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I'm a dichotomy of blue jeans, pretty jewelry, frugalista, and Southern girl living the simple rural life. I want to live my life holistically, thoughtfully, economically, and most of all gratefully, and encourage other women to do the same.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Homeschooling 5th Grade

This time of year, I usually share my homeschool curriculum picks for the upcoming academic year. This year, my son will be in 5th grade. Here's what we're focused on:

Math - Saxon Math 6/5
Grammar - Shurley English 5
Bible - Precept Ministries, "Boy, Have I Got Problems" Book of James
Typing - Typing Instructor for Kids
History - The Story of the World, Vol 2: The Middle Ages
Science - Exploring Creation with Astronomy
Spanish - Outside class
Latin 2 - Outside class
Reading - King Arthur, Robin Hood, Adam of the Road
Writing - Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons, Institute for Excellence in Writing
Spelling - All About Spelling Level 1
Art History - Outside class

I always enjoy seeing others' curriculum because it gives me ideas and introduces me to books I may not know about.

Have a happy weekend,

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hemp Heart Cookies

I tried a new recipe this weekend - a healthy cookie! I found the original recipe in some material that was mailed to me when I purchased hemp heart seeds from hemphearts.com. You can also buy hemp hearts at almost all health food grocery stores now. As usual, I altered the recipe somewhat to suit my family's taste.

Hemp heart seeds are a great source of protein, so these cookies have the added  bonus of filling you up. You can't eat many of these!

Hemp Heart Cookies

2/3 cup brown sugar
one egg, beaten
1/2 cup melted, cooled butter
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
one cup hemp hearts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the first three ingredients, blending well. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, and hemp hearts together. Add the dry mix to the wet mixture, stirring just until mixed.

Spoon a tablespoon of dough at a time onto a greased cookie sheet, flattening slightly with the back of the spoon. Allow room between cookies because the dough will spread. Bake until the edges are crispy. For my batch, that took about 10 minutes. Just keep your eye on them.

Let cool slightly.

Delicious and a healthy treat!