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Another school year is ending

Published May 22, 2018 by lynn k scott

My daughter is very much looking forward to next Friday; when her 6th year of school officially ends.  As a homeschooling mom, while she gets to enjoy a couple months off from academics, I am not so lucky.

Ok, it’s not that bad.  Today, I began my curriculum search.  I’m a “book geek”.  I enjoy reviewing the different options and what might suit my daughter best.  I typically order from one Christian site.  I add everything I want to my cart, then compare the books on Ebay and Amazon.  After all, no need to overspend, right?

When all is said and done, I’ll typically spend between $200-$300 for all her school books.  It may seem like a lot to some, however, when you factor in the public “school list” of all the supplies they ask the parents to provide, school shopping, etc., I definitely save more by homeschooling.

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I’ve already purchased her spelling and first set of math booklets (they are workbooks that the student moves through at their pace).  I selected her science, grammar and language art books today.  We will finish the second half of her history at the start of 7th grade and then I’ll figure out what we will do for the rest of the year.  There are so many options.  I have 8th grade history already selected.  If you homeschool, I highly recommend Notgrass for history.

I have to purchase her books early, so I can start reviewing them and planning out the upcoming lessons.  I know many parents like to take each day as it comes, but I am a working mom, so planning out the coursework helps me accomplish her studies and my work.

I am grateful and blessed to be able to home educate.  With all my medical issues that we faced this year, my daughter would have missed a lot of school.  I was able to teach from my hospital bed and while I was recovering.  I am so glad we returned to homeschooling.  I know we were led to do this.  It has brought us closer together and we’re constantly reinforcing our faith through her lessons.

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My lil baker

Published May 18, 2018 by lynn k scott

Many of you know my daughter is homeschooled.  An area we focus on, besides core classes, is life skills.  It’s so important for a child to know how to take care of him/herself.  One area, that I truly enjoy teaching my daughter is cooking and baking.  She may not take initiative in cleaning her room or showering (what is with tweens???), but cooking and baking are becoming her thing.  She doesn’t even realize she’s reinforcing fractions, reading and science concepts.

Having worked in the hospitality industry most of my life, I am constantly taking pictures of my culinary creations.  My lil miss has picked up on this and now takes pictures of her creations.

Yesterday, I saw she posted a pic of green whipped cream that she was beating by hand.  I called her and let her know, she’d need to beat it a lot more.  Even I use the Kitchen Aid mixer for whipped cream; but to each their own.

I asked why she was making homemade whipped cream.  Without missing a beat, she replied, “to go with my bundt cake”.  Her inner artist comes out to play, especially, while baking.  Her homemade biscuits, that she made earlier in the week, received sprinkles.  I kid you not.  They were very colorful.

She then informed me that cake was gluten-free.  I was surprised, but happy.  She really wants to make sure I can eat what she makes.  I normally always cheat to taste everything she makes.

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I get home to see her bundt cake in a baking dish.  I let her know that wasn’t a bundt cake.  She said, “I couldn’t find the pan.”  I showed her where it was and then tried a little piece of the cake.  It was SOOOOOOO good!  I noticed it was slightly pink and had a little crunch, here and there.  I asked her about it.  Of course…should have known….SPRINKLES!!!  She cracks me up.  She puts her own spin on everything she makes.

It turns out the Betty Crocker bundt cake recipe can be made gluten-free just by substituting the regular flour with gluten-free flour.  I prefer to use Pamela’s Artisan blend as my gluten-free flour of choice.  The results are amazing and you’d never know it was gluten-free.

My daughter may not realize it yet, but she’s creating her own memories that she will pass down to her children one day.  My future grandchildren will get a kick out of hearing how colorful their mom’s baking used to be.  I’m so proud of the thoughtful, independent, capable, young woman she is becoming.

 

 

Christian Youth Group

Published May 7, 2018 by lynn k scott

Last night I attended a parents’ forum for the Christian youth group my daughter goes to.  While, we don’t attend the church the group is held at, all are welcome. Most of the parents know each other from church, but several introduced themselves to the “newbie” (aka me).

