Archive | August 2014

Cooking With Honey, Quick Tip

When cooking or baking something that uses both honey and oil, such as the granola recipe I use, I have found a secret to easily pouring the honey.  I first measure the oil in my glass measuring cup and pour it into the mixing bowl.  Next I measure the honey into the same cup.  The cup has been sufficiently greased from the oil to make it slide right out in the mixing bowl – no more sticky mess!  Maybe this is an easy tip that I am the last to discover, but it makes it that much easier for me!  I have yet to try it, but I am wondering if I have a recipe that only calls for honey and not oil, if I sprayed the measuring cup with nonstick spray, will the honey still slide right out?  I’ll have to try!

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Our 2 months summer break has come to an end, and we were back to homeschooling this week.  So what did I do all summer to occupy my copious amounts of  time?  In no particular order, here’s what I did on my summer vacation:

  • Attended the San Antonio Catholic Homeschool Conference
  • Took the kids and my parents to the Texas Folklife Festival
  • Took the oldest 3 to swimming lessons twice a week for 4 weeks
  • Took several kids to the doctor for check-ups
  • Celebrated the 30th anniversary to the diaconate with a long-time family friend
  • Helped plan the upcoming school year for the Catholic homeschool group we belong to
  • Rearranged the classroom for the next school year
  • Hosted dinner for a priest friend of ours who was visiting from out of town
  • Dusted all the blinds and washed all the windows in the house (with the awesome assistance of my husband)
  • Attended a wedding in Dallas for one of my dear college friends
  • Visited Medieval Times and In-n-Out while in Dallas
  • Delivered meals to two friend in our homeschool group
  • Took the oldest 2 to vacation bible school for a week
  • Took the kids to the children’s museum
  • Got my haircut with the girls (since I only go about once a year, this is worth mentioning!)
  • Went peach picking, made 2 peach pies, 2 peach crisps, peach ice cream, and numerous jars of peach jam
  • Took the family on our annual anniversary beach weekend trip to Corpus Christi
  • Made birthday cakes for 2 of the kids, and of course celebrated their birthdays
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  •  Made a month’s worth of lesson plans for a 2nd grader and 1st grader

and finally, my favorite

  • Read all 7 Harry Potter books

Whew, I need a break from all that vacation!