Still Cookin’ For the Freezer : Menu Plan Monday May 25, 2015


Happy Memorial Day (well I don't know if "happy" is the right word. I've always felt kind of somber and patriotic on the day). I hope you're enjoying the day off from work and duties. My husband is former military so I'm treating him to some pizza and we're taking care of some outdoor chores. If you remember last week I was hopping back on the fill the freezer band wagon. I used to fill my freezer regularly with dinner meals but kind of  tapered off once we were getting ready to move.  I would like to fill it back up again because having those meals is so nice on busy days. So how is … [Read more...]

The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers a Review


Just in time for Gardening Season I've been reviewing by Karen Newcomb.   About the Book: This classic gardening bestseller (over 500,000 copies sold) uses ecologically friendly, intensive biodynamic methods to produce large amounts of vegetables in very tiny spaces. Revised for an all new generation of gardeners, the 40th anniversary edition includes brand new information on the variety of heirloom vegetables available today and how to grow them the postage stamp way. To accommodate today's lifestyles, a garden needs to fit easily into a very small plot, take as little time as … [Read more...]

34 Weeks of Clean – Week 20 Update – Bedrooms 1+2+3


We're in Week 20 of 34 Weeks to Clean and we've been spending a bit of time getting the extra bedrooms in our homes neat and tidy. On a side note I've been much too busy to create any printables for this section and Michele has been ultra gracious about that. If you think you'd like to see something on your walls to help keep these areas organized let me know and I'll see what I can do. Back to the bedrooms. It seems like you never get things just the way you want them in a home. There is always some project to be done. For us it's....well it's everything but for sure our bedrooms need … [Read more...]

Dollar Stretcher Tips for May 21, 2015

Save on Healthy Foods

Free Landscaping I've been busy trading plants with my friends and neighbors. Many plants need to be divided or propagated, so we all swap what we don't need. It's a great way to bring variety to a yard or garden without spending any money! Terri My Hot Water Is On Vacation Our water heater has a "vacation" setting. Each day after my family has taken their morning showers and I've run the dishwasher, I change the setting on the water heater to vacation and leave it there until bedtime. The savings have been surprising! Laura Moldy Cheese Tired of throwing away cheese because it got … [Read more...]

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade Book Review


  About the Book: A Love Like Ours (Bethany House, May 2015)Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships. When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's … [Read more...]

Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story a Review


Have you heard of FishFlix? If you're struggling to find good, clean family entertainment then you'll want to click through to the site and be sure to book mark it. Members of The Schoolhouse Review Crew were able to sample a series of videos recently from and our pick was Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story . First a little bit about is an online Christian video store where you can find most everything from Biblical Movies to Music Videos to Documentaries, and Entertainment (such as When Calls the Heart). It was started by a Turkish Christian … [Read more...]

Join the Odyssey Adventure Club for a ‘Buck’ (Plus a Summer Challenge)

Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means school will be out for the summer! Parents, does that fill you with dread, knowing all you'll hear for the next few months is, "I'm bored!"? Keep reading because we have a deal for you—one that will only cost you a buck and that will keep your kids safe online while allowing them to have fun and to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Buck Oliver is back in the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, and to celebrate, you can try the Odyssey Adventure Club for just a buck for your first month. Sign up before May 31st using the promo code … [Read more...]

A List of Lists of Great Books for Elementary Readers

Lists of Great Books for Elementary

In addition to my daughter's own favorites here's a round of lists where you'll find great reading material for your elementary reader. My Daughter's Favorite Picks : By one of my own favorite authors, Janette Oke my daughter has read this book about 3 times so far. Obviously she loves cats. : This is the first in the Lily series.  I admit to starting my daughter on Amish fiction early. She enjoyed this and I keep promising to get the rest in the series. Bad mom! : So when my daughter isn't looking I read her copies of the Mandie Books. These cute stories about character Mandie are … [Read more...]

Studying the Medieval Era; Knights and Nobles a Crew Review


For the past several weeks, in our homeschool, we've jumped back in time to the Medieval era with Knights & Nobles  by Homeschool Legacy Knights & Nobles is a 4 to 5 Week, depending upon whether you choose to do the optional Medieval Feast at then end, Once a Week Unit Study . Now if you're unsure of what a Unit Study is let me see if I can explain. In a Unit Study you are teaching your child, or your child is learning about a specific topic but they are learning about it from various aspects. So in focusing on said topic you touch on many subjects. Such as Reading, Writing, … [Read more...]

Monday Menu Plan for May 18, 2015


This Wednesday is National Pick Strawberries day! We haven't seen our local U-Pick farm signs for strawberry picking up yet but we're talking, planning and getting really excited to stuff the freezer. This year my aunt wants to tag along as her new Vitamix is inspiring her to make a daily smoothie for breakfast. Isn't that so healthy of her?! DO you like to U-Pick fruits and veggies? What! You never have?! Well we U-Pick strawberries, and peaches (yumm, yumm). It is so nice to have this fruit available in the winter when all thoughts of gardening are out the window. If you need a great … [Read more...]

Organizing the Kid’s Bedrooms


Are you following along with 34 Weeks of Clean? We're on Week 20 in the kid's and guest bedrooms now and working through the bedrooms. This is one where, if you haven't, you should definitely get some help in doing. It's a great time to instill some clean habits in our kids and declutter spaces where we might have tossed something in and shut the door (I'm known for that). In our home we've really taken this task to heart and things are a bit of a mess. I mean really messy. So to spare you all and your eyes I'll be waiting until next week to give the big reveal. And hopefully we'll be … [Read more...]