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Vegan Shamrock Shake

Vegan Shamrock Shake - the simple hive

After seeing recipes for Shamrock Shakes all over Pinterest, I decided to try a healthier spin.  After all, I’m not getting any younger, or healthier, and pounds aren’t as easy to shed as they once were.  I can’t do anything about getting older, but I can do something to be healthier.

Go away extra pounds!  You aren’t welcome here.

Because I like ice cream, but still want to be able to fit into my jeans, I came up with a healthy and delicious Shamrock shake that is filled with energy-giving foods.  Because St. Patrick’s Day is just around the bend, and because I want you to be able to fit into your jeans too, I’m sharing the love.

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Cupcake Crochet Dishcloth

 

Cupcake crochet and flower dishcloths - the simple hive

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While perusing the yarn aisle at my local craft store, I happened upon a free crochet pattern for a cupcake dishcloth. The sign said “Take One”, so I did, because I always do what I’m told. Yep.

Then I got home and promptly put it away and completely forgot about it until a few weeks ago when I woke up with an excruciating pain in my foot. The first step out of bed and a severe pain in my foot told me I wasn’t going anywhere.

Because I have a difficult time not doing anything, I shuffled and crawled over to the yarn bag and came across this pattern by Twinkie Chan.  I grabbed my yarn and went to work

I think the name Twinkie Chan is partly why I decided to work up the pattern. With a name like that, surely it would be cute!

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Crochet Cupcake and Flower Dishcloths

Cupcake crochet and flower dishcloths - the simple hive

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While perusing the yarn aisle at my local craft store, I happened upon a free crochet pattern for a cupcake dishcloth. The sign said “Take One”, so I did, because I always do what I’m told. Yep.

Then I got home and promptly put it away and completely forgot about it until a few weeks ago when I woke up with an excruciating pain in my foot. The first step out of bed and a severe pain in my foot told me I wasn’t going anywhere.

Because I have a difficult time not doing anything, I shuffled and crawled over to the yarn bag and came across this pattern by Twinkie Chan.  I grabbed my yarn and went to work

I think the name Twinkie Chan is partly why I decided to work up the pattern. With a name like that, surely it would be cute!

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Charlotte Mason Homeschool for First Grade

 

Charlotte Mason Homeschool Plan for First Grade

Around this time every year, when our motivation for homeschooling begins to fizzle, I look back over the year to evaluate our success in our current homeschooling plan.  I look at the year, without any biases, to see what worked, what needs tweaking and what needs to be scrapped altogether.

Since this year was the first official year of homeschooling for Baby Honeybee, we had a little more structure than the previous years when her learning was led by her interests.  For Kindergarten, I had a plan that was inspired by Charlotte Mason.  It was a good framework, but has evolved through the months to look slightly different from what I had envisioned.

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Christian Prayer Beads

Christian Prayer Beads - the simple hive

This happens to me all the time.  I’ll be in the middle of my prayers and suddenly a random thought crashes through the front gates of my mind like a runaway train and steals all my concentration as it leaves.

You, too?

I have used prayer holding crosses with some good results in the past, but they didn’t get me deeply into where I wanted to be.

As I was reading “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, I remembered I once saw some Christian prayer beads, sometimes called Protestant prayer beads, that caught my attention. Since I’m Methodist and not Catholic, I have never used a rosary in prayer, but I like the idea of a tool that helps guide the way through prayer.

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Cooking with Kids: Chapati Indian Flatbread

 

 

Cooking with Kids: Chipati Indian Flatbread

In many families in which parents educate their children at home, cooking is interwoven seamlessly into the school day. Math, reading, science and critical thinking skills are cultivated and honed through measuring, reading recipes, baking and substituting ingredients. Children becomes great home cooks at an early age and learn to clean up after themselves and appreciate their parents who loving provide them with food on the table and a roof over their heads.

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

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Exploring the World with Little Passports

Little Passports - A Global Adventure

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I’ve been working on next year’s homeschool plan for Baby Honeybee and have been searching through mountains of curriculum to find the perfect resources to develop a love a learning.

