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    All is quiet around here. Dh and I just returned yesterday from visiting DD in Iowa City; we had not seen her since August!! DS is home on his college break for a few days, and it's nice being able to catch up. DH is on vacation this week, as am I, so it's nice to take a breather. We've been pushing pretty hard lately in all our separate endeavors.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the US members. Turkey and traditional trimmings, or are you doing something different and more exotic??
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    Our Thanksgiving is small (us 4, my mom and mil) so this year we are doing the turkey wrapped in puff pastry from Trader Joes. The sales person swears by it, so why not? Nothing to lose, since no one likes turkey here. Nothing exotic for our dinner - however some New Mexicans add red chile to their meal.

    We'll hike on Friday. And the rest of the weekend . . . will be a bit of hanging out and some yard stuff (it is in the 50s and sunny here).

    I hope that you all enjoy your time with family and friends, that you spend time doing something you love, and that your thanksgivings are abundant <3
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    We'll be doing a lot of cooking around here, though Thanksgiving will be small, just the three of us this year. I'm getting over a cold, so we won't be celebrating with the rest of the family. I just baked the first loaf of bread I've ever baked in my life today, a loaf of sandwich bread, and it actually came out not too shabby! The crust was crunchy and the inside was soft. When I first pulled it out of the oven, I thought it was going to be doorstop, the crust felt so hard. Tomorrow I'll be making the first pumpkin pie I've ever made in my life. I roasted the two sugar pumpkins tonight.

    DH makes the main meal though--the turkey, stuffing and gravy. I love that he cooks and not me. And then the food lasts for a week or two. Though I just read about the turkey salmonella danger and thank goodness we had not planned on salad.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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    Vicsmom - Congratulations on your first loaf of bread! If you want a softer crust, wrap the entire loaf in foil or plastic wrap as soon as you take it out of the oven and out of the pan. For an even softer crust, brush the crust with butter before you wrap it. A soft crust needs moisture and lots of it. I love making homemade bread! You can use the butter trick to make soft dinner rolls out of any loaf bread recipe. Just brush them with butter as soon as the come out of the oven and cover the pan with foil or plastic wrap or even just a tea towel.


    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving so dh and I plan to attempt to finish our new bookcase in the hallway. I just finished painting the wall behind where we plan to put it, so maybe, just maybe we will get it done today. Not only do I want my new bookcase but I'm getting tired of all the lumber laying everywhere waiting to be put together lol!

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    Pumpkin pie, yum, that is one thing that I miss. You can't really get it here, and you can't buy the right type of pumpkins to make it (the ones we have are all too watery and bland). I was going to try grow some this year but the landscaping for the vege garden is still on the go slow, so I am not sure I will get them in.

    DD5 is off on her first school visit today and then starts officially on Mon. I am on the one hand fine as I said in my earlier post, as logically I know it is what we have to do. She wanted to try it and was really excited to. Her two best friends go to that school, and she really misses them and has not connected with anyone in the local homeschool group in the same way. Some of that is my fault as I have been too busy with DD10 and my editing to take DD5 along to the regular play days for little kids. But she also just had not really clicked with anyone and started refusing to go to anything with the homeschool group. On the other hand, I really miss her already and feel rather sad that I could not give her what she needed homeschooling. She was really fun to homeschool, and I liked doing school work with her. She loved the learning part of homeschool, and was progressing really well. It was also nice when the two kids did not fight and actually played or learned together and had fun, which they won't get to do so much now as DD10 is either busy most afternoons and Sat with after activities or is too tired to tolerate her little sister.

    The bright side is she only has 3 weeks and then it is the end of the year and she has 7 weeks off.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

    Freelance copyeditor, specializing in scientific text, who will make mistakes in my posts (I don't self-edit).

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    We are in thanksgiving mode, here! I made that salted caramel oreo pie I was introduced to here, a yam and pineapple dish, dressing, and cranberry sauce. Mother in law got her way with the rest. Dinner is just our household and her, so pretty low key.

    Happy thanksgiving, everyone, even if youre not observing. A whole California town made homeless has made me pretty thankful for what we have. (And I wish there was something I could do to help them.)
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Salted caramel oreo pie sounds great. When you say yams do you mean like sweet potato? I always get confused, as here we call sweet potato, kumara, and what we call yams are oca.

    Oh the fires are just devastating to think of. We have had so much rain (as in flooding rain and days of grey drizzle), and the kids were complaining about it, and I just keep saying well we should be thankful for the rain because they sure would like it in other parts of the world so that it was not so dry as they have fires and droughts.

    Sorry for more school starting whinges, but the thing that is really annoying me right now is my mother. It is just everything she has every dreamed of; DD5 going to school and being saved from this terrible homeschooling thing. I am just so sick of the critical comments. Like "oh it does not matter if she just spends the next few weeks filling in the gaps in her reading". Before I started homeschooling DD5, my mum was all "oh no you cannot homeschool her, who will teach her how to read". And I have taught her how to read but she has never once said something positive about that. I was talking to my mum about how they tested DD5 on a relatively high level book at school for her age and it was way too easy for her, so they were going to try higher ones next week. And rather than saying anything positive about the fact I actually did something good for her, she comes out with that criticism. But she is all "oh isn't school amazing" to DD5. Drives me crazy.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

    Freelance copyeditor, specializing in scientific text, who will make mistakes in my posts (I don't self-edit).

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    When I say yams, I mean the orange fleshed variety of sweet potatoes.
    None of the stuff in stores here is really a yam.
    https://www.frugallivingnw.com/yams-...-a-difference/

    Heres the pie recipe:
    https://www.kevinandamanda.com/dark-...-oreo-pie-new/
    I think the “creme” in oreos is gross, so I prefer to use chocolate cookies, but yesterday I turned a blind eye to the disgusting chemical laden filling.
    i also double the caramel and make half the chocolate topping, because thats the proportion I like best. And use my large tart pan.
    (I know its really annoying when people change around recipes.)

    Sorry about your mom and her inflexible paradigm that homeschool is all that is wrong in the world (or at least in your family).

    Today is a quilting day for me, woo hoo!
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Well, the first day of school went both great and not so great for DD5. Academic wise she is totally fine. But her best friends (twins), who are pretty much the entire reason she a) wanted to go to school and b) wanted to go to this specific school, are potentially moving to a different city. I have only heard from this through DD, but she is usually pretty accurate in what she passes on. So she is devastated. She made firm friends with these girls on her first day of preschool at age 3, and they have always loved playing together. She knows some other kids at the school but no one that she has that special connection with. The reason she did not like homeschooling was she had not made any friends like that in the homeschool group and she missed these girls. So we start her at school to get that back and they are leaving She was being so good already about that she might not be in the same class as them all the time at school and was ok to just play with them at break times. I feel so sad for her and kind of guilty that I did not send her to school earlier. She could have been there playing with them since June.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

    Freelance copyeditor, specializing in scientific text, who will make mistakes in my posts (I don't self-edit).

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    Oh no! Maybe don't worry until you know for sure?

    Either way, kids are resilient. I think we worry far too much on their behalf. Our instinct is to protect them.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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