ABC’s of Summer Fun {D is for Dirt}

ABC's of Summer Fun {D is for Diggin in the Dirt} | A Virtuous Woman #gardening

Have you planted a garden this year? Or, if you don’t have space for a garden, have you planted at least one tomato plant in a container?

I am by no means a “gardener,” but I have had a small raised bed garden for the last five years. This year I’ve planted: {so far}

I’m hoping to also plant okra and beans and maybe some pumpkin and a few more herbs. I’ve never had a phenomenal harvest, although we do get a few meals out of the garden each summer. Seems like the garden gets better each year, so maybe with all those tomato plants this year I’ll have a bumper crop!

We are so excited because this year {after ten years} the first peach tree we planted is loaded with fruit. Our apple trees have a good amount of fruit too! And we have blueberries growing! Oh, and grapes! Fruits take time {years} to really start to produce, so plant them NOW.

My children love helping me in the garden. {Well, most of the time. No one really likes to weed!} My daughter Laura especially loves gardening and she has created her own garden space and worked it daily for several years now.

Anyway, gardening is a great way to get your kids learning and having fun all at the same time! Not to mention the life skills they will gain and character they will build by working hard. Of course, you don’t have to have a full fledged garden for your children to learn about gardening. Try sprouting beans or even an avocado seed!

Radish seeds are quick to germinate and make a great learning tool for young children especially whose attention span is shorter.

Also, reading books {check out your local library} about gardening with your children is a great way to peak their interest and teach them about how things grow.

ABC's of Summer Fun: D is for Dirt {Gardening with Kids} | A Virtuous Woman #gardening #kids #summer #fun

Here are some ideas you can use this year to enjoy gardening with your kids:

  1. Purchase kid sized tools {my kids loved these}.
  2. Let your child select a packet of seeds to grow at the garden center.
  3. Plant blueberry plants together and in a few years you’ll have lots of berries to harvest!
  4. Germinate a bean in a baggie.
  5. Grow a sunflower.

Of course, there are lots of ways to enjoy the dirt besides planting a garden:

  1. Raise a Worm Farm
  2. Raise and Ant Farm.
  3. Make a turtle or frog habitat.
  4. Make mud pies.
  5. Learn about composting.

Have fun this summer!

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Ideas for Spring and Easter

Ideas to Celebrate Spring | A Virtuous Woman

I woke up this morning to sunshine… something that’s been severely lacking in my neck of the woods… all winter long. And the weather. Oh, it feels like spring! I love spring time. My yard fills with blooms, we like to do school outside on blankets, we can enjoy riding the horses again.

As Easter or (as I prefer to call it) Resurrection Day approaches, I thought it would be fun to share some great resources with you that you can use this Spring to celebrate all that He has done for us.

More Than 75 Ideas to Celebrate Spring | A Virtuous Woman

Read the Easter Story

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

(Matthew 28, King James Version)

The Resurrection Story Printable | A Virtuous Woman

Family Worship

Memory Verse: “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:6

In the Kitchen

In the Garden

Everyday Crafts

Home Education

Nature Study

Here’s another image you can pin to Pinterest or use on your own blog: {Feel free to use the ones above, too!}

Ideas to Celebrate Spring and Easter | A Virtuous Woman

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What to Do with Summer Squash #3

You can read the rest of the posts in this series here.

This is a recipe I have shared before, but since it is one of my favorite recipes ever and since it goes with this week’s series on Summer Squash, I thought it was time to revisit it!

These patties are easily made gluten free by using your favorite gluten free flour and you can omit the cheese if you prefer them to be vegan. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.

I grew up eating these and have always loved them! This recipe made enough patties for me to freeze some for another meal. Delicious and kid friendly. You can serve them ketchup or sour cream, but they are delicious just by themselves!

This recipe does take a little pre-planning since you need to let the moisture drain from the squash and onions, but they are so easy to make!

Squash Patties

8 medium yellow squash, shredded
1 onion, shredded
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
ground black pepper to taste

Place the squash and onion in a colander, sprinkle with salt and stir. Drain for 30 minutes to an hour. In a bowl, mix the squash and onion, flour, cornmeal, egg, and cheese. Season with pepper.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Drop squash mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls into the skillet, and cook 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

This recipe makes a good amount of patties. Unless you have a large family, you will probably have left overs. Yum!

To freeze, allow to cool completely, place patties in quart size freezer bags.This recipe is perfect for those summer months when you have squash coming out your ears! Make up a huge batch and put them in the freezer for later!

I am sharing this recipe with Meatless Mondays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Recipe Round-Up, and Works for Me Wednesday.

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