Friday, December 11, 2009

Homeschool Etsy Team (SHE)

This Friday's feature is focused on one of my Etsy teams.  The SHEteam is Schooling at Home Etsians.  This is a great, supportive and active team of families with homeschooling and Etsy shop ownership in common.  The SHEteam blog has information on team shops.  You can find the latest Sheteam treasury here.  The SHEteam has also been featured in this online article.  
Here are just a few of the shops and items available from the SHEteam taken from the latest team treasury.  So, check out the SHEteam. 

Ancientgamecupboard                                   ElegantRoseBoutique


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Winter Fun Ideas

It appears that winter is here already.  It's freezing and windy here today.  So I thought I'd blog about some fun things to do in the winter.  Sometimes in the winter, boredom sets in and can make kids whiny.  "What can I do?"  I hear it a lot in the colder months.  And when you homeschool, you are likely to hear it more because you are with your kids more.   Anyway,  I have been digging around the internet to find some ideas.  Here are some links I came up with.

Paper Snowflakes

This one has some fun stuff to do in the winter.  I like the idea of a popcorn, hot chocolate and game night.

Making pine cone bird feeders is a fun thing to do in the winter. Apparently using peanut butter on the pine cones is not a good idea. I've seen some people saying it chokes the birds and can kill them.  Here's a better, healthier for the birds, way to do it.

This Frosty the Cheeseball recipe looks fun and tasty.

Winter Crafts

What are your favorite things to do with the kids in the winter?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

This recipe for chicken tetrazzini is one of our family favorites and comes from my mom's 40 year old Betty Crocker cookbook.  It's a great recipe for using leftover chicken or turkey.  We usually have some garlic bread along with it.  Enjoy.

Chicken Tetrazzini

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup whipping cream  (half n half also works well)
2 Tablespoons sherry ( I use water)
1 package (7 ounces) spaghetti, cooked and drained
2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
1 can (3 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained  (I leave these out and it's fine)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 350*F.   Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat.  Blend in flour and seasonings.  Cook over low heat, stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbly.  Remove from heat.  Stir in broth and cream.  Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute.  Stir in wine, spaghetti, chicken and mushrooms.  Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake uncovered 30 minutes or until bubbly. 
6 servings.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mama's Got a Brand New Bag

So, what's new? Well, I am still working on getting our scarves finished from the Joy's Hope scarf along. I am really easily distracted by other things to work on. Things like this cute little buttercup bag, now available in my Etsy shop.   And I'm working on some more, in the large and small sizes.  
I have also been learning how to cook venison.  We have about 40 pounds of it in the freezer.  So far, it hasn't been too bad. 
I am still felting sweaters.  I haven't actually made anything with them yet.   But I went thrifting on Saturday and got a big pile of sweaters for 50% off.  So hopefully I'll have some felted stuff made soon.  Anyway that's what I'm working on lately.  I'll be posting a yummy recipe tomorrow, so stop back by for that.  See you soon.