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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...]

MAY
31
2010

Muffin Tin Monday – Orange

Well, I doubt orange is the theme for the week, but for my 2nd grader who was in charge of our snack today it was indeed “ORANGE”. I have only made 1 muffin tin meal for them thus far, and apparently it made quite an impact because she’s always making snacks in my muffin tin now. So here’s her line up: Mandarin oranges tomatoes carrot sticks Colby/jack cheese cantaloupe green grapes (I added these to which my daughter replied: “Hey those aren’t orange!”) To join in on the muffin tin fun click on link below! … [Read more...]

MAY
30
2010

Geography Fair 2010

Every year our local homeschool group does a Geography Fair. This year, we were not going to do it for lack of time and creativity on my part. I awoke this morning to my daughter who had made an entire board on her own, prepared a speech and was begging to go!She made this board on The Earth and all the things that God made, and had put so much work into it, that I couldn’t really say no, so off we went…One of my favorite displays was made by a friend of ours on the Brazilian Rainforest. She made a 3 tier diorama with each layer of the rainforest, it was awesome!Here are 2 of the layers up close: After all the presentations were completed, everyone received a Passport and got to go visit each of the other boards. Everyone provided a sticker for their country to place in the passports. Then we finished off with some food tasting from all the countries!Ours was only 1 of 3 rooms they had this year, people are spread out so presentations don’t take so long. I’m not really a last minute … [Read more...]

MAY
29
2010

How to Install and Use Photoshop Brushes

I gave away my first brush set yesterday, and thought some of you might need a quick tutorial on using Photoshop Brushes. They’re super easy and fun to use and can add that extra bit of digi-goodness to your designs! So fire up your Photoshop and follow along! STEP 1: Download my brush set! Unzip the set, then extract the files into a folder on your hard drive. If you don’t have an unzipping software already, here are a few free ones: Winzip 7-zip CamUnzip STEP 2: Once you download and unzip my file, simply copy and paste the .abr file to your brushes folder and the next time you start Photoshop, the brushes will be available from your brush set menu. The brushes are typically stored in the presets folder wherever you installed your Photoshop program. For example mine are here: C:Program FilesAdobePhotoshop Elements 7.0PresetsBrushes C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop CS3PresetsBrushes STEP 3: Use your brush! Create a new Photoshop document, make it whatever … [Read more...]

MAY
28
2010

Friday Freebie: Circle Date Stamps

Today marks the official last day of school for us! Yay! I’m looking forward to a break, I hope to get some digi-scrappin’ done, and then start planning for next year! Don’t worry, I have lots of posts to come for summer, I plan to share lots of recipes, more school ideas, digital scrapbooking freebies, field trips, blogging tips and more! Speaking of digital scrapbooking freebies... here’s a new one for you! They’re Circle Date Stamps. The file includes 2 different font sets in .png format as well as a brush (.abr) file for you. (Note: This is my first brush set, I tested it, but please let me know if it’s not working properly!) Download the Circle Date Stamps If you haven’t used Photoshop brushes before, they’re super easy and a wonderful tool! They’re basically like rubber stamps, you can re-color them, re-size, rotate, and edit to your hearts content! If you don’t know how to use Photoshop brushes, stay tuned tomorrow for a brush tutorial! Happy Scrappin’ and Happy Summer! … [Read more...]

MAY
27
2010

Freezer Meals – Cooking Twice a Month

Hi everyone! As a homeschooling mom of 4 I don't have a lot of free time to be creative when cooking dinners! As a matter of fact if I don't plan ahead, I end up starring into my pantry at 5pm wondering what's for dinner myself! To help out, I've started making freezer meals. Here are some of the recipes we like, and I go shopping one day, then cook the next. I'm not super crazy so I don't do a 12 hour cook day, more like 4 hours in the evening after kids are in bed. And remember, its easier to prepare more than one at a time, so if you can, double up the recipes you like! Here’s the Master list: These recipes are for a family of 6, keep in mind that's 4 kids who don't eat a ton, and we usually have left overs. (Scroll down for individual recipes) Mexican Casserole Fajitas Meatloaf Beef Burritos Cranberry Turkey Breast Stir-fry Chicken Meatballs (To use with spaghetti, stroganoff, meatball subs) Chinese Style Ribs St. Louis Style Ribs Stuffed Shells Chicken … [Read more...]

