Sunday, February 22, 2009

What are some of your favorite websites?
*Geography games*
For some odd reason, we had to choose the a Mac version to make it run - but my kids LOVE reviewing geography on this website. It has teaching and testing - for many levels of expertise - and is FREE. We used this a lot for Memory Master review last year.

*Typer Shark* -
This includes the plain boring exercises that you need in the beginning, along with fun challenges. There can be multiple profiles, so the kids can try to catch up with mom - or the other way around. This is 100% more fun than Mavis typing.
- I don't think it is free anymore, but you can try it before purchasing. The limited online version may be free, but we found the offline version worth purchasing.

DLTK Kids - Printable crafts for Kids
Free online coloring pages, crafts, customized cards, more and more and more. I used to search by supplies that I had at home. Toilet paper roll critters were lots of fun at one birthday party. Alphabet coloring pages are found here as well.

This is a test post by Mikki Bates. I hope to help a little more in the future. Let us know any great online tools your family has found.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Meal Exchange - Feb 6!

Here's what's cookin' in the kitchens of Kane and Magness, ready for your table........Cyndi is bringing Salisbury Meatballs and Rice; Darla is bringing Cheesy Chilada Bake, both from our new fave book called Fix, Freeze, Feast. If you are daunted by this meal exchange idea, get on Amazon and order that book!

If anyone is interested, I could bring a breakfast to exchange: Strawberry, Banana, Orange Smoothies (frozen and ready to blend) and Homemade Granola. I don't have to exchange for a breakfast; I could exchange for this for a dinner. If anyone is interested, let me know!

Love this exchange - it's exciting! (pathetic, eh?)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I have just completed an entirely too long BLOG about homeschooling and it is very complementary to CC too!! So, I don't blame you if you don't want to read it, but for anyone who is interested in the details of how this family decided to may enjoy it.

Dana and her boys ! !

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Meal Exchange Jan 23

I hereby declare that I'm going to bring a meal, a "mock" Chicken Pot Pie from Darla's favorite book called Fix, Freeze, Feast. Haven't tried it yet, but everything in there is great, so I'm hopeful that it will be great. Hope we have lots of exchangers this week!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Is Anyone out there?

Does anyone ever look at our BLOG??

I am missing everyone. Or is it just any other adult companionship that I am missing because I have been shut up in the house for 2 days and I'm afraid tomorrow will be 3. I usually get a good friend fix (and a hearty laugh) on Wednesdays when I meet Linda S. at the Library????

So, for anyone interested I got a few (too few) pictures at CC on Friday and they are posted as part of a web gallery that you can get to from my blog. I have set it up so you can download the pictures if you want.
There is a link to my blog on the right hand side of this page. "no empty chairs"


Soon I will be writing up a big-ol post all about CC!! I'll let you know when I do.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Easy Chicken Bake

Tomorrow I will be bringing 2 Easy chicken bake casseroles.

1 pkg. Stove Top, prepared as directed
2 lbs. chicken breasts cooked and cut up
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 bag of mixed veggies thawed

if thawed, cook at 400 degrees for 30 min. The recipe doesn't say this, but as soon as I get it out of the oven I am going to sprinkle cheese over it. Puts a little zing in it and the kids seem to like it better.

Bring me something to eat, will ya?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Meal Exchange - Jan 16!

Okay, who's ready to get more efficient with their meal planning? Remember that New Year's resolution?! As long as you're cooking one pan of something fabulous, you might as well double it and exchange it. Voila - you've suddenly saved yourself an evening of cooking and clean-up time! Let me declare my intentions for this week: I will at least bring a pan of lasagna, possibly a sausage bread, if I get really energetic.

BTW, Darla found a great book on this topic called Fix, Freeze, Feast - check out the reviews on Amazon; it does look like a gold mine. Darla tells me that she's read tons of books on the topic, and this is the best, and she's tried some of the recipes, and they're great. She found it at the library, in case you want to check it out before you buy it.

Get cookin', comrades!