Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Dinner: Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy, Egg Noodles & Corn
Breakfast: Green Smoothies & Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Toast
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken (thanks to Laura at Heavenly Homemakers), Cauliflower
Dinner: Mexican Rice and Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers & Cornbread
Breakfast: Poached Eggs on Toast
Lunch: Tuna Melts & Carrot Sticks
Dinner: Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes & Broccoli
Breakfast: Oatmeal & Fruit
Lunch: Mac & Cheese & Apple Slices
Dinner: Chicken of some sort
Breakfast: Cold Cereal
Lunch: Picnic for all - Mom's at Grand Jury Duty again
Dinner: Lasagna from the freezer, Garlic Bread & Salad
Breakfast: Waffles & Sausage
Lunch: Pizza Hut The girls are using their Book It coupons!
Dinner: Haddock with Spinach & Tomatoes, Orzo
Breakfast: Bagel & Yogurt
Lunch: Grilled Cheese
Dinner: Roast Chicken, Potatoes, Carrots & Celery
For more menus and recipes stop by Organizing Junkie.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Jolanthe over at Homeschool Creations has an awesome giveaway going on right now. Just leave a comment and you wil be entered to win a entire year of Itty-Bitty Bookworms' 3-5 year old curriculum.
If you have never heard of Itty-Bitty Bookworm you must head over to their site and check them out. Their curriculum is litterature based and includes activities for all subjects and all learning styles. Jolanthe has links to tons of samples. And Itty-Bitty Bookworm's site as lot more, including free prinables.
Don't forget to leave a comment and good luck!
Friday, March 27, 2009
- 6 cups (3 pints) cherry tomatoes
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1 cup whipping cream (I used half & half)
Bring this mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 40 minutes.
Here is our tasty lunch. It was wonderful and very tomatoey. (Is that even a word?) This is a great base recipe. You could easily change the herbs and spices to make this suit our pallet. I'm thinking basil and oregano for a more Italian flavor. Then garnish it with Parmesan cheese. You could also go Mexican adding taco seasoning, salsa and sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips instead of crackers. And of course you could make a wonderful CORN (clean out the refrigerator night) soup with this be adding all the leftover veggies, pasta, and rice from the week.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Below you get a good look at the floor and new bath mats.
Here are the towel bars. These were such a steal at TJ Max. Only $5.00 each! I tried to get another one, but they were sold out. Oh well!
All that is left is to make the shower curtain. You can see the fabric we pick out here.
Breakfast: Green Smoothies, Sourdough Toast
Lunch: Mac & Cheese, Apple Slices
Dinner: Baked Potato Bar with all the fixings
Breakfast: Poached Eggs on Toast
Lunch: Tuna Melts, Carrot & Celery Sticks
Dinner: BBQ Chicken Legs, Fried Potatoes, Green Beans
Breakfast: Pumpkin Muffins
Dinner: Lasagna, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread
Breakfast: Pancakes & Sausage
Lunch: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Dinner: buffalo Chicken Enchiladas & Mexi Rice
Breakfast: Oatmeal, Fruit
Lunch: Fish sticks, Corn
Dinner: Homemade Pizza
Breakfast: French Toast, Bacon
Lunch: Left Overs
Dinner: Fish & Chips, Cole Slaw
Breakfast: Bagels, Yogurt
Lunch: Soup and Sandwich Fellowship at Church
Dinner: Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots
Stop by Organizing Junkie for more menu planning ideas!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
If you look closely at this picture you can see the drop of sap falling. There is about an inch of sap in the bucket here. We already have about 3 gallons of sap. We collected that in one day. So hopefully by the weekend we will have more than 10 gallons. We plan to boil the sap over the weekend. This is another long and sticky project. We'll be doing it outside with everyone taking turns.
And of course we will be having pancakes with maple syrup on Sunday!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Hannah and Sarah thought some spring tennis sounded like a good idea. I love this action shot. They had fun, but mom got a few more grey hairs as they played in the road. Luckily we live in a very quiet neighborhood.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
- six potatoes
- olive oil
- homemade ranch seasoning mix
Wash potatoes and cut into wedges. Toss with olive oil and about 2Tbsp of ranch seasoning mix. Arrange in a single layer on a pan that has been coated with cooking spray or brushed with olive oil. Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 45 minutes flipping potatoes about half way through.
Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp seasoning salt
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
Mix all ingredients together and use as a substitute for ranch seasoning packets. The above recipe makes about the equivalent of three envelopes. It is SO much cheaper and better for you. We made a double batch and store in a glass jar. That way it is always ready to make fries or dip.
Breakfast: Green Smoothies & Banana Bread
Lunch: Tuna Melts, Carrot Sticks & Apple Slices
Dinner: Chicken Divan & Cesar Salad
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Dried Fruit
Lunch: Ski Day Picnic
Dinner: Crock Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy, Brown Rice & Green Beans
Breakfast: Poached Eggs on Toast
Lunch: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Dinner: Haddock with Spinach & Orzo
Breakfast: Crepes with Ricotta Cheese Filling and Fruit
Dinner: Sloppy Joes, Cole Slaw & Homemade Seasoned Fries
Breakfast: Green Smoothies
Lunch: Picnic (We are headed to a Maple Sugaring Demonstration)
Dinner: Homemade Pizza
Breakfast: French Toast and Sausage
Dinner: BBQ Ribs, Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potato Fries
Breakfast: Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Lunch: Lasagna, Garlic Bread & Salad
Dinner: Left Overs after church
For more menu planning ideas and recipes visit $5 Dinner for this weeks Menu Planning Monday.
