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Getting away from it all and like minded mom friends

We had been invited to a quick overnight at the New Jersey shore by another homeschooling family, whom we are close to. They have children the same age as our children and I have a great friendship with the mom, so of course, we took them up on their offer!  I saw it as also an opportunity to get some homeschooling in also!




They rented a home on the "bay" side of Ocean Beach but we had access to the ocean side as well - best of both worlds for sure!


They introduced us to "crabbing". It was messy, smelly and a whole lot of fun! #homeschoolscience

We fit A LOT into less than 24 hours and it was all well worth the tiredness we have now...
\ They also brought their kayaks and the rental had a paddle boat - the children were in their glory to be out in the water as much as possible...right up until we had to leave to come home.  #homeschoolphysed
We had the chance to watch the dolphins also in the ocean, but sadly did not get a picture of them. 

These friends bless us …
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Welcome September and all it brings

September...ah...welcome 


September means so many things here in the Northeast area. It's bonfires. It's flannel. It's jeans and boots. It's cool nights on the porch. It's fall candle scents. 
For Woodwater Farmhouse, September means one more month before we are back to our new school year. We school year round but we change "grades" in October. 
So we are soaking in the last few weeks until back to school. 

We have had a challenging August, to say the least and we are believing in less challenges and more blessings coming our way.  We have been reminded these past few weeks how important family and friends are. 
As we love to do, we will be entertaining more...more family time..outdoor movie nights...bonfires and long walks in the country. 
What I am so obsessed with these days...fall recipes!  Check some of these blogs out for beautiful eye candy and delicious looking fall recipes. 
Apple Prisp from Rooms for Rent. Pecan Pie Muffins from Love Grows Wild

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End of Summer update and dealing with loss

To say I have been a slacker on the blog posts is an understatement 8(   Things have gotten out of hand here at the farmhouse with our kitchen renovation, vacations and recently, the death of a dear best friend. 

I am just going to show you in pictures how our summer came about.....




Visits from my grandbaby and family.. Bonfires... Swimming (early summer - it's been cold in August)

Mothers Day and Fathers Day camping.....we found a new place on a river in the Catskills!  LOVING IT!

My mother turned 70.. Zachary turned 13... Hubby turned 40... Our 14th wedding anniversary... The garden is producing like crazy.. Nature is showing off! 

Sammie worked hard for the last two years and finally achieved her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do!

Our annual trip to Watkins Glen - Finger Lakes region of NY NASCAR fun! 

Kitchen renovation that finally wrapped up 100%  mid- August!  We are loving it and cooking up a storm!

Garden Muffins - Back to School Snack

Today I wanted to share these fabulous muffins that I have been making for the kiddos using our green zucchini and yellow squash from our garden. 
Garden Muffins


These turn out so moist and fluffy and freeze like a dream.  The recipe I am sharing will give you 10 good size muffins and 1 large loaf of bread. 


Ingredients: 
3 eggs2 cups sugar (yes I know it's a lot)1 cup oil or applesauce2 cups fresh zucchini, grated2 cups fresh yellow squash, grated (I used my food processor)2 teaspoons vanilla3 cups + 3 tablespoon flour1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon½ teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon baking soda1 cup chocolate chipsDirections Preheat oven to 375 degrees, grease bread loaf pan and 10 cake cups

Kitchen Update - so close to the end!

Gosh friends it's been over a month since I have posted on the new kitchen renovation!  SO sorry it took me this long, but reality of it, the kitchen took that long...
We are 95% done but I am ready to show you the progress! 


In my last post about the kitchen I showed you the beginning and the progress of cabinets. But no upper cabinets, lighting, counter tops were in yet...

Drum roll please....



Our forever/dream kitchen is almost complete...we could not be happier. Our contractor is top notch and a perfectionist, which is great! 

Beverage bar/buffet. This area will double as a food buffet when needed. For everyday purposes it's our beverage bar/center.  You can see the baseboard heating is not yet in and the moldings will be finished then. 

So happy we went with the grey grout for the subway tile. LOVE the contrast with the counters. 


Island seats 8 comfortably and we can sneak in another two if we need to.  
I can wait for the finished touches and to see you the build-ins and the (n…

Kitchen renovation - Updates with pictures

Welcome friends. Happy Memorial Day! 
I know it's been a while since I have checked in. Things are crazy busy here at the farmhouse.  With homeschooling, travel, camping, kitchen reno and the other 100 chores that need attending to, my blogging has been less than frequent. 
Spring has sprung and we are enjoying seeing what is coming up around the property.  



When we bought this home, last summer, we knew we wanted to replace the entire kitchen.  From first glance, it seemed nice. However, once you had the cabinets cleaned out of the sellers food and dishes, you found they were A HOT MESS.  Not only were the "white" cabinets stained yellow with grease (must be they fried everything), but the doors were falling off the hinges. Don't get me started on the appliances.  Needless to say, we knew right then and there, we were doing a MAJOR overhaul in the Spring.  
So what does a gal to do in planning her DREAM kitchen?  Why search Pinterest of course...lol
I knew what I wanted …

Trip to Mystic, CT - what to see and do and updates

Each year, with the exception last year, for the last 6 years, I have taken the kids on a three day adventure to Mystic, CT. 

With a 3 hour drive it's easy to do in a day and not stay over, but we try to fit a lot in in 48 hours.   This year was extra special!  We invited 2 other homeschooling moms and their children to join us!  Three moms,8 kids and lots of fun. 


Some advice before we begin our journey:


Go on the off season so you can see more and do more without crowds.Stay in a hotel that offers FREE breakfast - saves you some money and gets an early start on adventure.If you want do to the Mystic Seaport and Aquarium then purchase the Sea Pass, saves you 15%. Bring your bathing suit for some swim time (if your hotel has a pool)



We stayed at our usual place, Hampton Inn, Groton CT (only 5 minutes from the Mystic exit and 50 bucks cheaper per night than the Mystic location)  We love Hampton Inns.  With the free WiFi, hot breakfast, 4pm snacks (warm gooey cookies) and newly renovate…