Menu Plan Monday 4/30/18



Wow! It feels like summer is right around the corner! I swear it was just New Year’s the other day and I blinked my eyes and now it’s about to be May. We have been busy doing some planting in the back yard and I am working on getting my herbs going in pots. I don’t think I’ll get a full blown garden going this summer, but hopefully by fall. Here’s what’s on our menu this week:

Monday: Chicken with Cashews

Tuesday: Spaghetti

Wednesday: Sausage and Peppers

Thursday: Sloppy Joe Casserole

Friday: Chicken and Bean Enchiladas

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


Chicken with Cashews and Snow Peas

cashew chicken


This is a quick little recipe that is also pretty healthy!


4 chicken breast filets

2 cups raw cashews

3 cups sliced mushrooms

2 cups chopped onions

2 cups snow peas

1 tbsp chopped garlic

2 cups chicken broth

1 tbsp cornstarch

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

chopped scallions for garnish


1. Slice the chicken into strips and season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat some oil in a large skillet or a wok if you have one.

3. Add the mushrooms, onion, and garlic to the wok and cook until the mushrooms start to soften (about 5 minutes).

4. Add the chicken to the wok and cook thru, about another 4-5 minutes.

5. Stir in the snow peas and cashews and cook for about 2 minutes more.

6. Mix the chicken broth, cornstarch, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and teriyaki together in a bowl until the cornstarch dissolves and pour the sauce over the chicken mixture. Allow the sauce to cook off for a few minutes until it starts to thicken.

7. Garnish with scallions. Serve over riced cauliflower.

That’s it! Enjoy!


Menu Plan Monday 4/16/18



How is your April going? We’re finally getting some rain here, which is good because we need it. I have started planting my herbs and hope to have my garden going again soon. This is what’s on my menu this week:

Monday: Stuffed Shells

Tuesday: Chili Corn Casserole

Wednesday: Stuffed Pork Chops

Thursday: Chicken Pasta Casserole

Friday: Dinner with friends

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

TOS Review: Memoria Press (Latin)

Memoria PressSo since most colleges ask for two credits in languages I thought it was important that my boys study a language in high school. My oldest chose Spanish, which I figured was pretty easy. However, my youngest wanted to do something different, and he chose Latin. I have to say, this terrified me, but I found a great program that I loved (First Form Latin) and it turned out to be great for both of us. For this review, I got to check out the next year of that program, Second Form Latin from Memoria Press.




Okay, the first thing you should know is that the Second Form Latin Complete Set comes with a lot of components. Do not let this intimidate you. They all work together really well and are very easy to use. Keep in mind, this program is meant to be used AFTER First Form Latin, so the idea is that your student will have some experience with the language prior to beginning the program. Also remember that you are still your child’s teacher, and of course, you can always choose to leave some parts out if you wish.

What does Second Form Latin come with? A student textbook and workbook, a teacher’s manual and complete answer key, tests and quizzes for each lesson, flashcards, a pronunciation CD and a set of instructional DVDs. The DVDs are taught by Glen Moore, and he does a very good job of presenting the material. However, this particular child has never done well with DVD learning (believe me, we have tried many times) so I only use these sparingly.

This program consists of 26 lessons, plus additional reviews every five lessons or so. The lessons themselves are only a couple pages in the student workbook but they are very meaty. The teacher’s guide is the best place to start as it takes you through the general format for each lesson and then breaks down each lesson with individual notes. It might take some time to get used to the lesson format, especially parts like the oral drills and games if you are only teaching one student. However, what I figured out is that this is a great chance for YOU to learn Latin as well if you want. Seriously, after working through First Form with my son I discovered I learned a ton, and I am picking up more with Second Form now.

Teaching the lessons took me about 30-40 minutes at first, but once I got used to it, we averaged around 25 minutes per lesson. Each lesson takes about five days to complete, with your child working in the workbook each day. I appreciate how the workbook is set up in five distinct sections for each lesson because it makes it really easy for me to give my son a stopping and starting point each day. He generally completes the workbook on his own now, only coming to me when he has specific questions, but in the beginning, we did the workbook pages together.

The pronunciation guide was another huge bonus for me because reading Latin does not come naturally (at least at first). We listened to this together on the first day of each lesson and then referred back to it if we needed to. My son did not enjoy doing the flash cards, but really, how many 17 year olds enjoy doing drills? The fact is, they were very helpful in getting him to really remember information, especially from earlier lessons as we moved on. Also, you can use them to play games. After you complete each lesson, there is a quiz which we found helpful because it helped us figure out if there was something we needed to go back and review.

So, how do we feel about Second Form Latin? Honestly, we love it. I am amazed at how thorough it is and how easy it is to teach! I have watched my son grow in confidence over this past year as he studies, and as I mentioned, I feel like I am learning Latin too. He thinks it’s cool to be able to read and and understand more and more, especially since many people don’t understand Latin at all. Also, he is recognizing the connection between Latin and other languages and seeing where a lot of our words come from! I would definitely recommend this if you want a rigorous but easy to teach program for your high school student.

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Menu Plan Monday 4/9/18


Oh my goodness. We are having a complicated April so far. Let me just say it’s really tough being stuck between teenagers and aging parent. I don’t expect to cook much this week, but if I do, this is what’s on the menu:

Monday: Taco stuffed shells

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Steak on the grill

Thursday: Garlic Chicken

Friday: Whatever is left

I hope we get through this week unscathed! thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday!

Menu Plan Monday 4/2/18



I hope you all had a Happy Easter! My family and I spent it relaxing and hanging out. After making a big Easter dinner on Sunday (prime rib, mashed sweet potatoes, black eyed peas) I figured I’d take it a little easy with this weeks menu:

Monday: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday: Mexican Chicken Salad

Wednesday: Spaghetti

Thursday: Chicken Caesar Pockets with fries

Friday: Meatball Casserole

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