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Homeschooling: Preschool Fun on a Budget!

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My daughter Hannah has started homeschooling my oldest granddaughter, Elizabeth. She is in kindergarten and having a super fun time with her. She called me the other day and was wondering what she could be doing with her 3 year old daughter, Rylee. Rylee is a very busy little girl, very hands on and badly wants to “do school”. She does not like coloring or writing. I suggested a homeschool box of hands on fun things for her to do while she is schooling Elizabeth; a box that only gets brought out at school time in order to keep everything interesting to her.

One of the fun things about being a grandma is finding ways to help my children out, and anything homeschooling gets me excited. So I set out on a quest to see what I could find for little Miss Rylee that would be different and hands on.

I went to the local dollar store and my two daughters, Leanne and Sierra, went along with me. We pooled our creative juices together to see what kind of things we could find at the dol…

Menu Monday!!

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Another week has flown by!! I had a few meals from last week that did not get made.. kids ate elsewhere and I had leftovers.. Ok by me. Some will reappear on this week’s menu. I’ve been so blessed by my neighbors! They have kept my family in a steady supply of corn on the cob, summer squash and cucumbers.. those yummy veggies will also be on the menu. ~smile~

Monday
Spaghetti & meatballs, corn on the cob, watermelon, salad

Tuesday
Bbq steak, roasted summer squash (on the bbq), French bread, cucumber salad

Wednesday
Beef & bean burritos, chips & salsa, salad

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Pork chops, pasta salad, corn on the cob, salad

Saturday
Italian chicken casserole, French bread, salad

Sunday
Cowboy crockpot casserole, dinner rolls, coleslaw

Homeschooling: Earning a College Degree Non-Traditionally

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With costs of a college education going through the roof and parents wondering how on earth they can provide this for their children, it may seem like an impossible task, but, there is hope. First off, I’ve heard from parents that did not want to have more children simply because they feared how they could put them through college. I find that odd, from my own perspective. If a child wants college, he/she can find a way to make it happen. When I had my children somehow I missed the memo that said it was MY responsibility to put them through college. Every child has to make their own choices in life. Some of my children have not gone to college (gasp!), and some have. And for the ones that have, they have done it on their own.

It is possible for a child to earn a degree, work a full time job and pay for their degree on their own. I know because I have children that have done this. You just have to think outside the box. College just does not always happen inside an instit…

Menu Monday!

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I did not plant a garden this and I am so thankful to my sweet generous neighbors. They have blessed my family with all kinds of goodies from their garden. We’ve been enjoying an abundance of cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, and zucchini. I’ve done my best to incorporate them into our meals and this week’s menu reflects that.

Monday
Tuna patties, corn on the cob, sautéed zucchini & onions, pasta w/butter & salt

Tuesday
Beef & bean burritos, chips & salsa, cucumber salad

Wednesday
Chicken salad sandwiches, potato chips, peaches

Thursday
Crockpot chicken chili, chips & salsa, salad

Friday
Leftovers

Saturday
Baked pork chops, zucchini patties, rice pilaf, green beans

Sunday
Crockpot kielbasa, rice pilaf, watermelon, cucumber slices

The Zucchini Dilemma

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This is the time of year that either the garden is overflowing with zucchini or the neighbors are bringing it to your door (as it is for me :) no garden this year but my sweet neighbors are making sure I’m not lacking) .. ~smile~ . I’ve always done the best I could with it and tried to make use of it during this season. Here are some of the ways I’ve used it..

Cut it up and stir fry it with onions and mushrooms in a little olive oil – yum! 
Zucchini Pesto Pasta (love this stuff!!)
Salmon Stuffed Zucchini
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Patties
Zucchini Pickles (canning recipe)
Zucchini Pineapple (canning recipe)
Zucchini Sausage Soup (canning recipe)
Freezing zucchini for use in veggie broth/stock
Freezing zucchini for use in stir fry and soup
Enjoy the zucchini season!!

Preparing for winter…

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The sun is shining, the days are long, the heat is wonderful (at least in my view ~smile~) and winter seems to be a far off distant thought. But one thing I know, as surely as the sun rises and sets, winter will be here. The endless days of rain, cold, snow will come. And we will need to keep warm.

We heat with wood. We have a wood furnace that is our only source of heat. It does an amazing job heating our home. It is in the basement with a vent up to the main floor. We keep it going all through the later fall, winter and spring.

In the summer my hubby and sons have the task of bringing in the wood for the year. Our property is covered in trees and every year we’ve lived here we’ve been able to glean the wood needed to keep us warm (we burn about 6 or so cords of wood each year). Normally we find fallen trees (from winter storms), large limbs that need to be cut from other trees, or select trees to take down to make room for other trees that are still growing.

This year …

Menu Monday!

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Monday
Crockpot chicken chili, chips & salsa, watermelon

Tuesday
Bbq burgers, potato salad, coleslaw

Wednesday
Crockpot tater tot casserole, watermelon

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Baked pork chops, summer pasta, salad

Saturday
Sour cream chicken enchiladas, chips & salsa, salad

Sunday
Tuna patties, mac & cheese, veggie platter

Crockpot Recipes & I’m Up and Running Again!!

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Menu Monday!

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I'm still dealing with computer stuff.. My new computer is on its way. Thanks to my IT son in law my new computer has been ordered and we are still waiting for its arrival.. I guess I'm taking a little summer blogging break until I'm back up and running as usual.. I'll post as I can..


Monday Leftovers from the weekend

Tuesday Grilled salmon, crockpot garlic potatoes, coleslaw, watermelon

Wednesday Meatball sub sandwiches, coleslaw, watermelon

Thursday Summer pasta (made w/chicken), veggie platter

Friday Baked chicken, potato salad, green salad

Saturday Leftovers

Sunday Beef & bean burritos, tortilla chips, fresh fruit