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Homework is assigned as needed. When nothing is assigned, students should be STUDYING!!!

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(Almost like) Medieval Aztec Chocolate Discs

(Almost like) Medieval Aztec Chocolate Discs

Sugar was not available when chocolate first came to Europe using sweeteners came much later. Aztecs used the cacao beans in a spicy drink.

Makes 1 Disc


½ tbsp. Hemp seeds (can use roasted Almonds – not salted)

1/2 cup Cacao Nibs (I bought the unsweetened power and used 1/8 cup)

1/8 cup Cinnamon (powdered)

1/8 cup sugar

1/4 tsp Nutmeg (fine)

1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

1 Pinch of fine salt

Warm Water

Add 1 pinch Cayenne pepper or similar spice. If you want more authentic style.



All ingredients need to be ground to powder before mixing.  Mix all dry ingredients together.

Slowly add Vanilla extract and warm water one tablespoon at a time. You want to have dry ingredients stick together not wet or watery AT ALL. Should be like cookie dough

 Super small taste to see if you like the mix. Add a dash of whatever you feel is needed. Form mixture into a mold or form it into a circle (disc).

Let stand on a counter for 4 hours to set up.  

Once completely dry and brittle to the touch, put in a container. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Disc can be nibbled as a treat or ½  of the disc can be dissolved in 8oz of Hot Milk. Try heating disc and add to cold milk??? (I have not tried this to see if it works in cold milk.



Kid Friendly Herbal Cough/Sore throat Drops


Kid Friendly Herbal Cough/Sore throat Drops


This recipe is super easy. You simply combine all the ingredients and pipe them onto a tray and freeze them. Your kids will love the sweet taste (in fact, you may have to fight off requests for more and more) and they really do help! The ingredients are safe for kids and soothing to their throats and/or help boost their immune system. 


Homemade Cough Drops for Kids  Author: Tauna Meyer


Natural homemade cough drops for kids that soothe their coughing and sore throats while giving them a boost to their immune system!


  • ½ cup coconut oil

  • ½ cup raw honey

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Use a hand mixer or blender to mix the ingredients well until well combined. (looks dough like)

  2. Scoop into a ziplock back and snip a small piece off the corner of the bag.

  3. Squeeze the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Spirals, hearts, or other shapes work well. Or spoon out small drops.

  4. Freeze for 30 minutes or more before using.

  5. After freezing for a few hours, store in a sealed container in the freezer.


First, combine all the ingredients in a bowl - I decided to add the juice of one medium lemon (2-3 tbp) as well, remembering how much tea with honey and lemon helps with cough and cold. 

***Update: Some readers have had great results with the recipe as-is and others have said it’s too runny. You may want to try leaving out the lemon juice at first. Add more solidified coconut oil until it’s the right consistency and then add the lemon a bit at a time. Otherwise the kids will be scraping it off the wax paper with their teeth. lol!***


Next, use a whisk or hand blender to whip up your mixture. (I ended up putting it in a larger bowl after spraying myself and the kitchen with it. lol!) You can use a regular blender just fine. Then scoop the contents into a ziplock bag and snip the end a bit to make it a piping bag. 


On a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper, pipe little spirals of the size you want. I got playful and made some hearts I knew would wow the kids. Because I have to maintain my rockstar mom status with my crew, right? Or spoon out into small drops.


Put your trays in the freezer. You can start using them in about 30 minutes but wait a few hours before removing them from the tray and putting them in a container. In a bowl or glass container they seemed to stay un- stuck from each other just fine. You definitely want to keep these in the freezer though. Put them on the counter and they will melt in a few minutes!

Points of Knowledge Projects are - 5, 10, 20 and 50 points - Total 85

Students select one activity from each set of points. ( 5, 10 ,20, and 50) 

The purpose is to show what they have learned. 

Expectation is neat, colored and best effort on all projects. 

Students are reminded regularly the Study guide will NOT be accepted after the due date!

Remember to Study whenever you get new material or begin a new chapter!

Review the notes given in class on ways to study.



Medieval Gingerbread Recipe

Medieval Gingerbread

February 4, 2014 · by Shelagh ·

Ground Ginger

  Gingerbread Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Passive Time
30 minutes


Spices required

  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Honey & Bread

  • 2 cups clear honey
  • 1 lb breadcrumbs

Servings: people

Units:MetricUS Imperial


  1. Gently heat the honey in a pan and bring to the boil. A scum will appear on the top of the honey as it boils so skim this off.

  2. Stir the breadcrumbs into the hot honey and remove the pan from the heat.

  3. Mix the spices into the honey/breadcrumb mixture and transfer to a baking tray. You need the mixture to be about 1/2 inch deep in the tray when it settles. Leave to cool.

  4. When cold, cut into squares or triangles to serve.

Recipe Notes

Gingerbread recipe by Shelagh Caudle

So what is medieval gingerbread? When it comes to 12th century history, people do not generally think of gingerbread as an option on the menu. However, it was actually very popular. Medieval food could be quite bland so a sweet treat with spicy taste was very much a luxury. Having said that, medieval spices were expensive as they had to be imported from Africa and Asia, so only the wealthy tended to be able to afford to enjoy them. You can just imagine a castle Great Hall with the noble lord's family having dinner and the children looking forward to when the gingerbread was served. It must have been a very special treat for them and in stark contrast to the children of the peasant families on the periphery of the castle estate.

This is an easy gingerbread recipe which will delight all the family. It is probably the combination of cloves and pepper alongside the ginger that make this so sweet bread so unusual yet appetizing.

NOTE: In this recipe you have to boil the honey and in medieval times this process was called clarifying. When we say 'clarify' today we tend to mean something quite different! You might want to read our medieval glossary for more fascinating culinary terms from 12th century England.

Classroom supplies


Agenda Book

Notebook paper for notes

Notebook (binder) for history papers

single subject notebook for  Warm ups

blue or black pens

RED pen or pencil


crayons or colored pencils

AR book

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