Housekeeping · No-Fuss Home Cooking

Our Three Favorite Bar-Cookie Recipes, Featuring……the Best Brownies Ever!

Seriously, until this recipe, I’d never found a made-from-scratch brownie that tasted as good as brownies from a mix. But these brownies are just what brownies should be — rich, chocolatey, and moist. We came across them sort of by accident. Megan wanted to make brownies, so she looked up a recipe, mixed them up,… Continue reading Our Three Favorite Bar-Cookie Recipes, Featuring……the Best Brownies Ever!

Housekeeping · Organization

Ten Simple Ways to Organize Your Home

 Keeping the house organized is a constant work in progress.  As our family has grown, I’ve sought out and gradually added new ways to find “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” Here are 10 of my recent discoveries, many of them Pinterest finds. Over the door shoe organizers are so versatile.  They’re not just for shoes anymore. … Continue reading Ten Simple Ways to Organize Your Home

Family & Fun · Housekeeping · No-Fuss Home Cooking

Grilling Oysters

I learned something new this week.  You can cook fresh oysters still in the shell right on your backyard grill.  We were given a gift of fresh, live oysters as a thank you for hosting a field day here at the farm recently.  We didn’t have any experience with shucking oysters, and when we found out they can be grilled while still in the… Continue reading Grilling Oysters

Crafts · Family & Fun

Summer List of Kid Fun and Crafts

You probably have such a list yourself — all the neat craft ideas and fun activities you’ve seen on Pinterest or read about otherwise on the internet.  Well, here’s a list of the things I know my kids enjoy because we’ve done (most of) them before.  I’ll be returning to these crafts and projects this summer, tweaking them… Continue reading Summer List of Kid Fun and Crafts

Charlotte Mason · Homeschooling

Want to Try a Different Approach for Summer Math?

So summer is almost here, and it’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy life.  And if you’re like me, you’re hoping for a chance to get to all those fun projects and activities you never found time for during the school year.  For us, those activities will hopefully include crafts, swimming, nature hikes and nature journals,… Continue reading Want to Try a Different Approach for Summer Math?

Family & Fun · Homeschooling

School’s Out! — Of Childhood and Summer Days

School’s officially out for my crew……this week marks the beginning of summer vacation.  So now what?  Do I let ’em run wild and free?  Or do I make sure they do just enough school work to prevent academic amnesia come September?! There’s a part of me that feels the need to make sure the kids’ academic skills don’t… Continue reading School’s Out! — Of Childhood and Summer Days