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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-01-2010, 03:45 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,211
Posted By CartersMomma
My son (9.5) is not interested in learning...

My son (9.5) is not interested in learning cursive beyond a signature. He seems to be able to read cursive for the most part. I'm curious if anyone else has just "skipped" cursive with their kids....
Forum: Traditional Foods   07-01-2010, 12:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,479
Posted By CartersMomma
1 onion, diced saute in some butter Mix...

1 onion, diced
saute in some butter
Mix whole grain pasta (1/2 pound or so) with some mayonnaise (not sure how much, 1/2 cup or so?), 2 cans tuna and a can of Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced tomatos,...
Forum: Traditional Foods   02-08-2010, 10:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 381
Posted By CartersMomma
I have been bottling kombucha in (used) GT's...

I have been bottling kombucha in (used) GT's kombucha bottles. The first bottling, was fizzy, second, not very, and third was flat. i like it fizzy, and have heard that you can get the EZ cap...
Forum: Traditional Foods   01-18-2010, 05:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 240
Posted By CartersMomma
I've been making kefir for months now and never...

I've been making kefir for months now and never had any problems. i normally "rest" my kefir grains in the fridge for a couple of days out of the week, when I get too much, and they always seem to...
Forum: Traditional Foods   12-13-2009, 01:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 711
Posted By CartersMomma
Thanks for the tips, I really appreciate it! I...

Thanks for the tips, I really appreciate it! I have chicken stock going now and it just makes me happy http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif Beef broth will be next!!
Forum: Traditional Foods   12-08-2009, 04:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 711
Posted By CartersMomma
Can I jump in here and ask about...

Can I jump in here and ask about browning/broiling the bones in the oven first? How long do you do this and at what temp? I have a bunch of soup bones in the freezer that I'm anxious to make into...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-05-2009, 01:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 426
Posted By CartersMomma
That is a good point, momtomine, "What doesn't...

That is a good point, momtomine, "What doesn't count as school"? I think I'll adopt that! http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-04-2009, 08:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 863
Posted By CartersMomma
Another "parallel lives" story....I was always...

Another "parallel lives" story....I was always drawn to homeschooling, but when my oldest got a slot at a public charter school, we tried it for two years. It was a very nice school, but like a pp,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-04-2009, 08:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 426
Posted By CartersMomma
Mine are 8, 5, and 2. I agree with what you...

Mine are 8, 5, and 2. I agree with what you mentioned. Also any art, drawing, reading or being read to, crafts, imaginary play, especially when involving many age groups and genders (really having...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-26-2009, 10:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 451
Posted By CartersMomma
Lillian, In my sons opinion, school math was...

Lillian,
In my sons opinion, school math was "easy" and MMM was hard, meaning he had to think harder http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif He is very bright but doesn't want...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-25-2009, 11:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 451
Posted By CartersMomma
We used it this year with my 8 yo--our first...

We used it this year with my 8 yo--our first year homeschooling. I liked it, my husband (who is a math genius) likes it and thinks it is solid. But my son did not like it---it was so different from...
Forum: Traditional Foods   05-13-2009, 11:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By CartersMomma
I just wanted to post and say thanks for your...

I just wanted to post and say thanks for your tips and recipes.... I haven't been baking bread for a few weeks (my gramma passed awayhttp://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif)...
Forum: Traditional Foods   04-20-2009, 04:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By CartersMomma
OT, but your daughter is gorgeous!!!

OT, but your daughter is gorgeous!!!
Forum: Traditional Foods   04-20-2009, 04:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By CartersMomma
Thank you for your reply! I'm in the process of...

Thank you for your reply! I'm in the process of baking right now, and I ended up with a lovely dough after proofing. I"m wondering if it was just hard to handle since it was such a large batch, I"ve...
Forum: Traditional Foods   04-20-2009, 01:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By CartersMomma
I have been experimenting and trying to perfect...

I have been experimenting and trying to perfect a soaked ww flour bread recipe that makes 4 loaves, kneaded by hand. Does anyone happen to have a tried and true favorite? I've been using this recipe...
Forum: Dental   03-30-2009, 12:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 662
Posted By CartersMomma
I did not take my oldest until he was 7,...

I did not take my oldest until he was 7, thinking that our diet is healthy, etc.. but I was very sad to find that he had three cavities already, in his molars. I was shocked!
Forum: Traditional Foods   12-28-2008, 01:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By CartersMomma
I'd second the nutrimill recommendation!

I'd second the nutrimill recommendation!
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-08-2008, 04:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 436
Posted By CartersMomma
Blessings to you in this journey! Some...

Blessings to you in this journey!

Some days, I really wonder why I am doing this...it seems so hard!! It has been helpful to write down WHY we are homeschooling, what our goals are, etc...so that...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   12-06-2008, 12:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 257
Posted By CartersMomma
I love these! I am new to tortilla making and...

I love these! I am new to tortilla making and these always turn out great!

4 cups unbleached flour
1/8 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup olive oil
1 cup hot water...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-05-2008, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 436
Posted By CartersMomma
I don't know if this would help you, but you...

I don't know if this would help you, but you sound a lot like I felt at one point (we are new hsers this year), so I thought I'd mention something that helped me gain confidence.

I looked at our...
Forum: Vaccinations   10-18-2008, 11:38 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,156
Posted By CartersMomma
I would never get a flu shot again, period. But...

I would never get a flu shot again, period. But especially not while pregnant.

My story is this: first pregnancy, got the flu shot at work, found out not long later that baby had died, very soon...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-06-2008, 04:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,203
Posted By CartersMomma
FWIW, my ds "excelled" and "thrived" in ps, but...

FWIW, my ds "excelled" and "thrived" in ps, but I pulled him out after K and 1st to HS anyway because I felt called to HS my kids. We are all still "adjusting" but I love having him home and it...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   09-17-2008, 11:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 264
Posted By CartersMomma
I just made the *best* pie crust ever this past...

I just made the *best* pie crust ever this past weekend! I used 1 stick of cold, organic butter and about 3 tbls of coconut oil (to 2 cups flour)...the CO does soften up quickly, but it worked out...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-28-2008, 10:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 952
Posted By CartersMomma
Yes, we are pretty far off of the mainstream...

Yes, we are pretty far off of the mainstream around here as well, in so many ways! I have a pretty thick skin and a lot of confidence about our other decisions, and I guess it will just take some...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-28-2008, 12:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 952
Posted By CartersMomma
It's so good to know I"m not alone!! This is our...

It's so good to know I"m not alone!! This is our first year HSing and I have felt a little freaked out as well. I think I've been thinking about it for so long (ds went to kindy and first grade)...
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