Wonder in the Woods

Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest

GF Pancake & Baking Mix

We found a real winner for making gluten-free pancakes! I can’t wait to try the other recipes.  I made these Pamela’s pancakes tonight and the boys gobbled them up and … Continue reading

March 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Daffodil Spring

Every year I am happy to see the daffodils bloom. This means spring in the Willamette Valley.  We got a load of bark mulch today and started with the flower … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

A New Leaf

I’m turning over a new leaf.  I’ve lost 22 pounds.  I feel great!  I have more physical energy, but making time for everything is wearing on me emotionally.  In February, … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Too Soon To Know

I don’t know what I would do without dear friends who actually listen to my concerns and offer feedback.  Parenting and homeschooling is humbling at best and frustrating at worst.  … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 3 Comments


Last week I went to Oklahoma.  I sure enjoyed seeing my sweet nephews and missed my boys!

February 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Marathon Not A Race

It is clear that we have more work to do.  When I look at the progress and the willingness, I want to continue homeschooling.  Understanding is so much more important … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Little Boy Test Logic

Hunter took the reading part of the test on Tuesday. He had a good attitude and finished the test.  I am happy that he feels good about it.  Later he … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Littlest Guy

I don’t talk as much about Chandler’s education on this blog, not like I do with Hunter.  First of all, Chandler is only six.  He hasn’t really begun school in … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

School Goes On

My focus has shifted to food instead of *what* the boys are learning.  They are still doing their school work and Hunter will take the standardized OAKS test in a … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Whole-y Moly

Enjoying fresh, whole foods and trying new recipes.  These are the ones I don’t want to forget. Aidells Chicken and Apple Sausage with avocado and blueberries.  I’m finding a variety … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chocolate Pudding Cake Mug

I modified this recipe to make a Chocolate Pudding Cake Mug for Hunter.  He’s having it for breakfast.  I didn’t tell him it is healthy and gluten-free, so he gobbled … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Blueberry Muffin Mug

I used to go to Starbucks every morning for a grande chai tea latte and a blueberry muffin. I worked nearby and enjoyed walking over every morning.  I drank chai … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Whole 30 Challenge

During the month of January, I did the Whole30 Challenge with a Primal Blueprint twist. I discovered that I can live without grains.  Sweets are harder to live without but … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · 7 Comments

New Blog Theme

Grab a cup o’ something yummy and check out the new blog theme.   I like to change things up.  This way my recipe posts will be easier for me to … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Grain-free Pancakes

I had just about given up on finding a good grain-free paleo-ish pancake recipe.  I’m so glad I tried this one.  SO delicious!  This one doesn’t taste egg-y either and … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

Salsa Chicken

Yesterday, I said to a friend that I know this diet is weird and I don’t expect anyone else to eat this way, so I can just say “no thank … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · 2 Comments


My goal this year is to simplify everything and this includes letting go of, or limiting inefficient websites.  Facebook is inefficient.  You get the cute posts, but don’t get the … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Not Pizza Skillet

The words quoted below had a profound affect on me when I read them.  I’ve since discovered that I do have willpower.  I passed on take-out Chinese and I passed … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

Paleo Cookies Oh Yeah

I have a cold. You know the old adage, “feed a cold, starve a fever.”  I don’t know why my way of feeding a cold is with junky, comfort foods.  … Continue reading

January 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

Pumpkin Mug Oh Yeah

  Pumpkin Mug 3 tbs of almond meal  (for kids I used 2 tbs of smoother almond flour) 2 tbs of coconut oil, melted 1 egg, scrambled (used half an … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · 8 Comments

Paleo Diet

Changing the way I eat is something I’ve *needed* to do.  I’ve been overweight for far too long.  I lost weight after Chandler was born and got down to a … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · 3 Comments

Strawberry Ginger Dressing for Spinach Salad

In order to eat Paleo greens, I need a good salad dressing that tastes kinda sweet and is not loaded with junk.  I made this one tonight and it is … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Apricot Basil Chicken

This is one of my favorite recipes for chicken. I am so glad it works with the Paleo diet — about 17 carbs per serving. Apricot Basil Chicken 1 cup … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · Leave a comment


In January, we had a couple of days of beautiful frost.  Here are several macro photos of the plants in our yard.      

