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Homeschool Fiction

Follow homeschoolers Nadia and Aidan as they travel the USA! Each book in this series explores a new state and a new research topic. Along with their parents and pet turtle, they find adventure and learning everywhere.

...and just what is that mysterious device of theirs?

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Topics: Arizona,cactus,movies,photographs,Tucson,video

Life in a Day

When we first heard about the “Life in a Day” project (original blog we read), we were quite intrigued. Everyone from around the world was invited to submit videos, including home videos, of the life around them on Saturday, July 24, 2010. That’s a very large concept! With over 80,000 submissions and 4500 hours of […]

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Topics: Arizona,cactus,photographs,prickly pear,Tucson

Prickly Pear Fruit Season Again

Once again, it’s time to harvest prickly pear fruit.  Here are a few photographs of my daughters enjoying picking this year’s harvest. We’re going to have a big crop this year (over the next two or so weeks), so if there is anyone local interested in picking some, please contact me.

Month Day
Topics: Arizona,cactus,photographs,prickly pear,Tucson

View from My Window

I’ve really been enjoying the flowers this spring.  Here is a view from my dining room window (through the glass and screen) of the Santa Rita prickly pear blooming, plus a variety of photographs of other prickly pear blooms around my land.  I’ve also added a photo of my daughters with my mom and one […]

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Topics: Arizona,cactus,photographs,prickly pear

More Arizona Spring Flowers – April 2009

All of theses photos were taken on my land in southern Arizona.

Month Day
Topics: Arizona,cactus,food,lowfat,photographs,prickly pear,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

Prickly Pear BBQ Sauce

Due to popular demand from my “Enchilada Casserole” post, here is my Vegan-Friendly Prickly Pear Barbeque Sauce recipe. Once I realized that we were going to be able to get a large harvest of prickly pear fruit this past summer, I started reading up on various things people do with prickly pear fruit. Other than […]

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Topics: Arizona,guest post,homeschooling,prickly pear,saguaro,Tucson,Unschooling,words,writing

Haiku by Zoe PART THREE

Here is the last of Zoë’s series of Haiku poems for the summer of 2008. Certainly she’ll write more later. 🙂 Click here for PART ONE and here for PART TWO. Tortoise Turtle, terrapin It is neither one of those The desert tortoise Coyote Howls out my window Even though they’re far away They seem […]

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Topics: Arizona,photographs,prickly pear,saguaro,Tucson

Critters and Prickly Pear Cacti

We’ve been fortunate enough to actually see wildlife eating the pads of some of our prickly pear cacti. We especially love watching the rabbits eat it. They take a bite into the outer rim and then eat only the inside part, leaving a circle behind. Bugs, on the other hand, eat it all – methodically. […]

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Topics: Arizona,cookbook,food,how to,lowfat,photographs,prickly pear,saguaro,Tucson,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

Prickly Pear Fruit Harvesting PART EIGHT

Prickly Pear Jelly I haven’t had the greatest luck in the world preparing jelly, so here is my “What to do when the recipes don’t work” directions. 🙂 Prepare syrup as pectin package indicates. Basically you need a lot of sugar, the fruit itself, and pectin. With this made, you supposedly just need to add […]

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Topics: Arizona,cookbook,dairy,food,how to,lowfat,photographs,prickly pear,saguaro,Tucson,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

Prickly Pear Fruit Harvesting PART SEVEN

Vegan Prickly Pear Ice Cream 2 cups vanilla soymilk 1 cup prickly pear syrup Stir into a Stainless Steel Midas Non-Motorized Ice Cream Maker. Stir (or whisk) after 15 minutes. Stir after another 10-15 minutes and serve. This handy bowl makes perfect ice cream, sorbet, gelato, or Italian ice every single time. We absolute love […]

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Topics: Arizona,cookbook,food,prickly pear,saguaro,Tucson,vegan,vegan recipe

Prickly Pear Fruit Harvesting PART SIX

Prickly Pear Syrup Prickly Pear Juice (approximate how much you have) Fruit Pectin Florida Crystals Natural Sugar To learn how to make prickly pear juice, check out PART THREE. The pectin will have recipes inside the box. Honestly, you have to just experiment with the amounts. Every time I’ve made syrup and jelly, it hasn’t […]

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