Chiriqui Grande

Today I went to Chiriqui Grande for some food and fabric. My neighbor drove me in his boat. He likes to leave early, usually he picks me up around 730a. The trip takes approximately 30-45 minutes depending on the weather and today we had totally calm water and brilliant blue sunny skies! It was HOT. Once I get into to town I usually stop at the little restaurant near the dock for a quick breakfast. This morning it was scrambled eggs and these little oval shaped meat filled potato pastries, they look like fingers. Ha! After breakfast I wander around the town with my list, returning often to the boat to drop things off, acquiring all kinds of items. Today was no different. My spoils included a variety of fruit, vegetables, chicken food, chicken for eating and fabrics for sewing. Overall it was a successful trip and I was able to return back home by 130 as planned after dropping off a friend of ours, who came along with me. image

Crunchy & Green Triple B Muffins

Bacon, Bananas & Blueberries???
In muffin & loaf form? WHAT?!?!?

Yes I did it. They were absolutely delicious.  Feel free to make some of your own. 

Crunchy & Green Triple B Muffins

This recipe makes approximately 24 muffins or 6 muffins and a 7″ loaf.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup bacon grease with a bit of neutral flavored oil to top off the measuring cup
  • 2 large egg (can substitute 1/4 cup banana or applesauce for each egg to make egg-free)
  • 3/4 milk; dairy and non-dairy both work
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw frozen) (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2lb crispy bacon (reserve grease for oil in recipe), crumbled
  • 2 small ripe and soft bananas
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 1/4 sliced almonds
  • 1 whole kale leaf or handful of baby spinach

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix until well combined, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, flaxseed and almonds. 
  2. In a 2 cup liquid measuring cup put grease/oil, eggs, milk, vanilla, bananas and kale/spinach, using an immersion blender, puree until all ingredients are smooth. 
  3. Mix blueberries and then bacon into flour mixture. 
  4. Add liquid mixture and fold until just incorporated, do not overmix, you want the ingredients to all be moist, but a little lumpy is fine. 
  5. Scoop by the spoonful into muffin cups (about 3/4 full) or pour/scoop into loaf pan.
  6. Place in preheated (375 degrees F) oven for 15-20 minutes (6/12 cup muffin pan), 45 minutes for loaf pan.  Remove with you can insert knife/toothpick into center and remove clean and tops are golden brown.  

Serve with butter and honey/maple syrup!

      Enjoy! 

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      Crochet Owl Eye Mask

      I started using an eye mask off and on lately since we live in an open floor plan houseboat and have different bedtimes. I have found it to help quite a bit actually! Anyway my first eye mask was a strip of felt stapled to a strip of 1″ wide elastic. I know super lazy.  Actually I came up with it one night on a spur of the moment and it definitely did the job! So I decided I wanted something a bit more… posh.  

      After looking around for ideas on the internet I found this

      That was a week ago…. 

      Yeah I get busy around here apparently. 

      Ha! 

      Anyway after an hour of diligently focusing… 

      Ok  more like a divided hour over a 3 hour period of my day…. 
      I completed one too! 

      Yay!  
      Alright. 

      Goodnight! 

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      ​Super Soft Lightly Sour Sourdough Bread (in the bread maker or not)/Dinner Rolls and Pizza Crust

      I was on the hunt for a sourdough sandwich bread that my kids would eat AND I could do practically all of it in my gazillion dollar bread maker.  I found this FANTASTIC recipe over at The Fresh Loaf.  After making it EXACTLY as TX farmer notes,  in her sandwich loaf recipe mentioned above, and it turning out SUPER,  I decided to tweak it to suit my lazy need to not measure things by weight unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. Here is the outcome of my “2 additional loaves made  already ” adventure.  
      Ingredients 
      Starter Dough

      26g fed Sourdough Starter

      44 g Whole Milk Milk

      82g  AP Flour

      Let sit at around 72 deg overnight (12 hours) 

      Final Dough 

      (in this order in the bread maker, or whatever order your bread maker calls for) 

      1 Starter Dough portion (this is the yeast) 

      4 1/4 cups Flour (AP or 1 cup WW for 1 cup AP) 

      1 Tbs Sugar

      2.5 Tbs Butter

      2 tsp Salt

      In a 2 cup Measuring Cup add the following:

      2 whole eggs

      fill up to 1.5 cup line with Whole Milk 

      Directions 

      Using a bread maker, select a 20 min dough cycle or stop the mixing at 20 minutes 

      or use a mixer with dough hooks… 

      or use your hands. 

