Vegan Homeschool

Our adventures as vegan homeschoolers…

04/18/2014
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Free e-books and apps for April 18th

Free e-books

Non-fiction

Non-Fiction-books

Economic Survival Pantry for Beginners

Vertical Gardening: Grow Your Garden Up to Harvest Beautiful Fruits, Vegetables, and Plants in Small Spaces

The Joy Of Minimalism: How To Simplify Your Life With Less

Easy, Elegant and Adorable Easter Treats

Prepping on a Budget

C.S. Lewis: A Life Inspired

 

Fiction

Fiction-ebooks

Secrets

One Chance To Love

The Misadventures of the Laundry Hag: Skeletons in the Closet

The Tourist Trail

Vanish

Cookbooks

CookBooks

Never Buy Condiments Again! Deliciously Cheap Recipes and Tips for Homemade Condiments

Paleo Slow Cooker Soups and Stews: Healthy Family Gluten-Free Recipes

Rhubarb Delights Cookbook: A Collection of Rhubarb Recipes

Plant Based Dinner Recipes

Home Baked Bread: How to bake bread at home and get perfect results

 

Kids books

Kids-Books

Buster’s Undersea Counting Expedition 1 to 10

Why Kimba Saved the World (Cats in the Mirror)

Treasure from the Past, Big Honey Dog Mysteries Easter Special Edition

101 Facts… STARS! Amazing Facts, Photos & Videos

Henry Burp – Mind Your Manners

 

Free Apps

Free-Apps

Mini Drivers – Learn to count and recognize numbers for toddlers and preschool

Rain Sounds Relax n Sleep

Fourth Grade Learning Games Free

100 PICS Quiz

12/20/2013
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Free Ebooks and Apps

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Free Kindle Ebooks

Fiction

Tales from the Crib

Forever His: A Time-Travel Romance

Death by Desire

A Texas Legacy Christmas

When Girlfriends Make Choices

The Secret’s in the Sauce

A Christmas Mystery (A Short Story)

Non Fiction

We Use Coupons, You Should Too! How Couponing Saved My Life

Can, Preserve, Survive: The Prepper’s Guide To Canning, Preserving, and Food And Water Storage

How to De-clutter and Make Money Now

The Instant Genius: An Indispensable Handbook for Know-It-Alls

My Journey to Heaven: What I Saw and How It Changed My Life

Essential Oils For Skin: A Simple Guide & Introduction To Aromatherapy

Vertical Gardening for Beginners

Cookbooks

Everyday Vegetarian Family Cookbook

Paleo Cookbook For Beginners

Christmas Value Pack III – 200 Christmas Cookie Recipes

Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes

Frugal and Delicious: Secrets to Saving Thousands in the Kitchen

My First Smoothie Recipe Book

Muffin Tin Meal Recipes: The Complete Guide For Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and More

Kids Books

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Tip of the Toes

AMAZING PANDAS: A Children’s Book About Pandas and their Amazing Facts, Figures, Pictures and Photos

The Magical Christmas Reindeer

A Christmas Carol (Enriched Classics)

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You don’t have to have a Kindle to read these books. You can go here to download a Free Reading App so you can read any Kindle book on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69).

Please note: Amazon pricing, promotions, and availability are subject to change at ANY time without notice. Please confirm the price before completing your purchase!

Free Android Apps

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro  (I am in love with this one! Totally worth the price if it goes off of the free list. It has great options for vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, etc.)

Jetpack Joyride

Doodle Jump Christmas Special

Santa’s Naughty or Nice Scanner  (my boys have been running around with this thing like crazy!!)

