Saturday, March 24, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up - Here There and Everywhere!

It has been a couple of very busy weeks here at The Circus!  My oldest is taking two high school level short-term classes that have really taken up a good deal of his time.  It's a good warm-up to see where we are 'strong' and where we can improve.  I'm happy to see that while it's been challenging, he has risen to a new level and met it head on!

Cool wooden fighter jet model
Cool wooden fighter jet model 
So, with that, we've been doing a lot of reading, but not a lot of hands-on projects.




Starting with our history, we spent a week learning more about the removal of prayer from public schools and the legalization of abortion and the impact it had on society ~ The breakdown of the family!

Selected readings celebrating the wonder of life.  Hinds Feet on High Places --- a WONDERFUL Christian Allegory without witchcraft
Selected readings celebrating the wonder of life.  Hinds Feet on High Places --- a WONDERFUL Christian Allegory without witchcraft!



And then onto the 70's, Nixon's presidency and Watergate.



70's, Nixon's presidency and Watergate



Did you celebrate Pi day?  (3.14 = March 14th).  We did!

Pi Day Homemade Cheesecake compliments of The Hubby!
Homemade Cheesecake compliments of The Hubby!


After neglecting hands-on learning for FAR too long, we broke out the model kits and paints!


My boys assembled the kits and I helped draw in the camouflaging.


Fighter Jet kit from Consumer Crafts
Fighter Jet kit from Consumer Crafts!  
My oldest LOVES the assembly, but not the painting. So, he passed his plane to his sister and let her do whatever she wanted.  

Fighter Jet kit from Consumer Crafts
My daughter's rendition of a fighter plane!
At first, she was going to do a 'pink' camouflaging, but, was inspired by a hummingbird instead!

Fighter Jet kit from Consumer Crafts

Finally we got more done on our lapbooking.... My three oldest have done Multiplication Pizza Party from Hands of a Child in the 3rd grade.   I have to say, it's one of our favorites!

Learning volume with lapbooks!
Learning volume with lapbooks!
More multiplication fun with lapbooks
More multiplication fun with lapbooks!

My boys added to their Modern American History Lapbook (also from Hands of a Child) as well!

Watergate Scandal - Modern American History Lapbook
Watergate Scandal - Modern American History Lapbook



For our family time, we did go to see 'The Jesus Film Project' and soak up some wonderful spring sunshine!

video selections offered by Campus Crusade for Chris
The Nip Napper listening to one of the video selections offered by Campus Crusade for Christ!


Another trip took us to Reptile Discovery Center where we got to see venom extractions on rattlesnakes, cobras and Cottonmouths!


Reptile Discovery Center where we got to see venom extractions on rattlesnakes, cobras and CottonmouthsReptile Discovery Center where we got to see venom extractions on rattlesnakes, cobras and Cottonmouths


My daughter with a friendly Ball Python named Woodstock!
My daughter with a friendly Ball Python named Woodstock!






Then, on to the Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant for a fun lunch.  Pancakes cooked and served tableside!

Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant
My oldest, hungriest child looking for his grub!



Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant
Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant

Original 'parts' from the old mill!

Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant  Fountain of Youth
We found the Fountain of Youth!


Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant
Left over ruins from the Sugar Mill 

DeLeon Springs
A beautiful view of DeLeon Springs.  

Before departing, we dipped our toes in the Springs and went paddle-boating too!

Kelly Springs
And, while we are enjoying the temperate weather, we made a stop at Kelly Springs as well!


Other fun included a 'Princess' Party for our Princess (Disney not included!)
'Princess' Party















Friday, March 23, 2012

TOS Crew Action Alert Review!

Action Alert


I don't think I know a parent who isn't concerned with the dangers of the internet when it comes to their children.  In our household, we have our virus/spyware software and our computer in a very public place.  We limit the time allowed on the computer and where they can surf.  BUT, is that enough?

"The Internet is both an amazing resource and a very dangerous place. For many parents, it is a struggle to balance the benefits of the internet with the potential dangers to their children. Action Alert was designed so that your family computer can be kid safe in just seconds." 
Reading the above quote got me interested in Action Alert and wanting to know if this program would make our online world a little safer for our household.

