Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Smashed Potato Soup
3-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup chopped yellow and/or red sweet pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons bottled roasted garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4-1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup whipping cream, half-and-half, or light cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
Sliced green onions ((optional)
1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine potatoes, sweet pepper, garlic, and black pepper. Pour broth over all.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
3. Mash potatoes slightly with a potato masher. Stir in whipping cream, cheddar cheese, and the 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions. If desired, top individual servings with additional sliced green onions. I topped with extra cheeese too:) Makes 8 servings
Friday, October 16, 2009
This week I planned my meals mostly around chicken. I bought an already cooked rotisserie chicken ($4.98 at Costco) shredded it all up and saved it. It makes any dish any night of the week go by extremely fast, and it tastes delicious.
Last night for dinner I used shredded chicken, threw it in a frying pan with some spaghetti sauce (from a jar left over in the fridge) threw in some taco seasoning, and done! Tortilla chips, lettuce (I used a spinach mix last night and really loved it), sour cream, refried beans, salsa, and some shredded cheese. Easy, delicious, and the best yet, it uses items I always keep so it's good for a fast-I-don't-feel-like-cooking meal!
Monday, October 12, 2009
In the morning before we went to Six flags! I completely forgot my camera, but got some with my phone. We rode Thomas the Train (can you tell that he is totally obsessed??), another choo choo ride, went through a hay maze, rode the carousel, went trick or treating, and rode Thomas the Train again. It was a really fun day!
At her pajama party we did manicures, pedicures, facials, foot bath, we made hair flowers, decorated pillowcases and made bracelets!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The kids are being troopers though and are doing great on their school work! We've been having fun doing halloween poems, skits, and reading halloween books. We painted spider webs and read "The Spider and the Fly." I am also loving that we get to count learning about prophets as part of history. Every morning we learn about old testament prophets and then sing a song that helps us remember that prophet.
Alex's eyes have been hurting him especially when he reads or has to concentrate on his work for too long. At first I thought it was just an excuse, but as time has gone by and it has gotten worse I took him to the doctor. Now we are waiting for our eye doctor appointment at the end of the month. Wish it were sooner because I have to baby him and read more things to him so his eyes don't hurt, I don't really have the time for that!
This morning Ben drew on sissy, the computer, Alex's language arts book, and the wall. He really loves our morning ritual where we sing songs, read poems and books, say the pledge of allegiance, sing the Star Spangled Banner, and sing the prophet song. But as soon as the real school work begins he wants more attention. I give him his own coloring books, but he wants to do exactly what they are doing...
But overall, even with all of our glitches, we are absolutely loving homeschool. We love that we can do our math lesson in the grocery store to find out how much the banans cost. Katelyn likes to add things up as we shop and make an estimate as to how much money we spend, and Alex likes to find the cheapest item so we can save money :)
We love that P.E. can be dancing around in our pajamas, or going to gymnastics class! And we love that music is practicing the piano, and singing songs. We have fun learning about science by making yummy concoctions in the kitchen.
And most of all we love NOT going to school!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
It was so much fun that we all went to visit grandpa at the hospital and brought him glowsticks and balloons. The kids made him a glowstick necklace and he wore it proudly down the hospital hallway in his hospital gown! He said the nurses and doctors thought it was funny.