Friday, September 25, 2020

Helping Out A United Way Book Drive



The kids were asked to help out at a United Way Book Drive.  Even in times of Covid, there are ways to still hold these fun events.  This was set up as a drive-thru.  But they still needed characters for the kids.  So Joey and Lydia dressed up as Elephant and Piggy during the 45 minute event.  It wasn't too hot, but inside their costumes it was boiling!








The kids could wave at people driving past and wave at the kids.  Very few walked up, since it was not encouraged.  But we have a few that did.  The United Way would put the books (and I mean each family got a very nice stack of books) in bags.  Either one of them or Elephant and Piggie would hand them into the car.



Even though it was hot, the kids had a lot of fun!!


Elephant and Piggy were Lydia's favorite book series.  She still loves anything Mo' Willems.  So this was great for her.  A little bit of normalcy for volunteering back in our lives.



Thursday, September 24, 2020

Whipped Cream Cannon....I Mean Dispenser



In Science this week, one topic was how to make whipped cream stable.  Caty plans on experimenting with this over the next couple weeks.  But I bought them a whipped cream dispenser that requires the small cartridges.  They got out the ingredients.


Set up their orange flavored whipped cream



And yep....we had a whipped cream cannon!!  It went everywhere!!!  It was awful.  Turns out the tip was not on right.


They practiced...and both decided they were not impressed with orange flavored whipped cream.



Lydia's marshmallows...



Eating their way through Central American snacks.


On tap for food this week was a true Mexican pizza.  Not a Taco Bell version...Oaxaquena Mexican Pizza.  Most liked it.  Joey HATES beans...so he was the hold out.



An early present for the family....shaved ice machine.  This isn't your normal small machine.  This is business grade.  They LOVE it!!


Caty is half asleep on the couch during Geography.  Apparently the book was not as interesting as she thought it would be.  Teenagers!


Brayden showing off one of his many graduation gifts that have been mailed to us.  He loves this little microwave popcorn maker.


My vegan sloppy joes and roasted cauliflower.


Cauliflower alfredo sauce.  Very unique and a work in progress.


Co-op has started back up.  Lydia is taking piano and a Zoo class virtually.


 Caty had an asthma appointment.  She tested as outgrowing her asthma...at only 12!!  So excited for her.  She still needs to go back every 4 months for checks for the next couple years.  They want to watch her lungs.  She has had so many problems through the years, I think even the doctor was skeptical like me.


I teach a little geography co-op virtually on Friday afternoons.  This week we talked about the Northeast part of the US.  Our art project was drawing a lighthouse.  This was fun.



Caty as Yzma from Emperors New Groove.


It was so hot, but we enjoyed chili over the campfire.  Just the first of many!!


Chili that I made for myself...vegan.  It was tasty also.


Joe put up my coffee syrup shelf above our coffee station.  It's not perfect (the station) but it's on its way.  I won't make the cover of Good Housekeeping, but I'm good with that...lol


Hope everyone had a great week!!


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

First Day of Fall Activities



Oh....my favorite time of the year!  Beautiful colors, hot cider, hot cocoa, hot tea, campfires with cornbread, scarecrows, and pumpkin everything!!  I have our fall bucket list ready to go so that we can get the most out of this beautiful season!  You can download your own copy if you would like!!

Krazy Kuehner Days Fall Bucket List


You'll notice how some of our activities include pears, as well as apples.  Caty is allergic to apples, so we just made a few adjustments so she doesn't feel left out!   Food allergies do not stop us!!

Have a great fall!!


Monday, September 21, 2020

Menu Monday




Wow!!  Working full-time and homeschooling special needs learners is a very difficult life to balance.  I will be honest and admit that I feel like I am drowning constantly.  There are a set amount of subjects that I need to do with the kids on a daily basis, and then there are house chores.  The kids have disabilities that do not allow them to really complete tasks the way that you and I normally would be able to.  These functioning disorders are a pain and frustration to all of us.  

