Menu Plan Monday 8/14/17

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Welcome to week two of August! It is incredibly hot here in Florida and we are dodging tropical storms left and right, but so far, it’s been a pretty typical summer! My younger son and I are gearing up to start school in the next few weeks, so we are trying to squeeze as much fun as possible out of what we have left. My oldest starts back to college this week, so I let him pick a few family favorites to eat before he goes back. Meanwhile, here’s what’s for dinner in our house.

Monday: Chicken tamales (a family favorite)

Tuesday: Taco stuffed shells

Wednesday: Stuffed pork chops

Thursday: Chicken with rice and beans

Friday: family dinner out

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

Menu Plan Monday 8/7/16

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Welcome to August! My birthday was this past weekend and I had a fabulous time celebrating with family and friends. Now, it’s back to work and regular life! Here’s our menu for the week:

Monday: Ribs with Southern Green Beans

Tuesday: Garlic and Basil chicken

Wednesay: Citrus Steak

Thursday: Lasagna Soup

Friday: Dinner out with friends

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

TOS Review: Heirloom Audio Productions (In the Reign of Terror)

Heirloom Audio ProductionsIn summer, we do a lot of road trips, and I love having audiobooks to listen to in the car as we drive. It’s a great way to keep our whole family entertained! For this review, we got to check out In the Reign of Terror, the latest offering from Heirloom Audio Productions. We have reviewed several of Heirloom’s audiodramas before, and we are never disappointed. Based on novels by GA Henty, the stories are always full of adventure and excitement that keeps my boys on the edge of their seats, and this new one was no different!

In the Reign of TerrorSet against the backdrop of the French Revolution, the story is the perfect mix of history and drama. It tells the story of a young man named Harry, who is caught up in the events of the revolution, trying to save an aristocratic Christian family from execution. The cast, as always, is stellar, with Brian Blessed leading as Henty himself. Rounding out the ensemble are actors like John Rhys-Davies from movies like The Lord of the Rings, and Cathy Sara from Downtown Abbey.

The cast does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life, infusing them with passion and vibrance. You really connect with each one, and find yourself anxiously waiting to see what happens to each person. A 2 CD set, In the Reign of Terror offers over two hours of entertainment, broken into sections that easily allow you to pick up wherever you left off. This feature is especially convenient if you listen to it on a day when you have to run a lot of errands.

Heirloom audio always seems to product top-notch products, complete with background music and sound effects that draw you even deeper into the story. You find yourself automatically rooting for Harry and waiting on pins and needles as each new chapter develops.

In addition to the audiobook, you also get access to a downloadable study guide. This guide features questions for each chapter in the story. The questions range from recall questions that make sure students listened and remember what happened, to vocabulary and questions that require listeners to dig deeper and make connections between events and draw conclusions, make inferences and other higher-order thinking skills. We usually discuss these questions orally after each section, leading to a lot of family discussion. The guide wraps up with three Bible stories that connect with the Biblical themes related in the story. If you would like to use this audiodrama as part of a unit study, Heirloom also offers a reading list with books about the French Revolution in the study guide, which would be especially useful for older students.

Users also have the option of joining the Live the Adventure Club, an online community that Heirloom just started. If you sign up, you not only gain access to the downloadable extras, but you can also participate in discussion boards about the books, access quizzes on the audiobooks, and have your kids play games and find lots of other things to do to further explore the adventure!

We thoroughly enjoyed In the Reign of terror and are looking forward to Heirloom’s next adventure! To learn more, connect with them on social media here:

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