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WORD NERD Quiz: Enter Now!

Time for the big Word Nerd quiz! (WARNING: This might be the hardest Word Nerd quiz yet. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya…)   TO ENTER To enter the quiz, answer the questions at the end of this post.

It’s a Sign

I found this in my bag of russets yesterday evening. I scrubbed and chopped up most of the other potatoes in the bag and stuck them in the oven to roast them for dinner, but I couldn’t bring myself to roast this love tater.

Super Bowl Food!

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and man oh man…I can not wait. Part of this is because I love a good football game…and part of it is that I love Super Bowl food.

Word Nerd Quiz: Friday Night!

If you love vocabulary…if interesting words make your heart flutter…if you think a nice, juicy word is as beautiful as a prairie sunset or a Basset Hound’s ears…drop by Friday night and try your hand at the Word Nerd Quiz!

Thoughts on Downton Abbey

By Melanie Shankle | Big Mama. In early January I was in the throes of despair that Christmas break was almost over.

My Favorite Cake Carrier

Today, because it’s Wednesday… Because it’s winter… Because there are no flowers anywhere around here… And because I love ya…   I’m giving away three (3) of these gorgeous MacKenzie-Childs floral enameled cake carriers, which you can use to transport your favorite layer cakes (or stacks of cookies or brownies) wherever they need to go!

I’m Weird

I was looking through my iPhone for an old photo related to our building project from last spring, and I found the following two photos, snapped by Paige when we were at Sky Zone (the new huge trampoline parks that are sweeping the nation) celebrating a birthday.

Community Question: Prepping for Preschool

Community Question is a category inspired by you. Here and there readers write in with questions that are better served by the varied, experiential knowledge of those who read and contribute in the comments.


It’s difficult to describe just how pretty the golden light was late yesterday afternoon, and it’s hard to convey it in photos, so I’ll just say this: the golden light late yesterday afternoon was so pretty, Paige and I had no choice but to go outside and breathe in as much of it as we could.

Chicken Nachos

It’s Super Bowl week, and you know what that means: NACHOS! I mean, come on. It really is all about the nachos.

Homeschool Documentary Review: Class Dismissed

By Heather Sanders Back in 2011, Kristen Chase wrote a blog post about the documentary, Class Dismissed, when the movie’s producers were seeking their first round of funding.

Gorgeous Green!

Today, because it’s Friday, I’m giving away three (3) of these gorgeous “Bayleaf” colored KitchenAid stand mixers!

Ferris Bueller Quiz: Answers and Winners!

Great job on the quiz, Ferris fans! Here are the stats, answers, and winners!   STATS 8,196 people took the quiz 1,441 people scored 100%!

Spelling Him Out

Manly. Yup. Adventurous. Totally. Rugged. You bet. Lionhearted. Yes. Brawny. It was either this or Beefy.

Ferris Bueller Movie Quiz: Enter Now!

It’s time for the Ferris Bueller Movie Quiz! Can’t wait to see how you all do. To take the quiz, just answer the questions below.

Butterscotch Pudding

I had a busy day yesterday because I’m getting ready to start shooting more Food Network episodes on the ranch, and by late afternoon I had a little block of time alone in the house before I had to to run Bryce to the end of our road to meet Marlboro Man, who had to run him to his out-of-town basketball game, before I had to drive the other direction to our town to pick up Todd at basketball practice, just after my girls left for soccer practice in yet another town.

Night Owls, Early Birds, and Homeschooling

By Heather Sanders I am not a night owl. My favorite days begin before the sun rises and require little brain power once it sets, which is why I am thankful the kids are of an age where they can be more independent in their schoolwork.

Awesome Book + Kindle Giveaway!

Today, because I love this book, because I love my Kindle, and because I love ya, I’m giving away…       Three Kindle Paperwhite 3G readers…       Along with three Kindle copies of Home is Where my People Are, the brand-spankin’ new book by Sophie Hudson, one of my favorite authors and friends.


I love taking Charlie with me in the car when I have to drive around the ranch for this reason or that.

Community Question: 16 Years of Homeschooling. Now what?

Community Question is a category inspired by you. Here and there readers write in with questions that are better served by the varied, experiential knowledge of those who read and contribute in the comments.