Little House Progress Week 4

Our Little House before we had started:

And our Little House four weeks later:



Little House Infections

We have a case of a nasty throat infection and a very high fever making it’s way round our family at the moment. Three out of five children are down with it, so posts will be on hold until everyone improves.

Sharpening my axe and chopping the wood

I have my own small axe which I use to chop the kindling for our log burning stove in our real house.  I am in charge of the kindling and enjoy chopping it.  I have wanted to use Daddy’s axe for a while now, and this summer seemed a good opportunity to try, with Daddy’s guidance.  First he taught me to sharpen it.  I used an axe stone in a forward and across motion, using controlled strokes:

Daddy demonstrating

Daddy demonstrating

Me attempting to sharpen my own small axe myself

Me attempting to sharpen my own small axe myself

Then how to chop the wood into smaller pieces:



I then stacked it beside the Little House for the winter.

Blueberry Pie

Hi , this week I made blueberry pie:

My blueberry pie

My blueberry pie

For the pastry, which was called common family paste for pies, you will need:

White flour 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose, plus extra for dusting

salt, scant 1/2 teaspoon

lard 1/3 cup ( 5 tablespoons)

butter, 1/2 teaspoon

chill all ingredients  and bowl in fridge. Rinse hands in cold water  and dry them. Prepare a cup of ice water. In the bowl  mix flour and salt. Add the lard to the flour and rub in with fingers.  When breadcrumb like add three tablespoons of iced cold water.  Form a dough ball and place in the fridge to cool.

Once cooled quickly roll the pastry and place on top of the pie dish, trimming the edges.  I used enough blueberries to line my dish and then some! Finally I laid some pastry over the fruit and I sprinkled some sugar on top of the pastry, although I had not added anything to the blueberries.

I baked in the oven at 180 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.  It was very good!



Edited by mum to add:  Although she posted the original recipe (from the little house recipe book) this wasn’t the recipe L10 ended up using.

Plans for week 4

Our Plans this Week

Read Aloud each day.

Watch an episode on DVD each day.

General Little House Plans

We will be watering the plants, helping them to grow big and strong!

We will be bringing in our rocking chair from the house, which someone from church kindly gave us. (It has an area on it which is broken)

We will hopefully also paint the floor, if the weather is cooler.

Mr Ingalls

T10 will be learning from Daddy how to sharpen an axe

Using his newly sharpened axe he will chop some wood, under Daddy’s watchful eye, to stack outside our Little House for the long cold winter!

He will stain the rocking chair and discuss with daddy the best way to mend it (one of his activities for the week after)

Mrs Ingalls and Mary

Both L10 and C10 will begin to make some baskets

They will make a wall hanging from painted wood to hang inside the Little House

C10 will be attempting to making some yogurt again this week, if she is successful she will use the yogurt to make some soft cheese

L10 will be making a blueberry pie from the Little House cook book and she will also make some standard bread to go with C10’s cheese

Laura and Carrie

A4 will be continuing with her reading using the McGuffey’s primer.

Both girls will be using some lolly sticks to make some plant labels for their kitchen garden

B2 has suddenly shown an interest in counting and is now able to count up to 10 (although not very, very reliably!).  I have a Little House ABC and 123 book which I will be focussing on with her.

This weeks posting plans are as follows:

Monday:L10 will post her blueberry pie recipe

Tuesday:  T11 will post about sharpening his axe and chopping wood

Wednesday:   C10 will post about making yogurt and cheese

Thursday: A4 with some help from mummy will post about making plant labels

Friday: House progress

Saturday: Plans for week five

Making Haysticks with Daddy

Daddy and I made some hay sticks together to use when the wood runs out, to burn on the fire.

We used raffia instead of straw.  We took a bunch of raffia and whilst daddy held one end I twisted and twisted.


Then Daddy had a turn.  We twisted the raffia until it twisted back on itself.  T11 is helping me  hold it strong whist Daddy twists.


These are called hay sticks.

DSC_0705We made a few!