Action Alert is 8 Internet Safety Tools in one:

Action Alert
Action Alert's Internet Safety Tools
Our experience:

We had quite an experience with Action Alert!  Initially, there were problems getting the program installed.  Fortunately their tech support helped with a few errors and the install went through.  Unfortunately, our computer froze up several times.  After uninstalling the program, all was well.

.....But, curiosity got the best of me and I tried the program again.  Unexplainably, it worked --- without ANY problems.  NOW, I could really give Action Alert a proper review.

As in the diagram above, we tried out setting daily times for computer use, chat and email logging and activity video logging.  WOW - was that something to see a 'movie' of our internet travels.  It was good for the kids to see that we could review everything they were doing!!!

After the kids went to bed, I started testing the site blocking and search filter options.  Unfortunately, this had less than stellar results.  If you use Internet Explorer, Action Alert is your homepage and gives you their own 'safe' search box.  (This is not the case with Google Chrome.)  But, you can bypass the 'safe' search box and use whatever search you wish.  

Trying out the Action Alert's 'safe' search box I was not happy to see the 'questionable' searches I made come up with 'questionable content'.  BUT, I did receive a notice in my email inbox that a 'questionable' search (with the keywords used) had been made.....after the fact.

Then, I went to Google and typed in some of the same keywords I used on the 'safe' search box and got a whole lot of junk!  BUT, I did receive a notice in my email inbox that a 'questionable' search had been made....after the fact.

In my opinion, Action Alert has a good start with this product.  There's definitely room to build upon it and make it a safer program.  I like that the user knows that this is a tool for accountability.  I would much rather have a program that did both block questionable websites AND had accountability. 

You can check out and install the Free Version or Purchase Maximum Protection for $29.99.


Disclaimer: I received a Maximum Protection download free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Action Alert





Thursday, March 22, 2012

Coloring Easter Eggs Naturally Ebook Review!

Healing Harvest - Kathryn Van ZwietenI have had the pleasure of knowing Healing Harvest founder, Kathryn Van Zwieten for the past 4 years. During this time I have seen first hand the awesome transformation and healing of raw foods upon the body.  Kathryn is an 11 year homeschooling veteran and blessed Momma of 5 who is also developing a certification course in raw nutrition/health education and hosts regular live events regarding nutrition.


While coloring eggs for Easter may be a debatable topic, I'd like to draw your attention to using foods from your own kitchen which are safe and natural, verses store bought synthetic dyes.      

In Coloring Easter Eggs Naturally, author Kathryn Van Zwieten walks the reader through a variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, superfoods and liquids that can be used as dyes.  Through thorough explanations and colorful pictures it is easy for anyone to confidently incorporate natural foods into this tradition.  


Coloring Easter Eggs Naturally

As a bonus, this ebook also includes information about eggs - a diagram of their parts, healthiest type to consume and how to cook them.  

Dare I say that you can realistically use this as a fun, hands-on mini-unit study too!

I encourage those of you looking for a healthy alternative to make beautiful, speckled, marbled and vibrant eggs to check out this ebook!

Until 3/31/2012, purchase this ebook at $1 off by entering discount code:  HOMESCHOOL at the checkout.

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Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this ebook free of charge in exchange for an honest review.






Wednesday, March 21, 2012

We Have a Winner!

Grapevine Bible Studies - Resurrection Bible Study
First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who clicked over to read my review of this fabulously fun Bible study and also entered to win their own copy.

Congratulations goes to Candice R!  She is the winner of The Resurrection Bible Study Teacher's Manual and Student Book from Grapevine Studies .


Grapevine Bible Studies - Resurrection Bible Study

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Resurrection Bible Study Review AND GIVEAWAY from Grapevine Bible Studies!

Grapevine Bible Studies - Resurrection Bible Study












Looking for a Bible study to STICK in your children's minds that utilizes drawing, but without being Rembrandt to lead? Well, STICK around and check out Grapevine studies!

What's the secret?

It's STICK FIGURES!!!

Stick figures and the Bible? Isn't that sort of silly?

Grapevine Studies Mission Statement
"Our mission at Grapevine Studies is to provide believers with the tools they need to know God's Word and disciple others.

With our teaching method and Bible studies, parents and teachers can effectively disciple their children and students so that they are equipped to reach the world with the truth of the Gospel."