January 12, 2013 · 8 Comments

Learning Trades

Before our children were born, I read an article that said no one wants their children to be plumbers anymore.  Parents want their children to go to college.  I wonder … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · 10 Comments

Project-Based Homeschooling

Kelly said to me, “How would you feel if someone required you to knit for so many minutes every day, or gave you a deadline to finish your project?”  I … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 · 5 Comments

Our Christmas

Prayers refocused my energy and Christmas spirit.  I got up early Christmas morning and enjoyed the quiet and the twinkling lights of the tree.  Hunter came downstairs and made a … Continue reading

December 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

Christmas Burnout

This Christmas I am feeling a roller coaster of emotions: Joy and fun mixed with burnout and emotional lows.  There are some family losses and national losses that weigh heavily … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Artisan Cinnamon Caramel Rolls

It’s that time of year again.  It’s time to make Artisan Bread and sticky pecan cinnamon rolls.  YUM  Now you know what we’ll be doing this week. Merry Christmas! The … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Stopping by Woods

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village, though; He will not see me stopping here To … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Christmas Tree Tradition

My favorite family Christmas tradition is finding and cutting a Christmas tree.  In the valley we don’t have snow very often, but we have misty, cold weather.  We wear our … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Testing & Changes

I made some changes to this blog that will be invisible to readers.  I deleted Twitter and the Facebook Blog Page and the other WordPress “publicize” options.  I set this … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

Snowflake Bentley

We read Snowflake Bentley by Jaqueline Briggs Martin for our Five in a Row studies. Later in the week, Kelly and the boys made these snowflakes together.  I have snowflake … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Engineering Challenge

We really enjoyed an education series from Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.  They have a wonderful outreach program and their educator, J.R., drove to us every Tuesday for a few … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hoop House

Our 4H Explorers group met at a local hoop house to help put the garden to bed for the winter.  The kids harvested marigold seeds, played in the mud filled … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 2 Comments

High Five!

On Sunday, we celebrated with Hunter after he reached the goal set by Time4Learning. He read a passage aloud at over 90 words per minute!  This was his first time … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reading Fluency

From the Paisley assessment on November 14, 2012: His word reading fluency (on 3rd grade level) went from 22cwpm (correct words/minute) to 27cwpm. Making progress for sure. More exciting though … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reading Update

Six months after testing, Hunter is reading at a third grade level on his assessment and he doubled his reading fluency in two months. We worked on phoneme segmentation and … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Happy Thanksgiving

On Thursday, we enjoyed Thanksgiving with our homeschool friends.  It was perfect.  We all brought a dish to share and our friends, who hosted the party, made a delicious turkey … Continue reading

November 17, 2012 · 4 Comments

Homemade Kite

Yesterday Hunter taught a paper airplane class to our 4H group.  He did a great job teaching. He’s good at explaining and he is patient.  He’s also good about asking … Continue reading

November 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Election Day

A friend told me that her family was going to be impartial during the election results and have blue and red treats for each state that is “called” on election … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Days to Remember

Today we had the best homeschooling day ever.  Hunter likes the cyphers in Singapore Math, so he asked me to make him one for his math pages.  I remembered we … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Trying to Help

Chandler is trying to help with things around the house.  He does a pretty good job when he works with us, but if he tries to do it on his … Continue reading

October 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hatfield Marine Science Center

We have many great museums in Oregon that also have education programs.   Hatfield Marine Science Center is part of OSU in Newport.  They have homeschool days a couple of times … Continue reading

October 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Learning to Work

A strong work ethic is important, and challenging to teach in our modern world.  So much of what we really need is done for us.  Unless you have a wood … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Daily Plans

After 6 weeks of school, we are taking a Fall Break.  The boys do their school work with Kelly’s work schedule — 5 days and get 3 days off which … Continue reading

October 8, 2012 · 4 Comments

First Chapter Books

Both boys are reading their way through these chapter books (with help).  We are reading 20 minutes at a time, two to three times per day. Hunter is reading every … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 · 6 Comments

Clubs and Cubs

We managed to give the kids a quiet growing time for the last 4 years and avoided sports and regular activities in favor of nature walks and play dates.  Now … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Helicopters and Flight

Hunter saved his allowance and birthday money from Mimi to buy this cool helicopter —a Blade MSRx fixed pitch micro-heli.  It is Hunter’s first helicopter with one blade instead of … Continue reading

September 22, 2012 · 2 Comments



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