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Catholic Homeschool Reviews

>> Sunday, February 28, 2010

I have recently been really pleased to have seen some reviews of Catholic homeschooling items on the homeschool review site Curriculum Choice.  (There is even a sidebar category for Catholic reviews.)  Often, I think, sites that are not Catholic-specific will avoid talking about materials that are specifically Catholic.

I will admit, I did write one of the articles, but that was only after another Catholic specific book was reviewed.  And, then today, another specifically Catholic resource is reviewed on the site.

Kudos to Curriculum Choice for being inclusive!  I know I'm not the only Catholic homeschooler who appreciates it.

~ Angie


New Blog Roll Members: February 24, 2010

>> Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Welcome to our newest blog roll members!  Please make sure to go visit some of them and say hi!


One More Day to Enter the Rosary Giveaway

>> Monday, February 22, 2010

Be sure to check out the great new toolbar for Catholic families and enter to win a handmade Rosary.  One day left!

I'll be emailing out coding to people who have requested to join in a few days, as well as adding new members at that time.  I have given up the computer for one day per week for Lent this year, so I'll be away until Tuesday morning.  I'll do some updating later that day.


~ Angie


Resource for Catholic Families

>> Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Today's Guest Post is by Brenda from The Tie That Binds Us.

For a chance to win this rosary scroll down to the give-away.

Angie and I have been working together to create a resource for Catholic Homeschoolers like none other. It is a toolbar that sits at the top of your computer and guides you to some of the best Catholic sites and blogs available to Catholic families.

The toolbar itself has many components that are geared towards families, but it also has a huge homeschooling emphasis.

Take a look at all that you get when you download this resource:
  • Family planning sites
  • Sites on the sacraments and saints
  • Web pages about the holidays and feasts
  • Links to crafts for Catholic children
  • Forums that you can join to meet other Catholic families
  • A drop down menu dedicated to homeschooling - encouragement, curriculum reviews, email lists, suppliers, and magazines
  • 50 Catholic blogs, plus more on the way!
  • RSS feeds to daily readings, Catholic Icing, The Homeschool Classroom and more
  • Email notification for all your email accounts
  • A radio player that features Catholic radio stations plus your local ones too
  • Weather updates
We are still adding sites daily to this free resource. If you download it and you would like to suggest an addition please email us @

Did I mention that this resource is free?

To download this toolbar visit the page:

Wait! There is a give-away!

Remember that pretty rosary that was at the top of this post? For your chance to win it you may leave a comment that you have downloaded the toolbar for a chance to win this beautiful rosary hand made by Angie. You may leave one comment (on the original post about The Catholic Family Toolbar at The Homeschool Classroom, comments on this post here at Catholic Mothers Online are closed) if you do any of the following:
  • download the toolbar for one entry
  • twitter about the toolbar for another entry
  • blog about the toolbar for another entry
  • leave 5 or more Catholic sites that are not included that should be on the toolbar for one entry
Entries will be closed on February 23rd.

Brenda can be found writing at The Tie That Binds Us.  She is also the founder of Curriculum Choice and Joyful Holidays, and co-founder of Homeschool Lifestyle Media.

Angie can be found writing at Many Little Blessings.  She is also the founder of Catholic Mothers Online and The Homeschool Classroom, as well as the co-founder of Homeschool Lifestyle Media.


Fish: It’s What’s for Dinner, and Lunch, and Breakfast

>> Monday, February 15, 2010

Today's guest post is by Elizabeth from The Divine Gift of Motherhood.
(It was originally featured on her site on March 6, 2009.)


Some may find fault with this, but I find I look forward to Lent, if only for the culinary delights. I love fish; my husband just tolerates it.

This Friday morning I made him a tuna sandwich. I made one can, which makes two sandwiches for us. Rather than have to wrap up the second one, I ate it for breakfast.

The kids being home early from a half-day at school, we had fish sticks for lunch.

For dinner there were flounder and salmon, over a bed of my metabolic rice garnished with fresh steamed broccoli. The kids and I love salmon, but my husband really hates it. So I make both. Everyone is happy, and eating healthy.

Here is my husband’s plate.

Here is my plate.

Here is my son’s plate.

Elizabeth’s method for cooking all sorts of fish:

Coat a glass baking dish with olive oil.
Coat both sides of the fish with olive oil.
Place skin-side down in the dish.
Sprinkle with seafood seasoning, usually a combination of salt and sweet paprika.
Seal dish with aluminum foil.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.
Fish should be flaky through the middle when it is done.

Elizabeth’s Metabolic Rice (so named because it is filled with all sorts of ingredients which raise your metabolic heat, therefore burning more calories):

Place rice and water in pot at a ratio of one cup rice to two cups water.
Pour in kosher salt, pepper, and hot paprika, as desired.
Slice onions and place on top.
Bring to a simmer.
Cover and lower heat.
Simmer for 15 minutes.

Elizabeth’s Steamed Vegetables:

Place in glass casserole.
Drizzle with olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Microwave for approximately seven minutes.

What are some of your favorite Lenten meals?  Feel free to share them in the comments or link to your own Lenten meal posts!

Elizabeth is a Catholic write-at-home Mother of four from Long Island who shares poetry and prose family life and other topics of interest at The Divine Gift of Motherhood.


New Blog Roll Members: February 9, 2010

>> Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Welcome to our newest blog roll members!  Please pick a site or two to stop by and welcome them to the blog roll!


A Little Delay...

>> Thursday, February 4, 2010

I apologize, but I haven't updated the blog roll in about two weeks.  And, unfortunately, I won't be able to get to it until next week.  But, never fear -- I will be updating it next week!  If you have sent me an email and don't get a reply of some sort by February 12th, then send it again.  But, otherwise -- your patience is very much appreciated!



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