Grapevine Bible Studies - Resurrection Bible Study
I had the privilege of reviewing The Resurrection with my 8, 10 and 13 year olds.  My younger two love art - but for my oldest,  it's a spectator sport.  Since he does enjoy reading the Word, he was 'ok' with participating with his siblings.


The Resurrection is a multi-level study (for ages 7+) which concentrates on the events from the Last Supper to the Ascension of Jesus Christ.  It begins by teaching a timeline of events where the student (or teacher) reads specific Bible passages and draws "the scene" using stick figures to illustrate what's just been read.  To further test comprehension, review questions are given at the end of each lesson.  The application of each lesson is left up to the teacher* AND each lesson includes a Bible memory verse.  


(* The Teacher/Parent is also able to explain specific doctrines as they arise within a lesson.)


Included within the Teacher's Manual is a suggested schedule and step by step instructions on HOW to Teach this study.  The ultimate goal is retention and spiritual impact on young hearts.


We LOVED this study!  It was a lot of fun for me because it removed the stigma of the teacher needing to be 'perfect'.  I loved that the drawings were so easy to do and it gave us all an enjoyable devotional/study time together.  The kids loved it because not only was it fun and interactive, but they learned key Biblical points without unnecessary stress and busy work.  Even my 'side-line artist' was well able to participate AND enjoy it as well.



Upon diving into Lesson 1, we revisited the Last Supper with its' key points of :  The Evil Plan, Passover Preparations, The Last Supper, Jesus Washed Feet, An Example of a Servant, Judas Identified, The Bread, and The Cup.  Each of these sections had at least one corresponding bible verse as well.  After reading the verse, the parent reads the "Discuss" section and then draws the scene (preferably on a white board).  The students then copy the drawing onto their paper.  Each lesson has 8 of these sections PLUS review questions at the end.  Starting in the second lesson, the last three characters of the timeline are reviewed at the beginning of each new lesson.


My children got a charge out of my drawings and I got a charge out of their interpretation of my drawings as it translated to their pages.  It was reassuring to know that eventhough I lack artistic talent, my children were learning these key events around The Last Supper!
My children got a charge out of my drawings and I got a charge out of their interpretation of my drawings as it translated to their pages.  It was reassuring to know that eventhough I lack artistic talent, my children were learning these key events around The Last Supper!


I can see this study being used in a co-op setting or in the home.  We used this as our morning devotional time and it was such a fabulous way to start the day!  We also found for us it's best to break up the work over at least 2 days per lesson.

Whether you are a Bible veteran, or neophyte, I whole heatedly recommend Grapevine Bible Studies for your family!




AND - I have a copy of The Teacher and Student Resurrection Study to give away! The blessed winner will have a choice between an ebook copy OR physical copy. Winner will be drawn on 3/21/12 and notified via email.



Monday, March 12, 2012

TOS Crew Across Five Aprils-Progeny Press Literature Guide Review!

We've used Progeny Press Literature Guides in the past and have really enjoyed them.  I attribute this mainly because each section of the guide takes a fresh approach to each topic without 'beating the book to death' as other literature guides do.  As a bonus, with Progeny Press guides, your child has the option to use it interactively by typing his answers directly onto the computer instead of using paper and pencil.  (Be sure to check out a sample of Progeny Press' interactive study guides!)


Progeny Press Across Five Aprils"Progeny Press study guides concentrate on critical thinking, comprehension, literary analysis, and Christian application. Our goal is to teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on scripture for truth and valuesand enjoy themselves while they do it!"
After purchasing a guide of your choice, plus obtaining the matching book, all your student will need is a good dictionary, thesaurus and Bible.  Supervised access to the Internet may be helpful as well.


We choose Across Five Aprils to review with my 5th and 8th graders for a few reasons.  First, it's a good story taking place during The Civil War.  Second, I wanted to see if my older student, who previously read the book, would gain new insights into the story.  And third, I wanted to see how well my younger student could handle the study guide.


Each Literature Guide begins with useful sections on:  How to use the guide, Book synopsis, Background on the author and time period and Pre-reading activities.  In our case, it's suggested that the student research the causes of Civil War with some map work as well.


After first reading Across Five Aprils, we are ready for the Chapter 1-2 work.  Each chapter begins with vocabulary.  BUT, each chapter incorporates a different method such as: Look up and define, fill in the blank, multiple choice, matching...Progeny Press does a nice job of variety!


