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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.  I'd be happy to share a close variation of what we make.  I seriously do not really follow recipes

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 - Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership Review


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We had the opportunity to review an indispensable resource in our homeschool., the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership. 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  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  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 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!!

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

Monday, January 4, 2021

Snowman Candle Holder Craft

We recently completed this super cute craft!!!


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.