Thursday, November 20, 2014

Making bread

On a whim, I decided instead of buying sandwich bread this week I would make it. Bread has always been a challenge for me. I've narrowed it down to just not kneading the dough long enough.
Here's the recipe we used: Classic Sandwich Bread
Measuring the flour


Look! It's bread. It was a little too soft for what I'm used to, but it still tastes super good. If I could just figure out how to make a sourdough starter... That is what I really want to make.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Crazy, fun times

So, before I write another meal plan post... I'll write something a little more personal. You know, the whole reason for blogging. :P

Now that Jamin is employed again I am adjusting to taking care of three children by myself. : 0
Things have been pretty good. The girls mostly play well together. Elena really likes her school work. She's starting to realize that the letters written in books actually have meaning. She loves to retell stories and it won't be long before she will be reading the words that are on the pages.
Joshua is still napping a lot. It's really nice when Joshua and Vera nap at the same time. I can get a lot done during those times.

There isn't a lot of down time though. Even when Jamin gets home, because then it's about time to start dinner. So I'm pretty wiped out by the end of the day.

Elena's favorite thing is pretend play. She makes up all sorts of characters with back stories. Right now an ongoing character is "Squeak Pig", her daughter. lol.
We've been working on phonics. It's amazing to me that Elena can remember the different sounds.
We do a lot of reading. Picture books, readers, and chapter books. One of her favorites right now is, "Green Eggs and Ham".
In math we've been skip-counting by 2's and 10's. Adding single digit numbers and 10's. She likes to take the creative approach to writing her numbers. Today, for example, she put curly-q's on all the numbers. She is very similar to her momma :)

Vera is starting to talk in full sentences. We've been working on potty training with her. She is very good about running to the potty unless she has pants on. sigh. So, I just have to remind her all the time. Elena has been an influence on Vera in imaginative play. Vera is now acting out stories with her toys. Since Elena and Vera are pretty dramatic, their toys are also dramatic. Their dolls have many harrowing experiences mixed in with getting ready for school.
Vera is very much "I do it myself". She likes to dress herself. And she picks out her clothes most days. She is very particular. "Not that one! That one." I'm so glad she is specific, I have no problems figuring out what she wants...

Joshua is learning lots of new skills. His favorite, I think, is blowing raspberries. I've been encouraging him to roll over. So, now he seems to be doing crunches trying to figure out how to get onto his side. He loves to stare at his hands. Sometimes he just can't figure out how to get it close to his mouth. I tell him he's trying too hard, but you know kids... they have to learn things the hard way.
He drools a lot. I don't remember so much drool with Vera or Elena. It must be a boy thing. ;)
He really loves Elena. Elena talks to him and takes care of him. He really responds to her. He'll start talking back and laughing. I love it!

That's all I have for now. I'm really going to try to make more posts.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Meal plan Oct 17-23

Banana oat cookies
Raw monkey shake
Banana bread

Chicken salad
Salmon salad
Lunch meat sandwiches

Thai chicken soup
Chicken green bean casserole
Beef & broccoli
Rotisserie chicken

Carrot cake bites
Roasted chickpeas
Pb fruit dip, fruit
Carrots and hummus
Hard boiled eggs
Pear with goat cheese

Click here for recipes on my Pinterest board

Friday, October 03, 2014

October decluttering challenges.

I've been working on getting rid of things we don't need so I was excited to see that two blogs I follow are doing cluttering challenges this month. And since I'm an overachiever I'm doing both. :p Okay, not really an overachiever, if you really know me... just ambitious.

Living Well Spending Less. A Bowl Full of Lemons

 The past two days' goals have been; clean out the pantry, purge magazines and declutter the entry.
Today is dresser drawers and mail. I just went through Vera's clothes Wednesday so that is done. I'll be going through my clothes and Jamin is going to get rid of some t-shirts (yay).
The fun part will be sorting the girl's clothes between goodwill and consignment. Vera has enough clothes right now to wear.a different outfit each day of the month! I'm pretty sure clothes multiply while in storage.
It's amazing how stuff can pile up. We have so many things we don't need. It makes it hard to enjoy the things you actually care about when you can't get around the clutter. For instance, yesterday I was able to sew (for the first time in months!) a dress up dress for Elena. All because I finally cleaned my bedroom, so I had a place to work.
Time to go. Cleaning and schoolwork and life needs to be done.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Coconut Cream Fruit Dip

About a month ago I made this dip for a party and it was sooo good! My only problem was that I thought it was way too sweet. So, I adjusted the recipe a bit. The coco real is the culprit in the sweetness. One serving of that has 48 grams of sugar! I also have some ideas to improve further on this dip, but for now this is what I have come up with.

Original Recipe

4oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Coco Real
1 Cup Whipped Cream

In a small bowl whip the cream cheese to make it smooth. Then add the remaining ingredients and continue whipping until combined.
That's it! ;)
Serve with fruit. Grapes are my favorite.

Notes: Coco Real is an ingredient used to make pina coladas, so you will find it with other alcohol mixers.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Meal Plan 7/5-7/11

I got 5lbs of bananas this week that were discounted because they were ripe :) So, some breakfast repeats.

Banana Bread
Chocolate Monkey Smoothie
Egg and Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches
Scrambled Eggs

Tuna Salad
Quesorritos (didn't make these last week)

Stuffed Monterey Chicken
Sesame Chicken Stir-fry
Chili and Honey Chicken Legs
Italian Sausage Scrambled Eggs
Egg Strata
Italian Chicken Pasta