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Old fashioned food stuffs

DSCN0694I have been meaning to try making sauerkraut but all of my crocks have ‘shoulders’ so trying to put something on the top to keep it submerged would have been an interesting task without buying those stones. I also didn’t want to invest in something I may not like. I know I like store bought sauerkraut but I’m not certain about lacto fermented at home style.  I brought this crock home from my grandma to give it a try. DSCN0696

This is the beginning. Simply chopped, salted, and mashed.


This is the middle. It’s been mashed down many times and finally produced a decent amount of liquid. It’s covered with the plastic wrap, a plate on top, with a can of whole tomatoes on top of that. Now the waiting game begins.


Grinder my grandma gave me. Looked it up, estimated date 1988-1923. Functional, tight grip to counter, and an interesting (IMO) note; she said to grease it to prevent rust. I soaked/scrubbed it last night w/ vinegar, soap, baking soda then this morning reapplied venison tallow. Excited to use it.


Marriage Isn’t For You

I used to have the ‘Walmart philosophy’. I’m glad it has changed.

Seth Adam Smith

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

Perhaps each…

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How Common Core is Slowly Changing My Child


A Letter to Commissioner King and the New York State Education Department:

I have played your game for the past two years.  As an educator, I have created my teaching portfolio with enough evidence so I can prove that I am doing my job over the course of the school year. I am testing my students on material that they haven’t yet learned in September, and then re-testing them midway through the year, and then again at the end of the year to track and show their growth. Between those tests, I am giving formative assessments. I am taking pictures of myself at community events within my district to prove that I support my school district and the community. I am teaching using the state-generated modules that you have created and assumed would work on all students, despite learning style, learning ability, or native language.   I am effectively proving…

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Qin and Han Dynasty Podcast

We love these podcasts for our homeschool lessons.

Mr. Zoller's Blog

This podcast focuses on the history of the Qin Dynasty and the Han Dynasty in China. Topics discussed include legalism, the Silk Road, and Chinese inventions. You can visit my YouTube Channel and view all of my videos by clicking here.  For school districts in which YouTube us blocked, you can also find my videos posted on Vimeo.

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Product review-Lysol Power & Free

I received two test products from BzzAgent a month ago for trial and feedback and have been using the new Lysol Power & Free product line around my usually homemade green cleaned house. I received the wipes and multipurpose spray and purchased the toilet bowl cleaner and bathroom cleaner to get a complete view of this line. I’ll start you off with a quick blurb about the product line before I give you my views;


You clean to help keep your loved ones healthy, so why use cleaning products that require an evacuation of kids and pets from your home? Just to get things gleaming? Lysol® Power & Free delivers more cleaning power than bleach* — without the harshness! The cleaners are powered by hydrogen peroxide (which turns into water and oxygen as it attacks tough stains), so you get a pristine home that’s free from harmful fumes and chemical residue.

  • Uses hydrogen peroxide to release thousands of micro-bubbles that penetrate and dissolve tough stains
  • Requires no gloves, masks or protective eyewear (you don’t even have to open the windows to clean!)
  • Kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria**

*On tough grease and soap scum.
**When used as directed.

The Lysol Power & Free toilet bowl cleaner at first appears thick and you imagine how well it’s going to clean; finally get that water line to disappear. Sorry but you’re out of luck with this product unfortunately. It IS thick, so thick that it barely coats the side of the bowl and slides right down into the water. Leaving such a thin coat where it needs to be is hardly effective at getting the ‘micro bubbles’ to bust up any stains you may have. You’ll get a lot of suds which many mistake as a indication of cleaning, but since I’m familiar with soap making I learned years ago these are nothing more than simple additives. Also being so thick you’re going to waste a lot of product if you’re like me and have to make sure the underside of the rim is coated. It pours out of the bottle quickly immediately when inverted.

The Lysol Power & Free multipurpose spray is what I received (as well as wipes) with my BzzAgent package so it was the first to use. Of the four products I tried this is by far my favorite, and in my opinion has one of the milder scents. I’ve used it everywhere, from the kitchen and bathroom to windows and it does it’s job well. I think one of the most impressive uses was pulling a CHERRY yogurt stain from my living room rug that my girls had wiped (read: rubbed into) up and didn’t mention. The next impressive feat was pulling the terrible smear of MELTED gel window clings. A hot day melted them and my homemade cleanser broke them down and created a smear of this gel over the entire window. The Lysol Power and Free spray took it off immediately even with my usual newspaper wipe. While I may not use this daily, still preferring my homemade, this is definitely an acceptable addition to my cleaning basket.

The Lysol Power & Free bathroom cleaner is in my opinion nothing more than the multipurpose spray in a bottle that’s fitted with a special nozzle that creates a ‘foaming spray’ rather than the typical mist. Both give the same result and both contain .88% peroxide. I do like the cool spring breeze scent a bit better than the citrus of the multipurpose. While I have nothing negative to say about this product, my view that it’s nothing more than a repackaged multipurpose with a different scent, leaves me with nothing positive besides what I’ve already shared.

The wipes, have me a bit concerned honestly. The average person I’ve come across grabs a wipe, cleans a mess and moves along. Is this how you use cleansing wipes? Well prepare yourself for another step, as the directions will tell you to rinse with water after sanitizing with the wipe. I have no idea if this is common for such products as I don’t generally use them but I question the ‘Free’ and healthy promotion if it needs to be rinsed. If you’re using this on say a high chair and your little one was like mine used to be everything that touched the tray is going to get on their hands, the food and into their mouth. If you’re wiping down a toy they chew on? Ultimately this isn’t something I’ll buy again, I don’t like disposable waste when I could just as easily use a rag, soap and water for the same if not safer result.

Finally, I would really like to see an ingredient list for these products to see what exactly is doing the cleaning since the peroxide that is the selling focus is less than 1% of the ingredients. Of the four Lysol Power & Free products, only one would I consider purchasing again but it is a very likely purchase.

Thanks for taking the time to read my review.

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What our day looked like

I’m up at 6am when the Mr. leaves for work. I take this time to drink my coffee, watch Eureka (my current drug of choice) and just enjoy the quiet before the day begins. I *could* use this time more wisely and may do so in the future, it would make cleaning much more efficient.

Around 7 I start making breakfast, today is oatmeal and peanut butter. It will be ready for the girls to get up at 7:30. Breakfast is at the table and I read from one of our Enchanted World books, Dragons currently. It just occurred to use this time for my read aloud since it wasn’t fitting into our day with the other lessons we have.

After breakfast at 8 we clean up and do morning chores before heading upstairs to the school room. Lesson order varies from one day to the next or as today, Wednesdays are our ‘extra curricular’ days. Yesterday was for the Library, usually the park (which can be voided if the girls decide they want to spend their play time in their room at night when they’re supposed to be in bed-such as last night), music, and an Art project as well as time on the Wii uDraw game. Time4Learning is still covered, and our Spanish is in the form of a movie with alternate audio. Documentaries or more fun shows with an education theme are watched today as well. Over all the goal is education in a more relaxed mode.

Typically we’ll have lunch sometime between 11am or 12pm, depending on how the day is going. Yesterday lunch was at 12:30. It was a very relaxed day, a little too relaxed for me. The extra curricular day is going to be moved to Friday as the preschool story our is the same time at our planned visit. It was not the most enjoyable experience trying to squeeze around small kids to get books, and both girls asked before we had even checked out if we could alternate days. DSCN0557DSCN0558DSCN0560

After we got home it was time to paint, and listen to Mozart. While this was happening I started reading,

Over all it was a good book; it stayed focused for its 30 pages with attractive pictures and small blocks of extra information. True to it’s name it’s not overwhelming as some books can be, trying to cram everything into a few pages. I learned something new as well. As a young boy, Mozart, played for the Empress Maria Theresa and asked to marry her daughter….Marie Antoinette!

I didn’t realize it at the time but I had also grabbed the library’s copy of the Kirsten Dunst, Marie Antoinette dvd. I realize it’s not 100% accurate but it fit perfectly with the music and book. It’s a PG-13 movie, and I think many wouldn’t feel comfortable adding it into a homeschool day. My oldest did show a decent amount of curiosity and asked questions so there has been exposure to another historical figure that we will be learning about. Ultimately the movie is one I’d recommend if only for it’s gorgeous sets and the addition of modern music isn’t half bad. Decadent is the best adjective for this movie.

When we have a day like this, rather than dragging my lesson log around I’ll just make notes on one sheet and edit when the day is over. This new folder system is working so much better than my previous bound planners.

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