Here’s what we are reading (or just finished)…
What Was The Battle of Gettysburg?
Straw Bale Gardens
The Complete Guide to Raising Pigs
The Rabbit Book A Guide to Raising and Show Rabbits
I decided against a formal reading curriculum this school year. Instead I am assigning extra reading about science and history topics- or topics of interest to my student. There’s quite the variety above.
Do you have a book recommendation?
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Does “Mom Guilt” ever get the best of you? I recently came up with a whole list of things:
-birthday party, being held a month after her birthday, rescheduled for reasons beyond my control
-compared to her kids, we do not do enough chores
-compared to that family, maybe I am not doing enough with our history and science
-compared to their family, I should be making her run her own little business
-feeling like I don’t spend enough time with her
I’m so thankful that I don’t have to do all those things (ok, yes, I do have to reschedule the party). God isn’t necessarily calling us to live that that family or her kids. He may be calling each out us to something different for our child/children or our families. That’s ok.
We are not all going to have a child involved in sports. Or a math whiz. Or a livestock showman. You get the idea.
God will provide what our families need when we need it. Don’t let “Mom Guilt” get the best of you.
While our homeschool days are busy, especially in the mornings, I have found short breaks between subjects to be a help. Especially with the frustration level if I try to push too much. We do a 5-10 minute break between working on each subject. I set a timer and when it goes off it’s back to work.
Do you do anything to help break up your homeschool day?
If you love homemade chicken noodle soup, here’s a quick recipe for a busy day:
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup from The Employed Homeschool Mom
(Note, this recipe feeds my family of three with leftovers. You could easily double for a larger family.)
1 carton chicken broth
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (Or you can use leftover chicken if you have it.)
3-4 carrots, pealed and chopped
2-3 celery stalks
Seasoned salt to taste
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon rosemary
Water if needed to cover chicken breasts completely
Noodles (to be added before serving)
Cook in the slow cooker all day on low, or high if you only have a few hours. Once the chicken is done shred with a fork. Cook your choice of noodles on the stove. Drain and add to the slower cooker. After I add the noodles to the slower cooker, I wait about 15 minutes to serve the soup to allow the flavor to blend. (My family likes the Amish egg noodles.) We like this soup served with homemade garlic cheddar biscuits.
Back when I worked full time, before we started our homeschool journey, I used to coupon a lot. I worked in a location with a Kroger and CVS, so it was easy to do this on my lunch hour once a week.
As I changed jobs, started working part time, and homeschooling- I needed more time. Frankly, sometimes my time is worth money. I didn’t have an hour to figure out the deals each week- and not longer worked near a Kroger (or Aldis).
I have found in the last few months (and I’m sure I’m way behind on this) that using store aps can help save you some money. Two of my favorites are CVS and Kroger. I have friends that love Ibotta- but that’s more time than I care to invest. I can add CVS and Kroger coupons on their aps while the husband drives us somewhere or while I eat my lunch. (If I’m going to Kroger, you can almost be sure I’m making a big grocery haul or am near one for another reason- I rarely make a special trip.)
Do you have any money saving aps you love?
(Let me start by saying I was going to take a picture of my salad…guess I was hungry!)
I’m trying something new. I browned about 1.5 lbs of taco meat. I think the husband and I will have taco salads for lunch one day this coming week. And then a family taco night. I’m hoping by preparing some meat ahead of time, I can save some time in the kitchen for the next week or so. Any meat left over after that can be used in taco soup.
Do you have any time saving tricks in the kitchen?
It’s Sunday afternoon. You need to make a dessert for something on Tuesday but know time will not allow for it after today? This is one my of new go-to’s – Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie.
Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie from The Employed Homeschool Mom
Make your favorite pie crust from scratch and bake the shell. (Or you can purchase one if you prefer.)
1 block of softened cream cheese
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1.5 – 2 cups powdered sugar
Place all the items for the filling in a bowl. Mix with a blender until smooth. You may prefer more or less powdered sugar- just mix to the consistency you like.
Place the filling in the pie shell.
Top with your favorite whipped topping. (I personally use Cool Whip.) Top with cut up Reese’s Pieces if desired.
I have made this up to two days ahead of time. Be sure to refrigerate.