Friday, December 25, 2015

Homeschooling: A Full Time Job

When I take on a project, I try to do it well. Homeschooling is no exception. Now that doesn’t mean I have it all figured out by a long shot. But each year I do my best to find the resources that my children need to increase their knowledge in the necessary areas. Researching those resources takes a lot of time and energy. And as anyone who has taught others knows, different people learn in different ways. So observing and then taking those characteristics into consideration while choosing material also takes time and energy. Then you actually have to implement the material which also takes time and energy.

So for those of you who are homeschooling, remember that this is your job. And there is a reason why you feel that there is very little time for other activities.

For those of you who think that homeschoolers should be able to drop everything at a moment’s notice, consider what all might be involved before being insulted when your friend says she can’t do something. It may be that she realizes she needs to guard her homeschool time so that she can do a quality job.

 

There is so much more I could say on the subject but I will leave it at this for now even though I feel I am not doing the subject justice at all. But at least it is food for thought.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Household Helps: Grocery Money

Setting aside a certain amount of money for groceries each month can be a helpful way of keeping a handle on spending. But what about when that isn’t enough and you find yourself short on grocery cash before the next period?

Split your total amount apart into the number of weeks in your period.

So if you pull grocery cash once a month…split your total into 4. Keep 1/4 out of the first week and set the remaining aside. Then each week, pull 1/4 more out.

Monthly: $800

Week 1; $200
Week 2: $200
Week 3: $200
Week 4: $200

No more stressing because you need vegetables and milk the last week before you pull money again. You have fresh money each week!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Mom Notes: Priorities

Do you struggle with taking on more projects than you should?

Does it leave you stressed out with not enough time?

The following idea did not originate with me but it makes a lot of sense. Try rearranging the rocks in your jar and let me know how it goes.

BIG ROCKS GO IN FIRST - What are my big rocks?

-Things that must have my attention - Things others cannot do.


MEDIUM ROCKS
ARE NEXT - What are my medium rocks?

- Things that may enrich my life or the lives of others but are not essential


SMALL ROCKS
ARE LAST - What are my small rocks?

- Things that would be nice to do but don't add much long term value to my or my family's life

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THE KEY

Say NO when the jar is too small for a medium or small rock!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Kitchen Helps: Italian Sausage

I’ve never been one to like frying breakfast meat unless it is already fully cooked. This is especially true of Italian sausage. So I did a search and found out that it works to bake them.

Cook once – use multiple days!

STEP ONE
-Put sausage in a baking pan
-Add a little water in bottom
-Poke holes in sausage

Step 1

STEP TWO - Cover with foil

Step 2

STEP THREE - Preheat oven and Bake at 375 for 45 minutes

Step 3

STEP FOUR - Check for doneness

Step 4

STEP FIVE - Store in fridge for use during the week

Step 5 Storage

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Freezer Helps: Turkey for Casseroles

Today's post is simple but quite handy. Our family isn't a real fan of turkey dinners. But it is nice to pick up meat on a good deal around holiday time. So I will usually bake one and then package it up for casseroles. It ends up being used for chicken pot pie or chicken divan although hot turkey sandwiches is a possibility too.


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