September Special Needs

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Getting Started As we start on our journey of homeschooling together, I’ve pondered how to help with the special needs of students for this program. After all, I’ve been a specialist for 27 years but it’s different when you are developing individual plans versus explaining how to work with students through curriculum and homeschooling. So…

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September Gardening

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September’s Garden Those who know me well … and not so well … know that I love every aspect of gardening. September is a busy time in the garden. Not only do you have to think about closing out summer crops and keeping up with fall crops, but your mind must also be looking ahead…

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Pickling & Fermenting

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Pickles and Fermenting How were vegetables preserved without the use of freezers or canners? Back before the invention of canners, dehydrators, or freezers, vegetables were preserved through pickling and lacto-fermentation. The history of pickling food dates all the way back to 2040 BC! What’s the difference between Pickling and Fermenting?  Pickling involves soaking foods in…

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Drying Fruits & Vegetables

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  Why do we dry fruits and vegetables? Drying removes the moisture so mold and bacteria cannot spoil the food. The food gets smaller as it dries, making it easy to store. When it is time to use it, it can be rehydrated and enjoyed. Some fruits and vegetables can also be enjoyed in the…

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Canning Food- Water Bath & Pressure

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Since the early 1800’a people have been using canning as a method to preserve food. Canning allowed the early pioneers and settlers to preserve their harvest and store it for winter months.   Canning Foods – Water Bath and Pressure Canning Now that we know a little of the history of canning from our Preserving Food…

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