Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Starting to Homeschool When Dad Isn't On Board


One of the biggest obstacles that face many moms who have decided to homeschool their kids is getting dad on board.  It is a question that is constantly repeated on homeschool support boards, “What do I do when my husband doesn’t want me homeschooling our children?”  This question is always met with a variety of answers such as “pray for a change in your husband’s heart” or “just do it anyhow”.  If you are a mom who is trying to get your husband on board with homeschooling these are not the types of answers that you want to hear.  You want to hear real advice, with real steps that you can put it into action. 


 
Pray
Yes, I did say that praying for your husband to have a change of heart wasn’t the answer you were looking for but if you are a Christian then praying should be your first step.  Pray for guidance, pray for your husband to have a change of heart, pray for your children, pray, pray, and pray some more.

Find out Your Husband’s Reservations about Homeschooling
In a calm manner, not in an argumentative one, talk to your husband about homeschooling, find out why he doesn’t want you to homeschool, and find out what his reservations are.  Don’t try to change his mind at this point, listen to what he says, really listen, and don’t respond.  Once you have heard him out sit down by yourself and try to address his concerns.  If he is concerned about your children being around other children, join a local homeschool support group that offers activities, put your child in a scout troop, or have them join a sports team.  If he is concerned about you being accountable, find an online academy that you can use that will help you to be accountable.   After you have addressed each of his concerns, sit down with him and tell him how you can help to alleviate these concerns.

Have Him Talk to Fathers of Homeschooling Families
Another way to help set your husband at ease about homeschooling is to have him talk to fathers of families who are homeschooling.  Set up a family play date at your house for some local homeschooling families or put him in contact with the father of another homeschooling family.  This will give him the chance to see what a father’s point of view is when it comes to homeschooling. 

Agree to a Trial Period
See if your husband will agree to a trial period for you to try homeschooling.  The trial period could be a school semester or a full school year.  Try homeschooling for the trial period, and take it from there.  Allowing him to see homeschooling in action in your home may give him a different perspective on homeschooling your children.

Homeschool Over the Summer
Several families use the summer as a trial homeschool period.  This allows mom to have a chance to try homeschooling without having to take the kids out of public school. 
 
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Garden Stir Fry Recipe

 
My garden has been in overdrive producing an abundance of yummy vegetables.  I have been turning those yummy vegetables into some great meals and this is one of my favorite ones.  It is easy to make and can be easily tweaked to use what you have on hand.  I had mushrooms in my refrigerator the day that I made this meal but have left the mushrooms out the last couple of times.  I also served it over noodles here but have served it without as well for a side dish. 
 
Here's the super simple recipe:
 
1-2 cups Tomatoes - any type, cut cherry tomatoes in half and dice full size tomatoes
1/2 onion diced
1 cup diced mushrooms
2-3 cups diced squash
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
 
1.  Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet.
2.  Add in vegetables and cook until they are tender.
3.  Serve hot over pasta for a full meal or serve by itself as a side dish.
 
 
 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Menu Plan Monday, July 29th to August 4th



 
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So two weeks ago I mentioned it was extremely hot around here, well the past few days the weather has cooled off and we are experiencing out of the ordinary mild weather.  In fact it was 54 here this morning and they are calling for temperatures dropping into the 40's.  This is crazy weather for July!  Anyways, the cooler weather means that cooking isn't so unbearable right now.
 
Here is what we have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit, Toast
Dinner:  Rosemary Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans
 
Tuesday
Dinner:  Country Fried Steaks, Mashed Potatoes, My Grandmother's Green Beans
 
Wednesday
Lunch:  Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls, Steamed White Rice
Dinner:  Ham Sandwiches, Chips
 
Thursday
Lunch:  Soup
Dinner:  Chicken Stuffed Poblano Pepper, Baked Potatoes
 
Friday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Toast
Dinner:  Taco Salad
 
Saturday
Lunch:  Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwiches, Grilled Bacon Wrapped Cabbage, Macaroni and Cheese
Dinner:  Eating Out After Church
 
Sunday
Lunch:  Baked Tilapia, Wild Rice
 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Menu Plan Monday, July 15th to 21st



 
 
This week is a bit different for me I will only be cooking for four since Little Man is at camp this week.  It is his first time ever going to camp and I am sure he will have a blast. 
 
 
It is also extremely HOT around here this week.  The temperatures were in the upper 90's but the heat index made it feel like it was in the 100's.  We don't eat a lot when it is so hot outside, and I really don't want to heat up the house too much when it is this hot so our menu this week will be reflecting that. 
 
So here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday
Lunch:  Soup
Dinner:  Garden Stir Fry
 
Tuesday
Lunch:  Soup and Sandwiches
Dinner:  Pizza using the Flatbread Pizza Dough from this recipe
 
Wednesday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit
Dinner:  Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls, White Rice
 
Thursday
Lunch:  BBQ Pork Chops, Pressure Cooker Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes
Dinner:  Ham Sandwiches, Chips
 
Friday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Toast
Dinner: Family Cookout
 
Saturday
Lunch:  Quiche
Dinner:  Eating Out After Church
 
Sunday
Lunch:  Soup and Sandwiches
Dinner:  Salmon Croquettes, Macaroni and Cheese, Corn on the Cob
 
 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Menu Plan Monday, July 8th to 14th

 
 
 
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This week is going to be a low key week at home for us.  They are calling for rain most of the week, YUCK! I am soo tired of rain, and am ready for it to be over.  The good thing is my vegetable plants are loving the rain.
 
I did get some recipe posts up this week, even though I didn't get all of the ones done that I had planned on.  I did get the recipes for my Turkey or Chicken Pot Pie and Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls up.  I do have a few recipes that will be going up on the blog from this week's menu soon.
 
On Thursday afternoon my daughter found a forgotten about bag of mixed berries in the freezer that contained strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.  I used my Razzleberry Pie recipe to make a pie using it.  I just thawed out the bag of mixed berries and used them in place of the fresh berries called for in the recipe.   
 
Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
 
Monday
Breakfast:  Mini Ham and Egg Cups
Dinner:  Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms (New Recipe), Baked Potatoes 
 
 
Tuesday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Toast, Grapes
 
Wednesday
Breakfast:  Biscuits and Gravy
Dinner:  Greek Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, My Grandmother's Green Beans
 
Thursday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns
Dinner:  Steaks, Baked Potatoes, Cabbage
 
Friday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Toast, Fresh Fruit
Dinner:  Ness's Stuffed Green Peppers, Mashed Potatoes
 
Saturday
Breakfast:  Oatmeal
Dinner:  Eating Out After Church
 
Sunday
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns
Dinner:  Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls, White Rice