April 26, 2011

Summer Ideas

I am so excited for Summer to get here! I plan on spending a lot of time at my parents pool with our friends. BUT, I'm sure Pinky will get bored at some point so I will probably do some school with her. I need ideas of fun family friendly, budget friendly things to do. Can you all help me with ideas. I do have many ideas but I could always use more. So have at it...

Ok, ok here are some of my ideas so far for this Summer

1. Pool
2. Camping with the family
3. Star gaze on our trampoline
4. Visit the Science Museum
5. Pool
6. Making our own bubbles
7. Family parties
8. Libertyfest
9. VBS
10. Pool
11. Cheer 4 Christ Camp

I'm sure I will come up with more, but I need daily ideas...like crafts and fun games to play.


April 25, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Here is our menu for the week. I'm linking up with Orgjunkie.com, what does your menu look like this week?

Monday- B- Cereal
               L- Fruit Salad
               D- Parmesan Chicken Sandwiches {I didn't get to make this last week}
Tuesday- B- Oatmeal
               L- Cheese Quesadillas and apple slices
               D- Mac and Cheese and Nuggets
Wednesday- B- Waffles
               L- PBJ, Carrots and yogurt
               D- Stromboli
Thursday- B- French Toast Sticks
               L- Pizza
               D- Spaghetti and garlic bread
Friday-   B- Cinnamon Toast and Applesauce
               L- Cheese Nachos
               D- Homemade Pizza 
Saturday- B- Cereal
               L- Nuggets, Fries and Applesauce
               D- Leftovers
Sunday- B- Pop Tarts
               L- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
               D- Pancakes and bacon

Gosh, this is another crazy week! I really hope to eat at home as much as we can but we'll see if that really happens.

April 21, 2011

Tasty Thursday

Well, I failed to get a new recipe up and ready for you all, I'm very sorry. So I thought I would post a few links to some of my favorite places to look for recipes. Where do you go to get recipes? Unfortunately I used to always go to my cookbooks but, with so many websites out there it's actually easier to find what you need online. Oh, my poor cookbooks, I bet they're lonely.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures I LOVE this site, so good and she's a fellow Okie!

Tasty Kitchen Who doesn't LOVE The Pioneer Woman! Did you hear she's getting a show on the Food Network? Oh and she's a fellow Okie too! Us Okie women know how to cook! Just sayin'

Skinny Taste Gina has super healthy meals that are not scary at all!

Kitchen Stewardship I haven't officially made any of her recipes but I have friends that have and they RAVE about them, and we are taking BABY steps to eating more natural foods.

Our Best Bites Their Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are to DIE for!

These are just a few of the best sites I know, please tell me where you find good recipes!

April 20, 2011

April 19, 2011

Favorite Links

Here are some of my favorite links from some amazing blogs! I use Tumblr to keep an archive of all my favorite links, but I thought I would share some with you!

Resurrection Cookies by Lemonade Makin' Mama. We are making these this week!
Make Your Own Resurrection Eggs by Want What You Have. I wish I would have seen this post before this week...I will be making these next year.
A Colorful Scavenger Hunt by The Artful Parent. I LOVE this idea, Pinky is gonna have a blast when we do this.
Praying For Your Child's Gifts by The Tuckers Take Tennessee. So powerful!
Our Journey to Russia by The Sloan Homeschool. Love all the fun ideas
Jacks Garden by Henry Cole by The Joys of Home Educating. We LOVE to read, and these are some fun ideas
The Household Binder-An Organized Girl's DREAM by Organized Hysteria...who doesn't love a good binder
Little Blessings on Canvas by Our Homeschool Fun. I love this idea!

Stay tuned for more next week! Did you find anything new?

April 18, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Here is our menu for the week. I'm linking up with Orgjunkie.com, what does your menu look like this week?

Monday- B- Cereal
               L- Biscuit Pizza's
               D- Sausage Egg Burritos
Tuesday- B- Oatmeal
               L- Fruit, Cheese and Crackers
               D- Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches
Wednesday- B- Toaster Strudel
               L- Fish Sticks, carrots and apples
               D- Out with a gift card
Thursday- B- French Toast Sticks
               L- PBJ, Carrots, Cheese Sticks and Pretzels
               D- Pasta with Asparagus
Friday-   B- PB Banana Smoothies
               L- Cheese Nachos
               D- Out 
Saturday- B- Cereal
               L- Nuggets, Fries and Applesauce
               D- Orange Pork Roast
Sunday- B- Pop Tarts
               L- Parents house for Easter Lunch
               D- Leftovers

We have a crazy busy week, so I really hope I can stick to our menu! What do you do on crazy weeks, do you eat out a lot or make small meals to go?