Santa’s Naughty or Nice Test

12/13/2013
by VeganMama
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Free ebooks and apps for the week

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Please note that some of this week’s free ebooks are only free if you are an Amazon Prime member. We have Amazon Prime and love it! It’s especially handy during the holiday’s because of that quick free shipping. ;) That’s how we ended up with a free trial. Once we saw how much we used it, we kept it. You can find out more about Amazon Prime here. I just didn’t want you to wonder why there were some paid ebooks. I’m not trying to pull one over on you. :D

Free Kindle Ebooks

Fiction

The Christmas Shoppe

The Christmas Shoppe

Too Close to Home

Too Close to Home

Good, Clean Murder

Good, Clean Murder

The Gift of Hope

The Gift of Hope

Night of the Assassin

Night of the Assassin

The Getaway

The Getaway

Non-Fiction

Green and Clean

Green and Clean: Getting Started with Natural Cleaning

Chasing Superwoman

Chasing Superwoman

5 minute business

5 Minute Business – Growth Hacking Secrets Revealed

Body Lotions: The Ultimate Guide

Body Lotions :The Ultimate Guide

Organic Gardening: A Quick Start Guide

Organic Gardening: A Quick Start Guide

Cookbooks

How to Cook Vegan Breakfast in a Hurry

How To Cook Vegan Breakfast In A Hurry

Gluten-free Slow Cooker

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker: Easy Recipes for a Gluten Free Diet

Freezer Meals

Freezer Meals: Delicious and Easy Make-Ahead Meals

The Sneaky Green Mom Cookbook

The Sneaky Green Mom Cookbook

Vegan Chocolate

Vegan Chocolate: Vegan Desserts and Treats for Conscious Sweet Tooth (The Vegan Diet)

Kids books

Lucky's Christmas Miracle

Lucky’s Christmas Miracle

Charlie the Tree

Charlie the Tree

Hello My Name is Rose

Hello My Name is Rose and this is My Christmas Story

The Last Santa

The Last Santa

Vegetables for Kids

Vegetables for Kids

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Please note: Amazon pricing, promotions, and availability are subject to change at ANY time without notice. Please confirm the price before completing your purchase!

You don’t have to have a Kindle to read these books. You can go here to download a Free Reading App so you can read any Kindle book on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69). Find out more about Amazon Prime here.

Free Android Apps

Christmasville LITE: The Missing Santa ADVENTures

Christmasville LITE: The Missing Santa ADVENTures

Garfield Saves the Holidays

Garfield Saves the Holidays

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles

Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles

Sponge Bob Diner Dash

Spongebob Diner Dash

Ice Age Village

Ice Age Village

Gingerbread Run Free

Gingerbread Run Free

12/12/2013
by VeganMama
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Vidalia Chop Wizard – Review and Recipe

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I had to buy one of these because the one I have is from Princess House. I wanted to get one for my Mom anyway and I wanted to make sure that this was a great product like mine! I use mine multiple times a week. It’s seriously huge time saver and, as homeschool Moms, we need all of the time savers we can get! :D


Doesn’t look like it would be a huge addition to the kitchen, does it? To be honest, I ended up with one because I went to a Princess House party at a friend’s and I needed something to order that wasn’t $100! This was on sale for half price if you bought something at regular price. So, I bought a container of their Daily Stainless Steel Cleaner. (It’s awesome!) My Vidalia Chop Wizard was still almost $40! The only difference that I could see was the color of the lid and the Princess House one was a bit bigger. That’s the only real difference I can see.

The Vidalia Chop Wizard comes with two plates: a chopping plate that has 1/2″ squares and a dicing plate that has 1/4″ squares. You also get a little cleaning tool. The cleaning tool is for the tiny squares on the lid that push the food through the openings. It is actually very handy! Even though the Chop Wizard is dishwasher safe, I don’t want any little chunks that may get caught to clog up my dishwasher. I don’t have to use the little tool often, but I’m glad it’s there for what I do. Those spaces between the squares are tiny! 

The 1/2″ openings on the chopping plates are PERFECT for potatoes and carrots. The length of the slices depends on how big the chunks are that you put in there. So, if you want squares of chopped potatoes for a stew, cut your potato into 1/2″ or so slices. You can put a stack of them on there to cut at once or you can do each slice individually. (When you’re cutting something pretty hard like potatoes and carrots, put the heel of your hand on the pivot point of the lid while you push down with the other hand. This takes any stress of the lid. I can see that part maybe breaking after a few years of use. Push down on it a bit with your other hand will remove the stress from that joint.) If you want to make french fries, simply put a thicker chunk of potato in there! You will get a longer cut of potato that will still be 1/2″ thick, allowing for even cooking. I use my Chop Wizard to prepare veggies just about every time I cook. I use the chopping plate the most when I’m making a stew or soup. I know all of the potatoes are going to soften up nice and evenly because they’re all the same size! Same with carrots.

