Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Recipe: Shallot Chive Salt

I don't think I've shared a recipe in YEARS! Doing this Go Sugar Free class (will eventually blog about it) has me re-evaluating my recipe collection. Last week the class focused on spices and herbs which inspired me to share my shallot-chive salt recipe.

I gave a small collection of homemade salts as Christmas presents a few years ago. This was by far the best of the bunch, and I have made it over and over. I know who has actually tried it because they ask for more and more and more! I usually double or triple the recipe so I have plenty to share.

It scrumptious on eggs and avocado and sautéed cherry tomatoes. I love it on roasted sweet potatoes and hash browns. I throw it on just about everything!

Shallot-Chive Salt
1 1/2 cups dried shallot
3/4 cup dried chives
3 cups kosher salt

Coarsely chop shallot and chives in food processor. Mix into salt. Store in a cool, dry place. I use a big canning jar to store the bulk and keep a smaller amount above the stove.

Monday, September 28, 2015

DayBook 9.28.15

Outside my window... is a lovely morning. I should probably be outside typing, but the computer battery is low. I'm loving these cool evenings/nights/mornings.

I am hearing... the washing machine doing a load of towels and some highway noise

I am feeling... behind on life. Need a little catch up today.

I am thinking... about how I am going to incorporate my sugar free experience into my life once the class is complete.

I am thankful for... great neighbors (except for maybe one set...)
From the kitchen... I didn't cook much over the weekend but this morning there was apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast, going to make monster muffins this afternoon for Kate to share with swim friends, and going to roast some whole chickens in the crockpot today.
I am wearing... running shorts, a favorite tank that is wearing out, and a long sleep grey half zip. Bare feet that are cold.
I am creating... I MISS MY SEWING ROOM!!
I am going... to get some stuff checked off my to do list today! I was so lazy this weekend (in a good way - I needed it)
I am reading... oh, I don't know. Feel like I'm bouncing all over the place with books & really just need to finish something. My friend Nona gave me a book for my birthday (too lazy to walk upstairs and look at the title!) that I started last night. Only got through the introduction before I fell asleep.
I am hoping... that I can figure out how to get myself to wake up early. I love having that time, but I also love that sleep!
Around the house... it's not a disaster. We just had foam insulation blown into the walls about 10 days ago. Funny that it makes the house feel more stable/steady somehow. Not as creaky (and this 110 year old houses can be creaky!). Hoping it keeps us a little warmer this winter. A few weeks until we get our new exterior paint!

In the homeschool room... we need to get some serious work done this week! We've been reading about invertebrates, animal classification, grasslands, Shakespeare, EB White, rivers/streams, and the moon.

How I'm exercising... doing this Master the Mile class. Kinda killing me.
One of my favorite things... lunar eclipses. How cool was that?

A few plans for the next week: haircut, friend time for Jack, need to fill up the donation box for the ARC truck coming by, tennis matches, trip to the mountains to see the leaves

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Homeschool Moment - Book Rack

Scene from our homeschool days. Book rack filled with books about subjects that interest us right now.
We usually don't read everything before it goes back to the library, but I love having a bunch to choose from!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

This Makes Me Happy - Bike to School

Biking to middle school
How is she already big enough for this?!?

homeschool: september

Mixed feelings about writing out a homeschool plan for just Jack and not Kate. We have already eased our way back into a homeschool routine the last few weeks. I definitely miss having Kate home, but it has also been nice to focus solely on Jack. This sounds like a lot, but we don't do all of it daily. And much of it only takes a few minutes. Really trying to keep it simple!

I'm also take the Project Based Homeschool Master Class. Looking forward to incorporating those ideas into our homeschool days.


