I have been meaning to try making sauerkraut but all of my crocks have ‘shoulders’ so trying to put something on the top to keep it submerged would have been an interesting task without buying those stones. I also didn’t want to invest in something I may not like. I know I like store bought sauerkraut but I’m not certain about lacto fermented at home style. I brought this crock home from my grandma to give it a try.
This is the beginning. Simply chopped, salted, and mashed.
This is the middle. It’s been mashed down many times and finally produced a decent amount of liquid. It’s covered with the plastic wrap, a plate on top, with a can of whole tomatoes on top of that. Now the waiting game begins.
Grinder my grandma gave me. Looked it up, estimated date 1988-1923. Functional, tight grip to counter, and an interesting (IMO) note; she said to grease it to prevent rust. I soaked/scrubbed it last night w/ vinegar, soap, baking soda then this morning reapplied venison tallow. Excited to use it.
Yesterday afternoon I got a call from the Mr. while he was working. One of the owners of the company he works for was helping a friend clean out and relocate an element sport store. In the back room there were two child’s sized Mongoose bmx bikes that they were going to throw out but called Mr. to see if our girls would like them. YES!!! They are sitting in the living room right now, one green and one white. There are a few rust spots and they need a good cleaning/oiling but WOW, and the girls are ecstatic.
They can’t officially HAVE them until Yule, which gives us time to get them cleaned up, and buy some great helmets.
Having been married only a year and a half, I've recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn't for me.
Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.
I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until...until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. :) I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love.
You can see here the bed is partially painted, and I’ve not yet started the bookshelf. The walls eventually are going to be a darker gorgeous purple, and the trim will be the same brown as the rest of the house will be. Bed linens will be a combo of blues, greens, and purples. It needs a lot of work but it’s CLEAN….mostly. It’s clean enough!
Twenty days since my last post, and a lot of things have been happening. The littlest, Bug Hunter, tripped on a step up when going out on the upstairs porch. Banged her head right into the wood and ended up with a goose egg. I’ve never seen one like this, it’s always been AFTER the fact and hours later the Mr. would have a small knot on his head or something. No, this was a hard boiled egg cut in half mere minutes after she fell. I was scared at first, honestly, but with no blood, no pupil issues, her balance was fine I checked online while Spider Monkey went and grabbed the ice pack. It seems this is not at all uncommon and to just keep an eye on her for any sign of troubles that would require scans.
By the following morning the lump was almost entirely gone with just a faint blue/brown bruise.
I tried to alter my lesson logs by writing ‘Documentary’ in the day/subject blocks rather than the title OF the video. While I keep a separate sheet listing the documentary and it’s information it just looked incomplete on my lesson logs so it was back to a bit more detail.
I am still very much enjoying the folder system over the book planner that I was never able to maintain. I have a clear folder in my daily planner that I can keep just 3 pieces of paper in and a sheet of stickers on the other pocket. It’s working wonderfully.
Let me see…I made an agreement with the girls that for each workbook they complete they get 1 hour of video games. We have accumulated a lot of workbooks, most are 3/4 of the way finished but having so many is getting to be a mess. Another video game reward will be an ENTIRE day of free game play when they finish their Time4Learning lessons entirely.
I’ve also been considering changing the name of my blog/page name. I’m not sure yet, it’s just an idea I’ve been tossing around the last couple of days. The only thing holding me back is that I don’t focus ONLY on homeschooling so changing it to the name we adopted for our little free range school just doesn’t seem *quite* right.