Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Monday, April 28, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

This week features a menu that we are doing for school, out of the "U.S. History Cookbook," by Joan D'Amico and Karen Eich Drummond.  We will be preparing and serving it on Tuesday.  :-)  We also have a few throwbacks from last week that we didn't get to, because we changed things up at the last minute, once to celebrate one of the kiddos learning how to ride a two-wheeler, and the other times just because!

Sunday:  BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches (topped with coleslaw, yummy!)
Monday:  Hawaiian Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Stir-Fry Veggie
Tuesday:  Shrimp and Ham Jambalaya, Bread Pudding with Fruit, King Cake
Wednesday:  Five-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta
Thursday:  Zucchini Soup
Friday:  Sweet Garlic Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Salad or Veggies
Saturday:  Three-Layer Dinner

Have a great week everyone!  And to those who are getting a ton of rain like we are right now, hopefully the sun will soon shine on all this green!  :-)

MFW 1850's to Modern Times Week 4

This was the week I was just so happy to finish out, because I could finally see that I could do school with all three boys and be consistent about it! And, it just seems to get more and more fun each week.  ALL of us keep looking forward to school, and that is huge!

This week, we wrapped up our hymn, "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus."  I think I can safely say it is a favorite for all of us.  Every single one of them was belting it out by the last day of the week.  It makes it a little tough for a mama to sing when she's trying not to cry!  ;-)

We did quite a variety of things for our Bible time this week, including learning about missionaries David Livingstone and Hudson Taylor, reading out of "A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God," and praying for protection over the United States from our enemies.  Our memory verse was 1 John 3:16:

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

The boys were excited that we finished up the beginning-of-the-year handwriting practice this week!

For history, Andrew learned about the Pony Express, and he also learned more about how to read maps.  With Vincent, we read about David Livingstone's trek through the African interior, the "resurrection" of Italy, and the Taiping Rebellion in China.  One of the activities for this was to make a stencil of the front side of a Taiping coin and use it to dust powdered sugar onto a cake.  I found the last non-gluten-free cake mix in the cupboard and made a couple of round cakes for the occasion.  Strawberry!  The temptation was definitely there, but my last experience with gluten is a VERY strong deterrent!
The boys also played a round of States Rummy together, and learned about President Franklin Pierce.

For science, Andrew learned about solids, liquids, gases, melting, freezing, evaporating, and floating.  Sorry I don't have a lot of pictures from this week, but here is one of the experiments.  One plate of water went in the toaster oven (warm), and the other went in the fridge, to learn about how different temperatures affect evaporation. It's hard to see, but the one on the right (on the hot pad) has almost no water left.  Big stuff for a second grader! ;-)

I continued to read "Farmer Boy" to Andrew, and started a book called "Courage to Run," by Wendy Lawton, with Vincent.  It's about the childhood of Harriet Tubman.  It had me crying in the very first chapter.

We finished out our week with a nature walk.  This time we went to a county park reserve near our home, and I think we will be spending a lot of time there this year...we haven't even come close to exploring half of it!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 4/21/14

We will be going through and trying many of my Pinterest recipes this week, in an effort to clear out my "Recipes to Try" board a little.  And I do mean a little.  ;-)

Sunday:  We had pizza delivered to celebrate Andrew finally learning to ride a two-wheel bike!
Monday: Baked Beef Stew, biscuits (added from last week as we didn't have it yet)
Tuesday: Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Baked Artichoke Chicken, Bacon Green Beans, Salt & Vinegar Broiled Potatoes
Friday: Hawaiian Meatloaf (made with ground turkey), Baked Potatoes, Stir-Fry Veggies, Strawberry Pie for dessert

Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, April 18, 2014

MFW 1850's to Modern Times Week 3

We started this week rarin' to go!  A new hymn plus a little bit meatier history we were definitely ready for.  I'm not sure if I can speak for all my kiddos, but I think "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" has made it to my list of favorites.  By the end of this week, the eight- and five-year-olds were singing pretty thirteen-year-old is usually pretty shy about singing and is usually very quiet, but I noticed he's getting more into it as we go along.  I even heard him singing a lot louder than usual in the car yesterday when we were listening to a Christian radio station.  I cannot tell you what joy that brings to this mama's heart.  :-)

For our Bible time, we continued reading stories from "A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God," by Patricia St. John.   I am really liking this devotional, as I really think it is teaching my children how to apply passages of scripture to their own lives.  We also took the time to pray for our nation's judicial system and judges.  The first week, we prayed for the President, and the second week we prayed for Congress.  I love this, because not only is it teaching them to pray for those in charge of our country, it is also reminding me to pray for those I often forget to pray for.

Our memory verse this week was John 13:15.
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

For History,  Andrew learned about the British setting fire to the White House in 1814.  He also began learning how to read maps and directions (N, S, E, W).  We learned and sang the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee."  Please, somebody tell me that I'm not the only one that gets all emotional listening to my kids sing these songs!  We also learned of America's thirteenth President, Millard Fillmore.
With Vincent, I busted out the Story of the World Activity Book (I've been salivating over this since Box Day LOL!).  We read about Queen Victoria and the Sepoy rebellion in India.  We also learned about the Crimean War.  Nope!  Not the current one...this one happened in 1853-1856.  I found it more than a little ironic that this fell into our schedule right now.

While Vincent learned about the scientific method, Andrew learned about molecules and DNA, and then finished off the week learning about solids, liquids, and gases.  Our DNA experiment was especially fun...we saw tiny strands of onion DNA!
At the beginning of the week, we cooked up a Victorian "Tea," complete with Lemon Poppy Seed Afternoon Tea Bread and (probably a bit more un-traditional) root beer floats.  :-)  Yummy!
I finished off each of our days reading aloud "Farmer Boy," by Laura Ingalls Wilder to Andrew and Isaac.  I've always loved this book.  We've also noticed how much they ate back then.  I've tried explaining to the boys that with all the chores and work they had on the farm, they had to eat that much!  It's funny to watch their eyes when the food Almanzo ate for any particular meal is being read.  LOL!

With Isaac in K, we finished off his Turtle unit this week and started U-u-Us.  We've been learning about the five wonderful senses God has given us.  There has been a lot of blind-folding paired with tasting, feeling, and smelling.  ;-)  I was also able to turn this into a discussion about trust, because while Isaac was blind-folded, Andrew jokingly told me I should give Isaac...well, let's just say something VERY unappetizing to taste.  I talked to him about trust and how broken trust is not easily fixed.  I think the highlight of Isaac's week was listening to his classical CD and trying to move gracefully around the house while trying to keep a beanbag on his head.  LOL!
Have a good weekend everyone, and a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 4/14/14

For the past week, I have been revamping our family cookbook.  The only recipes that I allow inside of it are tried, true, and loved recipes (well, at least well-liked) by my family.  I've been printing out recipes from Pinterest that we have decided we want to keep, and putting them in there as well.  I also have many loose recipes in the back pocket of the cookbook that we have yet to try.  They are either from magazines, or recipes I printed off a long time ago.  I'm glad I did, because when I went to go find the websites they came from to try and link them up to this week's menu, some of the sites were G-O-N-E, gone.  In trying to give the family cookbook an overhaul, I will be trying many of these loose recipes this week, so that I can either file them into the cookbook or toss them.  So, I will post this week's menu now, and later I will post the recipes that I cannot link to.

Sunday: Tacos (since we didn't get around to tacos on Saturday)
Monday: Goulash (made from some leftovers I have in the fridge)
Tuesday: Enchiladas, Dressed
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Oven-Fried Curried Chicken Fingers, Glazed Carrots
Friday: Baked Beef Stew, Biscuits
Saturday: Three-Layer Dinner

Happy Monday and have a wonderful week, everyone!  :-)