Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Chelsea Buns

baking these makes your entire house smell like christmas and cheer. and in the ravages of hot hot summers, don't we all need a little christmas and cheer?

this is a bread machine recipe.

scant 1 cup milk (that means, just shy of one cup)
1 egg
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 ts salt
6 tbs sugar
1/4 cup butter softened
1 ts rapid rise yeast

for the filling

2 tbs butter, melted
2/3 cup chopped dried fruit, we had dried cherries on hand
3 tbs orange marmalade
3 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp apple pie spice (i did not have this so we just mixed cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)

for the glaze

1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tbs water
zest of lemon or orange

makes about 12 buns

all bread machines are different. ours calls for liquid first and yeast last. add milk and egg. cover with flour. make indentations in separate corners of flour for salt, sugar, and butter. make a well in center for the yeast (being sure to not touch the liquid beneath). set the bread machine to dough setting and press start.

lightly grease a large baking pan with sides.

when dough cycle finishes, remove dough and place on lightly floured surface. punch down dough and then roll out to form a large rectangle. brush dough with melted butter. mix ingredients in separate bowl, then spread over the dough, leaving 1 inch border along the edges. roll the dough up, like a jelly roll, and press edges to seal. cut the roll into about 12 buns and place cut side up in the prepared pan.

cover and let set for 30-45 minutes until doubled in size. bake 15-20 minutes at 400. cool completely. mix the ingredients in a small bowl for the glaze. once buns are cool, spread glaze over the entire top.

mmmmmm. ENJOY!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Year in the Life of Here

Here is what our family will be studying this year:

Ashton 3rd Grade:

Grammar and Spelling: Rod and Staff

Reading Studies:

Sarah, Plain and Tall; Progeny Press Study Guide

The Courage of Sarah Noble; Progeny Press Study Guide

Swiss Family Robinson; Veritas Press Comprehension Guide

Keaton 1st Grade:

Math, Phonics, and Reading: Rod and Staff

with a bonus unit study on Reading: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Edcon Publishing

Together they are studying:

History: History Odyssey Level 1


we are doing two large unit studies. one on Botany, and the other on Human Anatomy. i purchased a large quantity of study guides and books, and will compile my own lessons using what i can from many different resources so that both children can learn the same topic simultaneously at their own level.

Art: Draw Write Now, 7 & 8; and also watercolor paintings around the world

in addition:

Seasonal Poetry Memorization (each will memorize separate poems, one per season): Poetry for Young People, The Seasons

thinking about doing a blog on why i chose to use the curriculum i did, but for now...that'll do.


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