Monday, April 13, 2015

Quick, Easy, Health and oh so YUMMY Breakfast! A busy Mama's Dream!........

Quick, easy, healthy and OH SO YUMMY breakfast!  Not to mention it's also one of the easiest recipes to remember.

Whole wheat German pancakes!

We make this in out blender, it mixes it up nicely. We have a vita-mix and I can put a double recipe in it.
The following recipe is for 1 batch, and will fit in 1 glass 9x11 casserole dish. (Though we have a variety of sizes we use)
Preheat oven to 400
Put about 2-3 tablespoons of butter in each pan, place in oven to melt. This not only helps the pancakes from sticking, but also gives it flavor.
While it melts, blend the pancake mix.
*6 eggs
*1 cup flour
*1 cup milk
Sometimes we add some cinnamon or vanilla extract.

That's it!
Layer it in the blender, blend it, scrape the sides blend some more!
Watch your butter, you don't want it to burn. Then pour the mix into the pans and place it in the oven. It takes roughly 20 mins. It will bubble up, and get browned on the edges. That's when it's done!
Eat quickly, it deflates into a flat pancakes quickly! It may not look as appetizing but it still tastes yummy!
Make sure your wheat is ground fine or purchase a pastry/fine ground white wheat. Sometimes we use spelt, which is a very light flour. Sometimes we use a half and half blend or just the 100% white wheat. They have all worked out wonderfully.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Yes, I can read.......

I am not a huge fan of reading!
(I know shutter with fright! Dismay! Disbelief!)
I love the idea of reading, I love watching my children read, and read. However when I typically grab a book, I have a hard time finishing it. I have a hard time concentrating on it. My mind is active and thinking of all the other things I should/could be doing.
(Funny thing is, just the other day I was speaking with Papa Bear, about this very subject. He asked if I'd read a specific book recently.  I said no, I don't really have time to read. He laughed and said, every time I see you, your reading a book, and usually a different one. Well that might be true, but the other side he doesn't know is that I rarely finish a book!)
This is something I am working on. I am trying to set up a specific part of my day to read, free read. We do have a 30 min block that we call religious reading right after lunch. However I typically read aloud to my 3, 4 and 6 year old boys. Then I try to throw in a 15 minute or so reading of my own.
I am slowly working thru God's Smuggler
We read aloud during lunch time, but this is a family classic reading.
Sometime I try to read before bed, and our scriptures, but sometimes that's not something I have energy for.
I learned I CAN READ!!!!
I was considering reading Bambi to the children as their next classical read aloud. I have heard that many don't like it. I found it at the local DI (Thrift Shop) for $2 and thought well, I'll grab it and read it myself. And did I ever read it for myself! I started in on Thursday afternoon, during my daughter, CHARITY's  co-op dance class. I finished on Friday at 11:30, just before leaving for our homeschool park day and social activity!
Does that mean I'll read it aloud to my children, probably not! However it's one I'm fine with having on my shelf.
I love how descriptive the author is. You could all but "see" what you were reading.
The storyline??? Well it's very "real" And well seeing that Little House in the Big Woods had my little GALLANT, (4) up having nightmares.... this is probably not a good fit for us!
Yeah, that panther that chased Grandpa and jumped on his horse, that was too much for him. It might have to do with the neighbors cat that scared him one evening.

Friday, March 27, 2015

More and MORE....

Today at the park, I started talking with a young mother. OK, so honestly she struck up the conversation and then I engaged! Those who KNOW me, know I am not the type to strike up a conversation :)
So this young mother, asked how many children I had.....
My thought, HERE WE GO!!!!!
This was a young mother with a 4, 2.5ish and new baby.... that's a hard time for most mom's. I've heard from a lot of mothers that #3 was the HARDEST!!!! Not necessarily because of the baby, but because most of the time you have 3 toddlers, and ONLY 2 HANDS!
When I told her I have 10, she didn't even flinch! Her response was I want 12! I looked at her in shock! (I know that's horrible!!!) I just don't think I've heard that from anyone else! Let alone a young Mother! I congratulated her, and we started talking. Somehow I told her I homeschool, and she said, I want to homeschool, too!
(I just love Precious Moments!)

I also just met, through email, another young mom, one with a 2 year old, who already knows she wants to homeschool! I LOVE to hear of these young mothers, who already are so actively engaged in their children! Who already have such strong principles and values.
Sometimes, this world seems so lost, I saw a mother at the store who looked and acted just like her 4 year old son. YES SON, Mohawk and all! She couldn't control her three young children, and honestly seemed at a lost.
I am just happy to know there are still Mothers in this world who want to give up their all, for a better way!!!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015


If you are LDS, and are a homeschooler, or thinking about homeschooling, you should look at this deal.....
You can try this out for $1, until September, then it's just under $20 a month after that.
I received this email from my husband, from Oak Norton, who sends out emails about Common Core.
If you're interested, go to the video below and it gives the discount code there.
Have you ever thought about homeschooling?
I think this is pretty cool so I’m sharing it with you. The American Heritage School in American Fork, is an LDS private school. They’ve been around for a few decades and I really respect the program they have. They’ve had a homeschool program as well for some time where you could buy workbooks for each school year. Now they have released an online school which has a limited time offer to sign up and get a lifetime discount. I think you’re all going to want to sign up for the promo. $1 for 6 months access. After that, it’s $20 a month. If you fail to sign up by the end of this month, then you’ll pay $30 as a signup fee, and $30 a month. I’d sign up now, explore it, see if this homeschooling program is for you, and if not, cancel. $1 to test drive this for 6 months is a great deal.
I contacted Diann Jeppson, one of the people creating the program, with some questions about how this works and here’s what I learned.
The curriculum doesn’t cover math or English. You do those separately however you want. Many use Saxon or Singapore or some other math program, and you can get whatever you want for English. Their curriculum covers other core subjects and you can teach what you want from the lessons. The topics they cover are history, science, geography, literature, music, and art. The way it works is each day, you basically have one lesson from one of those topics to cover. The lesson plan is designed to take two to three hours for a single subject, but that’s the only subject you cover that day and you do it in depth complete with activities. Then you can also do your math and English. That’s essentially your “school” day. There are sample schedules online for how to do this but with 6 subjects, many will alternate on Fridays between music and art. You can do the math on how long you’re spending on a subject vs. what students get in school and it’s not that different, particularly since this is a small group getting individualized attention. The program is designed to mimic the “one room schoolhouse” so all your kids of all ages get the same topic, but not the same assignments and projects.
Each year they are adding a new full years’ worth of curriculum lessons so eventually there will be 12 years worth of content. As it is, you can bounce around and choose what to do and go as shallow or in depth on a topic as you want. I just think you ought to sign up for a buck and try it out. This isn’t to say there isn’t value in other activities on location at a school, but this is a good homeschool option if that’s the course you’d like to go.
Here’s how to get the $1 deal.
Here’s where you can check out the curriculum:
You can learn more by attending this free introductory webinar on Thursday nights:

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