April 14, 2011

Tasty Thursday {Chicken Fried Rice}

One thing you all need to know about me is I LOVE to cook. It's been a love of mine since I was probably 12. I knew I was somewhat good when my Dad would let me cook our dinners and he would ask for seconds. He was the cook in our house and was good at everything {still is}. My Mom was fantastic at making Mac and Cheese, and good bowl of cereal! Nah, she's not that bad...she just specializes in a few things and there's nothing wrong with that! Love her!

So this meal is something I just kind of came up with and when my Warrior said that he loved it, well it made my day, so it's a keeper. I changed up how I usually make this meal, and it turned out great! Try it out and tell me what you think.

1-2 Large Chicken Breast
2 C Brown Rice {uncooked}
1 C Flour
1 C Skim Milk
1 Egg
2 C Panko Crumbs
Salt and Pepper to taste
Vegetable Oil
1 Package of Sun-Bird Fried Rice seasoning.
1 C Kikkoman Sweet and Sour sauce

Cut the chicken into cubes. Roll each cube in the Flour, Salt & Pepper mix. Shake off the excess. Dip into the Milk and Egg mix. Then roll in the Panko crumbs. Set aside chicken. In a large skillet or wok heat your vegetable oil then place the chicken pieces in the heated oil. I use tongs to do that, so I don't get splattered with the hot oil. While the chicken is cooking boil the water for the rice {use the amounts noted on the rice box}. Once the chicken is cooked remove it from the pan and the cooked rice to the pan. Toss the rice around a little bit in the oil, add more if needed, then add the seasonings packet. Stir till all is mixed then add the chicken again and toss till all is combined. Serve with the heated Sweet and Sour sauce. You can also add the normal stir fry veggies, but my Warrior doesn't do veggies :)


April 13, 2011

April 12, 2011

A Little Housework

In our house we believe that EVERYONE pitches in with housework. Nothing to major but it's mandatory. Today I taught Pinky how to start the washing machine. Before that, she had to separate our laundry into Towels, Colors and Whites. She did great, she even put them in their own hampers.

Since she's still a little short to reach the washing machine knobs, I had her figure out how to climb on top of it and sit on the side. Here's something you need to know about my sweet Pinky...she doesn't try very hard to figure things out by herself if her Mommy or Daddy are around. She wants us to figure it out for her. No can do buck-o! We were in our tiny laundry room and I had her use problem solving skills to get on top. Simple to older kids and adults but when you're 5....not so easy. She did great, she used her upper arm strength and walked up the wall and climbed on. I was so proud!

Anyway, this isn't a post about how to do laundry but it's a post about not looking past the opportunities to teach our children lifelong skills. I've taught Pinky how to empty the dishwasher and it helps so much. Every Sunday morning before church she runs outside to get the paper for Warrior. Pinky also puts her clothes away, she helps me cook and loves to put away the groceries from the store. These are little things but in the end they will be very BIG things that she will pass on to her children and they will honor her husband!

What do you have your young kids do around the house?

April 11, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Here is our menu for the week. I'm linking up with Orgjunkie.com, what does your menu look like this week?

Monday- B- Waffles
               L- PB and Apple Quesadillas
               D- Baked Chicken, CousCous and Green Beans
Tuesday- B- Oatmeal
               L- Chicken Nuggets, Fries and Grapes
               D- Baked Spinach Ziti
Wednesday- B- Smoothies and Pumpkin Muffins
               L- Mini Corn Dogs and Applesauce
               D- Leftovers
Thursday- B- French Toast Sticks
               L- PBJ, Carrots, Cheese Sticks and Crackers
               D- Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad
Friday-   B- Cereal
               L- Cheese Nachos
               D- Homemade Pizza 
Saturday- B- Pancakes
               L- Cheese roll-ups and Chips
               D-Chicken Ropa Vieja
Sunday- B- Pop Tarts
               L- Fruit Salad
               D- Burgers, Dogs and Sweet Potato Fries

I'm hungry how about you?

