Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Time for Learning Review...

We recently did a review of Time for Learning for a month. In this post I will post both my opinions and those of my kids.

The five year old: He loved it! The learning games were engaging and he couldn't get enough.

Me, I liked the resources that go along with it that you can print off to reinforce what they learned. It was not an overwhelming amount either. We would continue to use it for our five year old.

The 8th graders:

Girl really enjoyed the format and the paperwork that went along with it.

Boy did not like reading online, and zipped through it without really reading it all.

Me, I think it is a great resource for a child you can trust to use it correctly. For a child such as my son who just kept hitting the "next" button, there is no accountability. Only being extremely supervised would this work for him, so I might as well sit down and teach him the material rather than using the computer. Also, there was a LOT of material to print out for the older kids as enrichment activities, and that is a drain on the printer. Having these available to purchase separately as a workbook would be highly preferable.

My favorite go to item...

Is these wonderful little cloths, known as Bird-E towels. You can find them over at my friend's shop, on etsy. This is her description of them from her site:

"Bird-E Towels™ are simply fabulous, a wonderful way to cut the paper towel habit. They are a washable, reusable paper towel alternative made from ORGANIC fabric! My ORGANIC Bird-E Towels™ towels feel and act more like a paper towel (only better!) vs any of the alternatives out there! "

I use these for everything, and just placed another order today. I keep them for things such as regular cleaning, a dishcloth, wiping up spills, drying hands, and many many other things.

This is also a note on uses from my friend's site:

"Whatever you might use a paper towel for, you can use these cloths. Dry your hands, wipe up spills, clean the dining room table, dinner napkins, etc, etc. Even better then paper towels, you can actually clean glass and mirrors without leaving linty bits like paper towels and other cloths can do."

I just fold them in half and keep them in a bin in my kitchen corner. Makes them handy. My new ones, I will keep in the bathrooms for wiping down things and such.



PIoneer Woman's Cinnamon rolls, my attempt and tweaks

I can not take any credit for this dish of pure heaven. No, I cannot. I got it from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drumond. You can find a much more entertaining and thorough walk through of this here, on her site.

Okay. You're still with me? Really, Ree is a lot funnier, but okay...if you insist.

Step one...(can you see the love that is baked in right from the beginning?)


Step two...after one hour added yeast



then flour and stirred it all together


Let rise for an hour...and added the other ingredients


Took half of dough and put it in my floured counter


rolled it out


added butter (yum!)


and sugar


and cinnamon


rolled, and made a MAJOR mess...then cut


Place in pans...some pretty


some not so pretty


But enough to share


Then I made the icing


and I drenched them like she said. At first, it looked like too much. But then...


it began to soak in


and in the end, they looked (and tasted) amazing!


Pulled Pork

This is blog one of three today...this is about my pulled pork, which is TO DIE FOR YUMMY!!!

Last night I placed a pork roast (shoulder) in my crock pot. I sliced two onions and layered the slices of one on bottom, placed roast, and another layer of onions on top. I then emptied a packet of italian dressing (dry) on the top, and poured one can of giner ale on that. I let it cook on low for 12.5 hours. I then drained the liquid reserving the onions and meat. I let it sit in the colander in the sink to cool. This is what it looked like at that point.


After this, I pulled it apart and threw it all back in the crock pot.


I then added two bottles of yummy BBQ sauce


But, it was still dry. After burning some in my crock pot last week, I was NOT risking that again, so I added a can of ginger ale.


I then cooked it on low for 4 hours. The recipe called for 6, but at 4 it was evident it had had enough, and further cooking would leave me with a nasty mess like the last time. (I didn't even know you could scorch food on low in a crock pot...apparently you can!)