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Friday, April 17, 2015

Lunchtime Quesadillas

Easy Lunchtime Chicken Quesadillas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Got a little bit of leftover chicken from last night's dinner that you're not sure what to do with? Toss it into this easy-peasy chicken quesadilla recipe for a hot homeschool lunch. Or if you are feeling especially organized, pre-cook a big batch of chicken, shred it, and freeze into meal-sized portions to have these little bad boys whenever you get the hankerin'.

Move over plain PB&J! There's a new lunch in town. It's hot. It's easy. And it's full of flavor, thank you very much!

Ingredients
2-1/2 c. shredded chicken
1 can black beans
1 c. salsa
2 green onions, diced
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
8-10 flour tortillas
2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
sour cream and/or guacamole for dipping (optional)



Easy Lunchtime Chicken Quesadillas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, black beans, green onions, salsa, and seasonings. 

Easy Lunchtime Chicken Quesadillas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Place one tortilla on a hot griddle or non-stick skillet. Spoon and spread about 1/3 of a cup of chicken mixture onto one half of the tortilla. 

Easy Lunchtime Chicken Quesadillas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Top with 1/3 of a cup of shredded cheese. 

Easy Lunchtime Chicken Quesadillas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Fold the plain side of the tortilla over top of the chicken/cheese side. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes until the bottom of the quesadilla is golden brown. Using a spatula, carefully flip the folded tortilla over onto the other side. Cook for another 1-2 minutes allowing the cheese to melt completely.  

Easy Lunchtime Chicken Quesadillas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Cut into pizza-shaped slices. (From one momma to another: use a pizza cutter for this. In fact, if you have lots of little ones who still need your help to cut up their food for each-and-every meal, use a pizza cutter for everything. From pancakes to chicken breasts, USE A PIZZA CUTTER. Ok, I'm done with my infomercial. Carry on.)

Easy Lunchtime Chicken Quesadillas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

And there you have it. A hot homeschool lunch SANS cold sandwich!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Winner of the Home Art Studio Video Collection



Congratulations, Sarah S!
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You are the winner of the entire Home Art Studio DVD curriculum...a six volumes! You will be contacted via email and will have 72 hours to respond or your prize will be forfeited and another winner will be randomly selected.

Monday, April 13, 2015

20 Must-Read Chapter Books for Young Boys

20 Must-Read Chapter Books for Young Boys {2nd-4th graders}

I cringed when I overheard the eager mother ask the librarian for book suggestions for her young son. He had just begun to read fluently, she mentioned, and was in need of something to hold his literary attention.

"Well, we have a wonderful selection of graphic novels that I'm sure he'll enjoy," came the reply.

Graphic novels?

Really? Must we always default to graphic novels for boys assuming that they can't or won't read actual books?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Home Art Studio: Review and Big-ol'-giveaway!

Home Art Studio: Review and Big-ol'-giveaway! {The Unlikely Homeschool}


It's no secret that I love art time. I mean r-e-a-l-l-y love art time.

I love the mess.
I love the creative expression.
I love the colorful whimsy that it adds to our otherwise black-and-white days. 
I love art.

Each week, we all scramble for a fresh white sheet of possibility...for lines, and textures, and color just waiting to be splashed across the page. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

What We're Reading in April 2015

What We're Reading in April {The Unlikely Homeschool}

April...April...April...how you tease me.
The end of the school year is so close and yet, so far.

For the next two months, we'll put our hands to the plow and keep on going.
Two more months.

We can do this.

And in between those crazy, hectic, end-of-the-year moments, we shall read. 
Yep. We'll read books. Lots and lots of glorious books!

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Here's what we'll be reading.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pricey Field Trips for FREE or Cheap

Pricey Field Trips for FREE of Cheap! {The Unlikely Homeschool}

When you are homeschooling at the speed of life, learning...most REAL learning...happens away from a worksheet or textbook. 

Some of the most memorable and meaningful life-schooling is done when you take the show on the road...when you venture out to meet real people and see real stuff...when you experience real life the way it WAS lived or IS lived...when you take a field trip.

But, let's face it.
A large homeschool family is a herd that moves rather slowly and comes with a pretty hefty entrance fee.
Field trips aren't cheap!

Or are they?

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