Gluten Free Porcupine Eggs

 

My grandmother, before becoming senile, often told us the story of the first time she made porcupine eggs for my grandfather. Newly married and on their own, she wanted to impress him with her culinary skills. She followed the recipe carefully and served the meal to him with a smile.

He complimented the great smell and how beautiful the meal looked. Taking a mouthful, he bit down…and cracked a tooth. My grandmother had missed the step in the recipe that called for cooking the rice before adding it to the meatballs.

Porcupine eggs, aka porcupine meatballs or stuffed peppers, are a great naturally gluten free meal. It is also one of my favorites, as my grandmother used to make it for us a lot (and she almost always remembered to cook the rice first!)

1 C cooked rice
1 lb ground meat (I use turkey or chicken, but beef is okay)
1 egg
3/4 C feta cheese (or another strongly flavored cheese) – optional
chopped garlic, paprika, diced rosemary, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste
red, yellow, and orange sweet peppers (the skins on green peppers tend to be too thick)
a bottle of your favorite marinara sauce (or if you make your own, about 3 C)
1 lb cooked gluten free pasta (for serving)
A crockpot

Remove the tops, seeds, and the white fibers from the peppers, keeping them whole. You can use mini peppers as I did, or you can use regular size ones. I like the minis because they’re cute. Rinse them inside and out, dry, and set aside.

Mix together the meat, rice, egg, and seasoning. Mix this very very well…smush the meat up very good. Once the meat, rice, egg, and seasonings are all mixed together well, fold in the feta. (you may have to adjust the amount of cheese depending on the kind you use. Some good alternatives: pepper jack, mozzarella, Parmesan – not that powdery stuff, real Parmesan- or blue cheese.)

Make sure the cheese is distributed through but try not to beat it up too much so when you get a piece of it, you know it. At this point I wear gloves, because I have long nails and I don’t want raw meat in there. Fill the peppers with the meat mixture. Press it in there as firmly as you can without breaking the peppers. It is harder to do with the mini peppers. A good tip is to hold the pepper firmly in one hand while filling it with the other.

You will probably have left over meat mixture. You can just form those into meatballs.

Once the peppers are filled and the meatballs are made, add the bottle of sauce to the crockpot. I use crockpot liners because I dislike having to scrub the bejeebers out of it! Place the filled peppers and meatballs into the sauce. If you used big peppers, they’ll stand up well in the sauce, but the mini peppers you’ll have to lie down.

Cook on low heat for 4 hours, then increase to high heat for another 1-2 hours until the meat is cooked through and the peppers are falling apart. Serve over the pasta.

Everyone in my family claims they dislike peppers, but everyone ate the porcupine eggs with gusto so…yeah, they’re pretty darn good!

Kathy LaPan is a homeschooling mom of two in Northern NY. She has an MBA in finance and teaches through SchoolHouseTeachers.com. Check out her blog at Simply Homeschool Living.

Do It Because It’s Right For Your Family!

Sometimes It's OK to Just Be

 

Now that summer is in full swing what do you usually do?

Are you taking summer off?

I remember summer vacation when I was a kid. Long hot days that I could basically do whatever I wanted with. The feeling of freedom. Oh to be a kid again.

Or do you begin your new school year during the summer? It might be scorching where you live. They are going to be inside most of the time anyway so why not? Beats getting bored and having sibling rivalry of some sort doesn’t it?

Whatever you choose, you do it because that is what is right for your family.

YOUR FAMILY, not anyone else’s.

I know it’s hard to remember that sometimes.

Maybe you wonder if it’s enough.

Yep, you’ve been reading too many homeschooling magazines haven’t you?

Or looking at everyone else’s awesome pics of school rooms on pinterest. Or?Or?

Just stop!!!

Take a breath. Are your kids smiling? Do they look content and happy? Are you? That’s good, right?

But if the answer is no, try to remember what I was talking about at the beginning of this post.

Try to remember how you felt.

You want your kids to have that, too? It’s ok to just be sometimes. If they need a break take it. Don’t be a slave to your teacher’s manual. Don’t feel like you have to do every page, every lesson. Skip around if you need to. Make it enjoyable. Soon you will see it come alive again. And if it takes a little longer so be it.