I use the dicing plate for things like onions and garlic. I don’t like huge chunks of onion unless it’s a stew or soup that’s going to cook for a long time. One tiny bit of crunch from an onion and I’m done. We’re talking gag-worthy. Nasty. Garlic is my favorite thing to use the dicing plate on. There’s no waste whatsoever and it’s in these beautiful, tiny little bits. Perfect!

I made this recipe for Moroccan Stew last week. I used the Chop Wizard for all of the veggie prep except for the carrots. For those, I wanted rounds for a bit of visual texture. Like 90% of the stew was square and I wanted to have a little something different. So I used my handy dandy mandolin slicer for those. (That’s another awesome kitchen gadget!) I did make some substitutions on the veg. I didn’t have any sweet potatoes, so I added more potatoes and some broccoli. I also didn’t add the honey or apricot. I’m sure the apricot would have been nice, but I was after some heat! I did do chunks of onion because it was going to cook for awhile and I wasn’t serving it until the next day. Plenty of soften time!

You’re going to love this stew. Up the cumin, turmeric, curry and pepper a bit. Fantastic flavor! Serve this stew with some toasted basil butter bread and a dollop of vegan sour cream on top. Definitely a winter worthy meal!

I’m going to list out the ingredients here for you, but you’ll need to follow the link for the instructions since it’s not my recipe. :)

INGREDIENTS:

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/8 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 cups finely shredded kale
4 (14 ounce) cans organic vegetable broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 tablespoon honey
4 large carrots, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans,
drained
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)
1 tablespoon water (optional)

12/11/2013
by VeganMama
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Vordak the Incomprehensible – Book Review

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Today’s review is about one of our boys’ favorite books for Daddy to read to them. Now, our boys are 12 and 9 years old. They love Star Wars, Minecraft and Mark Twain. Our whole family loves just about anything geeky. :D For SWL‘s 12th birthday he had a HUGE group of friends over for a “Guy Night”. Some of them spent the night and a few went with us on a surprise outing. We took them to a small Comicon near us! It was awesome!! While we were walking around the booths, we came across Vordak. In comic convention style, he was in complete costume and character. LL got a kick out if it! We bought the book he had at the booth and Vordak signed it for him. That’s where their love affair with Vordak began. 

Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World

 

If you’ve never heard of Vordak, take a minute to check out the site. You will quickly see that it is ALL BOY. And ALL HILARIOUS! Vordak is going to teach the kids how to grow up and rule the world in this book. He teaches them their evil laugh, how to choose their costume, picking out their evil name, how to raise money for their evil empire, etc. What every good little villian set on taking over the world needs to know! It’s like the supremely funny evil villain textbook. You can see Vordak’s bio down below.

 

Vordak bio

See the full bio page http://www.vordak.com/bios.html

 

When Daddy reads any Vordak book to the boys, it is done in his “Vordak voice”. That’s a must. I can hear the boys laughing all the way downstairs! With their bedroom door shut!! They beg him to read it to them constantly. It is by far the best book we’ve bought for Daddy to read to them. I can’t recommend them enough. Honestly, they enjoy the time reading with J that much. 

I think that books for Dad to read to the boys should be silly guy stuff. Comics and Vordak and crazy boy books. Dad is the super funny one in our house. I’m not saying that he doesn’t discipline or isn’t serious, but you can always count on Dad for a laugh. Or a good light saber battle. He’s always up for a light saber battle. ;)

Now, if you don’t like books that poke fun at bad guys by being the silly bad guy, this is not for you. And there’s nothing wrong with that! He calls people sissies and jerks, but our boys know that we don’t do that. They know that it’s just being silly and that it’s not ok to do in real life. This has never been an issue for our kids, so these books are nothing more than awesome fun. If you’ve had problems with your kid calling people names or bullying in other ways, you may want to skip it for awhile. 

