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    Its basically a ground hazelnut, butter, and brown sugar paste you put in between the crust and the pumpkin filling. I got it out of “French Women Dont Get Fat” (I thought it was going to be a light novel, not a treatise on the superiority of the french lifestyle.)

    Pumpkin Pie with hazelnuts

    pie crust
    2/3 cup unsifted flour
    pinch of salt
    1 tbsp sugar
    6 tbsp chilled butter
    1 1/2 tbsp ice cold water

    1/3 cup ground hazelnuts
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    2 tbsp softened butter
    2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
    1 cup unsweetened canned pumpkin puree
    1 tbsp flour
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup heavy cream

    1. Put the flour, pinch of salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.
    2. Cut the chilled butter into small pieces and add to the bowl. Also add the water and process for 15 seconds. If the dough is too dry, add more water by droplets. The dough should just hold together. Do not knead.
    3. Wrap the dough in waxed paper and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
    4. Preheat oven to 400 degress. Roll out the pastry and fit in into a 9 inch pie plate, 2 inches deep. Prick with a fork all over the bottom. Line the pie plate with aluminum foil. Add pie weights to weight down the dough, and bake for 10 mins. Remove and discard foil and weights.
    5. Increase the oven temperature to 450. Prepare the filling by combining hazelnuts, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and butter. Work into a paste and spread with teh back of a fork or spatula into the partially cooked pastry shell. Bake for 10 minutes.
    6. Mix together eggs, egg yolk, pumpkin puree, flour, 2/3 cup brown sugar, spices, salt, and heavy cream. Pour into the pastry shell. Turn the oven temperature down to 325 and bake for 45 minutes.
    7. Serve at room temperature or cold.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Gorgeous quilt, AM! WOW!

    I decorated the kids' doors last night as a Vday surprise. My 6yo came out stomping his feet like, I hope there's more presents. Boo. They think every holiday is Christmas, and it's just not.

    We ate chocolate. We ate king cake. I'm stuffed now and ready for the holiday to be over. I have a bunch of stuff ready for Chinese New Year, but we've been trying one subject per day so I don't know if he'll want to do it. Haha. Silly me actually prepping for something.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    Roll Call, 2/12
    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    This week we are studying India, so our recipes are themed to that. (Already made a indian inspired lentil soup, and crock pot (!) chicken tikka masala.)
    No holiday celebrations for us this week. Perhaps Ill get my act together and find something suitably chinese by the end of the week.
    This weekend we are going to an absolutely fabulous Himalayan restaurant!
    *Oksana, if your family likes Indian food, this place is in Carlsbad.

    For Vday, DH used to ship me some favorite chocolates from Portland (Moonstruck), but budgetary concerns say not this year. Id rather have a new pie dish (am baking new recipe for hazelnut pumpkin pie to use up canned pumpkin), or half of an InstantPot.

    The quilt Im working on for DS5 is called EndlessLove, though, and has hearts subtley in the weave pattern. (He wanted hearts, I didnt think theyd be a good long-term design element. I showed him how the red makes heart shapes, and he is content.)
    Here it is, without all the borders or quilting done yet:
    Attachment 5094

    Thats all thats going on here!
    Wow! Your quilt is amazing)
    Kids are so much more than a test score.
    Qualities not measured by a test: creativity, persistence, curiosity, humor, self-discipline, empathy, humility and so many more!

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    Happy Late Valentines and Happy Chinese New Year Friends!
    Our Valentine's got hijacked by our state legislature...I'll try to give you guys the briefest synopsis. A couple of weeks ago we found out a bill was introduced that would have required us ALL to be subjected to full background checks before being APPROVED to homeschool. Never in my life have I seen such a poorly researched or worded bill. They based the bill on 2 tragic child abuse cases here. The problem is neither child was ever homeschooled. One, who our entire state has felt deep sorrow for for 20 years was a murder case that was solved last year. He was not of compulsory age to go to school but the prosecuting attorney kept saying, "If this law existed, Peter Boy would be alive today." It is a bald-faced lie because he was only a pre-schooler and his siblings are suing the state for failing to protect him because they knowingly returned him to his abusive parents. The bill was to "honor" him and save "abused homeschoolers". The siblings have since been contacted are furious his name was being used because they have repeatedly said he was NOT homeschooled. The other case is also horrific and happened last year. The parents pulled the girl from school AFTER being reported for abuse and never filed forms or actually homeschooled. The senators were blaming homeschooling not our state's CWS (recently renamed from CPS). Both of these children had files open since they were toddlers. After removing the one girl from her home they gave guardianship to the grandma who they KNEW lived at the same home with the parents they had removed her from. Yes, a s---show. Anyway, background checks here entail: fingerprints, credit reviews, financial reviews, and sometimes home inspections--it is invasive. Oh, yeah--also this: the background checks were due to the requirement of having CWS open an inquiry file into EVERY ADULT living in the home of the homeschooled child (there are a lot of extended families that live together here). And, the social worker could request "any additional information". Upon "passing" all of this we "MAY OR MAY NOT BE APPROVED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT". If not approved, you could go to family court to prove why homeschooling was better than public school.

    So, overnight we could have gone from only having to file a letter of intent, annual progress reports, nationally standardized tests for grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 to the above. We were freaking the hell out. Not because we have anything to hide but because the law was based on false data that made everyone think homeschoolers homeschooled to "hide" their kids (according to local media) and because as written it was a clear violation of the 4th amendment. They scheduled the hearing ON Valentine's Day at 2:55pm, a time when they knew most of the kids have afternoon activities. I called every member of the committee, emailed each one, too, and turned in testimony opposing the bill. Last week, a local Mom set-up a FB page for ALL homeschoolers (secular, religous, unschoolers, etc.) because some groups didn't know about the bill. I was number 4 when I joined. When I woke up the next day there were over 400 people and even more by the end of that day. About 70 people said they would go to the hearing to testify in person including myself. Over 400 people showed up and on one of the outer islands they held a sign-waving protest across from their civic center during the scheduled hearing time. The chairperson's opening words were, "The committee chairs will be moving this bill forward with amendments that will still include the background checks." No one sighed or hung their head. We all looked at each other, whispered to people seated next to us, and the feeling was, "All right, let's do this." And, testimony began...they kept taking recesses...

    The first person to testify in opposition pointed out that the kids the bill was "made" for were never homeschooled and she had the dates to prove it. Another person had data from WHO, CDC, and President Obamas' study on child fatalities that specifically stated "homeschooling is NOT a risk factor". The senators were pulling up the links as people testified and told them they had not done any research on homeschooling. A social worker said they would take away resources from those that REALLY need protection while bogging down the system with this legislation. She said they already have high turnover and 50 cases per worker and not ONCE had a case been about a homeschooler for her cases. Another person said, "If you replace every section that states {the child that wishes to homeschool} with "the child that is Islam" or the "child that has same sex parents" or the "child of a particular ethnicity" you will clearly see this is a discriminatory bill that will lead to civil suits when a social worker that may not like gay people issues a denial to homeschool. Or what if the family is Mormon and the social worker doesn't approve. They have complete discretion." (The eyes of one senator got huge after that one...)I won't go on and on.. this was just poorly thought out. Some group called the Center for Responsible Homeschooling helped them draft the bill ugh. 3 hours in, the introducer of the bill withdrew it saying, "...due to the overwhelming opposition through your emails and testimony and the numbers present today, I am withdrawing the bill. This is the democratic process in action. We heard you." There was SO much cheering when it was pulled. But, we have to keep an eye out because his "official" statement later was that a better version will come next year. Everyone said NO one likes child abuse but to single out homeschoolers in a law is wrong. We all said CWS needs to do their job. A few kids testified and did a great job. We went out to dinner. After the kids went to bed, we had stiff drinks. Strawberry moonshine (legally bought from a liquor store haha). We were already figuring out were we would go move...did I mention they wanted ALL the kids in school while awaiting approval. And, that even if you were an 11th grader you would have to go back to 9th in public school. Holy shit, we dodged a bullet. My friend was getting ready to graduate her kid early rather than deal with this--he's already taking classes at the community college. He was in WTF just happened mode?

    And, now, I can enjoy Chinese New Year! I will be making the rounds in Chinatown tomorrow gathering food
    Kung Hee Fat Choy everyone

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    Wow, that is AMAZING!

    I heard rumor of a bill like that in the aftermath of our “turpin torture” case here in California. I thought “background checks, that F-ing ridiculous” and assumed the news report had it wrong.

    Yay for HI and representatives listening! It brings so much faith back in the elected representative process when they listen.
    Congratulations! How is that for a government / civics lesson!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Luv2HS - holy crap! That is nuts. Glad it ended well.
    DS 15, DD 13
    Year 9

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