Just go with it. They’re worth it.

 

Lara VolkoffLara V. is a wife and mother to two sweet blessings whom she homeschools. She writes about her faith, her family, motherhood and her homeschooling journey on her blog at Learning Through My Eyes and can also be found on Facebook encouraging homeschooling moms of challenging children.

 

Weekly Giveaway and Link Up: Classical Composers

Welcome!

It’s week 27!  We love bringing you these giveaways each and every week here on Homeschool Survival.

If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing through the week. We’d like  to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook. Visit us there to find and share more fantastic posts.

We are a community where you can ask questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and we’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it. We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

 

Classical Composers

This Weeks Featured Giveaway 

Classical Composers Monthly

4 collections:
Classical Composers Collection 1 ($14.95 value):  Includes Schubert, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Tchaikovsky, von Weber, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Bartok, Hindemith, Chopin, and Brahms.
Fine Art Pages Collection 1 ($14.95 value): A Printable collection of 25 famous paintings for you to easily and painlessly introduce fine art to your children.
Current Lesson - Classical Composer's Monthly
 
Jazz Composers ($14.95 value):  Learn so much about the development of jazz and American music in the 20th century with this collection of 15 accomplished jazz composers! Includes Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Cab Calloway, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Ornette Coleman, Ray Charles, and Thelonious Monk.
 
Great Scientists ($14.95 value)  Learn about 13 famous scientists: Archimedes, Bohr, Boyle, Copernicus, Curie, Darwin, Einstein, Faraday, Hippocrates, Kepler, Linnaeus, Morse, and Newton. The scientists in this collection coordinate with those studied in Classical Conversations Challenge B.
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One family will receive all 4 of the collections to enhance their homeschool – Valued at $59.80 
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Do you have enough electives and fine arts in your homeschool?

 

Other Giveaways & Freebies: Let’s Link Up!

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Whether you are just beginning your homeschooling journey, or helping your teens get through high school, or have children at every grade level, you are most likely on the look out for helpful resources that really make a difference in your children’s education and your family’s lives. Well, look no further! The very first Build Your Own Bundle Sale is going on NOW! And there is something for every one little ones and older guys, mom and the whole family, plus there are some terrific bonuses like freebies and coupons and discounts you’ll receive with every purchase. These materials are written by homeschooling parents like you and me, some are from well-known publishers. Why not pop on over and have a look – we have pre-packaged bundles for every age group, or pick and choose (within a category) to create your own unique bundle.

 

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We Choose Virtues Giveaway/Freebie

We Choose Virtues

Welcome!

It’s week 26 for Homeschool Survival Weekly Group Giveaways. We love bringing you Freebies, Giveaways and Encouragement for your family homeschool.  If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing through the week. We’d like  to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook. Visit us there to find and share more fantastic posts.

We are a community where you can ask questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and we’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it. We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

 

This Weeks Featured Giveaway Sponsored by – We Choose Virtues

We Choose Virtues   

Let’s be honest, instilling virtues in kids is hard work! 
But can it be fun too?  We think so. In fact, there’s no better way to learn. 
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Homeschool Kit

 Homeschool Kit

This Kit was assembled with everything a Homeschool parent needs to effectively teach 12 Virtues. It has 5 beautiful posters, a 100 Day’s of Virtue achievement chart with stickers, flash cards and so much more. The Parenting Cards included in this set were created to help you inspire and demonstrate each Virtue and turn your home or home classroom into a place where Virtue is demonstrated with both attitudes and actions!

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Other Giveaways & Freebies: Let’s Link Up!

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A Guide To Gifting the Homeschool

Gifts. 

Homeschool. 

Schoolroom. 

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Ever thought of these concepts being mixed together?  I know that I look forward to the opportunity of gifting the Homeschool friend!  Whether the opportunity will arise from someone I’m close to beginning this new journey or perhaps a friend breaking way on a new school room for the family…I look forward to the opportunity to give!

May this guide serve to inspire you with ideas to give to the Homeschool family, friend, or family member!  I’m here to equip you with a wealth of inspiration and ideas!  Some of these are items I’ve found absolutely necessary in the schoolroom.  Others are things that I’d be very sad, and inconvenienced, to live without.  Even more, some of these items have been gifts given to us from Grandma, other family, or to our own family during Christmas!

