Menu Plan Monday 9/12/16

My fall garden is coming along quite well this year. I love having fresh fall vegetables to use in my dinners. I wish it felt like fall outside, but unfortunately, that won’t happen around here until November. That’s okay though, if I want to make a fall soup, I just turn the AC down and have at it! This is our menu for this week:

Monday: Cajun Cauliflower With Sausage

Tuesday: Autumn Harvest Pork

Wednesday: Spaghetti

Thursday: Baked Italian Chicken

Friday: Cookout with friends, I am making Roasted Corn Salad

Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday! See you next week.

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TOS Review: CHSH-Teach.com

Christian HomeSchool Hub {Download Club}

Let’s face it, homeschooling can be costly, and in years when you don’t have much of a budget, you have to scramble to put together curriculum for your kids. Some moms find this really easy, but I am not one of them. That’s why I was really excited to check out the CHSH Download Club from CHSH-Teach.com. A subscription gives you access to tons of curriculum from Kindergarten to High School in just about any subject!

Christian HomeSchool Hub {Download Club}

The way the download club works is that you find curriculum or other things you want to use and just download them to your computer. You can search for items by topic, grade, and even look for seasonal activities by month. In addition, CHSH-Teach also offers organizational tools like a printable planner, gradekeeper, and calendars.

My son is in 10th grade, and at first I wasn’t sure what the website would have to offer high schoolers, but I was in for a very pleasant surprise. For starters, they have complete curriculums for science, English, math, and social studies. The Biology curriculum gave us an entire Biology textbook with 10 units and suggested labs. It had an accompanying teacher’s guide that even included quizzes for each unit! It basically had everything you need to teach Biology except for the lab equipment. The textbook read like most any other textbook I have seen, and includes questions and review activities too. Now, I feel I should note that CHSH stands for Christian HomeSchool Hub. However, some of the materials you will find are secular. For the Biology text, they give parents a heads up about the pages that discuss evolution, so you can plan to address that ahead of time, which I appreciate.

In addition to Biology, the site offers Integrated Science, Physical science, Marine science and Natural science. So you definitely have a lot of options and could use CHSH-Teach for high schooler across multiple grades.

For English, you have several options. First, there are a multitude of classic books you can download to have your child read. Organized by author, you can choose your favorites and then just get some literature guides to go with them. I picked a few of my favorites to start with (The Emerald City of Oz, Little Men, Jo’s Boys) and then started planning for my son. They offer everything from Lewis Carroll, to Dickens, to Jack London and so much more. I think you could probably get your child through high school lit just using these books.

For writing, you can use the English and Composition courses, which are offered for all four years of high school. It offers lessons on all types of writing, from technical writing to persuasive, to speeches. The books also include grammar lessons interspersed with the writing lessons. The teacher’s guide includes suggestions for ways to flesh out the lessons and rubrics for grading writing. It also has an assessment for each unit and answer keys to the questions in the student book.

 

Other fun activities you can find on CHSH-Teach include lapbook style activities built around seasonal themes like pumpkins for fall and a 9-11 activity for older students. You can use some of these activities for special holiday unit studies and flesh them out with books from the library. CHSH-Teach is constantly updating their site with new downloads, so it’s like a surprise when you log on and find out what’s new. I think this is a fantastic resource for homeschool families, because the wealth of information it offers is amazing. You could really use the site to school multiple students across pretty much all subjects, and since a yearly subscription costs less than $30, it is a great value. You can even get a lifetime subscription for less than $100.

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Roasted Corn Salad

Labor Day weekend is great for barbecues, and this recipe makes a great side for barbecues. I love the flavor of the roasted corn mixed with the other veggies and spices!

Ingredients:

3 ears corn

1 bell pepper

1 jalepeno

1/2 bunch cilantro

1 bunch green onion

2 limes

2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

 

Directions:

    1. Heat some olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet.
    2. Shuck the corn and roll each ear in the oil.
    3. Cook, turning occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes until the corn starts to char. Remove to a plate to cool.

4. Seed the bell pepper and jalapeno then chop into small pieces.

5. Chop the green onion and cilantro.

6. Use a sharp knife to remove kernels from the corn and place in a medium bowl.

7. Add the peppers, green onion, and cilantro and toss to mix.

8. Juice the limes into a smaller bowl and mix with the chili powder, salt, and pepper.

9. Pour dressing over the corn and mix together.

10. Refrigerate for at least a half hour to allow flavors to blend.

That’s it! Like I said, it’s super easy and delicious. I hope you had a great Labor Day. Thanks for stopping by.

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TOS Crew: Spiritual Circle Journal

Spiritual Circle Journal

Having a quiet time with the Lord every morning is so important to me, but it took me a long time to figure out exactly how to do it. I never really had anyone explain to me what a “quiet time” was supposed to be and it took a while for me to get comfortable and find a Bible reading plan and journaling system that works for me. I want my son to learn how to enjoy his own quiet time too, but I’m hoping to make it a little easier for him. So, I was really excited to get to check out the Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens from Spiritual Circle Journal.

