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Out of the Box, Into the Nutshell…NICE. August 29, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janine Chance @ 11:37 pm

Ok, so I’ve been home schooling for about 8 years now.  We sent our oldest to Christian school last year, which was not a ‘complete’ disaster…we  look at it as a wonderful learning experience.  And it truly was.  It wasn’t bad, just different. We learned some things, saw some things, and grew.  All of us.  I guess you could call that success, right?

Anyway, this year all of our girls are back home.  However, we decided to…..ugh…….wait a minute…hold on….

 (I haven’t blogged in so long, my nails are so stinkin’ long I can’t even type!  Need to cut them off…NOW…be right back….)

Whew!!!!!!! So much better.  Ready to type.

Anyway, what was I saying?  Oh, yeah…all of our girls are home again this year…YESSSS!

Having said that, last year with our oldest at private school, we got a taste of another sort of ‘good life’.

Kaitlyn was getting a great education, and I didn’t have the stress of making it all happen.

However, on the other hand, I dropped her off at 8:00 a.m. and didn’t get her back until 3:10 p.m.  Not so great in my book.  So, I started to research a middle ground.

We decided to look outside the box, and enroll the two oldest girls (6th and 8th grade) in an online virtual charter school curriculum. (Heavenly music inserted here)

 LOVE IT.  Not only do they have a full workload of school that  is completely organized and well put together, but they have teachers for every subject who are ready to tutor them at any time and assist me with ANY questions I may have.  WHAT?!  INCREDIBLE…TOTALLY LEGIT!

OH, wait, did I tell you that it was FREE??!??!!  NO CHARGE???!!!   GRATIS???? (That’s free in Spanish)


So what’s the catch?

OK, so it’s not a Christian curriculum.  However, we have used a Bible-based curriculum since the beginning of our home schooling career, and our girls have a great Christ-centered  foundation, so it’s proving not to be a problem for us.

My oldest daughter actually said she was grateful for the alternate education so she is able to minister to others based on facts…pretty cool, huh? And because they’re still at home, we have the opportunity to teach them based on Biblical principles!  Super sweet!

I was a little afraid of the change, to be quite honest.  It’s different from traditional home schooling, but with the ages and grades my girls are getting to, I was curious to explore the ‘different’.  I’m so glad I did.

They have home room teachers who email you back within hours, and are willing and happy to answer any questions you have, and teachers for each subject who are happy to help, and tutor (if necessary) your kids when they have any questions.

Also, I am able (because of this awesome ‘accountability-filled and free’ schooling alternative) to give my time and attention to my youngest daughter, whom I am home schooling in our traditional way.  She is in third grade this year.

I am able to spend one-on-one time with her, (which speaks to her primary love language, ‘quality time’) using the great Bible-based curriculum that I used with my older two girls.  (Comment if you want any info. on what we’re using and I’ll send you links….good stuff!)

So, in a nutshell, we are going GREAT this year with school.  Everyone is happy…and that’s not an easy task!

What?  Dinner???….tomorrow!!??

Did you actually think I’d swing on back to the blogging arena and not give up a great dinner idea?!

 How about some crazy Meatball Subs?  (Or ‘heroes’, depending on your location!)

 Here’s the food 411:

Meatball Subs

4-5  lbs. ground beef (or any ground meat of choice…fyi, if you are using chicken or turkey, make sure to season well!  It may seem like a lot of ground beef, but you’ll want leftovers…trust me!)

2 eggs

2 TBSP. Montreal Steak Seasoning

1/4 c. bread crumbs

1/4 c. parmesan cheese

1 tsp. kosher salt

Baguette (or any other carb-o-licious vehicle)

Marinara (of choice)

Sliced provolone or mozzerella cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix chopped meat of choice, eggs, seasoning, parmesan and bread crumbs together until well blended.  Use a 1/4 c. measuring cup to scoop out meat mixture and roll into a ball.  Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or tin foil sprayed with olive oil cooking spray.

Bake meatballs for about 20 minutes or until brown and yummy looking. = )

Lay out paper towels to roll meatballs on to soak up any extra grease.  (Turkey or chicken will not have much excess, but if you use ground beef, you’ll want to execute this step.)

Cut baguette into desired sandwich roll size, cut in half and spray with olive oil cooking spray, then lightly sprinkle with garlic salt. Place the sandwich rolls in oven for about 3 minutes to lightly toast.

Now, to build.

Press down the inside of the rolls in order to ‘make room’ for the meatballs.  Using tongs,  dip the meatballs in the hot marinara sauce, and place on the roll. (2-3 meatballs per roll, according to guest)

Spoon a little extra sauce on the meatballs, then place slices of provolone, or mozzerella over the meatballs, just enough to cover.  Place the sandwiches back into the oven until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted.  Enjoy!

McKenna thought they were good, anyway…What do u think?


2 Responses to “Out of the Box, Into the Nutshell…NICE.”

  1. james Says:

    love it! so glad to see you blogging again! go for it ‘sweet wife’

  2. Dannie Says:

    Been missing your blogs!!! So glad y’all are all doing great….we really need to get together soon….Clint’s cooking in Pig Pickin’ again this year.

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