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  1. Et voilΓ  - crock pot cupcakes courtesy of "Moms With Crockpots"! https://momswithcrockpots.com/crockpot-peanut-butter-cup-cake/ But I'm confused... How is this a cupcake? Isn't it just a cake? Baked in a crockpot? And what's the difference between cupcakes and muffins anyway? πŸ˜‰ 😜 (Wasn't there arguments about cupcakes vs. muffins on that thread, too, or am I remembering a different thread?)
  2. Well done!! Tell her that Mrs. S says congratulations!! πŸ™‚
  3. I keep meaning to put aside some time to fix up/update these threads and I never seem to get to it! So sorry about that! I'll take out the LabPaq references right away. Edit: Just realized the LabPaq reference isn't in a post of mine. If you tag the author, MamaSprout, you could probably get them to remove the reference.
  4. Hi all! πŸ™‚ I know - I disappeared. Things have been crazy. Books have been read (but I haven't kept track and so don't have an updated list - will try to do that soon). House/farm were cared for. Gardens were planted, harvested, and now need to be cleaned out since we had our first hard frost last night. Child was home from university for almost 6 months but went back on Monday. She's 5 hours away. In a city where COVID cases are climbing. I can do this. Breathe. I just wanted to say that the fact that this thread was here each week and I could pop in and read a bit whenever I had a moment made me happy. Thank you for continuing to talk about and share books. πŸ™‚
  5. @AsgardCA - what province are you in? You're welcome to PM me if you don't feel comfortable stating that on the public forum. πŸ™‚ I graduated my daughter from our homeschool in Ontario in 2018 and she did not go the GED route. Because I knew she was headed for university and then post-graduate studies, a GED would have been seen as odd. She did, however, take the SAT and had 6 AP exams scores on her transcript as well as scores from the Royal Conservatory of Music (she's a piano performance major). Universities in Ontario don't require the student to have any kind of "official" high school diploma or equivalency test. Colleges in Ontario, though, are a whole different ballgame. If your student is looking at a college trade program or an apprenticeship, then a GED might be the better route. I've never heard of a university in Ontario requiring a high school diploma or GED diploma but I have heard of colleges requiring one or the other. Not all colleges, though, so your best bet is to contact some colleges in your province where you think your student might be interested in going and talk to their registrar's office. Ask what their requirements are for homeschooled students and see what they say. You're welcome to PM me if you'd like!
  6. My degree is in organic chemistry. πŸ™‚ It's... uniquely challenging. Students who are strong mathematically run into a wall because it isn't an intuitive type of course and students who are strong in the biological science run into a wall because (probably) they've been led to believe that OChem is mostly memorization (which they're probably good at) - but it isn't. It's that bizarre combination of being detailed oriented (similar to biological sciences) with also leaning heavily on logical and deductive/inductive types of thinking (similar to physical sciences). OChem I and II are usually the "weeding" courses in undergrad. I know - it's a terrible, disheartening term. Basically, grad programs/professional programs want to see if students can make it through something as challenging as OChem I/II. Tell your daughter that even I found the first courses in OChem challenging - the upper level courses in OChem were much less so. πŸ™‚ I agree with EKS - OChem gets easier the longer you keep at it. In terms of whether the rest of the required classes will be of equal difficulty, some of that depends on what the other classes will be and what school she's at. It's probably likely, though, that since OChem I/II are "weeding" courses almost everywhere, they would be some of the most difficult courses she would run across in her undergrad - particularly since she did them at home and online by herself! Tell her to hang in there - she can do it! If she still has to take OChem II and if she doesn't already have Organic Chemistry as a Second Language I and II that she should definitely invest in the books: https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Chemistry-Second-Language-Semester/dp/111949348X/ref=sr_1_2?crid=26AG5VPU035DY&dchild=1&keywords=organic+chemistry+as+a+second+language&qid=1597731355&sprefix=organic+chemistry+%2Caps%2C315&sr=8-2 https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Chemistry-Second-Language-Semester/dp/1119493919/ref=sr_1_3?crid=26AG5VPU035DY&dchild=1&keywords=organic+chemistry+as+a+second+language&qid=1597731355&sprefix=organic+chemistry+%2Caps%2C315&sr=8-3 Also tell her to make sure that she has a molecular model kit like this: https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Chemistry-Model-Pieces-Instructional/dp/B01NCU854K/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=molecular+model+kit&qid=1597731458&sr=8-5 When in doubt, BUILD! πŸ™‚ Build models of everything - it's easier to "see" what's going on. Oh - the best help I can give any beginning OChem student... Positive attracts negative and vice versa. πŸ™‚ Once she learns to figure out what is positive (an electrophile) and what is negative (a nucleophile), then figuring out mechanisms becomes much easier. I know - this probably sounds like Greek to you. Just tell her - she'll understand. πŸ™‚ Best of luck to her!
  7. The transcript thing is probably dependent on what his high school is willing to do and what he needs for applying to the colleges he's interested in. @Lori D. or @Farrar might have a better idea on how to handle that.
