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    Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

    Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready … [Read More...]

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    Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

    It's that time of the year again...time for roasted pumpkin seeds! And really who doesn’t love pumpkin seeds? Here’s a great roasted pumpkin seed that’s so easy your kiddos can do it themselves!   Step 1: Head to the pumpkin patch and pick out some sweet pumpkins! Next seed your … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching curriculum mid-year.   Occasionally it happens that we find ourselves needing to switch one of our curriculum choices mid-year. For me it was about three months into our 3rd year of … [Read More...]

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    Kindergarten Cursive Bible Verse Handwriting

    After publishing my Kindergarten Bible Verse Handwriting Worksheets, I had several requests for Cursive Bible Verse worksheets, so that’s what I have for you today! many of you know already, there is a weekly bible memory verse in the K4 Kindergarten curriculum, and so I’ve also added in some fun … [Read More...]

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    Sashay Scarf for kids

    Hi all! I don’t know what it is about fall, but it definitely brings out the inner crafter in me! And today I tried one of these super cute, and might I add extremely EASY, sashay scarves!   Supplies are simple: 1 ball Sashay Yarn: I used Red Heart Boutique Sashay mini since it was for … [Read More...]

JUN
09
2010

My Baby Boy is 6 today!

Ack, where is the time going? I can’t believe my once precious little 5lb baby boy is turning 6 today! I have to say that I love each day I get to spend with this little guy, he’s super funny, always to the point, and has a laugh  so contagious that it has been requested as a ring tone on more than one of my friend’s phones! Happy Birthday little man, or should I say young man {sigh}, I’m so glad God let us be your family, you ROCK!! … [Read more...]

JUN
09
2010

Pen Pals

I found this idea at The Homeschool Post and thought it was such a great idea, I had to share! We started a notebook that will contain letters between me and my daughter, its a great relationship building activity and will become a wonderful keepsake down the road! (Not to mention that it works on handwriting, spelling, and writing at the same time, and you know, if you can sneak in a little school, hey!) But really I’m hoping to gain some treasured insight into my daughter and what goes on in that sweet head of hers. As well as strengthen our bond, and even give us some “1 on 1” time with each other that can be difficult to find in a family of 6. I copied Beverly’s initial letter almost to the T: “Dear ****, Would you like to be pen pals? I thought it would be fun! Instead of mailing letters to each other, we’ll keep them in this notebook.I will write to you, and leave the notebook on your bed. Then, when you want to write me back, you write on the next page and leave the notebook … [Read more...]

JUN
08
2010

Going Green!

I constantly have manipulatives all over the place. Sometimes they’re in plastic baggies, sometimes plastic tubs from the store, sometimes they’re just in a bowl, and if the Teeny Tot’s been around they’re all over the floor!  But I’ve come up with a solution, and it even means I don’t have to cook dinner which is AWESOME! After ordering from a local BBQ restaurant this past weekend, I noticed that their plastic containers for their side dishes were the PERFECT size for storing manipulatives! I washed them out well, and started sorting! They even come with handy little lids and they stack perfectly, which takes up less space!  We only had 4 this time, so I’ll have to order out again soon as I have lot’s more to sort! They work really well, and I like that they’re semi-transparent so you can see what’s inside. Now my daughter can just go grab any bucket she wants for her activities. So the next time you order takeout, make sure to pay attention to their containers! Maybe … [Read more...]

JUN
07
2010

Whole Grain Belgium Waffles

Ingredients: 2 eggs, beaten 1 3/4 cup skim milk 1/4 cup canola oil 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce (I used cinnamon apple sauce) 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 C whole wheat flour (Can substitute: 1 c whole wheat flour, 1/2 c flax seed, 1/4 c wheat germ, 1/4 c all purpose flour) 4 tsp baking powder 1 Tbsp sugar 1/4 tsp salt Optional: 1/4 c white chocolate chips ;o) Directions: I have a Toastmaster Belgian Waffle Baker but its old, so I’m sure they have newer fancier ones now! Step 1: Preheat waffle iron. In large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, oil, apple sauce, vanilla. Step 2: Stir in remaining dry ingredients until batter is smooth. (You may have to add a little extra flour if its too runny, I didn’t measure that well!) Step 3: Pour batter into waffle iron and cook until golden! (Spray waffle iron if it’s not non-stick) Step 4: Serve with favorite fresh fruit and Agave Nectar (See below) Makes about 14 waffles I use Agave Nectar from Mudhava instead of syrup. Agave is a natural … [Read more...]

