Monday, January 18, 2021

Menu Monday



Has anyone reached that part of the winter where they have cooked so much...yeah they are over it??  My planning brain is struggling.  We have food.  But WOW...I just can't some days.  I am trying hard to plan as much as possible to keep myself organized.  I work full-time from home (fortunately), but it's still a struggle.

Sunday
B - Doughnuts (I had an early grocery pick up, so I grabbed Dunkin' Doughnuts as a treat)
L - Leftovers from the weekend
D - Mock Jambalaya - this recipe is one I created.  I took turkey sausage, shredded pork from the weekend, and added a lot of spices to Rice a Roni.  It was a hit!  I plan on doing this again.

Monday
B - pumpkin cake
L - Chicken salad sandwiches or pizza buns
D - Fritos tamale pie

Tuesday
B - Cereal
L - Chili dogs w/ salad
D - Lasagna

Wednesday
B- Breakfast burritos
L - Potato soup
D - Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes

Thursday
B - Pancakes
L - Chili waffle fries
D - Leftover Day

Friday
B - Quesadillas
L - PB&J and chips
D - hm pizzas - Sams has the best pizza kits!!

Saturday
B - apple cake
L - Open
D - Shrimp and grits

***This is important.....some days I change things around.****  I print a menu and keep it on the cabinet.  If something happens, I change the menu in pencil.  I make sure to keep track at the bottom of the menu of the meals that get moved, and we still have the ingredients for.  

This biggest thing to remember.... BE FLEXIBLE!!  I cannot express this enough.  Do not down yourself if you need to move your menu around.  You might be exhausted, need to work over, or a sports practice gets moved....all these things have happened to me in the last few weeks.  Flexibility is the key.  I also have given up some control in the kitchen and make sure that the kids are involved as much as possible in making meals.  Some day they will be able to cook the entire meal themselves!!  Whoohooo!!

I know I didn't share any recipes, but if you are interested, please email me.  renitakuehner@gmail.com.  I'd be happy to share a close variation of what we make.  I seriously do not really follow recipes well...lol

Hope that these ideas help and everyone has a great week!!!


Friday, January 8, 2021

Funny Friday

 

Sorry...This is funny and true all at the same time!








Thursday, January 7, 2021

SchoolhouseTeachers.com - Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership Review

 

Disclosure: I received this product free through the Homeschool Review Crew
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We had the opportunity to review an indispensable resource in our homeschool.  SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership.  Schoolhouseteachers.com is a division of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  The Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership allows you to plan out a stress free school year with full curriculum options for core subjects and plenty of electives to choose from.  There are over 450 courses available with your membership, and this covers all ages in the family.

Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership is super flexible, no matter what ages you are teaching, you will be able to find it through this membership.  Even things you might not think about like foreign language, home economics, drama, speech, photography, art history and so much more.    You can get all of this for one fee and cover all the students in your house!!

We have used many various subjects through SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  One of our favorite was the Computer Science section.  I could easily use this information from my tablet or laptop, it did not matter what method I logged in that day.  If I wanted, I could also print lessons out for easy planning.  (Sorry, it doesn't matter the amount of technology I have, I still need good old-fashioned paper for some lessons.)  I was able to learn right along with the kids when it came to webpage building and writing HTML code.


Currently the girls and I are working our way through the Ninth Grade level Ancient History course.  The planning is really very easy for me.  I choose to print the lesson plan for my own reference, but then the girls and I visit all the links together.  The resources are all provided in each lesson.  Simply read and click for the outside resources such as World Book Online.

Feeling a little overwhelmed and not sure where to start?  Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership has you covered there also.  There are downloadable lesson planners and calendars to help you plan out the options you would like.  If you they take some of the planning off your plate.  There are School Boxes available to help you out.  Simply click on the grade level and the subjects typically required in most states are all laid out for you.  You can simply click and add to your plan.


If you are like me, and have students on multiple grade levels, you can do a search by subject also.



In fact your can do lesson planning very easily in SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  There are Scope and Sequence references available, lesson planning sheets and even record-keeping software available for use.  Keep it all together for easy reference for you!!  You'll feel like a Superhero ready to homeschool through those High School years!!

The daily breakdown is very easy to use, and older students can definitely work their way through independently.



I feel that the goal of SchoolhouseTeachers.com is to make homeschooling easy and not so overwhelming for families. They have definitely done this.   Being able to build my own curriculum for each of my daughters if great.  They are both at different grade levels on many of their subjects.  So being able to custom build their schedules based on their interests and abilities is invaluable. It's also so easy to use SchoolhouseTeachers.com!!