  8. The Organic Chem/Biochem course is $650 for a 36 week course. And AEC gave a great description of grading and parent involvement. πŸ™‚ @AEC - let your DD know that Mrs. S and Chemistry Mole say hi and that we're so excited that she's doing AP Chem! If she wants to ask any chem questions of me during the year, she knows my email address! πŸ™‚
  9. Someone else recommended my Organic Chem class - thank you to the recommender! πŸ™‚ I originally created the course for my daughter when we were homeschooling because she wanted to eventually apply to med school. She's now a rising junior at university (and will be writing the MCAT for the first time in January) and she told me that taking some organic chem and biochem in high school with me really helped her when she took those classes at university. πŸ™‚ If the OP would like to pass this link on to her nephew, he can see what he thinks. https://clovervalleychemistry.com/introduction-to-organic-chemistry-biochemistry/ If you or your nephew (or anyone else!) has any questions, let me know!
  10. The Brown/LeMay text is a good AP Chem text. πŸ™‚ I tend to prefer Chang but that's just personal preference, not because it's better. The Zumdahl AP Chemistry textbook is also good: https://ngl.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?N=201+4294918395&Ntk=NGL|P_EPI&Ntt=9781305957732|10860011361047768559138144486101779192&Ntx If you do decide to go with Chang, make sure to get his AP textbook and not his gen chem book. The AP text is this one: https://www.mheducation.com/prek-12/product/chang-chemistry-ap-edition-raymond-chang/9780076619986.html There are a number of good AP Chem textbooks - Silberberg, Kotz/Treichel, Tro, etc. Your choice of textbook is probably more dependent on your student's preferred learning style than anything else. If you can, have your DS read a bit in each book to see which one he prefers. πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!
  11. I have worksheets I can send to you, if you wish. πŸ™‚ There's also this website which lets students practice naming, writing formulae, and even calculating molar mass: https://www.kentschools.net/ccarman/cp-chemistry/practice-quizzes/compound-naming/ For naming, you can choose how many practice questions you'd like and whether you'd like to name molecular compounds, ionic compounds, or acids (or any combination of those). Have fun naming! πŸ™‚
  12. My apologies if this was already stated somewhere and I missed it. πŸ™‚ Happy Masks were recommended in another thread and I'm considering purchasing some. I noticed in the cart there is a spot to redeem a discount code. Does anyone know if there is a current discount code?
  13. Happy belated anniversary and belated birthday to your DH! πŸ™‚
  14. Thanks for all the replies, everyone! I was truly curious about this as I'm the only one of my friends IRL who does this. I'm glad to know there are others out there. πŸ™‚
  15. Although... Now I'm picturing ways to "eek out a living". Professional warn-er that there are spiders in the vicinity, career in letting people know when there is a mouse in their house... πŸ˜‰
  16. I just let him know. Thank you for pointing that out, @Kareni! I believe this is his first book so I'm sure he wants to make a good impression. πŸ™‚
  17. Yes, he would! I've not read it (as it's not my usual cuppa :)) - is it a word in the Amazon blurb?
  18. I'm not that familiar with this genre but I have a good friend who has written a book (under a pseudonym) and maybe it falls under this category? I thought I could share in case anyone was interested and also because I like to give my creative friends a little shout out when I can. πŸ™‚ https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Byzantine-Book-One-Skykovsky-ebook/dp/B07DNGY34W/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Flight+of+the+Byzantine+Book+One%3A+Skykovsky+Returns&qid=1591754216&sr=8-1 I didn't know he had written a mystery! Thanks, Kareni! πŸ™‚
  19. Admittedly, that's part of my reason - I don't want to have to wash the cutting board all the time. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜„
  20. Cool! I suppose it's sort of the same idea as cutting against one's thumb but I was flinching when she was cutting the garlic - her fingers were so close to that blade! Pretty amazing!
  21. Definitely use a cake recipe that calls for buttermilk. Buttermilk in a chocolate cake recipe is divine. πŸ™‚
  22. A good peeler is worth its weight in gold! I'm sorry you can't get your peelers. 😞 My mom has a German kitchen gadget that I think she inherited from my dad's mother - a RΓΌhrfix Hand Mixer. That thing is HANDY. I hope it hasn't broken and I get to inherit it someday. πŸ™‚
  23. This is the peeler I have and I remember my grandmother having the same one (but hers and mine don't have the soft grip handle - they are all metal): https://www.amazon.com/Linden-Sweden-Fruit-Vegetable-Peeler/dp/B00BP3Z8LW/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Linden+Sweden+Original+Jonas+Vegetable+Peeler&qid=1591740413&sr=8-1 There seems to be a Japanese one that's similar: https://www.amazon.com/Vegetable-Peeler-stainless-plasctic-safety/dp/B07G8RYJB9/ref=sr_1_15?dchild=1&keywords=Linden+Sweden+Original+Jonas+Vegetable+Peeler&qid=1591740413&sr=8-15 They take getting used to but I've tried all kinds of peelers and this is the one I prefer (I have the Linden one). But maybe that's because it's the one I learned with in grandma's kitchen. πŸ™‚ And yes @happysmileylady - I have one of those apple peelers, too! I rarely use it, though. Maybe I just don't make enough stuff that requires lots of peeled apples. I'll let my husband know that he'll be getting more fruit crisps in future. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚
  24. As I was looking for videos on YouTube to show the against the thumb technique, I came across this video. I don't know if there is a specific name for the kind of knife she's using or the technique but she's got to have nerves of steel to do what she's doing! Hats off to her extraordinary knife skills!
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