JUN
06
2010

Gardening Observations

My husband started our garden seedlings and we’re trying out a new little lighting system for some of them. The kids always help with this task and this year we decided to add some science to it, and do observations of the seeds growing. These pods contain broccoli and cauliflower:Day 1: Day 1, nothing much to report, seeds sewn, waiting patiently…they are sitting in sand with rope lighting in it for warmth. Normally we use our Science Grid , but this time the kids made their own: Day 3: Oh, we have a little sprout! Whoo-hoo! (Notice the cowboy hat, it was dress-up day and yes, that is Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, and Blake Sheldon’s autographs you see, she also has Reba McEntire and many more on the other side) Day 9: Success! We only had one pod that didn’t sprout up, so we re-started it, but everything else is doing well. We moved it from our basement on day 3’s pic, to my laundry room in day 9’s photo. Apparently our cat “Six” (see Day 9 illustration above) grew a little too fond … [Read more...]

JUN
05
2010

Breaded Chicken & Parsley Potatoes

This week I thought I’d share my comfort recipe! Partially because it’s super easy, and also because its yummy! It’s nothing super special, but everyone seems to like it and for me that’s a huge deal! Breaded Chicken: 6 boneless/skinless chicken thighs (can substitute with chicken breasts, but let’s face it, they’re just not as yummy!) 1/2 c. seasoned bread crumbs (I use Progresso Italian) 1/4 c. shredded parmesan cheese 1 egg (beaten) 1/2 c. milk olive oil Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 pan with cooking oil. Step 2: Mix breadcrumbs & shredded parmesan cheese in shallow bowl. Beat egg and milk together in another shallow bowl. Dip each chicken breast into egg mixture then coat with bread crumbs and place into 9x13 pan. Step 3: Drizzle breaded chicken breasts with olive oil and bake at 350 for approx 45 minutes or until golden brown. Parsley Potatoes: 3 russet potatoes (can substitute with red potatoes) butter 1 T parsley 1 tsp garlic salt 1 tsp onion salt … [Read more...]

JUN
04
2010

Friday Freebie: So Happy Together Template

I have another template for you for Friday Freebie! This one is a scrap-lift from a paper layout I found a long time ago in an issue of Creating Keepsakes. Download So Happy Together This is a layered PSD file and includes the flower stems, title block, transparent flowers and sample text. Here’s my layout: Supplies: Katie Pertiet: hemp tie, Rose Garden brown pattern paper; Amanda Rockwell Crushin' On My Man Brown lined paper; Phoung Ton Floral Grunge Green Paper; Traveling Typewriter Font; Ali Edwards Handwriting Font Hope you like it! … [Read more...]

JUN
03
2010

2010 File Folder Games

Since this blog is called “Confessions…” I have one.  When I first started homeschooling, I didn’t understand what a “File Folder Game” was. I downloaded all these fun games and just kept them in a manilla envelopes. It wasn’t until this year when we started Lapbooking, that I realized what a File Folder Game was! I immediately went and gathered my manilla envelope games, and put them into file folders and voila! Here is a gathering of all the file folder games we did this year, just click on the Titles to download:Paint Brush Color Matching:  Numbers Cards by Homeschool Creations (This goes 1-20):Puppy Match Up by File Folder Fun: (Memory Matching) Fishy Faces by File Folder Fun: (Memory Matching) Apple Matching by Homeschool Share: Shades of Color (to be used with paint chips): This is game I ended up making into a file folder game. You can download my color grid here, and I used a 1 1/4" square punch to punch the colors out. Candy Cane Color Match by File Folder Fun: … [Read more...]

JUN
02
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday, where I try to share exactly what I’m putting in boxes for the day! Today I’m sharing my 2nd Grade boxes and there are lots of ‘Fun Boxes’ this week as it’s our last official week of 2nd Grade! Whew! View Full Album Abeka 2: Math (We’re done with our Math U See Yay!) Abeka Phonics Test (No she doesn’t get the answer book, I just put it in there so when she get’s to the box, the test and my booklet are there so I can grade on the spot, no homework for Mommy!) Abeka Spelling Book Spelling Words & Magnetic Letters Abeka Language 2 worksheet My Father’s World: State Worksheet Sue Patrick’s Typing Money Hot Dot Cards Pick-&-Draw Art Game Spanish Card: We use PowerSpeak Don’t forget to link up below, I’m sharing 2nd Grade, but feel free to link up any age you’d like to share ideas for! … [Read more...]

JUN
01
2010

A-Z Review Clothespin Match Up

I’ve seen this idea on paper plates before and decided to make it for my preschool A-Z Review games. A-Z Clothespin MatchUp: Write uppercase or lowercase letters on the ends of mini-clothespins (I got mine from the craft section of Wal-mart), then clip them on to the appropriate spots on the game disks! This is a fun game, and my daughter loves the little clothespins so it was a wonderful addition to our review games.   Clothespin Number Match: Write numbers 1-10 on mini-clothespins and match them up to the dots on the number disks. As of 5/24/10 both of these games have also been added to my Letter of the Week curriculum downloads! If you missed the review games click below to see them! A-Z Review Numbers, Shapes, Colors Review … [Read more...]