Menu Plan Monday 7/31/16


Wheeee! It is the end of July and the heat is on. We have about one month left of summer vacation, and this is my birthday week, so I will be celebrating for sure! One of the things I love most about my birthday is that my hubby and boys always get together to make me a special birthday meal! I have no idea what their plans are, but I love seeing them working together in the kitchen! this is our menu for the week, as I will not be cooking on the weekend:

Monday: Red Wine Pork chops with pan roasted beans and mushrooms

Tuesday: Shepherds Pie

Wednesday: Chicken enchiladas

Thursday: French Dip sandwiches

Friday: Dinner with friends!

I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday!

Pan Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

green beans mushrooms

I love mushrooms! I eat them in salads, spaghetti sauce, and even on sandwiches! My kids aren’t huge fans, but if I find a way to cook them with something else I can sometimes get them to eat them. This recipe includes roasted green beans for added flavor.



1 lb. green beans, trimmed

1 lb sliced mushrooms

3 cloves garlic

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tbsp. Olive Oil


1. Wash the green beans and mushrooms, chop the garlic.

2. Place all the vegetables in a large bowl.

3. Drizzle with olive oil and add the seasonings, mix together well.

4.  Roast in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes until the green beans are crisp.

That’s it, an easy and tasty side dish! Enjoy!

Menu Plan Monday 7/17/17


You know how when you get back from vacation and it takes you a while to get back into reality mode? That’s pretty much where I’m at this week. We had a great week in North Carolina last week, and here we are at home again, and I have loads of laundry to do and stuff to put away and I’m having a really hard time getting motivated to do any of it! At least I was able to get my dinner plans together for this week. Here’s what’s on our menu:

Monday: Crispy Chicken with Beans

Tuesday: Spanish Rice (crock Pot)

Wednesday: Mexican Pizza

Thursday: Baked Lemon Chicken

Friday: Buffalo chicken salad

Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday! Have a great week.

TOS Review: Fascinating Education (Fascinating Biology)

Fascinating EducationAll kids learn differently, and one of the great things about homeschooling is how you can customize your child’s education to meet their needs. So, one of my kids is a fantastic book-learner. You can just hand him a textbook, tell him where to start, and send him on his way. My other one, however, really struggles with textbooks. Too many words on a page, too big, too intimidating etc. So, I have learned to find alternate methods of teaching for him, including online learning. For this review, we got to check out Fascinating Biology from Fascinating Education.

Fascinating  PhysicsThe course consists of 18 lessons that include topics like energy, nutrients, reproduction, adaptations, plants, and more. Each lesson offers a narrated power-point style video with a navigation bar on the side. I really appreciated this part because it was easy to break the lessons up if you wanted (for kids like mine with a short attention span) and pick up right where you left off. If you have a child who is not an audio/visual learner, Fascinating Education also gives you a word-by-word script of the lessonn with the pictures included so your child could read the lesson instead. These are also handy for reviewing before taking the tests.

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The tests are basically quizzes that review the information in the lesson with multiple choice questions. Students receive their grade immediately and if they did not do well, they are given the chance to review the test and retake it. I really really like the review part, because that is what I would have my son do anyway if he had trouble with a test in any subject. I think giving your kids a chance to review where they went wrong helps them learn the correct information and then they can retake the test afterwards. You can also print PDFs of the tests if you prefer to use paper and pencil.

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As far as how we used Fascinating Biology, it was pretty easy. I would look at the lesson for the week and decide how much my son would do each day. One thing to know about this program is that some lessons can be long (45 minutes). If you have a child who can focus on a presentation for that long, then you’re fine. If not, you can break it into sections using the menu like I did. My son usually did at least three sections per day, depending on the rest of our schedule. It will probably take us a little longer to complete it that way, but I don’t mind. I’m more concerned about making sure he really understands the information.

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After each lesson, we would talk about what he learned, and I could use the script at this point to follow along and make sure he knew what he was talking about. The tab on the side also includes a glossary of terms that you could use to have your child keep a biology vocabulary notebook if you wanted. Once he finished an entire lesson, we would review the key terms and then he would take the test. If he did well, we would move on, if not, I always had him review the test and also the script to go over those concepts that he missed. If you want, you can also print the tests, which will give you the score, and list of questions which tell you which ones your child got right and which ones they got wrong.

One thing to note, the program at this point does not save test scores, nor do they keep running grades, so you will have to keep track of that yourself. Also, while some of the tests include questions from multiple lessons, there are no formal mid-term or final exams. Since Fascinating Education has made some changes to their programs, there have been a few technichal issues with sound and things like that, but I didn’t really feel that was a big issue. Their team is very responsive and works hard to resolve problems quickly, and I find it is not uncommon to run into hiccups when using computer-based programs in general.

I feel like Fascinating Biology is a great overview of a biology course. After trying and trying to get my son through a traditional textbook course, I was really happy to find something that worked well for him. I think he is getting a fantastic grasp of biology concepts, and will have a great foundation to move on from.

To see what other members of the crew had to say about this product, and the others we got to check out, click here:

Biology, Chemistry & Physics {Fascinating Education Reviews}

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Menu Plan Monday 7/10/17

Happy July everyone! We have our vacation this month and I am so excited. Yes, I am one of those people who cooks while their on vacation. It saves us a lot of money when we travel. I try to keep it light with quick, easy meals so I don’t have to work too hard, and I make the kids clean up so, it’s not too bad! This is our menu for the week:

Monday: Italian Stuffed Peppers

Tuesday: Tacos

Wednesday: Spaghetti

Thursday: Mexican Chicken Salad

Friday: Cookout

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

Italian Stuffed Peppers

lasagna pepp

I love a good stuffed pepper! I have a couple different recipes for them, spicy, in the crock pot etc, but I wanted to try something different so I threw this together for a change.

2 lbs. lean ground beef
6 bell peppers, seeded and sliced in half
1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 jar spaghetti sauce
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning,plus more for garnish
1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan

1. Cook the garlic and onion in a skillet until soft.
2. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, drain.
3. Add the spaghetti sauce and seasonings, then simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Wash and slice the peppers and bake in the oven at 400 for 10 minutes.
5. Spoon the meat into the pepper halves and top with the Parmesan.
6. Bake for an additional 15 minutes and top with an extra sprinkle of Italian seasoning.