An Update and Homeschool Highlight Reel with Spelt Brownies!

UPDATE: We have had a busy couple of weeks, I have been meaning to post for a number of days now but some times life just gets in the way. Sadly we had to say good bye to our kitten Sunga it was heartbreaking to watch the children walk through this. Joshua with Sunga
Dave and I decided to go through with picking up another kitten so Trumpkin would have a playmate and a buddy to keep warm with. I was a bit worried how the two would get along but they have become fast friends.Trumpkin with his arm on ‘Little Sunga.’When we went to pick up our new kitty I had told Joshua he could come in with me and if the kitten was not orange enough we did not have to get him. Joshua took one look at him and was sold, so to speak. He scooped him up and carried him out to the car. On our way home we had to stop at a store, when Dave was in the store I took a good look at our new critter and discovered he was crawling with FLEAS!!!!!

Well we stopped at the pet store and got a flea comb and home we went. Dave moved the rabbit and guinea pigs to the basement and gave all the pets a fresh treatment of Revolution (Flea and other parasite treatment.) Once that was done I brought kitty in and poured dish soap all over him which kills fleas poor thing was so skinny and covered in fleas it was pathetic. I combed and combed and combed. He has since had about six bathes and so far we have not seen another flea! He was so badly infested that he has lost little patches of fur, thankfully he is really fuzzy so you can’t see his bald patches. I am happy to say he is chunking up a little too!
The kids decided the best thing to do was name this kitten Sunga. Hannah had called both kittens Sunga so they figured it would be easier for her if they kept the name Sunga. We hosted Thanksgiving here on Monday and had a great time with family. This week has been busy with school lots of reading and getting ready for winter. We finally had nicer weather and Elijah and I were able to cut the grass. The kids were busy gathering leaves and brush to burn.Taliah and Joshua gathering leaves where did that puppy go?Oh, there she is!Dave and I got a good fire going and burned a lot of brush and roasted a ton of marshmallows. I have been going through bins and finding winter clothes. I still haven’t completed this task but I am hoping to on Saturday.


What have we been doing in school? Last week we did a lot of extra stuff to get ready for Thanksgiving, but this week has been back to the same old same old.

Something new I have started is a more formal (well sort of ) cooking class with the kids. On a dry erase board I put the ingredients and pan size as well as the temperature. It gives me a chance to reinforce reading, go over measurement, and discuss short forms.Notice the hair in the bottom left corner… He had to sneak into the shot.

Next we gather our ingredients together with our pan and measuring tools. I usually have everyone reread the list and double check that we have everything. Then comes the fun of mixing it all together begins. I think the thing I enjoy the most about baking with the kids is that it is easy to find a job for everyone whether it is gathering ingredients, measuring, stirring or counting eggs I can always find something for everyone to do.
Taliah is melting the butter.
Elijah busy measuring! Joshua is pouring in the sugar and cocoa.Joel has the flour and is carefully pouring it in.
Hannah is mixing it up.

Of course, once the brownies are in the oven we have a few things to tied up and that means a few spoons to lick!
Out of the oven and the kids get to surprise Daddy with a yummy treat, the best part is that they are learning while they are at it. Now if anyone wants to try this recipe out here it is. We call them Spelt brownies because we use spelt flour. You can use regular flour but you may need to watch the cooking time it may cook faster not sure why but that seems to be the way it goes.

Spelt Brownies

1 1/3 Cups Flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 Cup melted butter1 Cup Cocoa 2 Cups Sugar 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 4 eggs

Melt butter remove from heat mix in sugar and cocoa. Add eggs and vanilla mix well. Fold in flour, salt and baking powder. (Don’t over mix.)
Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan and place in preheated oven 350.
Bake for about 35 minutes.

Enjoy! Who is coming over for brownies and ice cream?

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