My First Dictionary


Someone is a little drunk on power right now, and getting a lot better at looking things up alphabetically!

Testing Day


We’ve reached lesson 20, the first cumulative test. Since I am teaching her alone, without support from a school, I won’t send her scores anywhere but I am a little anxious to see if she does well, or if the questions don’t make sense to her!

Peach Spinach Carrot Coconut Smoothie


Photos don’t do my smoothies any favors, do they?

2 frozen peaches
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach
1/2 cup frozen grated carrots
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 cup peach syrup, from canned peaches
2 cups water
3 cups ice (??)
2 tablespoons sugar

Sweet, cold, refreshing, and filling! The spinach is mustard spinach from the garden, the peaches were frozen last summer, the peach syrup was canned last summer (my husband eats my peaches by the jarful, and leaves the syrup behind for me), and the carrots were from the produce co-op. Quite the pedigreed smoothie!


Nutrition Facts 

Peach Spinach Carrot Coconut Smoothie 

  3 Servings

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 151.2
  Total Fat 8.2 g
  Saturated Fat 7.1 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 38.4 mg
  Potassium 364.8 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 20.2 g
  Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
  Sugars 9.2 g
  Protein 2.4 g
  Vitamin A 100.4 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 4.7 %
  Vitamin C 16.1 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 2.7 %
  Calcium 6.3 %
  Copper 9.1 %
  Folate 11.2 %
  Iron 10.3 %
  Magnesium 11.5 %
  Manganese 32.2 %
  Niacin 6.0 %
  Pantothenic Acid     2.5 %
  Phosphorus     6.6 %
  Riboflavin 5.4 %
  Selenium 1.2 %
  Thiamin 3.4 %
  Zinc 3.8 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Day’s Pay


One of my piano students keeps chickens and ducks- we’re both happy to do a bit of bartering! The eggs are a bit muddy, they get a good washing before I use them!! The eggs are all different sizes, from the different birds.

Waste Not


Well, this wool sweater USED to fit my husband. Looks like a good sleeping bag for the infant now!

On the upside, I have a few felt projects I’ve been wanting to try out- maybe a new cardigan for Ernie, or a pencil pouch? Some fingerless mittens?

Tonight, I Hunt


There’s a slug in my greenhouse- this basil was in a large tomato pot. Two seedlings were completely missing from their cups, and another two seedlings were mortally wounded. This is why I potted 43 seedlings!

Things To Do This Week

To Do:

  • Transplant tomatoes to gallon pots
  • Transplant gallon tomatoes to larger greenhouse pots- my early girls will live in the green house this year
  • Transplant basil to planter pots
  • Weed west garden strip
  • Spread finished compost by cucumber seedlings
  • Feed and paper the large worm bin
  • Vacuum upstairs
  • Make yogurt
  • Pit and freeze bing cherries
  • Teach 1st grade lessons 10-14, plus review of first section
  • Library
  • Wash darks, whites, kids, and towels
  • Sew baby gifts
  • Order pictures and fill frames for family photo wall
I’m hoping to get all the garden transplanting done tomorrow!  The cherries and library and half the laundry are done already, plus two of the five lessons and the vacuuming.  Not such a bad list, right?
Have I mentioned my girls are fruit fiends?  I started them on the cherries- we pulled all the stems off our 3 pounds of bings, and started pitting them.  Wonder Boy needed his dinner, so I left them on the  kitchen floor with an assortment of bowls.  Pitting cherries is one of Ernie’s favorite kitchen tasks, so this wouldn’t be a problem at all!  Umm…so why were then 40 more pits and pitted cherries when I came back?  I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to fix Mimi’s explosive digestion issues, that’s for sure.