Spiritual Circle Journal

The journal is designed for ages eight and up. Liz Lassa, the author, first created a Circle Journal for adults (which I would love to check out!) and got so much positive feedback she decided to create one for kids as well. The journal comes with a colorful cover and 65 journaling pages that you can have your child use on a weekly basis. It also includes a separate section in the back where kids can summarize the things they have learned.

One of the cool things about the journal is that it has a special page where kids can design their own cover if they want to. My son liked “personalizing” his journal and making it his own. After they make their own cover you can tear the regular cover out and use theirs instead. The first few pages include an introduction where the different parts of the journal are explained. Liz makes the connection between writing and how it makes things stick in our minds, which is part of the idea behind the journal. By writing and recording their thoughts it helps kids internalize what they are learning in their quiet time.

We followed the suggestions given in the intro and I did the first few journal entries with my son. The key at the front of the journal is very helpful, because it clearly explains how to fill out each section, and my son referred back to it a lot when he first started journaling. Each page offers a section where kids can record verses or song lyrics that are important to them, what kinds of worries or other things are on their minds at the moment, a summary of messages from their Bible reading or from church, prayers, thank-yous, and more.

My son is 15 and is very into Christian contemporary music. He plays it all the time. He really liked writing down his favorite song lyrics on the page. At first it took him a while to figure out how to fill out each box, and that’s okay. They don’t even have to fill out each section every time. The hardest parts for him were the “God Moving” section and the “action” section. But, I can say that even as an adult, it can be hard to make those connections at first. When he started working on the journal I would try to guide him with questions like “How did your week go, was there any moment you look back on where you feel like God was really working in your life?”. After a while he got better at making connections between events in his life and God’s hand at work.

I think that’s what I like most about the Spiritual Circle Journal, the way it helped my son make connections between the Bible, God and his daily life. While we often talk about how God walks with us every day and does great things for us, I think the overall concept can be hard to grasp for kids. Journaling like this really makes my son think about what he has read in the Word, and what he has seen during the week. I feel like his quiet time is a lot more thoughtful than it was. We use the journal 2-3 days per week, which is plenty for now. I think this is starting him off on the right foot and will develop a great habit he will carry for a lifetime.

The Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids and Teens only costs $15 and you can get a bulk rate for a Co-op. I would definitely check it out if you would like to encourage your child to build a deep and thoughtful quiet time. To learn more about Spiritual Circle Journal, connect with them on social media here:

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Cajun Cauliflower with Sausage

We love spicy food at my house. This yummy recipe provides all the flavor we want, but with much fewer calories. And it is super easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 large head of cauliflower

1/2 diced onion

1 lb. andouille sausage

3 cloves garlic

3 stalks celery

1 red bell pepper

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp oregano

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 cup chopped parsley

Bay leaf

1 tsp thyme

2 cups chicken broth

 

 

Directions:

  1. Chop cauliflower into florets. Add the florets to a food processor in thirds, and chop until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Chop the garlic, celery, and bell pepper.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in skillet and add the celery, garlic, and pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until tender.
  4. Chop the sausage and add it to the skillet and cook for about 10 more minutes, until sausage is done. Drain.
  5. Add the chicken broth, spices, and bay leaf and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 10 more minutes.
  6. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a second skillet over medium and then add the cauliflower. Cook through (about 5 minutes).
  7. Return the cauliflower to the bowl and stir in the meat mixture. Top with the parsley.

This is delicious with some crusty bread! Enjoy!

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Menu Plan Monday 8/29/16

Is anybody else as ready for fall as I am? It’s my favorite season, and I am definitely ready for some cooler weather!! I can’t wait to make all of our favorite soups and stews again, not to mention the fall vegetables you find in the store! Right now, we are squarely in the middle of the dog days of summer. So, this is our menu for the week:

Monday: Greek Salad with Chicken

Tuesday: Citrus Steak with Bean Salad

Wednesday: Chicken and Black Bean enchiladas

Thursday: Easy Cheesy Tortellini (crock pot recipe)

Friday: Make your own pizza night!

What do you do when it’s almost too hot to cook? Let me know if you have any special recipes for super-hot days. Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday. See you next week.

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Menu Plan Monday 8/22/16

We are slowly getting it together over at my house. And this week I am actually posting my Menu Plan Monday on the right day of the week this week. I love summer, but I am kind of glad to be getting back to a regular routine again! Here’s our menu for this week:

Monday: Spaghetti

Tuesday: Baked chicken tacos

Wednesday: Red Wine Seared Pork Chops

Thursday: Spanish Rice

Friday: burgers on the grill

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week.

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