Freezer Meal plan Jan. 2021

We were more ambitious than we’ve been before, choosing 10 recipece which put 20 meals into the freezer!

Here’s the meat . . .

Here’s everything else.

And, here we go!

As you know, I use My Freeze Easy to create my menus. It’s so easy, and you can do it, too! This is my affiliate link, and you can even try a menu for free!

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Aliens Behind the House

Or just a hot air balloon . . . who knows the truth?

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Teach Your Kids at Home with SchoolhouseTeachers.com {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

I have have been using SchoolhouseTeachers.com for a number of years, and I can tell you that if you want to teach your children at home, the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership is where you want to be! Do you want to put together the curriculum for your children based upon their interests, abilities and needs? SchoolhouseTeachers.com is the place to find everything you could ever want for doing this!

As Julie Andrews sang in the Sound of Beginning, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start . . .” Clicking on the start here button will take you straight to the information shown below.

Looking at the menu bar after checking out the information above, you’ll find School Boxes, set up just as if you had purchased a curriculum set by grade. This is perfgect for the beginning homeschool parent, of for parents who simply prefer to have their school year already set up for them to follow.

Are you comfortable picking and choosing based upon the interests of your children, their abilities, where they are grade-wise in different areas? As you can see above on the menu bar, you can pick and choose by grade level and by subject. That’s what I like to do! Far to the right of the menu is the one I like the best, All Courses, where you will find a complete list of every course available at SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Here is just a partial example of what you will see there . . .

This page will show EVERY course available to you, with direct links to the lessons, information and more.

One course I wanted to check out for my children was Music Appreciation.

I grew up learning the appreciation of all kinds of music as a result of my Dad’s very eclectic record collection, and the fact that he was in the Flint (MI) Concert Band, as well as having been a member of the Marine Corps Band. I want my boys to appreciate music, too!

Another well loved course around here is Drive Through History: American History! Here, “The Batman” is watching episode one, which he has really been enjoying.

One of the boys, “The Artist” really enjoys all things Art, so we have chosen to check out some of the great Art options.

He is going to be working on the course Drawing in Pen and Ink.

I also found myself checking out the Electives section. Here is just a small sample of available electives!

To stay in touch with SchoolhouseTeachers.com on social media, check them out with the links below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SchoolhouseTeachers/ and https://www.facebook.com/SchoolhouseTeachers
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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7i0BRyoTPYT3chTcj52UmA

What I have told you here is just a small amount of the capabilities of SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

Please check out the fair and honest reviews of my fellow Crew members here. I promise, you will be very glad you did!

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Cardmaking!

Spent some time cleaning up my little craft area recently . . .

Before:

After:

one hundred and five Christmas cards for my church family!

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Nails For Christmas

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Freezer Meal Prepping!

So, I know I promised to follow up on the freezer shopping with a post on the actual meal prep, so here we go!

This is what we made from the groceries we shopped for in the post linked above:

Putting it all together:

And what we ended up with!

So far, we have cooked and eaten the following:

Salisbury Steak
Cashew Parmesan Pork Chops
Sloppy Dogs

Tonight, we are having Split Pea Soup with home baked bread, and it smells So good cooking as I write this!

As you know, I use My Freeze Easy to create my menus. It’s so easy, and you can do it, too! This is my affiliate link, and you can even try a menu for free!

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Shopping for Freezer Meals . . .

On Friday November 13, Our governor basically ordered us shut down again. Here are our new restrictions.

As it happens, I had already planned to go out and do my shopping for my freezer meals for the next month, so out I went, immediately after the news conference. Look what I encountered . . .

This is what it looked liked after we got out of the car:

And from our position in line:

Once we got in (about 20 minutes later) this is what it was like. Already.

Why, you ask? Because we know from experience that a “two week” restriction order means way more than two weeks. I hope your state is not being as badly restricted!

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CrossTimber Name Meaning Gifts {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

If you are looking for personalized gifts for this holiday season, be sure to check out CrossTimber‘s Name Meaning gifts and AmazingName Print Activity Sheets. I, of course, couldn’t stand it, and didn’t WAIT for Christmas!

I chose the  8×10 Plaque print, and the one I chose for the two boys I still have at home is located here. My regular readers already know how much it means to me to have scripture products to use verses only from the King James Version, so it was good to find out that with CrossTimber, if the verse used is not from the KJV, they will change it for a small fee.

One of the things I love about this image is that it looks as if the verses are actually carved into the stones!

