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  1. 1 hour ago, Junie said:

    Good Morning!

    Happy Tuesday!

    I am feeling very fatigued -- the past few days have been especially bad. 😞

    Dh and I are trying to brainstorm to see if we can solve the problem.  He's planning to buy me a glucose monitor so we can see if my blood sugar is off.

    My blood pressure is good.  My bloodwork from June says that my anemia is controlled.

    So we might have to do some work and visit a couple of doctors to figure this out. 😞


    Could you be lacking any of the B vitamins? That's the only thing you haven't mentioned that I can think of.

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  2. As for co-ops, I've never used one personally, but have several friends who use Classical Conversations through a local church and like it alot. If you would like to tell us which subjects you are still searching for and what your criteria are (examples: textbook, workbook, or computer based and secular or Christian worldview), you'll get a lot more responses with specific curriculum recs that will fit your needs and lots of support and encouragement while you navigate through it all. Congratulations on your decision to homeschool and welcome to the boards!

  3. If you're looking for other curriculum that fits the classical category, there are several. Veritas and Memorial Press are both very popular here. Also, request a free Rainbow Resource Center catalog. It has a wealth of info in it and has icons that tell you if an item is classical, traditional, ect and which type of learning style (mastery, spiral, ect), as well as whether it is Christian, Secular, or neutral in content. I was given one by a friend when I was trying to sort out all the options and figure out which way was up before we began homeschooling and it was a fantastic resource that I still enjoy looking through to get ideas.

  4. 3 hours ago, Wheres Toto said:

    Lenovas are actually really good computers.  I think it's the brand that used to be Toshiba.   Dh had one that lasted about 11 years before needing to be replaced.   I have a Lenova too. 

    Between my computer (lenova), and the ones I have at the classroom (Dell, HP, Compaq, and a little bitty Lenova), the main difference in how well they work has to do more with the processor, and the amount of memory (RAM especially) it has.   We always take our new computers to Geek Squad and have them take off all the excess crap that MS puts on them and do a new install of the operating system.  They generally work much better at that point. 

    I had no idea you could do that, but our speed is fine. It just won't let me use ms office offline which super irks me because that and adobe are really the only things I use on it. I downloaded WPS and use it instead but still... 😡

  5. 59 minutes ago, Slache said:

    What's your ram/rom?

    No clue. I am sooo not turning it on to find out, either. That thing drives me crazy always wanting to go online for EVERYTHING. Even after you tell it to go offline. I don't think I've ever despised a computer more than this one.

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  6. 28 minutes ago, Slache said:

    You can no longer buy XP. Things like Word and Excel might not work on XP, and if they do they won't for long.

    I hate Windows 10. I'm so totally with you, but it just doesn't work. You should get Windows 10, Linux with an XP simulator, or Apple. I'm switching to Apple, which is going to cost me $4,000. I made the decision about a year ago, but I'm waiting for things to actually break before replacing them.

    Our laptop is some generic brand (Lenova?) that DH bought without knowing a thing about computers. It's Windows 10.

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  7. 1 minute ago, Slache said:

    The world will not allow you to have XP. Everything is updated to the point that an XP will not run properly anymore.

    Really? Even just for offline use? I figured it would work for office software (WPS seems to work similar enough to Microsoft Office) and adobe reader so we could use an offline keyboarding course (TGTB has one).

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  8. I don't know what kind of laptop we have but I HATE it. You cannot do anyhing on it offline or without a paid subscription. I told DH I want an old school desktop with a flat panel monitor and a dvd/cd drive. Preferably Windows XP. That way I can view and print our Homeschool in the Woods Timeline Figures and maybe find a good learn to type program for Oldest and I. 

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  9. I'm gonna make Slachie's steak and mushroom pie and Susan's croissant bread pudding. They both sound sooo yummy and the boys will think I'm a genius of culinary creativity. Just gotta wait for the weather to cool down a bit. I don't want to run the oven and heat the house hotter than the great outdoors unless I have to (like when someone gifted us a bushel of ripe peaches on a 90+ degree week)

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  10. 13 hours ago, Slache said:

    Have you been? He's totally like "You don't use this limb, do you?" CRACK! I have a tilted pelvis and that screws up everything below my belly button, and it's a big area so there's a lot of manhandling and large cracks. He does this, but with his hands, and the same with one leg.

    I noticed!

    I really couldn't stop laughing. I almost woke up Newbie. Don't wake the monster. He's normally such an easy baby compared to Middle, but I think he's teething. It's the only explanation that makes sense.