      I’m all about equal opportunity baking.  

      Now remove a portion equivalent to the amount of starter dough you added (roughly 1 cup). Set that aside.  Take the main dough and form a ball, place into cover bowl and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.  Place container in fridge overnight (12 hours). 

      In the meantime for the extra dough you set aside:

      Roll your remaining dough into a thick even log and slice into 6 even pieces. Roll into balls and place on pan or in large 6 count muffin tin.  Cover and let rise for 6 hours or until each ball has almost doubled in size. (fills the muffin cup).  Bake at 350 for 15-20 min until golden brown. 

      Serve warm or store for later snack time. 

      Once the 12 hours has passed:

      Remove main dough from fridge.  You may divide it into two portions for baking ( 2 standard loaf pans or making 2 largish pizza crusts) or if baking in the bread maker don’t divide it (round it to fit nicely in the bread machine pan). 

      For bread loaf(ves) (not pizza crust) 
      Put main dough (whole) into pan,  cover and set aside for 6-8 hours until it has reached the top of the pan edge… maybe a tad bit higher if you are so inclined. I bake it at the pan edge measurement.

      Bread Machine Baking:

      When appropriate height is reached, using bake only function, select 45 minutes and press start. When finished remove and let cool on rack for an hour or 3.

      Oven baking:

      Place shaped loafs into pans and bake in a preheated oven (350 degrees) for 45 minutes until tops are what ever shade of brown you desire. Approximately 45 minutes give or take.
      Pizza crust:

      Take one half or the main dough and roll out to desired shape and thickness. 

      Let rest for about 1-3 hours….basically we’re going for slightly puffy.  

      Punch it down if it gets out of hand. 

      Sourdough is slow and forgiving… 

      …  in my experience. 

      Which is why you’re reading this right?? 

      Moving… on. 

      Top with whatever you enjoy on your pizza and bake it!  

      You may bake it in a preheated oven (350 degrees) or  in a wood burning pizza oven or over a campfire on a flat stone… I won’t judge. 

      Cook it until it looks golden brown around the edges (for 20 minutes or so) … you may find it desirable to use a pizza stone or to put cornmeal on the bottom for extra fanciness. 

      I don’t…  but you might.. and that’s why we’re called INDIVIDUALS. 😂

      Whatever you do,  enjoy gobbling it up at the very least!

      You’re welcome. 

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      Loomin’ Knit

      Recently I decided it was time to teach AJM an add on skill to her ever growing repertoire of home economics type skills.   She already knows how to finger knit, basic embroidery /hand sewing , chaining for crochet (with a hook! ) and some basic cooking. Girl is on fiyah!  Anywho. . .

      The latest add on came about because I was searching the internet late in the evening (probably lurking through Pinterest or something) and happened upon an upcycling project for plastic bottles (well basically for any plastic tub, bottle, container , etc) and a cute project for a backpack (using a loom) .

      I set to work the next morning and after collecting my supplies:

      • 2 containers (empty vitamin containers a friend gave me)
      • a pair of metal cutters (borrowed from J’s room)
      • a sharp knife
      • a pair of scissors
      • a piece of sandpaper
      • a permanent marker
      • a measuring tape

      The rest of the process is a blur of plastic clippings and pieces of sanded plastic, ending with me very happy and two very simple circular knitting looms!!

      I spent the morning searching the internet for knitting loom instructions, stitches and patterns and was super excited when I fell upon this thorough and well put together site on ALL THINGS KNIT LOOM!!

      AJM really enjoyed learning how to do the basic “e-wrap” knit stitch and happily sat at my desk “knitting” on her loom.

      This was a successful lesson and she finished her first “sleeve”  (for a summer dress she now wants to sew) just before dinner today successfully binding off using The Crochet Crowds video. She seems very pleased with her first project .
      Later this evening I found a few “spool”  loom projects  and decided to try out Guppy Girl’s adorable Mini Cream pattern.

      AJM stayed up a bit late tonight watching me finish up the double scoop version.  She informed me that if I made a few more her dolls could have an icecream party.  I told her she could make a few tomorrow and sent her to bed.
      Now I’m off… to figure out some more things we can make . . . .

