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White Beans And Penne Pasta

Yesterday I was going to make this for dinner as it was on my calendar,  but plans got changed and my husband ended up taking our two oldest to a youth group function.  I stayed home with our two youngest and made them chocolate chip pancakes instead!  So today, after ballet rehearsal, we were home the rest of the day as a family, which doesn’t happen very often on Saturdays!  I decided to go ahead and break my rule of no cooking on weekends and make Penne Pasta and home-made blueberry muffins.  The whole house smells wonderful!  I’m not sure what smells the best, the pasta or the muffins.  Maybe it’s a mixture of the two!

Here is the recipe for the pasta:

1Tsp olive oil
1 large onion, cut into wedges
1 tsp garlic, minced
2 cans canned tomatoes, diced
2 cans (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
2 cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz penne pasta, dry
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp rosemary, dried or 1 tbsp fresh
Notes / Directions
Ounions, garlic, beans, broth and tomatoes simmering
Sauté olive oil, onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes in a large non-stick pan over medium/high heat. I used my electric skillet.  It was the perfect size.
Add tomatoes, broth, beans and salt and simmer 10 minutes.
Stir in the pasta and set timer for 10 minutes. I put a lid on the skillet to cook the noodles.
Penne pasta added
Mix together the olive oil( 2tbsp) and rosemary in a small microwave safe bowl.
Warm on high for 30 seconds.Put on plates and drizzle the warm olive oil/ rosemary over each serving. Use Parmesan cheese on top.
Here’s the end result of dinner. It was really good!  Enjoy!! (You’ll have to click on the picture to see it.  I’m still learning how to use Instagram!)l
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Mother’s Day is approaching

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching I want to share a few great deals:

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Happy New Year!

Well, I did it again!  Time flew by over the Christmas break and I didn’t take time to write anything.  We were over-involved in many areas, especially dance!  Don’t get me wrong, it was all good, only very busy!  This week we are back on our regular schedule which is fine.  We have now added another ‘fun’ project.  My husband is in The Fiddler on the Roof play at our church and I am helping with the costumes and some other avenues that haven’t been determined as of yet.  I am having fun with it so far!  It happens to be my all-time favorite musical, so it is especially fun for me!

I have plans for what I would like to add to this blog.  I need to organize them onto paper and then prioritize what I would like to do first!  Please bear with me as I plan it out!  My goal and wish is to be able to pass along some tips, plans and/or ideas that will help you with your home school journey, organizing your time, school and home, finances and more!  I would also like to add my menu plans I work on and more recipes.  I have a lot of ideas I need to materialize onto this blog!

I pray this will be a great New Year for each of you!

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Dough Ornament Recipe

As kids, my sister and I would make dough ornaments and then paint them.  I LOVED that!  I think I still have a few hanging around for the Christmas tree (and it’s been a few years!! :)).  If you want something fun to do with the kids, try this recipe out.  They would make great home-made Christmas gifts too!  Here’s the recipe:

4 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water


Mix flour and salt.

Slowly add the water.

Roll out and use cookie cutters to make desired shapes.  Don’t forget to put a whole in the top if you want to hang on the tree!  A straw will work good to make the hole.

Bake at 325 for about 1 hour.

Take out and cool before decorating with glitter paint, glitter glue or whatever you want to make them pretty!!

Ps.  They look like real edible cookies!  Let the kids know they would taste awful!!!  🙂

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Free Recipe eBooks on Amazon

If you have a tablet, such as an iPad or Kindle, here are some free cookbooks to enjoy! Make sure you double check that they are still free when you get on Amazon! Always check before you click ‘buy’!!

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Lesson Planning Over the Summer

Over the summer I take all the curriculum I  bought or accumulated and start planning the school year out.  This is a part that I enjoy!  First, I figure out how many days and weeks we will have school, which is typically 165 days/38 weeks (Check out ‘How to Plan for Your Home School Year’ article I wrote)  Next, I take all the books and separate them into a pile for each girl.   I take paper, one page for each girl, and the books and write how many lessons and tests each have.

Then I figure out how many days of the week we will study a particular subject.  I try to even out the days so it is about the same amount of subjects each day.  This year two of my daughters have ballet during the day, since all students are home schooled.  On those day I had to give a lighter load of school since part of the day is taken up with driving and class.  On the days nothing extra-curricular is scheduled tend to be the ‘heavier’ school days.  After I figure which subjects are which day I type it out on the computer.  Yes, I make another chart!  I call it the ‘Girls’ Daily Schedule’.  Here is an example:

I even marked on the bottom of the chart what time we need to finish with school and lunch on Monday and Thursday to get to ballet on time!  That way I don’t have to keep wondering what time we have to leave, etc.  As school starts and we go along, subjects will get tweaked a bit to work better for our school week.  I may change one subject to another day or add another day to it.  Tweaks to make it a more rounded week.  When I get the schedule where it looks like it will work for everyone, I then use it to plan my monthly schedule, which you will find information about in my other post of home school planning.  I put a copy of it on my computer desk so we can refer to it during the day and I place a copy of it in my binder, on the first page to use during my monthly lesson plans.

If you have any questions on how I did something or need further help, please send me a comment and I will get back to you.  I posted another article on ‘How to Plan Your Home School Year’ so check it out.  It has more information and pictures.  If you have any suggestions or if this helped in any way, please let me know!

I hope this was helpful to you in planning for a successful school year!  Thanks for taking time out to read this!  Please consider joining my blog.  I enjoy posting daily recipes and will be working on a  blog about making a coupon binder in the next few weeks.  Also, feel free to pin this article on your Pinterest site or forward any information to whomever you think it might help.

Have a great day!

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Free eBooks and Downloadable Books at Your Local Library

I am so happy that I didn’t have  anywhere to go this Saturday morning!  I spent the entire morning in bed finishing a book by Janette Okes.  It’s the Abram’s Daughters Series and I can’t put them down after I download them on my iPad.  I had ‘bought’ the first book from Amazon (it was free) and have recently discovered that I can download eBooks from my library. I checked my library’s list and found they offered the complete series on eBook!    I just finished the 4th of the series and there’s only one left.  I did finally drag myself out of bed to get some much-needed work done, with the knowledge that I can read more today as my daughter is at ballet practice for the Nutcracker.!  So, I thought I would write for a few moments before I make some soup for lunch,  clean out my flower beds, work on laundry and start my new list of meals for a few weeks.  It sure feels like I just put the last few weeks together and now it’s over! It’s fun deciding what to eat for the next few weeks!

For those of you that own tablets, check out Amazon under the free eBook section.  They have a ton of books for free, including some classics!  I have never read any Jane Austen books so I ‘bought’ quite a few from Amazon!  I have years worth of reading without having to leave the comfort of my home, and ALL free!  What a deal!  Be sure to check out your local library to see if they offer free downloaded books!  I LOVE anything free and easy!!

Make sure to check out all the deals on Amazon.  I get a lot of free cookbooks on there also!

Happy Saturday!!

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