LL will tell you that his favorite book is The Prince and the Pauper, which it is. But he will tell you that ANY Vordak book is a close second! LOL! As soon as Dad finished reading Vordak the Incomprehensible, LL was ready to go to the library to find more Vordak books. Literally as soon as it ended. There are three Vordak books that we know. They boys have read, and been read, two of them:

 

Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow up and Rule the World                              Vordak the Incomprehensible: Rule the School

There are two other books, Vordak the Incomprehensible: Double Trouble and Time Travel Trouble, that may or may not make their way under our tree for Christmas. ;) They weren’t at the library, but as many times as they’ve read the other two, I have no problem buying them!

 

 

Vordak the Incomprehensible: Time Travel Trouble

Vordak the Incomprehensible: Double Trouble

 

These books are great ones to get a boy back into reading. Like how Harry Potter got millions of kids to love reading! These are sure to jumpstart your reluctant reader. Our boys have one classic novel and one “for fun” book at all times. There are other things they need to read for school, like a book on the Inca when we studied them, in addition to the other two. The classics are read during their reading time during the day and the fun books are read whenever they want and at bedtime. They can read their classics whenever, too, but they are assigned one hour of classics each day. 

So, Vordak. Our entire family HIGHLY recommends these books.

Have your kids read any of the Vordak books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Let people know what you loved, or didn’t love, about them! :)

 

12/10/2013
by VeganMama
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NEA Trojan Horse in American Education – Review & Giveaway!

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I was sent a copy of NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education in exchange for a review. No promise was made for a positive review, and there was no expectation of one. Like I’ve said before, I’m not going to insult you by lying and I’m not going to ruin your trust by doing so either. 
NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education

Today’s review may be a little controversial. Well, the subject is controversial for sure. ;) I’m not one to shy away from controversy, so let’s get to the nitty-gritty!

NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education is written by Sam Blumenfeld. He originally published it in 1984, once he found someone that would actually publish it! The publishing houses, even then, were all too afraid of the NEA (National Education Association) to put their name on the book. That should give you a little insight into the power of this group. I guess this is as good a time as any to let you know that I have zero respect for this group. It stems from way before I ever read this book. That’s why I was more than a little excited to read it! I promise to not let this review turn into a rant on my part. ;)

This updated version of NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education comes to you either on disk  ($17.95), as a pdf download ($12.95) or in a Kindle version ($9.99). Mine was on disk. I have to admit, I really like the delivery method! Yes, I like to snuggle up with a book in bed, but having it electronically is just so much easier to multitask. I saved the book as a pdf from the disk and uploaded it to our home server. Then I could open  this on my laptop or whatever computer I near and was able to read while working with the boys or working on my sites. When there were bits that I wanted to remember: highlight, “take a photo” and paste into an Open Office Writer document! I definitely do no mind that it is not a physical book. If you really need that hardcopy, you could print it out. Just use that toner saver mode!

Here is Sam Blumenfeld’s description of the book. It’s a quick little video.:


I knew we would homeschool our kids before they were born. My husband needed just a little convincing. ;) I know how the public school system let me down. I was an advanced student, bored out of my mind in public school. But, putting everyone on an equal footing is what the public system is all about! They were trying to “dumb me down”. I didn’t want that for our babies. I wanted them to be able to flourish! To love learning. Mr. Blumenfeld is a huge homeschool advocate. I actually have some of his books that I will be reviewing. Anyway! Back to NEA.

NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education gave me the history behind the research I had already done on my own into the teacher’s unions and why America’s public education system was so broken. Let me warn you that this is not a quick read. You are going to need to take your time with this book! There is a LOT of information to digest. You can’t just breeze through it. I encourage you to take breaks while reading to research the information you were given. You will quickly see that Mr. Blumenfeld is right on the money! You’re also going to find out that it’s only going to get worse.

I want to share a few quotes with you.

 “[Why is the NEA effective?] It is not because of creative ideas, it is not because of the merit of our position, it is not because we care about children, it is not because we have a vision of great public schools for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power and we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people [members] who are willing to pay us millions of dollars in dues each year because they believe we are the union that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.”