Another advantage of using Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership, it is very budget friendly. You get access to all grade levels, with all the wealth of planning tools, curriculum, access to a full video library and World Book Resource Library for either a low monthly price or a full-year membership.  Right now they are holding a sale through 1/31/2021!!


Why not start out the new year with Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership and see what kind of an invaluable resource this can be for your family!!  

Click on the link below to see how other Homeschool Review Crew members used this invaluable resource in their homes. 

SchoolhouseTeachers.com - Every Subject - Every Grade - Every Student {SchoolhouseTeachers.com Reviews 2021}

Monday, January 4, 2021

Snowman Candle Holder Craft



We recently completed this super cute craft!!!

                                        
 
Supplies....

1 plain wine goblet (smooth side works best) - I bought several sizes of glasses to experiment on after this)
Acrylic paint (Colors of your choice)
Paint brushes of various sizes (I found the foam brushes worked great)
Cloth/table covering

First paint the goblet white.  Then paint the stem the colors of choice for your hat.


Don't forget the top.





This will take some time to wait to dry, unless you use a hair dryer.  You will have to add in layers as each color dries or becomes tacky.  (You may need to add more than one layer of white.)  The freedom for creativity is endless.  I added a Dollar Tree flameless candle.  I'm in love.  



Monday, December 21, 2020

Winter Fun Checklist



We are experiencing some difficult social times ahead.  We are always looking for creative ways to keep our brains going.  Here is a fun winter checklist that you can use in these "socially distancing" times.


You can download this file by clicking this link:  Krazy Kuehner Days Winter Fun Checklist.

Hot cocoa bombs can be made with almost ANY silicone mold.  We use almond bark and chocolate bark to create ours.  We even use homemade hot cocoa powder.

New hobbies for kids may be painting classes (Check Outschool.com, Udemy, or local art studios are doing virtual classes.)

Local libraries are hosting a wide range of family, teen, and kids activities virtually also.  Check out what your library is offering.

Here is a recipe for Snow Cream - Snow Ice Cream

Themed movie nights are so fun.  Check Pinterest for ideas with almost any movie you can watch.  These are just great, and bonus you can have grocery pick up to help keep you safe.

Hope this list helps get you started on some Winter Family Fun!!



Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Menu Monday

 




I can't believe that it will be December.  It is crazy how fast, and yet how slow this year has been.  I'll be honest, other than limiting activities in some areas of our life, my life has only gotten busier.  Since I started teaching on Outschool.com, life has stayed very busy.

FYI...I made cranberry chicken last week and it was not a hit here.  It's just chicken thigh, canned cranberry, french dressing cooked together in slow cooker or Instant Pot.  They liked the rice...lol!  But not the chicken so much.

Sunday 
B- Breakfast pizza
L - Leftovers
D - Leftovers - we had a ton of food to use up
Snack - Popcorn

Monday
B - Leftover breakfast pizza
L - More leftovers...we had a ton of food cooked up and no freezer space
D - Roast (instant pot), mashed potatoes, gravy, corn
Snack - Banana bread

Tuesday
B - Oatmeal or grits
L- Hot chicken sandwiches
D - Chili and cornbread
Snack - pumpkin pie dip and graham crackers

Wednesday
B - Loaded tater tot waffles
L - Potato soup w/ ham and cheese
D - Pour a Pan cheeseburger casserole
Snack - P3 packets

Thursday
B - Fried potato hash
L - Chicken and dumplings
D - Dorito taco casserole bake
Snack - Apple slices

Friday
B - Cereal/Poptarts
L - Korean rice bowls (I doubled this recipe last week and froze some for lunch this week)
D - Geography Meal - Bolognese - We are learning about Italy
Snack - Popcorn

Saturday
B - Apple bread
L - Soup/Leftovers
D - DIY KFC Potato bowls
Snack - Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

***This is important.....some days I change things around.****  I print a menu and keep it on the cabinet.  If something happens, I change the menu in pencil.  I make sure to keep track at the bottom of the menu of the meals that get moved, and we still have the ingredients for.  

This biggest thing to remember.... BE FLEXIBLE!!  I cannot express this enough.  Do not down yourself if you need to move your menu around.  You might be exhausted, need to work over, or a sports practice gets moved....all these things have happened to me in the last few weeks.  Flexibility is the key.  I also have given up some control in the kitchen and make sure that the kids are involved as much as possible in making meals.  Some day they will be able to cook the entire meal themselves!!  Whoohooo!!

I know I didn't share any recipes, but if you are interested, please email me.  renitakuehner@gmail.com.  I'd be happy to share a close variation of what we make.  I seriously do not really follow recipes well...lol

Hope that these ideas help and everyone has a great week!!!