I hope you will find a wide range of items, variety, and price here.

So without further ado…here is your Homeschool Gift Guide!

 (affiliate links included)

Gifts For The School Room

Gifts For The Homeschool Student

  • Personalized pencil boxes
  • Educational Place Mats (money, telling time, presidents)
  • Science Kits (easily found at craft and toy stores)
  • Fun themed school supplies
  • Learning Buddies for encouragement (stuffed animals or figurines to stay at the desk)
  • Reward Charts
  • United States Puzzle
  • Books, books, and more books!!!!

Gifts For the Homeschool Teacher…..Usually Mom :)

  • My favorite….cute desk supplies!!!
  • Classical or relaxing music CD’s/Downloads
  • Gift cards to Field Trip friendly areas (Zoo, museums, ect)
  • Goody and reward box supplies
  • Pretty Planner
  • Devotionals
  • Invitaton to Lunch with YOU….student free!

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So….have I gotten the inspiration flowing?  The ideas are endless.  At the end of the day, what will matter is the thought, the time, and the showing of love and support.  I for one know that’s what means the most to me.  While these items serve as a hands on, actual gift buying and giving guide, know that sometimes homemade and fun, thoughtful gifts are ever more special and will be remembered forever!

Good Luck and Happy Giving!

 

Jennifer Whitten FamilyJennifer is a first year homeschooling Mom of 3 elementary aged kids and step mom to one middle school girl.  She was born and raised in Wyoming but now enjoys country living in Louisiana with her husband and kids.  She is a lover of Jesus, family, gardening, canning, all things creative, and hog hunting with her husband.  Tea enthusiast and crochet addict, she can be found blogging about all things family, devotional, health, and homeschool atStop, Pray, Listen.  A volunteer peer counselor at a Pro-Life Crises Pregnancy Center, her other passion is sharing the gospel with women in need.  Far from perfect, but in love with this grace filled life with kids, Jennifer makes it her mission to Stop, Pray, Listen, and Obey.

Bible Handwriting and Cursive Sheets: FREE for Homeschool

FREE Bible Handwriting Sheets

Do you use Bible handwriting in your family homeschool?

I find that starting our day with Bible verses is the best way to survive and thrive through our homeschool day. Often, while I read our family devotion and verses, our 3 boys will sit and work on their handwriting with sheets like the ones below. It serves a dual purpose with memory work and teaches both print and cursive.

Samples:

Bible handwriting

DOWNLOAD HERE

Romans 5:8 is one of my favorite verses. Along with the handwriting and cursive sheets, you’ll find a break-down of the Greek words and definitions as we take a deeper look at the words the bible uses in the scriptures. Commended, His love, and For Us are looked at closely in this passage and are used to show that God not only paid for our sins, but that it was indeed He (in the flesh) who died for us.

This verse is one of many which shows that Jesus was not only the Son of God, and not just a prophet, but was Himself – God – come to fulfill the Word, manifest as a man, demonstrating His love to its fullest extent. For us.

Get additional FREE bible verse handwriting and cursive sheets from John 8:12 HERE. 

I hope they will bless your family and that you consider starting your day off with Jesus – and FREE handwriting sheets!

Do you include Bible handwriting and memory work  in your homeschool?

Fabulous Sale on Homeschooling Resources Coming Soon!

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Are you scrambling to find just the right resources to round out your homeschooling curriculum? Are you still shopping for schooling activities? Take a look at the bundles we have coming up for sale next week – and enter to win $100 toward purchasing these absolutely amazing resources! (I’ll have a full list of everything you have to choose from beginning early early Monday morning!)

 

The first ever “Build Your Bundle”
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24 hours in Jonesville: Chaos Can Have Calm

This post was written by Venus of Mommy Bear Blog. She  has the desire to impart to all homeschooling moms that even though life is chaotic, it will all still be OK. After all, she’s living proof!  You see, she knows all about chaos as she is raising many special needs children!  
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This blog will be long, but I am hoping that it will help a mom be encouraged that chaos can have calm!

A typical day in Jonesville.

I am taking you back a few months ago. This will be a single, stressed out day here in our lives that we all lived through and can tell about.  Now that’s something to be thankful for!