I’ve been looking at all subjects, and for Social Studies, I am falling hard for Little Passports.  I have been on the fence for a little while, unsure of committing to a monthly subscription, but I have decided to take a chance.  After reading all about what is included in the service and each month’s adventure kit, I know Baby Honeybee will fall head over heels in love with it, too.  At least in deep like.  She’s too old to fall in love.  She’s five.

If you think it’s strange that a grown woman is gaga over curriculum, let me explain myself.

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Gluten-free Italian Wedding Soup

gluten-free Italian wedding soup | the simple hive Traditionally, Italian wedding soup contains meatballs and orzo, both which contain gluten. Therefore, this soup is off-limits for me.  Naturally, it would be the one soup I crave on these cold, rainy days that have parked themselves over Texas.

A shout out for you folks dealing with mountains of snow right now: I wish you the best.  I don’t know how you do it.  I would break.

Thankfully, I had the ingredients on hand to make some turkey meatballs and satisfy the need for the aforementioned soup.

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Herbal Cough Syrup and Throat Soother

make your own herbal cough syrup | The Simple Hive

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I’m not mentioning any names, but one of my dear family members brought a cold virus into my safe haven. Last week, everyone else in the house was miserable, except for me. I was the last one standing.

This morning, I awoke with scratchy throat that was dying to betray me.

Nope.

I can’t get sick. I’m a homeschool mom. If I get sick, it can turn into Lord of the Flies around here pretty quickly. So, I turned to kitchen from which all things comforting and good come and made an herbal cough syrup to sooth my ravaged throat.

Last month, I ordered some bulk herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs to help heal us when we are sick and avoid over-the-counter medications whenever possible.

I love it when a plan comes together.

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Gluten-free and Vegan Coconut Sugar Cookies

 

 

 

Vegan and Gluten Free Coconut Sugar Cookies | the simple hive

Because my issues with gluten and Baby Honeybee’s severe egg allergy and mild milk allergy, I have made it a priority to figure out this whole gluten-free and vegan baking thing. In the past, when I bake cookies for the family, my focus has been on egg-free, not necessarily dairy or gluten-free and I often get left out.  No fair.

That all changed when I came across this recipe for gluten, dairy and egg-free coconut sugar cookie recipe from yammiesglutenfreedom.

The recipe, as written, accommodated all our needs without any substitutions. She is awesome.  I might cry a little.

Seriously, she is an amazing young woman.  Check out this About Me page on one of her blogs.  Impressive.

I could ramble on, or I could move along to the recipe.  That’s really why you are all here, anyway.  Well, there may be a few of you who love to read the ramblings of a lunatic. You know who you are.

 

Coconut Sugar Cookies

What you need:

1 c. sugar

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/3 c. coconut milk, full-fat

2 tsp. vanilla (make sure yours is gluten-free)

3/4 c. white rice flour

1/3 c. coconut flour

2 Tbsp. potato starch

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

coconut frosting (recipe follows)

What you do:

Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.

Cream together the coconut oil and sugar with an electric mixer. If your coconut oil is too hard, soften it in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds, then add the sugar and mix.

Add the coconut milk and vanilla and mix well.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a third at a time, mixing thoroughly.  The mixture will be moist and fluffy.

Cover the bowl with a clean towel and let sit at room temperature while the oven preheat to 350 degrees F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Use a small scoop or your hands to roll 1.5″ balls of cookie dough.  Do not flatten the dough and you will get a nice, soft cookie.

1.5 inch balls

Bake for 11-12 minutes, rotating the trays halfway in the cooking time.

Let cool for about 3 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Frost with the following recipe when completely cooled.

 

Coconut Frosting

1/4 c. coconut oil

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar (the original recipe calls for 3 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, but I needed much less)

6 Tbsp. full-fat coconut milk

 

Sift the powdered sugar through a fine mesh sieve to remove any lumps.

In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut oil and vanilla.  Alternate adding the powdered sugar and the coconut milk, mixing well.

coconut frosting | the simple hive

Spread the frosting on each cooled cookie.  The coconut oil give the frosting the consistency of buttercream, so you can use a pastry bag to make them as fancy as you like.

gluten-free and vegan cookie love | the simple hive

Now go on.  Make these and share the cookie love.

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