      Teddy bears and Lizards? ?

      Oh my !

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      Easy Granny Triangle Pattern

      Hey everyone ! 

      I found this great video online about making a cute granny square triangle and it didn’t have written instructions . I decided to write out the pattern here for my own memory and share it with you along with the video link!  It was posted as a free pattern by WoolyWondersCrochet

       
      Written Pattern:

      Easy Granny Triangle

      4mm Hook

      US Terms

      Worsted Weight Yarn scraps

      Create a Magic Circle 

      R1 Ch3, (counts as 1st DC), 2DC in magic circle, *Ch3, 3DC, repeat from * once. SS to top of ch 3 at beg. Pull magic circle closed.

      Cut Yarn

      Change colour by creating a slip knot, insert into any of the ch3 spaces and secure with a slip knot.

      R2 Working into Ch3-Space, (SS of attached colour counts as ch 1) Ch2 (this counts as ch3), 2DC, Ch1, * in nxt ch3- space 3DC, Ch3, 3DC, repeat from the star once, in last ch3-space, 3DC, Ch3, ss to top of ch3 at beg of rnd.

      Cut Yarn

      Change colour by creating a slip knot, insert into any of the corners and secure with a slip knot.

      R3 Ch2 (counts as ch3 with ss attaching new colour, which counts as 1 DC), 2DC, Ch1, * in next space 3DC, ch 1, in corner 3DC, ch3, 3DC, ch1, rep once from star, in last corner at beg, 3DC, ch3, ss to top of ch3 at beg. 

      Cut Yarn

      Change colour by creating a slip knot, insert into any of the corners and secure with a slip knot.

      R4 Ch2 (counts as ch3 with ss attaching new colour, which counts as 1 DC), 2DC, Ch1, * (in next space 3DC, ch1) x2 in corner 3DC, ch3, 3DC, ch1, rep once from star, in last corner at beg, 3DC, ch3, ss to top of ch3 at beg. 

      Cut Yarn

      Change colour by creating a slip knot, insert into any of the corners and secure with a slip knot.

      R5 Ch2 (counts as ch3 with ss attaching new colour, which counts as 1 DC), 2DC, Ch1, * (in next space 3DC, ch1) x3 in corner 3DC, ch3, 3DC, ch1, rep once from star, in last corner at beg, 3DC, ch3, ss to top of ch3 at beg. 
      Repeat for as many rnds as desires. 

      At end of each round change colour. 
      Bobble border. 

      Working in WS

      Cut Yarn

      Change colour by creating a slip knot, insert into any of the sts just after a corner and secure with a ss. 

      R1 – Work a SC in same st as beg SS, SC in nxt st, TR in nxt, *SC in nxt 2 sts, TR in nxt st, rep from star until the corner, at corner 3SC, 3CH 3SC, rep twice around. SS to top of beg st. 

      May rep border for added fanciness. 

      Written out by Dashaina while listening to video. Please comment with any errors.

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      The Wonders of Yuca (aka cassava) 

      A few months ago a few neighbors came by on different days with various parts (and quantities) of the yuca plant for my family. I was so grateful and a bit overwhelmed with the generosity of this gesture and not quite sure how to handle storing it, planting it, using it all before it went bad.

      Which brings me to today’s bounty… yuca root! Locally I sell my homemade bread and yogurt. Some customers pay in cash others pay in trade, we all benefit from the exchange. This morning one neighbor showed up with his part of our recent trade, yogurt for yuca, and boy did he bring me a big pile this time!

      I made a video about chopping it up here.

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      Homeschooling on the Cheap

      Here is the list of links downloads we use for homeschooling our children. I will add more as we go. Please feel free to message me with any dead links or additional free websites/posts to add to the ever growing list. The point of this list is to give me an easy place to access links we use regularly, want to try or will use in the future.

      Multi Subjects

      Starfall Expanded

      Turtle Diary

      Khan Academy

      ABCYA (PrK-5th)

      Kid’s Know It

      ABC Mouse Academy

      E-learning for Kids

      Brain Pop Jr.

