Hurricane Irma Menu



Ugh. I live on the East coast of Florida in Brevard county and we got hit hard by Irma this week. No power, wifi, etc. We were fortunate our house was livable. So, being a native Floridian I have learned a few things: 1. always have a manual can opener on hand 2. a generator is totally worth the investment. This is our hurricane menu, based on having a grill and one burner available:

Monday: burgers, baked beans, chips

Tuesday: keilbasa, black beans and rice

Wednesday: hot dogs, baked beans, chips

Thursday: Cheater’s arroz con pollo (my own recipe I’ll share next week when I’m not so exhausted!)

Friday: Brats, baked beans, and chips

I hope your week was better than mine! Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday!



TOS Review: Apologia Marine Biology

Apologia Educational MinistriesOne of the things I find complicated about teaching high school is getting in all the elective credits. Sometimes it can be difficult to find interesting courses to fill those needs for your child. However, I do have a kid who loves the ocean, so the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage set with the Audio CD from Apologia Educational Ministries seemed like a good fit for us!

Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage SetThe Advantage set itself comes with the student textbook, notebook, and tests and answer keys. We loved the full-color textbook which has a great layout on each page. The pictures/charts/diagrams etc help break up the text, which is great for my son who has trouble focusing when there is nothing but words on the page. This program features 16 modules on topics like: Life in the Sea, Marine Invertebrates, Marine Ecology, Coral Reefs, and much more.

Each chapter includes a few experiments that can pretty much be completed with things you have at home. I like this feature since purchasing a lot of very specific items for labs is often expensive. Directions are clear and easy to follow, meaning you can easily do the labs even if you do not have a lot of science experience. There are questions sprinkled throughout the chapter that help students articulate what they are learning, and each chapter features a review at the end that your child can complete before they take the test.

Apologia Marine Biology is a creation-based program, which I like, and interspersed in the chapter are sections called “Creation Connection” which links what is being learned in the chapter to evidence for creation. If you did not want to focus on this, you could skip this part, but I felt it led to very good discussions between my son and I and helped him sharpen his viewpoint on creation in general.

The appendices offer a glossary, additional study guides, and a list of required lab materials. Basically, my son and I would work our way through the chapter, with him doing the reading and answering the questions, and when we got to the end of the chapter, he would complete his review and take the test. If he did not do well on the test I would have him go back and complete the additional study guide for that chapter.

One thing that helped him complete the reading on his own is the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD. Read by Marissa Leinart, the CD offers a complete word-by-word reading of each chapter. This is great for reluctant readers like my son who are often intimidated by the sheer amount of reading in a textbook. Ms. Leinart reads at a comfortable, steady pace with appropriate volume and inflection so kids don’t get bored. The CD also offers and introduction and student notes section as well. It is important to note that this is an MP3 CD so you will need a compatible device to use it.

Marine Biology 2nd Ed Audio CDAnother really good part of the Advantage set is the student notebook. Seriously, I cannot stress enough how, whenever you get any Apologia program you should ALWAYS purchase the student notebook. It is so worth it! First of all, the notebook includes a daily schedule with reading/labs/questions all spelled out for you, which is in itself a huge bonus! The notebook also includes all the questions in the chapter, so your child has one place to record all their answers and you aren’t chasing papers around. Lab forms and chapter reviews are also included, so you really don’t need to purchase additional notebooks/binders etc. There is plenty of room for students to write and take notes too.

Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage SetThe test book and answer key are also a great component of the program. By high school, kids need to get used to taking tests and I don’t want to have to make them up on my own, it’s just additional work I don’t need. A complete answer key makes it easy for me to grade everything at a glance, so I know if we need further discussion or study on a topic or if we can just move on.

Altogether, we thought Marine Biology was great, and for less than $100 for the main set, it also has a great price! To learn more, connect with Apologia on social media here:

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Menu Plan Monday 9/4/17



Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend. Our plans for today include kicking back by the pool and cooking out with friends! Here’s our menu for the week:

Monday: Cookout, I am making my Corn and Black Bean Salsa since my friends asked me to!

Tuesday: Meatloaf

Wednesday: Chicken tostadas

Thursday: Spaghetti with my homemade sauce!

Friday: Dinner out.

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

Menu Plan Monday 8/28/17

It may not feel like fall yet, but I am excited we are almost there! I’m ready to do some fall decorating and change out the pillow covers on my couch to some different colors. I’m also excited for all the fall vegetables I’ll get to cook with over the next few months. For now though, this is how we’re finishing up our summer:

Monday: Roasted Chicken Legs with Lemon Parmesan Broccoli

Tuesday: Italian Sausage and Veggie Casserole

Wednesday: Stuffed Zucchini

Thursday: Gooey Baked Grilled Cheese

Friday: Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

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

Menu Plan Monday 8/21/17

So here we are in week 3 of August and it is time for my youngest kiddo to get back to school! I just finished ordering all of our materials and he is starting some of his online classes now. We have also been really busy at the business lately, so I haven’t had much time to do anything else and I have piles of laundry just staring at me and a floor that needs to be mopped. So, this week I am taking it really easy on our menu. Simple stuff that requires very little effort on my part to give me some time to focus on the other stuff I need to do. Here’s what’s on the menu at my house this week:

Monday: Mexican Pizza

Tuesday: Spanish Rice

Wednesday: Spanish Rice leftovers

Thursday: Chicken and Corn Tostadas

Friday: French Dip Sandwiches with frozen sweet potato fries (because some days you just can’t make everything from scratch!)

I hope you all have an excellent week! Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday!

Menu Plan Monday 8/14/17


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


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!