I am a Curriculaholic!

mess5“My name is Carolyn and I have a problem.”  Curriculum!  I want it all!  I love curriculum.  I love the ideas, the information, the stories and the projects.  I can spend hours drowning in the pages of curriculum.   I struggle stopping and drawing the line on too much stuff.  Does anyne else suffer from the same affliction?

This weekend is the big FPEA Homeschool Convention that I look forward to attending each year.  My problem is when I enter the big, no HUMONGOUS exhibitor hall.  My eyes glaze over and I am drooling at the mouth.  I have been working feverishly the past several weeks to try to set my goals and plans down for my daughter’s 10th grade year.  That way, I already know what I want before going in.  I can march through those doors and go directly to the specific exhibitor,  check on any questions I may have and know exactly what I can get curriculum for before seeing what is offered there.  My hope is that this will save me money in the long run and prevent buying because something looks good at the time, but then finding later I don’t have enough time to fit it all in.

In this time of searching I rediscovered the schoolhouse teacher’s website.  I was looking at some other curriculum which led me to it.  I belonged several years ago but felt I didn’t use it enough to merit keeping it.  (It was one of those looks good, I want it, don’t have time to fit it in buys).  Well they have changed.  I am so excited!  I just purchased it for a full year.  With that I will get my daughter’s Geometry course (Through Mr. D), Applecore-Homeschooling Simplified (Keeps records, Transcripts, Portfolio etc), Literature, English, Writing, Violin and  Photography Classes all for less than the cost of the one class with Mr. D that we were looking at purchasing anyway.  I am ecstatic!  I’ve already purchase her World History Curriculum (through BJU Press) and Apologia’s Marine Biology (her choice, she is fascinated with all things ocean) at a great discount.  She is taking Spanish with Florida Virtual School, and now I have Language Arts, Geometry and one (probably more) of her electives covered.  Woot!  Woot! Then there are the classes I want to take for me.  They are offering Introduction to Graphic Design, Image Creation and Editing, SQL Server Beginner Course…the list goes on!  What a deal!  I can’t wait to dig in.  Now the only thing left on my list of needs is a planner.  I’ve tried online planners, but I’m a pen and paper kinda girl.  I like to doodle and play with the paper.  So I will be looking at a couple of options there and making my decision.  I’ll let you know how I make out.    Happy Curriculum Shopping to you.

My next post will be all about how to find curriculum for less.  Until then…

Menu Monday (Using the Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime Cookbook)

I confess!  I enjoy watching The Pioneer Woman on Food Network and my mouth waters over many of her recipes.  I eat gluten free and have held off purchasing any cookbooks because many of them use gluten full items.   I love the recipes that I’ve tried and have decided if the recipe calls for anything with gluten I will be using GF alternatives, (ie.  GF Soy Sauce, GF buns, GF flour, Corn tortillas).   It’s so easy now to find substitutes that I believe will work well.   I purchased the new Pioneer Woman Cooks, Dinnertime Cookbook.  This month I will be making menus from the cookbook and trying out different recipes.  I have the menu with the corresponding page numbers listed below and the grocery list for the week below that.


Monday:  Steak Salad, Baked Potato, p36

Tuesday:  Pollo Asado p250

Wednesday:  Ready to go Chili Packs p 115, Chili Dogs p 119

Thursday:  Hamburger Soup p 71, GF Crusty Bread

Friday:  Black Bean Burger p 150, Thin Fries p 313, Cole Slaw (I will use portobello mushrooms for my bun)

Saturday:  Ready to Go Grilled Chicken, Salad, Rice

Sunday:  Left Overs, or Out to Eat


Grocery List


Olive oil, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Thyme, Parsley, Cumin, Chili Powder, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper, Honey, Dijon Mustard, GF Seasoned Bread Crumbs, Hot Sauce

Spanish Section

Corn or GF Flour Tortillas, Pico de Gallo, Masa Harina


3 Oranges, 2 limes, 14 lemons, 13 cloves garlic, cole slaw mix, 4 large Onions, celery, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, carrots, 5 Large Red Potatoes, 2 large portobello mushrooms


Hotdog buns, Hamburger buns, GF Crusty Bread


15.5 oz tomato sauce, 2-6oz. tomato paste, 14.5 oz whole tomatoes, 3 c beef broth, 2-15oz kidney beans, 2-15oz. pinto beans, 2-14.5 oz black beans


Butter, 8 slices swiss cheese, eggs, guacamole


Hotdogs, 12 boneless skinless chicken, 16 chicken legs

Menu Monday

Monday:  Chicken and Rice Casserole

Tuesday:  Swiss Steak

Wednesday:  Caesar Chicken

Thursday:  Smoky Boneless Ribs

Friday:  Meatloaf, Potatoes, Peas

Saturday:  Oriental Sesame Chicken

Sunday:  Cranberry Chuck Roast

Menu Monday

Monday: Orange Stirfry, Cauli rice
Tuesday: Crockpot Boneless Ribs, cole slaw, baked beans
Wednesday: Grilled Caesar Chicken, Grilled Summer Squash
Thursday: Oriental Sesame Chicken, rice
Friday: Crab and Portabello Stuffed Chicken
Saturday: Pork and Cranberry Curry, rice
Sunday: Swiss Steak, Zucchini noodles

Menu Monday

Monday:  Spanish Flank Steak,  Honey Glazed Carrots, Iced Tea

Tuesday:  Chicken Elegance (I use gluten free versions of the soup and stuffing mix), Beets, Greens and Bacon (from Everyday Paleo Cookbook), Iced Tea

Wednesday:  Orange Marmalade Pork Chops (I substitute Coco Aminos for Soy Sauce), Cauli Rice, Salad, Iced Tea

Thursday:  Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers, Roasted Sweet Potato, Iced Tea

Friday:  South Sea Pineapple Chicken, cabbage steaks, Iced Tea

Saturday:  Salmon with Honey-Coco Amino Marinade (substitute soy with coco aminos), Rice, Salad, Iced Tea

Sunday:  Bourbon Mustard Pork Tenderloin, stir fried bok choy with garlic and ginger,  Hot tea