Teaching Good Things

Practical Skills for Real Life

Teaching Good Things - Practical Skills for Real Life

Up the Creek – A Saturday Adventure

We live in a very beautiful part of Alabama and our lake, Highland Lake, is about a 5 minute walk down the road for us.

After a long day of canning and yard work we decided to go down to the lake and let the kids throw in a fishing line, but instead they ended up adventuring up the creek with their older siblings.

First we spent a little time on the walking trail and playing on the swings.

Here is Auntie Liv and Javi!

The sweetest thing on the planet! :)

This.

This is part of why I can’t blog much. I want to soak in every minute I can being Nonnie. There is also being a wife… and a mom… and cooking and cleaning and canning. I have a LOT I want to blog about, just can’t find time right now.

Olivia, our photo-journalist, ready with her camera.

So the big kids took off up the creek…

the creek that has snakes in it.

That’s me and Jeff up on the bridge taking care of Baby-Girl.

And at this point I just had to hope they’d have a great adventure

and trust God to keep them safe.

I think Mommy was having second thoughts here about leaving Baby-Girl behind.  She is such a good mom!

One son by adoption and another son by marriage.

God is good!

Cherish! The perfect name for this girl!  She kept trying to take care of her baby sister but Emma insisted that she go ahead and have adventure with the big kids and that she’d watch out for baby sister. She is growing like crazy!

My two baby girls, one by birth, the other adoption.

Love this picture!

Glad I didn’t know they were in this deep until I saw the pictures!

Olivia took all of these pictures.

So much beauty!

I never take for granted that we have family… ever!

Pineapple Cucumber Salsa

Pineapple Cucumber Salsa

We have an abundance of cucumbers from our garden right now. I made this recipe for the first time today. It.Was.So.Good! I didn’t have any jalapenos on hand so it didn’t have that kick to it, but it was delish nonetheless!

Pineapple Cucumber Salsa  meat

For supper I topped my hamburger with it. Again, it was so good!

Chop, combine, cover and refrigerate until serving. 

ALWAYS use gloves when working with the peppers… and NEVER touch your face!

Yield: 2-1/2 cups.

  • 2 cups finely chopped fresh pineapple
  • 2 cup finely chopped seedless cucumber
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion (red adds a nice color – I didn’t have any today)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

 

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make blackberry syrup

A sweet friend gave us a couple of gallons of blackberries…big, juicy blackberries! Which means my very capable assistants and I had to get busy!

blackberry jam

Now… the downside of blackberries are all those little seeds.

The first thing I did was run the berries through the food processor. Let me just say, I LOVE THE FOOD PROCESSOR! It really does make kitchen work so much faster!!!

remove blackberry seeds

Then my hard-working Cherish used this old-fashion strainer and wooden pestle, which you can find at thrift stores and yards super cheap!

blackberry jam syrup

We made 16 pints of jam and syrup.

blackberry syrup jam

I adapted this recipe from AllRecipes.com, added lemon juice, butter and 1/2 a package of pectin rather than 1/3 package.  Butter makes all the difference!

Blackberry Syrup

4 cups blackberry juice

4 cups white sugar

1/3 (2 ounce) package powdered pectin

3-4 T lemon juice

1/2 stick of butter

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blackberry jam 1

Blackberry Jam

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“Any child who can spend an hour or two a day, or more if he wants, with adults that he likes, who are interested in the world and like to talk about it, will on most days learn far more from their talk than he would learn in a week of school.” ~ John Holt

why homeschool through high school

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10 Reasons to Homeschool Teens-

1. Continue the Family-Building Process

The teen years are a strategic time to cement relationships that last a lifetime. Parents can continue as the primary role models. You can make sure that your teen is instructed and discipled consistently each day with moral training and sound doctrine.

2. Cement Family Relationships

Relationships are the most important thing in family life. When teens are away from home for six-to-eight hours a day, subtle changes begin to erode relationships at home. Divided allegiance or “serving two masters” can shake their foundation. The result is weakened family ties and parental influence.

3. Provide an Excellent Learning Environment

Receiving one-on-one instruction is the most effective way to learn. At home, academics have priority, and there are no classroom distractions. Conversely, studies show that barely one third of the school day in traditional high schools is dedicated to academics.

4. Individualize Education Based on Needs

You can customize your teen’s education to provide motivating opportunities to develop gifts and abilities. In areas of academic weakness, you can provide extra time and help. No classroom setting can offer this consistent and loving support.

5. Accelerate Academic Progress

Many homeschooled children are academically ready to do college-level work between the ages of 14 and 16. Additionally, researchers have found that age/grade isolation or segregation actually inhibits socialization. Available data demonstrates that homeschooled children are ahead of their public school counterparts in maturity, socialization, and vocabulary development.

                                              Read the rest HERE!

Recommend Resources for High School

Reevaluating Homeschooling

Schools and the Obsession of Wasting Time 

Do Schools Kills Creativity? (video)

The Confusion About Socialization 

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