image

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Around here we celebrated Valentine’s Day a week late. We just celebrated it last evening, Feb. 21.

For the last several years, I have been wanting to make it a family affair instead of a couples night out. So with several eager children that wanted to do all they could to help make a special supper, I embarked on that adventure.

We put Valentine’s decals on our windows, made fondant for a cake, made red jello hearts.

The menu was pretzel covered Chicken breasts served with homemade Honey Mustard Sauce, baked corn, Valentine jello hearts, and Pumpkin cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting with pink fondant overlay with pinker hearts on it.

I had each of the children write notes to each other person in the family. Titus and I also wrote notes to each one. We said 2 or 3 things that we like about that person. Then each person read their notes and then gave that note to the appropriate person. We did this after the main course and before dessert. It was really really special. I think it will become a Valentines Tradition for us.

We all love to be loved. We love when others tell us what they like about us. And this can be an organized way of affirming our love for each member of the family and affirming their strong points. May God be glorified in all that we do.

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