Thursday, February 15, 2018

Egypt for Minecraft lesson plans

A few years ago my kids discovered Minecraft home school and really wanted to do it. Unfortunately, we don't have the PC version that is required so I decided to make up my own plans. We choose the ancient city of Pompeii as a starting point. They had so much fun learning about Pompeii and building it in Minecraft.

Fast forward to now, they've been mentioning again how much fun they had doing it and would really like to do it again but this time focusing on Egypt. Let me tell you now, there are PLENTY of unit study's and home school lesson plans available for ancient Egypt. Most of them are also heavily influenced by Christianity. Ancient Egyptians did not worship the Christian god so I feel that it is an injustice to teach my children from lessons that have been altered to fit that faith. Also, in many of the books I came across the Egyptians are also depicted as white. I have not included either of those things. If you want either of those 2 things, this is NOT the lesson plan for you.

It took me a solid week to come up with a plan on how I wanted to present this to them. When we do a project, we like to go hard and cover a lot of subject areas at once. To cover Egypt, it'll take us 10 weeks. We are not covering everything about Egypt as a whole. We are mainly learning little bits about the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms and the geography. I don't include links for everything because it is my wish that my children learn to research and find the information for themselves. I have included extra resources that we'll be using throughout though. I didn't write them into the weeks because I prefer to just let them pick since they're all on subject. I have not watched every single one of the documentaries or read the books yet but according to reviews, all should be kid appropriate. I did however, watch bits of The Kufu Pyramid Revealed and King Tut and His Treasures and they were pretty interesting. (All of the documentaries are linked to watch on Amazon but they're also available on YouTube.) All of the projects are in my Pinterest board which I have linked at the end of the Extra Resources.

I am so excited to get started on this with the kids and look forward to sharing our progress with you! If you've learned about ancient Egypt, please feel free to send me any cool extras you've found. Happy learning!

(Click each photo to open the plans in a Google doc)

If you notice any errors, please point them out to me!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

DIY Couch arm table

We don't have space for end tables beside our couch and that's really annoying when I don't have a place to sit my coffee when I'm relaxing in the mornings. This morning while my kids were asleep and I was bored I decided to whip up 2 nifty little couch arm tables. I'm not reinventing the wheel here folks. There are a lot of tutorials on how to make these but I figured I'd snap photos of the process anyway because well, I'm nice and it's so simple. I did use power tools but not anything crazy. I try not to use the super dangerous ones when hubby isn't home just in case I amputate my arm or something.

Supplies I used were scrap wood, drill, jig saw, pencil, tape measure, L brackets, wood glue, sand paper and stain.

The first step is to measure your couch arm and determine the size of wood you'll need. The width of my couch arm is 9 inches. I cut 2 boards that were 10 x 10 inches for the tops. My side pieces are 5.5 x 10 inches. Sand all your rough edges.

Attach 2 L brackets to one of your side pieces like so.

Run a line of wood glue on the side of your top piece.

Attach the side piece onto the top piece and screw into place. Repeat steps for the other side.

I brought my new tables into the house to stain because at that point I couldn't feel my fingers from the cold garage. I double checked to make sure there were no rough edges and seeping wood glue. I'm clearly a risk taker since I decided to stain these on top of my kitchen table. haha.

I'm also impatient so I used a hair dryer to speed up the dry time. I decided not to do a coat of polyurethane because it's just too cold outside but I may do that later on. Place your new tables on your couch and admire your handy work!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My favorite vegan meals

I’m consistently asked what are my favorite vegan meals and recipes so I decided to compile a little list with pictures and links. I typically don’t meal plan. When I attempt to do so, we end up never wanting what was on the plan so I prefer to just buy ingredients and make random stuff. These recipes don’t require a lot of effort or ingredients but they are so delicious and filling.

Of all the recipes that I've made, cheese sauce is probably my #1 favorite. It is heaven. I don't understand how and why it's so good but it is! It's versatile too. I use it on tacos, bean burgers, pastas, to bathe in, just everything. lol. You're going to see this cheese sauce used in almost every picture I share today. Sorry, I can't help myself.

I don't have any photos but I love this veggie broth mix and this vegan parmesan and use these often as well. 

