Adventures at Backwoods Academy and Collyott Farms

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Well March definately came in like a LION - RRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

After 2 weeks of snow, 3 days with no electricity, and MUD MUD MUD I'm just a little pooped and have the winter blahs.  I'm dreaming of sunny skies ~~ blooming flowers ~~ long hikes ~~ I need a little refreshing in my life, not just outdoors but in my homeschool and spirit as well.  Do you every get the BLAH's this time of year, are you ready for a pick me up?

God tells us :
Psalms 51:12 - Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit. 

Psalms 51:10 - Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

1 Corinthians 10:13 - There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

Grab a hold of God's promises today and get a refreshing that no SPRING day can compete with.  I will be praying for you today ~~


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Little Bit of Old Whole Lot of NEW ~~

Well if you have noticed we haven't been blogging much.  We have decided to change our blog from a business blog to a blog about our Homeschooling, Homesteading, Frugal, Country Lifestyle ~~  now before you run you don't have to Homeschool or Homestead to follow our blog.  We will continue to have lots of YUMMY recipes, we will have more daily life stories, along with great homeschool articles or product review and fun information about our homesteading venture so stayed tuned because we're a little bit "crazy" and our stories will at least be interesting!!

We are trying to build our blog #'s so please share - - you will soon see giveaways and other FUN things going on and don't want to miss it!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cheesy Sausage Penne (this ones YUMMY)~~~

1 lb ground sausage (can also use hamburger)
1 block of cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 box of Penne Noodles (cooked according to pkg directions)
1 Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
8 oz sour cream
8 oz cream cheese

Brown sausauge in a skillet until done.

Drain sausage and add your spaghetti sauce - simmer on low.   Also while browning sausage cook your penne noodles according to pkg. directions until done, drain and set aside.  Also shred your block of cheese and set aside.
In a small bowl combine place your cream cheese - microwave about 40 sec to soften, then add your sour cream and mix.
In a 9x13 baking dish layer as follows.   Place 1/2 your noodles in the dish, then 1/2 sausage mixture, then drop 1/2 the cream cheese mixture over the sausage and spread out, then 1/2 the cheese, repeat topping with cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes - take out and enjoy with a favorite salad and crusty bread!

DIG IN  :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Salsa Mia Shipwreck

I am having fun playing around with recipes using our mixes!!

Salsa Mia Shipwreck - this recipe uses our Salsa Mia dip mix and an casserole my family loves

6-8 potatoes - peeled and cubed 1/2 - 1" - enough to cover bottom of a 13x9 pan
1 can of kidney beans
1 lb hamburger
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cube beef bouillan
1/2 cup milk
1 can diced tomatoes
1 Salsa Mia Dip Mix -
1 block of cheddar cheese - shredded

Cube potatoes and place in the bottom of 13x9 pan. Add a few teaspoons of butter over the potatoes 4-5.  Drain kidney beans and layer over top of potatoes. 

In a skillet brown your hamburger (we use deer burger).  When brown add milk, can of cream of chicken and 1 beef bouillan cube.  Mix all together til warm. Spread over potatoes and beans. 

Then mix your can of diced tomatos and Salsa Mia mix, layer this over top of the meat mixture.

Top with shredded cheese and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until potatoes are done.  If cheese starts to brown - cover.  Take out and enjoy  - - Was great with a piece of our crusty beer bread mix.  As you can see the dish was almost cleaned out!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Yummy ~ Easy ~ Chicken Soup

This chicken soup is Yummy and Easy

1 Whole Chicken
1 Can Cooked Carrots
1 Can Cannelloni Beans
4-5 Stalks of Celery

Boil your chicken - season well with salt, pepper and other favorite herbs and spices.  When chicken is done set aside to cool - then debone.  Save the broth.  I usually do this on the weekend and freeze or refrigerate for a quick evening meal during the week!!

To make soup:   Cut up celery and saute in butter, add mushrooms.

In stockpot put the broth and chicken, add sauted mushrooms and celery.  Add can of carrots (drained), add can of cannelloni white beans (drained), and season to taste. 

Heat to a boil then lower to a simmer until ready to serve.  The longer you simmer the more the seasonings and flavors will mix.  You may need to add water if you did not have much broth. 

Add a Warm Crusty Loaf of Bread and what a comforting meal  (We have Beer Bread Mixes online that go sooooooooo well with soup!)

Front Porch Dreams.....

NOTE - - we are switching our website name to FRONT PORCH DREAMS - you will see changes over the next two months as website colors and graphics change as well as some of the product line.

I can't wait - we've collected dozens of Front Porch Pictures - cannot decide on a favorite!!
We'll have more updates to come..  but right now I'm off to the store for more beer (no I'm not drinking in the AM) but I do plan to roll our a new Beer Bread Mix today - Cheesy Ranch Beer Bread - so let the trial and error begin - lots of bread for supper I imagine!!

You can check out our "Original" Beer Bread mix above online @
Have a GREAT Thursday everyone - I'm enjoying the SUNSHINE  :)