April 8, 2011

Curriculum {Five in a Row}

I'm so excited, UPS just dropped off my curriculum for next year! We will be using Five in a Row. Pinky LOVES to read and I think this will work so well for us. I'm hoping to get my year planned out this Summer, I'm a planner what can I say.

Here is a list of the books that we can go through

The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
Lentil by Robert McCloskey
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno
The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills
Who Owns the Sun? by Stacy Chbosky
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen
How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk
Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley
Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews
Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz
Katy and the Big Show by Virginia Lee Burton
Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost {Susan Jeffers' Illustration}

I can't wait to get started! Do you have your Fall curriculum lined out? When do you plan?

April 7, 2011

Tasty Thursday {Candy Bar Pie}

I got this VERY simple recipe out of a Taste of Home magazine many years ago. I loved it and I make it for lots of gatherings. I've also twisted it a bit, instead of using butterfingers I will occasionally use snickers, watch out...I'm a rebel! Make it and let me know what you think

Candy Bar Pie

1 Graham Cracker Crust
4 Butterfingers or Snickers or whatever your favorite candy bar is
1 8oz package of Cream Cheese {softened}
1 8oz carton of Whip Cream

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Crush the candy bars; fold 1 cup into the cream cheese mixture. Spoon into crust. Sprinkle with remaining candy bar crumbs. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours before slicing. Yield:  6-8 servings.

Photo courtesy of Taste of Home

April 5, 2011

A Ruby List

I wanted you all to get to know me a little better, so I'm making a Ruby List. Maybe you will find something in common with me!

1. I love Jesus Christ with all my heart
2. I've been married for almost 9 yrs
3. I've been a mom for a little over 5 yrs
4. I have my degree in Recreation Management
5. I grew up an only child, I have a half brother but he never lived with us
6. I've lived in 9 different towns
7. I drive an '02 Honda Accord
8. My house is under 1400 sq ft.
9. I don't have a green thumb
10. I played softball for 15 yrs
11. I'm a Delta Zeta Alum
12. I have candles in my fireplace instead of wood
13. I collect crosses
14. I picked out my wedding ring, WAY before I was proposed to, I cut out every picture of the ring I wanted and mailed it to my Warrior...he got the hint :)
15. I love Coke
16. I love anything from Braum's
17. I lost a baby in '08
18. I love lounge pants
19. I have wavy/curly hair
20. I LOVE football
21. I go to Lifechurch.tv and LOVE it
22. I love romantic comedies and just plain funny movies
23. I'm running/walking in the OKC Memorial Marathon May 1st {my first race}
24. We don't have any pets
25. I lived at home during college
26. I wanted to be an Art teacher
27. I never thought I would homeschool my kids
28. I'm in the most amazing Lifegroup EVER!
29. I love peanut butter
30. My favorite meals are Fried Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Corn and then my Grannies Spaghetti
31. I'm 31
32. I love to do crafty things
33. I'm hosting a craft night for some of my girlfriends
34. I want more kids
35. I feel God in pretty much every Chris Tomlin song
36. When I run/walk on the treadmill I watch Disney shows...sshhh
37. I vacuum and dust once a week, laundry and dishes...every day, ugh!
38. I love to make lists
39. I love to cook
40. I want to live in the semi-country
41. I go to Hobby Lobby once a week...it's a must
42. I think I'm pretty funny
43. I need to lose a lot of weight
44. I sleep on the right side of the bed when looking at it.
45. I miss my kids when they sleep over at their Momo and Papa's house
46. I've been promoted at every job I've had except 2
47. I've had more than 2 jobs, ha!
48. I love teaching at our co-op, such a blessing
49. My kids look just like their daddy
50. I look like both my parents
51. I still have my pom poms from high school! Pinky loves to play with them
52. I love wearing TOMS and Rocket Dogs
53. Red is my favorite color
54. We celebrate family birthdays every single month! I have a huge extended family
55. My Great-Grandma "Trey" will be 93 this year.
56. My Dad is a retired Firefighter and my Mom will retire from the Post Office in 4 yrs
57. Pinky beat all of us with her March Madness Bracket...go figure!
58. My brother in law is a K9 cop
59. I want a tattoo and a nose piercing...but neither will EVER happen, I'm a wuss
60. We like to watch old TV shows like:  The Cosby Show, Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell, Brady Bunch, Seinfeld
61. I love Curtis Stone
62. No 2 rooms in my house are the same color
63. I'm a sucker for a good sappy story
64. My favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11
65. I've never broken a bone
66. If we have a 3rd child...I want the sex to be a surprise
67. I love looking at houses that for sale...praying one day one of them will be ours
68. I would love to have concrete floors in our living room
69. I sunburn easily
70. The only other country I've been to is Mexico...does that even count as another country? Just kidding

