Monday, October 8, 2012

Back to Blogging

You may have noticed I have not been posting hardly at all since about July.  I decided to put my blog on the back burner for a while.  The main reason is because this  year I started schooling 2 of my daughters at home and they needed my undivided attention for that.  We don't technically "Homeschool" we "school at home".  What's the difference?  My girls attend an online charter school that is technically considered public school but using a private school curriculum.  We just do it at home instead of going to a brick and mortar building.  (It's not free, but it's not as much as private school either).  The school sends us our classroom materials in August so we have a full classroom in our home with everything they will need to complete their courses.  Because it is sponsored by the state we live in, we have to abide by the same attendance and  testing rules all public school students follow.  Both girls have homeroom teachers who track their progress and make sure we are staying on track.  They also answer any questions I may have and lead the online learning groups and classes both girls have to attend. My job is to be their "Learning Coach".  While the daily plan is already written out for me, I am the one who delivers the lessons, administers their tests, and does any instruction.  I have a 3rd grader and a Kindergartner so as you can imagine it can get quite hectic some days!  It took us about 4 weeks to really get in a good groove.  I also had to figure out what to do with my extremely cute but extremely active 2 year old while we are doing our lessons.  I absolutely love being my girls' teacher (after all it is what I went to college to do),but having them home every day means I get very little free time to do my hobbies- such as this blog.

I have found that now that we have this school schedule down, I am getting a little bit more free time in my day. Not a lot, but I get a few minutes here and there while they are doing their independent work or are in a club meeting.  I am going to try to fit my blogging back into my day.  I make no promises to do it on any sort of schedule. Maybe someday I'll get to do this as more than a hobby, but for now this is something I will do on the side when I have time.  I have so many new recipes, meal ideas, and menu ideas that I really want to share and quitting altogether just was not something I wanted to do. I am going to try to follow somewhat of a schedule: Monday will be our weekly menu, Friday will be my Friday Favorites.  Everything else will fall in between.  There will be no weekend posts because I try to unplug as much as possible on the weekends.

Blog Posts to look forward to:

  • Fall Chili
  • BBQ Chicken Nachos
  • Creamed Potatoes ( South African Style)
  • Shepherd's  Pie (A Harry Potter recipe)
  • Surf and Turf with steamed clams and garlic butter
  • Mango Sriracha  from my friend at It's Good to be the Cook
  • Slow cooker Spicy Chicken Tacos
  • Tried and True recipes from Pinterest
  • Dairy Free Camping Meals
  • Friday Favorites
  • Will be doing my weekly menus for a busy family
I have one recipe coming up very soon, and will be posting as often as I can.  Until then
Happy Cooking!


  1. glad you're back, at whatever capacity works for your family :)

    1. Thanks!:-) I hope to post regularly- but we'll see how well that works out!

  2. 1. Also so glad you're back
    2. Can't wait to see how your Mango-Sriracha came out!
    3. Good luck with school! Sounds like you've got your hands full... wow!
    4. South African potatoes?! YUM!

    1. :-) Your Mango-Sriarcha chicken is one of our family favorites!! Love it! I've made it for others and they have all loved it too. I am putting it on next week's menu so I can blog it. The South African creamed potatoes are soooo good! I do them with soy creamer, but my friend does them with real cream. That recipe is also coming up next week.