Week(s) In The Life (Bicentennial)

I had something that I was going to start my post with; whatever it was, it’s gone now. That pretty much sums up perimenopause for me. That, and lots of hot flashes.

The girls get frustrated that they can’t interrupt me when I’m on a mission. This morning while making granola, Little Sis asked if I could cut her bangs; while talking with her, I put the peanut butter in the refrigerator, then couldn’t find it later.  Quite frankly, it stinks.

So, I guess I will just start writing about our garden and see where that goes.

Our Roma tomatoes are really starting to turn red now.

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I’ve already made my first batch of tomato sauce. From now until all the tomatoes have been harvested, I pretty much will have a pot on the stove simmering making sauce, weekly. I’ve already made some spaghetti and pizza sauce to store. I am also thinking of making some tomato soup for the winter. I already have some homemade chicken noodle soup put back.

I was able to harvest some more broccoli too.

My neighbor asked how I make my tomato sauce, so I thought I would post how to do it here, and who knows I may need to refer to it some day.

Step one: cut a small x with a sharp knife at the bottom of the tomatoes.

Step 2: in a large stockpot, add water (about 2/3’s full) and bring it to a rolling boil.

Step 3: fill a large bowl with ice water.

Step 4: add tomatoes, about 6 at a time, into the boiling water. When you see the tomato skin start to split, after about 30 seconds, take the tomatoes out, and place them in the ice water. After a few seconds, skins should peel right off.

Step 5: cut tomatoes in half and remove seeds, this doesn’t need to be perfect.

Step 6: place skinned, and seeded tomatoes into another pan, along with a little salt and pepper.

Step 7: once all the tomatoes are ready, place pan on the burner and bring it to a boil. Once the tomatoes come to a boil, turn heat down to a simmer, about medium low, and cook until the water, from the tomatoes has evaporated, and the sauce has begun to thicken. This will take a few hours. Once sauce is condensed to your liking, turn off burner and allow it to cool.

Step 8: add cooled sauce to a blender, blend until smooth.

Step 9: pour sauce into freezer safe jars and freeze until ready to use.

It’s been a few years now that we have moved away from store bought canned foods. Now, with me making my own granola ,and pancake mix we hardly buy boxed foods. I even make my own Balsamic vinaigrette for salads.

Since we’ve changed our diet for Papa’s heart, we’ve cut our red meat consumption down to once a week. Now, we eat lots of grilled or baked fish and chicken.

Besides salads, our other favorite summer meals are tuna burgers, and grilled chicken sandwiches. I always make a double batch of both, and freeze them individually to have on hand for quick meals. This also makes it handy for Little Sis, when she might need a substitute for dinner (the tuna burgers).

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(Grilled chicken marinade: 1/4 cup water, 1 TBSP olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/4 cup low sodium tamari. Place 3-4 pounded, skinless chicken breast halves in marinade for at least 1 hour. Grill until no longer pink. Place grilled chicken on a cookie sheet, that has been covered with wax paper, and freeze overnight. Store in freezer bags for quick sandwiches. These are also great for salads. You can do the same with cooked tuna burgers.

Another favorite summer snack is a mozzarella cheese stick, or a sliver of mozzarella cheese, and grape tomatoes. 🙂

Homeschool

Language Arts:

Reading:

We started The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. So far, we are enjoying it.

I found Little Sis a pen pal. Sky had twins for her pen pals, and actually got to meet them, about this age and I thought it would be fun for Little Sis to have some.

I finished the book Rebecca and loved it. Even though I knew the plot twist from watching the movie, the book was a bit different and still held an element of surprise. I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it.

I read Horns by Joe Hill next. I was curious how good of a writer Stephen King’s son was. I am not one to compare styles; I judge the artist as an individual, and how their work appeals to me. With that being said, I can see how Hill could appeal to the younger audience. I am thinking a mature YA horror author. The story wasn’t bad, I personally just didn’t care for it.

At first, I thought the whole idea of the story was awesome. A boy grows horns to find out who killed his girlfriend (This isn’t spoilers, the story literally starts this way.). The first half held my attention; once the backstory started though, I started losing interest. I just didn’t like the novel’s pacing. We literally find out who the killer is fairly early, then need to tread through lots of flashbacks before the conclusion. I feel this interrupted the flow of the novel. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

I am reading Room now by Emma Donoghue, and am halfway through. Oh my, what a brilliant idea to tell the story from the 5- year-old boy’s perspective. I’ll give my final thoughts after I’ve finished. (So far, I am really enjoying it.)

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Health:

Continuing: The Way We Work, and we watched: How To Choose A Sunscreen from TedEd- YouTube.

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P.E. Besides swimming, the girls attended home-school gym.

American History:

Indiana is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and with our Governor Mike Pence running for Vice President, I thought it would be a good time to learn the history of our state. So, that will be our theme heading into our fall schedule, leading us into Sky’s Civics credit.

We finished the series: Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana that ran on our local PBS station.

Geography:

We have been watching the summer Olympics when we can. Yesterday’s women cycling was brutal (what a horrible tragedy), but the girls have been enjoying the swimming competitions. We also learned there is a northern country in Africa called Tunsia.

Sky went ahead and purchased The Shinning movie for her collection, she also bought the original Poltergeist movie that we watched. We watched Disney’s animated version of Alice in Wonderland too.

Well, I think that is about it. I am sure I’m missing something, but I didn’t write it down, so….

peace for the journey.

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