Catching A Katydid…

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When I first started researching homeschooling, one of the biggest things holding me back, was the fear of my kids missing out. I kept thinking how they would miss out on school plays, musicals, art shows, parties, sports, dances, clubs, and all sorts of other things. I know it seems trivial, but it really made me stop and question if I should move forward with homeschooling. I went back and forth for about a year. I finally realized that it wasn’t that I was sad about them missing out, because they haven’t. Their lives are very full. I was sad, because I would be missing out seeing them do all of these things.

So yesterday, when my Facebook feed lit up with pictures of first day of school excitement, I got a little teary eyed. I didn’t excitedly send Jacks off for his first day of 2nd grade or Savannah for her first day of Kindergarten. But, I did get to sleep in until 9:30.  I got to spend the day watching them, watch Roseate Spoonbills and Reddish Egrets fly across the waters on Sanibel Island. I watched them release a Katydid in our backyard, then hurriedly scamper off to sketch in their nature journals. Of course, there was fighting and whining today. My patience was plenty tested and often pushed to the brim. But, there was also these precious moments. Turns out, I didn’t miss out on anything.

Family Favorite Snacks: Chocolate Strawberry Sorbet Bars

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A while back, I stumbled onto a recipe for making chocolate ice cream out of frozen bananas. It’s awesome and I make it quite often here. It’s still a giant mystery to me how frozen bananas can turn into ice cream, but it does. After making it for a while, I thought if I could make ice cream out of frozen bananas, then maybe I could make sorbet out of frozen strawberries. Turns out, you can. You can actually make sorbet out of several different fruits. We’ve made them all, but today I’m talking about strawberry sorbet bars. I’m talking about chocolate covered, strawberry sorbet bars. Oh yeah!

It’s back to school time and I think this would make a great after school snack to chase away those back to school blues. Make them the night before and they’ll be ready the next day. A perfect refresher after hitting the books all day!

Chocolate Strawberry Sorbet Bars
  1. 2 bags organic frozen strawberries
  2. 3/4 cup organic light coconut milk
  3. 1/2 cup raw organic honey
  4. 1 cup chocolate chips (I like the Enjoy Life brand)
  5. 2-3 T organic coconut oil
  1. In a food processor, mix together strawberries, coconut milk, and honey.
  2. Continue mixing until you have the consistency of sorbet.
  3. Once mixed, pour sorbet into molds and allow to freeze overnight.
  4. The next morning, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together in microwave.
  5. While melting the chocolate, remove sorbet bars from molds and set on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Put bars back in the freezer and remove one at a time for chocolate bath. These melt quick, so you want to keep them frozen until needed.
  7. Spoon melted chocolate onto sorbet bars.
  8. Return bars to freezer and allow chocolate to set.
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Happy 7th Birthday Jacks…

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Hello there, I know I’ve been away for a while. We just got back from vacation last week and then I needed a vacation from my vacation! I took some time off to get things in order and relax before we jump back into our school year next month. Today, we celebrated Jackson’s 7th birthday. I keep saying 7, and soon I will believe it. But, for now, I’m just in awe that 7 years has come and gone.

I didn’t have much time to plan for his birthday this year, so we kept it low key.  We went into his room early this morning and set up his birthday morning surprise. He slept through it all!

Chris hung a balloon drop and I whipped up a donut cake. The girls made him a birthday banner and a slew of drawings and presents (drawings wrapped up as presents.) After singing Happy Birthday about 3 times, he finally woke up. The look on his face was total happiness! We gave him his presents and his cards in the family card journal. This year he got a new Lego set, some Hot Wheels, binoculars, and bird field guides for Florida. He pulled the string on the balloon drop and we sang Happy Birthday again, while he blew out his candle. Later in the evening, we had a more formal birthday celebration with his favorite meal of chicken and rice with squishy (steamed) carrots and a gooey caramel birthday cake.

This was the best birthday party I’ve thrown in a while. Happy 7th birthday Jacks, you make us so incredibly proud!