Freezer Meal Plan Membership Review


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For the past few weeks I’ve been trying out some great freezer cooking recipes using the Freezer Meal Plan Membership from MyFreezEasy. I have been freezer cooking on and off for several years. Freezer meal prep can be challenging. With the MyFreezEasy freezer cooking plan, everything is already planned for you! Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}


I have been using the Premium Annual Membership of MyFreezEasy for this review. It is so easy to use. MyFreezEasy is perfect for beginners. There are many different options available. You can buy individual meal plans, a months worth of meal plans, or the Premium Annual Membership like I received and have access to everything on the website.


10 meals in 1 hour with my freezeasy


I love that the recipes have directions for eating that day, freezing directions, and how to thaw and cook when you pull it out of the freezer. For this review I put everything that I made into the freezer so I could test them. It was really hard to put some of them the freezer! They all look and smelled amazing. I tasted the ones that didn’t have raw meat in them, and they were all great!



Every month, 8 new meal plans are released. These meal plans contain all the information you need to make the meals in each plan. The recipes, shopping lists, prep lists, and more. Here are the 8 plans available each month. Each plan has 5 recipes. The plans have directions for making 2 of each recipe, or directions for just making one of each. There are also directions for serving the recipe when you are making it, and how to freeze, thaw, and cook for another day. Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}

All 8 of these plans are available each month with new recipes in each plan. These plans are not archived on the website. If you want to save these plans, you need to save the PDFs to your computer. The recipes, however, are permanently added to the website database. If you forget to save a plan that you liked, you can make your own plan. Keep reading to see how! Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}


The plans included the recipes, of course, lol,  assembly instructions for making all the meals at the same time, and shopping lists. There are 4 shopping lists in each meal plan, a Complete Shopping List by Recipe, a Complete Shopping List by Store Section/Category, a Freezer Meal Prep Day Shopping List by Recipe, and a Freezer Meal Prep Day Shopping List by Store Section/Category. So you can choose which list works best for the way you shop. You can also print labels for the recipes in each plan that have the cooking directions on it. No need to look up the directions at the time of cooking if you use these labels. Freezer Meal Plan Membership Review


Now not every plan is going to work for everyone. Families may not like all the recipes in a plan. You may have a larger, or small, family than the 4 serving recipes in each plan. Not a problem. You can use the Build Your Own Meal Plan feature on the website. The database is chocked full of recipes. You can just scroll through until you find some recipes you want to try, or you can choose one of the 19 categories first to make finding recipes easier. You can search by type of protein, cooking method, gluten free recipes, dairy free recipes, gluten free dairy free soy free recipes, and many more.


It’s very easy to build your own meal plan. You find the recipe you want to make, choose how many servings you want, 2,4,6, or 8. You then drag & drop the recipe into the box on the side of the page. The directions on the page are clear on how to do this. After you have added all the recipes you want to make at this time, you can print out your plan. It will be customized to the number of servings you selected. The website automatically updates each recipe and the shopping lists for the number of servings you selected. There is no limit on the number of plans you can you can build. You can print everything, or save the PDFs to your computer.


Here are some of the recipes I tried.

Chicken & Ranch Macaroni has a delicious ranch cheese sauce that is very easy to make. The recipe uses rotiserri chicken, but I used cooked, diced chicken breast.


Chicken & Ranch Macaroni for freezer Chicken & Ranch Macaroni for freezer


This was amazing! The whole family loved it! I have one more in the freezer and we are all looking forward to eating it!

Chicken & Ranch Macaroni for freezer


The Bolognese Sauce was very easy to make. You cook the meat and prep the veggies. I used the food processor to do the veggies.


bolognese sauce for freezer

Then I just had to add all the ingredients to the freezer bags. I stood the bags up in bowls as it makes it easier to fill the bags. They won’t tip over while you are filling them and spill the contents everywhere.

Bolognese Sauce for freezer

All ready for the freezer…..

Bolognese Sauce for freezer


And so good on top of spaghetti! The family all liked it even though it was different from our usual spaghetti sauce. Except for one son that was highly offended that I put carrots in his spaghetti sauce. lol (Ignore the large piece of carrot that made it through the food processor. lol)


Freezer Bolognese Sauce


As soon as I saw the recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos I knew that my family would love them. They were very easy to prepare. Cook the hamburger with some seasonings, cook the bacon, cool, and put into freezer bags.

hamburger bacon   bacon cheeseburger nachos


Thaw when you are ready to serve. Then place tortilla chips on a baking sheet, top with the bacon hamburger mixture, then cheddar cheese. I will use more cheese next time as I don’t think I used enough. I didn’t measure the cheese (my bad) so I don’t think I used the right amount. Thankfully, I have another bag of this in the freezer still, because we all loved it. The meal plan uses it as a meal but I served it as an evening snack on a day that we didn’t have a big dinner.


bacon cheeseburger nachos for freezer


I had never had Butter Chicken before, but it sounded good, so I tried it. It’s very easy to assemble. The raw chicken and other ingredients go in a freezer bag and into the freezer.

slow cooker butter chicken

The day you want to have it, you dump it all in the slow cooker. So easy!

I served the Butter Chicken with rice, and peas & carrots. It’s very flavorful, and very good.


slow cooker butter chicken


Hopefully, you aren’t tired of looking at food yet, as I have one more great dish to share with you. Chicken Fajita Bake. Again, assembly is very easy. It really couldn’t get any easier. Put the meat, seasonings, green peppers and onions in a foil pan. Cover, and freeze.

chicken fajita bake freezer


Thaw and bake according to the recipe directions. So good! I served this with rice, and a side veggie. This would taste great served on tortillas, also. I’m going to try that next time. We’ve eaten both pans of this that I put in the freezer. I will be making more, as it’s very good.


Chicken Fajita Bake


That’s just a taste of some of the great recipes available with the Freezer Meal Plan Membership from MyFreezEasy. And how easy it is to follow their recipes and plans. MyFreezEasy is a great tool to make your life in the kitchen so much easier. All the recipes that I tried were great. All the plan and recipe directions were well written and easy to follow. Whether you are new to freezer cooking, or have been doing it for a long time, MyFreezEasy will be a great help to you. Freezer cooking has never been easier!


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Big Fat Notebook Series for Students Review & Giveaway

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I love to review homeschool curriculum. The books I’m going to tell you about now aren’t just for homeschoolers! They are for all students, no matter where they go to school.


The Big Fat Notebook series of books are study guides for middle school students that focuses on the five core subjects. The Big Fat Notebook series makes studying cool. These books deliver everything a student needs to know to ace Math, Science, English Language Arts, World History, and American History.




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They also provide a model for teaching students how to effectively write and organize notes of their own – an important skill they’ll take into their high school years and beyond


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The pages of the Big Fat Notebook are colorful and easy to read. Here are a few sample pages. After reading a section, there are questions for the student to answer. The answers are on the next page, not visible when doing the questions, making it easy for the student to check their answers.


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The drawings in the Big Fat Notebooks not only illustrate the lesson, but are fun to look at.


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I like that the books give examples while covering the material. I think that makes it easier for the student to remember the material.


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The Big Fat Notebooks retail for $14.95 each. I think that is a great price for the size and quality of the books. The books are available on Amazon, the pictures below are linked. Simply click on the pictures for more information about a book, or to purchase.


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The Big Fat Notebook series of books are for middle school students. In my opinion, these books could also be used in upper elementary school, either read by the student or read aloud to the student. I also can see value in using these books with a high school student that needs a refresher, or needs remedial work. So don’t rule these books out if your kids aren’t in middle school.


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FlipStir – A Fun Self Contained Puzzle Review


My family loves puzzles and games so I was happy for the chance to try the Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle from Enlivenze LLC. FlipStir is a self contained 3 dimensional puzzle that you put together inside the container.

There are currently 5 different FlipStir puzzles. Three are Level 2 puzzles, like the Statue of Liberty FlipStir I tried. There are two Level 1 puzzles to choose from. Level 1 puzzles have smooth edges, while Level 2 puzzles have wavy edges making them harder to solve. All the puzzles sell for $24.95 on the website.

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FlipStir puzzles are recommended for ages 7 and up. There are no loose parts. The only moving part is the wand that you use to move the puzzle pieces around with. The wand is not removable from the puzzle. The FlipStir can be left sitting out with no worries of little ones getting into the pieces.FlipStir Puzzle

I have been leaving ours in the living room. It’s a great conversation starter with guests. Then they give it a try. And like it!


FlipStir Puzzle


Trying to solve the puzzle is easy. Shake – Stir – Solve. You use the wand, gravity, and whatever you can think of to line the pieces up.


FlipStir Puzzle


It can get a little interesting watching someone trying to solve the puzzle. They (I guess I should say we!) shake, move side to side, and practically turn upside down, trying to get pieces to slide into place.


And then there is the satisfaction of solving the puzzle!


FlipStir Puzzle


FlipStir Puzzles are great for kids and homeschools. While solving the puzzle, using the wand helps improve fine motor skills and dexterity.  Working on these puzzles also helps improve hand-eye coordination and spatial relations skills. I think adults with health challenges would receive these same benefits, too.


These puzzles aren’t just for kids! I have been having great fun with it. I have solved the Statute of Liberty FlipStir puzzle several times. My whole family, from teenagers to adults have been having fun with it.



FlipStir self contained puzzles are so much fun! And no puzzle pieces to pick up off the floor! FlipStir puzzles are great on the go, too. In the car for short or long trips, while visiting, or any time you want to keep the kids occupied. We took a lot of car trips when I was a kid. I would have loved having these puzzles!


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The Writing in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School Review


I have been using The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, 2nd Edition, $45, from Writing with Sharon Watson with my 10th grade son. The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School is a homeschool writing program for students in grades 9-12. It can be completed in 1, 2, or 3 years by following the instructions in the teachers manual, $20. You can view samples of both the student book and the teachers manual on the website linked above.


Sharon Watson homeschooled for 18 years. She taught several subjects to other homeschoolers during that time period, led a homeschool group, and started an educational homeschool group. She has several homeschool writing courses available on her website for both middle school and high school.



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Three years ago, I reviewed the first edition of The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School.


What’s different between the 1st edition and the 2nd? The 2nd edition includes:

  • Newly numbered lessons to easily keep track of daily work
  • Students learn common grammar mistakes (7 lessons).
  • The emotional appeal speech is shorter and easier to understand.
  • Students can look up items in the new index.
  • Specific grading grids in the Teacher’s Guide make grading essays a lot easier
  • The chapter on the old SAT essay has been removed. There is a link to the content of this chapter on the website.


Power in Your Hands Student Textbook



The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School features 23 student directed lessons with little to no prep for the teacher. There are 117 suggested daily lessons, with complete instructions for 21 essays, reports, articles, and narratives. This course begins with composition basics so it can be used with beginning writers, as well as more experienced writers.


In this high school writing course, students will learn brainstorming, how to organize their thoughts, use appropriate point orders, citing sources, introduction and conclusion know-how, proofreading, writing for a specific audience, and much more. There are many references in the back of the book the student book. Some of these are Be Your Own Editor, Paragraph Essentials, Do List for Persuasion, Don’t List for Persuasion, How to Write a How-To, and nine more.


The lessons vary in size , but always include at least a page or two of instruction for the student to read. The student does not write a complete essay in each lesson, especially in the beginning. While they are learning how to write non-fiction, the student will start with brainstorming, how to put their ideas in order, writing questions and statements, and more leading the student learning how to write a complete essay.


I like that the essay assignments include a writing checklist for the student. These checklists tell the student what they need to make sure they completed and what they will be graded on. This encourages the student to proofread their own work before turning in in to the teacher to be graded.


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One of the hardest parts about teaching high school writing is the grading. Grading writing can be so subjective. And of course, we think what our beloved students write is brilliant. I love that the Teachers manual has a grading grid for each essay that is easy to use.  You can see one of the the grading grids below. The grading grids are the only pages in the high school writing course that can be copied. These pages can be copied for each of the students in your homeschool, classroom, or co-op class.


Writing with Sharon Watson


I really like that there is room for the teacher to write comments, then give the page to the student. The student can plainly see how their essay was graded. I think this helps the student to take constructive criticism of something so personal as their writing. They can easily see what they did good at, and what they need to improve on. Without thinking that Mom is being too picky.


The one thing I wish the teachers manual included was some guidance on giving high school credit. Especially for those that take 2-3 years to complete the course.


Overall, The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School is a great home school high school writing course that will prepare your student for writing in high school and college.



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ArtAchieve Homeschool Art Curriculum Review


My 15 year old, 10th grade son has recently shown an interest in art.  I was pleased to receive the homeschool art curriculum, ArtAchieve to use with him and review. He has been working through the lessons in the Entire Level I bundle. The purchase of the Entire Level I gives access to the art lessons on the website for 1 year. Each lesson can be purchased individually for $4. Purchasing the Entire Level 1 bundle for $27 makes each lesson only $3. There are two lessons on the website that are free so you can try them out.


Art Lessons for Children ArtAchieve Review


There are three levels of ArtAchieve lessons. They do no correspond to grade level. If students are new to drawing, they should start with level 1 regardless of their age, kindergarten to adult. The lessons are inspired by art from around the world.


There is a Tips for Teachers page on the ArtAchieve website that is very helpful. The tips are geared towards parents/teachers that have not taught art before. There is a list of supplies needed on the website. The list does not say which level needs which supplies. I wish the list told you what supplies were needed for each lesson. It would make it so much easier to have everything ready for the student when they start each lesson. Each lesson does have a list of the supplies needed in the lesson introduction. You have to open each lesson to see what supplies are needed in order to purchase supplies ahead of time, however.


Art Lessons for Children ArtAchieve Review


Level 1 has 11 lessons, with Lesson 1 having 3 parts. Each lesson will take almost an hour. Depending on age and skill level, it may take less time. In the introduction for each lesson there is a break down of the time needed to complete each section. Lessons do not have to be completed all at once.  A student can do a lesson over several days if that works out best for them. The student can work at their own pace. One lesson a week, or one lesson a day.


Since I have a high schooler and always need to know this, Level 1 is not enough work to award any high school credits. I have not looked at the other levels in depth, and I can not find this information on the website, but it is possible that there is enough work in all the levels to earn at least a 1/2 credit, possibly a full credit.



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My son has been averaging one lesson a week. He enjoys the lessons. He likes that the lessons instruct him to listen to music while going through the lessons.  Listening to music helps students work in silence and promotes the visual thinking that drawing requires. The video lessons are slide shows with the instructions on the screen. The pictures are bright, colorful, and the step by step instructions are easy to understand. Each lesson has 1 or more pages that you need to print out. I suggest printing them all at once. It’s easier than having to print the pages every time they start a lesson. The pages are not labeled with lesson numbers. I wrote the lesson numbers on as I printed them out. It kept my son from spreading all the pages out trying to find what he was looking for.


An added bonus to this homeschool art curriculum is the Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections. These suggestions are for social studies, writing, literature, and science. These suggestions feature ideas, books lists, and linked websites to help the student learn more about what they are drawing. We did not use very many of these to supplement the art curriculum. To me, they seem geared towards younger kids, not high school students.


Here are a few examples of the printables for the Entire Level 1 drawing lessons. This first page is an example of the warm up activity that is available for each lesson. Boxes have printed lines that students have to copy into empty boxes. This activity gets them used to make the curved lines, for example, that they will be using in their drawings for this lesson. My son likes to keep his art close and not share it with very many people. He gave me permission to share these pages.


Zach Art Drawing


On this page, my son had to draw lines to decorate the bugs. He drew an extra one in the corner just because he wanted to. lol He chose to keep everything as a drawing, and not color them in. He has been concentrating on the drawing.


Zach Art Drawing


My son decided on his own to draw a large bug on the back of this page. He did pretty good. He ran out of room on the paper to make the right wing full size,though.


Zach Art Drawing


One of the drawing lessons had the students learn how to draw a cube. It’s a little hard to see in this scan of the actual drawing, but if you look closely, you can see the cube and it’s shadow.


Zach Art Drawing



My son, and I, have been very pleased with ArtAchieve Homeschool Art Curriculum. I look forward to looking at many more of his drawings. I can not draw. Like not at all. Not even a straight line. The lessons make learning to draw look easy. If I can find the time, I might try these lessons for myself!


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Laurelwood Books Men of Honor and Women of Grace Review


Men of Honor and Women of Grace from the Scripture Scribes series from Laurelwood Books is the perfect homeschool penmanship book to improve handwriting. My son had just been talking about how bad his handwriting is when I received this handwriting book to review. Perfect timing!


The people behind Laurelwood Books have been homeschooling for 25 years. The same amount of time that I have been homeschooling! They sell curriculum, books, cds, dvds, and more on their website. They also sell used books and curriculum.



Latin and Penmanship {Laurelwood Books  Review}


The Scripture Scribes series features four books, covering penmanship for 1st through 12th grades. Scripture Scribes Volume 1 Men of Honor and Women of Grace, $19.95 is recommended for Grades 7-12. It is consumable and should be used with only one student. I have been using Men of Honor Women of Grace with my 15 year old son, who will be in the 10th grade in the fall.


Words for Men of Honor and Women of Grace has 22 Lessons. All the lessons are centered around a character trait. The 22 character traits used for the lessons are honor, mercy, compassion, love, justice, grace, joy, peace, truth, long-suffering, faith, hope, honesty, trust, patience, humility, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, loyalty, diligence, and purity.


Each lesson has an introduction page with a dictionary definition and a Biblical definition of the character trait. This introduction page is followed by 12-13 quotes and scriptures to trace and copy. The quotes and scriptures explain and reinforce the character trait. The quotes and scriptures are written in dotted line cursive for the student to trace. Below that, there are handwriting lines for the student to write the quote or scripture themselves. There are enough lines for the student to write each quote or scripture one time.


Laurelwood Books Men of Honor Women of Grace Review


Also included in the Men of Honor Women of Grace are several pages discussing the development of the scriptures, Bible translation and copying. They are not long, but do include black and white drawings and samples.


The book contains no suggestions for how many lessons should be done a week. You will have to decide how much time you want your student to work on the copywork every day. Men of Honor Women of Grace could easily be finished in one quarter. If you go at a more leisurely pace, you could complete this book in two quarters, or one semester. On the high school level, there would be no credits earned for completing this course, in my opinion.


I started out having my son do 2 lessons a week.  He prefers working at a more leisurely pace of one lesson a week, though.


Men of Honor Women of Grace


In the picture above, you can see what one of the pages with quotes and scriptures on the left. On the right, you can see one of the character traits introduction page with the dictionary definition and the Biblical definition of that trait.


Looking back to lesson one and comparing it to where he is now in the book, I can see a definite improvement in my son’s handwriting.


Usually, practicing penmanship is a boring, mind numbing activity. I love that my son has scriptures and great quotes to think about while he is doing this copywork.


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Progeny Press Great Expectations E-Guide Review


Progeny Press makes studying great literature easy with their Great Expectations E-Guide.  I received the Great Expectations E-Guide to review as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. This e-guide is for high school students in grade 9-12. I had my 10th grade son read Great Expectations and use this e-guide.



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Progeny Press e-guides are interactive study guides that are in pdf form. I was able to download the e-guide and open it on my computer with no problems. The guide is printable. I printed the whole guide for my son. The new interactive study guides can be opened with Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0+. The student can then enter their answers to the questions right onto the pdf. The student saves their work to the computer as they work through the study guide. This is an great option for those that don’t have printers, or prefer to do the work on the computer.


The student section of the Great Expectations Study Guide is 72 pages, plus the cover picture. You are able to print out as many copies as you need to use in your homeschool. It is recommended that the student have a dictionary, a thesaurus, and a Bible available to use with this study guide. Internet access and encyclopedias would be a help to the student as well, but aren’t necessary.


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The Great Expectations Study Guide includes a section about the novel’s author, a synopsis of the novel, and background information. There are prereading ideas for the student to complete prior to, or while reading the novel. The study guide has nine sections, each dealing with several chapters of the novel. Each section will take an average of one week to complete. The novel is read before starting the chapter studies. The student is allowed to use the book to look up the answers in.


Each of the chapter study sections are divided into five sections. Vocabulary, General Questions, Analysis, Dig Deeper, and Expectations. Some sections have an Additional Activities section. The General Question, analysis, and Dig Deeper sections have between 15 and 21 essay style questions. There are no yes/no, T/F, or multiple choice questions. The Vocabulary, Expectations, and Additional Activities sections vary in length. The Vocabulary section has the student complete an activity with the vocabulary words: matching a word with it’s definition, choosing the best definition from 3 choices, synonyms & antonyms, and looking up the definitions in a dictionary.


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Also included in the Great Expectations E-Guide are an Overview section, Final Essays and Project Ideas, Additional Resources, and an Answer Key.

The Answer Key is a separate PDF. It is pages 73 through 94 of the e-guide. It contains answers to the vocabulary sections, as well as all the chapter questions, and the overview questions.


You can view a sample of the Great Expectations E-Guide.


The Great Expectations Study Guide can be completed in 8-10 weeks, and can earn the student 1/4 of a credit. There are instructions included in front of the study guide for the teacher that wants to give the student a final exam.


The Progeny Press Great Expectations E-Guide is a faith-based study guide. There are quite a few intellectual, moral, and spiritual issues addressed in Great Expectations. I like that the study guide helps the student to examine these from a Christian perspective.



You can read the review of Progeny Press study guides that I wrote a few years ago.




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The Great Expectations E-Guide is for high schoolers, but Progeny Press also has guides for Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School. Click the graphic below to see what other homeschool mom’s have to say about Progeny Press E-Guides for all grades.

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