Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Betty Crockerish

Todays blog title is in honor of my friend Heidi :)

So a awesome friend gave me 3 cases of peaches from the Harry and David fields. I gave one away to Heidi  (who is showing me up in the use of said peaches...) and started processing my boxes today.

Well, I got 4 batches of Peach freezer jam done

I don't think my first batch "jelled" all the way, but I am sure it will be yummy over vanilla ice cream! 

and I made a pie for tonight

the kids declared the pie to be "awesome" :) 

Oh ...I still have 1 1//4 cases to go through. I got a late start on them today, so hopefully more of them will end up in the freezer tomorrow. I want to make one more batch of jam (if I can find some more containers) and two or three pies for the freezer, then the rest I will peel slice and freeze in bags for smoothies. 

It felt good to "put up" some food today, this summer was so crazy that I haven't stored up any foods. I can't wait for freezer cooking this weekend! I had time today to get some prep work done for Saturday's cooking day. I made 14 cups of shredded chicken for the chicken enchiladas and made 2 1/2 gallons of chicken broth. 

Tomorrow is the first official day of the school year, I think I need to get to bed and rest! 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

family day

Just a few more days till school starts....this calls for a family day! We spent the afternoon out with some friends (19 kids between just the 4 families :) ) Had a picnic, played kickball (called for rain delay..) and then took the kids to the movies. It was a great "end of summer" day, complete with rain and fall weather ♥

A few of my favorite pics of the kids today, we were early and got in a quick photo shoot.

This summer was insanely busy, so unfortunately  we didn't have enough days like this, But we will cherish the ones that we have had :) 

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Beginnings

Okay, so I decided to start a new blog. My other one is totally about scrapping and being crafty and I need a place to blog about LIFE.....mostly homeschooling, cooking, being a mom and well... living in a fishbowl.
School starts next week. This year is going to be a challenge, lots of new curriculum and learning styles, and learning to teach kids with audio processing disorders and dyslexia.
We will over come these entirely by Gods grace.
I hope to take some pics of the kids on their "first day" next week, but for now here some pics they took about a week ago.

Not my favorite "professional" pics ever, but pretty good for a last minute photo session for grandma :)
I love this bunch of monkeys, and I am so blessed to be able to stay home with them and school them.  
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