I also received the AmazingName Print Activity Sheets, which I chose to have done with my son who has special needs. He has really been loving doing the ones he can handle at this time!

As Juliet (Shakespeare) said, “What’s in a name?” However, Shakespeare also pointed out in his own life, if someone uses your name for something bad, they have involved your reputation. Names mean something. In my boys cases, one is from Greek and one from Scottish. After researching what the names mean in the language they come from, CrossTimber carefully searches for scripture which clearly represents the original meaning of the names. I think the verses chosen for my sons’ names fit perfectly, and I will be hanging this print in the hallway leading to their rooms so they will see it every morning when the come out, and every night when the are headed to bed.

When a friend was expecting a baby and had already chosen a name, her baby shower just happened to coincide with a review I was working on for CrossTimber, and I chose to use my review product for her. You can read about it here.

I love CrossTimber’s careful research, which is something I have no time or inclination to do. It also means something to me that this company is owned and operated by a homeschooling family. CrossTimber was started when John Dehnart was in his High School driver’s Ed class, and it’s a fun read!

This is a very well run company, and the products are BEAUTIFUL! Everyone who has seen them between this and my earlier review has just loved them.

Don’t just take my word for it though, check out 78 other fair and honest reviews from my fellow Crew members here.

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Five Minute Friday

The FMF word prompt for this week is:

cancel

And, starting my five minute timer . . . now!

We cancel subscriptions. We cancel appointments. But now, our society is deeply into a “cancel culture.” You differ from the politically correct part of society? Cancel! You refuse to come out in favor of what they want? cancel! Restaurants who won’t post and put up signs standing for certain causes? Red flags on YELP calling it a racist business. CANCEL! Stand for conservtive values? CANCEL! This is where we are today, folks. And it’s going to get worse with the election results, as the Democrat side is already postiong and writing columns stating there will be no reconciliation with Republican voters. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

And, stop.

This post is linked up to Five Minute Friday. Go check out the other posts for this week!

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Economics Online Course Bundle from Boundary Stone {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

I have never been taught a really good foundation in economics, so when I was chosen to review this self-paced homeschool economics course, I was so happy to receive Boundary Stone’s Economics Online Course Bundle.

I am reviewing this program as the student. My boys are nowhere near to being ready for this course, but I was very interested in it for myself. Being self-paced, I think it is perfect for the parent who was never taught this subject from a Christian world view, or from a real historical view.

While this course does teach tthings you would find in a high school course such as supply and demand, the stock market, monopoly and competition, it is also covering topics which apply to one’s own personal life. How much you earn, giving, saving, rent, paying your bills, etc . . .

The Economics Online Course Bundle also goes deep into the history of economics, government actions and the way they affect economics. One whole chapter covers Society and Morality, which looks deeply at the Judeo-Christian roots of free markets, moral absolutes as opposed to moral positivism. I like this, as I try to see everything from a Christian worldview.

This is not just a “read this chapter then answer some multiple choice questions” type of course.With the “log on, open and go” format, plus getting 12 month access to the online portion for a one semester course, I really can do this at my own pace, and I like that!

Required Materials:

Carson, Clarence, and Cleveland, Paul: Basic Economics, 4th ed. (includes the study guide).

Maybury, Richard: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy.

Bastiat, Frederic: The Law.  Can be purchased from fee.org. (If you need a copy of The Law quickly, you can get a free PDF here: https://fee.org/resources/the-law/. Use the 2019 version pdf so the page numbers match)

I was SURE that we already owned a copy of “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy,” but we couldn’t find it so I ordered a copy. I bet that we’ll find it within a month of having purchased my copy, because that’s just how it works in this homeschool family! I also purchased a print copy of “The Law.” I realize I could have simply used the free PDF version, but I really prefer holding a book in my hands and turning the pages. But, that’s just me! I know plennty of people who prefer to read books on the computer, tablet or phone.

In this course bundle I received 12 month access for one student to the online portion of this one semester course, which is perfect for the homeschooled student, or for anyone (like me) who wants to learn the material, but on their own timeline. I am able to work it in around life, instead of trying to work life in between lessons.

I also received in the mail a physical copy of the textbook “Basic Economics, A Natural Law Approach to Economics, fourth edition.”

Once I familiarized myself with the online portion of the course, it wasn’t to difficult to use.

A number of other Review Crew families also reviewed the Economics Online Course Bundle from Boundary Stone, and I hope that you will click here and check them out!

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