Below you can see the two of them hard at work in the respective corners. I had to keep them separated as they didn't play all that nice together. Actually, they played nice but didn't get a lot done.
Friday, March 13, 2009
These would be fabulous served with sweet cream!
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, kefir, yogurt or alternative acid medium
2 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup kamut
1/2 cup oats
( or approximately 2 1/4 cup flour )
1. Combine the above ingredients in your blender and blend for 3 minutes if using whole grain, or 1 minute if using flour. If you are using flour, you may just want to combine with a mixer. Cover and allow to sit for 12-24 hours. If you are new to soaking your grains check out Sue Gregg's explanation or Sally Fallon's information.
2. In the morning, add the following ingredients and blend for 1 minute.
3 1/2 Tbsp molasses
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3. Finally, very briefly blend in the leavening ingredients below.
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
Prepare the pancakes on a warmed, lightly greased griddle. This recipe makes approximately 15 pancakes.
Now I don't wear a lot of make up, but I do like to freshen up and put my best face forward most of the time. So, the deals at Rite Aid and CVS along with a coupon or two and a rebate made giving Organic Wear a deal too good to pass up.
Rite Aid had buy one get one free on all Organic Wear products. So I picked up a mascara and lip gloss. I also used a $2.00 coupon, so both items cost $7.95. You can then send in a rebate for the mascara and get the $9.95 purchase price back. So in reality they paid me $2.00 to try these. I really like the lip gloss. It smells fruity and is long lasting. It isn't drying out my lips and I don't feel like I need to continually apply more. I haven't tried the mascara yet, but I promise to let you know how it fairs.
CVS has the Organic Wear bronzers and powders on special this week. Purchase one and get a $10.00 in register rewards. The bronzer was $13.99 minus a $3.00 coupon. So with the register rewards I paid 99 cents. This I picked up today so no review yet.
For more Green ideas stop by Heavenly Homemakers. You'll find lots of green ideas from green gardening to living green, to making some green to saving some green.
And then there was the display on Mexico.
And finally the whole group!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I still find it hard to believe that the perceived lack of socialization in homeschool students remains an issue. It really is a bunch of malarkey. Most homeschool students I know, and that is quite a few, have extremely busy social schedules. And what more they are able to interact with a wide variety of people.
We had our homeschool group's International Night last week. At the end of the night the children went off to play some group games. There were over 20 children from 2 years old to 14 years old playing all sorts of games. Everyone was included. Everyone cheered and supported each other. The older children helped the younger children. The younger children looked up to the older children. It was heart warming to see, and in complete opposition to what we see when we go to the local public school to pick up children we watch after school. On those trips it never fails that we see older children bullying younger children, clicks of children where many are left out, disrespectful and rude behavior to adults and peers, and many more disturbing behaviors.
If what we observe in the school is the type of socialization that society wants for our children, I am happy to be radically opposed and seen as different. I know that my children will be better off with the socialization skills they have learned.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The girls have been having a wonderful time studying Ancient Greece. They have especially enjoyed the mythology and hero stories. One of their favorites was the story of the Minotaur and Thesus. They both have always enjoyed mazes and I think that was the allure here. They thought it would be fun to make their own labyrinth for their friends to try out at our homeschool group's international night. It was a big project with a lot of little detail, but it was a lot of fun too. Below you will see some of the construction steps they went through.
Here Hannah is hot gluing the joints of the walls together. Earlier in the day she had painted them. If anyone is interested in making their own maze, I suggest you paint your cardboard BEFORE you cut your wall pieces. We learned the hard way and had to take the wall apart, paint it and put it back together. It was a project just to keep the pieces in order so the maze would fit back together.
Here are Thesus and the Minotaur in the finished maze. Sarah made the pieces from pictures she found on the Internet and dowels. You can move them through the maze quite easily.
- Lid of a copy paper box.
- Piece of Corrugated Cardboard the same size as the box top
- Thin Cardboard (we used cereal boxes)
- Box Cutter
- Paper Cutter
- Paint & Brushes
- Hot Glue Gun
- Card Stock
A hint for drawing a maze. Use two different color crayons the thickness you want your path to be. One color will be the solution. The other color will be all the wrong paths. Sarah did this and then covered it with another piece of paper, taped both pieces to the window and traced all the paths. This was what we then used to cut the paths in the corrugated cardboard.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The girls tried a wide variety of plastic containers in all shapes and sizes to get a form that closely resembled some of the pieces of ancient Greek pottery pictured in there school books.
Once the paper mache was dry it was time to paint. Once again the girls looked a books and online photos to help them decide on a design.
Sarah's pot on the left depicts much of the sea life that was such an important part of Greek culture and survival. Hannah's pitcher has a geometric design. While messy and time consuming this was a great project. The girls really enjoyed it and the results are terrific! Great Job!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Brown ground meat and onions until meat is no longer pink and onions are soft. Add to crockpot. add remaining ingredients, stir. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
If you brown your meat and freeze it in advance this meal is so quick to throw together. I also like to clean out the fridge of any leftover veggie and rice. The picture above had some left over mixed veggies which explains the Lima beans you can see. We also like to sprinkle cheese on top.