Sunday, October 25, 2009

Menu Plan for October 26th

Here is my menu plan for the week:

Monday - Baja bowls

Tuesday - Crock-pot Corn Chowder

Wednesday - Brown Rice & Lentil Casserole

Thursday - Crock-pot BBQ Chicken

Friday - Tater tot casserole

Saturday - Potato Soup

For more menu plans, visit Organizing Junkie.

Have a great week everyone!



Monday, October 19, 2009

Menu Plan for October 19th

Well, with making soup and cinnamon rolls for our cider pressing gathering and then going to the gathering, I didn't get my menu planning done till this morning. So it's a little late, but here it is:

Monday - Potato Bar

Tuesday - Onion & Blue Cheese Smothered Steak, Asparagus & Garlic Mashed Potatoes (it's hubby's birthday and this is his request :o) )

Wednesday - Shepherds Pie

Thursday - Black Soup

Friday - Hamburger Stroganoff

Saturday - Chili & Corn bread

Sunday - not sure yet :o)

For many more menu planning ideas, visit Organizing Junkie.



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Think Pink

It's Pink week at iHeartFaces in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Head on over to their site for more wonderful entries!



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Monday, October 12, 2009

iHeatFaces - Excited Week

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It's "excited" week over at iHeartFaces. This is kinda an old picture of Munchkin, but it is one of my favorites! She was having a blast running from the waves on the beach.

For more "excited" photos, head on over to iHeartFaces.



Menu Plan for October 12th

Yeah! I got my menu plan done! So here it is:

Monday - Breakfast

Tuesday - Oven Fried Chicken

Wednesday - Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Thursday - Pot Roast

Friday - Stir Fry

Saturday - Bean, Cheese & Rice Squares

Sunday - Split Pea Soup for fellowship

For more menu plans, visit Organizing Junkie. I hope you all have a wonderful week!



Sunday, October 4, 2009

Menu Plan for October 5th

Here is my menu plan for the week!

Monday - Black Bean Soup

Tuesday - Leftovers

Wednesday - Burritos (I'm thinking I'll try this TVP and Bean mix)

Thursday - Italian Lentil and Barley Soup

Friday - Crock-pot Roast Chicken

Saturday - Chicken Noodle Soup

Sunday - Not sure yet.

For more menu plans, head on over to Organizing Junkie.



Friday, October 2, 2009

Homemade Mac and Cheese

This is my fall back recipe for potlucks. It's easy to make, I usually have all the ingredients on hand and everyone loves it! I've had several people ask me for the recipe lately, so I figured I'd just post it here. Note: I don't always measure everything, so some of the amounts may need to be adjusted :o)

Mac & Cheese:

Approx. 2 cups Macaroni noodles
1/4 cup butter (or oil)
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk (I use reconstituted instant milk)
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
1/2 to 1 tsp pepper (I suppose white is best, but I never have it, so I use black)
1 tsp mustard powder
1 to 2 cups shredded cheese (I just add handfuls till it tastes right! I think sharp works best, but you can use whatever you like)
Bread crumbs, optional.

1. Cook and drain the noodles.
2. Heat butter in a sauce pan over med. heat. Whisk in flour, making sure there are no lumps.
3. Slowly add milk while whisking. Bring mixture up to a boil. It will thicken as it boils. KEEP WHISKING or it will burn.
4. When it thickens, turn the heat down and add salt, pepper, mustard and cheese to taste.
5. Mix with the noodles and place in an 8X8 baking dish.
6. Top with extra cheese and bread crumbs if desired.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.
8. Enjoy!

I usually double this recipe if I'm taking it to a potluck. I will also sometimes use different noodles. I like to use ziti noodles when I have them (if I'm sharing the dish) because I think it makes the dish look more "elegant" :o).

For more recipes, head over to The Grocery Cart Challenge.



School Update 10-02-09

As many of you know, we gotten off to a slow start with school this year. We have gotten some done even though it has taken 4 or 5 weeks (I lost track somewhere along the way!) to do two weeks worth of work! Anyway, here is an update of some of the activities we have done.

This was a activity to show how it is difficult to portray a map of the earth on a flat piece of paper because the earth is round. I drew a map of the world (it's a sad drawing, I know!) on an orange and then very carefully peeled it in one piece (or as best I could) and showed what happens when you try to lay it flat. We then had a tasty snack!

We also did a back yard habitat study, where we looked at a small square in the yard and recorded what we observed.

Here is Munchkin recording what she can see from a standing position.

And here she is doing some closer observations.

Here is Peanut doing her recordings. She claimed to not have a big enough piece of paper!

She really got into using the magnifying glass to look at things!

This is a project we did just the other day. It was a hands-around-the-world doll chain. We cut out a doll chain and then the girls colored the dolls to look like children from different places around the world. I didn't take a picture of Peanuts because, well, she decided to cut the heads off of all of hers! When I asked her why, she said "Because I wanted circles." I guess I should be thankful she can identify a circle!

So far this week has go pretty well. Hubby did have to take over science this morning, Munchkin and I seem to have difficulties with that subject. But, other than that, it has gone well. I'm looking forward to adding LA, math and spelling in next week. I also need to come up with some stuff for Peanut to do. So I guess I'll be doing some planning this weekend :o)

I hope you all have a great weekend!


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