Coconut Cream Pie for School

A few weeks ago, most of our family spent a week at my parents’ house. We enjoyed connecting with extended family, researching our ancestry, and exploring the C & O Canal. Since my nineteen-year-old daughter has a full-time job, she stayed home to exercise her independence.

While shopping for groceries one day, she spotted a can of coconut milk. Her mouth watered as she imagined how delicious it would be. After bringing it home, though, she could not decide how to use it. When we returned from our trip, it was still sitting unused on the kitchen counter.

For two full weeks, I contemplated an appropriate use for the coconut milk. My fourteen-year-old daughter was considering it as well. One day, she decided to take action.

“Can I make something with that coconut milk?”

“Sure!” Her older sister quickly responded before heading off to work. My budding chef had completed her schoolwork early that day, so I allowed her to use the kitchen. What would she make?

She searched online for recipes. Finally, she decided to make a coconut cream pie. Since baking a homemade cream pie is pretty complicated, I was skeptical that she would succeed on her own. I allowed her to try anyway.

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Review of Apologia Health and Nutrition

Did you study health and nutrition in school? My high school health unit covered little more than basic first aid. As an adult, I am always learning about good health and nutrition. Why were these essential topics never addressed when I was a teenager?

I am determined to help my kids understand how best to take care of themselves. Since I was unhappy with the health course my oldest kids used, I jumped at the opportunity to try a different curriculum. This summer Apologia Educational Ministries published a new course—Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition by Dr. Laura Chase. For our review, we received the Health and Nutrition Basic Set, which includes a Textbook and Student Notebook.

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Family History on the Canal

While growing up in Maryland, the C & O Canal was a significant part of my life. Whenever I visited Great Grandaddy’s house in Williamsport, MD, I saw it. Looking out his front window, I observed the manmade waterway across the street. Just beyond it lay a wide gravel trail—the towpath. Our family took walks along that level path, and school field trips helped me understand how a lock works. During our most recent trip to Maryland, I shared this piece of my childhood with my own kids.

Lock 44 in Williamsport, MD, is a piece of our family history, after all. Before he moved across the street from the canal, my great-grandfather, Harvey Brant, lived in the lockhouse. He tended the lock in the early 1900s. At all hours, rain or shine, he went out to let the boats through the lock.

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Journey to Israel - The Jordan River

Our trip to Israel provided opportunities to experience four significant bodies of water—the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, and the Dead Sea. On Sunday evening in Tel Aviv, we experienced the chilly Mediterranean. Two days later, we dipped our fingers in the Sea of Galilee then took a memorable boat ride there. As Wednesday dawned, my husband and I anticipated wading in the Jordan River.

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Back to Homeschool

Public school in Georgia started this morning. We planned to start our homeschool year today as well.

My twin daughters love playing with some of the younger kids in our neighborhood. They have an incredible opportunity to influence and bless these younger girls. This year I plan to follow the Georgia school schedule to foster these friendships.

Starting so soon had challenges though. We spent the last full week of our summer break visiting my folks in Maryland. I had anticipated using Monday and Tuesday to plan the first month or two of lessons. Some medical issues delayed our return until Tuesday night. Would we still be able to start Wednesday morning as planned?

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Review of Dinosaurs and the Bible Class

Are you planning to teach geology this year? Northwest Treasures offers Christian resources for teaching all aspects of earth science. Geology camps, full high school geology curriculum, and short video units are just a few of the many options they offer.

For this review, I could choose one of their online courses. Would my kids benefit more from Geology and Apologetics or Dinosaurs and the Bible? We watched the previews for both classes. Which one sounded best to my twelve-year-old twins? They were intrigued by the dinosaurs class. Along with the six-session course, we received an introductory geology course — Taking the Mystery Out of Geology.

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