April 4, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Last month my menu board broke...I was super sad because I loved having it hanging in my kitchen. Pinky likes to know what we are having for meals so it helped her see ahead of time. I didn't really know what I wanted to do about a new one, but my creativity came through and I LOVE this new one so much more! What do you think?

This is the first one I had {just a frame I painted and then put fabric behind the glass}

This is the new one {I bought a chalkboard, took the wood border off and then decorated it with chalkboard markers}

Here is our menu for the week. I'm linking up with Orgjunkie.com, what does your menu look like this week?

Monday- B- Cinnamon Rolls
               L- Fruit Salad
               D- Biscuits, Gravy and Eggs
Tuesday- B- Oatmeal
               L- Cheese Roll ups, Applesauce and Carrots
               D- Tacos, Beans, Cheese Dip
Wednesday- B- Smoothies and Pumpkin Muffins
               L- Chicken Nuggets, Fries and Cuties
               D- Leftovers
Thursday- B- French Toast Sticks
               L- PBJ, Carrots, Cheese Sticks and Crackers
               D- Spaghetti, Garlic Bread and Corn
Friday-   B- Cereal
               L- Cheese Nachos
               D- Pizza 
Saturday- B- Egg, Sausage and Cheese Burritos
               L- Mini Corn Dogs and Tots
               D- Sweet and Sour Chicken
Sunday- B- Smoothies and Cereal Bars
               L- Cheese and Apple Quesadillas
               D- Burgers, Dogs and Sweet Potato Fries

I'm hungry how about you?

April 1, 2011

Our Daily Schedule

I know when I was researching the idea of homeschooling, I really wanted to know what a typical day looked like. At the time I wasn't aware of all these fantastic blogs so I really didn't find much. I'm very structured and I NEED to know what's coming up, I don't do well with last minute things...I've gotten better though, my friends can vouch for that.

So I thought today I would let you see how we run our "typical" day.

6:30am I'm up and getting on the treadmill for my mile jog/walk while watching Netflix on our iPad.
7:00am Warrior wakes up and showers
7:15-7:45am Pinky and Cobalt wake up somewhere between these times.
7:30am I shower while Warrior is home, I'm a little OCD I have to take a shower within an hour of waking up.
8:00am Breakfast
8:30am Get ready for the day {brush teeth, get dressed, fix hair etc}
9:00am School starts. Pinky begins her handwriting while I sit with Cobalt getting him ready for nap time.
What we do during school time {we don't do everything each day}
Calendar and Weather
Character Study/Bible Time
Life Skills and snack
Language Arts
11:30am Free time and I start lunch
12:00pm Lunch at home with Warrior
12:30pm I clean up and the kids watch Clifford
1:00pm Outside time {weather permitting} if the weather is not good they play in one of their rooms
1:30pm The kids watch Barney
2:00-4:00pm Nap time for Cobalt and Reading/Rest time for Pinky. During their naps I try to get some housework done, do some blogging but generally it's my only down time so I take FULL advantage of it.
4:00pm The kids wake up have a snack and play
4:30pm I start dinner
5:00pm The kids go outside till Daddy gets home {again weather permitting}
5:30pm I try to have dinner done and on the table.
6:00-7:30pm Family time
7:30pm Warrior gives the kids a bath while I clean up the living room then I get Cobalt dressed for bed
8:15pm Cobalt goes to bed, Warrior reads Pinky a book
8:30pm Pinky goes to bed and we pray before lights are out
8:30-10:30pm Ruby and Warrior time!

So in a nutshell that's what a normal day looks like in our house. However, we rarely have normal days...so I get this day just about three times a week. I'm looking forward to having more of these days though...and then Summer will be here and everything changes again!

How are your days structured?