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  3. Joyous Home

    Math Love for Summer

    We need to stay on math through the summer. I've used a lot of math programs in the 25 years we've been homeschooling. (My current ages at the homeschool table are 10, 12, 15, 16 ) I LOVE Christian Light Publications. It's systematic, covering many elements my kids seemed to have missed in other programs. Anyone else schooling through summer?
  4. It's a busy month, but my sewing room is still calling me. 

     

  5. Joyous Home

    Cherry Trees?

    Hello everyone, I'm anticipating my cherry trees having worm problems like last year. I thought for sure they wouldn't survive! Any ideas on how to prevent the worms on leaves?
  6. Joyous Home

    Stromboli

    Hello! We tried a stromboli tonight. Years and years ago I had one that stuck in my head as terrible so I was always afraid to try it. The secret is thin, thin pizza crust. Our pizza crust is half fresh whole wheat flour, if you don't have a mill then unbleached white is just as tasty Crust: 3 cups warm water 3 cups warm whole wheat flour 2 Tbsp. yeast 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. sea salt Unbleached White Flour - clean the bowl We use a Bosch or Kitchen Aid, mix and let sit for a few minutes. Add unbleached white flour one cup at a time and mix - add until the sides of the bowl start to clean. Probably up to 3 cups. We are at high altitude where it's a bit drier, so take into consideration more flour if you have more humidity. Knead for 4 minutes. Let rest. Roll out 2 thin rectangles, fairly thin, 1/4". Spread pizza sauce, pepperoni, sausage or hamburger - and a non-wet vegetable, onion or peppers. Roll up from the long end. Snip with scissors and bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, switching them back and forth between racks. This was really good.!
  7. Joyous Home

    Stromboli

    Hello! We tried a stromboli tonight. Years and years ago I had one that stuck in my head as terrible so I was always afraid to try it. The secret is thin, thin pizza crust. Our pizza crust is half fresh whole wheat flour, if you don't have a mill then unbleached white is just as tasty Crust: 3 cups warm water 3 cups warm whole wheat flour 2 Tbsp. yeast 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. sea salt Unbleached White Flour - clean the bowl We use a Bosch or Kitchen Aid, mix and let sit for a few minutes. Add unbleached white flour one cup at a time and mix - add until the sides of the bowl start to clean. Probably up to 3 cups. We are at high altitude where it's a bit drier, so take into consideration more flour if you have more humidity. Knead for 4 minutes. Let rest. Roll out 2 thin rectangles, fairly thin, 1/4". Spread pizza sauce, pepperoni, sausage or hamburger - and a non-wet vegetable, onion or peppers. Top with mozzarella. Roll up from the long end. Snip with scissors and bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, switching them back and forth between racks. This was really good!
  8. I've been trying to come up with some good treats - not too sugary, not too bland, and without nuts. Maybe substitute pretzels? Any recipe ideas? Almost all the good crunchy looking cookies/bars have nuts, pooh! I bought rice krispies for crunch, just can't find anything that looks good. Would love some ideas.
  9. Joyous Home

    Anyone Gardening Yet?

    I wish we could! We can't really start gardening until May. We can start seeds but I haven't done it since we may move. Now all the concentration is going to homeschool, quilts and getting the house ready.
  10. Kim

    Anyone Gardening Yet?