- daytonos.com May 11, 2011

 

I’m a teacher and I read this book years ago, shortly after it first came out. At that time I was working in a school system that required either joining the NEA or paying almost the exact same amount of money to it and not having a say in it. For two years, I mindlessly paid my dues and was a member. Then, I decided to read the material I had been given by the NEA. It was a 75-page, very fine print 8 1/2 x 11″ book(let). I read every word of it and was amazed at some of the thing the NEA was supporting. Then I heard about this book on a radio program and when I read it, I saw that this man was pointing out the very things I had already seen.

The NEA is not a harmless group that merely wants the best for the education of our children. The changes that are happening in education are part of an overall agenda and that agenda is NOT to produce the most intelligent and well-educated children we can.

If you are an educator today, please read this book! Don’t give your money mindlessly to this organization. You expect your students to research their facts and you need to do the same yourself. You owe it to yourself and the children you teach. Joining the NEA is NOT the best way to educate our youth!

This author has excellent documentation for what he says. It is well worth your time to read. Even though it was originally published in the 80′s, the NEA has only gotten worse. (Did you know the NEA was sued a couple of years ago for misappropriation of funds?)

Once you read this, you’ll wonder how intelligent people like teachers have been duped into thinking this is only a pro-education group. (Did you know teachers are now referred to as “agents of change”? After reading this book, you’ll know why.)

- review on Amazon by Chalkbrd

If you are not infuriated by the first quote, maybe you didn’t understand it. It’s saying that they are all about the power they have! The power to achieve whatever they deem to be in their best interest. Not the best interest of the kids, their best interest. That is NOT what our country needs from its teachers. That’s not what the kids in public school need. There’s a documentary you may find interesting called The Cartel. It’s a “watch it now” on Netflix. It’s about the NJ teacher’s union. It’s extremely eye-opening. I think Mr. Blumenfeld would approve.

When reading this book, you are going to come across a lot of talk of socialism and the leftist agenda. Don’t blow it off. I have really done a 180 when it comes to socialism. It sounds so nice as a teenager! I can only thank God that I grew up and realized what it really was. Mr. Blumenfeld is passionate about his beliefs, and it’s evident in this book. Don’t be offended by it, just read it with an open mind. Do your own research! Educate yourself and learn how to better educate your children. I think that’s what he’s really after here.

I already knew the public school system was broken, but this book really told me why. I already knew that phonics was the absolute best way to teach kids to read and that dyslexia numbers were huge in the US but, once again, this book told me why. As homeschoolers, we know that we are on the front lines of the battle for a good education for our kids. We have to fight the State. We have to fight the Federal government. We have to fight the local school board. Well, I now know where the real power is. And I thank Sam Blumenfeld from the bottom of my heart for the countless YEARS of research he did to bring me these answers.

And now, the giveaway!!!                              (The winner of the giveaway was Entry #5 April W.!!!!)

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12/09/2013
by VeganMama
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Ruth Bible Study from Grapevine Studies- Review

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I have an awesome review for you today!  Grapevine Studies blessed our family with their Ruth Bible study. We were given this study in exchange for posting this review. There were no promises, or expectations, of a positive review unless one was warranted. I always make it clear to a company that I will share any negatives I may find with my readers. I will not compromise my integrity, or your trust, in exchange for freebies or compensation.

Ruth Bible study from Grapevine Studies

 

Ruth Bible study by Grapevine Studies

 

Ok, let’s talk about how the Grapevine Studies work. Their tagline is “Stick Figuring Through the Bible”. I don’t know about you, but the first time I saw that I immediately thought “Kindergarten”. I was so wrong!

Easy to Prepare – Effective to Teach

Finally, a Bible study curriculum that engages the intellect while stimulating the imagination! Grapevine Studies provides effective, easy-to-teach Bible curriculum to disciple students ages five to adult. Through the use of Bible timelines and easy-to-follow lessons, Grapevine Studies will give your students a panoramic view of the Bible.

