We’ve been using Adventures in My Father’s World this year. The curriculum presents American history from a Biblical point of view. For the last couple of weeks, we have been reading about the Pioneers. We’ve learned about the early settlements of Jamestown, Plymouth, and New Amsterdam. To celebrate all we’ve been learning, we had a bread and butter making day and did a science experiment with yeast.

First we made our bread…honey wheat:


1 1/8 cup water

3 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1/3 cup honey

1 1/2 Tbs oil

1 package of yeast

Put the ingredients in order into your bread machine and follow your directions on the bread machine. I put mine on the light setting…it took about 2 1/2 hours to bake.

Next Up… Science in the kitchen:

Mix 1 package of yeast with 1 cup of warm water and 1 Tbs of sugar, pour into a glass soda jar ( I didn’t have glass… plastic seemed to work well) and cover the opening with a balloon. Put in a warm, dark place and observe every 10 minutes or so… Have the kids record observations in a journal.

Big Brother recorded the results after 10, 20, 30 and 40 minutes. Just a side note, I did have to shake the bottle a bit to get the yeast moving. We repeated the experiment with just yeast and water… no sugar and noted the differences. We talked about how yeast needs sugar to be effective.

Moving on… to homemade butter:

Pour heavy whipping cream into a glass jar… fill it about half way up. Add a little salt for taste if you’d like.

Put the lid on the jar… make sure it’s sealed tight! SHAKE! Shake for about 15 minutes or so… the butter will begin to form… be patient… I promise it will come.

Separate the butter from the rest of the liquid in the jar.

Spread your homemade butter on your homemade bread (or crackers, etc.) and enjoy!!!

Now I’m going to head over to the Hip Homeschool Hop and see what other homeschoolers are up to this week!

Bread, Butter and Pioneers

4 thoughts on “Bread, Butter and Pioneers

  • September 28, 2011 at 3:37 am

    So are you all addicted to homemade butter now? We made homemade butter last year and I salivate everytime I think back to that…

    Looks like so much fun!

    • September 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      yes! it was so yummy! i think we might just have to make it again this week!

  • October 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    GREAT to see you today, girl! So… you are more “pioneerish” than we are. We shook ours for about 10 min and then went to the blender. 🙂 So fun to know you and I are pretty much doing the same thing each week! Too bad we are not neighbors! Luv ya!

    • October 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      SO GOOD TO SEE YOU TOO!!! I do wish we lived closer. We’ll have to get together next time we’re in town.


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