Friday, June 26, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ June 25th

The Pebble Pond

1. It is 65 degrees at 11pm on June 25th in Ohio. Weird, I tell ya. Just weird.

2. I have decided to start having Sunday dinners at my house. Which means I need to keep my house clean. It is not clean. Summer is a hard time for that! There is so much to do. My to do list keeps getting longer instead of shorter. Oh well....I need this.

3. Our little rabbitry is growing nicely. I got a buck Wednesday for breeding. Well..I didn't realize he was too young! He is a big rabbit so I just figured. Oops! I am still learning.

On a side note...I sold a rabbit today! These babies are our first batch and are a bit on the small side for eating. So I am trying to sell some and add some money into the "I will always need more rabbits fund".

4. My hair is FINALLY starting to grow back out. It has probably grown a few inches already since I got it cut. Luckily, my hair grows fast.

5. We are taking the kids to a rodeo on Saturday! FUN! None of us have ever been so we are pretty excited. :)

I can't wait to hear from you! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Homemade Pizza Crust

Every weekend we have a family pizza night. Sometimes it is on Saturday and sometimes Sunday. It just depends on what is going on that weekend. Family pizza night consists of pizza and games. Every once in awhile we watch a movie instead of a play a game. That depends on the week we have had. One thing stays the same, we always have family night.

Since this has be going on for about 5 years now, I have pretty much mastered pizza crust!

Homemade Pizza Crust
(makes 2 pie crusts)
1 3/4 cups hot water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 tsp. yeast
1TBS. honey or sugar
4 1/2 cups all  purpose flour

Mix together water, oil, salt, yeast and honey. Let sit for 5 minutes. 

Add flour. Knead for a few minutes. Dough should be smooth and well formed. 
Let rest, covered for 20 minutes.

Separate dough into 2 balls. Spread into pans. Top with pizza sauce, cheese and all the toppings you want! 
Cook @ 425 for 15 -20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. 

*We always make one stuff crust and one regular. To make the stuff crust we just push the crust high along the edges and line the outer layer with cheese. Then fold the crust over over the cheese. 

*On our stuff crust we add a butter/garlic mixture to the crust. I melt 1/2 cup butter and sprinkle in a bit (usually a lot) of garlic powder. I add this to the outer layer (over the stuff crust) when the pizza is about 95% of the way done. Then pop it back in the over for a few minutes.

*I like to make and can our own pizza sauce. Unfortunately, we usually run out way too quickly! So I buy the generic pizza sauce and spice it up a bit. Usually adding a tad of sugar and parsley.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Evening Daybook ~ June 22

 Today is June 22, 2015 @ 11:15pm. 

 I am finally getting time to sit down to do today's daybook post.

Outside my window....
It is dark except for an outside light above the driveway. I can see it through the kitchen window. It is windy. It is supposed to storm. The breeze feels amazing coming through the windows.

I am thinking....
about my day. I feel like I didn't get very much accomplished but I have been busy all day.

I am thankful....
that my kids did the dished without being told after dinner. I walked in from doing outside chores and it was such a blessing to see a clean kitchen.

I am wearing....
Comfy pants and a tank top....PJ's. I believe that is what I was wearing last week! Are we seeing a running theme? I was dressed today. I promise.

I am creating....
a beautiful duck enclosure! I will post pictures once it is completed!

I am going....
to be intentional about "pausing", "smiling" and "listening" to the kids tomorrow. I feel like I was so busy today that I just rushed through everything.

I am wondering....
if the washer is ever going to stop! I am up waiting to throw Brian's work clothes in the dryer.

I am hoping....
to get the kids school books in order for their assessment this week.

I am learning....
all.the.time. No really, I am. Today I learned that the largest mushroom weighed over 70 pounds and was found in Ohio! I also learned that if I leave dinner on the stove and talk to hubby, it will burn. Oh wait...I already knew that.

In the garden....
is a lot of weeds. I saw a few peppers today and my potatoes are doing amazing this year! My watermelon...not so much.

