Homemade Mixes and Homeschooling

It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I’m hoping to write up another bread post today, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some recipes I used yesterday and talk about homeschooling a little bit.

Josh is our pancake maker. He is much better at it than I am! He likes to start from a mix though because it is faster and easier; he usually makes pancakes on Sundays so it makes sense that he needs to make them fast. And usually our kids eat them as fast as he makes them! The only problem is that we don’t really want to buy pancake mixes anymore, so I decided to mix up a batch of homemade pancake mix for him to use.

Of course, I went looking on the internet for a recipe to try. I ended up at Sugar Dish Me’s homemade fluffy pancake mix.

We haven’t made it yet so I can’t say anything about the kind of pancakes it turned out. But it made a decent amount of mix that I can easily double for a large storage container. I also added in a teaspoon and a half of Penzey’s Baking Spice to make it a little bit cinnamon-y.

My boys have also fallen in love with homemade hot chocolate mix, so I mixed up a batch of that too.

I’ve used this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen.

The white chocolate chips do add a creaminess to the hot chocolate. I was too lazy to get out my food processor yesterday though and just sifted the powdered sugar and cocoa powder by hand. I also chopped the white chocolate chips with a knife because it was so much easier. Actually, it wasn’t; I just didn’t want to make more dishes than I had already. I probably should have just used my mini-chopper. I’ll do that next time.


I wasn’t feeling well this past weekend so I wasn’t able to prepare for school the month of February like I should have.


So Monday morning, I had to give my boys a half day off from school so that I could prepare their folders for the next month. Their schedules were already done so that made this go faster. They also have quite a few days off this month! It only took me an hour and a half to fill up their file folders. Usually, it takes me about 3 to 5 hours to write up their schedules and fill up the file folders. The nice thing about doing it this way though is that I don’t have to pull worktexts or papers until the end of the month! Each boy has a set of folders for each color and each color is one week’s worth of work. So every day, they get one folder of work that goes with their videos for that day.

Unfortunately, these folders of work end up having to be graded, which I don’t always have time to do!


So I am hoping today to make some Hawaiian sweet bread (which will be my bread post later today hopefully!) and also get some grading done!


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  1. A_Boleyn says:

    Although most teachers end up with binders of lessons for the year for their respective courses at the 2-3 different academic levels after teaching for some time, they can’t get away from marking. And with 15-30 students per class, that’s a LOT of marking.

    Making mixes for things like pancakes or waffles (flour, baking powder, salt … surprising it costs so much) and hot chocolate is a practical idea. I’ve done the same for biscuits and scones. Or quickbreads … using reusable freezer bags. You can give them away to friends with cooking instructions as to how much liquid, shortening etc to add. I had an older friend who bought bread mixes to use in the bread machine. I gave her several home made mixes which she enjoyed until she gave away her bread machine. 🙂

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