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Bread, Butter and Pioneers

We’ve been using Adventures in My Father’s World this year. The curriculum presents American history from a Biblical point of view. For the last couple of weeks, we have been reading about the Pioneers. We’ve learned about the early settlements of Jamestown, Plymouth, and New Amsterdam. To celebrate all we’ve been learning, we had a bread and butter making day and did a science experiment with yeast.

First we made our bread…honey wheat:


1 1/8 cup water

3 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1/3 cup honey

1 1/2 Tbs oil

1 package of yeast

Put the ingredients in order into your bread machine and follow your directions on the bread machine. I put mine on the light setting…it took about 2 1/2 hours to bake.

Next Up… Science in the kitchen:

Mix 1 package of yeast with 1 cup of warm water and 1 Tbs of sugar, pour into a glass soda jar ( I didn’t have glass… plastic seemed to work well) and cover the opening with a balloon. Put in a warm, dark place and observe every 10 minutes or so… Have the kids record observations in a journal.

Big Brother recorded the results after 10, 20, 30 and 40 minutes. Just a side note, I did have to shake the bottle a bit to get the yeast moving. We repeated the experiment with just yeast and water… no sugar and noted the differences. We talked about how yeast needs sugar to be effective.

Moving on… to homemade butter:

Pour heavy whipping cream into a glass jar… fill it about half way up. Add a little salt for taste if you’d like.

Put the lid on the jar… make sure it’s sealed tight! SHAKE! Shake for about 15 minutes or so… the butter will begin to form… be patient… I promise it will come.

Separate the butter from the rest of the liquid in the jar.

Spread your homemade butter on your homemade bread (or crackers, etc.) and enjoy!!!

Now I’m going to head over to the Hip Homeschool Hop and see what other homeschoolers are up to this week!


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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread was a favorite in my family growing up and has now become a favorite with my children (well, most of them). This is a family recipe that I have tweaked.

3 1/3 c flour (I used 2 cups whole wheat and 1 1/3 unbleached all purpose)
3 cups sugar (I used 1 1/2 cup splenda/ sugar substitute)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp salt
2 cups pumpkin
1 cup oil
4 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup water

combine sugar, oil, pumpkin, and eggs- beat well
sift dry ingredients together and add to pumpkin mixture. beat well and add water

pour batter in to 4 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 45 min- 1 hour.



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