Menu Plan Monday 10/16/17

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Welcome back to Menu Plan Monday! Here’s what’s on our menu this week:

Monday: Chicken and Steak Fajitas

Tuesday: Grilled chicken with roasted sweet potatoes

Wednesday: Spanish Meatloaf

Thursday: Mexican Pizza

Friday: Chicken Quesadillas

thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

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TOS Review: CTCMath

CTCMathEveryone has those subjects they just love, and also those that, well, they don’t like so much. For me, the not-so-much subject has always been math. Fortunately, my youngest likes math a lot more than I do,  but he finds it easier to learn it from someone who is not me.  I am always on the lookout for programs I can use so he can learn at his own pace, and I was happy to check out a single student membership from CTCMath for this review.

CTC offers a wide range of math programs, from elementary to the high school level. For this review, my son, who is a high school junior, tried out their Algebra 2 program. This class is divided into three sections, each one sub-divided into topics like solving linear equations, polynomials, rational expressions, and more. Lessons consist of a video of math problems being solved narrated by an instructor who explains each step. My son preferred this to a video that showed an actual teacher working on a board, because he said it made it easier to focus on the problems themselves. The narrator speaks very clearly and at a good pace, and my son enjoyed his accent!

CTCMathAfter watching the video, students can then complete a worksheet that gives them a chance to practice what they learned. They can do the work on paper or you can print out a copy of the sheet for them to work on. Students type their answers into CTC and it tells them how many they got right. Students can make multiple attempts on the worksheets and even go back to watch the video again if they want. Afterwards, students can then view complete worked out solutions for the problems if they can’t figure something out. I can’t tell you how much I love this feature! Having the problems worked out step by step really helped us identify where my son made a mistake. Often, you will get an answer key with the simple answer, but that doesn’t help much once you get into upper level math, so this is a part that I really appreciate.

The results tab lists the scores for each lessons, the numbers of attempts made at each lesson, and the date the lesson was passed. This makes it very easy to track your child’s progress. For parents, CTC allows you to log in and set tasks for your child to complete. These tasks will appear under the “tasks” tabs on your child’s page. You can set a date for completion and you get notifications if tasks are not done on time. In addition, you get weekly emails with reports on your child’s activity for the week. These are really helpful if you’re in a busy season and can’t be on top of your child every day because you can easily see if your child is on track.

CTCMathAdditional features I really like about CTCMath include their speed drills, where kids can practice math facts, and their diagnostic tests. You can assign these and use them to determine what things your child really needs to focus on. On the whole, I think CTC is a very solid math program and a great help for parents who want to give their kids more independence. In addition to single-student memberships, CTC also offers family memberships and they allow you to do a free trial so you can check it out first! If you are interested, you should check out their special pricing which runs from now until 11/15/17 which gives you a discount of 60 percent off!

To learn more, connect with CTC on social media here:

CTCMath on Facebook

CTCMath on Twitter

CTCMath on YouTube

To see what other members of the crew thought of this program, click here:

 

CTCMath Online Math Tutoring {Reviews}Crew Disclaimer

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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I love sweet potatoes as a side dish and this week they were on sale. We’ve already had mashed sweet potatoes, and I was going to bake these but then I decided to try something new instead. My husband absolutely loves these! And they are super easy to make.

Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes

Brown sugar (1/4-1/2 cup)

Salt

cinnamon (1 tbsp)

chili powder (1 tsp).

olive oil

The measurements here are based on the flavor my family likes, which is sweet and spicy, but you should really season these to your personal taste.

Directions:

  1. Wash the sweet potatoes and chop into about 1-inch rounds.
  2. Line a baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Drizzle the sweet potatoes with olive oil.
  4. Lay the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle the potatoes with the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and chili powder.
  6. Bake at 425 degrees about 30-40 minutes until potatoes are tender.

Menu Plan Monday 10/2/17

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We made it to October!! While fall isn’t exactly in the air here, I feel like I can see it coming around the corner and I am excited! I am excited to start adding more soups and stews to our weekly recipes. This is what I have for this week:

Monday: BBQ pork

Tuesday: Chicken thighs with fall vegetables

Wednesday: Creamy mushroom soup (my boys favorite!)

Thursday: Rosemary lemon baked chicken

Friday: Ribs on the grill

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

TOS Review: Captain Bayley’s Heir (Heirloom Audio Productions)

Heirloom Audio Productions Have you ever wanted to travel to the Wild Wild West? Did you ever wonder what it was like to travel to unsettled areas and deal with the adventures you would find there? If you have, you definitely want to check out this review of Captain Bayley’s Heir from Heirloom Audio Productions, because it will take you right there!

