3/14/17

Cheesy Chicken Nachos | Gluten Free | Cooking and Recipes

Cheesy Chicken Nachos

It's been a while since I've shared a meal with you all. So, here is my quick, easy and delicious version of cheesy chicken nachos. It's also gluten free & My husband's favorite! 
Watch the short video I've made for you guys and then grab the recipe below. 

Cheesy Chicken Nachos

1 lb chicken ( cooked and shredded)
I season it with tomato bullion & salt/pepper and prefer to cook in the crock-pot

Cheese Sauce:
1 lb American cheese from deli
1-2 4 oz cans of diced green chilies
1 pint of heavy whipping cream ( start with 1 cup then add more if necessary.

Simmer cheese and whipping cream until melted, then add in chilies and chicken.
Serve over nacho chips.


Circle C Stepping Stones & Kregel Publications | Homechool Review Crew

Circle C Stepping Stones Series Review

Okay, guys so just like I mentioned last week, we will have back-to-back homeschool reviews. Today I'm going to be talking about two books in the Andi series that we love from Kregel Publications written by the wonderful author Susan K Marlow.  The last few weeks we've had the pleasure of reading the first two titles from the new Circle C Stepping Stones set, Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under The Big Top. 
Andi Saddles Up


So, if you aren't familiar with Susan K. Marlow and her work, these stories revolve around a girl named Andi (Andrea Carter) who is growing up in the late 1800s. There are four sets of books covering Andi's life from when she was a spunky young girl to a bright teenager. 

Andi Under the Big TopIn The Circle C Stepping Stone set Andi is finally nine years old! In the stories it goes on to tell about her adventures with her new horse Taffy and her finally getting some one-on-one time with a real horse and one summer when the circus came to town. The books in the Circle C Stepping Stones series offers chapter books for kids ages 7 to 10 but of course use your discretion, not all children are on the same reading level. 
Some may think that this series is only for girls but we've actually been using them in our morning basket with all the kiddos. Being a ranching family and pretty much surrounded by horses all day, everyone in my house loves to hear about the exciting life of this young cowgirl, even the boys. 

Andi saddles up circle c stepping stones
If you go on the Circle C Stepping Stones website you will find lots of resources to use with these books. I first downloaded and printed the pages that we were going to use and then I separated them by chapter "chunks" so I put chapter 1-3 together then 4-6 and so on. I just put them in the pocket folder & keep them handy in my morning basket along with the books.  There is an amazing lap book that you can purchase on her website as a download or physical copy. We opted to use the free activity pages and coloring pages provided on the website. I felt with these we had plenty of activities to use with both of my older children who are nine and six. Sometimes I let my nine-year-old read but on days were in a hurry and we're pressed for time I will just read to them while they color the coloring sheets. I just love the activity pages that cover so many areas including character traits, poetry, map skills, puzzles and even some history lessons! We put the vocabulary list on our board and have been regularly referring to it.
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One thing I do love about these books is that they do make mention of God and reference the Bible or hymns often, even in some of the worksheets. Overall these stories are funny and keep your child's attention all while teaching them some key lessons in life. 

There will be six Stepping Stones books in all books three and four will be out in November of 2017 & books 5 and 6 will be out in July 2018. So be sure to keep an eye out for those.  Here's a few social media links to keep in in the loop!
Twitter (Kregel Books): https://twitter.com/KregelBooks  
Twitter (Susan K Marlow): https://twitter.com/SuzyScribbles
Facebook (Kregel Books): https://www.facebook.com/KregelBooks/
Facebook (Susan K Marlow): https://www.facebook.com/SusanKMarlow?fref=ts


Andi Series {Kregel Publications and Susan K. Marlow Reviews}
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3/7/17

Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level A Review | Homeschool Review Crew

eclectic foundations language arts review
It's time for another Homeschool Review Crew Review! We have a new review each week for the next 3 weeks and I am very excited to share these items with you! This week, I'll be doing a review on the Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Program Level A.  From Eclectic Foundations.
Language Arts Eclectic FoundationsThis program is fairly new but even in a very saturated market this program definitely fills a gap that's greatly needed. My daughter Riley who just turned six has been using Level A for several weeks now. I'm excited to share with you about this program and how it's helped her to become a better reader already. I'm also going to share a quick video on what the materials look like and a quick lesson with my daughter, so please don't forget to check that out below. But first, let me tell you all the great things that I love about this program! 
eclectic foundations language arts review

Although it's not completely biblical there are Bible verses throughout the program and the author believes that children should be taught with a biblical worldview and I agree that this is very important as a Christian mother. I will take any opportunity to put God's word in the ears of my children. 

One of my favorite things about this program is that it is so simple the pages, the lessons, the teacher's manual, every part of this program is simple to read and use. It is not overwhelming at all. There are 144 lessons for 36 weeks. We've been doing this 4 days a week (leaving Friday off). That's the schedule we've been following and it's easy to pick up when we've been out of school for a few days.  
My daughter has been very eager to read but can not retain her alphabet as well as I'd hoped, with this program they immediately use letters for reading as soon as they've learned enough letters to make a word. This has greatly increased her confidence in reading! She is excited and no longer sad when she has to learn her alphabet over and over again. We're still pretty early on in the book, so we haven't gotten to a lot of the sight words or the flash cards but I'm eager for us to get there. We also haven't gotten far enough to use the McGuffey reader which is used with this program but I am very excited that she'll be working with it. To quote The Eclectic Foundation's website "We haven't written an entirely new curriculum.  We've simply enhanced these old textbooks, modernized some of the language, and made them "teacher friendly"." 
The lessons are very short child-friendly and there's not a lot of busy work or nonsense work as I like to call it with this program.
eclectic foundations language arts review

My daughter and I are just so in love with this program. Even though she's technically a kindergartener we are using this Level A which is technically considered first grade if you look at the McGuffey Electric Primer but I'm happy to say that this is definitely her level and she has not had any issues with any lessons or with retaining information. I'll also add that they are planning on having a level for each grade up to high school. They currently have Levels A, B & C with Level D coming out in April! 
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  I like that this program hits many areas including handwriting, composition, poetry, reading comprehension, grammar, spelling and of course phonics. I also love the price this is so affordable for Level A you can get all the materials you need for only $30 as a downloadable file, or you can just or the individual products which are still very affordable. I talk more about this in the video.  

Overall, I am very pleased with this program and plan to purchase the next level when she is ready! They have plenty of sample lessons and information on the site so please take some time to check it out and give it a try! You will not be disappointed! Don't forget to "like" them on Facebook too! 

Language Arts {Eclectic Foundations Reviews}
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3/6/17

My Awesome Crafters Organization Hack | Organization


crafting organization cd sleeve hack storing emphera
My awesome "Ah-ha" moment! CD Sleeves for organizing small crafty things like ephemera packs, alpha sets & SO much more! Watch my video below to see how I used these amazing little things! Click here to buy them!


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