curriculum · gardening · homeschool solutions · homeschooling · Uncategorized

15 Great Projects to Educate Your Kids Without Them even Realizing it!

I know how you feel mom.  It’s February and you’re in a rut.  So are the kids, and they show it by not really wanting to buckle down for homeschool.

February and March are two of the worst months in homeschooling for that reason.  Those are the months that you have to FIND the energy you had tons of in September. Three more months to go! (Unless you’re a year-round schooler).

It’s times like this when you need to mix it up a little and implement a few plan B’s (or C’s, or D’s).

Try one of these “educational” (shhhhh!) ideas to gets their minds going again!


Math Art by “What Do We Do All Day?”

Heart Shaped Puzzle


Fibonacci Sequence/Fibonacci Art/Mondrian

Concentric Circles/Kandinsky

Foldable Geometric Shapes



Shadow Sculptures

DIY Bouncy Balls

Magnet Painting

Shaving Cream Rain Clouds

Color Mixing Spinning Tops

Kids Container Gardening



Improving Handwriting with Art

Fine Motor Worksheets

Cursive Name Bugs



Many thanks to all the awesome blogs collected on this page!


cooking · gardening · homemaking

Zucchini Chocolate Bread

Zucchini!  I planted a lot of it.  A little more than I realized.

This is really a zucchini year and they are exploding!  I cannot keep up with it actually.   If I skip a couple of visits out to the garden, the zucchini that was 10 inches long exponentially grows to 25 inches long.

So, my son and I decided to put our favorite thing (chocolate) together with our over-abundance of this green squash and make CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD.


This is a simple recipe from All Recipes.

The most labor intensive part is the grating, which my son was thrilled to do.



And here is the final product! YUM!


But if you’re not into chocolate, what is one to do with all that zucchini?

Here are some awesome ideas from all over the internet!


Chicken Zucchini Poppers – with cilantro, onions and garlic.  Yum! This recipe coordinates with the Whole30 diet.

Zucchini Green Chili Corn Bread – this idea seems really interesting!  The post is very elaborate; very interes

Zucchini with Egg – this combination just sounds really yummy.

Happy cooking!



gardening · homemaking · Uncategorized

Garden Update July 2016

Blackberries are almost ready

The Northeast has been hotter than usual this month.  July feels like August!  When your day is 96 degrees out, it’s pretty hard to get motivated to garden.  But, there has been a recent respite and I spent two days weeding and working outdoors.

I was having trouble identifying this, but figured out that this is called a blazing star. I have to tell you, I have NO IDEA where it came from. I love when God works like that.
It’s a pumpkin year!
Raspberries have been amazing. My sons eat them every day.
Queen Anne’s Lace
Our vineyard, affectionately called “Coe Estates”
Red sunflower
Silver Queen corn growing