Tacos, enchiladas and nachos- I don’t have an actual recipe for these because…. Well, if you have any basic knowledge of cooking you can easily whip these up using your favorite ingredients.

For my enchilada filling I like to use Gardein or Beyond Meat crumbles, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, garlic, black beans and taco seasoning. I put the filling inside tortillas and cover them with store bought enchilada sauce and bake. I like the enchilada sauce and seasoning from Aldi. I use either this mix minus the zucchini or lentils for my tacos. For nachos I add in pintos.

Beyond meat crumbles, black beans, dark red kidney beans,
blue & regular tortilla chips, red & green bell pepper, tomatoes,
scallions, lettuce, guac and CHEESE SAUCE :D
Lentils & bulgar wheat, lettuce, tomato, taco sauce,
and cheese sauce

Gardein crumbles, taco seasoning, zucchini, salsa, bell pepper,
onion, and black beans

Bean burgers- I've made at least 6 different types of bean burgers but this recipe is fail proof and crazy easy. I come back to this recipe over and over again. It holds together better than any other bean burger recipe I've ever tried.

black bean burger with Follow Your Heart pepper jack,
and spinach in a tortilla
black bean burger topped with Just Mayo,
cheese sauce, lettuce and tomato

Fried rice and lo mien- Gardein makes a really delicious Mandarin chicken that I like to use in my fried rice. Though I mostly use chickpeas or tofu in recipes that typically call for meat.

Jasmine rice with peas, carrots, scallions, and cabbage
cooked in sesame oil and topped with liquid aminos

tofu with scallions, broccoli, chili paste and jasmine rice

Pasta- Even my picky eater eats all of these meals. Score!

*I replace the cheddar with the cheese sauce recipe*
macaroni noodles with cheese sauce, peas and
carrots served with Gardein tenders

Pot pie- This one takes a bit more time because of the biscuits but it's worth it. Minimalist Baker never disappoints with her recipes.

Bean salad- We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe. We like to eat it with tortilla chips.

Loaded tots or fries- Sometimes I leave the beef crumbles out of this recipe and it's still good.

Once you've made these meals so many times it becomes easy to make variations to suit the flavors you're craving. For those who've asked, I hope this list is helpful for you. I'm constantly pinning new recipes here if you need more inspiration.

Happy cooking!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DIY hanging dish towel

You know what's super annoying? When the dish towel falls off the oven door handle 50 million times a day! I swear the second I turn around it finds itself falling to the floor. Out of boredom and desperation I decided to make some DIY hanging dish towels. Follow along if you'd like to make some too!

DIY satin lined bonnet

Since multiple people in my house cover their hair at night with bonnets it's a lot easier to keep up with them having different colors. I've only ever found them in black at my local stores so I decided to take matters into my own hands and create our own. I've never been a fan of the band on the store bought ones either so I decided to skip the band all together and add in elastic. I was asked to show how I make them so here we go!

Materials needed: 
1 satin bonnet
1/4" elastic that will fit your head size plus 1 inch
1 fat quarter
(not pictured: scissors, sewing machine, seam ripper, needle and thread and stick pins)

Gather your materials and lets get started!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

DIY crochet boots with flip flop sole

In the past week or so I had so many friends share these crochet boots with me. While I can crochet, I don't particularly like to so it takes a lot for me to attempt it. I clicked on over to Make & Do Crew's website to see how hard of a pattern it was. Because 99% of the pattern is done in 1 easy stitch I decided to go for it. Bonus is the pattern is free! I, however, decided to splurge for the $2.50 pattern for the ruler. I wanted to save myself the time and potential frustration by not getting the spacing right for the sole the first time.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

$5 DIY Ottoman

After the couch makeover I knew I really wanted a new ottoman. I had upholstered our old coffee table but it was looking worn and sad. Our dog likes to nap on it so after a while the fabric just wasn't as bright as it used to be.

Once again, I knew I didn't want to spend a lot of money on this project since it wasn't exactly a need. The table was functioning just fine, I just didn't like it anymore.

I started off with random supplies from the garage. Two old headboards that I'd made my kids, random pieces of wood and the feet and seat cushions from our old love seat. I didn't even bother with removing the fabric from the gray headboard because well... I'm lazy. haha!