TOPLESS N’ICE CREAM COOKIE SANDWICHES

This year has been a bit chaotic, and it’s only March! 😳 And to boot, I had dental surgery last week to prepare me for an implant. Which was the same tooth I had had a root canal done on about 5 years ago and somehow managed to crack it. And what makes it even better is that the crown fell out about a week and a half before the surgery, and I may or may not have freaked my kids out by telling them, “see what happens when you don’t brush and take care of your teeth?!?!” Let’s just say they haven’t missed a brushing since! Am I a terrible mother? But with the surgery happening, and needing my husband there, we sent the kids off to the in-laws for the week. Despite the reasons for why I got the break, it was still nice to get waited on and not have to be a “mom” for that time.
Needless to say, we got them back on Sunday, Monday my husband was back on duty for the week, and I am thrown into teacher/mom mode on top of the daylight savings throwing us all off. And there is the fact that my mouth is more in pain now than it was last week. Maybe it’s the constant scolding and having to get my kids to listen to me again??
Yet, I promise that I didn’t come on here to complain! It’s actually been very warm here down south and I wanted to try something out that was no bake, and cooling and pretty much healthy-ish for my kids…and myself! Enter in these topless n’ice cream cookie sandwiches. The bottom is a no bake cookie, with an optional thin layer of chocolate and the top is basically a strawberry banana smoothie😂 You do have to eat them shortly after they come out of the freezer or they begin to melt, but my girls absolutely love them! When I made the cookie bottom, I think my peanut butter was a tad too runny, so it didn’t create that “dough” I could form and freeze. So I poured them into cupcake liners and still turned out! Maybe you will have better success. If you do, please post it and the tricks you did, because I’m here to learn too!!

Topless N’Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

The cookie part:
1 cup oats (I used GF oats)
4 whole graham crackerz
Blend those two together in blender til combined.
Put 1/4 cup coconut oil and 3/4 cup nut butter in microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 sec.
Mix in the oat and cookie mixture.

Should make about 12 small cookies…or do what I did and pour or press into cupcake liners.

Optional:
Heat 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 2 tablespoon coconut oil in microwave safe bowl in 30 sec increments and mix til smooth. And pour a little on top of each cookie.

Place in freezer.

While freezing, in a blender add
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup almond milk
Blend until smooth but don’t over blend. Will have to stop and start multiple times til this happens.

Pull out cookies and smooth some of the “ice cream” on top. Feel free to add a few chocolate chips.

Put back in freezer until ready to eat.

See what happens!

E65: Traveling The World To Bring History To Life with Dr. William Jackson, The Nomadic Professor

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! We are so excited to share today’s conversation. We have Dr. William Jackson, AKA The Nomadic Professor, joining us.  William has a BA in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University, a MA in Humanities from Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in History from Syracuse University. He has been teaching as a university professor for almost a decade.

William has chosen to forego the traditional labor-for-tenure career track. He believes the internet holds the key to new forms of education that will, over time, erode and ultimately destroy traditional students in a brick-and-mortar-box education; and to this he says: “Hooray!” He grew up overseas and loves history.  We speak about how he became a world nomad with his family in order to record history mini-lectures on-location that are available to students around the world. We talk about his family’s worldschooling journey as well as the creation of his platform and what it has to offer students and adults. So take a seat by the fire as we travel to Idaho to discuss his story of re-imagining education.  

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Show Notes

Homepage | The Nomadic Professor (teachable.com)
*use coupon code HOME to receive 30% off any of the courses/Nomad Nation on The Nomadic Professor’s website

The Nomadic Professor on: YouTube and Instagram

Tags: homeschoolhomeschoolingeducationchildren

scrambled eggs with veggies

HI this is Mia. I am so sorry I have not  been able to  give you any recipes lately. We bought a van to travel in so we were getting it ready to go on trips. It is snowing outside. We got 11 or 12 inches of snow

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. We are growing mushrooms, 

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beansprouts,

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 and our own sourdough bread

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. So today  we are making a healthy breakfast so let’s get started.
Ingredients

  • eggs
  • pepper
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • tomato
  • spinach 
  • cheese

Instructions:

  1. Cut the tomatoes, spinach and cheese
  2. Put eggs in a bowl to scramble, add your salt, peper, garlic powder and onion powder and mix.
  3. Then preheat your stove to 5.5  or medium heat and spray your pan with olive oil spray.
  4. When your pan is warm enough, put your eggs and your chopped stuff in the pan.

Enjoy😃

E63: Sailing in Search of Freedom / Boatschooling with Keith and Renee from Sailing Zatara

Hello everyone and welcome back to the campfire! Today joining us are Keith and Renee, the creators of the platform, Sailing Zatara. 
Several years ago after a successful career, accumulating material possessions, and finding that happiness was not on the other side of money, Keith and Renee decided they needed a change. Their family of six left their Texas home with virtually no boating experience, and took off on a sailboat for a journey around the world and are still on that journey today.
So grab a seat by the fire as we travel to Australia and listen as they tell a story about family, their passion for homeschooling, and how sometimes you just need to put fear aside and go on an adventure that will last a lifetime!

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Show Notes

You can follow along on their family sailing adventures at Sailing Zatara on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.

Website: Sailing Zatara

E62: Travel, Roadschooling, & The Story of a Van Named Munay / Tara & Jared From The Classroom Less Travelled

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we have Tara and Jared from The Classroom Less Travelled joining us for a conversation.  Several months ago they decided to sell their home, get rid of many of their belongings, and take their three children on an adventure of a life time.  They purchased a van and have been touring the backroads of America to explore, experience, and teach their children about this amazing part of the world.  Although it all hasn’t been easy, they show us how being a little uncomfortable can be a life lesson all on its own.  So grab a seat by the fire as we travel to California to speak to them about what van life is all about!

