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    One Pan Pasta Dinner

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    Affiliate Love…

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    Homeschooling 101: High School

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    Heidi Unit Study

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    Summer Vacation 2014

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JUL
23
2014

One Pan Pasta Dinner

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Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday!

That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had me at “one pan”!

So today I have a one pan pasta dish for all of you busy parents out there!

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So if you have about 15 minutes to spare, then stick with me people and you’ll also have dinner ready too!

 

One Pan Pasta:

  • 12 ounces linguine
  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced (Or finely diced if you’re trying to hide them from your children.)
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 3 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • 6 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 T. capers
  • Lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Combine all ingredients (except capers and parmesan cheese) in a large straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and liquid has thickened into a nice sauce, about 10 minutes.

Add in the capers and cook another few minutes, then serve warm with some fresh parmesan and garnish with fresh basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper, serves 6.

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One-Pan Pasta (adapted slightly from Martha Stewart Living, because it was kind of bland, sorry Martha!)

 

Italian Dipping Sauce:

We also like to have some yummy bread and that amazing Italian dipping sauce from our favorite restaurant…Carrabba’s!

  • 1 Tbsp. minced basil
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh lemon juice

 

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Directions:

Mix all above ingredients together and store mixture in refrigerator until ready to eat. Serve in small dipping bowl. Add more olive oil to spice mixture as desired for a wonderful dipping sauce!

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Enjoy!

JUL
22
2014

Affiliate Love…

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Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share some of my favorite companies with you. These products are some that we personally endorse and use in our homeschooling.   I think you should know, that I’m fairly picky on what we use. And even more so with what I will recommend to you! For that reason, I only review/giveaway products that we have enjoyed in our home and want to share with you too! So today is dedicated to the awesome companies that have supported Confessions and have a special place in our hearts!   Our Favorites:   All About Learning Press has both reading and spelling products available which we love! All About Spelling teaches encoding skills, spelling rules, and multisensory strategies to help your student become a proficient speller! All About Reading is a complete program teaching phonics, decoding, fluency, and comprehension in a fun and engaging way.       What’s in the Bible? are a series of fun DVDs that … [Read more...]

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21
2014

Homeschooling 101: High School

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I wanted to start off this post by encouraging you. YOU CAN DO IT! Aside from the academics required, your primary goal is to prepare your student for their adult life. Homeschooling can help continue to build a bond with your student, and cement your relationship during a tumultuous time in their lives. Having a parent they can count on for training and sound advice will have eternal rewards when it comes to their future. Homeschooling through high school can also allow students to experience more things without the confinements of a classroom setting. You’re free to get out and actually participate in various things that interest them, along with learning in a more hands-on fashion. You … [Read more...]

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20
2014

Heidi Unit Study

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Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun and games as her Aunt decides she needs to move to another home to better her education. But the optimistic Heidi manages to enjoy her time there and make some life long friends before returning to her first love, the home in the mountains. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Heidi Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using … [Read more...]

JUL
14
2014

Summer Vacation 2014

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It’s that time of year where there’s an abundance of… hot summer days… cool swimming pools… warm summer evenings with iced tea and a porch swing… amazing sunsets… time to relax, refresh, and remember… and that’s exactly what we’re doing this week.   We’ll be enjoying some amazing scenery, time with family, and hopefully making some great memories! Don’t worry, we’ll be back next week with all new posts! Until then…I pray you’re all enjoying your summer break as well. … [Read more...]

JUL
13
2014

The Prince and the Pauper Unit Study

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Looking for some fun summer reading? The Prince and the Pauper unit study is a perfect way to add in some reading fun!   Story Summary: The Prince and the Pauper is a charming story of two boys who look remarkably alike, but lead two very different lives! Edward is heir to the throne of England, while Tom’s father is a beggar and a thief. When the two boys meet by chance one day, they decide to change clothes for fun. Before they know it they’re involved in a case of mistaken identity and wind up trading places and lives! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Prince and the Pauper Classic Starts version as retold from the Mark Twain original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to … [Read more...]

JUL
10
2014

It’s 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY!

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JUL
09
2014

Summer Boredom Busters Part 3

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JUL
08
2014

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids Part 2

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Hi everyone! I’m back with another day of Summer Boredom buster ideas for kids! This is a great series for anyone looking for some fun ideas to fill those long afternoons and rainy days this summer! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   Stick around tomorrow for more fun Summer Boredom Busters! … [Read more...]

JUL
07
2014

Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

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Hi everyone! Need some ideas to keep your kiddos entertained this summer? Here is a great list of non-electronic ideas to help get them outside and put their creative energy to good use!http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/06/summer-boredom-buster-sidewalk-chalk-fun.html We’re well on our way into summer and we’re having a great time. We’ve actually been kind of busy so we’re still waiting for those “relaxing summer days” to roll around. But I wanted to share my Summer Boredom busters with you for those long afternoons, rainy days, and anyone looking to have a little extra fun! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   P.S. I have several to share, so I’ll be breaking them up into a few posts over the next couple of days so stay tuned for more ideas tomorrow! … [Read more...]