• chickens,  Homesteading,  horses,  Uncategorized

    Daily Animal Chores

    I am a firm believer in chores. They are not only necessary to delegate tasks and make life more productive but also so that children can learn responsibility and the fact that they are an important, contributing part of this family. Our chores are varied here. Some include things that are tied to feeding our family, others have their roots in keeping our home clean and in working order, while others are responsibilities that help others (younger kids and animals). Today I am sharing with you our daily animal chores. We have 22 chickens, 3 cats, 4 kittens, 2 horses, a dog, a snake (Faith’s personal pet), and a rabbit…

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    Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2021-2022

    It is time for another year of homeschool (already!) This will be the beginning of my 15th year of teaching my children, and each year that number grows it makes me really the saying, “The days are long, but the years are short” hit the very CORE of my heart. While I have eight children total, one is graduated and one is in public school, which brings my total class size to six. Student Roster: Andrew – GRADUATED in 2020 Maddie – 11th Micheal (Public School) 9th Faith – 8th Georgia 6th Ezra – 3rd Cora – 1st Cypress – Pre K In the last few years, we have settled…

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    Everyday Bread Tutorial

    I’ve been baking our everyday bread on and off for about 14 years. I started when my oldest was a preschooler, and he will be 19 this year! While I am not an expert on pretty much ANYTHING, I have learned a lot along the way. The most important thing I have learned, and I try to communicate with my followers, is – YOU CAN DO THIS! You don’t have to know everything to start! Just start! Wisdom and experience come with, well, experience… and failure. Another important idea is that failure is a better teacher than success can dream of being. So, yes, you’ll probably mess up a time…

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    Sourdough Starter Tutorial

    Why, oh why do we over complicate the heck out of easy, simple stuff? Are we just bored? People have been capturing wild yeast and making naturally leavened bread from them for thousands of years. Before modern day kitchen scales and even before super accurate measuring cups. Creating a sourdough starter is simple. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You WILL need a few things though. Wide mouth glass jar or other glass or plastic https://amzn.to/2OHPyAG Lid for your container https://amzn.to/3eMXzit Wooden spoon https://amzn.to/3eMXzit Flour Water (if you have city water with chlorine added it may not work as well, or it could work just as well… I don’t really…

  • Home Cooking,  kitchen,  pantry,  Uncategorized

    Freezer Cook or Not?

    I may lose my “large family” card, but I really don’t freezer cook. GASP! If you came here for instructions on how to cook 489 casseroles at once and for me to give detailed directions on how to thaw them and serve them, you might be in for a disappointment. BUT, if that *is* your jam, there are so many large family mommas out there who are freezer cook champions. If you like to freezer cook and want resources to do traditional, large batch freezer cooking, Jamerill is your go-to girl! She is the large family freezer cooking MVP. She can be found on her website The Large Family Table…

  • crochet,  Homemade,  Uncategorized

    Free Crocheted Face Mask Pattern

    Because if I am going to wear a facecovering, it is going to be patriotic. #Merica If your state is like mine, and they enforcing the use of masks in public indoor spaces, I got you covered. Here is a free pattern for a face covering. If you want it to be more effective, line it with a disposable coffee filter or fabric liner. These little guys whip up easy and I have designed them in 3 sizes. Adult/teen, child and preschooler. Please remember NOT to put face coverings on children under 2! Click HERE for the FREE downloadable PDF Pattern!

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    2019-2020 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

    I am excited to share with you my large family homeschool curriculum picks for 2019-2020 with you! This site contains affiliate links to products. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Organization This year I am keeping track of all my curriculum and lessons in my custom homeschool planner! I released this digital product earlier this year, and so many of you are now using it for your homeschool! It is the ONLY planner that has worked long term for my ever changing family! I print it at home and use this tool to bind it at home as well. The cool thing about the pro-click…

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    Homeschooling, Public Education and Fear

    When I shared on my Instagram last week about my son’s first day of public school, I got a few concerned messages from fellow homeschoolers and public-schoolers alike. Now before you go picturing my son as a little boy with a book bag that is bigger than he is and his first day of school consisting of paste and crayons… He has facial hair and a drivers license. He stands several inches above me and will be 17 in a few short months. He is entering public school as a junior. Still, the concern came from followers of mine who knew all those facts. I DO understand their side of…

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    Basket System Organization Hack

    I shared a while back over on my YouTube channel (are you subscribed? If not, click here!) about my life changing 3 basket system! It is an organization hack that allows you to be 100 times more efficient at cleaning up, and it will ALSO put your kids in charge of keeping up with their own toys. ALL WITHOUT NAGGING! Seem too good to be true? Think again! The reason this hack works wonders is because it is SUPER easy to implement! With a family of 10, things get left out constantly. We need to have consistent “pick up times” to combat the clutter. Our usual pick up times tend…