The remainder of Chapter 1 includes questions on setting and comprehension, similes and idioms plus activities from Dig Deeper and Optional Writing Activities.  


I love how scripture is incorporated as well.  One of the Dig Deeper Questions is:  "Read Psalm 103:8-10 and Romans 12:19-21.  How do these verses illustrate Matthew Creighton's response to Mary's death?"


Chapters 3 & 4 have you doing similar assignments but with variety.  Beginning with some historical research on the Civil War (from a number of choices), the guide jumps back into vocabulary, comprehension questions, literary techniques, Digging Deeper and Optional Writing Assignments.


Again - there's a lot of variety!  No two sections look the same!


As for my kids - my 8th grader whizzed through it fairly easily on the 'factual questions' and found the digging deeper sections more challenging.  For my 5th grader, he was able to handle the study, but at a much slower pace.


Check out other literature guides from Progeny Press ranging from kindergarten through high school at http://www.progenypress.com

Across Five Aprils Literature Guide
Grades 5-9
Paperbound Booklet $18.99
CD $16.99
CD + Booklet $23.99
Email Attachment $16.99


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Disclaimer:  I received a literature guide free of charge in exchange for an honest review. 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Preparing for High School!!!!

Here I sit on the very edge of the next chapter in our homeschool journey.

HIGH SCHOOL!

Really?

Could it be?

I can clearly remember a conversation with my husband so many years ago that went something like this:

"Hey Honey, did you see how grounded "so-and-so's" children are in their faith and how much they love to learn?"

"Yes, I noticed."

"You know, they've been homeschooling and have graduated 2 out of 5 kids already.  The graduated kids are fully functioning adults!"

"That is remarkable!"  "They certainly aren't like the neighborhood kids!!"

"Well....I'd like to try homeschooling preschool and kindergarten....How badly could I mess up?"

"There's NO WAY you could mess up!!"

And so it began....

We flew through "preschool" and finished Kindergarten early.  Now we were faced with a problem.  It was "time" to enroll him for Kindergarten, but he was 1/2 way through his 1st grade curriculum.  Putting him in school at his 'chronolgical' grade would leave him bored.  The school wouldn't consider putting him in school at his 'ability level'.

So....we continued on.

I had planned on just taking one year at a time and evaluate schooling for the next year - each year.

Somewhere, somehow homeschooling became less about "keeping up with public school" and more about a "lifestyle of learning".

I'm so grateful for this metamorphosis in thinking because today my highschooler-to-be not only has a strong foundation on Jesus, BUT has a love for learning and a desire for knowledge.  Something I desperately wished I had gotten from my schooling years.

The journey has been worth the hours of preparation, teaching, counseling and skinned knees from much prayer.

Which 10 years later leads us up to this ---

HIGH SCHOOL!

Really?

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!

Galatians 6:9 - Let us not grow weary in doing good for in due season we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!

Friday, March 9, 2012

TOS Crew The Art of Argument Review!

"The Goal of arguing is to convince others to accept your ideas of their own free will by presenting to them good reasons for accepting your ideas."
The Art of Argument, An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies  Classical Academic Press

The Art of Argument, An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies
Classical Academic Press
7th grade and up
Teachers Edition $24.95
Student Edition $21.95
DVD Set $54.95

"Logic is a fascinating subject for students in middle school or high school.  As a fundamental part of the trivium, logic study will impart to students the skills needed to craft accurate statements and identify the flawed arguments found so frequently in editorials, commercials, newspapers, journals and every other media.  We regard the mastery of logic as a "paradigm" subject by which we evaluate, assess and learn other subjects--it is a sharp knife with which we can carve and shape all manner of wood.  Mastery of logic is a requisite skill for mastering other subjects."

Welcome to the world of fallacies....28 of them to be exact!  Join Socrates, Tiffany and her boyfriend Nate as they help you navigate this new world!

In the Art of Argument, you'll learn how to find the main issue by asking the four most important questions of any fallacy.

Making your way through each chapter, you'll be introduced to a specific fallacy, its' definition and complimentary vocabulary words.

