Saturday, May 21, 2016

Best bacon ever!!!!

So the other day while I was enjoying my time on the internet, I came across a video from one of my favorite bloggers and fellow home-schooler.  I absolutely love watching The Encouraging Homeschool Mom. If you haven't watched her vlogs or read her blog, your missing out. So anyways, on to my story. I came across her video on cooking bacon. Some of her viewers had told her how to make bacon in the oven. Now she was like me, hated frying bacon on the stove because of the mess that it left. Bacon on top of the stove is very messy, not only to your stove but the floor as well. 

So I watched her video and saw how her bacon turned out in the oven and thought I would give it a try. I didn't have any parchment paper or tin foil to use, so I just put it in the baking sheet.  I use Oscar Meyer Thick Sliced Applewood Bacon. That is what I had on hand at the time. My family loves bacon, but only buy it when it's on sale. To expensive any other time.

FYI a good place to purchase your bacon is at the Grocery Outlet Store aka. Go Grocery.  This store is a discount grocery store. The bacon I used runs around $8.00 in my regular grocery store for 1.5 lbs and at GO Grocery it was only $3.79 for 1.5 lbs.  See the difference. 

Okay back to my experiment. So I filled my baking sheet up with 10 slices, placed it in the oven at a preheated 350 degrees and left it for around 15 minutes. Well lets just say, I had no mess in my oven and the bacon turned out perfectly golden brown, not burnt, unevenly cooked or even a lot of shrinkage. It was just right. **Remember this time limit was for THICK sliced, may need to adjust for regular sliced**

I had removed some of the bacon before I thought to take a picture. But this is the end result of baking it in the oven.

I know that there are others out there that are thinking, people have done that for years, well I am new to the idea of baking bacon. I come from a long history of women that frying bacon and use the same pan they fried the bacon in to make gravy for biscuits with the bacon fat in the pan. I can still use the bacon fat, I will just need to poor it off into a pan to make gravy.  YUMMO to the new way this old gal is making BACON!!! 

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pablo Picasso and homeschooling

Well this makes the third time that I have tried to publish this, so we will just have to see if it will go through this time. I hope that it works. For some reason Blogger on my phone will not publish. I am not always at my computer, so it's nice to be able to blog from the app.  Any WHO!!

Yesterday we met with our home-school group and had a Art day. I taught the kids facts about Pablo Picasso and his life and his art. In his lifetime it is estimated that he designed over or around 50,000 pieces of art.  In his earlier beginnings he didn't sign his art, so it is un-telling how many pieces that he designed. He is famous for Cubism, a form of art. His art is also one of the most popular for theft.

 In Cubist artwork, objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form—instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context.

After leaning about all that he done we finally got down to the fun part. Painting. I gave the kids a few pieces of his art work and had them either copy if they chose, or design their own. It all turned out so good. Some chose to copy his work in their own version of it and some did their own thing.  Here is a little view of the art the kids did. Plus the one that I copied, it's not perfect but it's how I viewed it and I am far from being an artist. HAHAA

Me teaching about Picasso, I'm holding a picture of Dora Maar one of his muse's.

All of the art from the kids and the moms that joined in the fun of painting. 

Well here it is. My version of Portrait of Picasso 1938.  Yeah I have a long way to go in becoming a artist. 

My son and his Underwater Sun Set as he named it.  You can see some of the Picasso Art that I displayed for the students to get an idea of what to paint.

What fun this was.  if your looking for something to do with your home-school group, I would recommend picking a artist and let them use their imaginations. This is for all ages, our youngest was I think 3yrs old.  Blessing to all.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My version of the Un-Paper Towels

After many long hours of reading, and reading again I finally decided to just go for it. I am talking about sewing something I had on my mind for a long period of time.

See when I sew, it's because I'm in the mood.

Well here we go. I chose to make the Un-Paper Towels. They are everywhere. I have read blog after blog and watched video after video on how to make them. There are several different varieties of them. Since I don't have a serger  ($500.00 + for a good new one) I chose to straight sew and turn it out then top stitch all the way around, top stitching a X thru the middle from corner to corner to hold it together in the wash, adding snaps to both sides. That is one of the most popular ways of creating them that I found for people with no serger.  So here is a picture of what I accomplished. If I do say so myself they turned out pretty good. 

The towels are 9 inches wide x 12 inches in height. Pictures are of front , with one set of snaps (still attaching the other set to back side), back showing the terrie cloth, and what it would look like snapped together standing on a paper towel holder.

There going to look great in my kitchen, I collect roosters and just about each one has that burgundy color in the feathers.

Thinking about cost and what I will save in not buying paper towels. These are washable, and reusable. Right up my alley.  Now to remember NO fabric softener.

Peggy McCoyle

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Those we meet

So today while out and about I came across a very interesting woman. Have you ever had those kinds of days where you just hit it off with someone? Well that happened today. As I was sitting at the eye doctors with my mother, there was a woman and man sitting across from us. My son was with us, so he is the reason the conversations started. She started by asking him about his rubber snake that he had and his tablet. She asked him about his age and where he went to school. He told her home and he was six years old. Then she leans over to me and says " I am glad that you homeschool, I am a retired teacher and homeschooling is the way to go". I thanked her for that, it means a lot when a retired teacher tells me something like that.  He told her about dinosaurs and she was just amazed at all he knew about them and how he could pronounce the scientific names so well. So there the conversation began. I found out that she was from the same area as my husband. So we had that area in common since I lived there with him for the first twelve years of our marriage.  Then it went from talking about homeschooling, to me telling her about a Christian view point and her telling me she was Christian also. We talked about the different doctrines that different religions have, such as Baptist VS Pentecostal's. We were Baptist in faith so that made it easy. But I was also brought up Free Will Baptist and Pentecostal, so I knew a little bit about the subject. Then we went into what certain words really meant in the bible when you do a word study and then onto topics that are a concern in our country right now. It was such a blessing to find someone that didn't mind speaking of the bible. Someone who was comfortable just being in public and sharing. That made a world of difference to me. To be a seventy two year old woman and be that way was amazing to  me.  We said our good byes and I gave her my number and told to call anytime she felt the need to talk. I made a new friend and hope to see her again in the future or at least hear from her.  God sends people our way for a reason. I am glad I was sent her way or she my way today. It was a blessing to me.

Peggy McCoyle

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Spring is here.

Well Spring has finally sprung so to speak. Just last week we had what they call a "Blackberry Winter".  That is where it snows and the blackberry vines are already a blooming. Yes it's May around here, but we had snow in the higher counties or area's around where I live.  I enjoy spring. Love to get my hands dirty in the new earth that is broken open for planting. Just today I planted six tomato plants (Early Girl's) and six pepper plants (Cayenne).  We already have leaf lettuce, radishes, and carrots growing together, along with potatoes, peas, onion, and cabbage. We will have squash, corn, bean and more tomato's to plant at a later date. As I said spring is one of my favorite times, just because I get to plant. Through the summer we have it hard with all the work it takes to care for our garden, but wait till the rewards start coming in at harvest.  Nothing like eating fresh food from the garden. Also the rewards of preparing it up to last through the winter. God has been good to us over the last few years in the gardening area. We have had plenty and plenty to share. Here's to HAPPY PLANTING!!!

On another note: Please continue to pray for us on purchasing a home. I know God is going to bless us when the time is right. Prayer and the faith of a mustard seed is what it takes. God says if we ask and we believe what we ask of him, he will grant it to us. That is what we are doing praying in faith and believing in what we are asking, and knowing he will come through.

Blessings to you all.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter