Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri

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Do you know which letter has the most states that start with it?

 

Massachusetts

-1843…Lyddie (I remember reading this one way back when and liking it.  I wonder if I’d still like it?)

-1865ish (Civil War)…Little Women (It’s such a classic that you can get a copy many places…find the cover you like!)

-1620’s…The Mayflower Secret  from the Trailblazers Series, William Bradford

Movie

-1843…Lyddie (The reviews are notthe best, mostly due to a failure to follow basic plot ideas from the book…)

-1865ish (Civil War)…Little Women (There are other editions, like 1933 or 1949, and it’s often done as a play!)

Teen/Adult Movie

 

 

Michigan

Book

-1936…Bud, Not Buddy

Movie

Teen/Adult Movie

 

Minnesota

Book

-1854…American Girl Kirsten (Cookbook, Craft Book, Kirsten’s World, Paper Dolls)

Movie

Teen/Adult

 

Mississippi

Book

-1930’s…Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry 

Movie

Teen/Adult

 

Missouri

Book

-1860…Orphan Train Quartet 

-2011…I survived the Joplin Tornado 

Movie

-1903…Meet Me In St. Louis (Link goes to a 4 old film collection)

Teen/Adult

Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland

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And now we’re halfway through, okay not quite half way, but getting there.  Stay with me and we’ll soon have at least one book or movie for every state!  Maybe later I’ll go through and work more on the ‘Teen/Adult Movies’, but then again, maybe not. 🙂  Have fun with this set of books and movies.

 

Kansas

 

Books

 

-1900…Wizard of Oz (Original book version! Plus a Stepping stones one.)

 

 

-1930’s…Gatlin Fields Series

 

 

-1936…Moon Over Manifest 

 

 

Movies

-1939…Wizard of Oz (I have a feeling that you can’t include a list from Kansas without this movie!)

Teen/Adult Movies

 

Kentucky

Books

 

1940’s…Where the Red Fern Grows 

 

Movies

1940’s…Where the Red Fern Grows 

 

Teen/Adult Movies

 

Louisiana

 

Books

 

-2005…I survived Hurricane Katrina 

 

-1971…Hotel for Dogs (Did you know it was a book? Not sure if it takes place in Louisiana or not, but the movie does!)

 

Movies

-1996…Hotel for Dogs

 

 

Teen/Adult Movies

 

Maine

 

Books

 

-Maine early 18th century…Sign of the Beaver

-19th century…Charlotte’s Web  (A Stepping Stone Book too!)

 

-1904…Rebecca of Sunnybrooke Farm

 

 

-1743…Calico Bush

 

 

Movies

 

-Maine early 18th century…Sign of the Beaver

-1900’s…Pete’s Dragon (Animated 1977 version)

 

 

-1904…Rebecca of Sunnybrooke Farm (Shirley Temple!)

 

-19th century…Charlotte’s Web (Don’t forget about the animated version)

 

 

-1998…Parent Trap (Movie, 1998 edition…see also California)

 

Teen/Adult Movies

 

-2004…Welcome to Mooseport

 

 

Maryland

 

Books

 

-1853… Listen for the Whippoorwill (Trailblazer-Harriet Tubman)

 

 

-1944…Stepping on the Cracks (I remember reading this one in Upper Elementary School and really enjoying it)

 

 

Movies

 

Teen/Adult Movies

Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa

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I wasn’t sure on a couple dates for some of the items in this section, best guesses were used!  Don’t forget to look at your local thrift or second hand stores for many of these books!

