Monday, December 25, 2017

Menu Monday for 12/25/17

Okay, so... yeah... I didn't really get this posted on Christmas Day... But I did get the menu planned this week and the groceries got purchased. So here are our meals for this Christmas week:

Saturday (12/23):
Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, TX toast

Sunday (12/24):
Dinner at a friend’s house.

Monday (12/25):
Roast beef, potatoes au gratin, green beans

Tuesday (12/26):
Hot Dogs and beans, potato chips

Wednesday (12/27):
Honey sesame chicken, rice, stir-fried vegetables

Thursday (12/28) (no CAP):
 Italian sausage and Veggie Stew, rolls

Friday (12/29):
Dinner out

Monday, December 18, 2017

Menu Monday for 12/18/17
 Our menu plan for the week leading up to Christmas:

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Rotisserie chicken, noodles, Brussel sprouts 

Monday (Scout troop meeting): Flank steak, green beans, mashed sweet potatoes

Tuesday: Taco salad, Tostitos

Wednesday: Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches

Thursday (CAP): pancakes and sausage, fresh veggies

Friday (Candlelight service): Chinese food (out/in)

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Homeschool Holiday Traditions and Memories

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In keeping with the season I thought I would write today about homeschool holiday traditions and memories we have made through the years. This post would be best with lots of photographs, but I don't have as many photos as I wish I had of the things I am remembering.

One huge tradition we had in our homeschool, particularly when all our courses were at home (no co-op classes, no high school classes outside the home, etc.) was to schedule all our class plans so that we could take the entire month of December off of academic subjects.

We liked to spend the month Christmas presents, doing Christmas crafts and special art projects, and doing lots of baking that everyone helped with.

I started a tradition of making a pair of flannel pajamas or a nightgown for the kids each year.

One baking item we would make was "Candy Cane Stocking" cookies. Starting with a batch of butter cookie batter, split the batch in half. Using red food color, color one half red. Form 1"-2" balls of each color. Taking one red and one white (really they were butter-yellow) ball, roll each ball gently into a snake about 6-7" long. Place the snakes together and gently twist together to form a candy cane shape and place on baking sheet. Follow baking instructions and remove to cooling racks. These are a nice change and are a nice addition to a plate of cookie varieties to give as a gift.

We also liked to make chocolate-dipped bars. Basically you make the recipe for toll-house or butter cookies (without chips or nuts in the batter). Shape into bars that are 3/4" X 2", and bake following directions (350 degrees for ten minutes?). Cool on racks. Chop walnuts and set aside in a bowl. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler with 1 Tbsp. Cricso. Dip each bar in chocolate (about 1" on one end of bar) and while chocolate is still wet dip in chopped walnuts, then set on waxed paper for chocolate to harden. I love that one.

We always loved to make chocolate chip cookies, and Snickerdoodles was another favorite. And how could I forget!... Peanut butter kiss cookies! 

And I have a special recipe you won't find nowadays, but it was my favorite as a kid: Peanut Butter Scotchies!
Peanut Butter Scotchies

6 oz. bag butterscotch chips
1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
2 cups Rice Krispies

Line 9" square pan with waxed paper. In a 2 quart pot over low heat, melt butterscotch chips. Add peanut butter and stir until peanut butter melts and mix is smooth. Turn off heat. Pour Rice Krispies into peanut butter mix and stir until well mixed. Fold into 9"X9" square pan and use rubber spatula to push into corners and smooth the top. Place in refrigerator until firm, about 3 hours.

Cut into 3" squares, or desired size. You can also melt chocolate chips and "ice" top with chocolate. These are SO GOOD! 

One of my favorite projects we ever did was gingerbread handprint Christmas tree ornaments.
On cardboard, trace one handprint of each child and cut out, with a straight line across at the wrist.
Using a gingerbread cookie recipe, make a batch of dough. Roll out about 1/4" thick. Place a handprint template on dough and cut out handprint by going around outside of template with a butter knife. Gently move to baking sheet. Use a straw to make a hole on each ornament near the wrist. Bake following cookie directions; cool on a wrack.
We used an icing recipe from a magazine that used egg whites, powdered sugar and food coloring. They were awesome and they were beautiful. Unfortunately no photographs. They were easily broken, and the ones that didn't get broken... the dog ate. Seriously. ::sigh::
It became a tradition to make a gingerbread house each year.

We also tried to take one family photo each year. Our oldest was no longer in the home for this one, and was not home for the photo.

So those are some of our family Christmas traditions. How about your family?
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Menu Monday for 12/11/17

Here's the quick "low down" on the meals for the week:

Saturday: leftovers

Sunday: BLT's, milk shakes, potato chips

Monday: French Bread Pizza

Tuesday: Chicken Caesar Salad

Wednesday: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, TX toast

Thursday: Turkey cutlets, yams, broccoli

Friday: date night - dinner out

Saturday- Beef stew, rolls, salad

Monday, December 4, 2017

Menu Monday for 12/4/17

Homeschool Review Crew is on break for Thanksgiving, and it's hard to stay motivated to keep blogging! I was kinda in a "vacation mindset"!''

Anyway, here are this week's dinner menus:

Saturday: Hot dogs and beans, chips

Sunday: Corned beef and Cabbage, baby potatoes

Monday: pan-fried chicken breasts, brown rice, cauliflower

Tuesday: chili, salad, corn bread

Wednesday:  pizza, wings

Thursday: sizzle burgers, noodles, green beans

Friday: dinner out

Monday, November 27, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - 11/27/17

 I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! We were hosted by my adult daughter and her husband, with son-in-law's family and friends. There was SO! MUCH! FOOD! We came home with some stuffing and some dessert, but no turkey. We're having turkey cutlets one day this week and *pretending* they are "leftovers". Here's our plan:

Saturday: Wings, French fries, cole slaw

Sunday: spaghetti and meatballs, salad, Texas Toast

Monday: Turkey cutlets, stuffing, green beans

Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup, tortilla chips, salad

Wednesday: Beef and veggie skillet, rolls

Thursday: skillet barbecue chicken, noodles, brocolli

Friday:  Date Night

Monday, November 20, 2017

Menu Monday for 11/20/17

 I never got my menu posted last week. Did you miss me?

Anyway, here are this week's plans:

Sunday (11/19):
Baked ziti, salad, TX toast

Monday (11/20):
Roast chicken, broccoli, rice

Tuesday (11/21):
Grandmas chili, salad, corn bread

Wednesday (11/22):
Chicken Caesar salad, King’s Hawaiian rolls

Thursday (11/23)
Family Thanksgiving dinner at my daughter's: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, fresh veggie platter, pies for dessert

Friday (11/24):
Turkey cutlets, stuffing, green beans

Saturday (11/25):
Wings, fries, fresh Vegetables.