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Posts from January 2011

Hasty Pudding - Colonial Recipe

Hasty Pudding, also called “Indian Pudding,” was bought over from England. I don’t know why it was called Indian Pudding! Originally, it was made with flour and oatmeal, but the Colonials used local ingredients such as cornmeal and molasses.

The original recipe called for mixing the ingredients and cooking over a fire and boiling. This is a more modern version!

Note: It isn’t really “hasty” as it takes quite a while to bake-between 1-1/2 to 2 hours!

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup light cream
  • ½ cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup or molasses
  • 4 Tbs. butter
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. grated nutmeg (use fresh nutmeg nuts for best flavor!)
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup raisins

Scald milk

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Quizlet Review

I just discovered a resource on the Internet called Quizlet. You will want to bookmark this one!

With Quizlet, you can create your own flashcards and quizzes in any subject OR you can use one of the already 2,000 quizzes on the site. Subjects include: Languages and vocabulary, Test Prep, Math, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Literature, Computers, Law, Medicine, Accounting and more!

To create a quiz, you simple type in the terms and definitions. You can add images, too! Then you generate a set of cards. From the online cards, you can study in flash card mode, study mode where you have to type in the terms, and test mode. In test mode, Quizlet generates a test with written, matching, true/false, and multiple choice questions. It even gives a grade!

You can share your

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Recipes for Learning: Depression Casserole

Recipes for Learning: The Great Depression

The Great Depression was a time of high unemployment and shortages. Although I grew up after the depression, I still felt the effects from my parents. I remember collecting "wintercress" in the field for dinner and my mom making her own "yellow" butter by adding dye to it. Our diet wasn't exactly healthy either either as we ate a lot of lard and butter! But we did have a huge garden and enjoyed all the wonderful food it produced. 

When studying the Great Depression, it is fun to cook a few recipes that were popular during that era. Here is a casserole that you might actually enjoy!

Depression Casserole


  • Sliced potatoes
  • Sliced onions
  • Sausage
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can tomatoes,
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Review: Student Bible Dictionary

The vocabulary of the Bible is sometimes hard to understand, especially for children. That's why I recommend a Bible dictionary. Even better for young students, a dictionary written specifically for them.

Nelson's Student Bible Dictionary by Ronald Youngblood, F.F. Bruce, and R. K. Harrison is my #1 choice for students. The text is comfortable to read, the definitions explain the words in an easy-to-understand manner, and the illustrations are interesting for young readers. 

It also features a Bible history timeline, an outline and articles on the Old and New Testament, colorful illustrations, charts, maps, and tables. 

I like this so much, I use it myself! 5 STARS

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The LessonBoard

Don’t let your child develop “two-finger” typing skills. You can easily teach your children to type as soon as they begin reading, using the right tools.Chester Creek has developed a keyboard that I highly recommend for teaching young children to type. It’s called the LessonBoard.

The LessonBoard is a color-coded keyboard designed to teach the correct fingering. Each finger is assigned a color, making it easy for children to learn which finger to use when typing the letters, numbers and function keys on the keyboard.

The LessonBoard is standard size, but yet lightweight. It includes all function keys as well as a numeric keypad. The keys are large and easy to press; and, it’s sturdy, a definite plus around young children!

The LessonBoard is compatible with Windows and Macintosh

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