Miss Beatrix Potter Hen

Miss Beatrix Potter Hen
Miss Bea posing for Mama!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Homeschool Happy!

   Ah, the good ol' days of homeschooling...as a homeschool teacher for more than sixteen years, counting the Oh so precious preschool years, I often find myself reminiscing about all those wonderful learning experiences. Remembering the great fun Emily, Jeremy and I had exploring new places, traveling back in time to reenact great moments in history, losing ourselves in exciting stories, becoming great music and art aficionados, ice skating around the kitchen island in our most slipperiest socks while Winter Wonderland plays in the background, and  just discovering, creating, and basking in the joy of  the freedom to homeschool!

   If I were one of my sweet hens, I'd be cluck, cluck, clucking till the cows come home. If I were one of my black kitties, I'd be purrrrring on a soft blanket content as can be. If I were my dog, Pip, I'd be eagerly chewing on a favorite bone while lounging in my soft cozy dog bed. I'm me though, so when my thoughts travel back to our good ol' homeschooling days I am Homeschool Happy!

Simply Knowledge Homeschool
H is for Homeschooling, Hip Hip Hooray!
O is for "Only 1 more math problem and then we're done, I promise"!
M is for Mathematics in real life-budgeting, garden plotting, grocery shopping, time management, etc.!
E is for Ever keeping our eyes on Eternity!
S is for School ROCKS when you're homeschooling!
C is for Creativity !
H is for HELP, I'm a Homeschool Mom!!!!!
O is for Onomatopoeia, Opera, Oceans, Original Obstacle Courses, Ornithology, and Origami!
O is for Oodles of Options!
L is for Love, Learning, Literature, Lightning, Limericks, Laughter and, wait for it...LUNCH!

H is for Homeschooling...HUZZAH!
A is for Ants, Art, Architecture, Animals, Algebra, Acrostic Poems, America, and MORE ANTS and not         the Unit Study kind...EEK!
P is for Pizza fractions!
P is for Pencils and paper...here at the Doll house nothing gets us more giddy than freshly sharpened pencils      and new notebooks, new colors of construction paper from Miller Paper and Pads!
Y is for Yipee, I'm Homeschool Happy!

So, if you too are a Happy Homeschooler go ahead and shout, "Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray! There really should be a Hug A Homeschooler Day, don't you think?


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Boo !

    In the Beginning...
Boo is my sweet black kitty. She's three years young and overflowing with love and affection. We rescued Boo Boo from our local SPCA after fostering her and her brood of siblings. We actually had two sets of foster kitties at the time rounding out the total to a whopping ten...yes, we had ten foster kittens romping and racing upstairs in our spare bedroom. All females, except the little orange striped guy, Oliver, whom my daughter lovingly referred to as, Liverman and Boo. I fell madly in love with Boo from day one. Immediately upon entering our little kitty haven, Boo always hurried over to me and rubbed back and forth on my ankles, purring to beat the band ! As the purrfectly precious babes grew into their chubby bellies and it neared the time when we would take them back to the shelter so that their families would spot them, I wondered if I would be able to say goodbye to my beloved black baby. There was a glitch though- Boo was a male and my husband had definite feelings about bringing a male cat into our foster haven home. He was afraid that a male cat may mark at the scent of all of the other animal smells throughout the house. So, I respected his opinion and pined away for my Boo in private. Then, on a routine check-up visit at the shelter, the animal care manager and my dear friend, Lucy, told me that Boo was indeed a little girl ! Oh, my goodness, I was elated ! I couldn't believe it, but I felt sheer joy and knew that the Creator Himself, had already picked out Boo's forever family...US !Now, we had fostered many litters previously, and I, of course, fell in love umpteen times and then some, but this time was different. However, we weren't seeking to adopt another pet. We already had a Bichon named Pip and a sassy calico kitty, actually named Kitty. And, at the time, I was researching the possibility of getting a small flock of hens...we all know how that turned out !!! Anyway, the dawning of THE day came, I sadly hugged Boo and carted them all back to the shelter. I couldn't stop thinking about baby Boo. So, I grabbed my husband immediately after he arrived home from a hard day's labor, and blurted out that I wanted to adopt Boo.He wavered and grinned and allowed me to blabber on and on about how much I LOVED Boo and just had to have her. Obviously, he agreed. The next day, we brought Boo Boo home for good ! And, that's just the beginning of her story...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Low Fat Chocolate Fudge !

   Got a sweet tooth? Also need to watch your weight? Look no further, because I've got a delightfully yummy  low fat treat for those of us who need to watch our weight, but desperately need to satisfy that sweet tooth!

This delicious, delectable, Oh so yummy Nutty Chocolate Fudge is not only GREAT tasting, it's super easy to make. Simply follow these directions and in no time at all, you'll be nibbling a tiny piece of chocolaty heaven!


1 jar  (7 oz.) Marshmallow Creme
2/3    cup Fat-free Evaporated Milk
1/2    cup butter, cubed ( I like to use I can't Believe It's Not Butter sticks!!)
2       tsp. Vanilla Extract
3       cups (18 oz.) Semisweet Chocolate or Milk Chocolate Chips
2       cups Walnuts or Pecans chopped

*  Line a  9-in. square or similar pan with aluminum foil and coat the foil with cooking spray;
    set aside
*  In a large saucepan, combine the marshmallow creme, evaporated milk, and  butter. Cook
    and stir over medium heat until smooth. Bring to a boil; boil for 5 minutes,stirring
    constantly. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips and stir until melted.
    Add nuts!
*  Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate for approximately 2 hours or until firm.
*  Using the foil, remove the chilled fudge from pan; carefully remove foil. Cut into 1-inch
    squares. Store in the refrigerator!

