Friday, November 30, 2012


Just sharing another blog I am apart of and a radio show that's coming to you all soon!  and

For the love of food

Sometimes home cooked meals are not 100% home cooked. I sometimes take pre-made things and make them into my own creations. The other day I was at the store and saw a bottle of Dinosaur Sauce Mojito marinade and a light bulb went off. I had a chuck roast at home ... so what if I took that marinade, blended in a few chipolti peppers and a spoonful of tomato paste?!? Then visions of shredding that amazingly tender beef came to mind... and this was my Creation....

Here are our players:

Why hello there happy roast!

Ok so i cheated some more.. but man'o'live those were some good red beans and rice!

Its shredder time...

Final product... You can put on what you want, peppers, tomatoes, onion, avocados, cilantro, or a little lime juice... whatever trips your trigger...

Now we need a smell -o- vision link!!!

Always starting over

Every home educating day is a day of discovery and change. I am constantly trying to find a way to inspire them to learn. My youngest suffers daily from the scars of school. I am trying to help him over come those scars without creating new ones. I feel like he "should be" doing this or that. I question myself and my approach. I am scared that I am not doing the right thing and I am responsible for his future... what if...if I screw it up?

Every day I am finding ways to encourage learning. Not to encourage school. True pure curiosity and learning. I want them to yearn to soak up everything they can. I will not lie though when my youngest tells me he cannot read that, or he forgets how a y is made, or cries because he cannot do either of those things... I doubt myself, I cry , I worry, my heart breaks.... We are all learning here, even myself... I am learning to have enough confidence in the both of us to get through the fear.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Life is forever changing

For years now I have gone back and forth about going back to school. I never finished high school but do have my GED (good enough diploma). My children are getting older and I may want to go back to work some day or even go back to work soon part time however living out here and not have a degree has seemed to be a stop to that. I have tried opening my own business and that never took off, I do write from time to time but it never pays, I have tried child care in the past but honestly I am getting to old for that lol, so what do I want to do and how can I learn how to do it in a short period of time.

One of our local colleges offers a nursing program that is only 2.5 years part time. With a nursing degree I can do many things, work with newborns, work in an senior living center, the hospitals, doctors offices, schools, do home healthcare, management, and the list goes on. I had thought about teaching and social work but both of those fields require a BA and the jobs are hard to find.  So nursing it is!

I started some courses that I need in order to get into nursing school. Aglebra 1 , Biology, and Chemistry. Thank God I have a soon to be 14 year old son who can help me! I am excited but nervous at the same time. I think its a great choice and we will benefit from it as a family later.  Just another road in my journey!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Frankenstorm, not so scary after all

We got a trick on our Halloween. While it was windy and rainy, it was no worse than any other fall storm. It has rained here for over a week now. Frankly I am over it. Northwestern PA did not get the impact of the storm like folks did in NJ and NYC. My heart is aching for those people. Most without electricity, heat, and food running low, it is becoming a more desperate situation every day. Many of them have not prepared for such a huge disaster. With gas impossible to find at this point, and no way to generate electricity, they are living off the grid and they have no idea how long it will be before they are back up.

I feel this was a lesson well learned for all of us. We take for granted the TV being on, the ability to flush a toilet, popping something in the microwave. When it is all gone how to do we get by, semi-comfortably? Part of our move out here was to prepare. To prepare for anything, weather related disasters, economic collapse, a Mayan calendar prediction, rapture, whatever it may be. I do not feel prepared right now and that frightens me.  I am looking forward to spring (unless the Mayans were right, then we are doomed) so I can have a huge garden, buy my chickens, find my maples for next winter, stock my pond, and other preps to get my homestead on track. I think it is vital to have your own food supply and to be aware that this grid is temporary and go away at any minute. It is my job as the home maker to insure we have ample supplies to get by if need be.

Our prayers are with all of those who were affected by this storm. I hope you are all safe and help is on its way to help your families. May you gain wisdom from this terrible event and realize those of us who prepare are not crazy, we are wise to the fact you cannot trust mother nature, you never know when she will send one of her storms your way.  Blessings!