Free Crockpot Freezer Meals Weeks with Purchase of Homeschool Bundle

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Most of you know that I’m a homeschool mom of 7 children.  Today is our first day back to school.  We like to ease back in.  Taking it a couple of subjects at a time to get us used to doing school again and being in a routine.  It is exciting to get back to that routine, but it’s hard to start getting up earlier and cramming so much into our days, too.


I know that many of you are homeschoolers and many of you are not.  That’s OK.  I love you all.  :)  If you are a homeschooler or you’ve ever considered homeschooling, I’ve got a terrific sale to tell you about.  It’s called the Homeschool Omnibus and it is chock full of ebooks for homeschooling moms.  It happens only once a year and each year, they put different books in it.  This is my first time including a book in the Omnibus.




Free Gift from ME with Purchase!


Included in this bundle, is Week 2 of my Freezer to Slow Cooker Ebooks.  I wanted to let you know that anybody who buys this bundle through my link, will receive Week 1, Week 3 and Week 8 Printable menus for free!  That is an extra $12 in gifts to you for purchasing this!  If you’ve been debating about purchasing my menus, you’ll get all 4 of them plus 97+ other books for the one low price of $25.  If you do purchase this from my link, please send me the email address that you used to purchase this with, to sidetrackedsarah (at) gmail (dot) com.  (Remove (at) and (dot) and replace with the actual symbols.)  After I receive your email and confirm that you purchased through my link, I will send you an email with your other 3 ebooks.




What Books are Included in the Homeschool Omnibus?

Included Discounts/Freebies

Additional Resources: Codes and Links Provided After Purchase



  • The deadline for refunds is September 5. Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.
  • The ebooks will only be available until September 25, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ or contact iHomeschool Network for more information.
  • DVDs can be purchased until September 20.
  • The sale will run from 12:00 am ET, Monday, August 18 to 11:59 pm ET, Sunday, August 24.



How to Make Guacamole the Cheater’s (Easy) Way

Mexican food and I are very good friends. I don’t know why I like it so much. Some people say that it all tastes the same. I can see the point, in a way, but I still don’t agree. There’s nothing like chicken fajitas or chile rellenos. Mmmm.


Believe it or not, sometimes I make the decision on what I’m ordering at a restaurant, based on if it comes with guacamole or not. If it does, chances are that I’ll give it a try. If it doesn’t, I’ll search the menu until I find something that does.


Years ago, I discovered the fast, cheaters way to make guacamole at home. It tastes so close to real guacamole, most people would never know the difference.  And I can make it in minutes!


This batch was made with my cute little helper…..


Guacamole Helper 2


How to Make Cheater’s (Easy) Guacamole


What you need:


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1 avacado
1/4 – 1/2 cup salsa
salt (not pictured, but very important!)



Peel your avocado
Put it in a bowl and mash it with a fork
Slowly add in 1/2 of the salsa

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Add more until it looks right.
Stir it up nicely.
Add a dash of salt.
Taste it….does it taste like guacamole?
Then, you’re done!


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Easy, I tell you.


Now, let me tell you a couple of tips. You’ll see in this picture that the stuff on the right is more brown than the stuff on the left. The guacamole on the right was made with an older avocado. In order to get a good green color, you’ll need to make sure your avocado isn’t too mushy or old. Of course, too firm isn’t good either, or it’ll be impossible to mash.


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Another tip. If you’d like it to keep it’s nice green color, leave the seed in the middle of the guacamole. I’m storing mine in the refrigerator with the seed in it, so it doesn’t look too scary when we pull it out. The longer it is exposed to air, the more brown it will turn (kind of like apples and bananas), but the seed combats that for a period of time.


Guacamole 3

How to Make Yogurt in Your Slow Cooker

Today’s post is a guest post written by a good friend of mine.  She literally lives a mile down the road from me, so we’re practically neighbors out here in Rural Kansas.  Please welcome Emmaleee.  If you’d like to read more about her and her family, please visit her site, The Hoggatt Homeschool.


How to Make Crockpot Yogurt


In addition to homeschooling we also have a small farm (Triple – A – Farm). And on that farm we have some dairy goats…EEE II EEE II OO! haha So we get lots of fresh milk. After a while you start running out of room for said milk and get creative. Hence this recipe for Crockpot Yogurt!

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Triple-A-Farm Dairy Goats

Ingredients Needed:

1/2 gallon of milk, either cow or goat

1 pkg of jello, in favorite flavor (*see alternative below)

1/2 c. Yogurt starter , like Dannon plain yogurt or you can also purchase starters at ( we like the non-dairy because we have family with an allergy to cow milk.)


How To…

In blender, mix starter and milk. Pour into crockpot and turn to warm setting. If you don’t have the warm setting just use low but watch closely to avoid scorching milk.

After milk is heated to around 110 degrees mix in jello WELL!


Turn off crockpot and wrap with heavy towel to keep warm or pour into containers and place in a cooler of very hot water. Let set for 6-8 hrs. Then you will have yogurt!

Please Note:  Homemade yogurt is not as thick as store bought yogurt.



* Instead of using Jello you may also add in honey and vanilla extract. If doing this add in 1/4 to 1/2 extra starter to set.


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:  Emmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God’s word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs at, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.