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.



I’m planning a special week for the women of the house beginning March 5th. 

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A review & giveaway of Jill Hart’s book “So you want to be a work-at-home mom?”
  • A step by step “how to start your own ______ business.  [The exact business will be a surprise for you.]
  • Pictures of the inside of the cook’s kitchen of the Our House Tavern. You’ll get a peek of some of the tools used from the “olden days”.
  •  Perhaps a couple more 1874 recipes.


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Tracy Zdelar

Owner/Editor at Hall of Fame Moms
A homeschooling mom who loves her family, coffee and the Lord Jesus. Follow us here at the blog and on social media for our latest travel posts, homeschooling updates, giveaways and so much more!