Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2018-2019): Our oldest child, EL, finished her formal education in May 2017. She remains at home due to her special needs, and continues to learn with us when she is able. JJ is in 10th grade this year. We intend to homeschool him through High School, and are using a variety of different curriculum choices to complete this goal.

Please feel free to follow along....

Thursday, September 17, 2015

HOME EC: Easy Tortellini Soup

This is one of our family's favorite soups to eat on a cool day. It is quick and easy to make, and very tasty. Now that JJ has helped me make it, I want to see if he can make it on his own next time. 

This recipe feeds our family of 4 for two nights. On the 2nd night, you will need to add some extra water/broth because the tortellini soaks up a lot of the liquid when it sits overnight. 

Easy Tortellini Soup
 8 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 19-20 oz. bags frozen cheese tortellini
2 cups baby broccoli florets

Here are most of the ingredients. I use Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base to make the chicken broth. Just mix 6-8 tsp. into the water.
JJ is adding the tortellini. Bring the liquids to a boil before adding them. 

After the tortellini has boiled for about 5 minutes, add the frozen broccoli and cook another 5 minutes.

Ready to be served!
Sharing the soup with friends!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

HOME EC: Brown Gravy & Meatballs Over Noodles

This quick and easy meal serves our family of 4 and leaves us with some leftovers for lunch the next day.

4 cups water
6 tsp. beef bouillon
1/2 cup flour
1 cup water
2 lb. bag frozen meatballs
16 oz. bag egg noodles

Boil 4 cups of water in a medium saucepan. At the same time, boil a pot of water for cooking the egg noodles.

Add 6 tsp. of beef bouillon to the 4 cups of water. I use Better Than Bouillon Beef Base.

Put 1/2 cup flour and 1 cup water into a jar with a lid. Shake vigorously until mixed. (This was my daughter's job.)

Slowly pour the flour mixture into the bouillon mixture, stirring as you pour.

After the gravy has thickened, add half a bag of frozen meatballs - about 32. I use the Fit & Active brand of Turkey meatballs from Aldi. (My son loves these. He says they taste like chicken nuggets.)

Simmer the meatballs on low until heated through - about 10-15 minutes. At the same time, boil the egg noodles.

Serve the gravy and meatballs over the noodles, along with a vegetable of choice.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Make A Card for Grandparents Day

Lee Hansen Graphic
Next Sunday, September 13th, is Grandparent's Day

I found a few sites online that will allow us to make and print out  greeting cards for free, so we decided to make one for each set of grandparents. (Mom & Dad, if you are reading this, I know the surprise of a card in your mailbox is ruined, but I hope you enjoy what the kids sent. Be watching for them!)

Here are the links I found for making/printing your own Grandparents Day cards. I hope you will use this simple idea to show the grandparents in your life that you care about them: