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    Happy Wednesday to you all. What is new? We spent the weekend digging and moving plants, and tilling both gardens. It was 50 degrees the prior Sunday, and 90 degrees this past Sunday. Weather in the Midwest......

    Both kids are officially on their own this summer: DD stayed on campus in Iowa and is working full time between semesters while DS started his internship in Indianapolis this week. I swear I taught them how to cook better, but one meal for DD was lima beans and peaches, both out of can. DS made a double batch of green bean casserole, one for lunch and one for dinner. Quote from him: "..and that's totally okay!" I guess they could have more unhealthy choices! The funny thing is that DS was a line chef for 3 years at a local cafe!! I think it's more of the "I just don't feel like cooking right now" syndrome. Don't we all reach that point once in a while?

    What sorts of things can your kids make in the kitchen? For fun, list the ages and their best creation(s)!
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Dodging rainstorms down here-it's been rainy and muggy for a week now! Everyone is kind of in limbo before the summer stuff starts. DS(17) is waiting for his work to start full-time (he works year round at the local science center, but part time during the school year, and full time when the camps start). DS(14) is playing too many video games and waiting for his online class to begin. I'm reading all the books that I haven't had time to read, as I am having to take a major hiatus from crocheting (my favorite indoor hobby) due to a seriously pinched nerve in my neck that is affecting my hand. But I have been able to get back to running, much to my family's great relief! I am really looking forward to both my kids being on their own...

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    Your kids sound so grown up this year Carol! Lima beans and canned peaches sound perfect to me - ha! It is starting to get too hot to cook around here.

    It's my birthday today - so I'm taking it easy! Trying to decide where I want to go for dinner, because I'm not cooking.

    Of my two, DS is more likely to cook. DD is a grazer, I'm not sure she'll ever cook, she could live off of bean burritos, raw fruit, and veggies. DS makes good pancakes and breakfast burritos. I've taught him to make banana pudding, but he has yet to make it on his own. A year ago I made him co-cook with me so he could learn, I probably should start that up again. I'd love to get him planning and cooking dinner a night every other week.
    Rebecca
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    Quote Originally Posted by groovymom2000 View Post
    Dodging rainstorms down here-it's been rainy and muggy for a week now! Everyone is kind of in limbo before the summer stuff starts. DS(17) is waiting for his work to start full-time (he works year round at the local science center, but part time during the school year, and full time when the camps start). DS(14) is playing too many video games and waiting for his online class to begin. I'm reading all the books that I haven't had time to read, as I am having to take a major hiatus from crocheting (my favorite indoor hobby) due to a seriously pinched nerve in my neck that is affecting my hand. But I have been able to get back to running, much to my family's great relief! I am really looking forward to both my kids being on their own...
    Yippee on the running! I don't always enjoy it while running, but I almost always feel better when I'm done.

    Enjoy your downtime. Having kids old enough to work and study on their own is so much fun, both in terms of watching them grow and getting back some of the "me" time we had otherwise devoted to homeschooling.
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    Your kids sound so grown up this year Carol! Lima beans and canned peaches sound perfect to me - ha! It is starting to get too hot to cook around here.

    It's my birthday today - so I'm taking it easy! Trying to decide where I want to go for dinner, because I'm not cooking.

    Of my two, DS is more likely to cook. DD is a grazer, I'm not sure she'll ever cook, she could live off of bean burritos, raw fruit, and veggies. DS makes good pancakes and breakfast burritos. I've taught him to make banana pudding, but he has yet to make it on his own. A year ago I made him co-cook with me so he could learn, I probably should start that up again. I'd love to get him planning and cooking dinner a night every other week.
    Happy Birthday!

    My kiddos are adult, but in my head some days I still see them as toddlers!

    I think teaching our kids "life skills" is the best thing for them. I joke about my kids cooking lately, but if they have to, they can do a complete meal. They've been cleaning around the house since around age 4, gradually moving on to helping with bigger things like mowing, gardening, painting, repairs. I'm amazed at how little some of their peers can accomplish on their own!
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    So cold here at the moment, frosty starts to the morning, clear sunny days, and then cold at night. Ergh and we are not even anywhere near the shortest day yet! It is not usually this cold in May here. We have had good week or two of days only getting to a max of around 48/50 °F. That is cold for us, I know lots of you who get a real winter, but my happy temp range is about 72 to 84 °F. Anything more and its too hot, and anything below that, I feel too cold.

    My youngest turns 5 next week, and has insisted she won't go back to kindergarten (what our preschools are called just to make it confusing for you all). So she is going to be home. Not sure if I will homeschool or if she will go to school. No school options at the moment as the ones I would potentially send her to don't have space. She may get bored. I may go crazy. DH joked that I just need to focus to teaching her how to read because then if she can read to herself maybe she will just sit around all day engrossed in a book like my oldest will.

    Also trying to get more work of my own and get some actual editing qualifications. It is hard to market myself with just a science background. Even though I know I am good at writing and editing. Anyway, trying to weigh up different certificates. They are all expensive! I might also look at getting into indexing and technical writing. So all up I may have to spend about $9,000, over a couple of years. I hate spending money. But it is all extra that I put aside from my pay for professional development, so I may as well.

    DD (9) can make omelette, microwave chocolate self-saucing pudding, apple crumble (crisp?). She would live off bean burritos, refried beans and rice, and kale (sautéed with garlic or as kale chips) if she had a choice. She does not like meat.

    DD (4) likes to help do baking but can't make anything on her own yet; if you don't give her muffin mixture an extra adult-stir, the muffins tend to have concentrated areas of salt and baking soda in them. She would also live off raw fruit and veges, plus meat (loves meat). There are very few veges/fruit that she will happily eat cooked; green beans and broccoli are about the only ones I can think of. She also hates onion and can pick out its presence in anything, and will refuse to eat the entire meal.

    Between the two of them, protein choices for meals are sometimes difficult.

    At 5, I used to make steamed pudding. I got it all ready and in the steaming bowl, and an adult or older sibling put it in the hot water for me. All of us children had a desert we could make. I had 3 older siblings. So mum did not usually have to make a desert, as one of us would do it.
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    Happy birthday RTB! (Theres a street by a park here that is the T part of your name, I always think of you when I see it! (We are going there tomorrow.))

    Good luck NZmama with drumming up business, and I hope the weather doesnt become too unbearable.

    My older boy is still working on toast and fried eggs as his culinary frontier. The baby is adept with the microwave, and has a lot of enthusiasm to assist with cooking (especially ice cream making).
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    Today I was driving my son to the first baseball game of the inter-city tournament when Google Maps led me up a mountain with single lane roads. It scares me to death driving up mountains and I was so afraid I was going to drive over the edge. We ended up being 45 minutes late to the pre-game practice and then the coach benched him for 3 innings. Our team won the game, but it was really deflating seeing my son's sad face at the end of it. But that type of thing affects me more than it affects him, and he is already onto other things.

    My son started helping me prep vegetables when he was two, using a plastic knife and then slowly graduating to a butcher's and chef's knives. He likes to make sandwiches and Jello to bring to family potlucks. He's also made a potato lasagna. This year, he made cookies using boiled red cabbage juice (leftover from an experiment on acids and bases) and a chocolate cake from scratch (no recipe, just adding a little of this and that) which actually turned out pretty good.

    I'm going to spend some time decompressing now. It's been a long month.
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicsmom View Post
    my son started helping me prep vegetables when he was two, using a plastic knife and then slowly graduating to a butcher's and chef's knives. He likes to make sandwiches and Jello to bring to family potlucks. He's also made a potato lasagna. This year, he made cookies using boiled red cabbage juice (leftover from an experiment on acids and bases) and a chocolate cake from scratch (no recipe, just adding a little of this and that) which actually turned out pretty good.
    Can you share the potato lasagna recipe? It sounds like something my DD would love.
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Oh, I forgot. DS can catch, clean and cook a fish! I don't usually like lake fish, so I refuse to kill and clean them (yuck!), but he does a nice job stuffing them with butter, onions and garlic.
    Rebecca
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