For example, the first chapter's fallacy is "Ad Hominem Abusive".  The book gives examples of this fallacy and even includes fictitious, snappy ads to illustrate the fallacy at work "in the real world".  Next,   an exercise which presents two arguments and it's up to the student to pick the one that is 'ad hominem abusive' and explain why.

The end of each chapter review contains a definition of fallacies, an identify exercise (gives you examples for you to tag correctly), and an application (find or write examples of a specific argument).  Starting with the review at the end of Chapter 2 are Cumulative Fallacy Worksheets.

Further on in the book, the exercises encourage you to look for fallacies in newspapers and magazines.  Given that this is an election year, I'm sure there's plenty to find.  (Oh!  Was that a fallacy too?)

Check out a sample chapter and teacher's manual.


Our experience:
My 8th grader and I enjoyed reading through each fallacy.  The workbook is nicely laid out and easy to read.  The problem we both faced was that there's A LOT of information to retain!  I can see where having a background in Latin would be helpful in keeping the fallacies straight.

I was VERY grateful to be able to view one of the DVDs from the set.   It really helped to cement some of the materials.  Set up in a conversational, relaxed tone, 2 teachers and 4 students talk about each lesson and offer more examples for additional reinforcement.

In my opinion, this topic would be best taught in a group setting or at least using the DVDs.  For us, it was a bit too much overload!

Check out other Educational Resources, Foreign Language and Bible Curriculum from Classical Academic Press at http://classicalacademicpress.com/.

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Disclaimer:  I received a Teachers and Student Edition Book plus 1 DVD free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

TOS Crew Geography and Culture from Creek Edge Press Review!

Creek Edge Press
"Montessori-Classical-Charlotte Mason." appears on the Creek Edge Press logo.

I know what each of these styles consist of, but how in the world do you combine them into one K-8th curriculum?

Author Amy Kate Hilsman says:
"I launched Creek Edge Press last spring, with the goal of providing materials that bridge the Montessori-Classical Mason spectrum and bring these philosophies to life.  I began making task card sets for my oldest daughter when she was entering first grade.  My goal was to build on the Montessori environment she thrived on during her preschool years while using a classical scope and sequence along with the nurturing qualities of Charlotte Mason's approach.  By 2006 I was filling orders for task card sets on a word of mouth, as needed basis.  Creek Edge Press task card sets are currently being used in 32 states and 9 countries.  They are being used by students in home schools, Montessori schools, charter schools, and hybrid schools."


I've never heard of 'Task cards' before.  So, after reading up on this method, I was eager to try it.  Carefully considering my choice from 13 sets ranging from science, history and art, I chose "Geography and Culture" to review with my 3rd, 5th and 8th graders.
Creek Edge Press Geography Task Cards

Upon obtaining the teachers' manual, I spent some time reading through the introduction.  There I found sections on how this card set supports Classical, Charlotte Mason and Montessori methods.  It's filled with suggestions for usage - complete with helpful tips, including preparing your environment, which I found very helpful!

"Each Task Card Set includes a set of Task Cards and an Introduction to the course for the teacher. The cards are designed to engage the student in investigative, discovery based learning. Each card within a set is intended to be used at a pace of about one per week. The tasks direct students to research and explore concepts and vocabulary surrounding a particular topic which is stated on the card. Further key concepts and vocabulary are encountered within the subsequent tasks. The student engages in completing these tasks within an environment specifically prepared by the teacher. The work is done during a work period set aside for Task Card use. The Introduction to the course includes instructions for using the cards, instructions for preparing the learning environment, tips to help you thrive with the Task Card Approach, and lists of books and enrichment materials that can be used to complete he tasks."
Looking over the cards, it seems to me that these would need to be beefed up for upper middle school.  My 8th grader is a straight-forward, very bright student who already has a great grasp of Geography.  So, in our household this didn't fit him well - though it would not be that hard to add activities to the cards.

However, my 3rd and 5th graders' learning styles fit perfectly!

Topics included in this set:  geography, climate, habitat, religion, literature, and culture.  Students will build a foundation for a literary 'trip' around the world through investigations of maps and globes. They will explore a variety of habitats and the animals that live in them and read about the lives of people in cultures throughout the world. 

Each card in the set is unique, containing a range of activities which cover all 7 continents.

 Example of one of the cards:

Creek Edge Press Geography Task Cards
An example of 1 of the 26 cards in the Creek Edge Press Geography deck.

