Loving my new toy!

Loving my new toy!

Yes, I will admit it.  I am a self-proclaimed nerd.  Office supplies make me giddy. And I got THIS for Christmas! I cannot tell you how exciting it is to have my OWN personal laminator!  I remember the day when I would go with my mom up to the church building to do a BIG […]

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Former-Public-School-Teacher-Homeschooling Mom

Former-Public-School-Teacher-Homeschooling Mom

Yep. I was a public school teacher for 8 years.  And now, I homeschool.  I taught 5th grade math in a public Texas school until my oldest, Jacob, was 3 years old.  At that point, we moved to another state, and I became a stay-at-home-mom for the first time.  I can’t remember exactly when or […]

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Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar

Well, my Granny has always eaten black eyed peas and cabbage on New Years………you know, for good luck. :)  So, tonight I whipped up some TEXAS CAVIAR! Happy New Years!! Classic Texas Caviar Ingredients 2 (15.8 ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained 2 fresh medium jalapenos, stemmed, seeded […]

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Adventures in Education

So here goes. I am “coming out.” I am no longer a closet homeschooler. Okay, so I haven’t been completely hiding the fact that we have been homeschooling our children, but we have been keeping it on the quiet side. You see, up until today I owned a busy photography studio. It would raise questions […]

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Less is More

New Years Resolutions.  Does anyone still make those anymore?  It seems those tend to fall by the wayside too quickly.  Instead, this year, I’ve decided to assign a word “theme” to my new year.  2011 is going to be the year of “LESS” for me. Less?  That’s an odd theme, you say.  But it can […]

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Apple Butter (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Apple Butter (Slow Cooker Recipe)

For Christmas this year, I gave away a lot of homemade apple butter.  This is the recipe I  used, for anyone interested. Ingredients: @50 large apples, different varieties (makes 8-9 quarts applesauce) 4 cups sugar 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon allspice Start by peeling & coring your apples.  This goes […]

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Ten years ago I became a mommy…

Ten years ago I became a mommy…

My eldest daughter is 10.  A decade. That’s double digits. TEN. How did this happen?  It seems like just yesterday I was admiring our new 8 lb 10 oz worth of perfection: And I was a new mom.  Ready to face the challenge of sleepless nights, dirty diapers and drool.  “Of course, I didn’t know […]

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Is it REALLY worth all the trouble???

Is it REALLY worth all the trouble???

So, Laura, Kevin, and the Tutus are here for a visit, and we are all having a FABULOUS time.  Last night, Laura and I decided to make cut-out cookies so that the kids could decorate them today.  This is actually a tradition that Jacob and I started when he was 2 years old………decorating Christmas Cookies […]

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The lunar eclipse

The lunar eclipse

Did you stay up late to see the eclipse?  Apparently, it was more unusual than most because it coincided with the winter solstice and today’s official start of winter. According to AP, “The last time an eclipse happened on this day was more than three centuries ago on Dec. 21, 1638.  It will happen again […]

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More Holiday Yumminess ~ Peppermint Bark

More Holiday Yumminess ~ Peppermint Bark

So, last week I was really into the whole “holiday baking” routine.  I made this peppermint bark on the same day I made my millionaires.  Apparently I took more photos of the millionaire steps than the peppermint bark, but that’s okay.  The recipe was very easy – even for a first-time peppermint bark maker like […]

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