08. October 2017 · Comments Off on Morning Glory Muffins · Categories: Recipes

These Morning Glory Muffins make a perfect “breakfast-in-a-hurry”.  Pair one or two of these muffins with a hard boiled egg for a filling breakfast that will carry you through to lunch time.

On the morning that our young man and I have to get to the homeschool co-op, we have to leave by 7AM in order to make daily Mass and co-op.  These muffins are a great “car food” for a family needing to get out the door in a hurry.

Here is the recipe (I used a couple of sources to come up with a version that works for us):

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups of whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur)

2/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup canola oil

3 eggs

8oz of crushed pineapple, undrained

3 large carrots, peeled and shredded

1 apple, peeled, cored and shredded

1/2 cup craisins

1/2 cup shredded coconut (sweetened is fine to use, but unsweetened is best)

Directions:

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Use cupcake papers to line 18-24 muffins cups.
  2. Combine your dry ingredients:  flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In your mixer, using the whisk attachment, beat the oil, eggs and pineapple for about 2 minutes.  Add the flour mixture, mix until combined. Add in your carrots, apple, craisins, and coconut, mix until combined.
  4. Scoop into your lined muffin cups filling each to about 3/4 full.
  5. Place in center of oven for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool before storing.  Can be left at room temperature for 4 days or frozen for 3 months.

I freeze these muffins and pull out the number needed the night before to defrost in the refrigerator.

02. October 2017 · Comments Off on New Shirts · Categories: Uncategorized

As part of our creative outlet, we’ve created some new shirts that will help anyone show their joy for their Catholic faith and homeschooling.

First up are our Catholic Pride shirts:

Keep Calm and Catholic On t-shirt Pax Christi t-shirt Keep Calm and Catholic On yellow and white t-shirt

Keep Calm and Catholic On is available in many colors and we also made it in yellow and white, the traditional colors of the Vatican.  We also created the Pax Christi shirts because there is such a lack of Christ’s peace in the world today and what better way to show it with the emblem of His church.

For our homeschoolers, why not show your pride with one of these shirts, also available in multiple colors and youth as well as larger adult sizes:

Life is Good...I'm Homeschooled t-shirt

Finally, we wanted to do something that reflected our family farm and the fact that we produce real maple syrup.  We just felt that we have to support the use of real maple syrup!

02. October 2017 · Comments Off on New Updates! · Categories: Uncategorized

Have you noticed some of the changes that we are making?  I’m sure like you time gets away from you and the next thing you know you Website is out of date!  As part of our updates we are introducing two new areas to the Website and that is Catholic Homeschool Curriculum and Catholic Stock Imagery.

You know that we are Catholic homeschoolers and it can be difficult to put together a curriculum for little ones that meet your needs.  You might be like us and create or use different structures for different classes and it’s nice to come across sets of coursework that is already put together.  So that’s what we are doing.  We are packaging up different courses and bundling it for you in one download.  We are asking for a small contribution for our efforts but we know what tight budgets can be so it is not that much.  Very budget friendly!

As part of the curriculum we are offering packages of historic maps.  We happen to have a very large collection of maps and maps are ideal when studying history.  It really makes it special when you’re studying something like World War II and actually looking at a map that was produced during World War II.  It really gives a different perspective.  We are starting with sets of maps from different times and eras for download and will be adding the curriculum packages as we develop them.

The other new area I mentioned was the Catholic Stock Imagery.  There are so many stock photo places but very few that focus on all things Catholic.  As we visit Catholic shrines and places, we’ve taken hundreds, if not thousands of pictures and we’ll be making those available for anyone at a very reasonable cost for royalty-free publication.

We’ll be working on expanding these different areas but I wanted you to know that we are renewing our efforts to create new content for the site.

18. August 2015 · Comments Off on Stone Soup by Marcia Brown · Categories: Books, January

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown was originally written in 1947; an awesome book with an amazing legacy.  If you are looking for something to do some cold January (National Soup Month) day, pull this book off the shelf and give it a read.

Here are some ideas for activities to go along with your reading of Stone Soup:

1.  Talk soup, what kinds you and your child enjoy.  How are they prepared?  (A Year of Fun Just for Five’s by Theodosia Spewock)

2.  Make your own soup for dinner.

3.  And if you homeschool or just want to expand on your reading with additional activities, check this site for an amazing list!

28. May 2015 · Comments Off on The 2015 Summer Wanna Do List (aka Bucket List) · Categories: News

Before June 1st, I was determined to have a list of fun things to do this summer…and I made it!  I typed it up in pretty colors and added a nice graphic, but since I used a random graphic I found online, I won’t show the actual list.  I will however give you our summer list, the not-so-pretty version.

Do a Giant Scavenger List
See Mimi & Grandpa (my parents)
Go Bowling
Complete a Summer Reading Program
Attend Vacation Bible School
Take swim lessons
Go to the ocean
Go to the lake
Visit a new state
Play Outside LOTS
Go to a Farmers Market
Blow bubbles
Go to movie theater
Go to a drive-in (theater and/or food)
Go to a new playground
Make s’mores
Go star-grazing
Pick peaches
Pick strawberries
Pick blueberries
Go on a picnic
Make homemade ice cream
Fly a kite
Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
Watch fireworks in a new city
Eat something new
Attend an outdoor concert
Play miniature golf
Have a balloon fight
Play with cousins
Build a sandcastle
Catch lightning bugs
Play in the rain
Go to a new museum
Play in mud
Go for a hike
Go to a National Park
Most Importantly, HAVE FUN…

I’m so much more productive when operating from a list.  Last year, we did almost everything on our summer list.  This year it is a little easier and I’m pretty sure we can tend to everything on the list.