I enjoyed hearing about what my daughter and the other kids were learning about.  There was a discussion on how we can communicate with our children and keep them in the faith.  I even learned about a Bible app that can connect us, but also we can pick topics to read and discuss.  I was excited!  I now what we will be using for our Bible study next year in our homeschool.  My daughter knew of the app, but chose not to tell me as she knew I would use it for our school.

Our forum ended right when they were doing the evening meal (they feed the kids dinner each week).  It was nice to sit back and watch my daughter and her friends chatting, while eating together.  I was also able to observe other kids and their parents.

We listened to the weekly message and then one of the leaders and three of the students played and sang worship songs (that anyone could join in on).

I take pride in being actively involved in my tween’s life.  I have access to her email, review her phone regularly, am on her Bible app, and her Instagram account (set up to show off her artwork).  I monitor what little social media I allow her to have.  She knows this and it’s not an issue.  I am proud I know the parents and kids she hangs around with.  I know they are positive influences and I don’t need to worry when she is around them.

The youth group is a weekly, two-hour blessing that I am grateful my daughter can be a part of.  That is her time with other kids who follow Christ.  Such a positive, safe and wonderful place for tweens and teens to get together.

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The culinary bug bit me….again

Published May 7, 2018 by lynn k scott

I admit it. Since being diagnosed with cancer, going through chemo and just functioning has consumed most of my energy. I haven’t canned a thing all year. I haven’t even been baking as much as I used to. This simply won’t do.

The culinary bug has been buzzing past my ear and I have been itching to get back into the kitchen. Saturday, I picked up three dozen eggs from a local farm. Ok, so I pay a bit more for them, but they are fresh, they taste great and I LOVE getting blue-shelled eggs.

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Yes, they taste the same as a brown-shelled egg, but shouldn’t you appreciate the beauty of something so simple?

Sunday is our busiest day of the week. We have church in the morning and my daughter has youth group in the evening. During that time, we have to eat, normally run errands; including grocery shopping.

As soon as we got home from shopping, I went to work. I had the best intentions of making a gluten-free loaf of bread, but time wasn’t on my side. Instead, I prepped veggies for the work week. I take them to snack on.

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I wanted to use the tomatoes that I purchased last week. What popped into my mind? Roasted totato soup! I roasted the Roma tomatoes and garlic in the oven. Since I needed to roast onions too, I used my air fryer. LOVE that machine!!!

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While that was roasting, I made peanut butter. Yup…super simple. Just use peanut powder, a bit of salt and almond milk. Now, I have something to dip that boring celery in. That’s a win in my book. I also put some beans in a bowl with water to soak.

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It was time for a nap…yup those are still needed as chemo all but destroys your body and being over 40, I bounce back about as much as a deflated ball.

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We stopped off at the Asian market to get a few supplies the regular stores don’t carry. Then off to the she-child’s youth group. I stayed because there was a parent forum with a lot of useful information.

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As soon as we got home, I started a batch of yogurt. While that was coming to temperature, I diced an onion and pulled out the ingredients to make crock pot baked beans. Yup, that’s for tonight’s dinner. Need to keep it simple, so we can start making lumpia for a church potluck on Wednesday. I also made the base for ube ice cream. It’s my most favorite ice cream ever. Heck, I love ube in all sorts of dishes. By making my own ube ice cream, I can guarantee it’s gluten-free. It’s so worth it. I will be putting that in the ice cream maker tonight.

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Cleaned up my kitchen, took the dogs out and headed up to bed. The culinary bug is still in my house. Not sure when it’s going away, but dang if I didn’t get a lot accomplished yesterday!

Air Fryer XL

Published April 20, 2018 by lynn k scott

A few weeks ago, I treated myself to an air fryer.  I have been wanting one for over a year.  Kohl’s was having them on sale.  I received an additional 30% off by using my Kohl’s card and even received $10 in Kohl’s cash.  When all was said and done, I purchased this beauty at a great deal!    air fryer

I have used it a few times now and have yet to be disappointed.

If you follow my blog, you know I am a devoted mom to my now 12-year old daughter and my husband is Filipino.  That being said, I make sure my daughter understands her heritage, even though she is American.

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Last night, she learned the art of rolling lumpia.

