Monday, February 17, 2020

Menu Monday





Things have slowed just a bit, since we are at the end of basketball season.  I'm going to relax a little before the spring sports start.  We still have cheer and swimming practice though as we prep for State Games.  

Last week the kids started in an eSports Game club.  They meet weekly and its an integrative program with the game club at the high school.  So it will make our Wednesdays very busy.
Sunday
B- Cereal/leftovers
L- Soup/crackers & fruit
D- Leftovers

Monday

B - Oatmeal
L - Pizza at the Bowling Alley
D - Bolognese pasta

Tuesday

B - Ham and Grits
L - Geography meal -  Virginia - Brunswick Stew 
D- Leftovers/snacky dinner

Wednesday

B - Pizza Bagels
L - Packed lunches/leftovers at home - bagel sandwiches and Lunchables
D - Hot chicken sandwiches and salads

Thursday

B - Blueberry muffins
L - Homemade snack plate - meat, cheese sticks, and nuts
D - Take out pizza (fundraiser)   

Friday
B- Pancakes
L- Quesadillas w/ beans
D- Leftovers/Dinner at Special Olympics opening ceremony

Saturday
B- Pancakes
L- Cooler lunch/soup if at home
D- Pizza casserole

Why I plan.....
Who isn't busy?!?!  Kids schedules, schoolwork, work, WOW!!  Life just does not stop!

When I create a menu, I include our schedule on it also.  In fact, I type the schedule into the table that I created first.  Then I know what is going on that day, and I can plan crockpot meals or even know if I need to have a make-ahead meal ready.  I do not use a fancy downloadable calendar, I simply use Microsoft Word.  I have a table I created on there.  At the bottom, I keep a running list of menu items that either I want them to try or food that is loved by all.

Hope everyone has a great week!!  See everyone next Monday!



Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Another week of learning......



This week Lyceum Partnership classes start back up.  So we will be embarking on a new schedule, on top of the eGames club that the kids will be starting.  Between a lot of doctor appointments coming up soon, life is going to be hectic and crazy.

Lydia along with her astronomy project, is also taking a geology project for 4H.  Her first week studied the layers of rocks.  They used Starburst candies to show this.



Sedimentary

Metamorphic

Igneous


So I named Caty's bean seed Seymour.  This crazy seed hasn't wanted to germinate and grow.  So I finally put it on the coffee pot and tented it.


Bring on germination....


Caty learned how to peel/cut an orange to make it look nice.


Joey had a Regional Project STIR meeting we attended.


He enjoyed getting to go out to lunch.


More swim practice.....competition is less than two weeks away!


I became obsessed with finishing this book.  It had a very weird ending, but I liked it!!


Lydia volunteers every other week at the stable.  This week she cleaned tack for Stacey.


My complete and utter mess I had to weed through.  I am swamped with paperwork right now!


The girls had an online virtual field trip with the World War 2 museum in New Orleans.  This was another great experience.  If you get a chance, visit their website.  They run these throughout the year and they are FREE!!


We studied North Carolina this week...


The girls and I decided to make homemade North Carolina bbq sauce, and they learned the difference between East and West North Carolina bbq.


Served with sweet potato fries.


Caty is doing a gardening project for 4H.  Pretty interesting soil experiment to study the layers.


She made homemade sugar cookies, because she wanted to.


Getting ready for our first day of Classes...



Our listening material for our ride to school that week.


Cheer Practice...but Lydia is now obsessed with sketching/drawing again.  She and Caty are taking a sketching class at Lyceum this semester.



Another 4H experiment.  Caty needed to test people's taste senses.  Can they go from sweet to sour and now taste a difference?  Some in our family could, others could not.


A great mail week...more fun reviews!!


Lydia is loving the Dotzies!!


Saige loves her new sweater!  It was a gift from friends.


Life is crazy, and it just doesn't seem to be slowing down.  We are soon going to be parents to two kids 18 and over!!  Legal issues need to be taken care of to protect Brayden, so that's another thing that I have been busy with.  Parenting special needs kids is not for the faint at heart.  There are always things to be done, and issues to be solved!


Monday, February 10, 2020

Menu Monday





Our Partnership classes started last week, and I now teach an extra two classes.  So we are there longer.  We are in a lull between major sports this month, but I am looking forward to those sports coming up.  Lydia is looking forward to volleyball for sure.  As things get busier again in March, I'm glad that I have this month to adjust into a longer school day on Wednesdays and what I will keep in the crockpot or have ready for those busy days.  I want to avoid take-out Wednesdays.

