Sunday, September 25, 2016

They Say Fall is Here - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Some rain on Sunday brought a little bit of a drop in temperatures.

I am thankful for ~

* My peeps arrived home safe and sound from the 8th grade "field" trip!!

* David and Miss Mabel had an amazing adventure that allowed for some incredible bonding between a father and daughter.  (Post on the Grand Canyon trip coming soon!)

I am reading ~

It just arrived in the mail a couple of days ago.  Looking forward to this, and it should be a quick read since it is only 105 pages.

From the school room ~

* Big news!  Big Big news!

Miss Sally received her first college admissions letter!

What an overwhelming feeling of success in our homeschool journey!!  It still feels surreal.

* Miss Clementine has been working on some fall art projects...

Cut, paste, and painted hand prints.

Apple stamp artwork.

The day she day she did her apple stamp fall tree (above), I was like who the heck am I kidding?!
It was a crazy 100 degrees out, Stan was like, "Mom, when we do go to the apple orchard..."  as I was thinking, Dude!  Woe.  We have no apple orchards.  (Where's he been the past 9 years??  Ha ha ha!)  And I have a cactus ready to bloom, for Pete's sake!  This is not fall.  I need a Corona!

* The high school kids in our homeschool group attended a 90 minute self-defense class.  So informative!!!

* 9th week - this week!  End of the first quarter already.

I am praying for ~

* an end to abortion

* for our priests

* for all those who have asked me to pray for them

* our country

* Each morning I say the St. Michael prayer, petitioning for my family's safety from all the evils of this world (if possible.)

Around the house ~

I can find this large bottle of shea soap at TJ Max or Tuesday Morning stores for $5.00.  Each season, a new scent arrives.  I love this stuff!  (It lasts by my kitchen sink for a good 60 days and gets a lot of use.)

From the kitchen ~

I put together my monthly meal planner for October.  I decided against adding chili or more soups the weather will probably be warm still.

I am listening to ~

Silence!  It's golden.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - High School self-defense class
Sunday - High School youth group
Tuesday - Miss Mabel Edge youth group
Wednesday - Miss Clementine ballet
Wednesday - Choir practise
Thursday - PE for Stan
Saturday - Hike for Life TX

One last photo to share ~

Taking a school break on a hot afternoon with a chocolate sundae!

Have a great week!

~  Patty ~

Friday, September 23, 2016

What's for Sunday Dinner?

It's been quiet around our house this past week with Miss Mabel and David away on her 8th grade "field" trip.  We miss them and look forward to their homecoming on Saturday. :)

The strangest thing around here is that I have had left overs.  This is a foreign concept to me!!  With so many mouths to feed, I never have left overs.  It's been nice.

I looked over my monthly menu and saw that I have the Crock Pot Creamy Chicken & Rice dinner down for Sunday.  I haven't made that dish in awhile, and my family LOVES it.

See recipe here.

For dessert, I thought I would make one of David's favorites, Snickerdoodle Bars.

See recipe here.

My family could eat these up in no time at all.  They are crazy yummy!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend wherever you are and a blessed Sunday.

~  Patty ~

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Books

So it's the first day of fall, and oh my goodness sake, that doesn't mean a darn thing in our neck of the woods.  Basically, instead of it being 98, it was 95 today.  :)

As an acquaintance would say, "Happy thoughts.  Happy thoughts."

When Miss Clementine heard it was the first day of fall, (she is still trying to figure out this adult concept since it is clearly swimming weather), she asked if we could bring out the fall books.

I pulled out our bin and this is what we found inside:

Our collection of Halloween books can be found here.

Happy Fall!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mother Teresa Apron

My new apron arrived in the mail today.  I'm SO excited to show it to you!

It would make a lovely gift for the cook (or baker) in your life!  I found it at Catholic Company.

It is sturdy yet soft enough.  But it runs large!  I am going to have David take the neck tie in for me.  And yes, it would even fit a med-large built man.  The waist tie wraps around a couple of times so, as a medium-framed woman, I can tie it snugly and make it fit.

St. Teresa, pray for us!

~  Patty ~

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

He's Kind of a Special Role Model (in our house)

Saint Andrew Kim Taegon

Korea's first Roman Catholic priest; his feast day is today, September 20.

St. Andrew Kim, pray for us!

(My family chose to create St. Andrew Kim for our homeschool group's saint peg doll exchange last December.)

~  Patty  ~

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monkey Bread

I believe everyone, at some time, has had a piece of Monkey Bread.  It's so good!  It's hard to stop eating once you start.

If you have never made it or are a beginner cook, this is an easy recipe.

Monkey Bread


4 tubes Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (you can buy the individual 10 biscuits per roll or a 4-pack of them.)
1 cup sugar
2 tsps cinnamon
2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon


1.  Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces.

2.  Mix sugar and 2 tsps cinnamon in a ziplock bag (or in a medium size bowl).  Shake a few pieces of biscuit at a time in the bag.

3.  Layer in bundt pan or tube pan.

4.  Combine butter, brown sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon.  Bring to a boil.  Pour over biscuits.

5.  Bake at 350 degree F for approximately 40 minutes.

When cooled off a bit, just pull apart and eat :)

This is seriously addicting!


~  Patty  ~

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Grand Canyon Trip

When we have a child in 8th grade, one of us takes the "student" on a trip to somewhere they've studied.  (The student picks.)