      Brain Pop

      TSL Books

      Reading

      Starfall Reading

      Progressive Phonics

      Free I See Sam e-books (printable and pdf)

      Free Reading Program

      Reading Comprehension Grades 1-5+

      Math

      Khan Academy Math

      Grammar & Writing

      Free Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing Textbooks Grade 1-6

      Grammarland

      Grammarland Worksheets

      Nanowrimo

      Nanowrimo Workbooks Multiple Grade Levels

      Bristol Academy Grammar Tutorial Middle School and Up

      Daily Grammar

      Spelling

      Free Spelling Lessons

      Computer Science

      Free Mouse and Pointer Tutorial

      Online Typing Tutorial

      BBC Computing

      Code.org

      Typing

      Science

      Science for Kids

      Planets for Kids

      Astronomy for Kids

      Cosmos for Kids

      Science Curriculum

      Mystery science

      Fiber Arts

      Sewing Lessons By Melly

      Sewing Tutorials List

      Sarah’s Embroidery Tutorials

      Crochet in the Car

      Crafty Minx Crochet Lessons

      Knitting Tutorials

      Quilting 101 (contributed by S. Gregg 😍)

      Music

      Hoffman Piano Lessons

      Piano Nanny

      Classical Music for Kids

      Music Theory

      Music Theory Ear Master Course

      Khan Academy Music

      Art

      Figure Drawing Mini Course

      Art Hub for Kids

      Draw So Cute with Wenny

      Jerry’s Art-o-Rama

      Geography

      Mr. Donn’s Geography

      Language

      Spanish Lessons

      Duolingo

      Health

      Kids Health

      Fertility Friend Charting for Menstrual Cycle FREE eCourse

      Physical Education

      Physical Education Lessons for Kids

      Cooking

      Spatulatta
      Kid’s Cooking Lessons

      Money

      https://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/foreducators/lesson_plans/children.php

      http://www.moneyinstructor.com

      Nutrition

      Super Kids Nutrition

      Meditation & Yoga

      Calm

      I have a lifetime membership that was gifted to us. I love this app and they have a Free Lifetime Membership for Teachers. They have a growing list of guided kids (sleep stories too!) and adult meditations.

      Cosmic Kids Yoga

      The girls love this program. It’s completely free and engaging.

      Free eBooks online

      DP Group Bookshare

      The membership os free and you must register to see book section. The members quickly fill requests. You may also share your own ebooks. I have found loads of books from this site and requested many as well. A member just recently posted the everything science, geography and astronomy books. They also have many stepping stones random house publishing ebooks.

      Free Kindle Books for Kids List

      I believe this list is updated automatically.

      Podcasts

      Podcast for Kids and Family List

      Stories Podcast

      Story Nory

      Printables

      This Reading Mama

      The Measured Mom

      1+1+1=1

      If you have any questions or need some guidance, let me know.

      Creamy Dill Honey Mustard Dressing

      1/4 c Apple Cider Vinegar
      3 Tbs Honey
      1/2 tsp Salt
      1/2 tsp dried dill
      1/4 tsp ground black pepper
      2 Tbs Prepared Mustard
      1 cup Mayonnaise

      Put the first 6 ingredients into a clean glass jar, whisk until combined.  Add mayonnaise or ingredients for homemade mayo and combine using an immersion blender until creamy and homogeneous.

      Refrigerate for about 20  minutes until thickened.  Serve over or tossed in salad.

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      Adventures in Fermentation – The Ginger & Turmeric Bugs

      Today,  my friend, I am going to let you in on two magical soda making creatures… the ginger and Turmeric bugs! These little bubbling beauties are what you’ll need to begin your soda making adventure!

      I have included two of my favourites posts on how to make a ginger bug below:

      My Beloved Bakery

      Wellness Mama

      I have also recently learned,  from a friend in Australia,  that you can use the very same process above with a turmeric rhizome! How exciting is that??

      I am getting my hands on some turmeric this week and will be back with an update, once  I’ve gotten my self organised.

      In the meantime, go to the store and buy a big ol’ organic ginger rhizome,  some regular white sugar, and start fermenting your new kitchen friend today!

      I’m also going to share a few of the many awesome and delicious recipes of soda you can make with your new baby(ies).

      Wellness Mama’s Ginger Ale

      My Beloved Bakery’s Ginger, Lemon or Strawberry Soda

      And for those not ready to take the leap into fermentation, but still would like a soda substitute that’s healthier, with ingredients you can pronounce or imagine as food,  see these great recipe options.

      My Beloved Bakery’s Quick and Dirty Soda

      She Knows Seltzer Soda

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