Month: July 2017

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How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsDid your mom used to carve melon baskets when you were young? The memory of my mom’s melon baskets really stands out for me. In my younger self’s mind, nothing short of pure genius and magical talent could make something as cool as a watermelon basket. It was always the highlight of a summer get together when she brought out the melon basket. I’ve meant to carve one for many years, but have always been a too intimidated to even try. Recently, however, we were having a summer barbecue and I decided to try my hand carving one. It ends up that it wasn’t hard to do at all! The results were striking to look at, but even better to eat! Equally delicious was the frozen watermelon stars that I made to flavor our Minute Maid® Lemonade. Because what says summer more than watermelon and lemonade? And what better than lemonade that is made with the goodness of real lemons? Minute Maid Lemonade is the quintessential refreshing beverage with the great taste of a simpler time. And right now, you can buy any 2 Minute Maid or Sprite® 2 liters and save $1 off your watermelon purchase.

How to Carve a Melon Basket | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIn order to carve the melon, I found it easiest to use a pencil to mark guidelines into the watermelon’s skin before making any cuts. (more…)

HLSDA Fast Transcripts Program for Homeschoolers | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I was recently contacted by the HSLDA and asked if I was aware of their Fast Transcripts program, which helps homeschoolers create transcripts. I had never heard of the program before and agreed to give it a trial run. I have already graduated four kids now and made all of their transcripts the old fashioned […]

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Here is the third and final segment of our Australia homeschool unit plan. As I mentioned in a past posts, we are using  Little Passports (affiliate link) for our geography “spine”. The sixth kit that comes with the Little Passports World Edition subscription is Australia. As usual, I created a printable mapping Australia worksheet. This […]

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Australian Recipes, Projects, and Crafts for Kids | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

As I mentioned in my last post, I am trying to change things up a bit with my posts about our geography unit plans that I plan around our monthly Little Passports subscription kits. As we have progressed through the kits, we have been getting into more and more detail about each country. Consequently, my […]

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24 Picture Books About Australia | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Books About Australia to Accompany Little Passports Kit If you have been following this blog for awhile, you know that I have been doing a monthly series of posts to accompany the Little Passports subscription kits. As we have progressed through the kits, we have been going into more and more detail about each country. […]

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