  • MathUSee - currently working through a review of Delta and will start back with lessons in the next week or so
  • Math facts review - games, apps, Times Tales DVD, etc.
Language Arts 
  • Rod & Staff - English 5 - Disappointed that First Language Lessons ended at 4. This came highly recommended as a continuation. A little more religious based than I had realized, but we are making it work. Already on Lesson 7.
  • Tutoring (Jack) - 3x/week
  • SpellingUSee - Wild Tales 1-2 lessons/week - this has been a great program for Jack
  • Excellence in Writing - Student Writing Intensive - Level A - wasn't sure what to do with writing this year, but so far this has been fabulous.
  • Lego Build to Express & Lego Story Starter - we are all excited to start this!
  • Comprehension/Vocabulary/Book Reports - EdHelper questions/worksheets/vocab as applicable to reading plus book reports
  • Independent Reading - planning to do a daily combo of novel reading on the Kindle and a variety of library books (fiction, nonfiction, etc). Jack is currently reading the first book in the Warriors series plus library books related to our subject studies or a book to satisfy our reading program (yes, it is a summer reading program, but we are using it for the school year)
  • Read Aloud - I've always read aloud to the kids, but listening to the relatively new podcast Read Aloud Revival, I am newly inspired. I've finished Stuart Little with both kids, and with Jack I'm reading Trumpet of the White Swan
History/Social Studies/Geography/Biography/Religion/Literature/Art
  • Story of the World - audiobook - Jack listened to this all summer, so I'm not sure where we are. Will figure that out soon.
  • Shakespeare study - using How to Teach Your Kids ShakespeareUsborne Illustrated Stories form Shakespeare, library books, Netflix & Amazon movies - progressing as we feel like it
  • EB White biographies - to go along with his books
  • Swans - to go along with Trumpet of the White Swan
  • Lego Simple & Motorized Mechanisms
  • Science Packets
  • Human Body/Emotions
  • Speech therapy (Jack) - 2x/week
  • CNN Student News - starting Aug 17th
  • Keyboarding Without Tears - not yet started
  • Homeschool Enrichment Program - weekly
  • Minecraft Homeschool - starts later in the month
  • Swim Team 4-5x/week

Monday, September 07, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Hike

McCullough Gulch

daybook 9.7.15

Outside my window... I am outside. Need to be out as much as possible. I can feel the change of seasons coming.

I am hearing... the happenings in the neighbor's yard, some far off traffic noises, the other neighbor's fountain, dog nails up and down the driveway

I am feeling... calm. Calm before the storm? Also a little whole-body fatigued from my workout this morning.

I am thinking... about my fall wardrobe. Maybe I'll post something laster this week.

I am thankful for... Colorado peaches!
From the kitchen... need to figure out what is going to happen in the kitchen this week & get to the grocery store. Have some roasted chicken to use up. There will be beets and apples. Want to do a pizza on the grill. Also have a ton of yellow squash and zucchini to use. And bananas!
I am wearing... running shorts and top. Need to shower and change.
I am creating... a new quilt top. Hope to get to that sewing machine today.
I am going... to have to have my LASIK "enhanced" - didn't quite get the results that I should have gotten. Not looking forward to the surgery again.
I am reading... I am bouncing around in my reading and it is horrible and not efficient. Need to make myself a reading list.
I am hoping... to check another 14er off my list soon (that would make a grand total of... 2!)
Around the house... about to put up some fall decorations!

In the homeschool room... Jack starts his new homeschool enrichment program this week. Really hoping he enjoys it. I think it will be just right for him.

How I'm exercising... went to Pilates on Friday for the first time all summer. That felt good. Today I started an 8 week "Master the Mile" program at our club. I'm the only one in the class, so it is like having a personal trainer! My baseline mile time was 8:48 which is so much faster than I thought I could run. Also, I almost puked.
One of my favorite things... when the motorist who was tailing you far too close despite your already-over-the-speed-limit-speed passes you and then gets pulled over a few miles down the road*

A few plans for the next week: how come the calendar is full but there is nothing outside our normal happenings? Really liking our new weekly routine so far. Full but not busy.

*ok, that's not really one of my favorite things. I wouldn't wish a ticket on anyone. Except maybe when this scenario actually happened this morning, it just might have provided me with just a teeny, tiny bit of satisfaction.