Now, she had me cracking up; had to tell you.  She is methodical in her “rolling”.  There was a distinct difference in our technique.  My looked like traditional lumpia rolls.  Hers…well, they looked like perfectly little packages.  They were a tad flatter and looked exactly like a perfect package.  It was ADORABLE.  She was so proud of herself (as was I).

 20180419_190001.jpg   She’ll improve her technique.  Yet, we had another cooking bonding moment.  As homeschoolers, life skills are at the top of the list.  It’s great to have knowledge of history, able to do math, know some science, etc., but if she can’t function on her own, then I failed as a parent.  I do not have to worry where cooking is concerned.

As my daughter got into her rolling groove, she would start humming.  I’ve caught her doing this before.  She is very content in the kitchen, even if she says she wants to be a vet and take care of animals.  It’s nice to see her so relaxed when she’s preparing food whether it’s for herself or for a family dinner.

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Now, as far as the air fryer goes it makes perfect lumpia!  No frying, but all the crispy goodness that should be there when you bite into the perfect little roll.  I cook mine in a single layer (about 6 or 7 at a time).  I set the machine to 390 degrees and each batch took 10 minutes to cook.  I would flip each lumpia at the halfway mark.  You will need to cook in batches, but they are very hot when they come out of the air fryer, so they will still be warm when you go to eat them.

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Anyone who’s ever fried lumpia on the stove knows your house smells of cooked oil for days after making batch after batch of lumpia.  Using the air fryer, you only smell your food.  Not to mention, how much healthier this option is.  You lose nothing by using the air fryer over traditional oil.  Well, maybe you’ll lose a few pounds…but that’s a good thing, right?

Who Can I Trigger?

Published February 16, 2018 by lynn k scott

Trigger, that’s not a word I usually use.  Why?  I feel it’s a word for the younger generation.  I don’t care if you a Generation X, Y, Z or Millennial.  Your character speaks more than the year you were born.  That being said, this blog will probably “trigger” a few of the younger and less conservative followers.  If you don’t follow this blog or know me personally (and some people do), then you should know one of my favorite sayings is, “I’m not a bakery and I don’t sugar coat what needs saying”.  So in the infamous words of Graham Allen….”Heeeeere we go!”

I consider myself an ‘old-school’ mom.  I am the mother of five children; with one child under 18-years old.  I am not a perfect mom.  I made A LOT of mistakes with my older children (another story; another time).  However, I am hell bent on correcting some of those past mistakes with my youngest daughter.

I live in California.  It would be an AMAZING state if not for all the liberals and illegals (not undocumented – ILLEGAL) that are here.  I don’t placate the “entitled ideology” that far to many young adults and their children seem to have.  I have conservative values but also feel I help those in need when I can.

That being said, my take on parenting:  You are NOT there to be a friend to your child.  You are the PARENT!  Rules and accountability are first and foremost. If you think your child is your BFF, he/she is NOT!  They are a child in need of guidance, enforced rules, etc.  That friend you are looking for will be there when adulthood is reached.  For now, focus on raising good kids.  “NO” is not a four-letter word and your kids need to hear it.

I love my daughter with all my heart.  She is spoiled rotten; I admit this.  However, there is a point where she knows what is right and wrong.  Is she allowed to do whatever she wants, whenever she feels like it?  HECK NO!  She is given chores that are to be completed. She used to get an allowance.  When she got a phone, the monthly amount equaled her allowance, no more allowance.  The phone is routinely checked and no downloads without consent.  She gets called out when she gets too sassy.  Respect is a key role to raising kids.  She has manners:  Yes, please.  No, thank you.  Excuse me, ma’am.  She is being raised as a child of Christ.  Ooooh, I went there:  religion.  Yup, I sure did.  I honestly believe, if more people had God in their lives, this world would be a much better place.

I have rarely spanked my youngest.  Why, because rules were set early and more importantly, they were enforced.  My daughter in on the verge of becoming a teenager.  While her hormones are kicking in and sometimes she gets called out a bit more on her at-home behavior, I don’t foresee her being one of “typical teens”.  If she ever went that route, my house would be spotless, because nothing makes you think more about what you’ve done than a few good hours of manual labor.  Has it come to that?  Not even close.  Is it an option (if need be); you bet it is!

