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  1. Right now I only have the recipe available in our new cookbook, Keto Family Cooking. I'm still trying to get the shopping cart set up to sell it from my website. It is also available in the Healthy Meal Planning bundle (referral link) https://us154.isrefer.com/go/HMPB2018/a378/ I hope to get the store/shopping cart ready by Monday the 8th.
  2. We absolutely love our InstantPot. We use it almost daily. I *do* hate the counter-space it takes up, so I make sure to keep a spot in the lower cabinet so I can stash it in between uses. I use this almost exclusively for cooking chicken - it is so fast, even from frozen, and the chicken comes out so moist. (I have not done a whole chicken from frozen, and not sure I would) I cook burger in it for various recipes -- sometimes just freezing the cooked burger, other times, adding it to the veggies that are already cooking on the stove. We have used it as a slow cooker, or for quicker cooking of slow cooker recipes (because someone forgot to start supper early enough, ahem). We hard-boil eggs in it (they peel easily every.single.time). If I am steaming cauliflower to make cauliflower mash, I always do it in the IP. In the summer, I set it on the table right outside the kitchen when cooking in it -- it keeps the kitchen cooler. We've just started burning wood in the woodstove, so it stays in and adds some humidity to the air. I have two inner pots and extra seals. I've cooked chicken for dinner in one pot, pulled the pot and finished the sauce, etc. with the chicken while the 2nd pot is cooking the veg. to go with the meal. The extra seals are because chili-flavored cheesecake is not good. Yes, cheesecake. I have to use a smaller (and deeper) pan, but we love, love, love cheesecake from the InstantPot. Traditional Cooking School with Wardeh Harmon has some other great uses (she uses it to heat leftovers with no microwave). I've not used it to make yogurt but many do. I have the 8 qt (we are a family of 8) and have not found anything yet that I cannot cook in it. I borrowed my MIL off-brand before ordering mine. I would stick with the IP brand. The steamer insert did not allow for much to be cooked in the other and the heating time (before it reaches pressure) took much, much longer in the off brand.
  3. And sometimes we "cancel" the rest of our day and take a hike -- which is often our backyard or a nearby park - or snuggle in to watch a movie if the weather is as bad as our day is (which might be what contributed to the bad day in the first place). Quitting before saying/doing something we regret is best for me. We are not likely to learn well if it is a really horrible bad day, so we are not losing (much). If that is just not feasible, then we press forward with much prayer, chocolate, and hot tea.
  4. We have - and use, the Apologia curriculum. I really, really, really enjoy it - especially utilizing the audio. We've gone through it once for my older girls. I want to wait another year or so before starting again. My youngest is not quite ready for it. My teens have discussions and suggested reading with their Dad. He is much more equipped than me for most of those discussions. I can give an account for myself, but guiding them, with or without a curriculum, I feel so inadequate.
  5. All of this - so much this! Don't forget the reason you blog as you seek review and money-making opportunities. I've written a cookbook (not for sale until I get my blog switched to https), am an affiliate for pretty much anything we use - Amazon, curriculum, bundles, etc. and also do VA work. The steady income is from VA work. Reviews are mostly for product only -- so I really hope I like the product (or you could sell it, but then that feels weird after writing a review on it). I only write as a means of sharing for reviews, recipes, homestead updates, etc. -- it is not my passion. If writing is your passion, then there are possibilities for income. Rosemarie Groner's website has a post or two featuring work-at-home opportunities for writers.
  6. Agreeing with others - layers and good boots. I just picked up new snow boots for my youngest children yesterday at Aldi. They only last a year (when the 7 year old wants to wear them year-round especially) but by then, they need a bigger size anyway. We also set up an old-school drying rack so that all the mittens, pants, etc. can dry before they need to go back out again (not always before they want to though). Everyone has at least 2 sets of everything, the youngers have even more. Not much is worse than being wet and cold. Wool socks keep your feet warm even if they get wet (snow deeper than your boots are tall?). And homemade cocoa in the crockpot - not that cocoa is clothes, but just think how wonderful it is to come inside and have it already hot and ready to fill cups.