Another card has your child:
*Reading about Asia in a World Atlas
*Stamping their passport
*Labeling political features on a map
*Listing countries and capitals of Asia
*Labeling physical features on a map
*Finding and labeling two rivers in China
*Finding and labeling two islands near Asia
*Listening to music from Asia
*Eating Asian food
*Read literature selections from Asia plus map the book and summarize the reading.


All of Creek Edge Press' materials focus on investigation and the experience of discovery with the long term goal of having the student work directly with the material on their own.

I love the flexibility of these cards and the independence my 2 middle children can have in learning!  What a great tool and curriculum!  Though we didn't get through as many cards as I would have liked, both kids had a great time,  and wanted to continue learning on the different topics per each card!  This will definitely be a part of next year's curriculum!!!

This set retails for a very reasonable $18!  Check out other Task Card sets from Creek Edge Press at www.creekedgepress.com.

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Disclaimer:  I received a Teacher's manual and set of cards free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Once-a-Month Cooking Cycle 3

Once-A-Month Cooking OAMC Once A Month Cooking
Today was our Once-a-Month cooking day.  Jennyfer and I started at 9 am and ended early at 3:30 today!



For just under $140/household , we made:






Asian roasted chicken
Chicken Enchiladas Casserole
Lasagna
Mexican Lasagna
Meatloaf
Chicken Broccoli Casserole
White Chili
Chicken Supreme
Ham Dinner Slices
Apricot-glazed pork roast
Cheeseburger Casserole
Sloppy Joes
Polish Alfredo
Spinach pie
Upside down fettuccine bake
Smothered burritos
Quiche
Pesto Pasta 
Ham & Potato Casserole
Pork Chops w/onions and gravy 
Red Beans & Rice 
BBQ Chicken
Barley burger stew
Veggie soup w/ meatballs
Apricot chicken



Shopping list:

Chicken parts – 9 lbs
Cooked, chopped chicken – 14 cups
Breasts – 18
Canned Chix – 4-5 cans for white chili
Kielbasa – 8 pkgs
Grand turkey cooked – 16 lbs
Ground turkey RAW – 4 lbs
Ham – 16 slices, 8 cups
Bacon – 12 slices
Italian sausage – 3 lbs
Pork Roast – 7 lbs
Pork chops – 12 
 Beef broth – 29 oz
Chicken broth – 8 cans
Mushrooms – 6 cans
Chili sauce – 1 cup
Apricot preserves – 24 oz
Evaporated milk – 2/3 cup
Refried beans – 2 cup
Pesto – 2 jars
Tomato sauce – 76 oz 
Tomato juice – 92 oz
Crushed Tomatoes-90 oz 
Tomato paste-40oz 
Cream mushroom soup – 4 cups (Lisa will make)
Cream chicken soup – 20 cups (Lisa will make)
Onions – 24 cups chopped
Peppers – 22 cups chopped
Carrots – 9 cups chopped
Zucchini – 6 cups chopped
Celery – 11 cups chopped
Lemon – 1
Baking potatoes – 16
Great northern beans – 4cups dry
Red small beans – 2 lbs dry
Milk-2cups
Eggs-20
½ and ½ - 6cups
Sour cream-80 oz
Cheddar cheese-20cups
Parm cheese-5 cups
Mozzerella-6 cups
Butter-6tbsp
Mont jack-3 cups
Cottage cheese-72 oz
Ricotta-3 cups
Barley-1cup
Flour tort – 44
Elbow mac-4c
Breadcrumbs- 1 ¼ cup
Oatmeal – 1 cup
Lasagna noodles– 16 oz
Fettuccine-16 oz
Elbows - 4 cups
Spirals - 4 cups
 Frozen spinach – 20 oz
Frozen broccoli – 40 oz
Pie shell – 4
Italian meatballs – 24 oz
 Soy sauce – 1 cup
Ginger
Garlic – minced about 10 tbsp
Cilantro
Cumin
Adobo
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Garlic salt
Pepper
Brown sugar
White vinegar
Mustard
Ketchup
Worcestershire sauce
Mayo
Curry
Salt
Fennel seed
Sherry
Cornstarch
Parsley
Basil
Dijon
kelp
ALSO:  The post that started it all Why Once-a-Month Cooking?