Two Ingredient Cookies

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Need a quick and easy sweet snack to take someplace?  My family loves these cookies.

You need 1 can of pumpkin and 1 box of cake mix.

Mix well.

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Drop onto cookie sheet.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Our favorite is a chocolate cake mix.  Sometimes I frost with cream cheese frosting.  You can use any cake mix you choose, or even angel food cake mix for a lighter option.

These are quick an easy for busy moms to make and take someplace.


Our Geography

As you may have read, until recently, we were part of the classical education model.  I still think it has many benefits, but due to some life changes, we have went to a more traditional model.

However, I have stuck with the classical model for geography.  We are using the book Draw the USA.  With this book, your student memorizes how to draw all the states in the USA.  We are working to learn about the states this year, so this fits perfectly with our other materials.

As a homeschooling, yet working mom, this also works great because it’s something my child can do on their own with little guidance from me.  Most of the time this is something she works on while I am at work.

There are other books in this series too.  I encourage you to check it out!

What are you doing for geography?

What we are reading…

While it’s not what we are studying in history, we are going to be reading about Pear Harbor.  This is our current read:  What Was Pearl Harbor?

Be sure to check to see if your library carries this book.  Do you have any suggested reading material on Peal Harbor?  I’d love to know!

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Sometimes Life Changes

Sometimes life changes.  If only I could describe the whirlwind of the past few months.  We went into September knowing September and October would be busy.  Health issues with some immediate family.  Followed by a busy time of year with my current job- and for my husband.

In the middle of all the craziness, I had a call out of the blue asking me to consider a new position.  It is a great opportunity for me professionally and in a lot of ways good for my family.  But it means leaving Classical Conversations.  (Let me interject- we love CC.  We think it’s a wonderful program.  If I could do it all again, I would.)  We prayed.  I struggled.  But ultimately, I need to walk in obedience.  So I’m taking the new position.

This means a huge schedule change for our family.  I haven’t started yet- but my day off changes and my work days are a tad longer.  Because I felt it best all the changes not start the same week, we have went ahead and switched to Abeka for everything but reading and geography.  We are working to memorize drawing the USA in geography, and I want to continue.  (I’ll share more in another post.)

This is going to completely change what my schedule looks like.  I hope to be able to share the journey with you.  I’m envisioning a lot more crockpot meals.  I shared a while back, but the last couple of months, we have ate out too much.  I’m starting to find my cooking groove again.

Have you changed jobs and turned your family’s schedule upside down?  I’d love to hear your advice.

I also hope not to be so quite on here.  (Maybe overwhelming is the word for the last two months?)




What I’m reading…

More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated

I just finished this book at the recommendation of a friend.  Not so much for the budgeting or financial advice, but for a heart check.  This book made me reexamine some of my own opinions.  It’s certainly worth a read!

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Handling this busy season…

Friends, it has been busy at my house.  Not necessarily of my own choosing either.  Immediate family members on both sides of the family with medical issues.  Harvest.  Oh, and my outside the home job- well, it has several events over the course of the next three weeks.  (Mostly large events for that matter.)

Add in homeschooling, 4-H (and some upcoming events there) and just making time for family and little fun- well, some days I feel like I’m running on a hamster wheel.

So, how do we do it?  First, I’m a bit (probably too) relaxed on the house right now.  Second, we have been eating out way. too. much.

But how do I make time to do what we need to in this season?

For starters, let’s talk about shopping.  I really haven’t (except for a few fresh items) in about two months.  Between Amazon and Wal-Mart, most of what we need can show up at the front door.  Books for school, many items for 4-H projects or National 4-H Week have been ordered online (sometimes while I eat lunch).

I really have had to just relax about my house.  It’s kind of a mess at the moment.  I’d rather make sure we are finishing our school work than have a perfect house.

As for meals, I have already said It, but we have ate out or had carry out way too much.  We’ve also had some frozen meals.  It’s not my first choice, but it’s the current season.  (But I’m grilling burgers tonight if that counts…)

Finally, we make homeschooling the priority.  We try to get it in each day- if she’s with me, a sitter or wherever.  We have kept up on the schoolwork.  I’ve let other things go…or may not be doing our norm…so school is a priority.  This is what works for us right now.

How do you get through busy or difficult seasons?  I’d love your tips!








What we are reading…

First, my apologies for a lack of posting.  It’s been a difficult, busy season are here!

We have been doing quite a bit of American History reading:

Who Was George Washington?

Who Was Thomas Jefferson?

What Was The Boston Tea Party?

Pilgrims-Magic Tree House Research Guide 

Other reading:

Story of the World Volume 4

Usborne Human Body Reference Book

Saving Disney: The Story of Roy E. Disney


Don’t forget your local library is a great resource for books!  What are you reading?

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