 

 

Hawaii

Books

-1700’s?…Call it Courage (Not specifically Hawaii, but Pacific Islands)

-1941…I survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor

 

 

Movies

-1700’s?…Moana

Teen/Adult Movie

-1941…Pearl Harbor (Or as my Grandma calls it…Love Triangle in Hawaii)

-1995…Cast Away

 

 

Idaho

 

Books

 

-1883…West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi, New York to Idaho Territory (Dear America Series)

Movies

-1941…Sun Valley Serenade (It’s old, but I have no clue if it’s appropriate)

-1962…A Home of Our Own

Teen/Adult Movie

-2000…Napoleon Dynamite

 

Illinois

Books

 

-1871…I survived the Great Chicago Fire

 

 

-1893…Dwight L. Moody , Danger on the Flying Trapeze (Trailblazer Series)

 

 

-1943…American Girl Molly (Craft BookPaper DollsCookbookMolly’s WorldMystery Stories)

 

 

 

Movies

 

-1943…American Girl Molly (Link goes to a 4 Movie Collection because it’s a better deal)

 

 

 

Teen/Adult Movie

 

-1995…While You Were Sleeping

 

 

 

Indiana

 

Books

-1900’s Early…Freckles

 

 

– 1900’s Early…A Girl of the Limberlost (the sequel to Freckles…a great book to listen on Audio!)

 

 

Movies

-1900’s Early…A Girl of the Limberlost

 

-1970’s…Rudy

 

-2003…Cheaper by the Dozen (1950’s Version in New Jersey)


 

 

Teen/Adult Movie

 

Iowa

 

Books

Nothing?!?

 

Movie

 

-1912…The Music Man 

-1990’s…The Buttercream Gang 

 

Teen/Adult Movie

 

 

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia

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Alright, you know the drill, or maybe you don’t.  Anyway, it’s easy, each state has a category for Books, Movies and Teen/Adult Movies listed.  Some states don’t have something in every category, so if you have an idea for an appropriate item, let me know!  Amazon links have been provided for your convenience, but libraries work really well too!

Colorado

Books

-1882…Nothing Here But Stones: a Jewish Pioneer Story 

 

Movies

Teen/Adult Movies

Connecticut

Books

-Connecticut 1687…Witch of Blackbird Pond

-18th Century…The Courage of Sarah Noble

-1919…Ginger Pye 

Movies

-1960’s…The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit  (link goes to the Kurt Russell Collection…it’s cheaper and awesome!)

-2005…Yours, Mine, Ours (Old Version see California)

 

Teen/Adult Movies

 

Delaware

Books

-1861…Dear America Series…A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin

Movies

Teen/Adult Movies

 

Florida

Books

-1870…The Yearling

-2000…Because of Winn Dixie

 

-1904-1920…Mary McLeod Bethune, Defeat of the Ghost Riders (Trailblazers Series)

 

Movies

-2000…Because of Winn Dixie

-2011…Dolphin Tale

-1986…The Parent Trap II (Sequel to the original Parent Trap–comes in a set!)

 

-1870…The Yearling

Teen/Adult Movies

Georgia

Books

-1950’s…Sounder 

Movies

-1930’s (Depression Era)…Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken

-1950’s…Sounder (A Dog of Flanders comes with it, about a 19th century Belgium Orphan)

Teen/Adult Movies

 

A Book or Movie for Every State!

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Recently we have ‘Flipped to Fun-Schooling’ and wow, I love the freedom we have! However, while using Thinking Tree’s USA Geography Journal we ran into a little road block. Nothing big, but they have an awesome page for recording information about a book or movie based in the state that you’re studying. You’d be amazed how many sites have almost what I wanted, but not quite. They would have books or movies for teens or adults instead of elementary/middle age, or they have ones that are great for little guys! Or some had too many non-fiction titles while I was hoping for things like ‘Because of Winn-Dixie‘. All that to say, I have compiled a list of books and movies that I believe are great for 3rd-5th grade in reading level and content, most being appropriate for younger ears (we do audio books all the time!) and wouldn’t be completely boring for older kids either. That being said, I have not read every book on the list, though I have read most of them! Nor have I watched every movie and some I watched way back when I was a kid and didn’t catch everything that maybe as a parent I wouldn’t be too keen on now for my kids. I hope that this is a helpful resource for you and please let me know if you have any other ideas for the list, especially those states that are slender in content!

 

If you’re curious about what in the world Fun-Schooling is, please check out The Thinking Tree Branch…a Sarah Approved site! Sarah is the main author and creator of the Thinking Tree materials and is active on the FB page ‘Fun-schooling with Thinking Tree‘, she’s one of those people who you just feel like you’re friends with even though you’ve never actually talked with her.  I love that the materials can really fit any homeschool, co-op, full or partial curriculum or just a public school kid who wants ‘extra’.

 

Trying to figure out how to organize I was going over too many options, so I did simple.  Alphabetical order, five states to a page and a reference page for other helpful sites!

I will link the list below to the page…hopefully it won’t be too long before they’re all done!

 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California

 Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia

Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa

Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland

Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri

Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey

New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio

Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina

South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont

Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Washington D.C. & Other Resources

 

 

 

 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California

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Hope you have fun looking through all the titles here!  There are links for your convenience, via Amazon Affliates, where I get a percentage and it costs you nothing!  However, I would encourage you to look at your local library first unless you know you’ll just love the book, or need it to finish collecting a series!

 

Alabama

Books

-1898-1904…The Forty-Acre Swindle, George Washington Carver

Trail Blazer Series

-1948…My Name is America Series…The Journal of Biddy Owens: The Negro Leagues

Movies

Teen/Adult Movies

-2000…Sweet Home, Alabama

Alaska

Books

-1970’s…Julie of the Wolves

-1897-98…The Gold Miner’s RescueSheldon Jackson

Movies

None Yet 🙁

Teen/Adult Movies

-2000…The Propsal

Arizona

Books

None yet…how is that possible?

Movies

-1990’s…On Our Own (Travels through a couple states)

Arkansas

Books

Maybe your child can write a book based in Arkansas?

Movies

-1995…Gordy

California 

Books

-1930’s…Blue Willow

 

-1906…I survived the San Fransico Earthquake 

Movies

-1850’s…Apple Dumpling Gang (It’s based off a Book!  Did you know that?!?)

-1950’s…The Shaggy Dog

 

-1961…The Parent Trap (See also Massachusetts)

-1968…Herbie the Love Bug

-1968…Yours, Mine, Ours (2005 version set in Connecticut)

-1993…Homeward Bound:The Incredible Journey (Book set in Canada)

-1998…Parent Trap (See also Maine)

-2000’s…The Shaggy Dog

-2007…Nancy Drew

Teen/Adult Movies

Not sure I’m going to add any here…I have a feeling that finding them would be all too easy!

The Right Tools…Butchering

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While butchering chickens and meat chickens don’t require a lot, if any, extra tools, butchering pigs, deer and elk do! My husband was doing it, butchering animals without the proper tools, he did so without complaining, even though it took three times longer. He is fabulous at ‘jury-rigging’ things, but sometimes there just isn’t a substitute for the right tool! In comes his birthday and his birthday gift which has been FABULOUS for getting those animals into the freezer quicker. There are larger and smaller options, but we went with the medium one from Outdoor Edge. I love that it comes in a great case so that if we put it away it’s safe! 🙂

Happy Birthday!

 

If you’re wondering where to get this kit or one similar…Amazon, where else?  Here is an affiliate link to help you get there quickly…

Outdoor Edge WP-2 Wild Pak Field-to-Freezer Game Processing Set (8-Piece)

 

Laundry Soap…so exciting!

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Not even being sarcastic, I am SOO excited!

So, I’ve been on the path of ridding our house of pretty much all chemicals for years, at least eight striving and at least four more before that halfheartedly.  Anyone else?

Anyway, sometime around 2008 I made my first batch of laundry soap.  It was a liquid one that used a five gallon bucket and lots of grating fels-naptha bars and stirring.  And, when it ran out the thought of making it again was quite discouraging.  I then moved to a dry powder using fels-naptha and borax, much easier to make (even with the grating of the bar), however, it still didn’t quite work.  All my husband’s white shirts eventually took on a dingy, icky look even though they were clean.