That’s how they describe their studies. And it is spot on! All you have to do in way of preparation is: get your Bible, get your white board and markers, student lessons pages, Bible dictionary or have Google up and some colored pencils for the kids. I have all of the things we need sitting together so I just grab them and we’re ready. I didn’t print out the Teacher Pages for this Ruth Bible study, so when I call the boys for our daily lesson, I pull up the PDF and have the internet up to look up our words on Wordsmyth. And we’re good to go! My boys are 9 and 12 so I’m going with Level 2. Here is the “How to Teach” for Level 2. I looked at Level 3 and it’s pretty much the same thing. That’s one of the great thing about Grapevine Studies: they work so well with multiple aged homes! They even have a traceable version!

Now, I will admit, I wasn’t sure how the boys would react to this. Would they find it too “baby”? Would they enjoy it? I just wasn’t sure what they would think. Day one pushed all of my fears right out the door! They absolutely loved it. I did find it better to prepare ahead of time (all of maybe 10 mins) by drawing the timelines on our whiteboard. I handed each of them their own little packet and explained what we were doing and how it works. They thought it was pretty cool that they got to draw out their Bible lesson. There was no stress over the drawings because they’re stick figure drawings. Anyone can do them!

 

Ruth Bible study timeline

Timeline on of the boys did

 

Ruth Bible study from Grapevine Studies - Lesson page

Sorry about the pics. I had to use one of our smaller cameras and it didn’t pick up the yellow so well. I had to up it so you could see it. :)

 

The Ruth Bible study says it is either a 5 week or an 18 day study. The 5 week study would be perfect for a Sunday School class or a coop! We did it as an 18 day study. Each day took about 30 mins from start to finish. If they had a lot of questions or wanted to discuss it more, which happened a lot, then it was about 45 mins to an hour. I was really surprised how this study prompted the boys into discussions about the times, life in general for Ruth, etc. It was a great, unexpected benefit!

Here is a basic breakdown of how a normal day went:

  • I would put the drawings on the whiteboard 
  • We would quickly discuss our previous lesson as the Teacher’s Manual instructed
  • I would present the lesson by reading straight from the Teacher’s Manual
  • The boys would draw while I was reading the Bible verse and the notes from the manual
  • We would look up the recommend words using Wordsmyth online dictionary
  • Work on our memory verse
  • Discussion

There are goals and key points listed for the teacher for each lesson. I found it helpful to know these. Like I said, I chose to read straight from the manual. But you don’t have to! I didn’t want to leave anything out and I like to use things as the publisher intended when I’m doing a review. That way I can pass on any changes that I think would be beneficial. I don’t think anything needs to be changed with the Grapevine Studies. I really like the way you can do a good, solid Bible study with such a simple layout. :)

Families and classes only need to purchase one student book because you are allowed to make copies! They’re not expensive at all, but it’s awesome that you can make copies. I’m all for budget-friendly curriculum. :D Now, if you don’t like printing out your own materials, you can purchase them as hardcopies. Actual books. I prefer to get the pdf’s. I like the fact that I can store my materials on the computer until I’m ready for them and not have them taking up space in our homeschool room!

To wrap it all up, we really enjoyed this Ruth Bible study. The boys were able to follow it with no problem, they enjoyed themselves and, most importantly, they retained the information! The final quiz was just right. Not too many questions, but it covered all they had learned. I can honestly recommend this study.

 

I am giving Grapvine Studies: Ruth Bible study a HUGE thumb’s up!

Now, go grab some free samples of the Grapevine Studies! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss the rest of the reviews I have coming up this week. 

 

 

12/06/2013
by VeganMama
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Free Kindle books and apps

Each Friday I will be listing some free Kindle books and Android apps. PLEASE make sure you check the prices BEFORE downloading because Amazon can change the price at any time. Even in the same day! I removed a book from the list because the price had already changed. That’s how fast it can happen. LOL! Now, some of the cookbooks will need to be veganized. Let me know if you need help with that. Just use the Contact Me tab on the right to shoot me an email. I’m always here to help. :)

 

I also wanted to let you know that next week is a Week of Reviews. Each day I will be reviewing a product that we’ve used recently. I know I always use some of my Christmas money to buy homeschool supplies, so hopefully these reviews will help someone who’s sitting on the fence about a product. :D

Have a great weekend!!!

