The Art of Pie Making – Buttermilk Crust

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Hello Ya’ll!

I wanted to share this simple recipe that I absolutely love. For those of you who already know me, know I have a passion for using simple, fresh local ingredients to make the best tasting food possible. As you can see from this post, I have rounded up my kids and nieces to learn the art of pie making. They all had a fabulous time, and I hope you enjoy this pie crust recipe too! The best part is filling it with your choice of fresh fruit from your local farmers market.

Feel free to print out your own copy of my recipe  here, Buttermilk Crust.

I instructed the kids with the importance of keeping your butter cold until you need it. Also, learning to handle it the least amount of time as possible, keeping the butter as cold as it can be. For most of these kids it was their first time making a pie from start to finish.

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Lucky, that butter didn’t land on the floor!

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Our youngest bakers needed a little help cutting the butter into little cubes.

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My Mia Moo proved to be a good helper. After cubing the butter they used a pastry cutter to further blend the butter with the flour and salt.

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Working the butter and flour until it looks like oatmeal flakes or cornmeal. Next we add the Buttermilk!

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After the dough is a nice round lump we wrapped it in parchment paper and put it in the refrigerator. Next, the kids get to decide what kind of pie to make. We ended up with 3 apple pies, 2 peach pies and 4 berry pies.

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After peeling the apples and seasoning them. Cooking the peaches in sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch, and sugaring and adding cornstarch to the berries. We started rolling our chilled dough!

Pretty much everyone needed some help with the rolling, but the next part was a lot of fun! I showed them that they could get creative with their second crust, or should I say the top crust. Some went with the traditional top others got a little creative. It is always worth it to get creative with designs!

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Finally we bake!

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Not bad for first timers! I would eat them!!!

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you try our crust, I would love to hear from you!

 

             “She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.”

Proverbs 31:15

In Christ,

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A New Beginning in 2018

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Hello old friends,

There is something about the day after Christmas that gets me ready for spring cleaning and the New Year.  Maybe it is the great desire to store up all the Christmas clutter, I mean, decorations, and make room for all the new toys and clothing. How about you? I tore through my house pulling out all sorts of things and organized my homeschool room. All this cleaning, inspired new goals for 2018. For my family, our homeschool and for me!!!

Yes, I have gained new perspective on my life! What do I mean? Well, I need to learn to stop and pray for the Lord to reveal His plan for my life. This is hard, especially for me, and if you are anything like me. You think you need to say yes to any great thing that comes your way. For example, recently I was asked if I would be interested in starting a new Classical Conversations community. My first response was “YES!!” I start filling out my paperwork for that position and paused before turning it in. I then prayed before turning everything in and spoke to my husband about some of the demands this would put on my time. Was it worth it? I thought yes. So, the night before I go to turn in my paperwork, a voice inside me spoke, “You can not serve two masters.” I had to take pause, I know that verse, I can’t truly believe that I can teach in one co-op and serve another well, I will end up hating one and love the other. But the big piece of that is also, what level of service would I be able to perform to these two groups? Well, I wouldn’t do a good job, I would have regretted my choice. The Lord also put into focus that my service is to my husband and my children first. This is who I need to serve now, they need my time. My children need my total attention so they can be successful in their studies, especially when they hit a speed bump along the way.

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So, I refocused my life and the Lord revealed to me all sorts of way to organize my home life, school, food education, art time everything, (seriously, major overhaul over here)! So with new perspective I return to my blog to share with you the changes I have made. My hope is that the ideas I have put to work in my home will hopefully inspire you and help you. If nothing else, it will serve for me as a record of our family adventures.

As a side note, you will begin to notice little changes on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

In Christ,

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Sewing Stuffies With Kids

After hosting a Sewing Camp at my house, my kids get super inspired to sew something after all great projects the girls make. So, even though I am tired after sewing with six girls, we set to work! My kids explore sewing books for further inspiration, then settle on a project. Next they pick out fabric, and cut out all their pieces!

Here is what my son came up with!

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I just LOVE the personality of his pillow bear!!! The eyebrows were not part of the original pattern, but when you make your own, you can do what you want! So hear he is with brows!

Peanut made a stuffed dog, no surprise there!

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It was a must, to sew up a puppy using flannel fabric that had dogs on it! She seriously can’t get enough dogs! Her bed is full of them!

My oldest Mia Moo joined in Sewing Camp. Here are some of the things she made this year!

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A new throw pillow for her room, a draw string bag for little things and a oversized bag for overnights!

So far I think we have done well adding more sewing to our life!

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Read The Bible in a Year- July

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Here we are in July and I can hardly believe it!!! I missed my post dead line and for that I apologize! Our family has been on a terrible trend these past 5 weeks. We have had a sick person pretty much every Friday dissolving and day trip plans. So, we have been pretty boring people over here. But that is unimportant. The bottom line is, I just forgot to schedule this post. So, here is July’s Schedule.