Captain Bayley's HeirFirst, let me say, we have reviewed for Heirloom before and are always pleased with what they have to offer. In fact, I have a few expectations now whenever I get to listen to their audiodramas: 1. a stellar cast: Yes, they have amazing talent for all of their stories. From Brian Blessed, who features on the majority of their recordings, to others like Jade Williams and Ian Porter, you are getting a top-notch performance from everyone! These people really seem to LIVE their characters, which helps you get totally lost in the story. 2. Amazing soundtrack/sound effects: whoever does the sound recordings for Heirloom should be commended! Their sound effects/music/etc are always on point and perfectly suited to whatever is happening in the story. Like, if you close your eyes, you really feel like you are there!

So, without giving too much away, this particular story, based on a classic GA Henty novel, features the story of Frank, an English lad falsely accused of theft when it comes to his inheritance. He flees to America to escape the charges and encounters the Captain on his journey. In addition, he travels across the country in the heart of the Gold Rush, ecountering raids, stagecoach robberies, buffalo and more along the way. Of course, he alos encounters the Lord and learns a lot along the way.

So, why do we love Captain Bayley (and the other audiodramas from Heirloom) so much?
Mainly because it is pure, wholesome family entertainment. You can listen to this with kids of all ages (the first one of these I reviewd, I think my youngest was 11, now he’s 16) and never have to worry about what is going to be said. We enjoy saving the CDs for road trips when we can all listen together, but you can also put them in a CD player at the house. The chapters are conviently divided, so it is easy to pick up right where you left off each day!

Also, these audiodramas are just plain exciting! I have two boys who are now older teenagers and they have spent many years listening to these, and they always find them entertaining. As a homeschool mom, I appreciate the historical content, because I can see how you could easily use this story as part of a larger unit study/history study if you wanted too.

In additon to the CDs, you also gain access to bonus content which includes a study guide. I always enjoy these study guides, because even though we primarily use the audiodramas from Heirloom for entertainment, I still like to know my kids are getting something else from listening, you know? The study guide includes discussion questions from each chapter which range from basic recall to questions that require a lot of synthesizing information and drawing conclusions. We use these strictly for discussion, but you could absolutely have older students write their answers to them if you wanted.

Helpful vocabulary and background information is also included as well as Bible studies related to the story. On the whole, the study guides help take Captain Bayley from an exciting audiodrama to a real teaching tool. If you want to access the extra materials you need to sign up for the Live the Adventure Club which is a new feature Heirloom offers that allows you to connect with other people listening to the same story you are, gain access to extras and more. I know, sometimes you don’t want to sign up for one more thing, and to be honest, I get that, but it’s worth it.

In short, we totally enjoyed this product! To learn more, connect with Heirloom Audio on social media here:

Heirloom Audio on Facebook

Heirloom Audio on Twitter

Heirloom Audio on Instagram

To see what other members of the crew thought of this product, click here:

 

Captain Bayley's Heir {Heirloom Audio Productions Reviews}Crew Disclaimer 

Menu Plan Monday 9/25/16

Since the hurricane it’s like I have no sense of time. We are slowly getting back to normal, but the roads down here are still messed up, school just started this week, grocery stores still aren’t fully restocked, and I often find myself asking, “what day is it?”. so, here I am with my menu plan monday a day late! (keep in mind the stores are still somewhat low on supplies)

Monday: Spaghetti

Tuesday: Tacos

Wednesday: Chicken Soup

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: cheater’s chicken and rice (because it’s inexpensive!)

Thanks for stoppping by! Have a great week!

Cheaters Chicken and Rice

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As you may know, we live in Florida and were recently impacted by Hurricane Irma. One thing you learn quickly when you live down here is how to survive without power. After the storm, if you want to cook, you basically need to be able to do so with a grill and maybe one burner (which we have). So, this is one of my hurricane meals that is easy to make and very filling.

Ingredients:

1 family size pack of Vigo yellow rice

2 lbs chicken tenderloins

2 cans mixed veggies (green beans, carrots, peas, and lima beans)

Adobo seasoning

Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Season chicken with Adobo and grill until cooked.
  2. Follow the directions on the rice mix to add the necessary water/olive oil to the pot.
  3. Chop the chicken into bite size pieces and add to the pot.
  4. Drain the cans of veggies and add them to the pot.
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer 20-30 minutes, adding more water as needed, until rice is tender.

It’s not the way my grandmother used to make it, but it works if you’re in a pinch!