The kids did not enjoy the burrito bowls from last week, so I guess I'll be taking those off the menu and try again in a few weeks.
Sunday
B - Cheesey popovers
L - Cauliflower potato soup
D - Chicken wings with sweet potato fries

Monday

B - Cream of wheat and smoothies
L - Cheesy chicken w/ hashbrowns
D - Tomato soup w/ quesadillas - Caty and Lydia

Tuesday

B - Bagel or waffle sandwiches w/ yogurt
L - Geography meal - Pork Roast w/ collard greens and Benne Wafers
D- BBQ sausage and Boston baked beans - Caty

Wednesday

B - Pizza Bagels
L - Packed lunches/leftovers at home
D - Skillet lasagna

Thursday

B - Keto pancakes w/ berries
L - Chicken bacon ranch quesadillas w/ beans
D - Chicken stroganoff

Friday
B- Blueberry muffins
L- Snacky lunch w/ cheese sticks, pepperoni, and nuts or soup
D- Pizza casserole w/ salad

Saturday
B- Bagel sandwiches
L- Soup/leftovers
D- 
Cheeseburgers, cauliflower tots, and peach turnovers

Why I plan.....
Who isn't busy?!?!  Kids schedules, schoolwork, work, WOW!!  Life just does not stop!

When I create a menu, I include our schedule on it also.  In fact, I type the schedule into the table that I created first.  Then I know what is going on that day, and I can plan crockpot meals or even know if I need to have a make-ahead meal ready.  I do not use a fancy downloadable calendar, I simply use Microsoft Word.  I have a table I created on there.  At the bottom, I keep a running list of menu items that either I want them to try or food that is loved by all.

Hope everyone has a great week!!  See everyone next Monday!



Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Massachusetts, Winter sowing, Colonial Food Day, and Homecoming Game



I have no wit or wisdom to share this week.  I think our schedule has temporarily fried my brain.  Joe is down with a cold.  Lydia and Joe are getting something similar to what he has.  I was fighting to keep from getting sick, and losing.  But at least my tactics helped me from getting it as bad.  Lydia also didn't get it as bad, since I upped her Vitamin D too.


We studied Massachusetts this week.  Caty read about a Fluffer Nutter sandwich, and I made it for her.  She fell in love!!


I cheated, and even though I could have made it homemade, just didn't have the energy.


But I did make the Boston Cream Pie from scratch for them.  This was a hit.


Caty is working on doing her work independently.  She is determined to work this way as much as possible.

One of her projects for 4H was to make corn muffins.  She misread the recipe twice that week.  She put 2 cups of oil in this batch, instead of 2TBSP.  Yeah they were more like fried bread.


We ate 3 meals one day that were themed around Colonial meals and cooking.

The Hasty Pudding was a hit.

I made a loaf of homemade bread, which they used to make sandwiches.  Joe said the bread turned out yummy.  I need to do this more often.



For dinner I made a baked roast with root vegetables.


I snuck a workout in during the week and Caty worked on her Japanese while I was working out.


Lydia had a special coaching session with a couple of the YEDA coaches.  She really enjoyed this!


At bowling and she is staring at her phone...lol  The boys do the same thing.


One night Joe needed more meds.  We have  Dollar General in our town.  I have NEVER done this.  But I had already changed into my PJs.  My llama pj pants and I made the trip to get him more cold meds...lol


In Gardening Club, They are working on sowing their pea seeds and getting them to grow.  They also learned about winter sowing seeds.







The girls finished their history book.  But we were watching a few shows to fill in our week on Colonial America.  This show is awesome!!


On Thursday, Brayden works two jobs.  I took him to get some food between his shifts.  I got us a booth while he got his drink.  This kid sat across from me instead.  Apparently I take up too much room in the booth.....lol.  This kid!!


Both girls needed to see a cardiologist for their well checks.  They thought this bagel shop in the hospital was great.  Now Caty likes bagel sandwiches.


The art in the kids tower is beautiful!



She came home and made her a sun viewer for her astronomy project.


Winter sowing more seeds at home...



Our Friday was a bit busy.  Our county Special Olympics played basketball at another county's homecoming game.  We do this every year.  It's a lot of fun!  And we also enjoyed the dance!







Lydia worked at the zoo over the weekend.  I think we all need a vacation.  I'm planning a week of nothing soon for us to take a few days.  I think I may need it more than the kids.  Keeping up with them is driving me crazy.