Essential Traditions/Real Food Real Frugal

The archives for the old Essential Traditions blog and the old Real Food Real Frugal Blog

Current Homeschool Curriculum 2008-2009

Here’s the finalized version of what we’re doing for homeschool this year! School starts on September 8, 2008.


Read Bible in 1 year “Genres” Bible Reading Plan
Weekly Bible Verse
How to Study the Bible
Disciplines of the Faith
Developing a Good Attitude
Fruit of the Spirit

Streams of Civilization (Christian Liberty Press)

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Pilgrim’s Progress
Through Gates of Splendor
Animal Farm
In His Steps
The Hiding Place
Free choice reading to finish out year

Success in Math Basic Algebra
Essentials of Mathematics (selected topics to finish out year)

Biology: A Search for Order in Complexity (Christian Liberty Press)
Science topic books to finish out year


Hooked on Bible
Leading Little One’s to Christ
Bible Stories to Read (Rod & Staff)
Brave Believers
First Catechism (Christian Liberty Press)
Weekly Memory Verse

Hooked on Phonics
The Phonics Game
Read-A-Loud books

Hooked on Handwriting
Simple Bible Verses for Copywork

GRAMMAR (know and recognize basic punctuation)
period, exclamation point, question mark, comma

MATH – Using Manipulative and Transition Modes
Count to 100 by memory
Recognizes written numbers to 100
Additions using numbers 1-10
Write numbers 1-20 by memory
Time – Whole Hour and half hour
Count to 100 by 10’s
Money – value of coins and coin names
Match numerals with corresponding sets of objects

Science/Histoy & Social Studies will be alternated each week. One week we’ll study a science topic, the next week a history & social studies topic.

Different science unit study every odd week

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  2. The Five Senses
  3. Dental Health
  4. Our Human Body
  5. Trees
  6. Flowers
  7. Animals
  8. Baby Animals
  9. Endangered Animals
  10. Dinosaurs
  11. Ecology
  12. The Four Seasons
  13. Weather
  14. Our Solar System
  15. Our Sun
  16. Stars
  17. Water
  18. Oceans
  19. Safety
  20. Healthy Food

Different history/social studies unit study every even week

  1. Address & Phone Number
  2. U. S. Symbols
  3. U.S. Freedoms
  4. Texas Symbols
  5. U.S. Monuments
  6. The Pilgrims
  7. George Washington
  8. Benjamin Franklin
  9. Paul Revere
  10. Abraham Lincoln
  11. American Indians
  12. Cowboys
  13. Lewis & Clark
  14. The Pioneers (Little House)
  15. Paul Bunyan
  16. Johnny Appleseed
  17. The Alamo
  18. John Henry
  19. Thomas Edison
  20. Martin Luther King, Jr
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My To-Do For the Rest of the Weekend

When Marty’s home all my regular chores go out the window and we do projects as a family. Granted, it makes a lot more work for me to catch up with when he goes back to work, but we love having hime home. And the projects are usually fun. Yesterday I made my 3rd batch of Kefir, made refrigerator pickles, and processed some dehydrated veggies. We also watched the Sally Fallon “Nourishing Traditions” DVD, which I can HIGHLY recommend to anyone interested in eating the Nourishing Traditions way. We also watched “The Alamo” with John Wayne. The boys have been wanting to watch it and I found it in the $5 bin at Walmart.

As soon as I finish this post, I’m off to start the tea for my kombucha and skim the cream off of a gallon of raw milk to make butter. We’re having lots of fun today! Monday, we’re going to go to the Sweet Sorghum Festival at Homestead Heritage on Labor Day. If any of you Texas ladies are close by the Waco area, I can HIGHLY recommend this festival. It’s alot of fun. If you do plan to try and make it, let me know and we’ll try to have a meeting. You can email me at

I will update this list over the weekend and then, hopefully, get back to my regular posting once Marty goes back to work on Tuesday. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Items in Green I’m working on. Items in Red are done. Items in Blue have be rescheduled. In no particular order, just how they came out of my brain…lol!

