Sunday, July 24, 2016

Making Bread

Today I thought I would try out some more bread making.

This first one was a sour dough flour with water and oil  It rose a LOT; what you see is the top halves of the loaf.  The loaf had to be divided from top to bottom because it got jammed in my glass tray when I tried to get it out.  Yes, I oiled it, but it grew so much that it went over the rim.  At any rate, next time I shall use some cooking paper to prevent that from happening again.  Oh, and this particular loaf was done by starting it in a plastic bag.  I just love how easy the plastic bag method is.  It truly is amazing.   I also noted that it became a lot more fluffier if left to sit and rise longer.   Perhaps the extra kneading also helped { the removal of all the gases }.  Either way, This is a sure winner.

While I was experimenting with the above loaf I made the following one as well.  It differed by adding milk instead of water; butter instead of oil, and I also added an egg.  It came out much smaller - still quite good for a bread though.  It was also sweeter to taste even though they both had the same amount of sugar / yeast in there.  This loaf was started in a pot on the stove with all the little ingredients being added and the yeast ignited - then left for 10 mins, after which I then added the flour before leaving to sit for an hour, in the pot no less.

I think my oven cooks at a high temperature and I will be sure to lower it just a tad for the next round.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Paper Fish

We found an awesome paper fish activity/project for the girls to do:

The back is quite flexible too.

If you're interesting in making some cool and colorful fish, 
you can find all the details by clicking

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Bargain Book Hunting

I just love our Sunday Market walk throughs.  I can usually pick up a good deal in the book department, and do so frequently.  This weekend I managed to find these bargains.

These 7 books in great condition for $5.  I did actually need an upgrade of a couple of these, so that was nice.

But the REAL bargain of the day was this little beauty.  I have his biography on Vincent Van Gogh and it is awesome.  So much detail.  Naturally this lead me to put this next book on my wish list - so when I saw it, I snapped it up super quick - for the awesome price of $1.  Yep, one dollar.

What book bargains have you found lately?  Do tell.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

House Cleaning

For real.

Earlier in the week I discovered Marie Kondo on one of my gallivants on youtube, so I got inspired to downsize and clean a little.  It seems that hoarders and minimized living posts also move me to clean house at a drop of a whim too.  

I started in the kitchen because that is the easiest place to tackle without having to check in with other persons.  At that time I didn't even think of doing a blog post about it, my apologies, so I don't have a lot of before photos of this weeks work.

Cupboard 1
I had a thorough clean through with this lot.  When I began it was very convoluted and filled with all sorts of things.  It was being used as a kitchen catch all.  I even managed to throw out a heap of things - like jars and lids.  Yes, lots of lids, lids I'd been keeping for I don't know what.  At any rate, now there is plenty of room in there, and it's all tidied.  It even has a bit of room to spare.

Cupboard 2
Bottom shelf
I made a little space in a corner for all my glassware with lids.  That way I can find them in a jiffy { and the lids } when I need them.

Cupboard 3
Yes, I even got into the pot cupboard.  I removed a tray of packet mixes and moved them to the food cupboard.  I managed to part with a few baking tins as well.  I also threw out some more lids and what nots.  It's all very streamlined, focused and particular about it now.

Back to Cupboard 2
Top shelf
A quick tidy up.  I moved the boxed cake mixes to the food cupboard.  Moved the plastic lids at the back out and gave it a quick wipe and voila - clean and tidy again.

End result.  It didn't take long either.

Do you have any kitchen cupboards that need a walk through tidy up?  

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Week 26

I'm back and refreshed from my holiday over to the other side of Australia.  I went to see my oldest boy for 8 days + 2 travel days.   We also weaned Noah, who stayed home with daddy - I think it was perfect timing.  

Today I tried out making sour dough bread in a bag and here is the result:

The most success I've had with bread making, so I'm super happy with that.  It was also the EASIEST to do as well - so I'll definitely be doing re-runs and experiments with different types now in the future.

This week we are still doing the Robinson Curriculum and rather than just give you a chart of what the girls are reading I thought I'd give you a visual instead.

Chloe { 11 }:

Saxon as usual - one lesson a day.

And I swapped the writing portion out for this textbook usage this week.  

Just laying the foundations for Shakespeare with Tales from Shakespeare { Lambs }.

This book is huge, and has the complete collection.

Another huge book.  I've slipped it in under my science tab.  Just two chapters a week at this point, but we can always change it up as we go.

Yes, even text books can be used as readers - just do all the reading without having to exhaust yourself with all the busy work.  :o)  

And then a couple of times a week do a country as well:

For fun we're also including this as well, this week.

And this gorgeous collectable old time book as well.

And I think that  is pretty much what Chloe will be reading / doing this week.

Ok, let's move onto Phebe { 9 }

Saxon Math as usual { sorry no photo today }

And the writing was swapped out for this:

I just love OLD books.

From the RC list.

Good social studies reading.

From the RC list { Henty }

For science reading:

Hannah { 7 }


And like the other girls, I swapped Hannah's writing out for work from this book as well.

I have a heap of illustrated classics - not considered RC by any means, however I like them, so we use them.  :o)  

Another children's Bible - I can't even tell you how many different children's bibles we keep, it's probably criminal and very greedy, but it makes it super easy to keep re-visiting those stories with slight variations.

Another old time GEM I managed to score along the way - Great Events and Famous People.

Today she read about the Boston Tea Party.  Tomorrow it is Paul Revere's Ride by Longfellow, yes, Longfellow - at the precocious and tender age of 7.  That is what RC does for you.  It doesn't hold you up till your old and grey - oh no sir it does not, in fact, it does the opposite, it opens the world like a rare and beautiful flower and let's you taste the honey before the bees make off with it.

And boring science - for the time being.  ha!

This week I'll be linking up with:

I hope you will join us.

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