Homeschool Mascots on the Pond

Here on the Pond we have the cutest pair of Homeschool Mascots.  2 years ago, we adopted these two guinea pigs.DSC05479

When we got them, they were still quite young.  I am still not sure if they are littermates, but they love each other.


Turtle is the black and tan, named for her ressemblance to the candy.  She also has this affinity for these plastic domes that she hides inside and walks around under, like a Turtle.DSC05476

 This little lady is named Maggie, She was supposed to be named Grace after the pirate Grace O’Malley (see her eye patch) but I was outvoted and Maggie it is.


Ignore the Mountain o’Laundry.  Sometimes it piles up.

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The pigs are great with the Froglets, even down to Tiny Tadpole.  Their care is relatively simple and they love to munch up any leftover fruits and veggies.  They stay in our kitchen, on top of the dryer and have learned to “wheek” when the fridge opens in hopes of a treat.  Do you have a homeschool mascot?


Pirate Post #2- This is How Froglets Hunt for Pirate Treasure

Talk Like A Pirate Day was great fun here on the Pond.  We culminated the day with a pirate treasure hunt.  Papa Frog was in charge of the map, scurvy pirate that he is.  He created a seried of clues on two seperate map pieces and hid the second along with the treasure.  Then, he gathered his pirate crew together, including the first mate and his best cabin boy and they went on a hunt to try to find the lost treasure- because sometimes pirates forget where they bury treasure you know.  I must make a side note here and say that Papa Frog is an amazing guy.  He is such a good sport about things like treasure hunts, and took a simple activity to a whole new level.  He put on his best pirate voice and cajoled his crew along for a good 15 minutes of hunting for treasure.   The first part of his map read:





At the back ye must start, at the exit to the world.  4 steps ye must take and to the left ye turn, into the room where diners yearn.  10 more steps and to the left again, 3 steps right and then under and in.  On the other side, turn ye left 3 times.  7 steps take ye to a room of learnin’, back around again ye will be turnin’.  4 steps, then right again.  Soon ye will be heading into the den.  ANother 7 steps and ye will be right in.  Turn to the left, 4 steps ye will take and then, right and 3 more..what you find there will surely be more.


Of course there is where the Froglets found the other half of the map.  With a “That’s where I left it!” Papa Frog was off with his scurvy crew of Sea Frogs to find that treasure.




So, ye thought ye was done but turn around for much more fun.  Right you will turn and spy a path to the sky.  High ye must climb and ye will see why.  Four doors you see and 4 steps ye will take into the place where ye have a private break.  This is not the room ye seek, so turn around and plant yer feet 3 times on the ground.  Turn to the left- the big room is off limits, the other two have nothing in it.  Now down again ye scalawags must climb, don’t forget to say farewell to the sky.  To the left ye must turn, one step ye take.  Left again, the hour is late.  Four steps ye take now to the right again, 7 steps more and ye near the end.  Crab step right till ye can’t go no more and dig down deep and find yer score!





The treasure hunt took the Froglets under the dining room table, through the school room, up the stairs around, back down and around the living room twice.  Most of the fun was in the hunt itself, which Papa Frog made ridiculously amazing.  But of course, no pirate is complete without his or her treasure.


Not even the smallest Pirate Froglet.


Pirate Day #1- Because We Go AHHRRRR! For Pirate Candy on the Pond

Ok, so technically this candy has so many names, but for Talk Like A Pirate Day, we called it Pirate Candy.  Papa Frog often makes hard tack, but this was a fun and yummy mock hard tack treat for the Froglets.

To make your own Pirate Candy you will need:

1 1/2 sleeves of soda crackers

1 c. butter (use the real stuff)

1 c. light brown sugar

1 bag of dark chocolate chips.

Line a large sheet tray with aluminum foil.  Lay the soda crackers in a single layer, taking care to fill in the cracks the best you can.


In a saucepan, add sugar and butter and cook over med-hi heat, stirring constantly until the sugar and butter melt and begin to carmelize.



Pour caramel mixture over the crackers and slide your sheet pan into a preheated (400 degree) oven for 5 minutes.  Remove, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the hot caramel-y crackers.  At this point you can either spread them with a silicone paddle or you can just leave them as mostly whole chips.  WIN_20140919_143148

Pop your sheet tray in the freezer for 10 minutes, break into pieces and let your wee Pirate Froglets devour.  Warning:  These are incredibly tasty and prone to disappearance!