Ask A Teacher- How can I help get my child ready for a test?

The answer is simple, preparation. The first thing you need to determine is how your child learns. Do they learn by looking, touching, or listening? Do they require multiple types of learning? Do they need information repeated over and over again or do they pick it up right away? I will give you some hints to help with spelling. The methodologies can be applied to different subject. Think about how to make learning new material more interactive. My son asked me where we get rice from? I ...

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Freezer Cooking: Butternut Squash, Beans Ravioli and Banana Muffins

Can you believe it is the end of January and the Pantry Challenge is over? For the most part, it went really well for me. I was nervous and apprehensive when starting on the pantry challenge journey. It turns out that we had plenty of food in our cupboards and freezer. I did fairly well with sticking to my $40 a week food budget. I found that I could not resist some of the good deals that Harris Teeter and Kroger offered this month though. In total, I spent $175 in January on groceries; which ...

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Rachel Ray's Grilled Green Quesadillas with Brie and Herbs is What's for Dinner Wednesday

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! I have an awful obsession with cheese. I especially love brie. My favorite sandwich is one my sister makes with brie. She puts ham, brie, and raspberry jam on a baguette. Then place it in a George Foreman ...

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Ask A Teacher: What kind of Homework is this?

As our children grow so does the complexity of their assignments. What do you do if you can’t help them with an assignment? The first step is to have an established relationship with the teacher. The next step is to ask questions prior to the night before the assignment is due. It is best to look at a project the night it is given and write down any questions you may have. Then ask your  child if they know the  answer. If they can't answer them, then send your list to school with your child. I ...

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Cooking with Connie: Mexican Pork Roast

Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Below she has fabulous tips for using a slow cooker. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! I love a good and easy slow cooker meal.  It's the perfect supper for busy families who need a quick-to-serve meal or a meal that will be eaten in shifts.  I'm always trying different recipes in my slow cooker.  Many recipes can be cooked in the slow cooker with just a few alterations to the original recipe.  When trying a stove top or oven recipe in ...

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Creamy Root Vegetable Chowder Recipe

Creamy Root Vegetable Chowder Recipe So why Root Vegetable Chowder? It seems easy and filling. I am always looking for a way to get my children to eat their veggies. I am also trying to use things I have on hand. This seems like a super way to use white potatoes. I always buy the big bag and then can't come up with anything to do with them other than make baked potatoes. What do you do with your massive amounts of white potatoes? Creamy Root Vegetable Chowder Recipe ...

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Southwestern Turkey Soup with Avocado

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The Sassy Saver and Frugal Femina have joined forces every Tuesday to share seasonal recipes. One of the easiest ways to save money on food is to cook in season. Food that is in season will be at it's lowest price for the year. For example, right now things like citrus, avocados, broccoli and fixings for soup are in season. The item of the week for "A Season of Cooking" is Avocados. I love avocados! Growing up in California they were plentiful and relatively cheap. Not so much here in Virginia. ...

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Cooking with Connie: Pork Chops in Wine Sauce

Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! I was plundering around in my pantry and found a partial bag of herb-flavored stuffing mix left over from Thanksgiving.  I knew that it would go stale if I didn’t use it soon, and I needed a quick stove top recipe for supper.  So, I came up with Pork Chops in Wine Sauce.  It’s a variation of a dish Paula Deen serves in her restaurant, “The Lady & Sons”.  I chose to use 1/2-inch boneless pork chops ...

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Rachel Ray: Shrimp Tarragon with Tomatoes is What's for Dinner

So why Rachel Ray recipes each week? Well, being a mom of two who co-owns a business and works part-time all while doing the most important job in the world being a stay at home mom... we need to eat. I like Rachel Ray's recipes because they only take 30 minutes. They are easy to follow and tasty. I pick recipes that use the items I have in the freezer and refrigerator or that are on sale this week to bring a little gourmet to our day. I try to make the most of my time and my dollars and Rachel ...

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Family Activities to Warm up Your Winter

  Are your children climbing the walls?This bitter cold weather has left little opportunity for children to play outside and get the wiggles out! Below you will find ideas to keep the children entertained and bring some warmth back into their minds! This post is brought to you by our partners Studio One Networks. Your Family Today: Activities 7 Ways to Warm up Your Winter By the editors of Your Family Today for Your Family Today When it’s cold and gray outside, doesn’t it seem like your whole ...

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