Menu Plan Monday 9/10/18

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Ahhh September! Fall weather (not really!) hurricane prep, and the hope of cooler temperatures a few months down the road! That’s pretty much the description of early fall here in Florida. We are still pretty much pushing 90 degrees every day so it’s basically summer part 2, which is okay with me! I’ve got a fresh crop of key limes, and I just used them to make my favorite pie! We are still spending our afternoons swimming in the pool or hanging at the beach and weekends cooking out with friends, so aside from those ugly storms swirling out there, the lack of fall weather doesn’t bother me too much! Here’s our menu for the week:

Monday: Enchilada Casserole

Tuesday: Cheesy Chicken with Potato Bites

Wednesday: Stuffed Zucchini

Thursday: Polenta Casserole

Friday: Probably leftovers

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

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TOS Review: GrammarPlanet

GrammarPlannetGrammar is one of those subjects that is often difficult to teach just because most students find it dry and boring. Let’s be honest, it’s hard to make identifying nouns and pronouns and diagramming sentences fun! However, I believe that a solid understanding of grammar is very important in teaching students how to write. Those who have a thorough understanding of how grammar works will have a better understand of how to put sentences together when they are writing. So, I was excited to check out a new online program from GrammarPlanet to see if it might make grammar instruction a little bit easier.

Aimed at students 10 and up, the program includes video instruction, practice lessons and quizzes. Each unit offers a set of printable notes your student can use to guide them in the lessons and refer back to if they get confused. I thought this was a nice feature and good reference point. We kept the notes in a folder for my son to refer back to throughout the units. There are 12 units total that start off with simple topics like nouns and move on to more complicated topics like everyone’s favorite thing, diagramming sentences!

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Videos are typically short, lasting around 5 minutes or so, and the speaker in the videos is clear and pleasant (this is important, the person delivering the instruction is a huge part of any course). After watching the videos, students complete practice sets on each topic. One of the things I really like about this program is the immediate feedback students get when they do the practice. Each sentence is scored right away and they can quickly see if they made a mistake. This helps them make corrections as they go, which I think helps them learn much better than if they find out about their mistakes at the end or something like that.

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After they complete each unit students take a quiz before moving onto the next unit. The tests consist of a number of questions that mix multiple choice questions with questions that ask students to identify the different parts of speech within a sentence. Quizzes are slightly different in that students do not receive feedback until the very end, where they can see their score and then see what they got wrong on each question. Again, I like the fact that students don’t just see that they got a question wrong, they get to see why they got it wrong and what the correct answer is.

For parents, GrammarPlanet offers you excellent reports about your child’s progress. You can login and click on unit report to see all the questions your child completed for that unit and exactly which ones they got right or wrong. In fact, if you click on a specific question, it will show you HOW they answered that question so you can see EXACTLY what they missed! I think that’s pretty awesome because it allows you to identify if there is a specific thing your child is struggling with or needs help with! You can also review all of your child’s test questions as well and reset a unit if you think your child needs to redo it.

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All of this is available for less than $40 for ad-free access to the site. I really think that if you want a simple way to teach grammar, GrammarPlanet is a good way to go! To learn more, connect with them on social media here:

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Quick and Easy Key Lime Pie

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Key Lime Pie is one of my husbands favorite desserts, and being from Florida, we have it in abundance. I am super excited because we just planted our first Key Lime tree in the backyard so I will now be able to pick my own key limes to make my pies. For now, I have a friend that gives me bags of them when her own tree has an abundance. She recently gave me a bag for this pie. I think the key lime pie is such a perfect dessert because of the balance of tart and sweet. Now, my Nana always made her own graham cracker crust and whipped cream, and for holidays I do that too, but honestly, on a regular weekend, I just don’t have that kind of time, so I focus my attention on the filling and take the easy way out for the rest! Here’s my recipe:

Ingredients:

1 pre-made graham cracker crust (or make your own)

about 10-12 medium sized key limes (it really doesn’t matter if they are fully ripe or not, I used ones that were more yellow than green for this pie and it came out fine)

2 cans sweetened condensed milk (I like to use Goya)

1/2 cup sour cream

1 can Redi-whip (or make your own whip cream)

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 300 degrees

2. Squeeze the juice from 10 of the limes, removing the seeds. You should have enough juice to fill about 3/4-1 cup measuring size depending on how tart you like your pie.

3. Use a zester to zest one of the other limes into a bowl.

4. Using a whisk, mix the juice, sour cream, and condensed milk in the bowl with the lime zest.

5. Pour the filling mixture into the pie crust.

6. Place the pie crust on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.

7. Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool before placing it in the fridge.

8. Chill 3-4 hours before serving. Top with whipped cream and zest from the other lime before serving.

I love this because you can make it in the afternoon in just a few minutes and then have it ready to serve after dinner! Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Menu Plan Monday 8/27/18

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Is it starting to feel like fall where you are? It definitely is not here, but I am still excited to move on from summer into the fall season! I am looking forward to the Fall festivals and all the holidays, even if it is still going to be incredibly hot while they are going on! This is our menu for this week:

Monday: Garlic and Basil Chicken

Tuesday: Pork Ragu

Wednesday: Stuffed Shells

Thursday: Spanish Rice

Friday: Leftovers (in preparation for the Labor Day weekend barbecues!)

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

Menu Plan Monday 8/20/18

Another week, another scorcher! Its so hot here you can’t really be outside for long, but we are going to brave the theme parks for our visit of the year on Monday because we were able to snag some sweet fast passes. Fortunately, as pass holders, we can come and go as we please, so we are free to pop in for a couple rides and then go home, meaning we don’t spend the entire day trying to squeeze all we can out in these ridiculous temperatures! So, this is our menu for the week:

Monday: Crock pot mojo pork, because theme parks

Tuesday: Leftover pork turned into Cuban sandwiches

Wednesday: Lemon Chicken with cauliflower

Thursday: Cheeseburger pie

Friday: I have to work so who knows?

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

Menu Plan Monday 8/13/18

Hello everybody! I had a great time celebrating my birthday last week and now we are getting back into the swing of our school schedule. School starts kind of early down here in Florida and while we can make our own schedule we are doing things a little differently this year and gradually easing into it, starting now. That means getting back to early mornings, which is a little hard! Also, it means my schedule is that much more packed during the day, so I begin to rely on quick meals for dinner as I settle into a routine. Here’s our menu for this week:

Monday: Cheaters Chicken and Rice

Tuesday: Enchilada Casserole

Wednesday: Sloppy Joes and sweet potato fries

Thursday: Sausage and Veggie skillet

Friday: probably spaghetti

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

Menu Plan Monday 8/6/18

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So, the first week of August hasn’t been so great to us for many personal reasons, even though my birthday is today, but we are making the best we can of it. Here is our menu for the week:

Monday: my boys are cooking me dinner for my birthday!

Tuesday: probably enchiladas

Wednesday: spaghetti

Thursday: Ribs with mashed cauliflower

Friday: Rosemary baked chicken

Thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday.  Hopefully next week will be better!