Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Simply Peaches

My favorite way to eat fresh peaches:

Slice and peel. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with suger. Cover and put in the fridge for an hour or more. Pour a little milk (or cream if you're feeling wild) over the top. Great to serve with dinner.

Hope you all are taking advantage of harvest season!

Simply Blueberries

A member of the Yahoo group wrote to me recently:

I wanted to share my blueberry/saskatoon recipe. It has been in our family for generations and it is still a favourite. Are you ready? Put some frozen berries in to a cereal bowl and pour milk over them. Stir and enjoy your blue snow balls.

Frozen berries are also great finger food for toddlers, especially when they are teething.


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Discounted Microscopes

From Clickschooling:

The Homeschool Buyer's Co-op has negotiated a GROUP DISCOUNT for LW-Scientific Microscopes through Bolden Microscope. This is the best price on the Internet for these microscopes. You are guaranteed 20% off on any of 4 different models. Save up to 35% if enough people buy! Offer valid until Monday, Sept. 11 at 5:00 PM Eastern.

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Also from the Clickschooling folks: Carschooling.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Tomato Deals

I've been busy the past couple of days canning salsa and peaches. I bought my produce at the farmers' market earlier this week. One farmer had 1/2 bushels of roma tomatoes for $10 but they were a bit small. Instead of just walking away, I mentioned that I wasn't interested because of the size. The farmer then offered them for the same price as the salad tomatoes, $7. I couldn't pass up that deal.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Free Unit Studies

Home School Unlimited has a new feature. You can share free unit studies. Upload units that you've written to share with your fellow homeschoolers. Or download units that others have shared. Cool idea. Click here to check it out.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Cheap and Easy: Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Dry beans are thrifty but time consuming. By cooking them in the crock pot you save time and aggravation. This recipe is from Cooking Light Magazine.

Easy Crockpot Red Beans and Rice

3 cups water
1 cup dried red kidney beans
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 (14-ounce) package turkey, pork, and beef smoked sausage, thinly sliced (such as Healthy Choice)
1 bay leaf
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
1/4 cup chopped green onions


1. Combine first 12 ingredients in an electric slow cooker. Cover with lid; cook on high heat for 5 hours. Discard bay leaf; stir in salt. Serve over rice; sprinkle servings evenly with green onions.

YIELD: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup bean mixture, 3/4 cup rice, and 1 tablespoon green onions)

You can't get easier than that! Note: Don't change the type of bean as different dry beans need different times to cook.