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

Kid’s Know It

ABC Mouse Academy

E-learning for Kids

Brain Pop Jr.

Brain Pop

TSL Books

Reading

Starfall Reading

Progressive Phonics

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

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

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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Adventure in Alternatives to Wheat & Dairy – Wheat Free Bread attempt #1

Today I present to you my first attempt at making a bread free of wheat! AJM approved and enjoyed her first ham sandwich in a few weeks, since we took her off wheat and dairy products. I decided, after perusing the GF options on the web, to just make my own dang recipe. I gathered some intel on which flours and substitute gluten things do what and went to work. First I got to work making brown rice, almond and oat flour. Next I perused some recipes and got an idea on a binding agent (eggs and ground flax). I combined my flours and flaxseed, threw in some yeast, salt and sugar and mixed together. Then I mixed th eggs and water and made a thick batter. I poured it into a loaf pan and let it rise for a bit. As soon as it looked risen enough, I turned on the oven and baked for half an hour.

The result? Cake bread!

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AJM is currently enjoying it and BAM approves as well! I’ll probably tweak this recipe next time, but for a first attempt, it’s pretty good!

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Exploring Wild Fermentation – Sourdough Starter

Some of you may know how much I just love baking bread.. and cake… cookies… heck cooking food in general seems to have become quite a passion for me. I just love feeding people good food! I don’t mean something all fancy and expensive… I mean delicious good for you food. It therefore came as no surprise that fermentation would eventually find it’s way back into my heart. I’ve made a few things via fermentation in my life.. all with good outcomes and tasty results. I just never really stuck with it until my good friend SM sent me her yogurt maker last year.. and I’ve never looked back. I couldn’t imagine not being able to make such a basic easy food for my family and I don’t have to nowadays!

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Today I’m going to tell you about one of my latest fermentation creations.. my sourdough starter! I just love her bubbly yeasty form sitting so happily in a bowl in my fridge. Honestly I thought there would be some complicated trick to making a starter.

I’m here to tell you.. there isn’t!

It is so dang easy.

All you need is a little time, a little flour, a little water and a warm place to get it started. Instead of recreating the wheel of tutorials, I’m going to send you over to one of my favourite blogs,  The Kitchn. Here you can find a wonderful and easy to follow tutorial on making your own sourdough starter. Emma explains the how’s and why’s of making sourdough. It has beautiful photos of each step and an excellent running commentary at the end with lots of Q&A!
Here’s a little video of my starter waking up from a nap in the fridge for a few days.

So if you’ve been waiting for an excuse to use the basic chemistry you learned in school, here’s as good a reason as any. Make a living culture right in your kitchen in a few days! It is a rewarding experience and the kids will really enjoy watching the sourdough starter in action!

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