We will start with that Monday, April 14, 2014. We were all (by all I mean, 8 kids, 2 adults) getting up and getting ready for a day on the road to meet with our oldest daughter. She was interviewing a potential school for the fall and needed a doctor checkup. So being the awesome family that we are, we loaded up and headed out to cheer her on.  I got up at my usual 6 AM time for coffee and a shower.  I got the “bonus babe” up and all the littles to dress them.  Then, my husband and teens get up.  (Something is wrong with this picture, right moms???)

We were on the road by 8am. We had just dropped the “bonus babe” off at the local school. Our oldest son was staying home because he had to be at work by 11am. This was his 18th birthday, but his present would come two days late in the form  of airline tickets to see his best friend in Wyoming.

It was a cold morning. Warnings of flurries were up. They should have been a watch!  We get about 30 miles in on this adventure and the snow and dirt are blowing!  Visibility is only about a mile!  We press through and make it in time for the first appointment.

We get to the beauty college and my dear daughter is all excited!  She was dressed with makeup and ON TIME!!! For this child, THAT IS AMAZING!  She has NEVER been my morning child and she too had to drive in some flurries. :(

We tour the facility and she is beaming!  She runs out to tell dad that this is what she wants to do! We look over the list to see what we can help with and discuss financial options.  She is overflowing with excitement for this newest part of her adventure!

Next, I make contact with my sister -in-law since we are in her neck of the woods. They were just finishing up a doctors appointment with my niece and nephew. We decide to meet at a local restaurant and have lunch. Until she is finished, we will run to Target for some water, since mom forgot! :(  While there, I change my mind on restaurant and let my sister-in-law know.

At this point I have: the unloading of everyone and announcement of needing to potty, 6 little kids melting down because mom won’t answer them “what’s for lunch?”, a husband wondering why we are killing time in a place that is never easy on his checkbook, a 15 year old son just wanting to get to chat with his sister without interruptions and a daughter looking for new foundation. Did I mention I also sell Mary Kay and had just placed an order??? Why did she not tell me??? Gotta love that girl!

We survive Target and make it to McAlester’s for lunch. We get there and they have no potatoes, which happens to be the only thing my daughter eats off their choices! AHHHHH  I finally get her to try a chicken sandwich.  She refused to eat it because it was frozen, not fresh and tasted rubbery!  That girl!  The rest of us eat our lunch!  Baby A had an issue with little cousin A stealing her fruit.  She about lost it with the baby!  She kept telling her, “no baby! that is mine!”.  Adorable, yet a teaching moment for mom!  Mom needs to work on my “baby” learning to share more!

We made it through lunch and decided to head to the mall play place.  It was quiet and only about three children until my crew walks in! :D   Yes, the lady with 6 small children and 2 older ones.  Then my sister-in-law came in to join us.  YES, we ROCKED that place! :)   The kids played for about 45 minutes.  Of course we had a blow out with little A.  Big A brought her to me and said, “mom, I think A is going peepee?”.  I ask her why she thinks that and she just turns little A around.  YEP, it was clear that she had peed!  Her britches were wet and getting more wet as we observed.  So being the awesome mom I am, I walk her to the end of the food court with urine approaching her knees to change her.  In the bath room, I contemplate…Do I just throw her pants away or take them home to wash??? In a ziploc bag they went.  Now we are walking back to the play land with all eyes on my diaper clad, half naked child as she LOUDLY proclaims the names of most everything we pass in a flash.  Yes, I did let her rejoin her siblings for the remaining time at the play area.

Now we are off to sister’s doctor’s appointment.  I take her in and my awesome husband is on baby duty.  Him, 6 littles and a teenager in the van for almost 2 hours.  Every mom out there is on the edge of their seat wanting to know if my children were still alive at the end of this appointment??? The answer is, YES.  He made our 20″ TV able to hold the Ipad so they could watch Planes for the first time.  It worked great!  He also got a call to do a check on that location for a jack or something. My husband is a communications manager for a larger university in Texas.

So my sweet teen was on baby duty now!   All this while we get a call from the school that our “bonus babe” was not picked up timely and that her teacher had her out front ready for the friend to pick her up.  Finally, we see our daughter’s doctor and then we are given a new medicine and on our way!

