We are a creative homeschooling family of 3. I have homeschooled my 2 boys from the start and we do lots of unit studies and get out into our beautiful part of the world as often as we can.
As the boys are getting older and we are getting busier I find I am posting less about our journey but will continue to update occasionally.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Getting back to Normal

As homeschoolers we tend to do a mixture of natural learning, unit studies and follow some curriculum for maths and english. As long as we get the basics done- maths and english and some of our unit studies on most days the boys can follow their own lead for the rest of the day.

Mr5 decided he wanted to learn how to weave today and collected a basket full of seed pods.

We strung up some cardboard and I showed him a couple of rows and he was away.

Of course Miss Em had to 'help'

He worked steadily for a while but needed to help his big brother taste some new cheeses, we will finish it off tomorrow. He is keen to make a woven hat.

Meanwhile Mr10 is fascinated by cheese and cheese making and developing his very own unit study. He is researching cheese history and how to make all sorts of cheeses and recipes to use them as well.

He has also emailed a few boutique cheesemakers and asked them some questions- he is learning so much about cheese making. We are planning on having a go at making some next week.

We are also buying a small pack of all sorts of new cheeses to sample when we go shopping, he started buying them himself with his pocket money, but I thought as it was an 'educational' expense I should cover it- lol

All that has inspired him today, to create a
spinach, cheese, bacon and egg pie

Using some of his favourite things all together-


4 rashers bacon, diced
1 onion, diced
250g frozen spinach
1/4 cup cream
100g fetta, diced small
4 eggs
parmesan cheese
1 sheet frozen puff pastry


cook bacon on low heat till starting to crisp.
remove bacon and cook onion in same pan till soft
add spinach and cook till liquid has evaporated
stir in cream
line a pie plate with baking paper and then puff pastry
spread spinach and onion over base and mix in fetta
make 4 indents into the spinach mix and crack an egg into each
sprinkle over bacon and parmesan

bake about 35 mins or untill egg is cooked.

Our Mr10 is a bit of a cooking legend in our family and has been cooking since he was 5 or 6yo. His favourite dish to make was a beef madrass curry for a long while and he likes it hot and spicy. He has been busy doing other things for the last couple of years, but it looks like things might be swinging back again as he has been doing a bit of cooking lately.

He also made a lovely pot of vegie soup in the slow cooker for dinner- yum.

And here a couple of pics for you Nanny-
Mr5 wanted to say thankyou for his nice new fluffy sheets
and is snuggled up in them tonight for the first time.


The Magic Onions said...

Home schooling is wonderful... igniting the fire... so cool that he can find an interest and follow it.

adiaction said...

Hey Mr10, that pie sure looks good. Hope to see a photo of your finished hat Mr5- those sheets look nice and snuggly!

Lisa said...

How lucky you are to have a little chef in the family! A good one at that!

Love the seed weaving.

Homeschooling is really the best!

Lisa :)

Currawong said...

Hi there, I made your mr10's pie last night and it was a hit! Thanks so much for inspiring me to cook a quichey meal because I've never had any success. I did add to the recipe with garlic, mushrooms, peas and I had to use sour cream (no normal cream in the fridge) and fresh spinach. Next time I would leave out the peas but overall a complete success that we ate all up at once.

I'm loving your blog, thanks!

Louise said...

Currawong- You just put a very big smile on Mr10s face- thankyou!

We like your additions and Mr 10 is saying he will add mushrooms and garlic next time.

We are needing to plant some more spinach in the garden so we can use fresh spinach as well.

Debbie said...

You have very special and clever boys Louise!

Louise said...

Why Thankyou Miss Debbie, and thanks for dropping in-

Anonymous said...

One word for the pie Mr 10-Yummm
Hope you slept well Mr 5 all snigly in your new sheets.Nanny