Thinking Ahead

This week I printed my own copy of The Homeschooler’s Christmas Planner and settled down to organise myself in readiness for ‘the busy season’. It’s funny pulling out  a planner that you made with others in mind and then finding it so useful for yourself.  I like the planner.  I like the way it helps me get organised and focused.  … Continue reading

Do You Work?

Do you ever get asked if you work? Hmmm…  How to answer a question like that? A few years ago one of our young adult children brought a new friend home.  I like meeting people and I was soon chatting with this guy, finding out about his interests and his family.  The big thing that I remember is the way … Continue reading

How to Improve Your Homeschooling Efficiency

Life is so busy in a homeschooling family.  Often it’s happy busy, but sometimes it’s stressful too. One way to handle the busy-ness is to make a list of things you need to do. It helps you to focus. It increases the chances of things being done. It helps prevent things being forgotten. But a to-do list needs to be … Continue reading

How I Homeschooled in a Small Space

Have you ever seen those beautiful photographs of wonderful home-school-rooms, beautiful book shelves and lots of play space?  Little desks for everyone and masses of charming pictures and shelves groaning with equipment. I find the pictures pretty scary because there is no way I can compete with that sort of setup.  In fact, when we had a big house and … Continue reading

Why A Fancy Washing Machine Might be a Bad Idea

Our elderly dishwasher finally gave up the ghost last week.  It had been warning me for a while that all was not well, so we were prepared for it to go. The new dishwasher is delighting us all with how quiet it is, how clean it gets the dishes, and how neat and tidy it looks. Some dishwashers are really … Continue reading

Recipe Month – Recipe 7

This is a great recipe when you are looking for something that doesn’t include pasta, rice or potatoes.  Quinoa (pronounced, keen-wah) has been called the  ‘gold of the Incas’.  It’s full of protein, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus.  It is especially good for people who suffer from migraine or headaches. Warming Quinoa and Kidney Bean Chili Ingredients: *  1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained * … Continue reading

Recipe Month – Recipe 4

Lentil and Bean Curry with Polenta This is a really easy recipe for you that I was given and then modified to suit my family.  People absolutely love this dinner and it’s yummy enough to give to visitors and get compliments. Ingredients •   1 onion chopped •   Cold pressed virgin olive oil (or other good cold pressed oil that can … Continue reading

Recipe Month – Recipe 3

Here’s your third recipe in the series of October Recipe Month. I like this one because it’s a vegetarian recipe.  Cashews are sometimes called ‘nature’s vitamin pills’.  They have 5 grams of protein per ounce and high levels of the essential minerals: iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese. Creamy Pasta with Cashew Sauce Serves 4 Ingredients: *  500gm (1 … Continue reading