Just a few pics from the recent days. First, when you have three older siblings, just a bit older, life can be overwhelming. Such as when your momma asks them to please get you a few soft toys. Everything seems fine at first....them whammo! Toys galore!!
I found a cute little recipe for Peanut Butter Blossoms - no, not those pb cookies with chocolate kisses pushed in the middle. No, these were supposed to resemble flower blossoms. Well, after delicately shaping them, baking them and cooling them, I pulled them out of the muffin tins to the delighted cry of my eldest son, "Momma, you made us CROWNS!".
Why yes, son, they *do* look like crowns! And so they shall be called in this house henceforth.
And the weather here has been GLORIOUS! Seriously, I absolutely adore days like these, overcast, raining on and off, cooler temperatures (we're talking mid-60's here folks). Ahhh....and what could be better on these most-fall-like days than stew? (well, or soup?) So today, amongst the first-day-of-school details and an unexpected trip to the grocery store, I chopped up some veggies, thawed out some beef for stewing, and threw together a stew. While the original idea for the recipe comes from Jewel over at Eyes of Wonder, it is not identical to her given recipe (what honest-to-goodness, homemade stew is ever the same as another?). It *has* been simmering on my stove all day long, which is new to me. I am used to using my beloved crock pot for such recipes - but I thought I would give it a shot. Ahhhh...the smells are wonderful!
I think I may take her advice and add in some flour/milk to thicken it up a bit - just 'cause my family is big on thick stews & soups.
And in just a few short weeks, our family will be able to enjoy homemade bread with these kinds of autumn recipes - thanks to my wonderful mother, who has purchased me my very own 2-pound loaf breadmaker. Whoo-hoo! Thanks Mom!! To get an idea of all the deals this self-professed "Frugalista" has obtained, head on over to her neck of the woods: Everyday Meanderings (yes, that is my gorgeous son on her front page)
Ok, enough for now. Yes, today was our very first official hs'ing day. As such, it was quite relaxed and laid-back. We simply did some Pre-K/K workbook pages (which I know my son enjoys) focusing on "Opposites" and "Go-Togethers" and "Differences", plus some writing of letters. We talked a very little about trees and shrubs. This evening, while getting everything together for dinner, I hope to go over the animal puppets we have previously made for learning our letter sounds ( 1-2-3 Read! ). If that is going to happen, I'd better get a move on it! My very first hs support group meeting is tonight too!! How exciting!
Lots of love to all ~ talk to ya soon!