homeschooling American History


Our trip to the Bob Evans Farm Festival in Rio Grande, Ohio (near Gallipolis, Ohio) has led to all this historical talk about the French in Ohio and Colonial Days. While visiting the Our House Tavern in Gallipolis I was given several recipes dating back to 1784 Colonial America. My 5 year old and I made these cookies today and they were a success! I didn’t even use an electric mixer.


1784  ~ Applejacks

1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/3 cup sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped, unpeeled apples  (peel your apples first and then chop)



Cream together sugar and shortening. Beat in the egg. Sift together the dry ingredients and add, beating until well blended. Stir in the apples, Drop in small balls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes. 


bake cookies with your child


They turned out delicious and my little helper ate about 6 of them this very day! I do recommend storing the uneaten ones in the refrigerator.


There was no “United States of America” prior to 1787. The United States Constitution was ratified September 17, 1787 (the Declaration of Independence signed July 4, 1776). Beginning in December 1787 the 13 Colonies began being admitted to Statehood. Ohio was not one of the first 13 colonies…Ohio was the 17th area to become a State though.


I use free and inexpensive printables from a variety of sources to help me with homeschooling. One of those places is called Notebooking Pages and will give you free American Presidential printables here. This is also the place I got my 13 Colony printables, visit Debra’s site here. You can also get the American First Ladies free sample and one on the States.


Be sure to check out your local library for videos to use as well. Check out this post for  my 3 easy tips to make your own unit study using free and inexpensive resources.



*See the 4 preceding Bob Evans & Gallipolis Posts here.  Also, I am using my affiliate links in this post.

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Tracy Zdelar

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In addition to writing here at her blog,, Tracy also owns and writes at Homeschooling her boys, a niece, teaching high school psychology at their homeschool co-op and hosting a Homeschool Lego Club ensures there is little time for boredom for this mom! Tracy loves Jesus, her family, and good coffee.

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