Friday, 10 June 2016

Rhubarb Recipes

Our rhubarb is out and we have had our first crumble of the season.  It is just lovely with strawberries or raspberries, and more frugally with apple or pear - in the latter case in savoury dishes as well as just puds or preserves.

I love rhubarb for it's yield and it's hardiness; I do not have to do anything for the plant and yet it spreads and produces yummy nutrition every year without fail.

Here are some of our favourite ways to munch the stuff:

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Free Rug From Offcut

I have recently made a great door mat using the offcuts from our stair & landing carpet.  I wish I hadn't thrown away the rest so I could have made a runner for the downstairs hall too.  I had held on to the door-mat-size piece as it was useful for trudging in onto in the winter but it looked untidy.  I put it through the washer on a half hour 30C cycle, dried it out on the line, then trimmed the edges straightish and just blanket stitched around the edges with three strands of thick acrylic yarn. It really looks pretty good!  My husband remarked it looked like a bought door mat.

Still kicking myself for not saving a runner sized piece...

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Phonics - Alphablocks

These alphablocks games are some of my youngest's favourite learning activities right now.   They are great, really engaging and sweet, and Alphablocks were a great support when I was teaching my other children to read.  Goodness knows, I am grateful for the BBC every day!

Which are your favourite online support resources for phonics?

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Easy Cheap Dinners for the Warmer Weather

Now that the spring has truly sprung here, the sun is shining and mince & dumplings are off the menu!

Unfortunately, the activities don't let up.  Menu planning takes so long at Acorn Towers due to all of the commitments that seem to occur around tea times at least four nights of the week.  And on the rest, it is difficult to entice the children in from the garden on these lovely longer evenings!

So instead of relying on slow-cooker casseroles or mince-heavy meals, I now am beginning to roll out our lighter yet still cheap and easy meals...

Here are my family's favourite dinners for breaking up the evening's garden play:

Friday, 1 April 2016

Free 6-lesson Music Appreciation Course

I found a great music appreciation curriculum online, created by a professional music teacher and home educator, Mary Prather.  The curriculum is very reasonably priced anyway, but 6 sample lessons with a resource worksheet are currently available on the website.  She also has a blog about home ed over there.  The website is a great resource - I recommend checking it out!

Monday, 28 March 2016

Cheap Deal on Veg at Asda

Asda are currently offering the following for 29p each*:

2.5 kilos of white potatoes
1 kilo bags of carrots
1 kilo bags of new potatoes
500g leeks
500g parsnips
savoy cabbages
335g broccoli
(also 750g frozen green beans are only 70p, which I am pretty certain is quite a bit cheaper than usual)

The fresh vegetables will last a while in a cool dark environment, but otherwise, cook them, then cool and freeze.  I will do so with around half of the stuff we bought.

I bought enough to last us a good while in vegetables!  Score.

*I was unable to find how long this offer lasts, but as it is inspired by Easter celebrations, I would recommend getting down there as soon as you can.