Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gluten free Jewish Apple Cake

My favorite thing about Christmas morning last year was our breakfast and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus and eating Jewish apple cake for breakfast. I really needed to find the recipe and found it so here it is :

The GFCF Recipe Experience: Jewish Apple Cake

I love this recipe because this cake is one my Mom has made since I was a child, and to me it is wonderful to be able to gfcf a family recipe. I think the gfcf version tastes just as good as Mom's, and Mom's is usually devoured immediately.

Oh, and I would be remiss without passing along my Chemist-Father's instructions - measure all ingredients accurately.


3 cups gfcf flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
6 large eggs
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 tsp gf vanilla
3 tsp gf baking powder
4 - 6 Granny Smith apples, pared and sliced thin
sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 325.

Place all ingredients except apples into a mixing bowl. Using a mixer, blend for 5 - 7 minutes, starting a low speed until a thick batter is obtained, then raising to medium speed.

Grease or spray a tube pan with cooking spray.

Pour 1/3 of the batter into the tube pan. Place a layer of apples on top of the batter, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Add another 1/3 of the batter and another layer of apples, sprinkling with cinnamon and sugar. Add the remaining 1/3 of the batter and the rest of the apples, sprinkling cinnamon and sugar over top of the apples.

Bake at 325 for 1 1/2 hours; test with a cake tester. If still wet, bake an additional 15 minutes.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

School Supplies- Bad Choice Staples

I love school supplies sales! However there is a BIG damper on my enthusiasm this year. Staples. I love Staples for school supplies and tell my friends all about them. I am a big fan of Staples. For many years,  Teachers and Homeschoolers can get 25 of the penny deals which are limited to the general public to a certain number generally 1 or 2. This has helped many teachers get supplies for classrooms where the parents can't afford supplies for their students. It has also helped plenty of homeschoolers stretch their pennies and spend a little on yearly school supplies so the big money can be spent on books and other supplies. We have donated quite a bit supplies from what we get from Staples and it's been a win win. As a matter of rewarding them for their generosity I shop Staples first for what I'm looking for during the year(still for the best price, but I go there first).
Recently I started looking for the teacher deals from Staples. It turns out there was an email sent that states they have changed their policy. Now they will be giving full rewards later on. Um, so NOT helpful.

It's not really a great deal. You first spend the five dollars to get the first two items for a penny. After that, you can get 23 more items at regular cost. In August or September, you will be sent a rewards coupon for the amount you spent to be used at Staples however it is not usable for everything that you might want to purchase.

So therefore if I wanted the 23 other packs of pens, I would spend 1.99 a pen and therefore spend around 50 dollars to get the pens that originally only cost me a quarter. I don't really have the extra money to put out to get it back later and that is if I remember to use the coupon!
SO NOT HELPFUL! I get they have the right to make their own sales and policies, but this is a bad policy. They have driven many teachers away from their store. I've heard that and I know it's true for me.

And besides all that, I'm just bummed. We have a super busy summer and we are moving. I was going to make sure to get to Staples any way.  Well now Walmart is getting my money. I don't love Walmart, but I don't hate it either. This week I've finished my weekly shopping for schools supplies and Walmart was the choice. If I can stretch my homeschool supplies $ their and I can't at staples, well then, sorry Staples you've lost a valuable consumer and supporter. Staples, I'm loyal and if you change your ways, I'll be back, but you need to do it fast. I'm not sure I'll even go to Staples at all just on principal. The other better school supplies sales are looking MIGHTY inviting to my little ole dollar.

Walmart School supplies July 7-13 2012

Here's the list of my supplies for Walmart prices this week. Not as good as Staples last year, but still decent.

The first list is my stock up price. The rest I'll be waiting for better deals.  Or I don't need any (Pencils and index cards from staples still are plentiful)

1 subject notebooks, wide or college ruled, 70 sheets – .17
 I got 5 I didn't love the covers. I may go back and just change the covers :)

Elmer’s Glue Stick, single pack – .10
I got a lot. I may go back and get more

1 subject notebooks with design covers, 70 sheets – .47

Elmer’s Glue Stick, vanishing purple, double pack – .50
CraZArt Glue Sticks, 3 pack – .25 (I didn't find these at the Walmart I went to)
Fiskars Scissors – $1.47
Kids Scissors – .50
Elmer’s School Glue – .50
Crayola Large Washable Crayons, 8 pack – $1.88
Crayola Washable Crayons, 24 pack – $1.97
Crayola Crayons, 24 pack – .50
CraZArt Crayons, 24 pack – .25
This is a stock price if you don't care about brand. We don't do crayons- they melt in the dryer!