Then I moved to a different liquid, this one using mostly borax and washing soda, but you just dissolved in hot water…very easy.  However, this one, if you left the clothes in the washer for longer than about 10 minutes after it stopped the clothes started to smell a little bit musty.  Sometimes you’d pull a shirt from your drawer, and even if it’d been washed the week before, it would have that musty smell on it.  Gross.

Then, I went to a Health Food Co-op place and looked at the laundry soap…I couldn’t really afford anything, but figured I might get an idea to help and I did!  They had a quart jar of a dry laundry soap with the ingredients on it, “Washing Soda, Baking Soda, Castile Soap.”  I was floored, there couldn’t be a way to make a good laundry soap from those THREE items and no borax?!?!

So I made up a recipe, the recipe I’m going to share with you today.  I have no idea if these are the same ratios that they used at the store…it’s probably not, but it’s the ratio that makes it easy for me to remember. 1 C Baking Soda to 1 Cup Washing Soda to 1 Tablespoon Castile Soap.  I usually make a double batch, but when I get some more Castile Soap I’ll probably make a quad batch just for the fun of it, because I’m cool like that.

Oh, I totally forgot to tell you that I’ve been using this recipe for about two months now and I accidentally left a load in the washer for a day and it didn’t have that mildew smell!  Also, my husband has remarked that his shirts don’t smell at all, even the ones from last week.  I use Dr. Wood’s Almond Castile Soap because it’s cheaper, but you can use an unscented one if you want.  If the price of castile soap puts you off to trying the recipe, check out your local Health Food Co-op and see if they have it in bulk!

Alright, here is a graphic I made to cement it in your brains!  Wow, to think this is one of my longer posts, about Laundry Soap, my high school self would be scandalized…well maybe not. 🙂

Happy Laundry Day/Week/Life to you all!

Want to get the ingredients?  Castile Soap, Washing Soda and Baking Soda

Dairy Free Alfredo

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Dairy Free Alfredo…Did I read that right?

 

Oh, it’s got to be made with Cauliflower, right?  Nope.

 

Does it even taste like Alfredo?  Yes, yes it does.

 

Prove it.
Challenge Accepted.

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Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

  • 4 Cups Cashew Milk (3/4 C. soaked cashews, rinsed and blended with 4 C. water)
  • 2 T. Potato Starch
  • 1 T. Salt
  • 1 T. Minced Onion
  • 1/2 T. Garlic, minced or powder
  • 1/2 t. Pepper
  • 1/2 t. Italian Seasoning, optional

Pour milk in large sauce pan. Add starch and spices, whisk until combined.  Turn heat on to medium high, whisk constantly.  Bring to a boil, boil a couple minutes until thickened, and BAMM-O!!

alredo-with-whisk

Serve over noodles, rice noodles or vegetables, depending on other food sensitivities!  Add chicken and/or veggies.  Due to my many food sensitivities I usually have it over a bed of stir fry veggies from Costco.

It’s amazing how a recipe that gives you back a little bit of ‘normal’ can become a beacon of hope and comfort.  I hope this recipe restores a little bit of hope that you’ll be okay, even without dairy, gluten, corn, rice, or anything else.  Sorry to those with cashew allergies!

 

American Guinea Hogs

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American Guinea Hogs–For Sale!!

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We have 17 little piglets that are ready to join your farm and eventually your table!  However, they’re a smaller breed so you could even have them as a pet.

Here is our daughter laughing her head off because the stinkin’ pig jumped out of the laundry basket straight into her arms!

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According to the American Guinea Hog Association, “The American Guinea Hog is the ideal sustainable heritage farm pig, known for its moderate size, excellent foraging abilities, friendly temperament, excellently flavored meat and indispensable lard.  While the American Guinea Hog is smaller than industrial hog breeds, it is a good-sized farm pig providing a nice, well-marbled carcass.”

$75 for one little piggie

$140 for two little piggies

$200 for three little piggies

Contact us for pick-up information–located in Northern Idaho

EmidaBee@outlook.com

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