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Show Notes

You can find Tara and Jared on Instagram @theclassroomlesstraveled 

WHAT’S IN A LOAF OF BREAD

Several weeks ago we purchased some sourdough starter. This is the key ingredient in making sourdough bread. This starter is alive and is filled with yeast and bacteria that must be fed to be kept alive. Feeding it consists of giving it some flour and water every so often. If you keep this habit up, in theory, you can keep your starter alive indefinitely.

We love cooking and making homemade meals together. In our house the kitchen is where our family comes together. The idea of beginning our own sourdough starter while our kids are young and being able to possibly keep it going until they are adults themselves seemed like an amazing project to do together. We have made several loaves since we grew our starter and each loaf is special in its own right. We know that we have cultivated something that allows us to bake and be together in our kitchen. They know that the bread was a family affair and each one of us had a part in making it.

As they grow older and one day have families of their own maybe they can take part of our sourdough starter to their kitchens and begin a tradition that will last a lifetime. When they create that loaf of bread with their children it will be with something that carries the memories of an entire childhood.

These are the things that kids remember and these are the true gifts that we can give to them. Material possessions are fleeting and fade with time. Memories of a happy healthy childhood can be passed down from generation to generation and it can all be found in a loaf of bread.

E61: Free to Learn With Dr. Peter Gray / School is New, Education is Not

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we have the honor of Dr. Peter Gray joining us. Dr. Peter Gray is a research professor of Psychology at Boston College, TEDx Speaker, founding member of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education, and Author of ‘Free to Learn: Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life’.   His TEDx speech, The Decline of Play, has reached over 500,000 downloads and his book, Free to Learn, has touched the lives of thousands of families around the world, including our own!  Dr. Gray’s concept of free play and his in depth research on a child’s ability to learn and grow have changed how families and academics alike view modern education.  So grab a seat by the fire as we speak with Peter about giving our children the freedom to learn. 

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Show Notes

Peter Gray’s book Free to Learn Free to Learn: Gray, Peter: 9780465084999: Amazon.com: Books

Can be found on Facebook at: Peter Gray

Board Member of Let Grow: Let Grow | When Adults Step Back, Kids Step Up.

TEDx on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg-GEzM7iTk

His four new collections of essays can be purchased now at:  Tipping Points Press | Alliance for Self-Directed Education (self-directed.org)

His Psychology Today Blog: Freedom to Learn | Psychology Today

E60: Waldorf, Minimalism & Raising Mindful Kids with Vanessa’s Holistic Living

Hello and welcome back! Today we have Vanessa, the creator of Vanessa’s Holistic Living, joining us. She is a Waldorf inspired homeschool mom, US veteran, Military Spouse, and minimalist. She also has an educational background in health and wellness, and has a passion to lead her family and others in living a more holistic lifestyle.   
Vanessa and her family have moved and shuffled around the country due to her husband’s military career.  In each new location she has brought a positive growth mindset allowing her to develop groups and organizations that didn’t exist when she arrived.  Her positive attitude towards life and her entrepreneurial qualities have helped hundreds of families to find community in areas where it didn’t exist.  She has left each place better than when she arrived and shares how this outlook on life is all part of her child’s education. 
So grab a seat by the fire and join us as we discuss this homeschool mama’s amazing journey!

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Show Notes

You can find Vanessa on Instagram: @vanessasholisticliving
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxZH_Vge6QEC0Vg45iY_FmQ

Link to her A Year In Nature Co-Op guide:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/740856459/a-year-in-nature?ref=shop_home_active_3

BOXED MUFFINS

We all have those days when we would rather open up a frozen pizza or store bought something due to time and exhaustion. I speak from experience since, as much as I love to bake and cook, time never seems to be something I have enough of. And then I am presented with a brief moment of time to be alone in the kitchen, and I’m short on ingredients due to needing to go to the grocery store!

So I came across this box of protein muffin mix that I intended to make for my girls. They LOVE chocolate chip muffins! I looked on the box at the ingredients, and I had them all. Only one problem: it seemed bland and boring. So what did I do? Switched up the ingredients equally (well, almost). For the water I used almond milk. For the oil I used bananas. And I kept the eggs (but I could have made flax or chia eggs instead and I am sure that would have worked too. Maybe next time…) and I added some extra semi sweet chocolate chips.

And done!

Quick and easy. And the girls enjoyed them with some peanut butter on top!

Get creative when you have a boxed mix of some sort. Making some tweaks here and there can make them “healthier” or more flavorful and more homemade like.

Boxed Muffins

1 box protein muffin mix (I used the brand that is pictured above)

3/4 cup almond milk

1 very large ripe banana

3 eggs

1/4 cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or grease well
  4. Fill and bake for 16-18 min
  5. Enjoy with butter, peanut butter, honey, or whatever you desire!

E59: Mid Year Check In With Two New Homeschooling Moms

Today I spoke with my sister and cousin about how our homeschool year is going.  I always like to take a step back and evaluate how my plans are working out mid-year.  I think we all know what happens to ‘plans’.  We spoke about how everything is going as new homeschooling moms, finding our rhythm, and some of our curriculum and resources that we are using. 
So grab a seat and join us as we find inspiration and encouragement amongst one another. 

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Show Notes

Curriculum/Resources mentioned:
Gather Round
Evan-Moor Curriculum
Mater Amabilis
Sign of the Beaver
And check out your local library and park systems for classes offered (virtually and in-person)