In which we check in weekly and update our Favorite Things: resources that fueled our curiosity this past week.
Busted! I know that this is not a documentary. But since it is a true-to-the-book movie rendition of an genuine American Classic, I am going to sneak it into my "Educational TV" recommendations. Oh yes, I recommend it BIGLY! If I haven't already dropped the hint enough times, the Engineer and I are major Masterpiece Classics fans and I was delighted to see an American classic on the 2018 season lineup. Two-thirds of the way through the season and I'm so impressed. It's so pretty - the setting, the filming, the dialogue, the costumes. And it's so good - by which I mean that it actually promotes morals, like fighting to overcome negative character traits and being willing to do brave, useful things. I loved the book way back when I when read it as a teenager and this screen rendition makes me remember all the reasons why.
Game of the Week: Ticket to Ride
This is probably the first "gamer's game" that we ever bought. And this past week, we rediscovered it. My boys played daily games and several times I joined them for a bonus game. It never gets old. Educational points for reinforcing the geography of major american cities.
Bonus Awesomeness: Instant Pot
Four years ago, some friends told us that the Instant Pot saved their marriage. Ever since then, the Engineer has prompted me to buy one on Black Friday (or Cyber Monday, or any-day-that-they-are-on-sale). I have a mortal fear of pressure cookers, but I broke down and got one on Prime Day because it was a killer deal.
In my house, we are on day four of a Whole 30 / Paleo Diet adventure (because obviously, every millennial is required to at least once go through a period of turning up their noses at the carb sources that sustained humanity until we were rich enough to eat meat and fat in enormous quantities), and my instant pot is turning out to have been a great investment. Four-pound chuck roll transformed into delectable shredded beef for "tacos" (I'm using scare quote because no, a lettuce leaf is NOT a taco) in one hour! If there's one thing this homeschool mom always could use a little more of, it's time and I anticipate that this nifty appliance should free up a little extra.
Don't forget to peek at my Instagram to see what awesome books we enjoyed this week. Got a favorite resource that fueled your curiosity this week? Leave a comment and point me in the right direction!
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