  7. I have three that I work with one-on-one. When my oldest son is up and willing, we tackle his time before breakfast. We either have something made ahead or one of my teens makes breakfasts - I am so blessed by this. Once we have finished breakfast and our Lettuce Time, I work with the other children. We don't have a set schedule or rotation. The child who has dishes is usually not first, and chores are being done by these youngest when they are not working with me. Their math is fairly independent (we use CTC) and I am only needed to explain randomly. Language Arts are what we cover - phonics, reading, and writing. Sometimes the one-on-one time takes 30 minutes, other times we spend an hour. We keep it flexible and short while still covering a "good" amount. Writing as a process, not handwriting. We do this during Lettuce Time. When mine were all little, I would have a new reader read to me while preparing breakfast. Or practice spelling words on a dry erase board or magnet letters on the fridge, etc. as I folded laundry. Things that could be done orally by me, we would work in as I worked on various chores. I hope that helps.
  8. Praying with you!
  9. Finishing our second week today. This week we added a bit more to our school subjects (only science to add next week). We also started spending an afternoon each week helping my MIL. She is moving from her home of 30 years to a new place. New paint and flooring at the new home in progress so trying to pack and clear clutter as much as possible in her current home (which was feeling full before we started stacking boxes). At least moving day will be here in just a few short weeks. It is making it difficult to settle into our routine accomplishing all I had hoped to each week. We school year-round, so I know it all works out, but I am still feeling behind.
  10. We school together. We start with Lettuce Time (what we call morning time -- my teen daughters thought morning time sounded too immature ) We do Bible study, memorization work (Scripture, poetry, etc.), current events, geography, and new this vocabulary words (not everything every day). We are often finishing up breakfast as we begin and are finished in 40 minutes or so. Then we read aloud history and/or science. This might take 20 minutes or we might choose to do more depending upon other chores/tasks for the day and how early we began. My high schoolers do their own science, but will sometimes stick around and listen/watch with the youngers. Independent work is math (we use an online program, so all ages are completely independent unless they are having a tough time with something), and reading/literature. I work one-on-one with my three youngest who are either beginning reading or still working on fluency. Math is almost always finished by all before we sit down to breakfast. We have various homestead chores first thing in the morning, so (second) breakfast is not until 9 most mornings. If they want it, they have first breakfast (usually some fruit or muffin we try to keep on hand). My one-on-one time varies in length from child-to-child and day-to-day. Ideally, all is finished by lunch. Then chores and afternoon tea time. This is when we get to the extras - fine arts: art appreciation, hymn studies, composer studies, poetry, etc. This is also looped; we don't do everything every day. We usually only get to tea time twice a week right now (big garden to tend to). During the colder months, we might have tea time every day. My older girls work independently on their own. The perfect day is having all school work and afternoon chores done and working on dinner prep when Daddy gets home (anywhere from 4:30 to 6:00). That was rather long-winded, but the short answer is to work together for as much as you are able.
  11. We're southwest of Indianapolis and were supposed to be around 93% totality. We also had some much-needed rain in our forecast. We alternated paper glasses, index card pinhole viewers and a welding hood. With the intermittent cloud cover, it didn't seem any darker than a cloudy day. I know we read that close wouldn't really be close enough -- it's true! But, the next one in April 2024 will be right over us -- we're in the path of totality. Now we are really excited for that one (until I start thinking of how old my children will be and who may not be living at home then
  12. We use an eclectic mixture of curricula. We use an online resource for math for all ages/levels. For history, we are very literature rich. We will be beginning our 12th year homeschooling this fall, so have some favorites while adding in new things each time through the history cycle. Audio books (and dramas) are great for our spread of ages and saving mama's voice for other things like morning time and read alouds. Did you have a question on something specific or just wondering what others do?