Today I made Granola from my favorite cookbook: Mega Cooking by Jill Bond.
Here is the recipe for you.

2x 4x Ingredients
2 4 9×13 pans
12 24 Servings
1 cup 2 cups Cooking oil
1 cup 2 cups Honey
12 oz can 2- 12oz cans Concentrated frozen juice, thawed
10 cups (2 lbs) 20 cups (4 lbs) Old-fashioned oats
1 cup 2 cup Powdered milk
1 cup 2 cups Creamy peanut butter (optional for granola bars/chunks)


1 cups 2 cups Seeds
1 cups 2 cups Raisins or dehydrated fruit
1 cups 2 cups Nuts (walnuts, peanuts, pecans, almonds)


Prepare pans w waxed paper or Teflon liners. Optional.

In a large tub measure the dry ingredients. I use a clean dry dish tub that has never been used for anything besides mixing dry baking ingredients.

In a large measuring cup, measure the oil, then add the honey.

In a saucepan, heat the oil, honey, and juice until warm and well blended. Do not boil.

Pour the liquids over the oats, stirring as your pour and until well coated.

Spread the granola mixture across the bottom of the prepared pans. Press firmly for granola bars/chunks.


Bake at 250 F for 1 hour.

Rotate the pans if using more than one.

Bake for another hour. Stir to break up clumps IF desired.

Rotate the pans and bake 30-60 more minutes or until golden brown and no moisture is visible.

Divide, store, and freeze any that you will not be eating within 1 week.



Harvest Granola: apple juice, dehydrated apples, raisins, nuts, and cinnamon sugar.

Blueberry Morning: White grape juice w dehydrated blueberries

Tropical Island Granola: Pineapple juice, dehydrated pineapple, papaya, mango, and banana pieces

Bog Granola: Cranberry juice and craisins

Hiking Climbing Granola: apple juice, mountain trail mix w m&ms, chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, etc.

Rock Climbing Granola: apple or white grape juice w seeds, nuts, raisins, and several types of dehydrated fruit.


New Year Vegetable Soup

Wednesday is Crock Pot Night

1 cup baby carrots, chopped
3 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
1/2 head of green cabbage, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can black-eye peas
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt
black pepper to taste
5 cups chicken broth

Throw everything into the crock pot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Add more salt and pepper at the table to taste. We used ground white pepper. We ate it with sliced, jalapeno-cheddar venison summer sausage on the side!

Thanks family, for putting up with my cabbage soup. Now, what am I going to do with the other half of the head of cabbage?

New Year New Menu Plan

Again we’re following our weekly schedule of Choir, Scouts, and Church meetings to decide who cooks and what we’ll eat on which night. Since we have to leave for meetings between 4pm and 6pm four nights a week, we’ll “start” dinner at lunch or right after school, then make a daily plan to “finish” dinner. Like everyone I’ve read and heard from, we have to avoid the drive thru to save money.

I’m seeking at least 4 to 6 recipes for each category. Paste a link below if you have any for me!

Monday is Casserole night by 10yodd and mom

Tuesday is Spaghetti night by 15yodd

Wednesday is Crockpot night by 11yods

Thursday is Nice Dinner Night using Skillet or Grill recipes by 10yodd and mom

Friday is Left Over Night by 11yods

Saturday is Pizza Night by Dad

Sunday is Rice and Veggie Night by 15yodd


Since we homeschool, we have to plan lunches also. My 11yods likes to cook lunch as a way to get his chores done during or right after school at midday. So he’ll cook lunch Monday through Friday. Dad or one of the younger two will cook Saturday lunch. Mom will cook lunch after church Sunday, while kids do weekly cleaning chores if they aren’t done before Sunday.

Monday – Sandwiches: nut free and carried to co-op classes

Tuesday – Breakfast sandwhiches

Wednesday – Salad Day

Thursday – Boy’s Choice (if it were the boy’s choice we’d eat hot dogs or pizza everyday)

Friday – Mexican

Saturday – Soup and Bread

Sunday – Best Breakfasts

My Resolution

52 Week Organized Home Challenge

25 Ways to tie a scarf

25 Ways to tie a scarf

I love this!