*  Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy! Oh, and share with friends and family!!!!!!!

Nutrition Information:
1 delicious piece =  a mere 70 calories              5 g. fat (2 g. saturated fat)
3 mg. cholesterol                                              16 mg. sodium
7 g. carbohydrate                                             1 g. fiber
1 g. protein

As an avid Choco-hollic and weight conscious woman, I am always on the lookout for low fat
goodies! I found this recipe in " Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook." This recipe
was submitted by A.J. Ristow from Tuscon, Arizona.

Here's to great low fat treats...three cheers for Nutty Chocolate Fudge, Hip Hip Hooray, Hip
Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray!
                                                                  Enjoy !

Life Lessons My Chickens Taught Me!

Chickens are beautiful, egg-straordinary creatures! They're intelligent, social, inquisitive, vociferous and quite entertaining! I absolutely love my sweet flock of chickens. They truly captivate my senses and I find myself egg-cited to wake in the morning so I can visit and catch up on the latest gossip around the hen house. Cluck if you too are a CrAzY chicken lady (or gentleman, they don't discriminate)! Cluck, cluck!

Spending time with my happy hens, whether it be sitting with them inside their little house or interacting with them as they egg-splore and forage around the backyard, is one of my favorite things to do. They make me smile and laugh out loud. They teach me about life. And, while I've learned so much about keeping chickens since cradling my first wee peeps several years ago, my frolicky feathered friends have taught me so much more about life itself!

  • Cluck if you're happy! Chickens wear their heart on their wings and when they feel good they show it and quite boisterously at times!It's just like the lyrics from the beloved children's song,"If Your Happy and You Know It,"- if you're happy and you know it, feel it, and want to shout it from the rooftops, go ahead and do it. Be happy! Be filled with joy and share that joy. God wishes for us to truly enjoy life!
                   "Command those who are rich in this world's goods not to be haughty
                    or to set their hope on riches which are uncertain, but on God who
                    richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment."    - 1 Timothy 6:17    

  •  Play heartily and play often! Chickens, much like we were when we were children, live to play! Chickens are curious, social, lively creatures. They like to be busy and thrive in an environment that nurtures this egg-uberance. Play is not only fun, it's healthy too! Active bodies are healthy bodies. 

  • Enjoy a lovely bath! It is quite an egg-sperience to watch my chickens flopping around in the dirt tossing loose dirt all over themselves! They truly do enjoy a lovely bath! A hot relaxing bath is a great way to relax at the end of a long and stressful day. Make it an occasion though-add scent-sational smelling candles, some delightfully frivolous bubbles, and some merry melodies and you've got yourself a perfect evening! You may even want to bring along a good book and really relax! Here's to the ultimate bath egg-sperience...Cheers!
  • Rest! Chickens understand the value of rest. Although, they are usually busy bees, chickens also love to bask in the warm sun. Who doesn't? The merits of a short rest under the sun are plentiful! Our bodies need vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, and while you can get the daily recommended dose from vitamins and supplements, many do not. So, slather your skin with sunscreen and reap the rewards of a relaxing dose of D-research shows that vitamin D helps boost our immune system, helps reduce the risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes, aids eye health, helps to strengthen bones, helps to lower blood pressure, improves metabolism and mostly, it just plain feels good! So grab a good book, a nice tall glass of lemonade and rest a spell! Be sure to remember to use sunscreen though!!
  • Wake with the sun and go to sleep with the sun. Chickens live their lives on a farmers' time clock. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise." Sound advice, I believe. I don't know about wealthy and wise, but it is healthy for our bodies to keep to a routine. 
  • Share a meal with friends! Chickens LOVE LOVE LOVE to eat! It's just a fact of life. Watching them heartily "dig in" to a healthy bowl of goodness is beauty to my eyes and hearing the rhythm of their peck, peck, pecking is music to my ears. And, believe me when I say, they don't miss a beat! Sharing a meal with good friends is good for the mind, body and soul. It's refreshing and rejuvenating. It's a lovely way to connect with the people we care about most in our lives.          
  • EGG-cersize daily-It does a body good! Chickens are busy social creatures and enjoy nothing more than moving around. One of a chicken's favorite activities is egg-sploring and foraging. Free ranging, whether it be for shorter periods of time or an all day affair, is time well spent for my fine feathered friends. Free ranging for chickens benefits them twofold-while it keeps them active and moving about, thus keeping them fit as a fiddle, it also provides them the egg-straordinary opportunity to peck at nature's goodness. Everything from seeds and weeds and bugs and grubs to edible herbs and flowers chock full of essential vitamins and nutrients can be found in nature's bounty. For me, exercising means a delightfully brisk walk through our lovely back country roads. It keeps me fit, relieves stress, and is quite pleasing to the eyes, as well. Fitness doesn't have to be excrutiatingly tiresome, dull and the same old same old. So, take a walk! As Robert Frost so articulately suggested "Take the road less traveled". You'll get fit and you just might make some amazing discoveries along the way. 

         Wishing you a life filled with great joy, abundant peace, and an open mind-always be open to learning,no matter what the source! Enjoy, my friends!