Now we are off to Walmart for her meds, potty breaks, a snack for everyone and drinks.  That was an adventure!! Of course I could not decide what I wanted for everyone to eat and just impulse shopped.  Walmart, low blood sugar, busy like it was gonna close or something, tired and hungry kids…..Not a good mix!  We got out items, lost the husband and kids, got her medicine, finally checked out and was back to the loading dock to get ready for hugs and goodbyes!   Hugs and goodbyes were done. Now time to set up kids with a “snack” at dinner time.  Got them set up and ready for the 3 hour drive home.

Three wonderful hours later we are home and ready for bed.  We fed them their actual dinner, dressed them for bed and I ran to pick up bonus babe.  Now that everyone is in bed, the big people can eat and see how the birthday boy enjoyed his day of quiet.

Not the most adventurous day on the planet, but it is the day in the life of “Jonesville”!!!!

 

Venus JonesVenus is a veteran homeschool mom to 9, the youngest 6 of which she’s adopted.  She has been homeschooling for 13 yrs.  She recently started a new blog called Mommy Bear Blog and would love for you to follow her journey there.

See the Light Giveaway: Homeschool Art and More with FREEBIES

See the Light Art Curriculum Giveaway

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It’s week 24 for Homeschool Survival Weekly Group Giveaways. We love bringing you Freebies, Giveaways and Encouragement for your family homeschool.  If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing through the week. We’d like  to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook. Visit us there to find and share more fantastic posts.

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This Weeks Featured Giveaway Sponsored by – See the Light Art Curriculum

Winner will receive popular homeschool art curriculum including Shipwrecked Deluxe Gift Set , Sunflowers Art Projects, and Sunflowers Unit Study 

 See the Light Curriculum Giveaway

Shipwrecked Deluxe Gift Set

Set includes 260 minute DVD,  a pocket size-6 inch See The Light  Black Light (batteries included), eXtreme Colored Pencils, and Fluorescent Chalk.

The Apostle Paul’s Story – Shipwrecked– 15 minutes

Giovanni accompanies his father on an unforgettable journey of fear and hope. The storm at sea is unrelenting. The ship is being torn apart. All seems lost, and yet. . . one prisoner, a courageous hero, knows God, and that changes everything. As children experience this dramatic story of the Apostle Paul through the eyes of Giovanni, their faith in the power and mercy of God will be strengthened.

Art Lessons – COURAGE!

  See The Light Heidi Shorts teaches the art of Creative Lettering. Learn to create letters that look as though they were built with weathered wood and nails. (24 minutes

Who Will Save Us?  – See The Light  Artist Pat Knepley leads budding young artists in a step-by-step drawing lesson using chalk pastels. Turn on the black light to see that it is the cross of Jesus that saves! (19 minutes

God is My Lighthouse  – See The Light artist and presenter Jim Pence gives a mixed media tutorial as young artists discover The Joy of Art. The black light reveal dramatizes that salvation is truly from the Lord! (27 minutes)

Bonus Features Including –  Watch and Hear The Plan of Salvation, clearly and creatively presented as you have never seen it. (7 minutes) - Hear See The Light chalk artist Gloria Kohlmann’s commentary as you watch a story scene being created.

See the Light BIg Giveaway

Sunflowers Art Projects 

Create an Oil Pastel In the style of Dutch Artist Vincent Van Gogh! Watch and Produce Your Own Masterpiece in 4 Step-By-Step Lessons with Master Artist Pat Knepley. Synopsis of each lesson: 1. Plan the Composition and First Layer of Color (26 minutes) 2. Detail the Petals and Leaves (25 minutes) 3. Fill in the Negative Space (26 minutes) 4. Value Changes for Shadows and Highlights (23 minutes)

 Sunflowers Unit Study

A Dynamic Unit Study Built Around the SUNFLOWERS Art Projects DVD! Includes subject matter on bible, literature, music, science, music history and appreciation, art, vocabulary, math and more. See the video to learn more: 

 

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FREEBIE – Freeview lessons from See the Light 

Enjoy these 3 free lessons to get an idea and a free view of how the wonderful See the Light curriculum works. FREE Lessons

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