I’ve been working on typing our family’s favorite recipes into a word document. The purpose was originally to shave down the volume of the binder in which I place all of the recipes pulled out of magazines and off of the internet. Then the purpose morphed to include my recipe box so I could simply hand each of the kids a printed copy of my recipes so they have them when the day comes for them to make their own nest. Now I’ve decided that it would also be wise to put a copy onto a flashdrive or whatever DH chooses to store in the safety deposit box. My sister lost her home to a fire several years back and I remember that it was difficult for her to collect all of her recipes again. I certainly don’t remember where all of mine came from.
The progress for typing these up has been slow, as it was basically whenever I chanced to think about it. My new goal is to type in at least one recipe each day. If I miss a day, I catch that up later. Now I’m feeling pretty good about the progress. When we try and like a new recipe, I type it in as soon as possible after trying it. I’ve been working on the ‘trying’, too. I think I’m done trying new dinner rolls, unless there’s one that really stands out. We have several that we already like. Today I baked a chocolate malt cake (I think it came out of a Paula Dean magazine). We’ll take it to my MIL’s tonight as she invited us for an Easter dinner. I’m looking forward to trying this one, but am unsure if I have a container that will hold a three layer cake!
I need to get back to sewing. Over Spring Break I got a nightgown made, and lengthened my middle daughter’s two dresses and her skirt, but there is so much more to do! She needs a pair of pajamas and another summer dress. My eldest asked for skirts. My middle will need a new dress for fall/winter, and I have a myriad of other projects planned out. It seems that I have to take sewing in chunks, and Spring Break was one of those. Fortunately, I was able to get enough done for DD2 to be able to concentrate on other household things for a short while.
Our home school co-op just had a meeting to discuss next year’s classes and I’m getting excited about what I’m going to teach. It started out to just be writing with a focus on editing. That was all the direction I had in mind. Since then I’m decided to go through the process of writing an essay, an argumentative essay, a college application essay, a cover letter for a resume, and some creative writing. I’ll let the moms know when we’ll be doing the essay so they can assign a topic if they wish to go with their work at home. We’ll still focus heavily on editing. When I say editing, I’m not referring to the type of editing found in the grammar workbooks which looks mainly at spelling, capital letters, etc. I want to focus on content. The other elements are important as well, but I think kids have too difficult a time seeing any faults in the style of their writing. I know I did. It’s hard to admit that what you wrote isn’t ready for the New York Best Seller’s list right out of the gate.
This class will also have the challenge of some students whose parents are making them taking it, and so are starting with an attitude. I heard one girl (who’ll be 9th grade) going a bit over the top, declaring that she already knows how to write and how to edit, and she doesn’t want to take the class, etc. The kids will take from the class what they put into it. Hopefully, I can help them all to challenge themselves and grow – my daughter included.
Have a Happy Easter!