  1. Start 1st batch of kefir – Done! 8/26
  2. Start 2nd batch of kefir –Done! 8/27
  3. Start 3rd batch of kefir –Done! 8/28
  4. Start 4th batch of kefir – Done! 8/29 (12:00 pm)
  5. Start 5th batch of kefir – Done! 8/30 (10:30 am)
  6. Start 6th Batch of Kefir
  7. Start brewing Kombucha – Done! 8/29 (10:45 am) My first Kombucha is brewing!!
  8. Make 1 gallon yogurt – Done! 8/29 (10:45 am) and now refrigerating!
  9. Make Yogurt cheese – Done! 8/29 (12:00 pm) in refrigerator dripping as we speak
  10. Skim cream off 1 gallon of milk to make butter. – Done! 8/29 (10:45 am)
  11. Make butter – Done! 8/29 (10:45 am) and now refrigerating, made about 1-1/2 sticks butter. Marty decided to shake it into butter instead of using my Bosch mixer. It worked out really well, so now we have a little bit of butter and a little bit of buttermilk!
  12. Make Mozzarella cheese – Done! 9/29 7:30 pm This turned out terrible. We used an entire gallon of milk and only got about 1/2 a cup of mozzarella cheese. We did something wrong I guess. We’ll be trying this again at a later date. My friend Dee makes Mozzarella and she’s going to give me her recipe to try.
  13. Make Ricotta – We’re rescheduling this because the mozzarella didn’t turn out right. We’ll try making it at another time.
  14. Put up dehydrated veggies (squash & onions) – Done! 8/28
  15. Make refrigerator pickles – Done! 8/28
  16. Work on Colt’s Lesson Plans – Done 8/30
  17. Work on Riley’s Lesson Plans
  18. Till Garden Beds – Done! 8/30
  19. Plant pineapple top
  20. Reclaim my sewing room (just needs straightening up)
  21. Pick up trailer full of plywood, gates, and hay from Marty’s boss. – Rescheduled until Tuesday when Marty goes back to work.
  22. Watch Sally Fallon/Nourishing Traditions DVD so we can take it back to Marty’s brother – Done! 8/28 VERY good! I can highly recommend this DVD if you’re interested in Nourishing Traditions!
  23. Plant tomatoes and a few other things in garden
  24. Try to visit new church on Friday (it’s a home church and they meet on Fridays. Marty’s got to speak to the pastor first.) – Rescheduled, there was no meeting this week, should be scheduled to go next Friday
  25. go to the Sweet Sorghum Festival at Homestead Heritage on Labor Day. If any of you Texas ladies are close by the Waco area, I can HIGHLY recommend this festival. It’s alot of fun. If you do plan to try and make it, let me know and we’ll try to have a meeting.
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Riley Riding the Pony with His Cousin

Here’s video of Riley riding the pony with his cousin, A.

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I’m Back…With Pictures!

WE got back from my BIL’s farm late Tuesday evening. THe farm day was a lot of fun, but we mostly enjoyed visiting with our family. For right now, I’m going to post a few pictures. I’ll be back with a real post hopefully sometime this afternoon. Marty’s home until Tuesday after labor day and we have a lot of stuff planned, so I won’t be posting as often until he goes back to work.

Also – Thursday Bible Study is cancelled yet again because Marty has a ton of stuff he wants us to do today. Bible Study will go back to the schduled time next week. Sorry for the delay and for not letting you know a bit sooner!

NOw on to the pictures….

My nieces R & G with Riley

My niece G wearing my sunglasses

Some of the kids at farm day playing on the farming equipment

My niece A taking Riley riding on her pony. He just loves horses and wants his own pony so bad! If we could save up the money for one, I’d buy him one, but right now our money needs to go to other things.

Me reading to the kids. Across the front, E, Me, Riley & Colt. Across the back A & R. I always enjoy reading to the kids. They especially like for me to read “Green Eggs and Ham”. Someday I’ll get Marty to film video of that :-)….the kids think it’s really funny!