In my kitchen....Menu Plan!
Monday ~ Cheeseburgers & Cubed Potatoes
Tuesday ~ Pork Chops, Salad and Fried Potatoes
Wednesday ~ Chicken Salad
Thursday ~ BBQ Chicken
Friday ~ Spaghetti

A few random pictures....

Friday, June 19, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ June 19th

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The Pebble Pond

1. I love me some BBQ chicken. I could eat it every single day. Guess what's for dinner?

2. Fridays are usually errand days for us. Every other week we pick up Brian's paycheck, go out to lunch and grocery shop. On the other week, we usually hit the library and any other thing we need to do in town. How about you? What does your Friday look like?

3. The kids got their first job. Picking strawberries! They loved it for about 30 minutes. They worked for 5 hours in the heat so I am pretty proud of them. They got paid per quart. They lost track of how many they picked. Payday is being anxiously waited for!

4. I need to make out a summer bucket list. I have all kinds of things I would like for us to do this summer swarming around in my head!

5. We have had so much rain this week. Truthfully, I am not complaining. I have not had to water my garden!

Join us!? I would love to hear your randomness! :)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

TOS Review ~ CTC Math

Alyssa is one of my easiest students. She LOVES school. She always has. I never really taught her to read. If she wants to learn something she takes the first steps needed to learn it. Over the last 15 years the only thing that she has struggled with is math. Well that and keeping her room clean but we won't go there. ;)

CTCMath Review

Over the last few weeks she has been reviewing a program called CTC Math. We were given a 12 Month Family Plan to review.

About CTC Math...
CTC Math is an online math curriculum. One membership can be used with up to 10 children. They offer from Kindergarten through Trigonometry. It can be used as a complete curriculum for grades K-6 and a supplement after that.

How it works...
Each lesson is set up the same. There is a short video explaining the lesson followed by quite a few examples. At that point it is time for the child to do an online worksheet. Most of the worksheets are multiple choice. (She never ran into one that wasn't but it is stated on the website that there are some that are not multiple choice.)

How we used CTC Math...
Alyssa is in 9th grade. She is working through Algebra right now. As I said early, math is not her "thing". She can get by just fine but I want more for her than that. She was able to set up her account and do each lesson completely on her own. Most weeks she does a lesson every day. Our life can get busy so there are some days that she misses but it is easy for her to be consistent because the lessons are not tedious and long. They are to the point but not dry. Does that make sense?

She is using this as a supplement with Life of Fred. They work well together. She can get that extra help or reinforcement that she needs. You can skip around between lessons so it is not a problem to use as simply a supplement. Because the lessons are not very long she can do each math curriculum together and not feel like she is doing math all day long. Each video is under 10 minutes. The time varied on how long it takes her to do the questions. It usually just depends on how motivated she is that day. :)

What she thought...
We got the email with the log in information and she was very excited to get started. Although math is not her thing, she is always excited to try new things. She got signed in and started the first lesson. As soon as it started I heard her squeal. Yes, squeal. You see my children love accents. They love to hear people with British and Australian accents. Lord of the Rings did them in! She was hooked as soon as she heard the Australian accent. The program is out of Australia and I didn't know that until after I heard the squeal.

She liked the program for a few weeks. Then she started to get frustrated with it. For some reason, she would have the right answers but would mess up the letters corresponding with the correct answer. So she would put the wrong letter in and get the problem wrong. We never really figured out why this was happening. I just figured it was because she was rushing through it. I'm not real sure but it didn't take long for her to get it worked out.

What I think...
She is still using the program and we will continue. It has been a blessing to me to have a supplement like this. I have seen an improvement in her math since she started using CTC Math. I am hoping that continues and gets her not just caught up but ahead. There is no guess work or prep involved on my end. I am emailed a progress report so I can just let her go and step in if I need to.

For the review period, I just had Alyssa work with this program but I plan to have the other 3 start in the next few days. I would like them to work through the summer to keep their brains fresh for next year.

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