MAY
26
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: Kindergarten

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 Kindergarten boxes and there are lots of ‘Fun Boxes’ this week as it’s our last official week of Kindergarten! Whew! View Full Album Abeka Number Flashcards: Before/After Number practice Abeka Math Worksheet Kumon Amazing Mazes Abeka Phonics Worksheet Ocean Creatures Puzzles (From Borders Bargain Bin) Abeka “I can read well” series Dinosaur Sticker Book CVC Hot Dot Cards Don’t forget to link up below, I’m sharing Kindergarten, but feel free to link up any age you’d like to share ideas for! … [Read more...]

MAY
25
2010

Spelling Practice

I’ve been trying to make our spelling a little more fun than boring ole’ worksheets and thought I’d share for anyone interested. We use Abeka spelling, they have 2 worksheets/week that she does to practice spelling, so to give additional practice I type out the spelling words on cards, then cut them out so she can use them as a reference for the other games we play. Abeka gives about 20 words/week, so M-W-F we play a game (I split them up into 7 words/day) and T/Th she does the Abeka worksheet. Friday she also takes a test. Download the Spelling Word Template here. (The words in RED are sight words.) We use the cards to spell the words with the Magnetic Letters then she writes them on the board with a dry erase marker. Letter Tile Spelling: I found these blue magnetic letter tiles at Lakeshore Learning. We use them for spelling practice and other games! Stair Phonics: I do this with all 3 kids at the same time. They each get a question and if they get it correct, they may hop … [Read more...]

MAY
24
2010

J is for Jelly Bean (Alternative)

I have received several requests from public school teachers to give an alternative to my J is for Jesus due to religious restrictions placed on them. I hesitated to do this as I view my blog as a ministry to help spread the love of Jesus to my readers, and J is for Jesus is my favorite letter set! However, after much prayer I’ve decided to go ahead move forward. I do understand your restrictions and pray that my curriculum bless your classrooms. --> Download J is for Jelly Beans Alternative <-- (If you have trouble downloading, try to RIGHT click on the above link, then select "SAVE LINK AS". You will then be prompted to save the file to your hard drive.) Jelly Bean Graphing: Using real jelly beans, give your students a jar full and have them sort them on the chart based on color. Once finished they can fill in the most/least colors as well. Jelly Bean Coloring: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they're called … [Read more...]

MAY
23
2010

Pork Shoulder and Mashed Potatoes

This recipe is another wonderful meal from my mom! I have to say that I only post my favorite recipes here and this is definitely one of them. (Not to mention that it’s super easy which is always right up my alley!) Ingredients: 1 Pork Shoulder (or butt) Roast (Mine was about 7lbs) Olive Oil Garlic Salt Onion Salt Crushed Pepper (I didn’t put too much b/c of kiddos) Parsley Directions: Preheat oven to 275 degrees Place roast in roasting pan, and coat generously with Olive Oil Sprinkle a good amount of remaining ingredients over roast and ‘rub’ in so that the roast has a good coating of spices. Cook uncovered at 275 for about 6 hours (this may depend on the size of your roast, mine was about 7lbs) It should have a nice salty crust on the outside when it’s finished, and your house will smell wonderful! Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable! If all goes well, your family will look like this: Just due to the size of these roasts you’ll have leftovers, chop them up … [Read more...]

MAY
22
2010

Gardening with Kids

With the cold weather hopefully behind us, I always get the urge to make my backyard all pretty and colorful again. While I have some perennials in tree beds, I have lots of flower pots around as well. This year I let the kids pick the flowers they wanted. Each was in charge of planting their own pots and are also responsible for watering them each day. (Yes, my son chose to water his plants with a squirt gun.) Before you say, “Oh what a nice Mommy letting her kids get so involved!”, I have a confession to make…I love to look at them, but I hate to water these daily, I have so much going on that it’s just another chore for me, not to mention that I constantly forget, which leads to dead plants. So, after shelling out money for these flowers I decided I needed some re-enforcement from people who actually like to play in the hose and get dirty. Just to give you an idea of what they accomplished in a day for me, here’s some of their handy-work, there are 9 pots along that wall: … [Read more...]