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  11. 1 hour ago, Slache said:

    I chiropractored. I asked him to pop my tailbone. Woo doggy was that a mistake! I like the way he tries to rip my head off and my legs out. Very medieval.

    I can't stop laughing! I'm trying to be quiet because Newbie is asleep in my arms, but I am literally shaking! 

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  12. 24 minutes ago, Susan in TN said:

    Croissant Bread Pudding

    6 croissants, ripped into pieces    
    2C milk (I used 1-1/2C milk + 1/2C cream.  Because cream.)    
    4 large eggs    
    1/2C sugar    
    1 tsp vanilla   
    1/2 tsp cinnamon    
    1/4 tsp nutmeg   
    1/4 tsp salt   
    1C berries (opt)    
    1/4C sliced almonds (opt)    
    Powdered sugar for dusting

    Preheat oven to 350.  Butter 9x13 baking dish and/or use parchment.  Place half of croissant pieces in baking dish and sprinkle with berries.  Layer on the remaining croissant pieces.  In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, and spices.  Pour into baking dish and press down croissants into liquid.  Sprinkle nuts on the top and let sit for 15 minutes or (covered) over night.  Bake for 45-55 minutes or until center is set and puffed.  Let stand for 15 minutes and dust with powdered sugar.

    I doubled this for 9 people and there were leftovers.  You can really do anything for berries - sauteed apples, raisins, craisins, chocolate, etc.  Super easy and yummy.

    Silly question, but what size croissants do you use? The large ones at a grocery store bakery or the small kind you make from a can?

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  13. 1 hour ago, Susan in TN said:

    Good morning!

    It is grandpa's birthday today (83!) so I made blueberry croissant bread pudding for breakfast and we decorated the kitchen with balloons and streamers.

    While I was dropping off dd18 at college and ds16/dd15 at tutorial, my parents decided to be felpful and clean the bunny cage.  Oy.  I was waiting on that until tomorrow when I could get more stove pellets for the litter box and carpet for the floor.  And they used a strong cleaner to wash the removable floors.  In the living room.  Not that I will complain.  But so much felpful, lol.

    SIL is helping dd12 make her raddish kids dinner and we don't have a stand mixer or food processor or "regular" blender, so everything is pretty much done by hand or with a stick blender.  This was a surprise to everyone but dd12, who is perfectly happy getting her fingers messy with dough.

    It's a relatively pleasant morning here out on the front porch with a good bit of shade still from the big oak tree.


    Recipe? Isn't there some sort of ITT rule about this? 

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  14. 38 minutes ago, Slache said:

    1. I have never had goat. My favorites are frog and duck.

    2. It says to sub mushrooms for the kidneys.

    1. I don't think I've had goat, I've had lamb which I either like or hate depending on how it is cooked. Duck is ok. I have no desire to try frog.

    2. I almost asked where, but went back and read the entire recipe. I see the substitution waaaay down the list but it doesn't say what you're subbing them for. This looks like a meal DH would love with that substitution. What is Madeira wine?

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  15. 9 hours ago, Slache said:

    3 slices of bacon cut into large dice

    1.5 lbs chuck steak well trimmed, cut into .5 inch dice

    1.5 cups canned beef broth

    .5 cup Madeira wine

    2 cloves of garlic crushed

    2 veal or lamb kidneys cleaned of inner fat and cut into half inch cubes

    2 tbs chopped yellow onions

    3 tbs chopped parsley

    1 tsp whole thyme leaves or to taste

    ¼ to ½ whole sage leaves rubbed or to taste

    Salt and black pepper to taste

    3 tbs each butter and flour cooked together to form a roux

    1 batch basic easy crust


    Heat a heavy black iron kettle or dutch oven and lightly brown the bacon

    Turn up the heat and brown beef cubes well

    Add enough beef stock to barely cover, put a lid on the pot

    Simmer the meat until tender about a half hour

    Add remaining ingredients except roux

    Continue cooking for another 15 minutes

    Thicken the sauce with the roux

    Roll out crust to make 1 large pie or 4 individual pot pies


    Substitute sauted (about 1 lb) mushrooms  in pan of hot butter

    Add mushrooms just after you thicken the sauce with the roux

    Bake 45 min at 375 until crust brown and flakey

    I will not be trying steak and mushroom pie. You had me at bacon, lost me at kidneys. I quit reading after that.

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