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Mini Vacation from Blogging

I’m going to be away from the blog over the weekend. We’re headed down to Sand Creek Farm for visit my BIL & SIL. They are having their Farm Day at the farm, so if you live nearby bring your family down for a really fun time!

I won’t be posting over the weekend, so I’ll see you all on Monday with lots of pictures! Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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My Silly Boy!

video of Riley singing Kung Fu Fighting (Marty & Colt taught it to him), while twirling part of my salad spinner on his head. Do boys ever grow out of this kind of thing?!?

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Playing with My Pictures

This is a picture I took of Marty yesterday. I was reading about photography on another blog, so I was inspired to play around with this picture. The picture on the left is the original. The one on the right is the doctored one. What do you think? I blurred out the background and I think it turned out pretty good!

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Menu Plan Monday – August 18, 2008

Here is my menu for the week for my family. My menu plan runs from Friday-Thursday. This is what I’m serving my family for the week, my personal diet menu can be found on my diet blog.

Breakfast – Oatmeal
Lunch – Pizza
Dinner – Wataburger

Breakfast – Oatmeal
Lunch – Out
Dinner – Sausage & Sauerkraut

Breakfast – Oatmeal
Lunch – Pigs ‘n’ blankets
Dinner – Pork steaks with broccoli and mashed potatoes

Breakfast – Oatmeal
Lunch – Paremsan noodles
Dinner – Lentil chili

Breakfast – Oatmeal
Lunch – Spaghetti
Dinner – Tacos

Breakfast – Oatmeal
Lunch – Turkey and cabbage
Dinner – ground turkey with tomatoes & okra

Breakfast – Oatmeal
Lunch – Lentils ‘n’ gravy
Dinner – Pork steaks with baked cabbage and green beans

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Garage Sale Saturday – August 17, 2008

I forgot to get this posted yesteday. We were having too much fun having a great family day, so I’m just now catching up on blog stuff. But, that’s okay, because family comes first and blogging is down on the list under husband, kids, and home.

There weren’t many garage sales this week, but I still managed to get some great deals. Mostly on clothing for Riley. It’s all still too big for him (mostly sizes 6/7 – 8/9). I’ll put them up for him to grow into. I’m also posting my best deal from last week, but I’ll get to that in a minute! On with the spoils of this week of garage sale-ing!

3 polo shirts for Riley
Orange, navy & white stripe – $10
Olive & white stripe – $0.50
Dark forest green – $0.35
2 short sleeve dress shirts, Blue plaid – $0.35, green plaid – $0.50

1 pair Cars PJ’s – $1, 1 short sleeve Cars t-shirt – $0.25
Phonics Fun book – $0.25, Learning to REad with Words and Pictures – $0.25
Encyclopedia of the United States at War – $0.50
Now for the great deals from last week’s garage sales! I was able to get an complete “The Phonics Game” for $5. Most of it has never even been opened or used.

A complete unused, brand new set of Hooked on Phonics – $25. The lady bought it and then never used it. Everything is still all sealed up! She also has a Hooked on Math that we’re going to try to purchase from her next week for the same price.

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Some Pictures from Yesterday

Yesterday, after Marty got off work, we ran to the grocery store and to get a few things I forgot. Then we came home and just hung around the house. Marty fixed a tripod he bought at a garage sale a year or so back, which he gave to me to use with my camera. So, of course, I had to play around with it. These pictures are the product of that playing around :0)

Riley saw this cool looking spider on this sunflower, so it was the first photo “victim”. I was playing with the Macro setting on my camera. I sure wish I understood what all the different settings do…but I have fun playing with them!

Next, I started taking photos of some big bumble bees getting nector off of some of our sunflowers. I haven’t seen such big bumble bees in a long time. Marty figures there must be a hive somewhere close by, as we’ve been seeing a ton of them.

I just liked how this picture turned out.

Just a picture of the clouds in the sky.

A quick family photo :0)

My 2 sweet boys. I just love how this picture came out!

Marty snapped this picture while I was watching the boys play.

Riley and Colt playing in one of our fields.

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