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My kids have done well with the schedule so far. My son just LOVES to work off check lists, so he was motivated all month. Since our kids didn’t have fidget spinners, that was the end of the month prize. Such a silly little gadget, but whatever works right! I hope playing catch-up isn’t to bad!

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“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,” Colossians 1:9

California History: Geography

As some of you know, I absolutely love to study and read about history. So when I was asked to teach California History at our campus day I said, “yes!” How could I not, after all I was going to have 2 of my kids in the class!

So, for our first project I decided we should all get familiar with the geography of California. After all, everything the we will be studying will be about our state. So here is what we did!

I invited all the parents in class to get a large pizza box, you can ask any pizza restaurant for a large box and they will gladly give it to you. Next I gave each student an oversized print out of California to cut out and trace in their pizza box. After that we made salt dough to create the California, keeping in mind the valley’s and mountains.

Here is our recipe;

2 cups AP flour

1 cup salt

Add just enough water to make cookie dough consistency. If it is sticky add more flour.

Your child should easily be able to shape the state of California on his or her own. I had many class helpers to help me mix in class, however there were a couple kids who didn’t get a chance to make theirs in class. So the were able to finish at home. Just like my son.

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Looking good!

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Don’t forget to add your mountains and the central valley!

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After almost 2 weeks of letting the salt dough dry, we started to paint the different regions by color.

Yellow paint, for the Central Valley( Salinas, San Fernando and Los Angeles Basin)
Green paint, for coast and forest ares (includes entire coastline and Sierra Nevada)
Brown paint, for Desert areas (Mohave and Colorado)
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We just used kids craft paint for this project, nothing fancy.

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No to to let the paint dry!

Later we added the main rivers, lakes, the Pacific ocean and the neighboring states.

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After this was all dried, we waited a few weeks before we came back to this map. We waited until we started talking about the Missions. At this point, we made little flags with all the missions and hot glued them on the map in the location they are built in California.

What we did after we printed my list was snap toothpicks in half and tape the names on like flags. All 21 missions.

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Here is another view.

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The only thing we didn’t do at this time, was write the name of the states neighboring California and the Pacific coast. But we did add them later.

The pizza box made it easy to transport from class to home, and then from home to class. The toothpicks snapped in half made closing the pizza box doable. But if something gets places on top of the pizza box some of the toothpicks will stick to the top. We had that happen to one of our maps.

I hope you enjoyed our California History project and I would love to see pictures if you decide to make one for your homeschool lesson.

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“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:28

 

Homeschool Goal #4

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Another fun homeschool goal is more time in the kitchen! Yes, homeschool goal #4 is teaching a real cooking class to my kids. It’s one thing when they follow a simple cookie or muffin recipe, but to learn real knife skills, food safety, what is the difference between braise and Saute, what is a pan sauce, etc. That is the goal for this school year. Setting aside some time to make a meal from picking out your ingredients and making a main, side and vegetable dish.

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Plus, dessert! Which for many is the best part! When I say dessert I mean, let’s take advantage of the fruits of the season and make a fresh fruit tart, a rustic gallete or 100% homemade ice cream sandwiches! Cooking should be fun and a way to bring us closer together as a family as we work in the kitchen together.

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Another bonus, is teaching them this skill can be used to serve others in our community or neighborhood. If a sick neighbor needs a meal, they can make one. If they are at a friend’s house and they notice that helping hands are needed, they can with confidence lend a helping hand. It is the beauty of learning to serve just as our Lord Jesus came to serve and not be served. We are to be hands and feet.

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“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV

Homeschool Goal #3

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Continuing my list, #3 homeschool goal for the new school year is to spend more creative art time with the kids.  Doing lots more hands-on art projects for science and history. Plus working on some themed paintings.

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There truly is something soothing about putting on some classical music and breaking out the acrylic paints and canvas and just exploring colors and shapes. It’s also the best medium to teach kids that things don’t have to be perfect. Sometimes painting is just the opportunity to express our feelings, whether be color choices or by brush strokes. It really can be a therapeutic process. I know I thoroughly enjoy it, and absolutely love watching children paint on canvas. Kids truly love receiving a canvas to work on. They feel so proud, honored, and mature for the opportunity to work on them.

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I love watching their expressions when I set up our art space.

The best part is teaching them how to take constructive criticism. I know this is a huge challenge for many of us. We can get offended or hurt. But this has worked as a discipline in our house, so that we can work to improve  ourselves without taking offense (no this has not been seamless of course). Plus, learning just because someone has some feedback, it does not mean we should or have to take it. Then the bigger part is how do you respond to someone’s criticism, without being rude or angry. That is tough, even for adults. As for me? Absolutely, it can be difficult!

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Oh, the blessing this provides for more teachable moments, for them and for me.

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I hope you find the time and to courage (as it can be sometimes) to add more art time to your routine.

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“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6