Planning meals ahead as much as possible is one way that I survive weekly.  That and I have to be flexible when I make the plan.  I keep a list of a few "quick" meals, just in case something happens and I cannot make whatever I had planned.  This is what our meals look like this next week....

Monday
B- Pear Fritters (Homemade apple fritters)
L - Leftover pizza from Saturday night
D - Pork Pizzaiola (I used a suggested recipe from Eating Healthy Magazine.  I can't find a recipe link.  This one is close.  I used pork roast in the crockpot.)
Snack - Pumpkin cookies and popcorn

Tuesday
B - Pumpkin spice french toast and Bacon
L- Hamburger potato soup
D - Pumpkin ricotta pasta
Snack - snap peas/crackers/carrots/hummus

Wednesday
B- Oatmeal
L - Turkey gravy
D - Corn Bread waffles and chilil
Snack - Apple slices / celery  / carrots


Thursday
B- Pear Fritters
L- Chicken and dumplings
D - Baked ravioli and garlic sticks
Snack - Popcorn

Friday
B - Cinnamon swirl pancakes
L - Fried rice
D - Pierogis and sour cream
Snack - Apples and frozen grapes

Saturday
B - Biscuits and Gravy
L - Leftovers
D - Fish and chips
Snack - Peanut butter crackers

Sunday
B - Cinnamon rolls
L - Macaroni and cheese casserole
D - Smoked beef roast and potatoes
Snack - Popcorn and cookies


***This is important.....some days I change things around.****  I print a menu and keep it on the cabinet.  If something happens, I change the menu in pencil.  I make sure to keep track at the bottom of the menu of the meals that get moved, and we still have the ingredients for.  

This biggest thing to remember.... BE FLEXIBLE!!  I cannot express this enough.  Do not down yourself if you need to move your menu around.  You might be exhausted, need to work over, or a sports practice gets moved....all these things have happened to me in the last few weeks.  Flexibility is the key.  I also have given up some control in the kitchen and make sure that the kids are involved as much as possible in making meals.  Some day they will be able to cook the entire meal themselves!!  Whoohooo!!

I know I didn't share any recipes, but if you are interested, please email me.  renitakuehner@gmail.com.  I'd be happy to share a close variation of what we make.  I seriously do not really follow recipes well...lol

Hope that these ideas help and everyone has a great week!!!

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Random Week with A Lot of Food Pictures....Fall is almost here!!!



Fall is almost here and I could not wait any longer.  I actually had a Saturday without a ton of other things to do.  So I dug out my fall decorations and got them put up.








I also decided to try eating vegan again.  This was a bean stirfry with salad.  I used cauliflower hash to make this creation.


I found Ortega cauliflower/corn hard shells.  They are the BEST!!  Ok..I think they are the best.  This is a bean/mushroom "meat" mixture.  Tasted yummy to me.


Caty has been taking a cosplay makeup class on Outschool all summer.  She loves it.  She's creating her own Ice Queen costume.  This is her crown she is making.  It's made of hot glue!!!


My dad made stuffed french toast rolls.  Caty really liked them.  So we did some adjusting and tried using the Pepperidge Farm bread and stuffed the french toast rolls with cream cheese and pumpkin mixture.  These were a hit!!





I found some new "school" board games on Amazon.  The girls really like this one.  It will be a keeper to go with our World Geography.



In Science this week, Lydia made homemade marshmallows.  This was cool for her to do.  She has shied away from cooking the last couple of years.  I'm encouraging her to get back into it.  She was happy with her outcome.  She'll be making more for campfires this fall.






This is my planning page.  We have 4 group subjects.  Computer, Science, History, and Geography.  I have lesson plans for each subject that were provided.  But I am not strictly following them.  I keep track on Monday each week what we are accomplishing, and should accomplish.  This gives me a little more freedom to make adjustments as they want to watch a video about something new, instead of what I had down.  What do you do for tracking?