Large Pink Erasers, 2 pack – .50

Crayola Colored Pencils, 12 pack – .97

I also found Crayola Markers both thick and thin for .97 cents.
I spent $48 and am more than halfway done. However I don't have as much to donate as I did last year ( from my Staples sales)

Here are some more deals that might be good if you dont' want to wait or need these items.

Expo Dry Erase Markers, 4 pack, black or colors – $2.50
Sharpie Thin Highlighters, 4 pack – $1.74
Sharpie Permanent Markers, 3 pack – $1.54
Sharpie Thick Highlighters, 4 pack – $1.47
Pencil Sharpener – .88
Pencil Erasers, 24 pack – .88

BiC Mechanical Pencils, 10 pack – $1.47
Dixon #2 Pencils, 20 pack – $1.12
Dixon #2 Pencils, 8 pack – .47
Watercolors – .50
Crayola Colored Pencils, 24 pack – $2.97

Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, 12 pack – $2.97
CraZArt Colored Pencils, 12 pack – .50
Scotch Transparent Tape Twin pack – $1
Mini Stapler – .97
Post-it tabs – $1.97

Enjoy the sun!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

More pictures from last weeks park day

These won't be up long, but wanted to share with a friend!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Glorious homeschool park day!

It started out overcast but turned out fabulous. Jump rope, tug of war, making friends with kids they've never met, all the beauty of a homeschool park day. 4 hours of play during schoool hours just would not be possible in a traditional school day. My kids have learned more about "socialization" today with kids from ages 3-11 then they would sitting in rows with 25 kids their same age.
What a fun rejuvenating day for all involved!! I got some good mommy talk in. We just might make this a weekly occurrence!!

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Sunset over chesapeake bay after a fun day at Assateague Island

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Periodic table of life

This was just cool :)

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Consequences for putting popcorn all over freshly vacuumed carpet!

Learning life skills!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

LDS homeschooling conference

I'm looking forward to attending one day of a homeschooling conference. I have never been to one and am grateful that the LDS Eastern Home Educators conference is being held an hour from my house this year instead of the 3-4 hours away that it usually is. I'm also grateful to be able to hear Susan Wise Bauer speak and fill up my bucket with ideas tools and strategies. Have you been to a homeschool convention? What tips do you have for newbies? I'd love to hear!!
I hope you can find a way to fill your bucket, whether attending a homeschool conference or reading some motivating books, or getting together with some other homeschool moms and seeing what works for them. It's important to put ourselves in the list of people for whom we are caring. As mothers in general and especially stay at home homeschooling moms burn out is a real issue and by putting our own needs on the list to be cared for we help to avoid burn out. What do you do in your life to avoid the burn out that can so often occur when we are wearing so many hats??

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy birthday!

My youngest turned 3 this week, and as we celebrated with family and friends, it struck me how blessed I am and our family is. We have our health( with a few issues), we have a nice home to live in( with new havac unit and dishwasher the landlord installed!), we have a paid off van that runs decently and accommodates us all, my husband has a job, we have family a driveable distance away and most importantly we have our faith in Christ and the freedom to worship Him according to our conscience. That is a freedom that many is this world do not have and we often take if for granted.
I am grateful to live in this great country and for my wonderful(and imperfect) family.
We were able to spend time with extended family for a small birthday get together and it reminded me how precious family is. I am grateful to be able to spend the time while my kids are young with them. This time is precious and it goes to darn fast!!
Enjoy your family no matter the stage or age. I'm relearning that this is the only day we have to do something with right now. The future will come, soon, but if we are in the moment there is so much we can do!
What are you grateful for?


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Oregon trail living book list

I've been on a search for living books for the Oregon trail. We are going to visit family and are going to be ON the Oregon trail! so we are excited to learn about it now and then see the area!
Here are a few that I have found and have been recommended:
Picture books and early chapter books for early elementary (probably through age 8):

Papa and the Pioneer Quilt (Jean van Leeuwen) mentions several places along the way.

Journey of a Pioneer (Patricia Murphy)

The Josefina Story Quilt (Eleanor Coerr)

Older kids:

If You Traveled in a Covered Wagon, Ellen Levine (in print)

How I Survived the Oregon Trail: The Journal of Jesse Adams, Laura Wilson (in print)

Oregon at Last, A. Rutgers van der Loeff

On the Oregon Trail, Wilma Pitchford Hayes

Children of the Covered Wagon, Mary Jane Carr

On to Oregon, Honore Morrow

Oregon Trail, Francis Parkman and Smuel Morision (older kids probably)

Also here's a Biography list I found:

I will update as we go through this!