My Russian Coins

My Russian Coins

By Lizzie Butts, 8th grade, August 2011

A few years ago, my friend’s family went to Russia on a mission trip. I was sad when they left, but my family hosted a party for them when they returned 18 months later. When I saw my friend again, I warmly welcomed her back with a hug then she surprised me with a present. She gave me some Russian coins!

I have two coins, and can you guess how much they are worth in US money? One coin is worth an eighth of a penny. Since I have two coins they are worth two-eighths of a cent. These coins are the same size as a US dime but it the color of a penny. I keep these coins, along with other coins that are special to me, in my jewelry box.

I will never get rid of these coins, for they are precious to me. They are my treasures.

We publish our composition assignments to the blog to have a sense of really being published.

Day 2 of Cleaning a Teen’s Room

Wow! We sure have made a lot of progress. Today we cleaned the inside of the closet and inside all the furniture. I folded all her clothes and sorted them. I was surprised to find her “junk drawer” pretty tidy! I guess she hadn’t used anything from that drawer in the last 6 months. I also found my tape dispenser and a whole box of glue that belongs to my Girl Scout troop. When I dug to the back of the closet I found some size 10 jeans and sweatshirts that my son didn’t get to wear because they were hidden. Oh well. That’s what third children are for.  I hung all the collar shirts, long sleeve shirts, and pants. At 14yo the pants are just TOO big to FIT into drawers anymore.

All my kids have two dressers, a book shelf, nightstand and of course a bed. Our desks are in the family room that we converted into a “school room”. I refolded all the pajamas and sorted them by season. She has one drawer of winter PJs and one drawer of summer PJs. When all the dirty clothes aren’t scattered all over the floor, she has lots of socks too. The bottom drawer under the PJs is socks and undies and clothing “accessories” like belts, gloves, and scarves.

I also refolded the t-shirts and sorted them as solid color shirts, shirts with words or pictures, tank tops, and fitted t-shirts. She has two drawers full of t-shirts. In an effort to gain another drawer to make “putting things away” easier, I’m debating on whether to make her pare down her t-shirts or to hang them. Hanging all these t-shirts risks making the closet too stuffed. Do you have a preference? Does your teen have a preference? I just don’t want these shirts back on the floor again when she gets back!

Then I started putting away much of the stuff we found in the floor and sorted yesterday!! I found a large box of pens, pencils, colored pencils, and markers. No new school supplies for this kid this year! We were thrilled to sort her hair stuff into ribbons, scrunchies, headbands, and barrettes. Where did I go wrong that they child didn’t learn to sort anything? We even had little Montessori-like sorting works in pre-K. Somehow it just didn’t cross over to the real world. Though I think she has too much cheap jewelry, hardly any of it was found to be broken. I found almost 12 cubic inches of bracelets she’s collected and put them into a box with a lid to keep them from spreading out all over the floor. I also put her silly bands into a small drawer of her jewelry box. I found enough cheap plastic rings to fill yet another small box. I hope she’ll be willing to part with these when she sees them all in one place. I hung her best necklaces in her jewelry box, but there is not good way to store all the beads and chunkier necklaces she has collected. Having them in a lump makes it impossible for her to keep them neat. I took them away and carefully separated and rolled the necklaces into a bread towel. She can have them back, or a few back, when she/we determine how to keep them neatly put away.

I am ready to store many of her items. Again, I’m going to allow her to have anything back that she can ask me for and show me where she will keep it. So she’ll have a place for everything and everything in its place. We labeled boxes for storage with numbers and I made a list of what is in each numbered box. So if I need to go get “the scrapbook craft kit” she got for her birthday 4 years ago and has never opened, I will know it is in box #2.

Tomorrow we dust, wash, vacuum, and steam clean!