Free Kindle Ebooks

Fiction

Free Falling

Take a Chance on Me

Taking Flight

Mistletoe Magic

Unexpected Gifts

Rushed

Non Fiction

Helping Your Kids Be Creative and Change Their World

Christmas Ideas

Time For Me: From Stressed-Out Mom to Joy Magnet in 3 Simple Steps

Natural Homemade Cleaners: Over 50 Green and Eco Friendly Solutions For Natural Homemade Cleaners

Crochet Dynamite: Gifts For Your Besties

25 Winter Craft Ideas: Easy Indoor Crafts for Kids

25 Christmas Traditions Your Family Can Start This Year!

52 Easy Steps to a Frugal New You: Building a More Frugal Life One Week at a Time

Cookbooks

Christmas Dessert Recipes

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Cowboy Pie

10/07/2013
by VeganMama
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Cowboy Pie

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Happy Monday morning!! It is CHILLY here this morning! I’m already thinking about some soup or stew for supper tonight. Or maybe some Cowboy Pie. Cowboy Pie is like having cornbread and chili with cheese all in one baking dish. I’m thinking that it just might be perfect for a coldy, windy day like today is promising to be. We have a wood stove in our living room and I’m picturing a bowl of nice hot Cowboy Pie in my hands while I sit on the couch and warm up by the fire. We don’t like to eat in the living room because that’s where the TV is, but I think we may make an exception tonight. ;)

This recipe is another one that is just right for making with the kids. Even the littlest ones can help to open packages of cornbread and cans of beans! Let them stir the ingredients together, too. Let them see how they can transform a bag or box of powder into a batter. Or, if you’re making your own cornbread, help them measure out the ingredients and let them go to town getting it all mixed together! Whatever you think they can do, they can more than likely do a lot more. You just have to give them the opportunity to try. :)

The PPK has a great tried and true cornbread recipe for making your own. It’s not too sweet for our recipe and it turns out every time. You can find it here. If you want to just use a cornbread mix, look for Martha White, Bob’s Red Mill, Trader Joe’s, or Gluten-Free Pantry brands. There are others I’m sure. Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. 

Cowboy Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cornbread mixes (either box, bag or homemade)
  • 1 package vegan hamburger (I’ve really been digging the Kroger brand!)
  • 1-2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can or package frozen corn
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 package Daiya cheeze (or 1/2 bag cheddar and 1/2 bag mozzarella)
  • Tofutti Sour Cream
  • chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder or minced onion, salt and pepper – all to taste, really

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°
  • Spray a 9×13 pan 
  • Brown fake meat (I season it with garlic, salt and pepper)
  • Put half of your cornbread (mixed, of course) in the baking dish
  • Put the browned “meat” on top
  • Sprinkle half of the cheeze
  • Mix the beans, corn and Rotel in a bowl. Season to taste and add on top of “meat” and cheeze
  • Top with remaining cornbread
  • Bake for about 20 mins
  • Add other half of the cheeze to the top and continue baking until Daiya is melted and casserole is heated through (roughly 30-35 mins total)
  • Serve in a bowl and top with a dollop of Tofutti Sour Cream

Comfort food, peeps! That’s how it’s done!! I added some Louisiana hot sauce to mine. Perfect!!! The boys really liked it. Especially SWB. He LOVES chili! I think it could also benefit from a little more moisture. Maybe by way of some tomato. My kids would NEVER let me get away with adding some stewed tomatoes to anything, but I think it would be awesome in this. I barely got away with the Rotel! :D

If you try this recipe with your family, let me know how it turned out! Did you make any changes? Did they love/hate it? I’m always interested to hear how my recipes turned out for other families.

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09/24/2013
by VeganMama
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Crazy full apple tree

apple tree

Have you ever seen so many apples on a tree in your life?! Look at all of the bunches! We spent a few hours at the local U-Pick place and came home with a TON of apples. We have like six varieties. So far I’ve made a pie and some vegan crêpes with spiced apple slices. Still on the list: apple jam or butter, apple sauce (tomorrow), dehydrate some and bake a few more pies for the freezer. You can’t even see one of the counters in my kitchen! LOL!!!

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