March 10, 2013

The Homestead Journal ~ Week 65~ Prepping for Spring

Homestead Happenings
More organizing this week, I finally got the last of the laundry sorted, purged, put away and donated. 6 trash bags went to a lady with 5 grand children. I love Freecycle!

This is our regrown kitchen window garden. The scallions do great. Celery is slow and we have failed at garlic twice. 

The children spent several days working in the barn. Hauling out trash, making repairs and cleaning up. Quinten is getting his chickens this weekend and Joe is getting his pigs. We have contacted several people about rabbits, but none have responded. 

Lucas is chattering up a storm. For the past few weeks, when I come home from work, Ezra says, "Mom. I missed you"... The other day I had been home a bit and was nursing Lucas when he stopped and looked up at me and said "I miss you".. it was so sweet. 

What We Are Learning
Olivia has been practicing her handwriting. She is also working with Urijah on his letters. Peer teaching is a great tool. Abigail and Quinten have been working on blowing and painting eggs. They poke pin holes in the eggs on both ends, break the yolk and blow the insides out. Abigail hopes to sell crafts and also wants to make earrings out of chicken feathers.

Isaac is a trivia buff, so he has been reading a fun fact book on the human body. 

Our Adventures
I worked 4 days this week and appointments are picking up. I post photos of  my week on  my grooming blog here

No activities this week due to the "storm", but we hit the library. I suppose I am seen as a diffucult person, but people's logic is hard to comprehend.

This particular library has a very open floor plan and I usually  let the older ones (7-14) get on the computers while I take the littles to the play area that is in earshot of the computer lab.  I then walk around supervising children and collecting books. There is one librarian there who always looks at me funny and this time she told me I was not allowed to leave my children under 12 alone in the computer lab. I politely told her I  was just going over there (pointed, meaning I was not leaving the building) with the little's. She disapproved so I sent my littles on their own while I flagged Joe down to stay with the bigs. I understand her rule, but I walk around all areas and keep an eye on everyone.  What gets me the most is that she was perfectly ok with me sending my 1 and 2 year olds to the little kids area supervised by my 6 year old, but my 14 year old could not take my 7 year old to the computer lab.

On Our Bookshelf
We borrow a lot of books from the library. The children pick out their own books, and I grab some that I feel they need for school. 

The Little's Books 
Zachary found a Japanese book series called GON. He likes it mostly because you read it back wards. Its all cartoon, no text, and its about a dinosaur.
Olivia has a few Fancy Nancy books 

Urijah has Thomas The Tank Engine and Curious George 

The Older's Books
Isaac and Abigail read a few of the American Chillers Series books. about ogre's and swamp things..
Abigail is also reading some more Little House books
Jacob started reading Walden

The Schooling Books
Living in Ancient Egypt
Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia 
Baking Basics and Beyond 
Almost from Scratch
The Homesteading Handbook

Mom's Books 

 National Geographic guide to medicinal herbs : the world's most effective healing plants 
Liberty Defined

What We Are Watching 
I caught up on some Bones and Parenthood episodes

The children are watching He-man and Bobby's World 
I listened to a few documentaries at work, The War on Kids and Frankensteer. 

Abigail and Isaac have been using Book Adventure to quiz on the books they read. Check it out!

On  The Menu
I plan to share more of our menu's here. I will do what I can as time allows. 
We eat oatmeal for breakfast most days. Pancakes, Omelette's we have once a week.
I made egg rolls. I tried baking the first batch, you know to be healthier, but that was a no go, so we fried them in canola oil.  The egg roll wraps were $2 and the cabbage and carrots were $1.50. We had rice on the side, so the meal totaled about $5

 Quinten made these muffing pizza's with daddy. Quinten made the dough from scratch, but as you can see, we bought the sauce etc. Estimated meal price $6

 My favorite cookies are oatmeal raisin and I am picky about them.. I like them soft and chewy. Jacob made some this week and they were perfect!! 

Additional Photos of Our Week

Linking up with these Blog Hops 

(I am looking for more blog hops, do you have one to share? ) 


  1. Some garlic (non-organic) is treated with a chemical to inhibit sprouting. The BEST way to do garlic, is to use the OLD cloves. You know, when you forget one in the back of the fridge and it has a green top and is no longer really usable for cooking? It wants to grow. :)

    1. Those are the ones we used.. They had a sprout on them.. but they would rot once I put them in the window with a bit of water... should I just use soil?

  2. I am the same with my oatmeal raisin cookies. I like them chewy. I like your barn. It's awesome! Your egg rolls look yummy too. I need to make something like that.


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