David and Miss Mabel just left for a week long camping trip to the Grand Canyon!

Oh the adventures they will have!

8th grade history trip to Washington D.C. - with Miss Sally, June 2013

8th grade history trip to New Orleans (French, Catholic culture) - with Miss Ester, September 2014

~  Patty  ~

Crock Pot Beef Stew

Very few things are as delicious as a hearty, beef stew (especially when the weather is cooler out)!

Today?  Not so much.  It was in the mid-90's in North Texas, but come on, it is past mid-September.  I had to make it :)

Put this easy to prepare dish together in your crock pot, and in no time, you have a delicious dinner.


1.  One package of McCormick slow cooker beef stew seasoning
2.  3 medium-large potatoes (I use Idaho baking potatoes)
3.  5-6 carrots
4.  2-3 pounds of beef stew meat


1.  I always use a crock pot liner (and regret it terribly when I forget or if I'm out!!).  Place the meat into the crock.

2.  Add 1 and  1/2 cups of water to the seasoning.  Mix well and pour over meat.

3.  I clean and cube potatoes.

4.  Then clean and cut the carrots.

5.  Add veggies to the meat.

6.  Cover and cook either on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Yummy goodness!  Super easy!


~  Patty  ~

Friday, September 16, 2016

And This Happened - 13!

(Miss Ester drew this birthday card for her ukulele-playing  sister.  Isn't it pretty?)

(The ukulele gift wrap came from

 (New case)

(New shoulder strap and stand)

(A year supply of IPSY glam bags.  Each month a different glam bag arrives and is filled with fun surprises.  See this past post for more examples.)

She invited her girlfriend over to help celebrate with swimming, a birthday dinner, and cake with ice cream.

It was fun day celebrating Miss Mabel!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, September 12, 2016

My Guinea Pig / Senior Year - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

He's getting the hang of it.  :)

A cold front moved in last Saturday, and the weather has been gorgeous ever since.  Even though our afternoons hit 90 +,  our mornings are incredibly pleasant with very little humidity.

I am thankful for ~

* My senior, (my guinea pig),  Miss Sally (pictured on the right with her good friend).

* Her work ethic and impressive determination which has made homeschooling her, for the most part, uncomplicated.

* Having had the opportunity and for making the choice to homeschool her through high school.

I am reading ~

Loved this book!!  (My friend Jen recommended it, and I am so glad she did.)

From the Amazon page:

Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.
But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.

From the school room ~

I currently have a 16 year old senior.

Back in 2003, I put her in a 3 year old preschool class since we were about to close on the new house we were building and I was 8 months pregnant with my third child.

Her teacher pulled me aside and confirmed my thoughts on moving her ahead.  I started homeschooling her in kindergarten at the age of 4, and we never looked back.

She has been my guinea pig and so far, we are surviving.

 Thank you, Jesus!

Advanced Math (1 & 2)

Religion (Catholic philosophy and apologetics) **HIGHLY recommend this course, especially for your seniors who are about to go out into the world.**

American History (She flip-flopped the history order, taking World History sophomore year and American Government and Economics junior year.)

English  (A whole lot of reading and writing!!)
(In addition to these books, she will be doing analytical papers on: Sherlock Holmes- the Hound of Baskervilles (Arthur Conan Doyle),  Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte),  Out of the Silent Planet (C.S. Lewis) and  Perelandra (C.S. Lewis).

Honors American Literature

(In addition to: Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington),  So Big (Edna Ferber),  The Virginian (Owen Wister) and  Little Women (Louisa May Alcott).

She has already put 4 years of science (with labs) behind her by the end of junior year, so no science this semester.

Miss Sally continues to work part time as a swim instructor and certified life guard with the city, is a member of Eta Sigma Alpha Honor Society (National Home School Honor Society), and participates in Lifeteen youth group.

I am praying for ~

* all those who have asked me to pray for them

* an end to abortion

* our priests

* my children and husband

* our country

Around the house ~

Miss Mabel cleaned out the tear drop camper in preparation for a BIG camping trip that she and David are going on.

David and Stan the man had their first Troops of St. George meeting / Mass for the year.

Someone got some new sneakers this past weekend.

Our parish had a Golf Classic today.  Miss Ester was given a FREE ticket (worth $125) to participate.  Wasn't that generous of the donor??

That's her in the pink shirt driving the golf car.

(Because when you homeschool, you can participate on a Monday morning ;)

David (orange shirt and waving) with a golf buddy.

From the kitchen ~

Tonight I am making my baked spaghetti dinner.  (Recipe here)

I am listening to ~

Miss Clementine singing her heart out while she plays.  (Gosh!  I love listening to pre schoolers during pretend play time, don't you?)

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday: Lifeteen youth group
Monday: Golf Classic
Tuesday: Edge youth group
Tuesday: Moms Night Out (I can hardly wait!)
Tuesday: Dentist appointment
Wednesday: Ballet for Clementine
Wednesday: Choir for Stan, Mabel, and Ester
Wednesday:  Stan has a birthday party to go to.
Thursday: PE for Stan the man
Thursday: Miss Mabel's birthday :)
Saturday:  High School social night

One last photo to share ~

I was asked to provide a clean up crew for the Golf Classic ball drop this morning.  The balls needed to be picked up, and a few moms with little ones came to my rescue!

Have a fantastic week ahead!!

~  Patty  ~


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