    Has anyone started gardening yet? While it's far too cold to plant outside here (it's still snowing!) we've been busy starting a lot of seeds indoors. Today we planted another 800 tomato plants and that used up the last of the space under our light sets. Looks like we'll have to open the greenhouse later in the week. We are trying out one new variety of tomato this year called Small Orange Stripe. It looks very pretty and is supposed to produce well. What are your favourite tomato varieties to grow?
  11. @Joyous Home that's strange. Butter is better for you anyway. I don't make pies that often (I may make 3-4 pies a year), so I don't mind using Crisco since it is what my grandma's recipe calls for.
  12. @Miss_Lorrie It was solid, not even old. We used to use it all the time. We prefer the taste of butter so switched years ago, I just haven’t worked with it much since, oh it was terrible.
  13. When I make pie crust, I use my grandma's recipe that calls for Crisco and it turns out just fine. How did the Crisco look when you put it in? Half melted or all solid?
  14. Here's a recipe to try! EASY!! If you want something nice for a tea, you can fill them with lemon curd - that was a wake-up thought... lemon. Yummy. 1/2 c. butter, softened 1 c. unbleached flour 3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream sugar Beat the butter and cream together, add flour and mix again. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until easy to handle. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly flour a surface and roll out the dough to 1/8" thickness. Cut with a round cookie cutter. Place 1" apart. Sprinkle with sugar. Prick with fork. Bake 7-9 minutes or until set. Now you have wafers to fill! I'll post a pic of mine soon.
  15. Well, I had a really good lesson, I should have known better. I wanted to make pie crust really quick and not have to mess with chopping up butter (BAD GIRL!) My daughter had needed Crisco for her icing class, and there it was, all simple and ready in that can. I thought, well, I used to use that, it used to be so quick... What a mistake. My youngest and I tried and tried to get that stuff to look like our dough, and honestly, I don't know what it was! She was lookin at me... I tried to reassure her I knew what I was doing. Don't ever be tempted to use that stuff. I put it right in the trash. Here is the butter recipe - posted here before I even get my apple tart on the blog! Below is my finished apple tart. In a bowl, combine 2 1/2 c. flour, 1 tsp. sugar, and 1 tsp. of salt. Chop 1 1/2 sticks of butter and place in the food processor. Add the flour mixture and 1/4 c. of ICE water. You may need to add up to a 1/4 c. more. The video helps a little to see the consistency before dumping out onto the counter to make discs to chill. Here is how easy the crust will mix up in a food processor. My favorite method for biscuits too.
  16. Great for breakfast with sausage gravy or at dinner with beef stew! Oven 425 Bake time: 12-15 min (or until golden and spring back) Ingredients 18 TBSP of frozen butter - grated (large cheese grater works great) Mix dry ingredients 6 1/2 cups of unbleached flour 3 tsp salt 3 TBSP sugar 1/2 tsp baking soda 3 TBSP baking powder 2 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 c. half and half OR use 3 c. buttermilk Add dry ingredients to the frozen butter mashing and mixing until crumbly and well combined. Add liquid to the center and using a fork mix well. Don’t over mix, just enough until you get it formed up. I had to add a little more flour here and there - you’ll be able to judge by how sticky it is. It can’t be too sticky to roll. Break the dough into 2 parts. Roll one into a rectangle, about 1/3” high, and fold over, fold over again, and again, should be about 1” high when you use the biscuit cutter. You can really just play with layers, up to you. Repeat with the second part. Cut and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet or just pop into a glass baking dish. In either case, you want them to touch as they will rise higher that way. You can brush the tops with butter, but these are very buttery without it.
  17. Joyous Home

    Revolution Living Books?

    Some of the kids have read Johnny Tremain, but not the younger ones, so maybe I'll read that aloud. I think I'll start a list and upload here to the forum somewhere. When books are recommended we can add to them. I might go wild doing that
  18. Kristi

    Revolution Living Books?

    Melissa and I are reading through the Lord of the Rings trilogy together. Her choice. Have your read Johnny Tremain? It is a good living history book that would tie in with your American Revolutionary studies.
  19. Joyous Home

    Finished Farmhouse Floral

    Finished and hanging - the hangers, I believe I purchased online from Birdbraindesigns.com It was months ago, and I happened to find them in my embroidery box! Other options for hanging are given in the course video (binding video, I believe.)

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  20. Joyous Home

    Revolution Living Books?

    I would love to start a living book discussion! We are studying the Revolution right now, I have a few books but would love some more ideas - middle school plus, although we've read all lower levels and the learning is still full.
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