Is she allowed to wear make-up?  Nope.  She gets to wait til she is 15.  I allow lip gloss and that’s it for now.  Why?  She’s 12!  She doesn’t need makeup.  A cashier at Ulta even said, “maybe next year she can add mascara”.  Sorry, not happening.  There’s no reason to push her to become older than she is.

Is she allowed to wear ripped jeans, shirts that show cleavage, run around unsupervised with her friends?  Nope!  She may not dress ultra-conservative (she’s not going to a nunnery after all), but she knows what is appropriate.  Has she ever tried to get to get away with pushing the clothing envelope?  Of course.  Then, I tell her to go back upstairs and change.  You know what?  She does.  Why, because she has been taught to listen.  Silly me.  I know the parents of her friends.  Sleepover or movie outing?  I speak with the other parents to make sure we are on the same page.  Get involved!  It’s what you should be doing.

My daughter is also at the age we can cover social topics.  What is appropriate for certain situations.  What would would be the consequences for acting like a fool in public?  Or blowing a potential job interview because your friends or mall time is more important?  How about wanting excess clothing or shoes?  I am proud she gives the appropriate responses.

We have covered race, in a variety of instances.  She’s a bi-racial child who isn’t allowed to use that as a reason something did/did not happen.  There are far too many successful, minority people, to let race stand in their way.  I am proud to say, my daughter doesn’t see color.  She will be anyone’s friend as long as they are respectful and are willing to chat.  Her cultural heritage is important; but she’s an American first.

Oh yea, and we say the Pledge of Allegiance in our home too.  We stand, quietly, with hand over our heart, anytime we hear the National Anthem.  We support the 2nd Amendment. My daughter will be visiting a gun range soon to learn weapon safety and how to shoot.  Take a guess at what I think about gun reform.  I may not own any weapons (currently), but I sure as heck could care less what over-paid, non-working, liberal Democrats think “we the people” are entitled to.

Do you know, my daughter already has the mentality that she will need to get a job, as a teen, to pay for the extras she deems important to her?  Do you know, she’s not dreading that? Why?  She has been taught from an early age:  you work for what you want.  Nothing is given to you and further more, you shouldn’t expect it would be.

I don’t care what someone’s education is.  You work hard and you make progress.  If it’s not within your means, you don’t get to have it.  I wish more people would understand this concept.

So my mini-rant about spoiled, self-centered, entitled parents/children is over.  I believe this country needs to get back to a Christian-based, conservative way of life.  Respect, a hard work ethic and caring for your community and country is needed.  If you are upset about this post, perhaps you might want to re-evaluate why you are now “triggered”.

 

She’s going to be a veg-head

Published February 9, 2018 by lynn k scott

My 12-year old daughter came to me the other night and asked if she could become a vegetarian.  I was not as surprised as my husband, because I have been watching her eating habits (and I buy her food).

After asking her reasoning for wanting to, discussing the foods she would be giving up and making sure she would increase certain foods, to which she consented to, I agreed.  I was a vegetarian for a decade, at one point, so I would be able to help her make sound dietary decisions.

Her dad is less than a happy camper.  I blame it on his carnivorous side.  He gave me grief the entire time we were dating and even after we were married, about not eating meat.  He forgets, I would make dual meals; for him and myself.  He is also worried she will be picked on when she doesn’t eat the same foods her friends eat.  I give her friends more credit than he apparently is.  This is his only baby girl and I think he’s not ready for her to grow up and make more decisions on her own.

That being said, I also took her new endeavor as a way to add it to her homeschool life.  It’s great for nutrition, label-reading, discussions on ingredients, proper food combining, recipe research and essays.  I give her so much credit and am so proud of her.  She is taking this seriously.  I often get calls/texts at work telling me about a new website she’s been to regarding being a vegetarian.  She’s excited to share what she’s found.

I have told her how proud I am of her.  I loved being a veg-head.  I reiterated several times, that in this dietary journey, if she’s not willing to eat the proper foods, I will not allow her to be a full vegetarian.  I have expanded my dietary palate, over the years, which will provide additional knowledge for my daughter.

While I doubt I will ever go back to being 100% vegetarian, I welcome this change to bring more vegetarian dishes to our table (same meat dishes for the hubby) and see how she does.  Who knows, she may choose to stick with this; only time will tell.

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