Sunday, August 24, 2014

Please Help

Yesterday, my friend Susan lost her husband Marty.

But, her story starts before then, back at the beginning of the year.

Early this year, her family had a house fire.  They had no homeowners insurance.  So, they (Susan, Marty, and their 2 special needs sons)  moved into a small camping trailer, and proceeded to start gutting and repairing their home.

Then, in the spring of this year, Marty was diagnosed with a fast growing type of cancer, a form of leukemia.

In May, her dear grandmother passed away.

Yesterday, Marty passed away.

Some of you may already follow her blog.  She really has not updated it since Marty started getting sicker, as she was spending most of her time in the hospital with him.  She kept many of us updated on facebook.

She needs prayers, and of course money.  She and the young boys have no home, no income (Marty was the provider), medical bills and now a funeral to pay for.

Her blog is http://homesteadmom.com/.  On the right side of her blog is a paypal button to donate.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

How to fold a fitted sheet...

 I've done this for years. And, I store each set of my sheets and pillowcases for each bed inside one of the pillowcases for that set.  Keeps the closets neat.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pork Chops...

This is our experiment dinner for tonight.  Pork chops, slow cooked in the roaster with apple juice, sliced onions, sliced apples, pineapple, green peppers, tomatoes and yellow squash.  (Everything was either already in the cabinet or growing outside).  I seasoned it only with salt, pepper and garlic.  

When it is done, I will add some sweet and sour sauce, and it will be served with rice.  

Desert will be cherry cheese cake.

Never tried it before, so will see how it goes over.  But, it does smell pretty good.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

This weeks shopping haul

This weeks shopping-CVS, Price Chopper & HyKlas. $60.01 (usually its lower than this, but cereal is a higher priced item). By combining the sales and coupons, and using the PC Quaker instant rebate, many items were 50 cents or under, or free. 2 packs bacon, 2 tubs cool whip, 3 packs of shortcakes, 2 bottles of soda, strawberries, melon, 14 boxes of pop-tarts, 13 boxes of cereal, 6 bottles shampoo, 2 tubes of toothpaste, 1 razor, 4 frebreezes, 2 blocks of cheese, head of lettuce, & a candy bar. No, you can't make a meal out of this--but since I shop the sales like this each week, I stock up, so that I always have items on hand to make a meal with. I also earned $11 of ECB's from CVS, so that $11 to come off of my CVS shopping next week. (In turn, this week I used the ECB from last week. ECB are coupons given by CVS that act like cash and are good for 30 days).
Sent to me on an email loop:

 We are hosting a NO-COST Home School Items and Books Exchange. Sunday, August 24 at 2 pm at Pioneer Homestead & Village 3564 Hwy. T, Rosebud, MO. Any questions, Call Clyde & Emma Zelch at Home 573-764-3719 Cell 573-202-3616
The idea is to have families bring items they no longer need, which can be used for home schooling, crafts, etc by other families attending. We will use the picnic tables under the pavilion to set out our goodies and we can each pick out our "new to us" items. While making certain that items we no longer need will go to a "new to someone else" home.
Our family personally has a lot of items to have on hand to exchange, such as: Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science for all grades! Curriculum such as Seton, My Fathers' World and Christian Light Education, etc. Workbooks, textbooks, Teachers' guides, Scholastic Readers, etc. Way too much to list everything!
I'm looking for items such as: Board Games, Pencils, Pens, Chalk, Notebooks, Binders, Folders, Glue, Scissors, Craft Items, Sewing Material, Yarn and some Christian Light Education Materials.
Please call or text and let me know who to expect. Bring the family along and make an afternoon of it. We can roast hot dogs and make s'mores. Call it a home school field trip day for the entire family!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

4H

Want to join 4-H?

Clay County 4-H invites you to join them on Thursday, September 4th at 6:00 p.m. 
at the Earnest Shepherd Youth Center at 610 E Shepherd Rd in Liberty MO.  

An informal parent meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.


If you are not in Clay County, click here to find the extension office in your area.  Contact them to find your local 4H clubs.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New KC area homeschool co-op

Just a reminder that the newest Lee's Summit homeschool co-op, Teaching Children for Christ, is having an informational meeting TODAY (Tuesday)) at 825 NW Commerce Dr, Lee's Summit. We will start at 430p. Feel free to bring the kids as this is all about them. Please bring any and all ideas you have!!! More information is on our fb page....Teaching Children for Christ. We'll discuss/vote on classes, schedule, etc.....hope to see you there!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Homeschool Lego League

Forwarding information in case anyone is interested:
We are forming a homeschool First Lego League (FLL) group to compete in the 2014 FLL World Class challenge. This group is for students age 9-14 and each group consists of 6 to 10 students.

Everything Engineered will be providing the coach and classes will meet in North County (most likely at St Louis Community College) once or twice per week as required.

No class time has been selected yet as this will depend on the availability of the team members. We will survey those interested and come up with a schedule that will work for as many as possible.

Classes will start in late July to early August and the qualifier is in November at which time it will be decided if our team goes on to further competition. The group will remain in place as long as we wish.

Cost is $125 per student for the year and this covers coaching, national registration fees, local registration fees, use of a FLL kit setup (playing field), use of an EV3 core plus expansion kit, extra sensors not included in the kit, team t-shirts, & presentation materials. At this time we know of no other costs.

This event is to find interested students. If you have been invited and know of another area homeschool student who might be interested please invite them. We need to get the word out.
We are trying to determine interest at this time. If you are interested or have any questions you can check out our Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1443298009269273/?ref_dashboard_filter=hosting
or contact Tricia Furman tricia@thefurmans.us .

Monday, July 7, 2014

Liberty MO Homeschool Chess Club

The homeschool chess club is starting a new session this Tuesday.  The chess club will meet Tuesdays for 5 weeks from 10:30AM -11:15 at The Liberty United Methodist Church 1001 Sunset Ave, Liberty, MO 64068. The chess club will meet July 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and August 5th in Room 107.

  • The Kansas City Chess Club chess curriculum will guide students from Pawn to King level advancement. Progress will be measured by a chess skills test taken at the end of each level. Students may participate as a team against other schools at local chess tournaments.

    Ken Fee and his staff of certified chess instructors from The Kansas City Chess Club will be teaching players about important rules, chess etiquette, strategy, openings, endgames, and tactics. Research says chess improves test scores on Math and Reading!

    Ken Fee is a nationally certified chess coach and tournament director at The Kansas City Chess Club. Ken plays tournament chess and has coached numerous Missouri and Kansas State Chess Champions.
    Registration due by July 8th Cost $30 -5 Weeks

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cherry Chicken Salad

Perfect for hot summer days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (regular size) can chunk pineapple, drained
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 lb. bing cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip or Kraft Dressing, mayo could also be used
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • seasoned salt, to taste

Directions:

In large bowl, combine chicken, celery, onions, seasoned salt, and pepper and toss lightly. Add cherries and pineapple and mix lightly.
In a small bowl, combine salad dressing, sour cream, milk, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir until smooth. Pour over chicken mixture and stir lightly.

Refrigerate for several hours before serving.